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 Post subject: Roof rack?
PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2018 5:50 am 
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I really need to add a roof rack. I can see that the mount points for side rails are there, under some plastic covers, and there are recessed channels along the side of the roof, one covered with black plastic trim and the other not (probably removed by original owner or dealer).

I understand all RAV4 EV's are actually 2012 models, even though mine is a 2014. Toyota no longer makes or sells the 2006-2012 roof rack side rails or cross bars. Can I put a roof rack on this thing? Do I need 2006-2012 side rails and cross bars, or 2013-2018 side rails and cross bars? Can anyone recommend a third party manufacturer, or a source for the discontinued Toyota parts?

Thanks for the help.


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 Post subject: Re: Roof rack?
PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 11:02 pm 
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I got an aftermarket set off of eBay. They worked just fine.

I think these might be the ones:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/For-2006-2012- ... Swz09arxwI

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 Post subject: Re: Roof rack?
PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 8:01 am 
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I've just bought a set of Rola roof rails. Will install them later this week.

https://m.ebay.com/itm/ROLA-CUSTM-FIT-ALUMNUM-110LB-ROOF-RACK-FITS-01-12-RAV4-W-OFACTORY-RAILS-1400MM/321617076524?fits=Year%3A2012%7CModel%3ARAV4&epid=169331795&hash=item4ae1df212c:g:9mIAAOSwuMFUjTf5

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 Post subject: Re: Roof rack?
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 4:53 pm 
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I would love to know your thoughts when you get it installed.

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 Post subject: Re: Roof rack?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:16 am 
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You probably already know this but you will lose range. I think I read another member did this and lost 20%.

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 Post subject: Re: Roof rack?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:08 am 
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20% is overblown.
I don't know how much my batteries are degraded now after 60k miles, but I drove 140+ miles more than one occasion with roof rack, hitch and running board ...
I lose about 20% to 30% when towing 1000 pounds behind me .....

Get them, you will not lose any range ..


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 Post subject: Re: Roof rack?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:19 pm 
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Update: got the roof rack from ebay that's supposed to fit a 2012 RAV4. When I took the blockers off and removed the bolts on the roof, there were small plastic liners in the bolt holes that wouldn't come out - they're very brittle because of their age.

In the process of trying to remove one of the liners, the stepladder went out from under me and I did a faceplant in the driveway and chipped a tooth. So now I'm looking in my local area for an installer, and a dentist.

:x


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 Post subject: Re: Roof rack?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:15 am 
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AgingHippie wrote:
Update: got the roof rack from ebay that's supposed to fit a 2012 RAV4. When I took the blockers off and removed the bolts on the roof, there were small plastic liners in the bolt holes that wouldn't come out - they're very brittle because of their age.

In the process of trying to remove one of the liners, the stepladder went out from under me and I did a faceplant in the driveway and chipped a tooth. So now I'm looking in my local area for an installer, and a dentist.

:x

ugh that sucks. Im sorry to hear that!

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 Post subject: Re: Roof rack?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:43 am 
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So I tried installing the rails tonight. The Rola rails install fine, however the original capping plates no longer fit due to the larger mounting bracket. I think I will have to 3D print four new caps to fit.

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 Post subject: Re: Roof rack?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:12 pm 
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Update: got a body shop to do the install, because they have the tools to get those brittle little plastic pieces out. The result is serviceable, but not very attractive or very aerodynamic. Got a dentist appointment Wednesday, probably going to cost more than the rails plus the install cost.


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