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Has anyone with an Activity Package tried removing their roof rails yet or even looked at them to see how they are actually attached to the cab? Are there bolt covers visible?

Maybe someone has removed them while doing a wrap or changing the color of their roof making their SC a two-tone(?).

I'm dying to know how these are attached to the roof. Thx!

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I can see holes on this production video of an Activity Package model and don't see the lip-seam that is on the Non-Activity Package models. IIRC the Non-Activity Package models don't have these holes under the plastic cover strips, but that may not mean they can't be added or opened if the location is clearly visible.
 

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Here it appears the roof rails are installed early in the production process, so maybe they are bolted in place from underneath?
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I don't see any attachment covers on the outside of the SC(?).
 

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On that subject has anyone spotted an SC with crossbars yet, wonder how it would look? . Guy near me has a rack on his Tacoma and it doesn't work for me.

Video showing lots of the accessories, including crossbars, from a while ago.
 

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IIRC the Non-Activity Package models don't have these holes under the plastic cover strips, but that may not mean they can't be added or opened if the location is clearly visible.
Here is a picture... no holes under there:
 

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Here is a picture... no holes under there:
I think if someone was motivated enough and they could get a set of roof rails from Hyundai (or off a junk-yarded SC with Activity Package) one could add them buy drilling out the holes, but it does appear they are somehow attached from underneath; which means removing the headliner. Eek!
 

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I think if someone was motivated enough and they could get a set of roof rails from Hyundai (or off a junk-yarded SC with Activity Package) one could add them buy drilling out the holes, but it does appear they are somehow attached from underneath; which means removing the headliner. Eek!
Looking closer at the service manual you are correct - the roof rack bolts THRU the roof. Step 1 for repair/replace is "remove interior roof trim" - so headliner out, then 3 bolts per side.

Do-able? Sure. Scary? Yeah. Measure twice drill once! And you better makes sure its completely sealed and waterproof once your done.
 

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Looking closer at the service manual you are correct - the roof rack bolts THRU the roof. Step 1 for repair/replace is "remove interior roof trim" - so headliner out, then 3 bolts per side.

Do-able? Sure. Scary? Yeah. Measure twice drill once! And you better makes sure its completely sealed and waterproof once your done.
And that's IF you can even purchase them at a dealer for anything reasonable... Not really worried myself. I hope to keep my folding tent under the roofline anyway. Plus I found the 10mm bolts that hold the cab rear spoiler on that could be used to fabricate a third crossbar to be used in addition to a pair of bed crossbars if I go higher and need extra support. Thanks for looking that up.
 

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So I guess I skipped over all these roof rail threads. I'm going on a long trip late April and wanted to add the rails and crossbars to my SE for extra space since the dogs and toddler will occupy the back seat. This is very disappointing and a real cluster f#&@ that Hyundai wouldn't plan on people wanting to add factory cross bars later...terrible design and decision. Besides how is it not cheaper for them to just make all the roofs the same with rail coverings and rails popping in and out interchangeable??
 

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So I guess I skipped over all these roof rail threads. I'm going on a long trip late April and wanted to add the rails and crossbars to my SE for extra space since the dogs and toddler will occupy the back seat. This is very disappointing and a real cluster f#&@ that Hyundai wouldn't plan on people wanting to add factory cross bars later...terrible design and decision. Besides how is it not cheaper for them to just make all the roofs the same with rail coverings and rails popping in and out interchangeable??
Eventually there will be a rack for naked roofs available, there's also stuff like SeaSucker racks (note that I have no experience with them). You might also be able to find a universal rack for the bed that lets you have rails there.

I for one am thankful I don't have the racks. The Toyota RAV4s with the flush rails have had serious leak issues from too thin gaskets. Solid roof for me please.
 

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Eventually there will be a rack for naked roofs available, there's also stuff like SeaSucker racks (note that I have no experience with them). You might also be able to find a universal rack for the bed that lets you have rails there.

I for one am thankful I don't have the racks. The Toyota RAV4s with the flush rails have had serious leak issues from too thin gaskets. Solid roof for me please.
I'm going to go with a hitch mount cargo carrier for added storage since I don't need to tow anything most the time (for now, one day I'll have a jet ski and some sort of camper...). Yeah leak issues would be no bueno!
 

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And that's IF you can even purchase them at a dealer for anything reasonable... Not really worried myself. I hope to keep my folding tent under the roofline anyway. Plus I found the 10mm bolts that hold the cab rear spoiler on that could be used to fabricate a third crossbar to be used in addition to a pair of bed crossbars if I go higher and need extra support. Thanks for looking that up.
I found out with my 2020 Santa Fe, if you don't get the factory rails, you cannot have rails. As for removing them, you could, but LOTS of people have been posting that don't have the rails that the covers are flying off while driving. Add to that you would have holes under there, I would highly recommend never taking off the rails.
 

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Yup, they won't be coming off any Activity Package model unless it's parked in a junkyard being parted out...
 

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Yup, they won't be coming off any Activity Package model unless it's parked in a junkyard being parted out...
Instead of piercing the roof (and removing the headliner, etc), I wonder how hard it would be for someone to weld threaded posts (or bolts) in the roof track grooves? Then, a hole could be drilled into the plastic trim, and the plastic trim replaced back into the grooves. There would be no chance of water intrusion, since the roof was not pierced. The only downside would be the weight capacity (however, I mainly want it for aesthetics, not carrying capacity).
 
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