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So I was trying to install the factory roof rack today. The front rack installed just fine. However, when I tried to install the rear one, the pegs on the rack don't line up with the holes in the rail; the pegs seem to ride too high up to fit in the holes. This is the case for both the left and right sides. And yes, I made sure I didn't mix up the left and right sides.

For the front rack, the pegs slid easily into the holes on both sides, so it's pretty disconcerting that the rear ones don't line up.

Has anyone else had this problem when installing the factory roof rack? Am I doing something wrong?

I'd take it into service but unfortunately the service departments are closed on weekends.

Thanks!
 

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Well I guess nobody had this problem haha...

Anyway I tried installing it again and lo and behold, everything fit this time. What I did differently this time was put both racks on the roof before tightening any of the screws (I had fully installed and tightened the front rack the first time prior to even attempting the rear one). Then I tightened each of the 4 screws little by little, which is actually what it recommends in the manual. I think if you fully tighten the ones on one rack first, it may warp the rail enough that the other rack won't fit properly.

I hope this helps anyone who might have the same issue in the future...
 

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I don't have a roof rack . Glad you got it all worked out and yes, I'm sure somebody will be fit from this .


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I'll benefit from it so thanks for posting. I've had my roof rack setting around for a year now and just haven't needed it yet, but will one of these days. Thanks for the info!
 
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Yep. Instructions say to loosely tighten all sides, then tighten alternating sides/racks (driver front, passenger rear, passenger front, driver rear) to balance things out. Roof rails visibly move/bow when you tighten on of the cross bars...
 

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I'll resurrect this not too old thread rather than start a new one -

I tried to put my bars on this weekend but couldn't open one of the clamps wide enough to fit over the rail. I fixed it by screwing that clamp all the way in and a clunk was heard. Then it would screw out much further than originally. Problem solved.
 

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Yep. Instructions say to loosely tighten all sides, then tighten alternating sides/racks (driver front, passenger rear, passenger front, driver rear) to balance things out. Roof rails visibly move/bow when you tighten on of the cross bars...
I'm glad you posted this, Spielzug, and I'm glad this Forum exists as a resource because ... well, the local shop, which is otherwise very good, sure didn't have this answer to the bowing that I was seeing (and worrying about).

When you tighten them, are you able to get the little triangles on the tool to line up at exactly 8 nm? The guys at the shop were kinda "hmmm, maybe that's too tight" because of the bowing, but if the rails won't peel off :eek:, I want the tightness to be what the owner's manual said it should be.
 

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I no longer try for the full 8Nm. That seems like a lot of strain to me. I suppose I might if I were going to be putting a maximal load up there for a crosse-country journey, but my uses of the roof rack have been limited to local transport of a bike and a Christmas tree...
 

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Anyone have the original installation directions. I just got a set of Porsche racks but no directions. Mainly wanted to check on where to insert the rubber pieces and do you torque the screws? Thanks
 

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I have a Porsche Roof Transport System that came with my Macan that has never been installed. Brand new for $225 + shipping. Message me if you have an interest in it.
 

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Anyone have the original installation directions. I just got a set of Porsche racks but no directions. Mainly wanted to check on where to insert the rubber pieces and do you torque the screws? Thanks
I'll be picking up our Macan S, hot off the presses, at the Atlanta PEC in about three weeks. The build includes the roof rails and cross-bars, and presumably I'll be getting factory instructions with them.

So, if you can wait a bit, I'll be glad to scan in the instructions, and put them up as a PDF on my web site. (I've done this sort of thing many times, re motorcycle add-ons, for assorted bike forums.)
 

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It's hard for many MFers to believe, but I actually read the ENTIRE manual on-line before my Macan arrived. (The 1 month certification delay didn't hurt that effort.)
Read it, keep an electronic copy on my phone in Evernote for quick reference. Amazing what one learns by reading...;)
 

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Anyone have the original installation directions. I just got a set of Porsche racks but no directions. Mainly wanted to check on where to insert the rubber pieces and do you torque the screws? Thanks
Did you buy new?
It should have come with a great canvas carrying case. There are no directions. There should be keys to lock and unlock the plastic end caps. When the caps are down, you can see how the rubber strips are oriented. You can work them in be hand, or use a popsicle stick to get the rubber in the grove (see picture). Space them equally from each end as they are hard to slide after being inserted. There are markings on the bottoms of the legs that say Left or Right, and Front or Rear. The pins on the legs fit in the holes on the inside of the aluminum rails. There should be "T" handle to tighten the screws to the appropriate torque when the lines on the "T" handle lineup with each other. It is very accurate. Checked with a torque wrench.
 

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Agree it is hard to get the pegs into the small dark hard to see holes. It is doable but very time consisting.
Worst thing is the thickness of the aluminium racks so fat that the Thule skibox clavs can not securely grip around them.
Knowing this I would have bought the aftermarket Thule system.
 
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