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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...
Funny thing. When I first got my SportX, it needed floor mats. And all they had at the local Lexus dealership were the OEM Lexus all-weather floor mats. Which I liked better than the carpeted ones so it was an awesome surprise.

And the Rav roof rack is an awesome retrofit. I always wondered if the RX, Rav, or Highlander rail would fit the curves of the car. It is nice to see somebody try it. I recently got my Yakima roof rack, and I agree that it is NOT a perfect looking mount.
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im pretty sure that it's a subaru forester, not a stagea
Yep. It's my old wagon. It had a nice low-profile rack that I got quite used to. I'm trying to get the SportCross to a place where it's just as functional (since it will never be nearly as fast, hehe).

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Funny thing. When I first got my SportX, it needed floor mats. And all they had at the local Lexus dealership were the OEM Lexus all-weather floor mats. Which I liked better than the carpeted ones so it was an awesome surprise.

And the Rav roof rack is an awesome retrofit. I always wondered if the RX, Rav, or Highlander rail would fit the curves of the car. It is nice to see somebody try it. I recently got my Yakima roof rack, and I agree that it is NOT a perfect looking mount.
Thanks for the positive comments! I'll have to check out those mats - my car has been missing its passenger side mat since I bought it

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Update: Crossbars and Bike Tray

$50 later and OEM Toyota crossbars showed up. I shortened them, chopping about an inch off each side:









And then I added a RockyMounts TieRod bike tray (which required a little shortening for liftgate clearance):






Project complete. I'm quite happy with the result.

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looks pretty professional man. nice work
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What kind of bracing did you make under the roof so this thing doesn't get ripped off by the wind when driving?
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What kind of bracing did you make under the roof so this thing doesn't get ripped off by the wind when driving?


No bracing required... If you lift up the strips that lie in the gutter areas on any SportCross, you'll find bolts already in place for mounting a roof rack. The reinforced areas with bolt holes are already built into the car, but there are just little short bolts with rubber washers screwed in from the factory - remove those and screw in longer hardware to bolt on a rack. There are two holes in the front and two in the rear with one in the middle of the car (which I didn't use), because the Gita rack must have an additional upright between the front and rear.

The rear Rav 4 brackets bolt right on with no modification - I'm really surprised no one has done this before...

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Wow....amazing work bro. I thought of it once before but was never motivated to experiment it. I think you just motivated me......nicely done man. I always wanted to get the OEM rack but it was $700 plus shipping.

Thanks for posting a link to your detailed pics. Could you post more close ups on the crossbars??

So with everything done...what was your total cost without the bike tray?

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Wow....amazing work bro. I thought of it once before but was never motivated to experiment it. I think you just motivated me......nicely done man. I always wanted to get the OEM rack but it was $700 plus shipping.

Thanks for posting a link to your detailed pics. Could you post more close ups on the crossbars??

So with everything done...what was your total cost without the bike tray?
Thanks man! I'll post some more detailed pics once I take them.

Total cost minus the bike tray was under $200.

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Great work man. Don't know how many times i screamed because i wanted a roof rack. I could never get a Thule or Yakima think it makes the Sportcross look like a Subaru. Many times thought of just taking the hit and ordering the Gita one. But this my friend is a must for me. Travel plenty with the family and this will be great help for bikes and save room in the trunk for other things. I know a lot of you might not like the look, but for me this is more function than form. Thanks for the pictures will definitly had this to the list of must MODZ.

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What Year RAV4 Rack did you use? I am wanting to do this mod since they Gita Racks are not available here any longer and i can find A used one?
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Wow. This looks great!!! I will do this to mine as well. Thanks.

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Looks great duckofdoom. Never was a fan of the doorframe scratchers, oem or aftermarket. I believe you can still order the Lexus oem one below, but I called all over the world and and no luck with an oem Gita rack. The RAV one looks like the best option we have.
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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:
Go on! I am curious if a used rack from a RX would it fit better than the RAV4? If so any advice on years or specific models? I will have to check out some RX's on my way home tonight.
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looks pretty freakin good

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Haven't updated the thread in a while. The rack is still working out great, so I picked up a Yakima Skybox 16 for camping:



Oh, and I also finally adjusted the stance. H&R Sportcross springs, Tokico Blues, and an Eibach rear sway bar.




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