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Old 08-24-2015, 11:39 PM   #251
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I took a bit of a different approach to this, but same awesome result!

Parts and tools used:
Thule aeroblades 7603b and 7602b
Thule fit kit 3068
Body Panel Tool
Silver Sharpie
4.9mm brand new drill bit
Rivets(8)
Rivet Air Hydraulic Riviter
Air hose blower
E6000 Silicone
Brackets provided by Krazy

-This will just be a simple run through of my installation.
-This install required no removal of interior liner.
-Air compressor and hose required.
-Approximately 1.5hr install time

Step one:
Removed gutters from vehicle using instructions provided by Advan-Emotion.

Step two:
Aligned Krazy brackets to where i would want them placed and marked the holes with a silver sharpie. I had to place the brackets just a little offset in the gutter towards the outside of the car in order to have the thule feet sit properly. I went with a 31 inch bar spread.

Step three:
DRILL! Drilled with a 4.9mm brand new drill bit. right through the middle of my sharpie mark. The bracing underneath is quite thick! Be patient with it and let the drill do its work. Be very careful not to let the drill fall through when you are all the way through the metal. After all the holes are drilled, using an air hose connected to an air compressor and an air blower attached to the hose, blow the metal shavings off the car. This creates a layer of air under the shavings and prevents it from scratching your paint!



Step four:
The hard part is over. Now with the holes drilled, grab some e6000 silicone and put a nice sized blob on the back of the krazy brackets and also on the rivets. align the brackets with your drilled holes and put the rivets in. Now with your hydraulic air riviter impact the rivets through the brackets and boom! thats it! If you want, you can add another blob of silicone on top of the brackets to be safe from moisture.









Step 5:
(Sorry no pics of this process) Align the gutters back on and with a sharpie mark the center right above the brackets middle hole. Now with the same drill bit used in the steps before drill through your sharpie hole in the gutter. Use a larger drill bit and little by little drill larger until your hole lines up perfectly with the brackets. once your holes are all lined up insert the gutters back in with the factory clips (Note: I had to use 2 less clips on each side because brackets were in the way). insert long bolt through gutter and tighten with tool provided in the Thule 3068 kit.



Step 6:
Attach bars to thule feet (Instructions provided in kit). Tighten everything down, put the covers on, lock it down and you're done!

Super happy with the results!! Looks much cleaner than clip on racks and much sturdier too. The Thule Aeroblades are awesome and basically no wind noise at all! I plan to use these for a cargo box and snowboard racks for the winter. Thanks for reading! PM me any questions you may have.









PS: Will take more(and better) photos in the next few days
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Old 08-25-2015, 01:00 AM   #252
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^that is a great way of doing it. Never imagined it with rivets. Awesome man! Glad my brackets are working out for the 2015 owners!
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Old 08-25-2015, 01:21 AM   #253
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1.5 hours for install?!?!? You win the internet today
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Old 08-25-2015, 03:11 AM   #254
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Thanks! The brackets are awesome and I highly recommend anyone looking to get a rack to get some from Krazy.

Install time was quite short. There's not much to it. No removal of interior or anything too time consuming.
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Old 08-25-2015, 03:37 AM   #255
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Worried about rain or is it pretty sealed ?
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Old 08-25-2015, 12:56 PM   #256
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That is awesome! Great addition to this thread to help future installers. I wanted these for the clean look but was not sure of the size so I went with the regular aeroblade bars and 3068 Podium fit kit. Great job with the rivet idea too!

And that was a fast install for you! You must have experience or studied the install and had much confidence going in. It took me an entire day! LOL!
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Old 08-25-2015, 03:37 PM   #257
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Ditto even just the drilling was a saga !
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Old 08-30-2015, 07:30 PM   #258
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Hey guys. I'm trying to install my rack now. Does anyone know a trick to remove the C-pillars? Having a tough time with it.
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Old 08-31-2015, 02:09 AM   #259
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Hey guys, scratch that. I got the C pillars off fine.

Also.... Just completed my install!!! Will post pics tomorrow. So psyched.

Thanks guys for posting so much good info about this. You're saints!
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Old 09-04-2015, 11:35 AM   #260
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Hey Soobz,
Nice Post. You have solved the headliner problem. that was the only thing that was stopping me from this install. Im close to ready to do the damn thing now! just a couple of questions...

What size rivets did you use?
how confident are you in the strength of the bracket using rivets instead of bolts?
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Old 09-04-2015, 12:14 PM   #261
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Instead of rivets, I would use RivNuts.
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Old 09-09-2015, 12:10 AM   #262
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I've had better experience using rivets over rivnuts. they have a stronger seal, especially when using a hydraulic riviter. But either way rivnut or rivet will do just fine !
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Old 09-11-2015, 03:04 PM   #263
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An air fairing might look good too.
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Old 09-11-2015, 06:02 PM   #264
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Damn! I need to find someone with an air rivet tool. I really want to redo it with rivets now.
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Old 09-25-2015, 04:06 PM   #265
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Well worded and put!
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Old 09-26-2015, 10:09 AM   #266
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Originally Posted by soobz View Post
I took a bit of a different approach to this, but same awesome result!

