Last post on Nov 17, 2013 at 2:40 PM
You are in the Lexus RX 300/330/350
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Lexus RX 300, Lexus RX 330, Lexus RX 350, SUV
#15 of 24 Re: Pics of Removed Roof Rail End Caps [noduplicates]
Nov 22, 2009 (10:42 pm)
If you posted photo's I can't find them.
#16 of 24 Re: Pics of Removed Roof Rail End Caps [noduplicates]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 22, 2009 (10:46 pm)
If you need a place to host your photos, you can set up your CarSpace page and use the free photo albums there.
#18 of 24 Re: Pics of Removed Roof Rail End Cap (w/ tools I used) [noduplicates]
Nov 24, 2009 (6:14 pm)
I went to the dealer today because, as noted above, it didn't seem like the crossbars they gave me would fit the roof rail slot. I got the blasted end caps off but the rollers on the crossbars seemed too big for the slots. I was right! They sold me the wrong bars! I have a 2010 RX450h and the sold me ones for a 2009.
When they get the 2010's in I am going to let them install them. Less than 1 hour job at $125/hour. If I do it, it will be more than an hour, fraught with risk of breaking the end caps even though I now know how to remove them. If I didn't already have 2 hours into this I would consider investing more time. At this point, I need to get this behind me.
So, the photos I posted of the end caps are for a 2010 RX. It may be different for 2009. Best of luck.
Nutso caveat: my next project is replacing the stock speakers (12 speaker system) in the doors. I am an audiophile and the bass sounds way too muddy/indistinct to me. So my next trick will be to figure out how to get the door panels off. Then find the right size and impedance speakers. I've heard that Lexus uses 8 ohm speakers when the industry standard is 4 ohms. Two 4 ohm speakers in series would do it, but I doubt there is room for this, or a 4 ohm resistor might be good to. Depends how much time as to whether I will really do this.
#19 of 24 Re: Pics of Removed Roof Rail End Cap (w/ tools I used) [noduplicates]
Nov 24, 2009 (11:06 pm)
Can you grab the installation instructions that come with the cross bars and scan them?
#20 of 24 Re: Pics of Removed Roof Rail End Cap (w/ tools I used) [jacks2]
Nov 24, 2009 (11:33 pm)
I will ask when the new ones come in. However, there were none with the ones I had. One box was open when I received them. The other was not. Neither had instructions.
I'll let you know next week. I'll see if the dealer will let me back in the shop.
Dec 03, 2009 (9:29 am)
I got the right rack bars installed yesterday. The dealer did this at no cost considering their screw-up ordering the wrong bars and my wasted trips to the dealership (2 hours round trip each time ).
There were no instructions in the box. It looked pretty straight forward once the rear end caps came off. It was a 15-20 minute job for the dealer.
They must have the right pry tool. Or, they can afford to take risks since the replacement cost for them is minor. For the rest of us, we have to finesse it.
Best of luck,
#22 of 24 Re: How to Remove 2010 RX350 & RX45h Roof Rails. [noduplicates]
Dec 04, 2009 (6:27 am)
In removing the end caps, there is no need to use any special tools and do not pry anything yet. If you start prying, you have a good chance of nicking the paint on the roof. DO NOT DO THAT.
Check out post #5 by wrahn. Just using both hands, grab the end cap and twist counterclockwise and up (or twist away from you). The endcap will loosen. It should come off. If not, pry carefully with A SMALL SCREWDRIVER at the end where its already loose. The end cap should come off.
I can post pictures but on this forum, posting pictures is not easy.
#23 of 24 Re: How to Remove 2010 RX350 & RX45h Roof Rails. [noduplicates]
Apr 21, 2012 (6:01 am)
I have a 2010 RX 350 and had an easier time getting the rear rail caps off. I used a small piece (3x5 inches) of corrugated cardboard laying down on the inside of the caps for protecting the metal, and used a thin, but strong little 1/4 inch wide screw driver to pry underneath at the roof on the inside of the cap about an inch down from the front of the cap. With a slight turn, and I heard a small pop, then gently worked the inside and back until it came all the way off.
There is a tab at the front of the rear cap that fits under the top of the rail, so don't attack it there.
I had no trouble getting the cross rails to slide inside the side rails.
#24 of 24 How to Remove 2010 RX350 & RX45h Roof Rails
Nov 17, 2013 (2:40 pm)
Yea, you don't need tools to remove the end caps! Just use both hands to grab the entire cap and squeeze and lift the rear end of the cap up. Not more than an inch and then, slide the cap aft or to the rear of the RX. There's a Christmas tree plastic keeper (One on each side). You will need tools to remove this tree. I used a needle nose pliers and a large screw driver. Grasp the tree with the pliers and use the screw driver between the pliers and metal rack mount. Twist the screw driver gently and lift the tree out. Take your time, let it come out slowly almost by it self. You will have to reinsert the tree in the plastic cover before you install it. There is a 8 mm bolt/screw that needs to be removed before you can slid the racks out. Remember to reinstall it before you install the caps. Now find a spot in the garage to put yet another piece of unneeded something. Oh, don't forget to bring them down to the dealer when you trade RX in. That way I can put them in my garage!