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Luggage rack cross rail installation

How do you remove the rear side rail covers in order to put on the rails? The directions just say to use a small flat bladed tool, but tell you what to do with it. Thanks.

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  • multiplex Apr 03, 2009

    There is no torx screw to unbolt to remove the cover. You must be talking about the rail itself, which does have two nuts holding it on the roof. The question was about getting the rear cover off so you can slide the cross rails into the rail. The instructions that come with the cross rails tells you to use a flat bladed tool, but they don't tell you how to unlock or pop it off or what type of holding design they use to retain the cover in place. The problem is if you have never taken one of these covers off, how are you supposed to take of the cover without feeling like your going to break it. It would be nice if someone could give detailed instruction of how to remove it.

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They have torx screw or allen wrench's they just unbolt look at the top and then look on the sides of these extensions as soon as you get them loose you should be able to pull them out/Please rate my response thank you very much

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  • kent14 May 26, 2011

    The side rail covers have two tabs that face toward the front of the vehicle. If you pull them gently toward the rear the cover will ease out. You can then install the cross rails according to the instructions.

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