Parts and tools used:
Thule aeroblades 7603b and 7602b
Thule fit kit 3068
Body Panel Tool
Silver Sharpie
4.9mm brand new drill bit
Rivets(8)
Rivet Air Hydraulic Riviter
Air hose blower
E6000 Silicone
Brackets provided by Krazy

-This will just be a simple run through of my installation.
-This install required no removal of interior liner.
-Air compressor and hose required.
-Approximately 1.5hr install time

Step one:
Removed gutters from vehicle using instructions provided by Advan-Emotion.

Step two:
Aligned Krazy brackets to where i would want them placed and marked the holes with a silver sharpie. I had to place the brackets just a little offset in the gutter towards the outside of the car in order to have the thule feet sit properly. I went with a 31 inch bar spread.

Step three:
DRILL! Drilled with a 4.9mm brand new drill bit. right through the middle of my sharpie mark. The bracing underneath is quite thick! Be patient with it and let the drill do its work. Be very careful not to let the drill fall through when you are all the way through the metal. After all the holes are drilled, using an air hose connected to an air compressor and an air blower attached to the hose, blow the metal shavings off the car. This creates a layer of air under the shavings and prevents it from scratching your paint!


Step four:
The hard part is over. Now with the holes drilled, grab some e6000 silicone and put a nice sized blob on the back of the krazy brackets and also on the rivets. align the brackets with your drilled holes and put the rivets in. Now with your hydraulic air riviter impact the rivets through the brackets and boom! thats it! If you want, you can add another blob of silicone on top of the brackets to be safe from moisture.


Step 5:
(Sorry no pics of this process) Align the gutters back on and with a sharpie mark the center right above the brackets middle hole. Now with the same drill bit used in the steps before drill through your sharpie hole in the gutter. Use a larger drill bit and little by little drill larger until your hole lines up perfectly with the brackets. once your holes are all lined up insert the gutters back in with the factory clips (Note: I had to use 2 less clips on each side because brackets were in the way). insert long bolt through gutter and tighten with tool provided in the Thule 3068 kit.


Step 6:
Attach bars to thule feet (Instructions provided in kit). Tighten everything down, put the covers on, lock it down and you're done!

Super happy with the results!! Looks much cleaner than clip on racks and much sturdier too. The Thule Aeroblades are awesome and basically no wind noise at all! I plan to use these for a cargo box and snowboard racks for the winter. Thanks for reading! PM me any questions you may have.

PS: Will take more(and better) photos in the next few days
What size rivets did you use and what are they made of? Thank you.

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Old 10-02-2015, 05:48 PM   #267
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What size rivets did you use and what are they made of? Thank you.

Tim
Has anyone noticed small dents in their roof after installing a roof rack? I am 100% that there is no contact from what I'm carrying (cargo box). I transported about 100 lbs of stuff from storage in a cargo box and today I noticed there are three small dents, well away from where the foot pads contact my roof. I noticed this in my 2011 WRX while carrying my kayak with Yakima control towers although it was much worse. Just wondering if this is a result of me overloading the roof or over tightening the rack attachment points. Any insight appreciated.
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Old 10-12-2015, 12:42 PM   #268
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I'd like to thank everyone that put this post together. I was going to write up my own account of the process, but after going through the original instructions I realized there wasn't much to add. I went with the Thule rack and love it.




Phunki, I noticed that you have the limited with the moon roof. Any additional complications or tips on removing the headliner when the moon roof is there? Thanks, I hope to do this soon on my 2016 STi~
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Old 10-14-2015, 04:52 AM   #269
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Just ordered the brackets from krazy and I'm going to try this my next day off. Do you think a regular rivet gun would work or should it be the air rivet gun? I like the rivet idea since it sounds like the longest part so far is removing the headliner
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Old 10-14-2015, 03:25 PM   #270
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Ordered the brackets. Will consider riveting to avoid removing the headliner on my limited with moonroof.
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Old 10-14-2015, 03:26 PM   #271
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The install shops I've checked use rivets.
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Old 10-14-2015, 03:28 PM   #272
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However, any concerns about metal shavings remaining in the headliner? Possible negative effects on side curtain airbags?
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Old 10-14-2015, 07:05 PM   #273
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Put tape on underside of holes. Non issue if you aren't a hack
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Old 10-15-2015, 03:21 AM   #274
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Default 15 WRX factory roof rack mount installed, yea I drilled it !

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Props to you guys for drilling into your roofs.. I have a clip style roof rack I want to put on. Wondering if anyone put some clear vinyl between any contact points of the car and the clips/rack to prevent damage? or is this way the best way to prevent damage?

I have 3M paint protection film underneath where the feet of my Inno roof rack feet would meet the paint. I also used a sharpie to mark the placement of the feet for faster installation instead of having to measure everything out each time.

Not close-up enough to see it...


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Old 10-21-2015, 12:06 PM   #275
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Damn! I need to find someone with an air rivet tool. I really want to redo it with rivets now.

Rivets are cool because you don't remove the headliner. Anyone concerned about doing this install with rivets... Drilling the roof first, of course, but leaving behind more metal shavings in the roof liner? Possible ill effects with the integrity of the side curtain airbags? Just wondering everyone's thoughts on this...
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