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Hey everyone. I'm trying to find some instructions on how to remove the plugs on top of the roof to install my Aluminess roof rack. Anyone have a link or some insight as to what tools are needed,etc? Thanks!


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a flat head screwdriver is all i used to remove mine, or a knife might work, they are just cheap hollow plastic plugs. put sealant on the bolts as it is said in this PDF: https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas/non-html/Q249.pdf
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Small screw driver and a plastic pad (squeegee) to pry against. M8-1.25 thread is down in there a little. (not right behind the skin)



One of our towers (right). It is important to use a significant portion of the rectangular pad area to properly distribute the load.
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And it's helpful to use a sharp blade to score the paint before easing out the plug.
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You might need an 8mm tap to clear the anchor threads from overspray.
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And hopefully your tapped holes are accessible after you get the plugs out. A few have reported they had to cut the roof sheet metal to access the holes.

My holes were off center, but still accessible.
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And hopefully your tapped holes are accessible after you get the plugs out. A few have reported they had to cut the roof sheet metal to access the holes.

My holes were off center, but still accessible.
Yeah.. mine didn't all line up perfectly. Took a few minutes with a file to make enough room.
Also make sure that you use plenty of silicone when installing the roof rack. Even after I put silicone under my factory roof rack I still had leaks coming in. I had put silicone under the rubber boot the ford rack comes with but not between the rubber boot and the metal. Had to redo it after a little rain but all is good now. A little Dicor goes a long way as well.
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Thanks for the replies. Got 'er done!


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Small screw driver and a plastic pad (squeegee) to pry against. M8-1.25 thread is down in there a little. (not right behind the skin)



One of our towers (right). It is important to use a significant portion of the rectangular pad area to properly distribute the load.
Is the 8mm threaded insert vertical or is it perpendicular to the roof surface?

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perpendicular to the surface around the hole.
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