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#1 Old 11-24-2011, 07:06 PM
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2012 Santa Fe Roof Racks

I am brand new to this forum and forgive me ( and or correct me ) if I'm posting this in the wrong place....
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...just recently ordered a 2012 Santa FE FWD. ...and will not get it for a few weeks.... Love the vehicle overall... but have 2 (unrelated) questions, and would appreciate opinions on.
1) I've read all kinds of warnings online about being very careful upon taking delivery of a vehicle to make sure ( before driving off the lot) that there are no defects.... Any suggestions on what especially to look for with the Santa FE. ~ anything to watch out for visibly or on the test drive?
2) The other concern is regarding the "roof rack"... I hadn't realized til afterwards the the roof rails are 'flush mounted' with no opening to slip tie downs through.... but of more concern than that is how far the "cross rail" can slide forward? Every image that I've seen makes it seem very limited on how far forward it can go?.... I have a kayak that I want to load and the wider the expanse between cross rails is much better? Anyone have any experience with this?
....thanks..
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I've read on this forum that the cross rails are set up so they don't go forward enough to interfere with the sun roof. I have a 2011 SE without a sun roof and the rails are still setup as if there were a sun roof.
My last 2 SUVs were Jeep GC's with sun roofs and the roof rack rails went all the way forward, I'm fairly sure, although I never used them.
If you look back in the older posts there are owners that have altered their roof racks so the rails will go all the way forward.
I've bought quite a few new vehicles and I always carefully check the exterior, interior and all the working parts before I take delivery.
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Regarding what to check, I'd recommend checking there's no damage to the exterior and interior as if you find something when you get home the dealer could deny it. If anything mechanical or electric doesn't work you've got the warranty to take care of it, but I'd still check the operation of all the controls and the oil level. Unfortunately some cars get damaged on delivery and repaired so check every panel and especially bumpers very carefully for obvious damage such as parking dings but also for different paint finish of a respray or overspray on other panels where there may have been a repair. Check all the alloys for kerbing damage. Check the interior for any rips, scuffs or tears especially leather seats. Ask for the time to do this before you sign any handover document the dealer gives you. ENJOY!
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The crossbars on the Santa Fe are stupid close together. I have the sunroof on mine and the crossbars are definitely set to not cross over the sunroof. You will still be able to put a box spring or something on the roof, but I am no a fan of how Hyundai set it up. Also to note if you are planning to put a lot on the roof, the Santa Fe radio antenna is a very cheap one. It is not a shark fin so it sticks up a lot, and it does not have a hinge so it cannot be folded down.

Again you will be able to move things on your roof if need be, but be aware of the limitations inherent in the Santa Fe design.
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thanks for your input.
...appreciate it....
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On my 2008 the limiting factor to the crossbars going all the way forward was a rubber spacer on each side that pulled out with very little effort. I carry multiple kayaks all over the place and decided to get the Thule crossbars to mount my kayak carriers to. Very stable and secure. Not sure about the factory cross bars as mine did not come with them. Usually they are not the most secure things I have seen.
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Santa Fe roof rack cross rails

I found my answers here to the cross bar question for the Santa Fe, which saved me at least $150 and a lot of time.

Others have posted that rubber gaskets in the side rails prevent the front cross bar from moving forward sufficiently - to prevent interference with the sun roof. I agree it's a dumb design, but suspect Hyundai wants to keep the number of different parts among Santa Fe trim levels down to about a zillion rather than a zillion and one. So the racks made for those with sun roofs are used on them all.

I removed the stop screws in the rails that prevent the rubber gaskets from sliding backwards. Mine needed a torx (sp?) bit, but that was a dollar at the hardware store (not sure the torx size - they only had one size and it fit). The stop screws are in there quite tightly. Make sure you have the right shape / size bit so you don't strip it. Then with the screws removed and the gaskets slid backwards a tad, pry out the rubber gaskets from the back to the front and you can then slide the cross-bar all the way forward. I suspect when or if I re-install those, it will be tricky.

The cross-bars latch in place with pins that slide into holes on the rails. There aren't holes further forward than those factory-drilled, so you need to drill in a hole, horizontally, into each side rail at the location you want. The factory-drilled holes are done with tapered holes, high-quality machining. If you do this, you'll be drilling into the side of the rail with a straight bit. I read elsewhere the pins were 8.5 mm (have not checked) but if so then expect about a 9 mm hole. I think they're smaller diameter than this.

I can't see why having the front cross-bar further forward is not better and safer. The Thule box I own has mounts too far apart for the stock Santa Fe cross-bars. Thule know the mounts need to be spaced far enough apart for stiffness, stability, and reduced forces. They should tell Hyundai. Moving the bar forward was easy and worked well.

The pins in the cross-bars seem mainly to be for locating the bars longitudinally. The weight of the box travels through the cross-bars into the cross-bar end attachments and into the longitudinal roof rack bars. The pins will see loads from wind, accelerating and decelerating, not so much from weight. An earlier post (2009) questioned the roof rack capacity but the manual is clear that the cross-bars can also take the printed weights. In fact, with cross-bars spaced further apart, the actual force on each will be less during operation than they would be if closer together. It also questioned whether they were 'static or dynamic' force limits. They will refer to weight. There will be much higher dynamic forces (bouncing effects, wind, rocking effects, etc) but they know that and account for that in their factor of safety.

Sorry I don't know the pin diameter. Drilling into metal needs an appropriate bit, and a bit of skill if you want a good job. If you're not too handy, ask someone to help who is.

Don't overload your box or rack. I'd never put lumber on mine, basically my Thule box or other roof-designed sport rack, and that's about it. Measure your height with the rack on. My Santa Fe with a Thule Box is 6'-4". Stay out of underground parking lots. Maybe put a piece of coloured tape or something highly visible on your dashboard when your rack's mounted so you don't forget! Don't want to test those roof racks that way.

Good luck.
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I have a 2011 GL, no sunroof, but it came with the rubber spacers.

I chose a thule system over the factory bars. More positions available and I find it a stronger rack overall. You'll find it more expensive, but you can put a wider bar on top to fit your boat and maybe more.
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...just recently ordered a 2012 Santa FE FWD...regarding the "roof rack"... I hadn't realized til afterwards the the roof rails are 'flush mounted' with no opening to slip tie downs through.... but of more concern than that is how far the "cross rail" can slide forward? Every image that I've seen makes it seem very limited on how far forward it can go?.... I have a kayak that I want to load and the wider the expanse between cross rails is much better? Anyone have any experience with this?
....thanks..
Dogport, you are correct in the fact that the cross bars are very limited in how far apart you can move them. The farthest point forward that they will go is approx. in line with the back of the front doors. There is a torx (*star) bolt there as well as a set of rubber track inserts. There are also no notches for the set pins to click into beyond that point forward. Also, be careful when moving the cross bars as the release handles are quite fragile. I snapped the plactic connecting rod on both the front and rear bar and I had to use a crew driver to depress the set spring. I have since removed them both and moved on to better things
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Hello All,
I just had my 2012 SanatFe flush-mounted roof rails modified by a roof-rack outfitter (Rack Attack) by drilling some additional holes in the front portion of my roof rails. I'm now able to slide forward and lock in place my cross bars as shown in the pictures. This is a blessing because I save about $500 on builing up a Thule or Yakima platform. This should have been standard as it is with many other mfg's. Once they set up the rails for drilling, it costs pennies to drill a few more holes.
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