The instructions I posted earlier are not really clear on how the end cap comes off. There are two plastic hooks along the edge of the cap on both sides of the cap. I used a nylon trim removal tool and pushed down on the end cap while gently prying the outside edge with the tool until the hooks released. Once the plastic hooks release it comes off easily as shown in the instructions
I doubt many dealers read the installation instructions.Related question - on the roof rail tracks there is a rubber stopper on both sides. On mine the stoppers are at the FRONT, but to me, it makes sense that they're at the BACK (also the instructions you posted seem to show the stoppers being at the back) - so I'm wondering if my dealer made a mistake installing them at the front. Moving them to the back would allow you to move the front crossbar as far forward as possible too. Otherwise, if I attach a bike rack, the bike tray will interfere with the opened hatch because it's back too far.
Anyone else have the stoppers installed towards the front of the rails?
Thanks in advance for any feedback.
, I see that the nylon removal tool was not in the box.
Q: what exactly is that? The picture on the instructions make it seem like an open-ended wrench? Is it absolutely necessary to have this tool to install the crossbars?
I bought a set from Eastwood but you can usually get similar tools from a Auto parts store. Link to Eastwood product http://www.eastwoodco.com/jump.jsp?itemID=12214&itemType=PRODUCT
I also can't figure out how to remove the rear right roof rack leg cover (which, the instructions say, are easily damaged....great....no tool, no clue as to how to remove them, AND they easily damage....I miss my Honda Pilot already!).
Q: Anyone have details or advice...beyond the terse words in the instructions on how to remove the roof rack leg covers?....and to do the whole installation for that matter?
As I stated above, Press down on the top of the cap and gently pry the outside of the cap. I started from the front of the cap. Once the front outside hook released I went to the back outside hook and repeated the process. Once the outside hooks are released the inside ones detach easily. Make sure you pay attention to the direction arrows when installing the bars. If you put them on backwards you will have wind noise.
You might also see if your dealer would remove them for you at no charge.