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post #1 of 34 Old 10-17-2018, 02:09 AM Thread Starter
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Mopar roof racks or Thule Aeroblabe Edge bars?

I am hesitant between buying the Mopar roof racks for the Jeep Compass or the Thule model Aeroblade Edge. I see that the Thule Aeroblade Edge model 7601 are more aerodynamic due to its shape whereas the Mopar ones have the bars sticking out and are way higher for what I can see in photos. These are the Thule for the Jeep Compass I am talking about:
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I see that the Mopar roof rack has the bars sticking out too much on the sides, plus it is too tall.
Do the Mopar adjust better than the Thule just because they are made by Mopar?
The Thule are more aerodynamic as it can be seen on this photo:

These are the Mopar roof racks with the bars sticking out as can be seen on this photo:



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I have the Mopar on my compass. I needed at least 48 inches to get sup and kyak up on top. The Thule wasn't big enough. The rack doesn't hang out over the top the photo you have is deceptive.
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I run the Mopar cross bars (which I’m pretty sure are made by Thule as well). I can’t speak for the Thule bars that you’re talking about, but the Mopar ones sit pretty high in my opinion. Both roof baskets/platforms I’ve tried out (Rola Vortex and the Rhino Rack Pioneer Platform - my current setup) sit a little too high. The Mopar bars look great if nothing’s on top of them but as soon as you throw on a roof basket or any other accessories, it’s gonna sit high. (Pics posted for reference: without the basket, with the Rola, with the Pioneer Platform)


My personal opinion would be to go with a cross bar system that sits as low to the roof as possible. So if the Thules you’re thinking about sit a lot lower, go with those. Although the coolest compass out there rocks the Mopar bars and looks amazing...lookup the Compass Trailpass concept
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I also think the Mopar/Thule basket has thinner tubing than the Rola that pescadito_mp has on his Jeep
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I run the Mopar cross bars (which I’m pretty sure are made by Thule as well). I can’t speak for the Thule bars that you’re talking about, but the Mopar ones sit pretty high in my opinion. Both roof baskets/platforms I’ve tried out (Rola Vortex and the Rhino Rack Pioneer Platform - my current setup) sit a little too high. The Mopar bars look great if nothing’s on top of them but as soon as you throw on a roof basket or any other accessories, it’s gonna sit high. (Pics posted for reference: without the basket, with the Rola, with the Pioneer Platform)


My personal opinion would be to go with a cross bar system that sits as low to the roof as possible. So if the Thules you’re thinking about sit a lot lower, go with those. Although the coolest compass out there rocks the Mopar bars and looks amazing...lookup the Compass Trailpass concept


You are right, The Mopar roof racks look a little too high. Plus, 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...


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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...
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Are the Mopar so high because they were designed to accomodate a surfboard so it doesn’t conflict with the antena? The Thule seem to be high as well... maybe not so much, wasn’t able to ser them in real life on a Compass.


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Here are some pics of my compass with the MOPAR roof rack, with and without the cargo carrier shell I use.

I will admit that I was 'meh' on the looks of them. Don't really care as plenty of SUVs look like this now (with stupid straight bars). So I guess it is maybe 'stylish' even if it looks rudimentary.

Function wise I am not too keen on the fact that you can only put them in very limited locations (only where the nuts are to screw them in the siderails). On the sienna and on my previous suzuki there was the ability to move them anywhere, that helps depending on what you are going to put up there.

I have a sears (lol) XCargo carrier and it fits just in front of the antenna with the way I have them set now.

One major complaint about the MOPAR rails- the bottom is a hollowed out portion (I guess if you wanted to move the rails left-to right, that doesn't even make sense, why would you not want them centered?) So there is this slot/groove on the bottoms of the bars.

They make these small plastic/rubber inserts that are supposed to go into the bottom groove, to prevent the whistling. Well all but one of mine fell out within a week. I brought it into JEEP and they don't really care, as it was not dealer install. I have been using duct tape to prevent the whistling.

I 1) don't see the reason to even have the groove and 2) don't see their solution to fill that gap as adequate.

Mind you I've had the roof rack on there for about 7 or 8 thousand miles.

I don't really notice a drop in MPG (unless I have a loaded carrier on top), and I don't take them off when I'm not using them.

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The rubber/plastic cover strips started falling out on my Mopar cross bars as well...it was almost unbearable after about 2 minutes! So being that Mopar's cross bars are actually the Thule Aeroblades with the Jeep logo on the bars' ends, I went onto the Thule website and ordered spare cover strips (link below) for a few bucks each after tax, s&h, etc. Then I simply used some Gorilla Glue to keep them in place and have been riding quiet ever since...just a suggestion for that obnoxious whistling noise =)

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Anyone try the other style cross bars on ebay ?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/For-2017-20....c100005.m1851


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I think those have plastic connectors = crap


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I just purchased the Thule Aeroblade edge. These are photos:




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Those bars and fit kit cost almost $600 jesus
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What's the part number for those


In the US it is 7601 and 7602. One for the front another one for the back.


