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post #1 of 130 (permalink) Old 03-14-2011, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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How to add the Roof Rail crossbars.

If you have 2009 you have the C channels and all you need are the cross rails.
If you have an EARLY build 2010 (like mine) you have the C channels- and you only need the cross rails.
If you have a later 2010 and 2011- you need to order the C-channel AND cross Rail KIT.

This is the crossrail kit in the box- and Laid out with all the items in the box.



My finger is pointing at the C-Channel.


My finger is pointing at the black strip that ALL Traverses come with….
If you have the later 2010 or 2011.. you have this strip.. but you DON’T have the c-channel above.
You have to check to make sure you have the metal c-channel above.


Note the kit comes with SECURITY torx screws. Note the screw has a stub in the middle.
Regular torx screwdriver will not work- you need the special key that’s provided with the set.
Note it has an open center. If the dealer installed your crossbars- make sure you got the tool….
You need the tool to be able to remove and move the crossbars front/back.




In the channel- there is an ‘opening’ where you can drop in the sliders. This is the only place you can insert them.Its located in the area aboce the rear of the passenger door- on both sides.
Here you insert the slider bar.



You slide one bar to the front- and one to the rear. Do this on both sides. The slider bar has a piece of metal that a screw is attached to—this piece- has ‘teeth’ on it that grab into the c-channel once you tighten the screw- keeping the rails in place.





To install the crossrails- take note of this… the crossrail has a bump on the leading edge- im pretty sure this is related to it making less noise and or aerodynamic properties.
It HAS to point to the front.



Note- one of the crossrails is longer than the other. The longer goes in the FRONT.
On the drivers side- youll want to set the crossrail on the slider- and mate the 2.
Note that you have to insert- and move the slider so that the 2 couple together.
Repeat for the rear.



Since the rails on the top are not STRAIGHT- the crossbars have 2 screws on the passenger side of the crossbars that allow the rail to expand.
Depending on the location of the crossbar- youll may have to pull out or push in- so that this end of the crossbar can mate with the slider.
The drivers side- is not set up to allow it to expand. You can if you like- use your torx key to tighten the screws once you know where youll leave the crossbars.
Repeat for the rear.




Once you know where you will set the front rear (based on your cargo)- you can use the screws to set the rails in place. Repeat for front/rear on left and right side.


Attach the cover and tighten the screw. You will notice that the covers are not identical-
Align the tabs on the cover to the crossbar assembly.



The last step is to insert the rubber cap. My guess is that this cap is there so that the crossbars don’t slide out and fly off. Its possible over time the screws can loosen- and the rail move around and possibly come loose… that’s my guess.




That’s it.
Before and after.



Several notes:
The instructions do make recommendations on where to place the rails if you have the sunroof.
The Instructions do make recommendations on where to place the rails for LEAST wind noise.

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Re: How to add the Roof Rail crossbars.

I was prepping for an upcoming trip- and decided to do the how to.
Note the final pic has a piece of the screw sticking up- thats cause I was going to fit a Thule Cargo bag and was getting ready to slide the bars.
I ended up placing the bag on top- tying it down and then moving the bars to allow a nice fit of the bag.

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Re: How to add the Roof Rail crossbars.

As always, thanks for the write up Rbarrios! What did you install them for? How often do you plan on using them.

I personally think it looks better without them up there, that is unless you are going to actually use them. Only once did I wish I had them because we went xmas tree shoping. I thought I could tie the tree down somehow, well when I got their obviously I couldnt so I had to jam the tree in the car

Thanks for the pics

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Re: How to add the Roof Rail crossbars.

this Thursday we leave on a trip from Los Angeles to Florida. 4 adults and 1 baby.
I want the passengers to have all the room inside. if they want to raise their feet etc.
so Ive told them- all clothes will go on top (Thule cargo bag). Other stuff on the hitch.
I plan on using bunjee cords to flatten the cargo bag (for better aerodynamics).
The rack in the back will have the cooler and cases of Mexican Pepsi, Mexican Coke, and Mt Dew throwback edition.
Yeah I know-- weird- but- heres the reasoning--- bro and mother in law- drink regular Mt-Dew like crazy. Bros wife drinks coke. so I bring them gifts.
(they been unable to find any of those locally).
but this is pretty much what my setup will be.


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this Thursday we leave on a trip from Los Angeles to Florida. 4 adults and 1 baby.
WOW, that's a drive! Then it makes total sense to have roof rails.

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Re: How to add the Roof Rail crossbars.

Once we return from trip- theyre coming off.
But I figured Id leave space for the missus, grandma, and great grandma.....
From previous trips- I already know---- "My feet are swollen"....
Every stop- im also going to make them switch seats. from front passenger, to 2nd row- to 3rd row etc....
Oh and forgot to mention- another reason to carry little inside...
When I get tired (the driver)... Im going to flip down the 60 portions- and take a nap.
I have it all planned out in my head... well see how this pans out on the road.

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Have a safe trip, and please keep us posted on the mileage you get!

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Re: How to add the Roof Rail crossbars.

rbarrios,

Doesn't the rear cargo block the license plate? Are you going to move the license plate to be visible? Just curious....

Setup looks nice...

Have a wonderful and safe trip!

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Re: How to add the Roof Rail crossbars.

valid question.
yes- on the Traverse the rack does block the plate.
Im going to leave it on the bumper.
If I get pulled over- ill take the ticket- then take it off and bunjee cord it to my cargo rack.
if it makes any difference... California is a 2 plate state.

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Re: How to add the Roof Rail crossbars.

Great right up on the kit. My traverse had them from the factory and the dealer did not have the wrench and told me the kit does not come with it. Well they sent me an entire torx bit security set cause they knew I had them by the balls. I like how the bars look reminds me of a suburban look.

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