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Re-positioning crossbars on roof rack

The OEM Hyundai crossbars that attach to the roof rails can only be moved forward a certain amount. The adjustment mechanism clicks into pre-drilled holes on the side rails. Is there a way to move the front crossbar further forward to provide greater space between the 2 crossbars?

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    The trim runs the length of the roof on both sides of car

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Hi Its easy to do I did this last night. It is in the manual but light on detail

Remove the rubber and you will see a screw
Use a size 25 torx screw bit and a ratchet as it is in tight. Undo the screw and move the bars.

For some reason there is only one more locking point you can move forward to from there you are on your own but normally it is just the last bit you need.

I believe the logic is to do with a combination of wind noise and the position of the sun roof on some models.

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SANTA FE 2008 PIN U8210-28000 Cross Bar Assembly Installation Procedures
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