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Hi,
this is my 1st post here. Recently purchased 2019 LE plus. After some research installed rhino roof rack (can use all my thule accessories with it), and added running boards.
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it's fixed, if i understand your question correctly - you cannot adjust the height. It cost me $216 and was very simple to install, it took me overall around 2 hours without much mechanical experience. No drilling, no cutting... just find on youtube TAC highlander running board and gives you an idea about complexity.
 

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Sorry I was referring to the roof rack. I was wondering if the cross bars can be moved farther apart front to rear unlike the factory bars.
 

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No, footings cannot be moved. They attached to predetermined locations. I guess Toyota decided that to maintain structural integrity of the car it needs to be at certain places. I keep crossbars removed and just closed footings with special cover (2nd photo)
 

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Can you take a measure from the roof to the top? I want to compare heights to the OEM design. I don't like the OEM design, but have left it on for no great reason.

Toyota did away with the adjustable points as it was cheaper.
 

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Nice. What in your research lead you to choose the Rhino roof rack over Thule or one of the others?
Thule and Yakima connect the way it displayed on photo #1 - i don't really like that it hooks directly to the frame ("naked roof") so they were out.
Original and brightlines - #2, does not have locks (I have expensive roof box) and cannot be used with any of the Thule accessories.
Rhino allows to keep footings semi-assembled (#3) and in addition, when i put crossbars ,i can lock them with the key (#4) and use all the Thule accessories (compatible with rhino).
Also, they look really good and sturdy.
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YEs, good choice. Well, the OEM model cost me about $90...vs $400 did you say?
I wouldn't like it on the body and window lip either. Not sure why Thule designed it that way.
 

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I have the OEM original, eg #2 in your pix. They were already installed. Is there a way to rip these off easily? You said no locks. I don't know how they install, but some boxes can be locked to the bars. So they can be dismounted with a box attached?
 

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YEs, good choice. Well, the OEM model cost me about $90...vs $400 did you say?
I wouldn't like it on the body and window lip either. Not sure why Thule designed it that way.
yes, we go skiing and i leave my car in the parking lots overnight with box, skis, etc - it worth for me to spend extra $300 and sleep through the night
 

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I have the OEM original, eg #2 in your pix. They were already installed. Is there a way to rip these off easily? You said no locks. I don't know how they install, but some boxes can be locked to the bars. So they can be dismounted with a box attached?
my understanding it just "clips on" and it will take max 3 min to remove nuts and take crossbars with the box :)
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I like the locking feature, just don't like the price.
 
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