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Old 01-02-2014, 04:09 AM   #1
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Default Removing/redoing standard Crosstrek roof rack rails

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So my crosstrek came with the black aero roof rack bars and I am considering removing them and the rails altogether. In a way too much black with my charcoal paint and besides I want a more minimal setup. So I am wondering if anyone has removed them and opted for the roof racks shown in the attached images and where you purchased them. I am all for the less is more approach. BTW overlook the ski racks, I live in FL. I am only looking at the silver railings.

Let me know and thanks for any input!

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Old 01-02-2014, 07:01 PM   #2
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Are you saying you want to remove the black rail mounts that are bolted down to the roof of the car? Or just the aero bars?
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:00 PM   #3
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Yes I want to remove the black rail bars that are bolted down. I essentially want the same exact style in the pics. BTW nice camping man. Digging your set up with the kayaks up top and the hitch in the back.
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It's doable. Basically you need to get the trim pieces from an impreza that cover the channel from front to back. The brackets for the rack to mount to should be there on our car, just covered by the current set up. The hard part is removing the large rail and replacing it with the smaller trim from the impreza, to do this you have to remove the headliner as the rails/trim are bolted through the roof.
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Ok, thanks for the instructions. Sounds like a pain though. Not a complete necessity for me, but nice to know it's doable.
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i've heard that you need to remove your headliner to get to the bolts. Then you'll have holes that need to be patched where the bolts were. . .
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It's doable. Basically you need to get the trim pieces from an impreza that cover the channel from front to back. The brackets for the rack to mount to should be there on our car, just covered by the current set up. The hard part is removing the large rail and replacing it with the smaller trim from the impreza, to do this you have to remove the headliner as the rails/trim are bolted through the roof.
I am looking to buy second hand roof rails for a 2013 XV
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