Originally Posted by mikracer
I wonder if I could have a welding shop weld a bar across the back and front and then mount a cargo rack to it. I'm only wanting to remove it so I can install some yakima wide body mounts, towers, and bars to put a cargo rack anyways.
That's a good idea if you can get the spacing right. In other words, forward enough where it works and looks good.
Mine were much rustier than yours so cutting them off was my only option, but I did it so hastily because the front racks were SUPER loud. Loud as in I can't believe the PO would drive the thing. It howled like you were in a hurricane.
Your larger bolt and silicone idea should work fine too. No one can really see up there. It will be one of those things you really just fix for yourself. No one else is ever going to notice it.
Keep us posted on your fix and show some pics. Obviously this useless roof rack is on several SMBs.