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duckofdoom 01-18-2012 04:49 PM

Rav 4 Roof Rack Retrofit...
 
So, I had been thinking about this for a while and finally decided to put it together.

I've been annoyed that my SportCross doesn't have a roof rack since I bought it - what proper wagon doesn't have a roof rack? The Gita rack would be sweet, but doesn't exist in the US. Yakima and Thule systems are too big and bulky looking. I wanted something that looks stock.

I had been eyeing Rav 4 roof racks for a while, and finally decided to pull the trigger. It turns out that it's a great fit... with some light modifications. This setup takes advantage of the existing holes in the SportCross roof and looks like a stock item.

I'm pretty pleased with the result. I even threw on a Rav 4 antenna as well.

http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/7291/img0147im.jpg

http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/1003/img0143ri.jpg

http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/1141/img0148qj.jpg

The kit is sold on eBay for around $150. It's not OEM Toyota, but the quality is good enough. The only substantial modifications needed are drilling additional holes in the front mounting plates and shortening the siderails by about 6 inches. Other than that it just come down to some minor tweaking and trimming rubber bits, etc. Oh, and you'll need different screws than what comes with the kit.

Up next, crossbars and a bike tray!

Here's a link to all of the pictures: Rav 4 Roof Rack

randy315 01-18-2012 05:15 PM

damn thats def. looks OEM to me. nice work !! rep+

JohnnyChimpo 01-18-2012 06:44 PM

A for effort but those front mounts just don't line up right.

202IS 01-18-2012 08:14 PM

Great job on that! Looks great! My dad is a big fan of Ravs. They have an 04 pearl white Rav now. Great vehicle all around and drives well too btw.

TobiasSing 01-18-2012 08:32 PM

Are you suuuuure that roof rack didn't come on there oem? :)

PROLIFIK1 01-18-2012 09:58 PM

Nice! Definitely looks stock!

duckofdoom 01-19-2012 12:52 PM

Thanks for the positive comments guys! I realize it's far from perfect, but for the $150 invested, I think it's a pretty viable solution for SportCross owners looking for an OEM-looking roof rack option.

Quote:

Originally Posted by JohnnyChimpo (Post 6552204)
A for effort but those front mounts just don't line up right.

I agree that the front mounts are a tiny bit off in regards to the flushness of the rubber gasket to the roofline. Because of that, my solution was to use some 3M insulating foam underneath the mount to make sure the mounting area is still completely sealed. Regarding how the mounts line up, they are positioned exactly like on the RX330:

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/7154/img0136g.jpg

http://members.amnet.net.au/~draco3/RX/Fold2.jpg

Squareback 01-19-2012 02:15 PM

I think they do have a gita one, but is is like 8 bills unpainted to get it here.

Looks really good I think. I personally like the SportX without the rails, but it looks factory to me.

duckofdoom 01-19-2012 02:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Squareback (Post 6552471)
I think they do have a gita one, but is is like 8 bills unpainted to get it here.

Looks really good I think. I personally like the SportX without the rails, but it looks factory to me.

I hear you - I like the look of the SportCross without rails as well, but I just got too used to this:

http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/1541/img3743b.jpg

:P

notatl 01-19-2012 03:37 PM

wow!!! i was expecting a home depot lip style hack job but this actually looks good! props too you buddy!

duckofdoom 01-19-2012 06:12 PM

Hehe, thanks man.

Yeah, I'm surprised no one has done this before. The rear mounts bolt right up with no modifications needed.

I'm waiting on a set of crossbars from eBay as well ($40.00). I'm thinking I'll need to hack 3" off of them, but then the setup should be complete - all for less than $200.

punkatom 01-20-2012 08:28 PM

damn, i might have to try this out, it looks great! can't wait to see it complete.

Zstuddin 01-21-2012 12:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by duckofdoom (Post 6552483)
I hear you - I like the look of the SportCross without rails as well, but I just got too used to this:

http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/1541/img3743b.jpg

:P

That's a Nissan stagea, I was gonna import one of those. Why did ya post a pic of that again? I'm confused.

Sinbound 01-21-2012 01:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Squareback (Post 6552471)
I think they do have a gita one, but is is like 8 bills unpainted to get it here.

Looks really good I think. I personally like the SportX without the rails, but it looks factory to me.

Yea man, it's a shame the Sportcross didn't come with as many accessories as the gita did. OEM Lexus all-weather floor mats would have been nice...

scsi 01-21-2012 02:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zstuddin (Post 6553139)
That's a Nissan stagea, I was gonna import one of those. Why did ya post a pic of that again? I'm confused.

im pretty sure that it's a subaru forester, not a stagea


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