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Roof Rack System for 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with Factory Hardtop

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I have a jeep JKU and dont want to drill holes thru my hardtop for a roof rack but...Im also concerned about the rain gutter mounts and the integrity of the fiberglass rain gutters with the roof rack clamps on them. Could the clamps break the rain gutter since they are fiberglass? I understand the max. Load thing

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According to Yakima, the drip rails on that factory hard top are not structural. When used in this installation, the crossbars are intended for use with skis or snowboards only. The maximum allowable load would be 6 skis or 4 snowboards. When used within this limited scope, the drip rail mounts will not damage the rain gutter or drip rail. If used for any other purpose, they would most likely be damaged.

If you decide to install the Y00101 Raingutter Towers and 58 inch load bars, keep in mind that Yakima sells the load bar end caps separately as part # Y8007026.

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