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One of the things I have to be able to do is carry a canoe.
I just took delivery of my Compass and ordered it with the cross bars which attach to the roof rails very nicely. These are very nice elliptically shaped bars that lock onto the rails and are key locked on the ends. The top edge has an inch thick rubber inserted in a channel (nice touch compared to my old Thule)
Anyway . . . to properly secure a canoe I picked up the appropriate Mopar attachment kit ($$) I was surprised to find I have to remove the rubber strip from the channel to insall the canoe attaching pieces, leaving the channel exposed to collect water ect. Later I'll have to fuss with removing these pieces and refitting the rubber in the channel.
ANYBODY ELSE using this system have any comment??
Also there is absolutly no place front or back to tie down a canoe . . . no tow hooks. . .
 

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Carrying a Canoe.

Sorry for not posting this earlier in summer as I had some issues with my eyes that kept me off a computer for 2 months.
I purchased the roof racks but not the Canoe Holders. I use 2 snap on buckles to tie the Canoe laterally to the racks.
I also tie a safety rope to the front - if you look underneath ther is a spot you can thread the safety rope and it will not shear off. The safety rope on the back went onto my after market hitch (have some misgivings on the choice of Hidden Hitch)
I carried my canoe around a dozen trips or more and on distances exceeding 500 K and on a lot of unpaved roads too.

Hope this helps
 

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Where did you guys get your cross bars from?
I went into crappy-tire today and cannot get any from them that will fit.... maybe online somewhere? I just hate ordering big items shipped into Canada...
 

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Your best off with the Mopar accessories.
They fit the tracks on the roof and look the best.
Pricey but- but so are Thule or Yakima.
Plus they look good, like they belong.
 

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I saw a Compass the other day with a set of the Mopar cross bars on. I looks good. Looking back at my Jeep afterward it looked like something was missing. :?
 

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Like I said . . . PRICE-IYE!
But they are solid, well finished, and really become a part of the car.
Thule and Yakima systems, I don't think come for our model, but are not much cheaper.
 

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NickD said:
tinkerbelle said:
i2canoe can you post a picture of what yours OEM one look like?
Yup, a picture or two would be nice. I plan on tossing a pair of kayaks up on the roof at some point.
Sorry guys, I don't have a digital camera, but I promise I will get a couple of shots posted for you shortly.
 

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tinkerbelle said:
Hurry!!!!!! ;)
I got the jpg but when I hit "Img" it does not get me to my picture files.
 

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NickD said:
E-mail it to me and I can post it for you.
Thank you Nick, on the way to you.
 

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NickD said:
Here we go:
They do look really good. Do you get much wind noise from them? I am also assuming that they are adjustable to any position along the factory rails?
They fit only in the four spots provided on the rails. I did notice wind noise when I first had them placed one spot forward. The front rail was over the sunroof, and in that position there was a noise. The way they are now . . . no noise.
The rubber strip comes out to accommodate carrying attachments for my canoe. Also first class, with the necessary straps. Only thing missing is proper tie down points front and back.
 

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so ... your Jeep crossbars came by the pair? I checked the Jeep/Mopar site and it lists them as $225, but it doesn't say if that's just a single bar or a pair!!

If it's $225 for a pair, then that's a good deal, cheaper than Thule or Yakima.
 

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The pair.
They do the job for sure.
Look good, I think, I don't take them off.
 
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