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What is purpose of installing a cross bar ? (on EXL model)
Is it difficult to install a cross bar yourself ?
 

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The bars (2) finish out the roof rack.
There hase been a lot of discussion on how hard it is to do.
In general the bars are no problem, the Roof Rail End Caps that must be removed to get the bars on can be a bit of trouble.

Do a search and you will find lots of discussion and lots of help doing the job.
 

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The cross bars are used for hauling cargo or for mounts for other brackes (roof bike rack, surf board rack,etc...)

This link will take you to the installation instructions.

I just ordered mine on the group buy (shipped yesterday) so I'll be installing them soon. The biggest complaint people have had about installing is when the dealer put the bar on backwards and they made a howling sound. It was easily fixed by installing properly with the "this edge forward".
 

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I got the crossbars so I can haul wood, sheetrock, etc from Home Depot to my house without worrying about it laying directly on my roof.
 

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Good for wood. The rubber strips help keep things from sliding

Bad for sheetrock. They are curved!! (Side to Side)
 

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It was easy...

We installed the crossbars this last weekend and it was a breeze (thanks to all that contributed to the thread about installation.) Took about 35 minutes.

We topped that off with a Yakima basket case to carry luggage and the like when we travel. Went with the "Basket Case" to keep things from sliding down onto our beautiful roof.

You will probably be glad you bought the rails after you get them...they seem to be something we would not want to be without.

Don & Brenda
 

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DandBTucker-

Could you possibly give me a link so that I can see the basket that you purchased? I ordered the cross bars from Hondacura World on the last group buy, but haven't installed them yet. Am trying to figure out what to use to haul "kids' vacation stuff." I have a soft carrier bag, but don't want it to touch the roof of the PILOT.
 

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The crossbars also come in handy when I moonlight after hours..... they keep the sign in place when I drive through the neighborhoods...... <img src="http://mywebpages.comcast.net/kemosabe/smilies/square.gif">
 

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The crossbars also come in handy on those long trips and there just ain't enuff room inside the Pilot for the mother-in-law..... <img src="http://mywebpages.comcast.net/kemosabe/smilies/wink2.gif">
 

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This is the one.

GR8PILOT said:
DandBTucker-

Could you possibly give me a link so that I can see the basket that you purchased? I ordered the cross bars from Hondacura World on the last group buy, but haven't installed them yet. Am trying to figure out what to use to haul "kids' vacation stuff." I have a soft carrier bag, but don't want it to touch the roof of the PILOT.
Got the basketcase from Yakima at REI for $100.00
Yakima Basket Case

I will take a picture later when the wife brings home the Pilot.

Don
 

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Here it is from the back...

Nice thing about this rack is you can move it to one side and put a bike rack up there too.
 

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Bummer, I hear the wind whistling over the crossbars now that they are installed. I first thought it was the windows or the hatch, but nope. Similar noise to my bike rack on my CRX before I got a Yakima air dam for it.
 

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Pilot4Biking said:
Bummer, I hear the wind whistling over the crossbars now that they are installed. I first thought it was the windows or the hatch, but nope. Similar noise to my bike rack on my CRX before I got a Yakima air dam for it.
you might want to do a "search" on this. Assuming you got factory crossbars, a lot of people reported they are easy to install backwards (especially by dealers) which resulted in a lot of noise - that disappeared when correctly installed.
 

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davemac said:


you might want to do a "search" on this. Assuming you got factory crossbars, a lot of people reported they are easy to install backwards (especially by dealers) which resulted in a lot of noise - that disappeared when correctly installed.
Thanks davemac, I printed the instructions and I'll go see if the boneheads at the dealer installed them wrong.
 

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:20: UPS just delivered mine from the last group buy.

Now I just have to make sure I put them on properly.
"...hmmm, tab A into slot B..."
 

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Tim, I'm sure you've read the posts on the cross bars, but in case you missed it, the covers on the front mounts slip straight forward as you release the lock tab with the screwdriver. Very lightly prying them straight forward can help, but prying up will get you nowhere.
 

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Rear Crossbar?

Hey, anyone know if both the front and rear cross bar should be installed per this instruction. :confused:

There are only instructions for the front crossbar orientation using the "narrow" and "wide" areas as a reference. My crossbars are noisy so I was wondering if my rear one was one backwards.

Seems like aerodynamics should be the same for both.

Thanks:D
 

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Orientation

Both bars are installed with the same orientation. The "wide" and "narrow" are as viewed from the top of the bar. This is an important distinction, since the "narrow" part of the bar is thicker in the vertical direction, while the "wide" part of the bar is thinner.
 
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