|02-22-2011, 09:17 PM
Cons: See Below
Comments: I ordered these rails from Quadratec based primarily on the fact that no drilling was required for installation. I had several issues with the product:
1.) The rails install with L-shaped threaded inserts that are inserted into pre-existing holes in the frame and body. These inserts are welded together. During initial installation, I broke one of the inserts at the weld under only mild pressure from the ratchet. Under inspection, I could see where the weld had not penetrated, leading to the failure.
2.) The appearance of the driver's side rail was acceptable, but when mounted on the vehicle it became obvious that the passenger side rail was not nearly flush to the body. The vertical portion of the rail also appeared bent: it was further from the body at the front and rear of the rail. There was enough room between the body and rail for me to slip my pinky finger between them. Efforts at re-mounting the rail did not resolve the problem.
3.) I contacted Olympic for some technical support, providing them with pictures of what I was seeing and asking for advice. I asked them for:
a.) Torque specifications for the threaded inserts. None was listed in the installation instructions and I did not want to break any more. They never gave me a response.
b.) A replacement threaded insert for the one that failed during the installation. They took my address, but no insert ever arrived.
c.) Suggestions about how to improve the fit of the passenger side rail, or if they felt there was a defect in manufacturing. Their only response was: unbolt it, push it in, and tighten it back down. I was disappointed and a little insulted that this was their only input.
I was unhappy with this product because I feel the design is flawed, and because Olympic did not provide good customer support; for these reasons I would recommend you NOT purchase this product. I returned these rails, put the money toward other rails that DO drill through the body, and have been immensely pleased with those other rails.