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I took a bunch of pics and will try to add them chronologically.

First step, buys some rails, I also used Land Rover Rocklin (916) 632-3231 but they'll want you to go online for purchases. I'm actually seeing Rocklin cheaper across the board. go to Land Rover Rocklin | Niello Land Rover Dealer | Northern California & Sierras.

First step is removing the existing covers (1-3) which can be done with your fingers but i also used the orange tool ( pic 2 from my kids lego sets!). The front pieces come up easily, the back one takes some wrangling (pics 5 &6). The only real tool you need is a socket set. Pic 7 shows the front bracket with the nuts tightened. Pic 10 shows the two back brackets. Pic 8 has the bolts in place and 9 has the first rail complete.

I did the right side first. Pulled up the covers, laid the three brackets in place using the supplied spacers and tightened them snug but not cranked.

Once at this part the covers go on and each is labeled underneath
 

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Add the covers and remove the protective plastic and viola, done!

If you really want to spend $1,200, just swing by my house and we'll be done in <30 min.

I HIGHLY recommend you do this yourself, it's a piece of cake.

The last pic below is the long piece that comes on the car, i just wanted to show that the back comes off easy but the front of this piece takes some wiggling.

If you guys want, i'll post additional pics of adding the RR crossbars from my Evoque but I may find newer ones that have a lower profile. Let me know.
 

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I decided to put the Range Rover cross bars from my Evoque onto the Disco. The Disco is wider so I had to loosen the set screws on the top which gives about 1/2" in play on both sides. You'll find that screw on top of the RR crossbar under the locking cap. Since i use this mostly for paddle boards and a kayak, both of which are over 12', I separated them father than the guide on the rails and far enough that they don't block the view from inside. I use a Thule adjustable locking kevlar reinforced locking strap on top (not pictured)

Here's the pics:
 

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To take them on and off, does that metal piece act as a lever to help separate the clam on the roof over the roof rail or do you also have to mess with the set screw on the top near the rubber channel?
 

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DrJJC, my understanding is that it maybe too tedious to take off and put back on the roof rails. Would you need to do this?
 

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Wow! You made it sound easy. Any idea how the knuckleheads at the dealership dented my roof installing the rails? All better now but not worth the hassle. Wish I'd seen your post first...

BTW haven't had a use for the rails yet so haven't bought the cross bars but I do think the car looks better with the rails.
 

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To take them on and off, does that metal piece act as a lever to help separate the clam on the roof over the roof rail or do you also have to mess with the set screw on the top near the rubber channel?
Once I put them on the old car, I've only taken them off twice in three years. To take them off, you loosen the torx screw in the first picture, slide them to the middle of the car and you should be able to get the off with out messing with the width adjustment set screw.

These RR rails were supposed to fit all RR's in 2013 but the Disco is wider so it's at its max width right now.

They aren't intended to be removed once on and gave been through the care wash 100 times.
 

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Wow! You made it sound easy. Any idea how the knuckleheads at the dealership dented my roof installing the rails? All better now but not worth the hassle. Wish I'd seen your post first...

BTW haven't had a use for the rails yet so haven't bought the cross bars but I do think the car looks better with the rails.
It does look better.

My guess is the dealer dropped the socket wrench on your roof. The instructions don't dictate torque wrench usage but I can see someone really tightening it to the point of slipping.

I'd look around for lower profile cross bars that lock. I'm not sure these $500 crossbars are the best for the ride. They were originally made to clear GPS antennas with a load but LR/RR makes those lower profile now.

They are too tall to drive the car inside the garage with a paddle board on top (in a standard American double garage)
 

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Rails look great!

Just like mine and definitely worth getting them from Niello LR.

Your RR cross rails look exactly like my Mercedes cross rails - just the different logo - they are all made by Thule which is the original manufacturer!
 

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Rails look great!

Just like mine and definitely worth getting them from Niello LR.

Your RR cross rails look exactly like my Mercedes cross rails - just the different logo - they are all made by Thule which is the original manufacturer!
I know, my brother is a Thule dealer but there's some new low profile cross bars that work better when you add in their locking strap system. it adds something like 10" of height and the wind noise is annoying if you don't have a board or kayak up there.

Just haven't found the new ones but it's too cold to worry about it right now anyway.
 

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It does look better.

My guess is the dealer dropped the socket wrench on your roof. The instructions don't dictate torque wrench usage but I can see someone really tightening it to the point of slipping.

I'd look around for lower profile cross bars that lock. I'm not sure these $500 crossbars are the best for the ride. They were originally made to clear GPS antennas with a load but LR/RR makes those lower profile now.

They are too tall to drive the car inside the garage with a paddle board on top (in a standard American double garage)
for crossbar, based on my research i'd strongly suggest what sally4pat has on the disco. its a Rola low profile cross bar. looks removable and sleek. once i get through my first week of car issues I will get that rig and then plop on my skis / surfboard
 

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I figured out the factory crossbars. The crossbars are adjustable so they fit the vehicle perfect. My installer made the top adjustment too tight so the crossbars "clamp" that connects to the rails would not open far enough. Once I corrected it, they work much better.

I got the Acqua carrier and am excited to use it with a SUP and there is still room for my surfboard to go on the other part of the crossbars.
 

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I figured out the factory crossbars. The crossbars are adjustable so they fit the vehicle perfect. My installer made the top adjustment too tight so the crossbars "clamp" that connects to the rails would not open far enough. Once I corrected it, they work much better.

I got the Acqua carrier and am excited to use it with a SUP and there is still room for my surfboard to go on the other part of the crossbars.
Yeah, there's a little set screw at the top on each end of the bars that give around an inch play. As soon as i adjusted that, it fit great.

Incidentally, i found the exact same ones on eBay this weekend for $200. It just doesnt have a logo on the locking cap but who cares.

I'm now looking to upgrade the console because it looks and feels cheaper that my Evoque. I didnt think i'd miss those refinements but i do .
 

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Just added the roof rails this weekend. Took a bit less than an hour and was generally pretty easy. I was able to get my local Land Rover dealer to come to $500 on the rails - saved me shipping from Ca.!

The only "tricky" parts - make sure you pull the correct brackets for the correct side (not really tricky at all since they are coded), and selection the correct installation spacing guide for the correct bracket (again - not really tricky since they have little slots that mate only with the bracket they are intended to work with).

My biggest problem was my timing. I decided to do it at about 2:00pm, in Texas, in full sun, with black roof... Man does that roof get hot! :eek::crying::(


Next job - find the best cross rails (bikes, kayaks)
 
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