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Installing OEM roof rack. Help

I finally got a OEM roof rack and was planning on installing this weekend. I ordered the OEM install kit with all the bolts and washers.

I was curious if I should put a sealant under the feet or around the bolts to ensure I dont get a roof leak. If so what kind and where should i put the sealant under the feet , around the bolts or both?

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Re: Installing OEM roof rack. Help

Not sure about placement but I have read people sometimes use marine sealant .

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Thank you that's what I found also but most are a adhesive / sealant I just want to make sure I use the right one in case I remove the rack later
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Re: Installing OEM roof rack. Help

Do NOT use any supplementary "sealant", use the flat-gasket seals provided with the install kit and you'll be fine.

Many people slather the bolt threads with RTV silicone or other sealants, not realizing that the waterproof seal is NOT made AT the bolt threads, but outboard of the threads, at the ends of the metal "spools", which are the spacers between the roof surface and the underside of the rack "feet".

Use the Toyota mastic and fiber-washer seals, apply and position them correctly, and make sure that the sealing surfaces on the roof and the spools are clean, dry, flat and undamaged.

Make sure you have a copy of the factory installation instructions:
http://www.lastgreatroadtrip.com/wp-...stallation.pdf
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Thank you so much, I will be giving it a go tomorrow, weather permitting
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Just unpacked my roof rack and it seems that it is missing 5 of the metal sleeves/ inserts that the bolts go through? Please tell me these are available separately ? I have not been able to find a part number
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Here are pics of what I'm looking for hopefully a part number or if anyone has some
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Re: Installing OEM roof rack. Help

"spools", so that's what they're called.

I thought you meant the plastic tube inserts that the bolt passes through.
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Thanks to everyone trying to help. I just need 3 more feet / spools. This community is great
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Re: Installing OEM roof rack. Help

Several of my friends added aftermarket roof racks and experienced water damage on their interior headliner. They corrected the problem by removing the rack then re-installing it with a generous amount of silicone sealant. I presume it depends on the brand of rack being installed.
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