Rhino Rack Vortex SG 2 vs Mopar Crossbar Rack for Hardtop Rails

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    I'm looking to get a crossbar rack for my JLUR to mount skis this winter and I have boiled it down to two options (please chime in if I'm forgetting other choices for rail mounts): Rhino Rack's Vortex SG 2 and Mopar's OEM crossbar for the hardtop. For those of you who have these set ups, why did you choose to go with one or the other?

    The Vortex SG 2 look more sleek and lower profile, which is what I want, but it seems like the front bars can only be mounted on the freedom top due to the changing width of the roof and the front bar. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Can they be adjusted to mount on the rear hardtop section only (like the Mopar crossbars in the pic below)?

    Mopar's rack seem adjustable and can be mounted on all parts of the rail, unfortunately, they whistle and have excess bar length sticking off the side. They also appear taller than the Vortex rack which is something I'm sensitive about because I would like to fit into parking structures without having to take the racks off.

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    I just installed the Rhino bars and was able to install them in the position you show the Mopar ones. Had to kind of push them on but they fit.
     
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    Thanks for clarifying! have you had any issues with wind noise or quality?
     
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    Just move the front rack to the back and you should be fine. No issue with quality or wind noise.

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    Just placed my order. Thanks!!!
     
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    Any updates on what you went with and how it worked? I'm looking at the same thing and have a sunrider
     
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    #7 Feb 5, 2020
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    I picked up the Rhino-Rack Vortex SG2 (SG59) and threw it on my 2-door.

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    Since you have a JLUR, the best option is the Rhino Rack Vortex SG59 bars. I did a ton of research on the best gutter mounts before pulling the trigger! A member on here suggested switching the front and rear bars around in order to mount both bars on the rear hardtop. The results were great, especially paired with my yakima fatcat 6 for skis. Very low profile for those who are worried about garage clearance and no whistling on the highway with the weatherstrips inserts.

    Caveat: I've had a relatively poor customer experience with Rhino Rack trying to get replacement screws for their product.. but that's a whole different story,

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