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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-05-2017, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Roof Rack for FE

The FE does not have rood rails.
Q1 - Are there (hidden) mounting locations, so that a rack (maybe made by Thule in the future for example) may be installed without the use of the rails?
Q2 - Can rails be purchased later and installed on the FE?
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-06-2017, 11:12 PM
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There should be punch outs for mounting roof rails or another rack. $280 would have bought you the next trim level with several upgrades including the roof rails and keyless ignition.
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I too wanted the roof rails as an option for the FE and three dealers told me that they are NOT available as an option, not even as part of another kit. Bottom line is that IF an LX or above were to damage the rails, the only offering is the rail cap strips to fill the slots. KIA will not sell the rails, not even for repair work on the models that come with them. Great thinking KIA.

Plenty of aftermarket strap-on style racks on Amazon and eBay.
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Check with an Autobody/Collison place. I can't believe that if the vehicle was in an accident and repairable, that they couldn't replace the roof rails.

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The FE does not have rood rails.
Q1 - Are there (hidden) mounting locations, so that a rack (maybe made by Thule in the future for example) may be installed without the use of the rails?
Q2 - Can rails be purchased later and installed on the FE?
thanks,
1 - Not as far as I'm aware
2 - See 1.

If you really want the roof rails, just get the LX. It's only $300 more, and officially only a 1 MPG hit, which frankly you might get a worse hit with something aftermarket or MacGyvered on.
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When I made my post above some 11 months ago (!), I was relying on an experienced auto parts (generic) specialist to inform my post. Indeed, most roof rails either have a punch out or a fitting the attaching bolt slides into.

Since then I purchased an LX and promptly deleted the roof rails, hopefully gaining back that lost mpg. The LX has threaded studs welded permanently to the roof. Not having the FE roof trim pieces, I thought those studs were specific to the LX (and above) and that they protruded too high to allow the FE roof trim to fit (now I'm not so sure). I had originally hoped to swap the roof rails with an FE owner, but decided that wasn't possible. So I immediately took the studs down with a Dremel - it was clear that all Niro's could receive the roof trim as the welded fitments for them were on my LX and knew I'd never ever use the rails.

I delayed fitting the roof trim for some time as the dealer parts could not find a number for them in their system. I thought I was going to have to find a junk yard FE to get them. However an auto body shop I was dealing with was able to pull the part number and order them from that same dealer! So my car now looks like an FE to observers.

Now I'm thinking that it only makes sense from a manufacturer perspective not to set up welding robots for two different models.

Easy for an owner to check this hypothesis. Pry up one end of the roof trim with something plastic (perhaps two credit cards or a bicycle nylon tire tool). Then pull it up a bit further (or the whole way - easy) and see if you see any threaded studs. If they are there, you can go for the OEM rails!

And I'd be happy to sell you my rails (I'll include the special deep socket required for the nuts). But do let us know what you find out.
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Now, ask yourself, was all that really worth saving $300 and/or 1 MPG?
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Now, ask yourself, was all that really worth saving $300 and/or 1 MPG?
I assume you are referring to my post, read it again. I did get the LX and deleted the roof rails.

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I assume you are referring to my post, read it again. I did get the LX and deleted the roof rails.
Ok. And was that worth the 1 MPG savings?
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Oh yes! No trouble at all, $90 for the roof trim and a few minutes of work. I also deleted the left side mirror for a similar aero benefit (a few minutes to take off, a good bit more to fabricate a nice looking panel to replace it). Looks like the last two fill ups will be at 52 mpg (real, not indicated), with about a third of those 1,200 miles on freeway at 73 mph indicated.

The car is clearly exceeding EPA for the FE (as well as the LX of course). I made some other interior modifications and have taken off a net 40 pounds (including the roof rails).

Not as good as a gen 4 Prius or Ioniq, but I'm quite pleased. Basically I have an FE now with tech package that cannot be ordered that way.

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