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I installed the "Top Roof Rack Side Rails Bars Alu Black Fits Nissan Frontier D40 2005-19" also referred to as the Shark Roof Rack. Instructions called for the assembled roof rack to be affixed to the roof of the truck with the included 915 FC Polyurethane adhesive by ABC Sealants. The tubes instructions indicate there is a 10 minute window from applying the adhesive to placing the rack in position. That is a tight working time. My wife and I decided we would make a couple of dry runs to practice and discovered the Roof Rack was too much for us to accurately place it in position especially with only 10 minutes to apply adhesive to all four mounts and position it accurately on the roof. So, the following is the solution we came up with.
1. Pre position the rack, measure and verify mount locations. Used Blue Painters Tape to mark positions and to protect paint in the event any adhesive squeezed out.
2. We disassembled the Rack and worked with one side at a time. This allowed me to place adhesive on two feet and position one rail at a time which was a lot easier to handle. Pressed in place and moved to the next side. The adhesive was extremely thick and hard to apply. Had I tried to do all four feet at the same time, I would have been well outside the working time and the adhesive would have started curing before I had it in place. Once in position, I reinstalled the crossbars.
3. Next I strapped the rack in place using ratchet straps from Harbor Freight. I used my running boards to attach straps on each side and the lids from foam coolers to protect the metal and paint of the truck doors when the ratchets were tightened down. Then covered everything with the blue tarp to protect from dew and or rain. 24 hours cure time observed per instructions.

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24 Hours Later, tape removed and straps removed... all good. Sorry no photographs of apply adhesive, but too short of working time to allow for photographs. Hope this helps someone considering this type of Roof Rack. Best thing, no holes, no leaks … ever! According to manufacture, light loads ok, but not heavy loads. Fits my need.
 

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Looks good! Rack has a more polished appearance than the generic OEM rack does.
 
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I'm sure you did your due-diligence, but for me I'm not sure I'd want to glue anything structural to a vehicle. I'd consider it if I ground the paint down to bare metal. As it is, you're asking a lot of that paint and primer!
 

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I'm sure you did your due-diligence, but for me I'm not sure I'd want to glue anything structural to a vehicle. I'd consider it if I ground the paint down to bare metal. As it is, you're asking a lot of that paint and primer!
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I waited almost two weeks to install the rack because I wanted to talk to body shops, a couple of friends in the aircraft industry as well as what I could research online. I watched videos where body panels were glued on with these advanced adhesives and I came to the conclusion for what I would be using the rack for, I would rather go with this than drill 16 holes in my roof. I was told by the OMACUSA that the installation was considered permanent. That was good enough for me. I finally came to the conclusion that removal would be more of a problem rather than it coming loose.
 

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Looks good! Rack has a more polished appearance than the generic OEM rack does.
I like the OEM rack, and the OEM doesn't look "polished" because its powder coated.
Just the fact this is glued in really limits what you can use it for. For the OP it suits his needs and that's awesome👍
 

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I waited almost two weeks to install the rack because I wanted to talk to body shops, a couple of friends in the aircraft industry as well as what I could research online. I watched videos where body panels were glued on with these advanced adhesives and I came to the conclusion for what I would be using the rack for, I would rather go with this than drill 16 holes in my roof. I was told by the OMACUSA that the installation was considered permanent. That was good enough for me. I finally came to the conclusion that removal would be more of a problem rather than it coming loose.
I trust the Factory paint on most vehicles, although there have been certain colors that some have had problems with, I think it was possibly the Arctic blue?? I’d say you’re fine.. don’t sweat it and enjoy the mod.
 

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I like the OEM rack, and the OEM doesn't look "polished" because its powder coated.
Just the fact this is glued in really limits what you can use it for. For the OP it suits his needs and that's awesome👍
Lol. I wasn’t saying it was literally more polished, I mean polished in the sense that it has a more attractive, svelte, streamlined appearance.
 
