Roof Rail Delete - going the other direction

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  1. TWX

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    I doubt that we're going to put a roof rack on the Renegade, and I'm strongly considering removing the rails. I have a two-post shorty lift in my shop with a low ceiling and the roof rack is part of what's limiting getting the vehicle up into the air.

    I tried using Mopar's parts website but it flat out sucks. Can't search worth a damn and the way it forces you to use same-tab/window means expanding the lists collapses them.

    A third-party site shows these:

    http://www.mymoparparts.com/jeep/re...f-scat/?part_name=roof-molding&position=right

    http://www.mymoparparts.com/jeep/re...of-scat/?part_name=roof-molding&position=left

    This would be part numbers 5vx85lxhaa and 5vx86lxhaa. Can anyone confirm that these are correct?

    I'm probably going to keep my stock rails in case we ever change our minds and need to put a rack back on.

    Alternately, anyone with a Sport that later upgraded to having rails want to sell me their roof moldings? :)
     
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    Got me all excited for a sec... I was about to reply want to trade your rails for my moldings? But alas you're going to keep the rails... Anyways good luck finding what you need

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  3. TWX

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    Sorry. *grin*

    Been test-fitting the carseat and stroller, and with those installed there's not exactly a lot of room. We don't have any roadtrips planned but if we find ourselves wanting to do such then I might need some cargo capacity on top.

    I'm also strongly leaning toward a wrap or a plastidip on the roof, the black is going to be rather unpleasant in the sun and I'm thinking either trying to match the yellow paint or else just white, similar to how many modernish FJs had white roofs. Got one quote of $300 for a wrap, need to get a few more. If I have it wrapped I need to pull the roofrack anyway so that's part what's triggering looking at the rail-less moldings now, since I'll have it apart anyway.
     
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    I actually had the rail covers replaced on my sport under warranty because the factory didn't install them correctly. I'll take a look tonight and see if those part numbers match from my receipt. They look like the right ones.
     
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    Cool thanks.
     
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    Sorry, no pictures, but I pulled the rails. One of the eight little covers over the 5mm bolts might not be reusable, will have to see. One side bent. I might be able to reinforce from below.

    Got a quote for $250 to wrap the black roof in gloss-white vinyl. Wife has been digging the color scheme on the FJ Cruisers that are a color body with a white roof, looks like it'll be cooler in the summer. We'd considered yellow to match the body but if that fades or discolors it then won't match, so we may as well start out with one that intentionally doesn't match but contrasts nicely.

    On ours, the two rear pieces inserted into the tracks are basically just foam that's glued in, and the passenger's side was only barely glued in such that I pulled it off. Didn't want to lose it on the freeway or something.

    The center part of the molding is still on the vehicle, looks kind of like a stock straight length of material that's just cut and dropped into the gap. Makes me wonder if there's an alternate supplier for it that would work. It looks like if I found a black-headed furniture-head bolt that uses allen that it might be good to hold down such trim. Will have to see. At almost $400 to put factory moldings on it may be worth seeing if there's something else that would do the job.

    Jeep was quieter without the rails too.
     
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    Confirmed with my service invoice, those are the correct parts should you choose to go with the OEM pieces.
     
  8. TWX

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    Thank you sir.

    I'm going to attempt the junkyard route first, but unfortunately my normal source for junkyard searches does not have a category for roof moldings. I may just have to go OEM.
     
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    My Renegade didn't come with the roof rails. It looked... squished. At least to me. I finagled a Yakima roof rack on there and it looks more balanced now.
     
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    I went through the swap the other way, no roof rack to factory roof rack. It was quite the ordeal sourcing parts. The salvage yard did not send all the parts the first time, luckily after some time, they did sent the rest of the parts.

    These parts are very Expensive from the dealer, swapping either direction.

    If you have a factory roof rack, each side of the car has 3 separate ditch moldings.
    If you do not have the factory roof rack each side has 1 long ditch molding.

    The moldings are held on to the roof with a combinations of clips and double sided foam tape.

    Those do appear to be the correct part numbers. I am not sure if that part number comes with the clips to install the molding or not as many of the parts drawings for these parts are vague at best. There are about 5 or 6 more clips per side on the moldings that do not have the roof rack. So you would need to be sure to acquire these from the salvage yard or the dealer. You would also need to grab a roll of 3m double sided foam auto trim tape.

    I do have a set of these moldings, I have been hanging on to them as there are ridiculously expensive to replace if I wanted to go back the other way. I would consider selling for the right price, However, not sure shipping would be that feasible as they are 6 feet long and not that sturdy. Well, I guess they could ship inside a pvc pipe, either way, a small project to ship.
     
  11. TWX

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    *nod*

    If you should decide to part with them, if I haven't already found a set I would be interested. Paying for a piece of PVC or ABS sch40 and a couple of endcaps would not be a burden.

    When I took off the rails I found the front molding, the back molding (one side was barely taped down, pulled it so it wouldn't come off in the wind) and the larger center molding. Tried taking that off, it popped free of the clips but obviously without having the rail-less replacements I wasn't going to pry the center up. The rack-equipped one comes with two of the clips on each side, it looks like at least two more would be necessary for a good fit, but I haven't seen how many actually came with the rail-less model.
     

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