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Date Registered: 10-2005
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Re: Nissan roof racks - poor finish (any options ?)


Kev,
 Keep me updated on your fix mate. I have just taken my 'feet' to a local metalworks and he may be able to rebend them. It looks like the bend is about 5mm too deep, so by straightening the bend and then rebending in the correct place, it should fix the problem. He also told me there is a risk of snapping it due to being low quality metal. Not sure how much Nissan would charge for replacements though.

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Brett,

I have driven Kev's exy yesterday when I fitted the Hi-Tech system for him in Sydney and the noise coming from his roof racks (same as yours) was unbelievably loud.

I had the sunroof open and could hear the whistling coming from them, so I asked my dad (who was with me) to stick his hand out and cover the open base of the front roof racks and I have done the same on my side, sure enough the noise reduced heaps.

Even with a closed sunroof, I could still hear them on the highway.

What a poor design/choice by Nissan indeed.

When Kev came back in the arvo to pick-up his exy, I told him about this and I suggested that he try to modify the plastic roof rail inserts that comes with the car and drill one hole for the screw holding the roof rack to its metal base. These inserts may cover the open gap on the inner edge of the roof rail and may solve the problem.

Alternatively, ask Nissan for a price of the feet of the roof racks they now have (the series II ones) as they may fit your roof racks as well and will solve the problem.

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I told him about this and I suggested that he try to modify the plastic roof rail inserts that comes with the car and drill one hole for the screw holding the roof rack to its metal base. These inserts may cover the open gap on the inner edge of the roof rail and may solve the problem.



 Sorry mate, I have looked at the plastic snap-on feet and can't work out what you mean. As one famous Queensland Red Head in Politics used to say, "Please Explain".

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Brett,

OK, I'll try LOL

Remove the roof racks and just leave the base of the roof racks attached to the rails (on the roof of the exy) then grab one of the black plastic factory snap-on covers and see if it covers the metal base of the roof racks, if it does, all you need to do is drill one hole in it for the rack screw to go through and that screw will hold this plastic cover in place.

I hope its clear, if not, come on over and I'll show ya. hehehehe

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sorry for asking a dumb question. Just picked up my brand new exy today and am thrilled.

I did notice a loud wind noise (I know it's windy today), is that due to the roof racks and aerodynamics, dealer said if you remove the roof racks probelm will be fixed.

Is this true
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Most likely mate and also if you drive around with an open sunroof (if your exy came with one)

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Jalal,
 Tried your quick fix, but not luck due to the Nissan 'feet' sitting flush in height, with the rails. I did manage to decrease the gap a bit by lowering the metal bracket which the roofrack 'feet' screw in to. Nothing a hammer can't fix. It would be easier if I coule remove the top rails, any ideas.

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It would be easier if I could remove the top rails, any ideas.



Don't even think about that LOL removing the roof rails requires that you remove the whole roof lining to get to the bolts holding it in place.

You basically need the inner edge of the plastic covers only and the top one to sit under the "feet" of the roof racks.

Any metal sheeting shop should be able to weld a straight piece for you to cover that gap in the inner side of the roof rails, you can then paint it in black to match.


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LOL, yes i have a sunroof but it was definitely shut. Can I ask for the dealer to fix this free of charge given it's a brand newie ?

Guess my feedback is that the problem still exists even for the latest SII. I will check in the morning to see that they've been fitted correctly.

Why should I have to remove them to avoid the loud whistling noise?



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Can you please post a pic of your roof racks, as the dealer may have given you old stock.

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