I want to remove the roof rails to paint (plastidip) them black. Anyone removed theirs?
Nice, I cant seem to find these rails for sale. Do you have a link or a site I can check?Yup, pretty easy. You will need a deep 10mm socket.
If you don't plan on a roof rack, you might just leave them off. Good for 2-4% aero efficiency gain. The black trim for the FE model will fit, cost about $70 for the pair.
I may remove them and see how it looks.Wrong on price. Just got charged $45 plus tax for one side at a dealer. Would you believe someone stole just one on a recent trip to California? Might be worth shopping around.
The roof rails are attached to welded studs that are a bit too tall for the trim to fit over them. You may be able to remove just enough to make the trim fit and still be able to reinstall the rails down the road. I didn't bother trying, just Dremeled them off altogether. I might have tried had I had my hands on the trim at the time but didn't care that much. They just add aero drag and about 20 pounds, and I've managed to survive my entire life so far without the slightest desire for roof racks (in part because I always go for hatchbacks).
Personally, I think the car looks better without them.
The FE gets better efficiency ratings for two reasons. The lack of roof rails is the real efficiency gain. The other one is that it weighs slightly less than the LX model. The EPA has weight groups and even shedding one pound that puts you in a lower bracket improves your mpg rating. That accounts for the extreme weight reduction steps Hyundai did in the US market for their Ioniq Blue model to get the highest EPA ratings of any car, including Prius.