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#1 Old 07-27-2010, 05:12 PM
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How to move front factory roof rack bar

Put my Thule faring on the front, and it sticks out on to the sunroof about an inch, so I need to move the front factory roof rack bar back - about 2". I loosened the screw that is under the silver tie downs, but it was not budging. Does the screw need to be removed, then remove the 'cover'? Before I took any crazy steps and break it (which I have a history of doing) - thought I would check first (manual useless). Thanks...
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I use a Sears version of the Thule and I just drilled new holes into the Cargo Box for where I want it to sit and it's been perfect... Heck of alot easier than trying to relocate the truck's front crossbar....

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Thanks - already did that with my Thule cargo box - np there. However - the front air fairing hooks up to the front bar, and as it is now, the faring edge sits on top of the sunroof - so I have to move it back a few inches to make sure that when the sun roof tilts up - the fairing is not in the way. Picture of a fairing here - just imagine it hanging over the sunroof...

http://www.stateofnine.com/Merchant2...eFairing_m.jpg
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I didn't think the front roof rack bar would move. Would be great if it did, I've always considered that to be a shortcoming of our trucks.


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I'd remove the fairing if it were me, unless it's actually needed for something...

If you really wanna make this right, you should just order and install a 2nd crossbar (shown below as # 73808N) for the rear side and forget about using that front cross bar... Most everything that fits a standard roof rack should be able to fit on the rear part alone for the most part. I've contemplated doing that several times but have no need to (yet).

http://www.courtesyparts.com/kb_search_result.php?keywords=[73808N]+ta60&cPath=1063_1064_1172_1188


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Pops -

First - thank you for the schematic! That actually helps, as I can see that to remove or move the front foot for the bars, you have to remove the cover and there is a 2nd screw which is likely how to adjust and move and or remove the foot. The fairing is 'supposed' to help with gas mileage as I have Thule bike rails and sometimes have the cargo carrier. That said - its mostly aesthetics for me - I think it looks cool! ;-) I like the idea of adding a 2nd bar to the rear - there is def. enough space to use just the rear for anything I need... Thanks again!

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FWIW, my Armada is too tall for bikes on top so I just use a Hitch carrier instead and some of the newer designs attach the same way as a roof carrier does....



http://www.rackwarehouse.com/y2433x.html

http://www.rackwarehouse.com/y2435.html#

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