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Old 05-17-2015, 09:16 PM
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Question Roof rack and headliner

Have a hard top 2015 JKU with the OEM headliners. Thinking about a light-duty roof rack like the Yakima 8001616 which has writeups in other threads. Not too worried about drilling holes and sealing them, but can't figure out where the interior cap nuts would go. Roof seems to be either double layer or covered by the headliner.

Has anyone installed a through-the-roof rack with a headliner already in place? (Not trying to start a discussion on merits of roof vs body mount racks, I know they don't have this issue...)

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Old 05-18-2015, 06:18 AM   #2
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I installed the yakima rack. I don't have a headliner but don't think it would be to much of a issue.

You can't drill thru the support beam so all the nuts will be were you have the headliner.

Once I drilled my holes I would just cut a small circle in the headliner were the nuts go so the nuts make contact with the roof.

Will take a little more time but shouldn't be a issue.

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Installed my Yakima tracks before I put the HL in. I just shortened the bolts and used some reg. nuts. Also used some big fender washers. Nothing stuck down far enough to touch the headliner. Just use plenty of silicone on everything. Fwiw did this on two jeeps.
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You guys are braver than I am. I kayak and in the past have hauled 2 or 3 on the roof of my previous vehicles but I'm going with a Gobi for this one. I've seen the torque that a high wind can put on something like a kayak and it would rip right through that fiberglass. I wasn't willing to take that chance which is too bad because it would have saved me a lot of $.
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You guys are braver than I am. I kayak and in the past have hauled 2 or 3 on the roof of my previous vehicles but I'm going with a Gobi for this one. I've seen the torque that a high wind can put on something like a kayak and it would rip right through that fiberglass. I wasn't willing to take that chance which is too bad because it would have saved me a lot of $.
With the stress spread out thru 6 bolts on each side over about a 5 foot area (as long as you use the rail systems and don't direct mount the towers) I am not to concerned.

This system is way more stable than any factory roof rack I have had on vehicles before. I also have friends that haul kayaks on the same system just on top of a camper shell with no issues.

I only haul MTB bikes but have had zero issues in the year or more than i have had it.
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I have the Hotheads and also the Front Runner loadbars. The Front runner system is pretty tight up to the top and it all fit together pretty seamlessly. It was very close to not working... tight tolerances but it works well. Yeah you need to drill the top for the Frontrunner install; yeah it was a nervous install by me, but not that bad in the end.

I really like the low profile look of the Front Runner rails and load bars. The only thing I'd say is they all but require Thule wind diffuser strips as they are noisy without them.

If you click into my profile pic you can see it. And it does have framing under the rails inside the cab. I think its very secure similar to what bberck is saying.
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I am going with the Gobi too, I had a pod up on my motorhome with four bolts and four inch body washers in the front and back, tore right through the pod and lifted. This was driving into a forty MPH Santa Ana headwind and doing 65 MPH . Very scarey with almost a parachute dead stop on the freeway...
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I have the Hotheads and also the Front Runner loadbars. The Front runner system is pretty tight up to the top and it all fit together pretty seamlessly. It was very close to not working... tight tolerances but it works well. Yeah you need to drill the top for the Frontrunner install; yeah it was a nervous install by me, but not that bad in the end. I really like the low profile look of the Front Runner rails and load bars. The only thing I'd say is they all but require Thule wind diffuser strips as they are noisy without them. If you click into my profile pic you can see it. And it does have framing under the rails inside the cab. I think its very secure similar to what bberck is saying.
X2 have the exact same set up. FrontRunner and HotHeads!

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