Tucson roof rack removal (partial)

Discussion in 'Hyundai Tucson' started by unkadunk, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. unkadunk

    unkadunk Guest

    I'm trying to take off the two horizontal bars on the roof rack to possibly
    improve highway mileage a little. But after removing the two small screws
    on either side of the crossbar, the only ones I see, the plastic frame
    barely bends out enough to see the large star bolt for the crossbar. I've
    pulled on the frame pretty good and it won't budge any further, don't want
    to break it.

    Are there any hidden screws, etc. that I'm missing? Or possibly am I doing
    the sequencing wrong in the removal? The Hyundai manual only shows the
    main fore-aft bar removal process.

    Thanks!
     
    unkadunk, Aug 22, 2007
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  2. unkadunk

    D&SW Guest

    I'd strip off the antenna too.
     
    D&SW, Aug 23, 2007
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  3. unkadunk

    hyundaitech Guest

    I don't recall looking at one of these in a while. If it's similar to the
    '01-'06 Santa Fe, there's a locking that must be turned. Then, a tab can
    be lifted to remove the crossbar.
     
    hyundaitech, Aug 23, 2007
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  4. unkadunk

    unkadunk Guest

    Thanks, I saw the tab but it didn't want to move, though now I recall I
    didn't push on it just before I put everything back together.

    I want to try to get it back to this configuration:

    http://www.hyundaiusa.com/vehicle/tucson/trim/limited.aspx
     
    unkadunk, Aug 23, 2007
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  5. unkadunk

    Finn Guest

    Don't forget the side mirrors they are good for another mile per gallon.
     
    Finn, Aug 23, 2007
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  6. unkadunk

    hyundaitech Guest

    Usually, the lock needs to be turned with a tool. Often, the tool is in
    the glove box in a plastic bag.
     
    hyundaitech, Aug 23, 2007
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  7. unkadunk

    unkadunk Guest

    Got it, ditto the antenna. After the roof rack I'm going to pry off the
    metal logos and side trim. And that front license plate is definitely a
    goner. I also make sure it's washed and waxed, definitely disrupts the air
    flow going over all those bumps of dirt. Bug goop on the windshield too.
     
    unkadunk, Aug 23, 2007
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  8. unkadunk

    D&SW Guest

    OK, you win, I laughed so hard I wet my pants. Hope you get your cross
    members off .
     
    D&SW, Aug 24, 2007
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