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I am thinking about "Projecar" bars from Brasil.
Price is about 150USD on ebay.
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I am thinking about "Projecar" bars from Brasil.
Price is about 150USD on ebay.
Those look nice and low-profile. I would just make sure they can hold around 150 lbs or so (dynamic weight capacity of the Compass). Other than that, they look clean!
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You need to get the stubby antenna for the fiat 500x. I got it so nothing rubs.
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Little bump, I found these today on amazon and bought them. They look promising from the review pics and have a 165lb weight capacity, look like a nice alternative at $99

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Little bump, I found these today on amazon and bought them. They look promising from the review pics and have a 165lb weight capacity, look like a nice alternative at $99

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Keep us updated with pics and opinion after install. I was just looking at some and would consider the less expensive version if it works. Don't want to worry about a cargo box falling off the roof of through the panoramic glass while driving!

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You need to get the stubby antenna for the fiat 500x. I got it so nothing rubs.
Do you have a part number for this? Also, can you order it from a Jeep Dealer or do you have to find a Fiat dealer? I was looking at the shark fin for the Compass, but I don't know if it will mess up my satellite radio.

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Little bump, I found these today on amazon and bought them. They look promising from the review pics and have a 165lb weight capacity, look like a nice alternative at $99

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I purchased a set similar to those off Amazon last summer. They were a GREAT alternative to the overpriced options out there. I needed a set that was high enough not to interfere with the sunroof, and wide enough to hold my two kayaks.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Little bump, I found these today on amazon and bought them. They look promising from the review pics and have a 165lb weight capacity, look like a nice alternative at $99

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I bought the Brightline crossbars recently and was debating on whether to post a review. For the price, I couldn't pass up giving them a shot and figured that I could always return them if the bars were terrible. They weren't terrible. I can post a few pics shortly, but I need to move them to my PC first (my phone doesn't like this site for some reason).

The good: They're decently made. Solid. No plastic aside from a couple of trim caps. Cast aluminum mounts and extruded aluminum bar. Hard rubber top strip to keep vibrations down and prevent scratching. I just had two mountain bike racks on mine over the weekend and they did a great job holding everything in place at 75MPH as I drove an hour to the park. They mount directly to the factory screw holes. No modifications needed.

The bad:

1) They whistle. This may be a fixable problem with a bit of debugging, but these are the noisiest crossbars I've ever owned (and I've owned quite a few on different cars and SUV's). The bars have a number of screw holes for mounting and adjustments, and I suspect that these holes just need some sort of cover.

2) The screw mounts use adapter plates to connect the bars to the factory rails, and these plates don't fit the bars all that well. No idea why they did this, as the design seems to be specific to the Compass and they COULD have just drilled holes in the mount and avoided the adapters entirely. These plates are a pain to use and make it difficult to get everything aligned properly. Putting these on required 15-20 minutes of work and a small stepladder. If you're looking for bars that can be added and removed quickly, these aren't a great choice. If you're planning on leaving them on, this shouldn't be a problem.

Overall, I actually do like these bars and will not be returning them. They do their job, look great, and are rock solid. I'm planning on taping all of the gaps on mine within the next few weeks to isolate the whistle(s), and will see what I can do to eliminate that annoyance. It's worth the effort for the cost savings. These things are pretty unbeatable for the price.

Edit: In the fourth photo of the bar on the floor, you can see what I meant about the mounting plates. For some reason they punched giant square holes into the bottom of the mount. There are small square plates that fit into these holes, and those plates have the mounting screw holes drilled through them. You have to align both the bar and the plates to get everything to cinch down properly. I really don't understand why they didn't just drill regular holes in that spot and leave the adapter plates out of it.
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nice review, I think they will do. Thank you

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Thought I'd give an update. Just came back from a camping trip, the brightlines cross bars held up just fine and coupled with my old Apex roof rack that I ended up reusing from my jeep patriot. I wasnt anywhere close to seeing the max weight but plugging down the highway no issues with speed or cross winds



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I like that the brightline ones preserve the look of the roof rails from the outside. That was the whole reason I ended up whipping up my own. Well, that and cost, but I did not want the "clamp" look on my rails since ours have the chrome insert and it looks really nice from a side profile view.

For anyone who comes researching later, I did put my money where my mouth was and built my own rack: https://www.myjeepcompass.com/forums...cargo-box.html

It was about as cheap and easy as I expected, but if I were doing it all over again I think for ~$100 the brightline ones would be the way to go. I would not fork over upwards of $300 for thule/mopar ones that wreck my roof-line but $100 for something nice looking and sturdy makes sense to me. By the time I get back to painting my homemade kit I'll have more than $100 worth of my time into it, thats for sure.
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