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etrailer Raised Side Rails for Roof Rack Installation - 2014 Honda Odyssey

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How to Install the etrailer Raised Side Rails for Roof Rack on a 2014 Honda Odyssey

Hi there, Honda owners. Today in your 2014 Honda Odyssey, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install etrailer's raised side rail system. This raised rail system is custom designed for your Honda Odyssey and we'll attach directly to the factory mounting locations for their side rail system. These look very similar to your factory side raised rails and they function just as such. There's even weld nuts, located on our side rails for front and rear crossbars from the factory. Although I'd highly recommend an after-market crossbar system versus the factory.

With the factory side rails, they sit very close to the roof so some of our clamp-on accessories may not be able to work with those as they may contact the roof. With an aftermarket raised rail system they're clamp on so they do sit slightly above the rail on our crossbar, and that gives us plenty of clearance for any of the accessories we have available here at'd recommend the clamp on crossbars from Malone. And I really like the way they install, they're quick and easy on how you clamp them on and they're going to be raised up plenty high for all of your accessories. Now you do want to keep in mind that your raised rails does add some height to your Odyssey. The highest point is going to be about three inches above the roof of the vehicle.

And it's not really that much heel three inches really isn't too bad. And we put our clamp-on style roof rack on here, we would likely not adding more than about five to six inches total to the top of our vehicle. The rails are a steel construction with a black powder coat finish to give it a nice look that matches your Odyssey and will last a long time as they're going to be protected against rust and corrosion.We've got plastic caps on both the front and rear and middle foot pecs, so we can easily take those off to access the hardware if we ever want to remove our system for other types of storage or use. This is going to be a really quick and easy installation since it does just connect to those factory points. It comes with all the hardware you need to get it installed.

There's no drilling required into our roof. There's only some minor modifications to the trim piece that runs down the channel here. Why don't you come into the shop and follow along with me so we can get it installed together so you can have the confidence to do it at home. We'll begin our installation by preparing our raised rail. I've already got the passenger side installed.

