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On my OEM roof rack's front cross bar I'm missing the rubber mounting gasket that goes between the rail and roof. I find it hard to believe but the dealers I've checked tell me the individual part is not available, my only option would be to purchase a whole new set of cross bars @ $250. I'm hoping that someone here can steer me in the right direction, perhaps an after market source. Any help would be appreciated.
 

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If you have no luck whatsoever finding replacement gaskets, and are even somewhat handy, you can make some silicone gaskets yourself. All you'll need is 100% silicone sealant, corn starch, and food coloring if you don't want the gaskets to be white. $20 plus a couple hours versus $250 unless you can find OEM gaskets. The video below is on making toys but he shows the process for making the putty.


Roll it out with a rolling pin until it's as thin as you want (I'd go 1/4"), gently press the end of the cross bar into the putty to indent around the edges, and then cut out 1/8" or so around the indents. Cut out 1/4" or so inside the indents and in an hour or two, you'll have a homemade silicone gasket that will keep out water and protect the paint from the bottom of the crossbars.
 
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If you have no luck whatsoever finding replacement gaskets, and are even somewhat handy, you can make some silicone gaskets yourself. All you'll need is 100% silicone sealant, corn starch, and food coloring if you don't want the gaskets to be white. $20 plus a couple hours versus $250 unless you can find OEM gaskets. The video below is on making toys but he shows the process for making the putty.


Roll it out with a rolling pin until it's as thin as you want (I'd go 1/4"), gently press the end of the cross bar into the putty to indent around the edges, and then cut out 1/8" or so around the indents. Cut out 1/4" or so inside the indents and in an hour or two, you'll have a homemade silicone gasket that will keep out water and protect the paint from the bottom of the crossbars.
Thank you Narsil, that's a great idea and will solve my problem.
 

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If you end up doing this, please post up with your results. I'd love to see the final product!
 
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