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Like many of the other posts on this forum about roof racks, I went through a similar process and first purchased aftermarket racks at a fraction of the cost of the factory ones. I was unhappy with how they gripped the roof rails, returned them and bought the factory racks. I have not "permanently" installed them, however, I am also unhappy with how these attach to the roof rails. Upon initial inspection I was much happier with how the "grips" seemed like they would wrap around the lip of the roof rail to make a more secure connection. However, they do not reach under the lip neither in the front nor back and simply rely on pressure against the rails to hold them down. I have tried everything to get them to fit under the lip but the only way it seems possible is to remove the rubber mounting which would then scratch the rail. I am also concerned that tightening them to the recommended pressure will dent or crease the roof rail and leave a mark or dent when removed. Needless to say, after almost triple the cost, I am no more happy than I was with the aftermarket racks. Any suggestions from people who have installed the factory racks? Thanks in advance.
 

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Well, i cannot answer for the roof racks, but the rails wont dent, they are extruded aluminum, and the way they mount to the roof, they wont dent the roof either.
 

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Well, i cannot answer for the roof racks, but the rails wont dent, they are extruded aluminum, and the way they mount to the roof, they wont dent the roof either.
Thanks for your reply. That gives me a bit more confidence to tighten them to 53 ft-lbs as stated in the instructions. Hope they don't scratch the paint, either.
 

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I know exactly what you mean. I returned a set of racks that were supposed to "grip" the roof rails because no matter how well you positioned them, spaced them, and tightened them, if you used some force in the right direction you could make them come off. The manufacturer maintained it wasn't an issue, but I got a full refund anyway and swapped to another brand that was roughly the same price yet better in many ways:
  1. The bolt to the retaining screws on top of the rack and are totally secure.
  2. They are a "whisper" profile and the difference in how they eliminated the wind noise compared to the original racks is staggering.
  3. The side mounts include "boots" that are flexible, and really seem to flex and follow the curve of the rails. I believe it is to keep water out and reduce noise/drag, but in any case it makes me feel they are a higher quality design and construction.
  4. The whisper racks curve to follow the roof line which I expect makes them a little stronger too.
 

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I know exactly what you mean. I returned a set of racks that were supposed to "grip" the roof rails because no matter how well you positioned them, spaced them, and tightened them, if you used some force in the right direction you could make them come off. The manufacturer maintained it wasn't an issue, but I got a full refund anyway and swapped to another brand that was roughly the same price yet better in many ways:
  1. The bolt to the retaining screws on top of the rack and are totally secure.
  2. They are a "whisper" profile and the difference in how they eliminated the wind noise compared to the original racks is staggering.
  3. The side mounts include "boots" that are flexible, and really seem to flex and follow the curve of the rails. I believe it is to keep water out and reduce noise/drag, but in any case it makes me feel they are a higher quality design and construction.
  4. The whisper racks curve to follow the roof line which I expect makes them a little stronger too.
Sounds good. Can you please tell me the name or link to the racks? Thanks.
 

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If you don't mind, what crossbars did you end up with?
I ended up keeping the factory mounts but just sent away for a torque bar. I am going to torque them to the factory specs and see if that helps. I'll keep you posted.
 
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