So we're going to be working on the driver's side, but they both install exactly the same. So we'll do the exact same thing at the end once we're done with this side, to do the other side.The smaller of the two feet that you'll get is going to be the front and the larger going to be the back. You want to make sure you have your driver's side rail and the easiest way to know which side you have, the flat part here always faces towards the inside of the roof and the longer edge here is going to be towards the front of the vehicle. And this is going to be towards the back. So if it sits on your roof, it's going to sit on there like this.We'll now take our front pad, which is the smaller of the two, and we're going to slide it into the end on the longer side here. It's a little bit of a tight fit, just rocket back and forth and it'll work itself in there. Once you've got it all the way down the holes in our piece, we'll line up with the holes in our raised rail. We're going to use the small Phillips screws that come in our kit, and we're just going to run those in. We're going to do the same thing with the other hole here. And once we get this one tightened down, we're just going to flip our rail over and we're going to do the same thing for the rear foot.We're going to need to put the gasket on for our middle bracket. The gaskets come pre-installed on the outer ones, but not the middle. They are labeled in the back. You can see it does say LH for left-hand side, and it's only going to fit on one side anyway. So you really can't mess it up. They'll have these little prongs here. They fit into the square hole and then you've got the round hole prong here, and that fits in the round hole there. We're just going to push those in place.And now our rail is assembled and it's ready to be put on the car. So we're going to head over to the car now. Over here on our vehicle, the channel that runs above our doors, this black strip will need to be removed. It just clips on so we're just going to pry it out of there, recommend using a small trim panel tool like this, something plastic, you could use a screwdriver, but with it being metal, you risk potentially damaging the paint. We're just going to go underneath of our black piece there, and we're just going to pry it up. It is going to be a little stiff, but once you get it popped up there, we're just going to work our tool down, popping it up at each clip along the way. There was a total of four clips.Once you get to the last clip, once it pops up, you'll need to slide it towards the front to get it out of our back piece. Well, now I want to crack our lift gate at the back just a little bit. We need it to be partially open so we can get our tool in here and pry out the back panel. It's a little tricky to get under there. Sometimes you can start it with the lift gate all the way open, but it can't come all the way off due to the shape. But if we come to the back, we can sometimes make it a little bit easier just to pop it off of there and we'll have to come back down some. And we can pop it off the rest of the way.The great clips that was holding on our trim piece that ran down it, we'll now need to remove all of those. We're just going to use a flat bladed screwdriver to go underneath of it and we can just twist it to pry it off of that stud and we'll lift up twist. Sometimes it's easier to go from the other direction once you get one side started. And we're just going to pry off the remaining three that's on this side. Now, next we need to take our trim piece that we took off. We actually need to trim this out for our raised rail to fit. There are diagrams in your instructions with measurements, so you can get this all cut, but I'm going to go ahead and show you a much easier way. I've been doing this for years and measuring takes much longer, and you're going to get better results on how it looks by just using the raised rail that we've prepared as a template.So the holes here in the bottom, these are going to line up with our studs at the top, with the exception of the very front set of studs. We won't be using the ones at the very front. So we're just going to line all of these up and set it into place. And once we've got it sat into place now just take it and roll it onto the roof because now we can see how much we'll need to trim out. This is the section that we need to cut out so that way our raised rail here can fit down in here but we can still have trimmed pieces along each side. So now we're just going to set our trim piece back in place. We're not going to snap it down and there's no clips for it anyway. So it would come right off really easily.And we see here, this is the first spot where we're going to need to make our cut, because this has to sit on the stud and this is a little bit wider than the stud. So we're going to cut right about there. We're just going to come down to our piece, we know where we want to cut. So now that we know we want to cut about right here, we're just going to be using a pair of snips. You can use a cutoff wheel. There's a lot of different ways, but since this is going to be tucked underneath the rail here, you're not going to see the edge. So the snips isn't going to give you the prettiest cut, but it's definitely going to be the quickest and easiest. And you're never going to know that it's not the cleanest cut. So now we're going to trim it.And there's a little stiff because this is metal. And now we've got this one cut. So here you can see the cut it's not the cleanest, but again, you're never going to know because this is going to be hidden underneath the rail. So we're just going to set this piece where it would go, because we're going to be testing it later to make sure we don't need to trim a little bit more off. And now we're basically just going to be doing the exact same thing. We're going to take this piece and we're going to butt it up to where we made our cut. Check the next spot right here, where we'll need to make another cut. And then we're just going to cut this little section out. Once we cut the section out, we're going to discard this and we're just going to move back doing this at each spot where our roof rack sits onto the studs.So now we have all of our pieces cut out and you can see here, the gap is going to clear for the foot pack there. It's going to clear for the foot pack up here in the front and here at the back, we're going to clear here. The rest of this back is the other trim piece that we've got. We're going to have to trim that as well. But before we trim that this is a good point to just double check yourself, to make sure that everything's going to fit and just set it back down in there to make sure that it sits on top of the studs and that we're not contacting anything. Line those up.All right, looks like everything fit. And if we look at each of our black pieces or trim pieces here they go all the way up underneath each of the foot pads. And you can't even tell that we made any modifications to the trim. Here we have the trim piece that we removed off the back. We do have to trim this as well. This one, we are going to use the instructions because it's a little too hard to hold it up there like we did for the other trim piece. But this one's really easy to know where to trim it. We've got the bottom side of our piece facing up here and these lines that run across, so we're going to count one, two, three lines, and we're going to cut right behind this third line. This time though, we're not going to be using snips. This is a pretty brittle plastic and if you try snips, you're likely going to break it and it's not going to cut the way you want it to. So we are going to use a cutoff wheel for this.And we're just going to knock off these little bumps here at the end, because we want to make sure it's going to sit smoothly underneath of our foot pack. We can now put some of the clips back on, but if you've got a bunch of dirt and debris under here, I do recommend getting this out of here. And also all models are going to have this sealant that runs on it. But on some models, there might be some globs around our studs and that can potentially prevent our foot pads from sitting all the way down. So if you do got a bunch of glob of little silicone or something on there from the factory, just take a razor blade or a screwdriver and knock that it's down flush. We're going to get this dirt out of here. So that way it's not going to prevent us from being able to go all the way down. We can now take the new clips that come in our kit. We're only going to be using one, you only get two. And this is just for this front one here, because it doesn't have a foot pack here at the front to really hold it in place so it needs a clip. We're just going to take the clip and we're just going to push it onto one of the studs. We can then take our piece here, go up underneath the lip, just a little bit on your windshield and then just snap it down onto that clip. That part of it's not necessary, but it is a great place to store your old clips just in case you have a clip that breaks in the future and it can also help center it in between the middle. We're just going to take our old clips and just snap them in to our other pieces.There's no studs for them to sit on or anything so they're not going to hold it down, but our foot packs will. And then we're just going to set these back into position where we had them. We can now reinstall our rear most trim piece. Make sure that it does snap in and sits flush to the roof just like this. We can now take our raised rail and set it back into position, lining it up on all those studs. You can just double-check all your trim pieces to make sure they're hidden underneath the studs. Everything looks good here. So we're now ready to start screwing down our raised rail. This is what our hardware looks like. We're going to use the included Allen key, slide it down over the stud and then tighten it down.We're just going to go down until just, until the top of the bolt hits the top of our rail, behold it in place, but it's nice to have this a little bit of slack in it to get the rest of your bolts installed. And we're just going to run down the line, installing these. Once you've got them all started, then you can fully tighten them down. And then we'll torque the hardware to the specifications found in our instructions. They don't torque very tight, so you'll need a very small, torque wrench should do so. And in most cases, it is pretty close to as tight as you can get it with the little wrench, but I do highly recommend using a torque wrench to ensure you don't break off any of the studs on top by over tightening it. And you don't want to lose roof rack holding all of your gear.We can now install our covers that we've got everything tightened down. There's a little tab here, that's going to slide in on the front and then it just pushes down. You'll see some clips here in the bottom. They line up with these holes. So just give it a little tap to get it on there. There's one screw hole here on the inside of our cover, just above our roof. So we'll reach around and take the small screw that comes in our kit, just started in there. We're going to do the same thing with our back cover. And then lastly, we got to put it on our middle cover. These are going to be labeled on the inside and you can see it's got a hook here. We're going to put the hook side on first and bring it around.Now, there's plenty of room in here for you to be able to slide this around, but if you're concerned that you might scratch the surface, you may want to put some masking tape down. As long as you stay up off the surface and keep it close to the rail, you should be okay. So see how we're going to do this, we're going to hook the front side first and then just slide it around until it snaps in. With this side done, we can now perform the exact same procedures over on the other side to get that one installed. Once you've got both sides installed, you can go ahead and install a roof rack and then load up your favorite accessories. We've got plenty of roof racks and accessories here at And that completes our look at etrailer's raised side rail system on our 2014 Honda Odyssey.

Questions and Comments about this Video

Ted D.

How do I find the part number for these rails on your website?

Etrailer Expert
Reply from Les D.

@TedD Usually the part numbers are mentioned in our install videos. For your 2014 Odyssey with factory raised roof rails you will want the Malone # MPG216 crossbars. These provide an easy install, and aerodynamic design to reduce wind noise. They are 58 inches wide to provide the most versatility.