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Old 02-08-2010, 03:42 PM   #1
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Factory roof rack and the cross members is only what's bothering me.
I could not find the proper procedure neither from the owner manual nor from FSM (could not even find where it should be listed).
Popped out (swung inwards) the internal locking arms under the cross members and now they are moving, but shouldn't I be able to remove them completely.
I just hate to be driving on the freeway and creating extra drag that oil companies I am sure appreciating.
When I try locking the arm back in they would not go either...???
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:43 PM   #2
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Never found a way to remove mine either, except to unscrew the rails from the roof and deal with the holes. So, I slid both of the cross members as far back as they would go, and locked them in place there. Makes for a good spoiler; rear wheels really hug the road.

Also makes it easy to pick out my wagon from a distance in a parking lot
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:30 AM   #3
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Don't tell me that Saturn engine'meers didn't think as far as someone eventually would like to remove it without the extra "vents" in the roof. Worth comes to worth, I'd just open the back side of rails to they can slide out, but what a PITA just to remove the cross members. On other hand maybe I can add a "park bench" on top of those two cross members and qualify for the weirdest looking SW2?
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Can you post a pic or three???? Probably would help me understand what the mount points look like.
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Old 02-10-2010, 07:56 AM   #5
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I have been looking for a set to put on my sw and would also be interested in some pics. of how they're installed. I haven't located any at the local wrecker and was starting to check other makes. I'm getting tired of telling the wife that her latest yardsale find won't fit in the car.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:59 AM   #6
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Thule and Yakama are two aftermarket companys that make racks that will fit on the S-series cars. I have a Thule on my SL2 and love it.
Sorry won't let me post a picture on mine. go to cardomain.com/ride/3352421/3
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:21 AM   #7
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OK. I'll try to import a few pics of my factory roof rack from Photobucket. Weight limit is restricted to 100 lbs. Each rail is screwed down at each end. Makes a great spoiler. I think that it is less noisy with x-members slid back; I've had it that way for quite a while. One pic shows how the x-member clamps.

I am not surprised to hear that there are good aftermarket options.









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Old 02-10-2010, 08:34 PM   #8
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That's what I was looking a factory rack as it sits farther back and provides more space than the sarris. Does anyone know if the threaded nuts where built into all the sw roofs and just the holes omited. Thanks for the Pics.
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Old 02-10-2010, 08:42 PM   #9
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Drakon, I never thought about hidden nuts below the roof shell. There are also 2 or 3 Pillips-headed screws on each rail that don't really show in the pics. I am not really anxious to break any of the screws loose to investigate further, though.

By the way, I think that I have seen TV commercials where there is a pill that is a remedy for yardsaling
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I'll take the blue pill please. I should say I use the poor sw as a truck as much as my wife and I'm amazed what will fit in it. I plan on hitting the wreckers in the spring and if I find a sw I'll write back on how the rails are mounted as I'm not to keen on pulling the head liner without knowing what's there.
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drakon I use my wagon as a truck as well. I have toted hundreds of pounds (divide by 2.2 to convert to kgs) of tools back & forth from urban home to the farm for years. It is an amazingly durable little car and the most bang for the buck of any that I have owned.

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The SW and I are near Port Perry (north of Oshawa). The Wagon replaced a Firefly which also moved Tons of supplies although it took twice the trips the SW takes. Once I get the racks on it even the odd sheet of drywall won't be a problem.
I picked up the car in trade for Reno. work on a friend of the families Home. So far it's needed both front wheel bearings,a muffler, alternator and a couple of cases of oil.
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The SW and I are near Port Perry (north of Oshawa). The Wagon replaced a Firefly which also moved Tons of supplies although it took twice the trips the SW takes. Once I get the racks on it even the odd sheet of drywall won't be a problem.
I picked up the car in trade for Reno. work on a friend of the families Home. So far it's needed both front wheel bearings,a muffler, alternator and a couple of cases of oil.
I would imagine a sheet of drywall roped on top of a Pontiac Firefly/Geo Metro/Suzuki Cultus would significantly improve its rollover protection!

Based on your oil consumption, when summer comes, you may be able to make some extra money doing some drive-by insect fogging at people's cottages north of Toronto!
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I know this thread is a bit old, but I'm hoping that someone has an answer for me. I have a 1999 SW2 wagon and want to attach a roof rack. I got a deal from a dealer on the roof rack that needs to be bolted onto the roof ($100). The roof rack looks identical to the one that is in the pics above (by Stu). I will likely take it to a body shop to do actually drill the holes and mount it. Before I do that, I have a couple of questions because there were no instructions in the box.

When I was searching for roof racks, I found a site that listed various roof rack parts (saturnpartspeople.com). One part was called a "Wagon attachment kit" part #21056709. I don't have the wagon attachment kit for my roof rack. The part I have is #21097841, and includes 2 cross rails, two metal rails with rubber liners (right word? run under the metal rails), 2 clips (for mounting the cross rails),10 bolts, and 11 anchors for the bolts.

For those that have the mounted roof rack on their SW2, are there any other pieces that you can see?

And if anyone has put these in, I'd welcome any advice!
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On my friends SW2, the roof rack is secured to the roof panel by self tapping screws.
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On my friends SW2, the roof rack is secured to the roof panel by self tapping screws.
Does that mean there are screws coming through the roof inside?
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