Roof rails will be here Friday. Anyone have a how-to on the installation of the rails?
I'd love to do it myself but would appreciate any tips or tricks on how it's done.
Going to do black rails on this:
I assume they will come with the mounting instructions that are strictly visuals...no written directions. They seem self-explanatory. If for any reason you don't get instructions I can forward them to you.
My rails arrived today and I installed one tonight after work. It took about 30 minutes to install the first and alot of that was popping off the original covers while trying not to break them. Success on the rear but not on the front so its a good thing that they get discarded. I also had a bit of confusion with the plastic spacers that you use to install the brackets, but then remove once the metal brackets are bolted down. All in all it was simple, and tomorrow I will try to do a photo shoot while installing the other rail. Again this is not hard to do, but you will need a 1/4 in metric torque wrench, torx bits, a plastic kitchen spatula, and about 30 minutes per side.
I actually kept the original covers, mainly because if I ever need to take off the rails for any reason I'd still have them and wouldn't have to buy new ones or run into any issues with the color not matching perfectly on the new ones.
So here is what the first one looks like after mounting. I like the contrast of the black on white.
To install the rails you need to pop off the covers at each end. These are plastic and may break, but they are discarded. A plastic kitchen spatula helps here. Be very gentle if you want to save these.
Then you will need to attach the setting pieces to the rail mounts. These help align the brackets for you.
Bolt them in place and torque to 25 Nm.
Then remove the setting pieces.
Now the finishing kit pieces are set in place. not much force is needed, just pop them on. (sorry no pic but you will easily see what to do.
Bolt the rail in place. Be careful when setting it in place watch the front and back positions and align the holes for the torx bolts. Tighten them up as you use a little bit of pressure to align the holes.
Last thing is the trim covers. they provide you with some clear plastic to protect the roof finish when you install these. Its like clear tape/ Slide the trim covers in to place and push them into position. They snap into place from the outside pushing under the metal mounting bracket and above the finishing piece.
Total time is right around an hour. Its handy to have a small torque wrench and a plastic kitchen spatula. Use an old one that she keeps at the bottom of the drawer.
Dogscout, thanks for posting those great shots of your install. Would love to see some wide angle shots of the whole car with the rails so please post more photos of the finished car when you're done. Thanks again!
I installed the silver roof rails on my black Evoque Prestige today by myself. It took me about 90 minutes for the first one fiddling around to get everything to fit just right; I guess I'm slow. Then it took me 30 minutes for the second one. All in all, I'm very pleased. It really finishes off the look.
I bought mine from the local dealer. His price was as good or better than eBay after the discount coupon they gave me for accessories,Ask your dealer for a price and you may be surprised that they are competetive.
I bought the rails and cross bars from Caticautomotive on E-Bay as well as the Thule Box. All parts are black. The rails and cross bars were of good enough quality but the rails were difficult to install. First, they sent the wrong sized bolts for the studs in the roof. A visit to the hardware store was required. The instructions had us install parts then had us remove them for no apparent reason. We worked through that. Plastic parts had rubber gaskets that were separating Fromm the plastic. Crazy glue saved that. Finally the vertical plastic trim was very difficult to install, probably due to the crazy glue repair of gaskets. Finally we panicked when we thought the cross rails were too shot...they're adjustable. In all it took about 3 to 3.5 hours to install everything. Total cost about $1100 compared to my dealers quote of $2100. The box is a 1500 series Thule, 66 inches long. Fortunately the Thule clamps are universal, two good sized claws that come together with an internal knob inside the box. The height of the package is about 7 feet tall. I can bareley get it into my garage because my drive has a slight slope on it. I think I'll use a strap around the unit and cross bars, longitudinally, for high speed travel. All in all I guess it was worth it to save a $1000. Two cliche's fit.....you get what you pay for and.....nothing is easy, at least for me.
you get what you pay for thats for sure...I'm still fiddling around with the side protection tubes I bought off ebay. I have installed but like you it wasn't easy. they came with missing parts and I only realised this after I removed some parts from the car. I had to put it back together until the right part came and broke a few nutserts because I didn;t have the right tool. I eventually made it work but it took a while. The finish product looks good but had to look up youtube videos a few times-how to vids by powerfuluk are great. Let's see how I go with the roof rail install.
I'm very sad to report I was unable to fit the trim pieces on my roof rails from the reputable eBay seller. Hoping to grab a refund and return shipping. It's a $50000 vehicle. I should have gone back to the dealer in the first place. I spent 3 hrs trying to get one rail on. I'm no ding dong, and thus my short comings show at the hand of trying to save a couple hundred bucks.
I have the exact same problem. Bought the rails and all the pieces. "Dry fitting" the parts and all seemed to be good. Then I tried to bolt everything up. With the roof trim in place the front mounts were fine but the rears, with the roof trim on place would just not line up. Trimming plastic off the underside of the trim - that just cannot be right - allowed the rails to fit but the rear trim pieces bind and will not fit in place. what have I done?