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Roof Rack / Rail Removal

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorer Sport Tuning' started by txaggie, February 16, 2013.

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    1. Twilley

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      So I took the plunge, and deleted the rails. My rear passenger side bolt was very rusty, and leaking water down the back seatbelt. I think I like the look, as my rails were silver with old faded black ends...I'm going for the blackout look.

      Here are the bolt holes, after removal.
      https://imgur.com/gallery/ghNbh

      Here are the AFTER photos.
      https://imgur.com/gallery/2fQ0L

      I think I may purchase the two short front pieces, since I cannot successfully secure the original moundings. This Florida sun backs everything off!!
      I may not buy the complete moldings unless I find a deal.
       
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    3. Ron Bumpus

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      VERY Sharp looking, Going to do the same to my 17 Sport also black. just waiting on the parts.
       
    4. peterk9

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      Welcome to the Forum Ron.:wave:
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    5. Ron Bumpus

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      Well, but the bullet, just ordered the 2 windshield moldings today, said on B/O until 8/24
      still on the fence on what to use to fill the rest of the gutter. 300.00 is a lot of money for factory molding, if it was a flat plastic molding I would jump but others said it's no different than pepboys cheap 5/8 molding....
       
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      Ron, when you state "2 windshield moldings" are you referring to the black plastic 'A' pillars? I'm not sure why removing the roof rack would have anything to do with any windshield moldings.:dunno:

      Peter
       
    7. Ron Bumpus

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      The "hockey sticks" ad some have called them, along the gutter from the windshield to the first set of bolts.

      The 2017 explorer they are shorter and are connected via plastic tab to the rail.
       
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      Okay. I think I know what you mean now. That part of the black molding that is fit to follow the bend in the roof and ends right at the top of the windshield. That makes sense.
       
    9. Ron Bumpus

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      Well since I have the patience of a 1 year old :) I decided to pull the rails today.
      I used the advice of some of our members I filled the holes with Black RTV then using 6mmx1.0 set screws and Locktite, (blue) I sank the setscrews just under flush, topped the rest off with more Black RTV. (RTV is temporary),plan on using windshield epoxy then cover the holes with 5/8 black molding ( once I can find a store around here that has it.

      For the hockey sticks I used instant epoxy to create a bump under the channel so I can use 3M VHB to adhere it to the car (again temporary) until I get the right front moldings.

      I am pleased as of now, will be even better once I am sure I have no water leaks, and the right items come in from ford.

      will get photos as soon as I can

      IMG_1826.JPG
       
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      2017 Explorer Roof Rack Rail Removal

      Just removed the roof rack/rail from our explorer...just need a socket wrench, socket wrench extension, size 10 socket, star screwdriver, flathead screwdriver, needle nose pliers, dremel/plastic cutting tool, plastic panel screw trim clips (x12), panel/emblem/trim adhesive (with water sealant) and/or trim removal tools.

      1) Used flathead screwdriver/trim removal tool and lodged in between colored plastic part (top) and main hardware/weather stripping (bottom) to pop of the plastic parts. Its secured with five or six plastic clips.

      2) Once top part is off, used socket wrench/size 10 socket to remove the five/six bolts.

      3) Then used needle nose pliers/socket to remove the one nut from a screw sticking up (halfway on strip/near rear door).

      4) Back to front end near the A Pillar, the plastic strip from the front windshield to the front rack/rail, is held in by a clip...just need a screwdriver to push the clip apart from underneath the main hardware bottom rail and the plastic piece from the windshield.

      5) Lift the main bottom hardware rail/weather stripping up and away from the vehicle.

      6) Now you're left the little plastic piece from along A Pillar from the front windshield. I used a dremel to cut the plastic piece in a shorter length so the clip does not stick up...I also used the dremel to shave down the screw halfway where the nut was attached to (Step 3), in case I want to reattach rails in future.

      7) I then cleaned the area for debris from front to back.

      8) Used plastic panel screw trim clips with water sealant adhesive to fill in the holes where bolts were removed from. Also used adhesive on the cut down plastic trim part that was along the A Pillar to secure that back to vehicle.

      9) Hand washed my vehicle the next day to make sure there was no water leakage from roof.

      10) Enjoy the slick top appearance now.

      https://imgur.com/gallery/8Lg7E
       
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      Thanks for the step by step explanation.
      Could you please be more specific with step 1) to pop of the plastic part, as I am afraid I may break one of the pins.

      Thank you!!
       
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      I'm interested in possibly taking the factory rails off my Explorer. However, once in a while I could probably use a roof rack temporarily. Is there an aftermarket rack setup that will work with an Explorer with a bare roof? When I go on the sites for Thule, etc. they don't show an Explorer PIU. Will probably need this temporary rack for a small cargo basket and occasionally a bike rack. No sunroof.

      Thanks for any leads.
       
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      Hey, not sold on the final look, personal opinion. But still look good if that is what you are after.
      On my side I am planning on a custom roof rack with a integrated light bar.
      Only caveat is that I have a sunroof so it would be limited to 100lbs. So done mostly for the look. Anyhow, if someone near Gatineau/Ottawa region planing on doing this rack removal. I would sacrifice myself to remove you from your old rails (and surely helping you doing it) as I would use them a sacrificial template!
       
    14. peterk9

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      Not 100 lbs. This is from your Manual;
      The maximum recommended load, evenly
      distributed on the crossbars, is:
      • 100 lb (45 kg) for vehicles without a
      moonroof.
      45 lb (20 kg) for vehicles with a

      moonroof.

      Peter
       
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      Roof rack was totally useless
      Buy a trailer instead :)
       
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      Not totally useless if you count the cool factor as useful.
      And I'd use it for skies and it is going to hold a light bar...:burnout:
      For sure, a trailer is more often better, neighbor let me use his. :p
      Not appeal by the hitch rack either, if one would propose.

      Thanks for the precision on weight restriction, did not verify before speaking up!
       
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      another option is the seasucker mounts" used for bicycles.
      SeaSucker Talon Bike Rack

      I am looking at this for a light weight ladder or home depot run with something long.
       
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      Sorry for late response..just finally saw this as I only check this site when I need something done..I placed the flathead near the front A pillar in between the plastic and weather stripping, gently pried up the plastic top part and it pops off..once you get first one/two off..gently pull the top plastic part off and you’re good
       
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      When you post a question it is a good idea to follow up on it on a regular basis. You can select 'Watch this thread' from the above options on the right and set it up to notify you when new posts are made to it.

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      Has anyone done this and how difficult is it? Are there plugs for the bolt holes?

      TIA
       
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      If you don't want the roof x bars ill buy them
       
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      Your thread was merged with this existing one on the same topic.

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      Pictures are of a 2013?
       
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      What year?
       
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      His profile in the margin shows 2014 Sport. Post 159 shows the removal procedure for a 2017.

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      I have a 2018 Explorer XLT with the stock silver painted roof capa. The right rear keeps popping up and I have been unable to secure it. I was thinking of replacing it and have seen several types in the field. I've spotted the same ones as mine, chromed silver, glossy black, but the Ford parts catalog also shows a carbon black and absolute black. Can anyone provide more info on these colors? Matte black should work with my magnetic paint.

      I was going to try bending the cap with a heat gun or maybe reducing the size of the clip hole with ABS cement.
       

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