I have seen many people wondering how to do a roof rail delete/ convert to SRT rails. I hope this helps some people realize that it is possible and really not that difficult. Patience is the golden rule...
You will need these items
-12 Stainless button head screw 6mm x 1.00 x 20mm
-12 Stainless flat washers 1/4" hole
-12 thin rubber washers 1/4" hole
-Hacksaw with sharp blade in the 45 degree position
-Blue painters tape to protect the paint from the hacksaw
-1 tube of silicone
-SRT Rail mouldings Right side- 68088702AC and Left side- 68088703AC
Complete total should be less than $110 (if you have a hacksaw).
Step 1: Remove factory rail torx bolts (4 per side). Slide roof rail to the rear and it should come loose. Clean all the loose dirt that was trapped under the rail with water and a rag.
Step 2: Place blue painters tape along high spots of the body to protect the paint. I put three layers and did come in contact with the tape once. I peeled the first layer of tape and the second layer was not disturbed. (Tape is cheaper that repairing paint).
Step 3: Use a new 18tpi "Metal" hacksaw blade in the 45 degree position of the hacksaw frame. Slowly start cutting off the mushroom top of the nutserts. It really is not that thick of metal and goes fairly smooth. Take your time and don't get to aggressive, especially toward the end. I cleaned up the metal shavings after each nutsert. Get all the shavings and don't forget the ones that fall and sit on the side window rubber seals. Clean off sharp edges with a small metal file. Again, take your time and protect your paint.
Step 4: Prepare new SRT mouldings. Remove ALL the plastic spacers that are inserted in the six holes. Water is going to get under the rail. I used a round file to make a small outlet in the front and rear of each moulding.
Step 5: Apply silicone on all the cut tops of the nutserts. Center the rubber washers on the holes. Slowly place the new moulding on the rubber washers, being careful not to move the rubber washers. Use a hand held allen tool to screw in the stainless button head screws with the 1/4" stainless washers. Get them all started before snugging them down. The rubber washer will compress just a little to let the moulding meet the paint with no gap.
Once i gathered all the hardware, the installation didn't take but 2 hrs max.
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