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Hello all-
Once again, I turn to The Car Lounge for advice regarding my fiancee's newly purchased Jeep Grand Cherokee.
With Christmass approaching, something I was thinking about getting her was a ski rack for the Jeep. As you might imagine, being a life-long fan of little teeny sportscars, I know nothing about roof racks and ski racks. I've never used one or bought one, and the nearest sporting goods store is an hour's drive away.
So can people post their experiences with racks? The Jeep's got a stock "roof rack" - rails along each side and two bars that go across. So I am assuming I need to buy something that attaches to this, right? What is available from which brands and what should I expect to pay?
TIA!
-Nate
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Re: Tell me about car racks (SaabFan)

do you know if jeep offers something as an option?
i have a thule rack on my cars (for my bikes). had it for several years & never a problem. on my wagon, i also have roof rails & thule makes a "fit kit" for rails. check out http://www.thule.com & you will be able to type in what vehicle you want the rack on. very helpful w/ installation also.
don't have any exp w/ yakima but have heard good things about them.
good luck!
bill
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Re: Tell me about car racks (jebglx)

All I know is that Thule racks look cool with the little spoiler dealies on the front. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
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Re: Tell me about car racks (SaabFan)

My personal bias:
If you don't have to, don't ever put skis on the roof. Road salt is very bad for ski bindings. I ski every weekend and I haven't owned a ski rack since 1985.
A Grand Cherokee has a split rear seat. Unless you routinely stuff 4 or 5 people in it to go skiing, it's much better to have your gear inside the Jeep protected from the elements. You also give up 1 mpg and get wind noise when you stuff a rack on the roof.
If I absolutely had to have a rack, I'd get one that plugs into the trailer hitch and make sure I had waterproof ski bags or at least decent binding covers. I have several friends who own the Thule hitch rack. It's much easier to put on and take off than a roof rack and it seems to work pretty well.
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Re: Tell me about car racks (Coolwhite Fox)

quote:[HR][/HR]All I know is that Thule racks look cool with the little spoiler dealies on the front. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif [HR][/HR]​
like this
?

bill
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Re: Tell me about car racks (jebglx)

Come on over to the outdoors forum. We have discussed racks several times. Just watch out for Nakona, he likes Barrcrafter racks, but we still keep him around.
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Re: Tell me about car racks (jebglx)

quote:[HR][/HR]
like this
?
[HR][/HR]​
Yeah! That's it! http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
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Re: Tell me about car racks (Coolwhite Fox)

Thule. There is no other.
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Re: Tell me about car racks (SaabFan)

I prefer Yakima. Thule and Yakima are bot hreally nice universal racks. But I think the Yakima racks have one advantage over the Thule. It really doesn't pretain to those that want to keep it on one car but ....the Yakima racks are round VS the Thula which are squared. If you were to say have a rack on a Corrado the nwant to install the racks on a Beetle the Yaks would work better. Kinda get the idea? Going form a straight lined roof to a more bowed roof. I like my Yaks... http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
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Re: Tell me about car racks (simple)

quote:[HR][/HR]Just watch out for Nakona, he likes Barrcrafter racks, but we still keep him around.[HR][/HR]​
BWAAAHAAAHAAA

For Coolwhite Fox:



[Modified by Hutch, 5:10 PM 11-30-2001]
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Re: Tell me about car racks (W0lfsburg4)

Even her butt doesnt deserve to be on that beautiful MR2.
Actually.... now that I think about it, she needs to sit there to polish up that horrible paint job
Re: Tell me about car racks (B(C)orrado)

Hed to your local bike shop...I work at one and we sell/install a few(thule) every week...got any ? email me...
'dog
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Re: Tell me about car racks (cdog)


I rock a Thule (it has a skirack attackemnt, but it's off in this pic; mind the corroded wheels too, they're winters). It's awesome, scored the whole deal for $30 used
A steal!


[Modified by Brad Jar, 9:11 PM 11-30-2001]
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Re: Tell me about car racks (SaabFan)


Don't forget Yakima racks!
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Re: Tell me about car racks (W0lfsburg4)

quote:[HR][/HR]car racks eh?
[HR][/HR]​
There is a car, and the rack's SWEET!!!
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Re: Tell me about car racks (DigitalTexan2u)

Love my Yakima bike rack, great stuff, and looks better than Thule.
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