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Toyota RAV4 Roof Racks



  • tireguytireguy Posts: 193
    How can you hate roof racks? I love roof racks. I have a 3-bar system on my Yukon XL. Oddly enough the $51k vehicle didn't come with the crossbars (or cargo curtain thing). Not that it mattered, since I would have tossed them in the trash anyway. If the wind whipping through it is loud I can't tell. It certainly doesn't overpower the Bose system at 2/3 volume or the BFG All-terrain T/A's humming--because they're truck tires--because it's a truck.

    I use my roof rack for everything from carrying a muddy mountain bike, a canoe-sized cargo box, skis, snowboards, and most frequently, 12-16' boards, posts, pipes, or trim pieces related to the weekend project at hand. I have a fairing which cuts down on the wind resistance. But I'd probably get better mileage if I kept it off.

    I too, am looking at a RAV4 (well, I already made a $500 down payment to have it delivered). And planned on buying a Thule system to replace the factor load bars. It uses the same system as the Yukon, so I could swap them back and forth, if only the load bars wouldn't stick out a foot on either side of the RAV.

    I think the marketing guys put them on to make it look like an SUV has muscle or something.

    Uhhh, my brother's 350V8-powered 1995 Yukon had 245 horsepower. The 2008 V6 RAV4 has 265 horsepower. Guess GM had the same thing in mind; his had a rack too. ;)
  • I was about to buy a 2008 Rav4 but realized that there aren't obvious
    tie downs in the front for an ocean kayak on the roof rack. Anyone
    have any experience to offer?

    The kayak is 19' long so both front and rear tie downs are required.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,939
    My last tandem canoe was 17' long, but I'd tie a 5' kayak down front and rear. I'm not sure if you have a bunch of plastic around your bumpers like my front minivan bumper, but a loop of Perlon cord sticking out of the hood may work for the front tie-down. There's some pics in my CarSpace Album.
  • thanks for the pointer. I'd be happy to make those kinds of mods to my trusty
    1990 Toyota wagon but it doesn't feel so great to buy a beautiful new car and start immediately hacking it.

    I've since realized a few things:

    1) the 2008 car has two plastic pop-off things that have bolt holes under them.
    Apparently those had eye-bolts which were used as tie downs when the car was on the ship over from Japan. The dealer says that he can get us the bolts. But the plastic things will only survive being removed and replaced about a dozen times I would guess. Anyone tried these as tie downs?

    2) I've seen a recent model RAV4 that has the front tie downs so this unfortunate
    change must have been made very recently (same body type from what I can
    see but it was a limited rather than a basic). I can't buy a car with the moon
    roof because of the reduction in ceiling height so that limits me to the basic I
    believe (if I'm wrong there, I'd very much like to know!).

    3) the Honda CRV has the tie downs so that's pushing me in that direction
    even though I like various things about the RAV4 better.

    If any RAV4 lovers want to provide further input, that would be great. Thanks!
  • theazlittheazlit Posts: 4
    I have lost my passenger side rear plastic gloss black cap that you have talked about on your post. Do you know if this is a Toyota brand or is this a 3rd party roof rack? If so who makes this rack. i would love to get the replacement part. Do you recommend going to Toyota?

    Thanks Ted
  • bullett55bullett55 Posts: 4
    Yes..., it should be OEM. Good luck.
  • slr9589slr9589 Posts: 121
    got the 2008 rav 4 and have carried my old town penobscot,17,5" without problem.
    I am trying to find one more emergency towing eyelet so i can have two tie downs on the front bumper..
    anyone got them from toyota?
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,939
    Are these the kind of eyelets that screw into a hole in the bumper? (I've seen them on Scions, but haven't looked at a RAV4 before).

    Maybe check with the dealer - the ones that come on the Scions get tossed in the trash around here I think.

    There's this alternative too:

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  • slr9589slr9589 Posts: 121
    not crazy about threading rope to inner frame!
    please look at highlanders,prius's,sequioas,and new rav4's ..they all have front bumper cavities for eyelets....Scions too?
    need help asap getting a second one...local toyo dealer no help,.
  • Im having a problem removing a crossbar from my OEM 06 RAV 4 roofrack. Anybody know where I can get removal instructions? Thanx
  • We have a 2010 RAV-4 that is used as a company security patrol vehicle, and to install a light bar, need to remove the luggage rack rails. Are there trim caps, or some other means of plugging the holes other than a silicone sealant?
  • rickr6rickr6 Posts: 1
    edited June 2012
    My caps aren't popping off. I cant get my fingers under it. I am able to get a small screwdriver under it but don't want to pry too much and break it. What did you use
  • bullett55bullett55 Posts: 4
    Been so long I have forgotten where the internal clips were located. But keep at it carefully and methodically and all of a sudden one or so of the clips will pop. Sorry. Good Luck!
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