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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

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I know my Thule 47" Aeroblades have more excess past the feet on the rear bar than on the front bar. So I would guess that the longer bar goes in front.
Wait, if there is more excess past the feet on the rear bar, wouldn't that mean that the rear bar is longer than the front?

Can anyone confirm with certainty if the longer bar goes on the front or rear? (Thule Aeroblades)

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the bars are the same size, the car actually isn't. if you get the distance between the flush rails it's narrower closer to the trunk than it is over the sunroof
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Old 07-24-2013, 03:25 PM
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

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the bars are the same size, the car actually isn't. if you get the distance between the flush rails it's narrower closer to the trunk than it is over the sunroof
That might very well be true, however if I am not mistaken the bars are not the same size. There was a post by a member that cut a piece of trim that went on the bars with out checking front or rear, he wound up with a piece that was to short for the other bar.
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

Another question about the Thule Aeroblades ...

If you are going to mount to the roof rails, you have to use the Rapid Podium, correct? ..and the Rapid Traverse are for vehicles without roof rails?

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I measured my bars, they are both 48 and 1/4 including de side plastic caps.

Regarding what else to get I would use the thule fit guide, there is a few different options, I use the 460 foot and the 4019 fit kit
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

Hoping I don't get bashed for this (I did use google search and search tool in this forum for last 2 hours with no luck).

vehicle: 2012 JGC

I am having issues installing the mounting brackets into the rails. I ended up unscrewing the outboard screws all the way so that I ONLY had the black metal bracket that dropped out.

2 of them just drop into the rail, 1 can be forced in (a bit of excessive force), but the last one just won't get in. It looks like the silver threaded fitting (allen bolt screws into) is too long to fit over the roof rail. Anyone else experienced this problem?
Any suggestions?

I can post pics tonight.

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what are the parts you are trying to install? I had some trouble with the plastic cover of 460 foot pack but that was it... you kinda have to open as little as possible in my experience to avoid messing it up, then try to fit over the rails it helps if you don't let it go until you get it fixed, because it might shift a little and then it's hard to put the cover
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Old 11-21-2013, 04:31 PM
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

I'm so glad I stopped what I was doing and looked this up. I hadn't even noticed the diagram of the vehicle showing which one was front and which one was back. and I was loosening both bolts trying to get the clamps to come down.

Now that I have them both secured onto the roof however, the problem I'm having is getting the rubber strips on. They wouldn't push in and they're not sliding easily into the track and my hands are killing me (1/3 of the way through getting the first rubber strip on now). Any ideas?
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:38 PM
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

Update: F-ing Ef Ef!!! Okay, I was already mid-install when it occurred to me to look on the forum (I know. Shame on me. I'm still a noob though).

I Didn't see any of the posts referenced in this thread, but now wish I'd thought of some kind of lube (though that may be a totally different kind of forum) as I pushed the rear rubber into the slot (okay, I couldn't resist). ;-)

Anyway, the end caps are a nightmare that do not seem to lock/unlock or go on or off with any kind of refinement. But i finally removed an end cap from the rear crossbar (and yes, the rear bar is the smaller bar!). I fed the rubber strip into the open end and got it almost all the way across when reading that people were able to push it in from the top. I don't know if it's the 40 degree day here in Minnesota or the recent hand surgery but my hands couldn't get it in, so I was stuck trying to slide it.

It finally occurred to me to go to the opposite side, pry up enough of the rubber strip to get a grip and pull it the rest of the way across. Sweet! It worked!

So I then decided that the same technique would work for the front one and again chose to forgo any lube options (because I hadn't seen any mention of it here and didn't notice the multiple pages and references to someone else's post). As a web designer, I really would love to redo this site's UX!

In any case, I figured I had this sucker licked... Naive... So naive!!

The front one did not want to cooperate or slide in any way. So I tried the push from above tactic again with no luck. Maybe I should have heated the rubber up or tried to push the rubber in before I brought the crossbars to the cold garage from the warm house. In any case, I finally got it far enough to start pulling from the other side and eventually got it across. Can anyone guess what the result was?

Rubber stretches! Who knew, right? Yeah, not feeling smarter than the inanimate object right now. So low-and-behold, my rubber is now too long for the slot. Did anyone just think, "That's what she said?"

So then I decide that my only option is to pull the end cap off and slice the excess rubber. But hey, one more lovely aspect has been that those end caps and locks don't work worth a damn!! the keys don't slide in or out very well and ended up stuck in the lock. I finally got it to turn (vertical unlock position) and then the key pulled out (but not the end cap) and won't go back in. So the lock is stuck in the vertical position and I can't get the key back in to lock it.

Meanwhile, my rubber is still dangling off the bar. Maybe i should hit one of those "other" forums to destress!

All joking aside, am I going to come home missing a lock in the hole one day or is there a trick to these things?
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:51 PM
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Re: Roof rack Cross Bar Mounting Process

PS and off topic. How do you post photos? I tried to click the "insert image" button and it was a text box looking for code. There's only a "Add Video" button under my entry. When I tried dropping a JPEG into my thread it came up as gibberish text, so I deleted it. Otherwise I'd have a couple of photos of my long rubber for you. ;-)
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How do you post photos?
Go advanced and attach as a file.
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I don't see an advanced tab. I'll try the manage attachments and see what happens.
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