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Well, last week I pulled the rack off the X. It doesn't look too bad but from the front it looks bald.

The amount of leaves, twigs, tree branches, etc under that basket was amazing. For as hard as it was to take off, maybe I shoule have just removed the basket and cleaned under there.

The way they attached the rack to the roof sucked. They used threaded rivets which can turn inside the roof while taking the rack off and I assume putting the rack back on. There are I think 27 screws holding the rack on. On screw number 25 I had this happen and ended up ripping it out of the roof by mistake (it was the only one holding on the rack and I went to tip the bar back to look under and it pulled the threaded rivet through the roof.

Now, there are 27 holes in the roof. I plugged them with electrical putty (the same stuff they use to seal holes where electrical lines come into your house). So far so good, but it’s not going to stay that way…there are plans afoot. There are 4 holes that are flush with the roof and care must be taken to make sure they are sealed well. The rest of the holes are raised up a bit, so you don’t have to worry about water running off the roof and into them. If I was going to leave the rack off I would use silicon and screws to seal the holes.

One of the things that I was shocked about was how much better my fuel efficiency has got. Now I have only been through a tank and a half of gas so far, but I am seeing a 1mpg around town and 2mpg highway difference than with the rack on.

So…now for the topless pictures.



 

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how dare you post such pornographic pictures on this clean site?

looks so different, I can only compare it to Britney Spears shaving her head...

take a picture from above to show the holes


looks slightly like the dodge durango but with a dip in the front
 

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It seems smaller without the rack.
 

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man... it is true... the rack is what makes an X an X
 

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Wow, I didn't expect the rack to make that big of a difference. I cant say I like it without the rack.
 

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Generally I'm all for topless...especially if X-rated :geek: ..but...
 

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I'm sure whatever you have up your sleeve is gonna rock! I like having a rack so much I have two up top (Stock and Thule...)
 

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kokopop said:
It seems smaller without the rack.
it does.. shorter and narrower
 

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So, what I'm gathering from Muzikman's description, is that the roof rack is held onto ONLY the body paneling of the roof? It is not making any supportive contact with any cross member or other load bearing structure?
Correct?
 

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I think that is reasonable to assume. Rack capacity is 165lbs correct? 27 screws/load points...6.1 lbs per screw. Seems reasonable. Perphaps that is why there are so many screws....because its not directly connected to a cross member?
 

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BGXterra said:
man... it is true... the rack is what makes an X an X
Yep - without it you'll have a "Y"
 

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There are a few roof cross supports, but nothing substantial. I'll let you know what I find when I pull the head liner down to install the new rack.

Don't worry about me getting it back on (the stock rack isn't going back on).
 

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Are you planning something like this?
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It's for a 1st gen, but I always liked this rack. (It's from (gasp!) Calmini.)
 
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