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Old 06-16-2021, 08:40 PM   #1
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Default Roof Rack Installation Fun....

I bought a cross bar kit off of Amazon to install onto my 05 Vue to carry two 10ft kayaks, but to my joy one of the stand off bolts snapped in half when applying light pressure to screw into the roof. I recognize this is a common issue for these stand off hex bolts.

That said, what other bolts would be compatible for installing the roof rack and what would anyone else recommend? Any pictures would be helpful. I have extra stand off bolts from the kit, but rather not trust them if one could snap that easily..

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Others with Vues may have better suggestions but consider stainless hardware since they're exposed to weathering and will not rust or corrode. Trust me. I bought a Saturn luggage rack for my L300 and added outdated skis racks to them using stainless hardware. Home Depot, Lowes, etc. If they don't have the size, try; Belmetric - https://www.belmetric.com/12mm-coars...6_510_406.html or Bolt Depot - https://www.boltdepot.com/Metric_tap...m_x_1.5mm.aspx.
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I bought a cross bar kit off of Amazon to install onto my 05 Vue to carry two 10ft kayaks, but to my joy one of the stand off bolts snapped in half when applying light pressure to screw into the roof. I recognize this is a common issue for these stand off hex bolts.

That said, what other bolts would be compatible for installing the roof rack and what would anyone else recommend? Any pictures would be helpful. I have extra stand off bolts from the kit, but rather not trust them if one could snap that easily..
Scrap the stand off bolt and purchase a longer stainless steel bolt. One bolt to anchor the base mount to the roof.
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