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After Market Roof Rack?

Hi,

Thanks everyone for posting to this forum, it has been very informative.

I just put a deposit down for a 2011 Touring. I wanted to get the roof rails and cross bars, but the dealer quoted us $635 (parts and labor). Does this seem high?

Also, what seemed ridiculous, was when we asked the salesperson, "Why would we be charged labor if this is an order vehicle, wouldn't the roof rack be put on at the factory?"

She said, "No, the racks would be put on at the dealership."

Does anyone know if this is true?

Anyways, anyone put an aftermarket, permanent roof rack on the 2011 Odyssey? If so, what did you pay (if you don't mind me asking)?

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http://www.racknroad.com/store/index.html

Instructions included, and a better product. As long as you have the factory side rails. Yakima and whisperbar will do the trick for you. The whisperbar is about the same price when you factor in locks. However, you can find yakima stuff anywhere you go in the country. If you are buying everything at once, it doesn't make a difference.

Don't let the dealer con you into buying weak factory rails.
 

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I guess the main issue is that the 2011 comes without roof rails (any trim). Honda says is an effort to improve aerodynamics and fuel economy, I call it plain bean counter cost cutting.

The rails themselves are not that expensive and if you are handy you should be able to install them yourself (instructions are downloadable/included).

Manufacturer: Honda
SKU: 08L02-TK8-100

Here are a couple of dealers who sell them:


http://www.keenanhondaparts.com/servlet/the-687/2011-HONDA-ODYSSEY-ROOF/Detail

http://www.bernardiparts.com/Honda-Roof-Rails-Odyssey__08L02-TK8-100.aspx
 

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Roof racks are a dealer accessory for the 2011 Ody. The factory has nothing to do with roof racks, ordered or not.

Honda website shows:
Roof Rails MSRP $210
Cross Bars MSRP $373

This does not include installation labor. So, your dealer quote sounds reasonable for a dealer. As said before, I'd look into doing it yourself.
 

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gregersonke said:
@gregersonke,
Thanks, I've heard of Rack N Road and have seen their work. Last year they re-racked a 2010 Outback and it looked really nice.
http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums...back/24165-re-racked-2010-subaru-outback.html
I'm considering doing a similar setup for the Ody, but the cost is pretty pricey.

Originally posted by BigBoat
I guess the main issue is that the 2011 comes without roof rails (any trim). Honda says is an effort to improve aerodynamics and fuel economy, I call it plain bean counter cost cutting.
@BigBoat,
Yeah, it surprised me that none of the trims came standard with at least the rails.


Originally posted by hasenpfeffer
Roof racks are a dealer accessory for the 2011 Ody. The factory has nothing to do with roof racks, ordered or not.
@hasenpfeffer,
Yeah, I guess every car company is different. When we ordered our 2010 Outback, all the accessories were put on at the factory and we didn't have to pay for the labor. I was expecting the same.

Thanks everyone for your input. In the meantime, if anyone decides to go with aftermarket racks, please post pictures.
 

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We were disappointed that the roof rails didn't come from the factory on a $41K van.

The dealer wanted $600 for them installed, we said NO.
 

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I bet the roof rails are a bolt-on. There is probably a plastic trim strip that runs along the roof covering rail attachment points. If so, buy the parts from your favorite internet Honda parts dealer and get any cross bars that fit your budget.



My '07 has the roof rails. I'm looking into a set of Malone cross bars.
http://www.maloneautoracks.com/roof-racks.php

$90 for cross bars with locks is a very attractive price.
http://www.orsracksdirect.com/malone-universal-cross-rail-system.html


EDIT: $163.80 for factory rails http://www.bernardiparts.com/Honda-Roof-Rails-Odyssey__08L02-TK8-100.aspx
It looks like they bolt on but you have to carve up the trim pieces a bit. http://www.bernardiparts.com/Images/Install/2011_Odyssey_RoofRails_AII43928.pdf
 

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Autocrosser said:

My '07 has the roof rails. I'm looking into a set of Malone cross bars.
http://www.maloneautoracks.com/roof-racks.php

$90 for cross bars with locks is a very attractive price.
http://www.orsracksdirect.com/malone-universal-cross-rail-system.html
They look good, I only see that the maximum capacity on these ones is 60kg compared to 75kg on the OEM ones. Now, they have free shipping for 99 or more, would that be before or after tax? Else I prefer the OEM cross bars (~$123) with local pickup

I guess you have to call them to ensure they fit the 2011. Yes, they are "universal", but I know how that goes with new models ;)
 

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Instructions included, and a better product. As long as you have the factory side rails. Yakima and whisperbar will do the trick for you. The whisperbar is about the same price when you factor in locks. However, you can find yakima stuff anywhere you go in the country. If you are buying everything at once, it doesn't make a difference.
Any idea what Whispbar mounting feet can be permanently mounted to the Odyssey?
 
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