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« on: July 11, 2010, 07:43:04 AM »

I have an SLE-1 package and am wondering if anyone has added the roof rails to their terrain? After lifting up the trim on roof and reading the factory service manual it looks like the bolts are already welded in place just covered over with trim. Researching parts looks like I can get the rails,trim, etc.. for around 450...just wondering if anyone with an SLE has done this yet?
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2010, 10:18:04 AM »

Interesting... not that I can help you, but can you tell me how the trim on your SLE-1 attaches?  Do you think it would be feasible to do the opposite of what you are trying to do?  I do like the 'sleekness' of the roof-rack-less Terrains.
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2010, 11:54:38 AM »

Looking at the manual you should be able to reverse it...you would just need to unbolt the factory roof rails and then buy the trim for the non-roof rail terrain (its one long piece on each side), There are just some clips that hold the trim pieces in...or you could just sell me your roof rails and I'll give you my trim pieces..
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2010, 01:40:30 PM »

Why do you guys doesnt just do an exchange of parts ? Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2010, 04:01:31 PM »

Why do you guys doesnt just do an exchange of parts ? Tongue
lol, well I have to think about more than what I want.  Future buyers of my Terrain might EXPECT roof rails!
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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2010, 04:20:25 PM »

I have an SLE-1 package and am wondering if anyone has added the roof rails to their terrain? After lifting up the trim on roof and reading the factory service manual it looks like the bolts are already welded in place just covered over with trim. Researching parts looks like I can get the rails,trim, etc.. for around 450...just wondering if anyone with an SLE has done this yet?
I have the roof rails and most likely will not be using them. I would be interested in exchanging parts if it is not a big deal to remove them. I have an Equinox and I assume they are the same roof rails as the Terrain.
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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2010, 08:27:54 PM »



    Do you have the GM part numbers for all you are trying to add to your terrain for the Roof Rails?
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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2010, 10:44:52 AM »

yeah I have all the part numbers and can scan the repair manual pages if anyone is interested
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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2010, 07:57:18 PM »

Shoot me all the Part Numbers see if I can find a deal for ya...  Did you price all this through the dealer?
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« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2010, 09:04:36 AM »

No, it wasnt through the dealer, it was from a website, but I'll get you the part numbers
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« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2010, 06:49:29 PM »

Have you looked on www,gmpartsdirect.com ?
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« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2010, 05:21:26 AM »

yeah, thats the website I had checked out and priced everything from
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« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2010, 11:28:48 AM »

OK.. Thats where I was going to run the part numbers if you would have sent them to me.. Much cheaper than the dealer usually...   wink
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« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2010, 07:24:39 PM »

yeah I have all the part numbers and can scan the repair manual pages if anyone is interested



dodell..........where did you get your manual.........is there one on line somewhere.......and if it is not too much problem could you scan the rail pages

I was wondering how the trim came off but did not want to force the issue,I have the roof rails,on mine..

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« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2010, 05:21:38 PM »

i will try to scan the pages tommorow at work...there are metal clips that hold the trim pieces in....the manual is not entirely clear but looks like they just pop out...but I have not verified this
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« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2010, 01:03:38 PM »

I have scanned the service manual pages for removing the siderails and the trim. They are in an album I created on the forum..or here are the links:

http://www.terrainforum.net/MGalleryItem.php?id=132
http://www.terrainforum.net/MGalleryItem.php?id=134
http://www.terrainforum.net/MGalleryItem.php?id=132

Yes, I purchased the service manual online...I'm pretty sure it was through the GM website

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« Reply #16 on: July 20, 2010, 04:00:25 PM »

Just gave it a try removing the trim in front of the roof racks to see if there are any Welded nuts in that area.............

I chickened out..........not sure how they are attached and was bending the trim a bit,and did not want to force the issue (break the trim)

Thanks for posting the scans
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« Reply #17 on: July 20, 2010, 04:19:07 PM »

there shouldnt be any welded nuts on the front piece..just metal clips...if you find the metal clips and gently pry up with wide flat tip it should come up
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« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2010, 05:36:28 PM »

I have scanned the service manual pages for removing the siderails and the trim. They are in an album I created on the forum..or here are the links:

http://www.terrainforum.net/MGalleryItem.php?id=132
http://www.terrainforum.net/MGalleryItem.php?id=134
http://www.terrainforum.net/MGalleryItem.php?id=132

Yes, I purchased the service manual online...I'm pretty sure it was through the GM website

Dave
glad i was viewing on a laptop,,, easy to turn it around to view,,, posted upside down
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« Reply #19 on: July 21, 2010, 01:40:10 AM »

Yeah...that book of the manual is about 3 inches thick and wouldnt fit the scanner any other way...of course you can always click on 'view' and rotate twice also...lol
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« Reply #20 on: July 31, 2010, 04:12:34 PM »

This definately looks like it will work between the equinox and different models of terrain. My SLE-1 has all the same mounting locations for rails and trim has the models where the racks come factory installed. I will find out for sure when the rails get delivered probably on Thur. Anyway here are some pics of how the trim is attached to the roof and pics of the threaded studs that the roof rails attach to.
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« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2010, 07:00:17 PM »

Thanks for posting those pics up...........
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« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2010, 05:21:37 PM »

Well...got the roof rails in the mail this evening about 20 min later everything is on and looks great. Here are some pics..just to note these rails were off an equinox...so everything as far as roof rails are interchangeable between GMC and Chevy...I guess I have the first SLE-1 trim package with roof rails. Thanks to DonBlocker for the easy exchange...(your trim will be shipped out on Friday)
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« Reply #23 on: September 30, 2010, 07:23:53 AM »

If anybody else is looking to get rid of their roof rails, please let me know. I have been looking to buy some for my SLE-1, as well.
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