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How do you remove the cross bars on a 97 Impreza wagon?
Posted 22 June 2008 - 10:47 AM
I THINK the screws are attached to the long lengthwise bars with nuts, but I can't figure out HOW to get at the NUTS Need to "move" one or both of the crossbars to fit a different rack configuration
Any ideas? Insight? Suggestions? (No, "X-ray" is not an option)
Posted 22 June 2008 - 10:07 PM
when I took a more in-depth look at it I thought it looked like they weren't movable, but rather had only one place they could attach...
is it possible to remove the entire crossbar track? maybe there's another screw/nut under there... I don't have the car anymore so I can't check...
Posted 23 June 2008 - 08:04 AM
Posted 23 June 2008 - 08:48 AM
Posted 23 June 2008 - 01:13 PM
I have thought about taking off the lengthwise rails, too, but can't figure out how to get them off either.
Posted 23 June 2008 - 01:36 PM
If you need a set of bars I have a set you can for the cost of shipping.
Posted 24 June 2008 - 12:08 AM
Taking the crossbars off are impossible, the bolts attach to nuts that are very lightly welded to the rails. Any rust and the turning force will break the nut off and allow it to turn freely. Depending on whether you want to keep the stock crossbars or not, you can either take a dremel to the plastic brackets and just cut/rip it off, or cut a hole in the bottom of the rails and use needlenose pliers to hold the nuts.
If you remove the stock crossbars, you'll have a gap in the rubber moulding on the rails (asthetics only, doesn't affect anything), if you can find junked Impreza with rails you can take the rubber moulding from it and cut it to make it complete. If you take off the rails completely, (again for asthetics) you can take off the gutter moulding from a impreza wagon without a roof rack to make it look complete.
Lowriders won't work for these rails, Yakima doesn't officially make anything that will fit other than the Qtowers (you might be able to get attachments made for a different rack to fit, not sure if I would trust it at high speeds), though Thule's TK2 feet and trackers will attach to the rails.
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