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#1 (permalink) Old 09-08-2011, 05:54 PM
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Question Removing Roof Rack Crossbars

Can somebody tell me how to remove the crossbars from the roof rack? Do you suppose that improves mileage much?
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Can somebody tell me how to remove the crossbars from the roof rack? Do you suppose that improves mileage much?
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Roof Rack cross bar removal

I've removed the crossbars. They are easy enough to remove/reinstall in 30 minutes once you know how they're attached and with a proper tool. Can't say that its improved gas mileage much, maybe .10-.50 mpg increase at most. It does slightly reduce wind noise in my opinion.

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I just removed mine, I haven't filled the tank since I removed them so I don't know if/how gas mileage is affected. I don't notice any difference in wind noise. My reason for removing them is to make snow removal easier.
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I was thinking of removing them as well. My main reason is to prepare for my pre-winter detail of the vehicle (usually in October). I have detailed it with the roof bars in place and while it can be done, it is a pain in the a$$ to polish/seal with them in place.
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The only thing that you will notice is reduced wind noise when the sunroof is open.
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Took just 5 min to get both rear clips from the roof racks off.
Start from top where there is no clip. This section is flexible and you can easily move the plastic tool from there down and pry the 2 clips on each side.

Then just loosen the crossbars and slide them off.






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Thanks vanib, your pictures made it much easier to comprehend than all the other written threads and posts. So easy.


I actually started with my fingernail to find the seam of the end cap, then used a 90-degree slot screwdriver (paint can opener type) instead of the nice tool you have in the photo. Some tape to protect paint, just in case.


If for no other reason, the RAV looks mo betta without the bars, which I haven't even used. Also, easier to clean the top now. Will be simple to re-install again if ever think of need for them.

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You're welcome. I knew these pics would come in handy some day

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For me, it is to take snow off the roof easily.
I have them back on right now since I might end up carrying stuff sometimes.

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