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I removed the roof rails off my 260RS today, looks heaps better.

tools needed are:

  • Small flat head screw driver
  • phillips screw driver
  • 12mm long socket (preferrably 1/4 inch drive)
  • 14mm spanner
  • 1/4 inch drive rachet & extensions
  • Gentle hands

remove the rear section of the hood lining then just let the front section drop down. u only need enough room to squeeze ur 12mm socket & extensions up to undo the nuts that hold the rails on. there are 10 all up. u'll need the long socket for the 4 at the rear.

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once all the nuts are undone, pull the rails off, they may need a little assistance as the have been on there a long time.

now that the rails are off u'll be left with 6 rectangular holes in the panels which will need to be filled ( will update this when i have done it.)

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u also have 10 holes in the roof which will need blocking off so ur roof don't leak! I'm planning on using some stainless cap head bolts and washers and some rubber washers as well as a bit of sikaflex just to make shure.

will post more pics and update topic when i have finished it, public holiday so bolt shop is closed today.

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You have the easy bit done.

Are you going to remove the factory strips to modify them or do it on the car?

Just a heads up, the factory strips are double sided taped the entire length along the outside of the car

The inside entire length clips into a nylon strip that is double sided taped onto the roof

It is very hard to remove the factory strip without bending them. So take your time

How do you plan to modify them?

They are stainless steel coated in rubber/plastic.

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Darren! Was planning on leaving the factory ones on the car, tac in some stainless fillers then use body filler, give them a rub back prime & paint on the car! Don't know if it will work but only one way to find out

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I done this to my Stagea today. I had to take out the whole hood lining out as mine got the the sun roofs, had to take off a bracket to get to the nuts.

This is how mine looks.... It does look hell alot better.

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For now Im going to do the same as you planned to do with yours. But long term, Plan to take off all the factory strips and blog the whole lot up when I paint the car.

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i wouldnt recommend modifying the stock ones on the car. as Darrin said they are rubber coated and held in with double sided tape. which means when u try and weld them the rubber and tape will melt. which will mean u'll have to take all the rubber off to get an even finish. this may also cause the roof to leak as there will be 10 holes into the cabin under the strips. as for stagea_dayz's suggestion of bogging it up, you will need atleast 3 whole containers of bog to do it! because once you take off the stainless steel strips theres a HUGE gap to be filled. i'd suggest to completely remove the stock ones BEFORE you modify them or do as i did and throw them away and sheet metal over the gap then fill and paint. but the latter will require the roof to be painted.

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Just a thought I had when I saw this.

How about hacking the bottom visible 3mm off of the rails (off the car), using that as a base to smooth something over.

I imagine it wont be flush and will probably look like 6 cover plates bolted in but using Nissan seals to fill a Nissan hole should stop leakage issue.

Should even be able leave the strips in place.

Be a quick solution whilst working on a bigger, better all encompassing one.

I dont want to be the first to cut my rails up though..... :)

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I done this to my Stagea today. I had to take out the whole hood lining out as mine got the the sun roofs, had to take off a bracket to get to the nuts.

This is how mine looks.... It does look hell alot better.

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can you post a close up shot of the rectangular holes??? Not too close but from like 1m away. im thinking of giving this a go. :-D
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