Never installed one, but removed a factory-installed ski rack from our 2002.
There are some screw holes under the strips along the sides of the roof -
easy as pie. Pain in the butt part is getting the strips back down solid.
Anybody looking for a ski rack?
Sorry for taking so long to reply...been on vacation for a week and lots
going on! Take a look at http://www.megley.com/wesley/trooper and you'll
see what it looked like before I took it off the Trooper.
Does 2000 model have rain gutters? My 1998 Trooper does not, it also does
not have roof rails. I bought Thule with vehicle-specific doorframe clamps.
Rear ones go on easily, and hold good. Front ones are PITA since roof relief
changes towards the front, and if you put the rack in about middle of front
door (where roof is still "normal") there is terrible wind noise. The rack
can be attached near very front of the door frame, but then it takes a lot
of tightening before the rack stays put. Scratches the paint a bit, too.
Other than that Thule is very well made, I've carried weights in excess of
100kg on it.
Yep...should be there. Best I can tell there's no difference between our 94
and 02, though I didn't actually pull the strip off to check on the 94. On
the edges of the roof is a rubber-like strip that clips/snaps into place.
If you pop it loose, there are threaded screw holes in the front and back
(well, middle or so of the vehicle and the back) to mount a rack on. The
ski rack that came with the 02 looked pretty cool, but between the fact that
I've never been skiing in my life and the noise it made at higher
speeds...it had to go. If anyone's looking to buy a ski rack, let me
know...it's collecting dust in the basement. :-)
In my opinion the best roof rack for troopers without (or any other car
without roofracks) is the SARIS roof rack (got mine on ebay)
it takes me less then 5 minutes to put it on or take it off
(no exageration) that is why I don't mind to put it on or take it off its
so fast, it is my understanding that the thules and yakimas is a pain in
the AAAAAA ..... and that is why people leave them on. Also if you tape
(with electric tape) the channels underneat, it produces no noise
they sell a rubber insert that i was going to order later but the tape
worked so well that I didn't bother. you can also check rackattack.com for
the clips and accessories best prices I found.
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