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Renegade Roof Rails

Some people claim the 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty black roof rails were for show only. The only trusted ones were the chrome versions in the Trail Rated Limited editions.

Are there going to be Renegades that have roof rails that are not functional?

Not trying to kick up dust here, just coming up with the questions that need asking before signing. I'd hate discovering things after the ink's dry.

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I wouldn't doubt that this would happen, chances are it will with some models. For now I don't think there's any official way of finding out, might have to wait a bit to find this out.
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My 2004 cherokee (liberty in USA) had the black roof rails and I had bars permanently attached for canoe and bikes. When it was rolled in a smash the bars were ripped off but the rails remained on the car so I can vouch for their robustness. My 2007 cherokee has the chrome and I feel no difference. After the smash the car ended up on its side and my wife and kids were pulled out the doors relatively injury free and when the car was righted all doors opened and closed without fault. Here's hoping the renegade is as tough.
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My 2004 cherokee (liberty in USA) had the black roof rails and I had bars permanently attached for canoe and bikes. When it was rolled in a smash the bars were ripped off but the rails remained on the car so I can vouch for their robustness. My 2007 cherokee has the chrome and I feel no difference. After the smash the car ended up on its side and my wife and kids were pulled out the doors relatively injury free and when the car was righted all doors opened and closed without fault. Here's hoping the renegade is as tough.
wow, that indeed is the ultimate test, hopefully no one was seriously injured.
How did you manage to roll over?
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I would hope that they would not put bars on an SUV that were just for show. I wouldn't put it past them though. I would expect more from Jeep. They actually take a lot of pride in the fact that their vehicles (for the most part) are designed for adventure. Adventure that requires extra gear. I would be seriously upset if the roof rails on a vehicle I purchased were for show.
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My car was rear ended at a junction at speed by a saloon car driver on a mobile phone. The driver braked hard and nosed under our rear, lifting it and starting the roll. The fuel tank ruptured and there wasn't a straight panel left on the car after it stopped but when it was righted every door opened without fault. They built these jeeps massively strong and though they are low on fit and finish, economy and tech, the strength of these cars can never be measured on sales alone. Interestingly the police said that it was probably better for the occupants of both cars that there was a mismatch in centre of gravity.
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I have an 03 Liberty and if those rails were just for show, it was to show off how well they ( and the Yakima bars ) could hold my two sea kayaks! As another poster said, Jeep knows their vehicles are built for adventure. That's why I'm so anxious to see the Renegade!!
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Any thoughts on what crossbars would work nicely with the Renegade?

I'm reading that the ones sold by dealers are flimsy. Yakima has a suggested set of round 48" bars to fit the Renegade, while Thule suggested a square 58" set.

I want to securely carry two bicycles with the wheels on (sometimes) and cargo other times. I'm also hoping for aesthetic appeal and want to avoid drag/noise.
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Some people claim the 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty black roof rails were for show only. The only trusted ones were the chrome versions in the Trail Rated Limited editions.

Are there going to be Renegades that have roof rails that are not functional?

Not trying to kick up dust here, just coming up with the questions that need asking before signing. I'd hate discovering things after the ink's dry.
I put the OEM crossbars on the black roof rails that came stock on my '03 Liberty. I brought a canoe back from Maine, and also carried a small sailboat hull on them. No issues - they have been fine. Of course I always use ratcheting tie downs

Current vehicle: 2003 Jeep Liberty - 200K with a goal of 300K.
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Thank you everyone. Seems internet information can be just that. Am glad us Liberty people can trust our rails (more than our fuel tanks?).

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