Best 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Roof Rack Options

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Best 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Roof Rack Options


Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the best roof rack options available for a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee. This is going to be with an E-group package. Right now, we have our four different styles, from our four manufacturers here; starting with Yakima, Inno, Thule, and Rhino Rack.First, let's go ahead and start with some of the basic differences between these bars. With both the Thule and the Yakima, we're going to have an aero-style bar, meaning it's going to be thicker at the front, smaller at the rear, and that's going to help out with aerodynamics while you travel. That's going to be the same with the elliptical style, which is going to cut down wind noise and drag, as well.However, with the Inno, we have the square bar style. Now, that is going to make some noise while you drive, however, you can purchase fairings to attach to the square bars to cut down that wind noise and drag and take some of that away while you drive.With the Yakima, the Thule, and the Rhino Rack, we can use T-track accessories.

Thule has a slight advance with this though, as you simply slide open the end cap here and slide your T-track accessories in place. With both the Yakima, and with the Rhino Rack, you either have to pry it loose, or you have to have the unlocking tool to take off the end cap to get those in. Also, with both Thule and Rhino Rack, what you would have to do is remove the strip at the top, insert your T-track accessory, cut the strip to length, and replace it.With the Yakima, you simply push down the center strip here and slide your T-track accessory in place, therefore you don't have to cut anything or put it back in. Three of these roof rack systems do offer locks available to secure this to your roof rack system. With Yakima, we have the end cap here that needs to be knocked out and it is sold separately.

The Inno does come with one already installed. And with the Thule, you would have to purchase the lock separately, as well.Finally, while the Rhino Rack does not offer a lock for the legs, you can purchase a lock core separately for the two end caps. As far as to how all these install, it's fairly simple. Both the Rhino Rack, the Thule, and the Yakima, they all utilize preexisting points inside our flush mount rails here and bolt into place. However, the Inno is going to be slightly different.

It utilizes the track inside, so this can actually be adjusted back and forth along the rails, as necessary, for different products. While with the Rhino Rack, the Thule, and the Yakima, those are going to be stationary.When it comes to ease of installation, both the Yakima and the Inno are going to take this because they're simple bolt on applications and then you're able to walk away. With the Thule and the Rhino Rack, however, there are brackets and several bolts involved and can make it busy when you're installing this onto your roof. But the Yakima has another advantage, where you can take it off and it comes with these caps on the top here, where you can leave this installed, so it's ready for next time. Also, you can see how easy it is to take off and put back on the roof rack system with the Yakima, as well.

With the others, it will take unbolting to remove these from our roof rack.As far as carrying capacity is concerned, that's going to go to the Inno square bars here, that have a carrying capacity of 220 pounds. While the others only have a carrying capacity of 165 pounds, however, you are always limited to whatever weight restrictions you may have with your vehicle.When it comes to the best roof rack system, out of these four, I would actually recommend the Yakima here, because of its ease of install and its versatility. You don't have to cut the strip at the top. You can easy remove it and leave these in place so you don't have to put the screws back in after you're finished using it. And, again, it does come with that optional lock that you can purchase and actually make all of your other accessories key to like along with it.We hope this makes your roof rack purchasing decision easier for your 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee.


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