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Old 04-27-2003, 17:23   #1 (permalink)
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mad Ute Accessories

I ordered and finally received my ute accessories:
- cabin tidy
- sports bar
- rope rail kit
- motorbike kit

Well, let me say with all honesty after trying to fit these things I'm not happy

I started taking photos however before long I realised my tech thread showing people how to fit them would be a waste. Not much went right.

A key issue is this. Why does Ford put in a bed liner that requires removal every time you want to fit an accessory? Why not have the holes there already? Why make people drill holes through the sides of their new car?

Some major points:

1. No one ever told me the rope rail kit interferes with the sports bar (so you have to 'modify' one to make them fit)

2. Same with the motorbike kit which uses the same mount point as the rope rail kit

3. The motorbike kit came with bolts that were at least 20mm too short for the rear tie downs (M6 x 20mm - I eventually needed M6 x 40mm), and 10-15mm too short for the front (in order to achieve thread safety in the anchor nut. Two needless trips chasing bolts from hardware stores!

4. The sports bar requires fitment of a nut and two washers between the cab and the tray - a job for slinky asian children with small hands - even with the car jacked up. I ended up tack welding the nut in place.

5. The motorbike kit front mount was already rusting. Now of course I need to chase a warranty claim etc etc (more damn time chasing rubbish)

6. The motorbike kit makes you drill holes into the tailgate metal structure. Fine I guess except it's a cavity and all the swarf is trapped. I spent close to half an hour with a magnet trying to remove all the swarf. I wonder if a dealer fitting this kit would bother?

Sorry, overall these kits took an entire day to fit when if Ford had provisioned for them in the first place it could have taken 1 hour. And at next to zero cost!
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Old 04-27-2003, 21:25   #2 (permalink)
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I was going to get some of those ... not so sure now

pity you had to go through that AP but atleast you know it has been done properly
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yeah its easier to get the dealer to fit them for nothing in pre-delievery. Ive had a look at the sports bar setup in mine with the tie rails and i cant work out what needs to be modified.
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BTW AP did you have to take those little plug things out to use the stardard soft cover for the back of the ute, as i know you went from hard top to sports bar.

You would have had to re-rivit those little round things in too wouldnt ya?
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Removed all the tie down rails and Motorbike kit from my old AUXR8 when I traded it , had them re powder coated ready for my BAXR8 and experienced the same sort of fun when I went to install. The AU at least had speed nuts behind the tub liner the BA had self tapping hex- head bolts , think they went backwards on that one .
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what's a motorbike kit, guys? my bike kit for the f-100 consisted of a dozen occy straps and couple of bricks... never dropped a bike either :-p
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Sounds like the kits were more of an afterthought than properly planned, I would have expected better. anyway as svtang said at least you know the work was done properly.

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The mbike kit consists of a front bar with two tyre/wheel brackets, rear tie downs/tailgate holders, and a ramp. It allows you to carry two bikes properly tied down and the tailgate help up against the back wheels.

Just thought of something - I need to check that the hardcover fits with the rope rails (the gas struts might interfere). If this is the case I'm gonna go ballistic!!!!
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does it fit with the rope rails ??? just ordered a ute lid myself and might have to go balistic with you .

let us know .
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does it fit with the rope rails ??? just ordered a ute lid myself and might have to go balistic with you .

let us know .
I need a second person to fit the hardcover so I don't know. Looks like it may be okay.....
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