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post #1 of 55 (permalink) Old 02-17-2018, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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Cross bars on a 2018

Does anyone have any ideas on after market cross bars? The OEM ones just seem too high.
If not aftermarket.... how easy it it to take the OEM ones on and off for storage when not in use ?
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They come with a star key. Two fasteners per side on per cross bar. I took my off as soon as I got home from the dealer. Took 5 minutes.

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They come with a star key. Two fasteners per side on per cross bar. I took my off as soon as I got home from the dealer. Took 5 minutes.

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Thanks bud.... you took them off because you also agree that they are just huge?
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Thanks bud.... you took them off because you also agree that they are just huge?
No likely because they can be removed or installed in a few minutes. You use 'em when you need 'em.

OEM cross bars are that height for a reason...the '18 uses an external sunroof that is the height of the front bar as opposed to the gen1s that had an internal sunroof only half way opened to a slot instead of a fully opened window like the gen2. Use shorter aftermarket crossbars on an '18 with a sunroof and when loaded you either can't operate the sunroof or if you forget and try to open the roof, you will damage it.

What if you don't have the sunroof?....then good luck on the noise factor. First thing I checked was if they were properly installed by the dealer - front bar is lower than the rear so that the loading surface is level when the vehicle is level and facing in the correct direction for the aerodynamic shape . In addition the tops of the bars contain and integral rubber traction surface. Also the bars are installed in fixed positions and cannot be slid forward or rearward, evidently for noise reduction and drag which is a major problem with roof racks.

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Thanks bud.... you took them off because you also agree that they are just huge?
I'm never going to use them.

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The dealer scratched my roof when they installed my crossbars. Didn't notice till after I purchased though...

Otherwise, I love them. Doesn't seem too high once you throw stuff on them. I used to think that they were a bit unsightly because of the gap between them and the roof, but as soon as I got the vehicle, I decided that the crossbars add extra definition to the overall look.
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Thanks bud.... you took them off because you also agree that they are just huge?
No likely because they can be removed or installed in a few minutes. You use 'em when you need 'em.

OEM cross bars are that height for a reason...the '18 uses an external sunroof that is the height of the front bar as opposed to the gen1s that had an internal sunroof only half way opened to a slot instead of a fully opened window like the gen2. Use shorter aftermarket crossbars on an '18 with a sunroof and when loaded you either can't operate the sunroof or if you forget and try to open the roof, you will damage it.

What if you don't have the sunroof?....then good luck on the noise factor. First thing I checked was if they were properly installed by the dealer - front bar is lower than the rear so that the loading surface is level when the vehicle is level and facing in the correct direction for the aerodynamic shape . In addition the tops of the bars contain and integral rubber traction surface. Also the bars are installed in fixed positions and cannot be slid forward or rearward, evidently for noise reduction and drag which is a major problem with roof racks.
Gotcha, so you find they do or dont add noise to the ride?.... i dont have a sun roof.
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The dealer scratched my roof when they installed my crossbars. Didn't notice till after I purchased though...

Otherwise, I love them. Doesn't seem too high once you throw stuff on them. I used to think that they were a bit unsightly because of the gap between them and the roof, but as soon as I got the vehicle, I decided that the crossbars add extra definition to the overall look.
Great pic, they dont look so bad there.
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Great pic, they dont look so bad there.
Well, that's not what I was going to say!

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Thanks bud.... you took them off because you also agree that they are just huge?
I'm never going to use them.

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