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    Subaru XV Crosstrek OEM aero crossbar question

    Sorry if someone else already asked this question before.
    I saw on one of the online parts store that the bar can be
    removed easily in minutes without the use of any tools and
    wondering if it is true? From the look of it, it seems like a person will
    need at least a torque wrench to remove it.
    I really like the look of the bars and
    the weight limit will serve me well but I am most worry about
    it getting stolen since I park outside in an area with higher than
    average thefts from motor vehicle. Anyone here know of a diy method of securing the bars?

    Thanks!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoneyKnees View Post
    Sorry if someone else already asked this question before.
    I saw on one of the online parts store that the bar can be
    removed easily in minutes without the use of any tools and
    wondering if it is true? From the look of it, it seems like a person will
    need at least a torque wrench to remove it.
    I really like the look of the bars and
    the weight limit will serve me well but I am most worry about
    it getting stolen since I park outside in an area with higher than
    average thefts from motor vehicle. Anyone here know of a diy method of securing the bars?

    Thanks!!!
    I ordered them tonight. Will let you know in a week

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    They come with a screwdriver with a star-shaped head. So, technically they do remove easily if one had the tool, but if one has the tool, they likely already have the crossbars. I've not ever seen a report of anyone stealing them- it is possible, but I don't know that I'd worry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LB412 View Post
    I ordered them tonight. Will let you know in a week
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    They come with a screwdriver with a star-shaped head. So, technically they do remove easily if one had the tool, but if one has the tool, they likely already have the crossbars. I've not ever seen a report of anyone stealing them- it is possible, but I don't know that I'd worry.
    I wonder if that star shaped tooled is similar to a torque wrench

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoneyKnees View Post
    I wonder if that star shaped tooled is similar to a torque wrench
    youre thinking of a torx key. and on my 2011 impreza outback..which im sure is similar, its just an everyday torx key

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    Yeah, sorry, it's a torx wrench. But I've seriously never heard of people stealing OEM bars off a Subaru.

    When my customers are worried about this, that's the point where I tell them "spend the extra money for some Thule or Yakima bars"
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    Quote Originally Posted by axcxnj View Post
    youre thinking of a torx key. and on my 2011 impreza outback..which im sure is similar, its just an everyday torx key
    thanks for the correction


    Xjaredx, I really like the look of the oem one. I may just get it and use permanent thread lock on it.

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    I don't know what the setup looks like, but if it's just a bolt you could always change to a tamperproof torx bolt. Tools to remove/ install them are far less common.

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    Just installed them on my new WRX a couple days ago. They look clean, and work great for my Thule Sidearm. They only took me a couple minutes to install, and I only needed a torx screwdriver to remove the plastic end caps. After that, you just hand tighten a wing bolt into the mounting point on your roof.

    Honestly, they would be pretty damn easy to steal, so if you're concerned about such things I'd look at some other options. I live in a pretty safe area though, and got a great deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker662 View Post
    Just installed them on my new WRX a couple days ago. They look clean, and work great for my Thule Sidearm. They only took me a couple minutes to install, and I only needed a torx screwdriver to remove the plastic end caps. After that, you just hand tighten a wing bolt into the mounting point on your roof.

    Honestly, they would be pretty damn easy to steal, so if you're concerned about such things I'd look at some other options. I live in a pretty safe area though, and got a great deal.
    Your WRX uses a different crossbar setup, where the bars mount into the roof. The Crosstrek and 12+ Impreza Sport have elevated roof rails that the crossbars clamp to.
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    Thanks for all the replies!! I just installed them and it looks great.
    I used red loctite and filled the hole with epoxy plastic filler.
    Pretty much this setup is permanent and since I don't plan on taking it off, I guess it should be good..

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    Your WRX uses a different crossbar setup, where the bars mount into the roof. The Crosstrek and 12+ Impreza Sport have elevated roof rails that the crossbars clamp to.
    Right you are. I thought they were the same, my mistake!

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