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Does anyone have the roof rack for their Caliber? If you do can you post pics, closeups of how it will attach. Also how far above the roof does it sit?

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.22 said:
Does anyone have the roof rack for their Caliber? If you do can you post pics, closeups of how it will attach. Also how far above the roof does it sit?

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It looks like it hooks on much the same way a Yakima or Thule rack would. There are no rails for it to attach to, so I wuold bet that it hooks under the door line on the top with a tension type bracket.

I am looking at a Yakima rack for ours. Since I already had one for the old car, too bad the old car had a different roof, all I need to do is buy the mounts and bars.
 

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Woohoo , got my rack for $190.00. The person that sold me the car gave me his price. Saved $40.00. I'll be back on the water in a kayak as soon as the water stops falling from the sky.
 

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Woohoo , got my rack for $190.00. The person that sold me the car gave me his price. Saved $40.00. I'll be back on the water in a kayak as soon as the water stops falling from the sky.
I'll appreciate if you can post photos and/or a description on how to hook it up to the caliber.
 

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Will do as soon as I pick it up and install. I also have to wait for a sunny day.
 

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Stupid question but what color is it?
 

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Just picked it up, its all black so it will match the roof "rails". Also it does require drilling :( . I can't believe I'll be putting holes in my car so soon. The more I think about it I like the drilling better. Most other rack systems require rubber feet to be clamped on your roof, if dirt and debris get under the feet it causes scratches. I'll be sure to paint the holes with some rust olem and maybe even silicone the holes before inserting the rivnuts. Max load of 150 lbs perfect for the 3 kayaks I plan on transporting with room to spare for a 4th :D
I should be doing the install sometime this weekend I will be sure to take step by step pictures and post them up.
 

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Cool! Yeah, I'd prefer drilling, just make sure you do it right! :D
 

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Also it does require drilling :( .
:eek: :eek: :eek:

Man I hope it looks good to be drilling holes in the top. I want to see pictures too... please:)

I miss canoeing... used to have an 18' Old Town. I was also a C1er (and know the roll and everything)... had a Hydra Centaur (my sister has it now and won't give it back:mad: ).

@.22 you should take some pics of your kayaking adventures.:cool:
 

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Finally, no rain for a day!!! I feel waterlogged. I hope to get some pictures up soon, after all the rain I just want to wash the car first.

The install went well. I do recommend finding a local sheet metal company that has something called a Rivnut gun. Trying to install the nuts that the rack screws into with just the supplied hand tool is going to drive you insane. I know I tried one just to give an honest report. Maybe your local dealer will have one. It's almost impossible to have the hand tool collapse the rivnut properly. If you have your own air compressor you might be able to rent a rivnut gun too. I work at a sheet metal company so I did the complete install inside the building. If you are in the Western Massachusetts area I might be able to help.

I'm able to get a few pics up, I'll have to take some shots of what it looks like with both bars up there.



 

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Is the installation a permanent one or can you remove the supports?

I have a couple of canoes , but don't want to be driving around with a rack permanently installed.
 

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Each crossbar is held on by 4 screws, 2 on each side. They are easily removeable, just keep the supplied allen wrench in the car. I put mine in the spare tire area. I don't know if I would want to risk scratching the paint by constantly installing and removing the rack. To install and remove there is a rubber strip the runs the whole length of the crossbar, it would have to be pulled back about 5-6 inches to get at the adjustment screws. These screws need to be loose in order to spread the bar apart so it can be slipped off. They do go right over the sunroof if you have one.

I think it makes the Caliber look nice and rugged. Also I can't hear any extra wind noise from them at highway speeds. The rack I had on my Beetle made a horrible howl and needed a fairing.

I'll be taking more pictures in about an hour.





 

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Cool, looks good. Thanks for the images.

I wonder why Dodge didn't incorporate the roof rack into that black strip on the roof edge? Oh well.
 

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Hi .22!!
Ya, thanks a lot for the images... but I was wondering about the screws!!?? Where exactly are they located? You don't have to drill any holes in the car, do you?! How is it holding into place?

Thanks!!
 

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Blackcaliber said:
Hi .22!!
Ya, thanks a lot for the images... but I was wondering about the screws!!?? Where exactly are they located? You don't have to drill any holes in the car, do you?! How is it holding into place?

Thanks!!
From the images that .22 posted on page 1 of this thread:

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Is that from Mopar parts? Nice Pictures. I need one on mine for snowboarding :)
 

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I ordered mine right throught the Dodge dealer. Its not on the Mopar parts website though.
 

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hello, please tell me exactly the model of the roof rack that I would need to buy. I didn't realize how complicated it is to buy a roof rack! Please help, i need to do this quick! I am moving in 25 days and need the rack to help with the move. Thanks, meg
 

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hello, please tell me exactly the model of the roof rack that I would need to buy. I didn't realize how complicated it is to buy a roof rack! Please help, i need to do this quick! I am moving in 25 days and need the rack to help with the move. Thanks, meg
Did you call me at AZ today? Where are you moving to? What color Caliber do you have??
 
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