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post #1 of 20 Old 10-22-2015, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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Question Roof rails question

Has anyone installed a set of factory Land Rover roof rails on their DS ?

I am looking at buying a DS from a dealer and they said the roof rails are not user installable parts.

I looked at the roof and found plastic parts covering the rail mounting points.

My dealer wants to charge me $1260 to have a set of aluminum roof rails installed onto the DS when it is delivered this weekend.

I can get a set for $499 at Niello Land Rover.
I have my own cross bars that will mount my ski racks so that's not the problem - the rails that run from front to back are the issue.

So can I do the install ???
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I am guessing you have a pano roof. MSRP parts appx $554. That difference to $1260 represents labor. The fitting guide on Topix shows .75 hrs for install. (you can look up the install instructions googling Topix, and follow through to the roof rails).
Something doesn't add up here.
There is no dealer specific issues on this install.
Maybe 3/5 on the davez26 technical scale.
If pumping gas is a challenge, NO.
If you can install a light switch, or build a gate for a fence, you could do this.
Can you replace the clutches in an auto transmission? - overqualified.
Sorry for short answers - at work.
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I am guessing you have a pano roof. MSRP parts appx $554. That difference to $1260 represents labor. The fitting guide on Topix shows .75 hrs for install. (you can look up the install instructions googling Topix, and follow through to the roof rails).
Something doesn't add up here.
There is no dealer specific issues on this install.
Maybe 3/5 on the davez26 technical scale.
If pumping gas is a challenge, NO.
If you can install a light switch, or build a gate for a fence, you could do this.
Can you replace the clutches in an auto transmission? - overqualified.
Sorry for short answers - at work.
I LOVE IT! Well said!!!!

Very well said on the installation complexity.

Yes, I have the pano roof so I don't need the ditch fittings kit, saving me $500.

Since I am leasing, I will do the install myself, save $600 in labor and take them off when I return it!
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Wow, I love Topix!
Step by step installation instructions plus diagrams !

Thanks - will be installing my own...

LAF0373_1E - Roof Rails VPLCR0132 / 3 VPLCR0136 / 7 VPLCR0134 / 5 | TOPIx
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I should add that .75 represents the time that LR estimates for a trained tech, familiar with the vehicle, etc - Your time will vary - probably by double - and that is okay.
Again, not impossible, just be cool with it.
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I should add that .75 represents the time that LR estimates for a trained tech, familiar with the vehicle, etc - Your time will vary - probably by double - and that is okay.
Again, not impossible, just be cool with it.
With the dealer installing a $465 set of rails for a total quoted by sales: $1260 !

But why charge $800 for labor to install a set of rails ???

If my math is correct, then it would take one tech 8 hours to install it ???
Or 2 techs half a day to install ?

I will do it myself and pick up my rails from my dealer tonight when I pick up the DS - the parts dept has agreed to match Niello Land Rover in Northern California - Whoo hoO!
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The roof rails don't include the crossbars, and maybe those were quoted with - which makes more sense, should have thought of that before. $554 + 466 = 1020. This makes a little more sense, $240 difference for the labor. Total time is 1.1, so still a little pricey.
MSRPs from Land Rover USA website BTW.
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Finally found out where to get my roof rails: Niello Land Rover in Rocklin, CA:

Black Roof Rails - with Pano roof

$465 is a deal !

Topix page to install step by step means I will do the instalL!
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I just installed my rails this morning - very easy. My dealer wanted $450 for labor.
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I just installed my rails this morning - very easy. My dealer wanted $450 for labor.
Ha!
I thought so - the dealer told me it requires special tools for the install and will void the warranty if I install it myself.

Now I know better!

thanks!
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