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Hello all.

I bought a Commander about a month ago, and so far so good. Rides better than any of the Cherokees I've had and that 3rd row's a keeper. I was wondering if any of you can help me out with something.

I need to put a ski/snowboard rack on the roof, and any ones I have don't fit the Commander side rails. My car has the factory crossbars on it, but my dealer's telling me that if I buy the the Mopar ski/snowboard rack I first have to buy the "Sport Utility" crossbars to attach it to. We're talking close to 500 bucks total.

Here's the question: Provided I can find the right size adapter, is there any reason I couldn't attach a ski/snowboard rack directly to the factory crossbars? I'd even buy the mopar rack if by using some adapter I could attach it to them. I just can't see putting out a couple hundred bucks for the "Sport Utility" crossbars if I don't have to.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
 

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I have the same problem, only with my windsurfer. The $500 or so system I purchased for my Audi certainly does not fit the Commander. I will convert my old system to fit on the new one. Uncommon sense and possibly some engineering should make this a simple task. If you drill holes, just make sure not to weaken the bars so much, as to make your construction dangerous.
 

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What kind of rack are you trying to put on the stock crossbars? I have a Yakima half-wide rack that with the use of adapters worked well on the stock crossbars of my prior vehicle (Subaru Forester.) I don't anticipate a problem getting the kit of 4 plastic adapters that click around the factory crossbars' shape and present a small post to which you mount the ski rack (or similar accessory.) I think Yakima calls the adapters 'mighty mounts' or some such name. I'm pretty sure Thule must have a similar setup.

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I just wanted to put one of those 4 pairs of skis or 2 snowboards racks on there. I'll have to check with Thule or Yakima because the factory crossbars are so wide. I'm just curious as to why the official Mopar set-up doesn't attach to the crossbars but to the additional Sports Utility crossbars instead. Strictly to get more money out of us or are the factory crossbars gonna fly off or something with skis on them?
 

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If they're not available already I'm sure that Yakima will soon have the mounts available for the stock Commander cross bar. Are the Grand Cherokee cross bars the same cross-section, does anyone know?

The stock system is more than strong enuf to be trusted with bikes and skis, I'm sure. I think the listed weight allowance is 165 pounds...???

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So then....just another way to get money out of me!
I think I'll shoot for the Yakima or Thule mounts - I'll have to check to see if they make any for the Commander or are in the process of doing it. From what I remember, the Commander cross rails are at least twice, and maybe even 3 times as wide as the Cherokee's.
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I am amist the same issues. I am getting ready to head out and get this ski season started but so far neither Thutle or Yakima have anything that is shown to work....as of the 2006 product catalog.

One thing I think I found as different bewteen the "stock" and "Sport" cross rails is the Sport rails have a center grove for mounting on to. At least that is how the Mopar racks mount up.

I think i am going to just bust out the drill and dremel and MAKE some nice carriers fit the factory stock rails.
 

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azmouse said:
I am amist the same issues. I am getting ready to head out and get this ski season started but so far neither Thutle or Yakima have anything that is shown to work....as of the 2006 product catalog.

One thing I think I found as different bewteen the "stock" and "Sport" cross rails is the Sport rails have a center grove for mounting on to. At least that is how the Mopar racks mount up.

I think i am going to just bust out the drill and dremel and MAKE some nice carriers fit the factory stock rails.
Can someone explaine this to me a little better. I'm not up to par with the rack systems yet I guess cause it's hard finding someone to mail me one due to size, but anyways, I do have the crossrails on. 'Stock' and 'Sport' cross rails. How do you know which ones you have? and which one do you need for the Mopar systems to fit properly?
 

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bravo2376,

The "stock" cross bars are basically a flat bar shape with screw down knobs and the sport cross bars are tubular with locking end caps. Then there is a strip of rubber covering the top channel which hides the mounting bolts.

Both will accommodate the Mopar rack systems properly; however with the flat bars you will likely need one of the ($60.00) hardware adapter kits for proper mounting of your specific rack.

With the sport tubes you adjust and tighten.
 

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mitchmac said:
Hello all.

I bought a Commander about a month ago, and so far so good. Rides better than any of the Cherokees I've had and that 3rd row's a keeper. I was wondering if any of you can help me out with something.

I need to put a ski/snowboard rack on the roof, and any ones I have don't fit the Commander side rails. My car has the factory crossbars on it, but my dealer's telling me that if I buy the the Mopar ski/snowboard rack I first have to buy the "Sport Utility" crossbars to attach it to. We're talking close to 500 bucks total.

Here's the question: Provided I can find the right size adapter, is there any reason I couldn't attach a ski/snowboard rack directly to the factory crossbars? I'd even buy the mopar rack if by using some adapter I could attach it to them. I just can't see putting out a couple hundred bucks for the "Sport Utility" crossbars if I don't have to.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Check with your dealer and ask about the hardware kit for mounting the Jeep roof cargo rack. This kit ($60.00) comes with brackets, nuts and turn knobs specifically for the attaching things to the "stock" cross bars.

P/N 82210202

Maybe you can adapt your existing rack to use these brackets. Worst case you can return the kit if it does not work for you.
 

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DeGriz said:
bravo2376,

The "stock" cross bars are basically a flat bar shape with screw down knobs and the sport cross bars are tubular with locking end caps. Then there is a strip of rubber covering the top channel which hides the mounting bolts.

Both will accommodate the Mopar rack systems properly; however with the flat bars you will likely need one of the ($60.00) hardware adapter kits for proper mounting of your specific rack.

With the sport tubes you adjust and tighten.
Makes sence. Thanks DeGriz, Now I know I got the 'stock' and need the adapter kit:( That's all good though. Looks better than nothing;)
 

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I was able to turn the hooks around on my Thule rod rack from my 93 GC and they fit the side rails. I had posted pictures earlier.
 

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I had Thule racks on my 01 GC...unfortunately they wouldn't fit on the Commander and at this time Thule doesn't make "feet" crossbar adaptors to fit. I explored lots of different options and finally decided on the Yakima Big Powderhound racks. They work well.
 
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