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Old 07-03-2009, 10:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just pondering the idea of completely removing the side bars for the roof rack on my 2007 Pilot. Don't use it and never will. How much drag does anybody care to guess they make?

I found the pics to install the cross bars, can use to unbolt the brakets and possibly use stock filler strip in its place? Please post your thoughts.
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I doubt you will see any measureable difference
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How much drag does anybody care to guess they make?
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Insignificant. Immeasurable. Negligible. Infinitesimal. Virtually zero.

That's my guess.

Won't it leave holes in the roof? How will you plug them?
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As others have stated, probably no improvement in mileage at all. I'm pretty sure there are LOTS of other things that'll influence gas mileage more than roof racks. Even the crossbars are engineered to be super aerodynamic for noise and fuel economy.

I guess if you just wanted to remove them, you should explore the base model factory roof as they come with nothing from the factory. There may be plugs and moulding to go in the channels OEM..
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These roof rack instructions for LX may give you some idea. https://hondacuraworld.hostasaurus.c...t/roofrack.pdf

Removing could reduce wind noise too.
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It's fairly easy to just remove the cross bars. I haven't used my luggage box since 07', but I don't feel I need to take my bars off.

2007 Pilot cross bars guide
http://www.handa-accessories.com/pilot/06crossbars.pdf
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Removing the two crossbars only may make a slight difference, but as others have stated before, its doubtful you'd see a noticeable difference in mileage (though maybe less wind-noise). I would not touch the roofrails as you would have to purchase two new full-length moulding strips (as an LX would have) to cover the bolts in the roof channels. Not worth the hassle really.
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Thansk for the responses, archie, thanks for the post, that information is EXACTLY what i was looking for. it appears that the studs are inside the channels of all models. So removal should be pretty easy. As stated, I would need to new strips for the roof channels, but there are no holes in the roof....

I am not looking to do this to save fuel economy, but thought the cleaner roofline would look nice. The fact that I will never use it made this idea pop into my head. i will post pics if I follow through .....
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