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#1 deliadee

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Posted 01 August 2004 - 11:56 AM

I was at the junk yard recently (my moms Subaru finally bit the dust:()
anyway I saw a 92 Legacy just like mine but with a roof rack and I was wondering if anyone knows how difficult it might be to put one on my car? and will it hold as well etc? Im kinda no mechanical but I might persuade my husband to do it, or maybe it would be better to have a professional? any advice?

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Posted 01 August 2004 - 09:47 PM

The job is time consuming, not difficult, but will have frustrations. First, who's going to remove the rack from the wrecked car? It will take some time=money if the junk yard workers have to do it for you, meaning they may not let you remove it yourself. In both cars the A, B, C and D pillar mouldings (mouldings at the sides of the windshield, between the doors,and between the glass panels in the rear of the car) will have to be removed, and then the ceiling liner dropped down. Remove the mounting bolts and the rack lifts off. You then have to accurately measure the new mounting positions on your car, accurately drill holes through the roof and seal the edges of the holes to prevent rustout. You may be able to use the old gaskets from the other car, or make your own from rubber innertubes or gasket material. Mount the bolts, tighten them up, and replace the headlinner and all of the side mouldings. This isn't something that can be done in an hour or two, it will take some time, but should not be beyond the abilities of the average backyard mechanic who has been in the backyard awhile. You'll have to ask yourself if it will be worth this much trouble to you, and this much cost.

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 12:50 PM

given the operation descibed above, perhaps a nice yakima or thule, would be a lot easier, although more pricey.

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 04:53 PM

I was at the junk yard recently (my moms Subaru finally bit the dust:()
anyway I saw a 92 Legacy just like mine but with a roof rack and I was wondering if anyone knows how difficult it might be to put one on my car? and will it hold as well etc? Im kinda no mechanical but I might persuade my husband to do it, or maybe it would be better to have a professional? any advice?


Look on ebay for a nice Thule rack.




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