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Lol. I wasn’t saying it was literally more polished, I mean polished in the sense that it has a more attractive, svelte, streamlined appearance.
Ok got it.
Guess it's just a matter of preference. I think the OEM rack looks great.
This rack looks good too.
 

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It does look good and I suppose THEY (who ever made it) wouldn't have made
it unless they were willing to face the consequences if it couldn't carry
the load it's rated for. So... paint or no paint... it should work.
 

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So far so good. It's still there, I see it every time I have to stop at a traffic light and I look over at my reflection in the store windows... LOL, don't tell me you don't do the same.. I know you do! LOL. I appreciate all the compliments and comments. This is a great site, where else can you get straight forward advice and reaction to any subject about Nissan Frontiers. Thanks for letting me be a part!
 

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I think it looks great, but i am unsure I would want to trust glued on racks with several thousand dollars worth of kayaks. Will be curios to see how these hold up with a load on them. WIsh my 2019 Frontier would have came with them factory installed. I will probably go with Yakima on mine.
 

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I installed the "Top Roof Rack Side Rails Bars Alu Black Fits Nissan Frontier D40 2005-19" also referred to as the Shark Roof Rack. Instructions called for the assembled roof rack to be affixed to the roof of the truck with the included 915 FC Polyurethane adhesive by ABC Sealants. The tubes instructions indicate there is a 10 minute window from applying the adhesive to placing the rack in position. That is a tight working time. My wife and I decided we would make a couple of dry runs to practice and discovered the Roof Rack was too much for us to accurately place it in position especially with only 10 minutes to apply adhesive to all four mounts and position it accurately on the roof. So, the following is the solution we came up with.
1. Pre position the rack, measure and verify mount locations. Used Blue Painters Tape to mark positions and to protect paint in the event any adhesive squeezed out.
2. We disassembled the Rack and worked with one side at a time. This allowed me to place adhesive on two feet and position one rail at a time which was a lot easier to handle. Pressed in place and moved to the next side. The adhesive was extremely thick and hard to apply. Had I tried to do all four feet at the same time, I would have been well outside the working time and the adhesive would have started curing before I had it in place. Once in position, I reinstalled the crossbars.
3. Next I strapped the rack in place using ratchet straps from Harbor Freight. I used my running boards to attach straps on each side and the lids from foam coolers to protect the metal and paint of the truck doors when the ratchets were tightened down. Then covered everything with the blue tarp to protect from dew and or rain. 24 hours cure time observed per instructions.

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24 Hours Later, tape removed and straps removed... all good. Sorry no photographs of apply adhesive, but too short of working time to allow for photographs. Hope this helps someone considering this type of Roof Rack. Best thing, no holes, no leaks … ever! According to manufacture, light loads ok, but not heavy loads. Fits my need.
Looka like good work there, I like how it looks. Reservations about putting anything with much wind resistance on it tho. Thanks for posting, btw what make/model tonneau and how do you rate it?
 

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Looka like good work there, I like how it looks. Reservations about putting anything with much wind resistance on it tho. Thanks for posting, btw what make/model tonneau and how do you rate it?
I order this cover off Amazon, its the Tyger Tri Fold made out of high strength aluminum panels, completely water proof and I have stood on it.. supports up to 400pds, not that I weight that much, maybe 1/2, but that is another discussion I would rather not have, LOL. I paid 499 plus sales tax, but shipping was free. Thank you for your post.
 

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Awesome thanks, appreciate it! BTW, I ordered the factory door moulding/ding protectors and guess how those mount? Adhesive strips! Not as heavy as a rack tho lol!
 

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Awesome thanks, appreciate it! BTW, I ordered the factory door moulding/ding protectors and guess how those mount? Adhesive strips! Not as heavy as a rack tho lol!
tstraveller, have you gotten your moulding yet? I've got mine, had to go online to download instruction sheets and was just looking those over. They sure make it complicated. I was just going to eyeball it and run a masking tape strip fron front to back to keep me level, but they seem to be very precise in measurements. What do you think?
 
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