Originally Posted by HernĂˇn Grimberg
the bars stick out and I don’t understand why is that they didn’t choose for a system where the bars get into the connection part instead of sticking out...
Well there are two kinds of roof-rack people: those who are simply buying what amounts to nothing more than additional "trim" to add to the "fashion statement" they are trying to make, and those who are actually going to use the rack to haul sh*t.
The Compass is a pretty narrow vehicle. Like jdmich3 alluded, the wider rack holds more stuff. A few inches might be the difference between whether it can hold one kayak or two. If you are going to haul a sheet of plywood home, you'd like that rack to be at least 48 inches (I don't think it would work out to haul a full sheet though, bars are too close together...)
I'd say the Thule and the Mopar kit are both way overpriced to have the drawbacks they possess (Mopar too high, Thule too ugly) and for the guy who just needs to haul some stuff on the roof on occasion, just make your own
. It would be trivial to whip up four brackets out of some scrap steel, drill holes spaced to match the bolt holes on the roof rails, weld nuts or threaded tube on them, hit 'em with some black spray paint and use literally anything you want for crossbars. A couple 2x4's painted black would do the trick, drill holes through them to line up with the nuts you welded on your brackets and you are good to go, the crossbars can be installed and removed in seconds and when they are gone nothing on the roof to wreck the nice roof line (make sure your brackets sit at or below the height of the rails, the crossbars should rest on the rails themselves the brackets are only there to keep the works from moving fore and aft during braking and acceleration).
Seems like most cargo baskets could bolt directly to the homemade brackets as long as they are wide enough to be resting the actual load on the rails, and I think many of them are wide enough since they are often made for much larger SUVs and the footprint of the Compass roof is tiny. Then you have no more gap, and when its time to clean the roof or you aren't using it just zip your four bolts out and lift it off.
Pretty sure it would take most of us longer to find eight small bolts in our parts bins that thread into the rails than to whip up the brackets themselves...