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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-08-2018, 14:36 Thread Starter
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Removal of Thule Elite Van XT Cycle Rack. Help.

I have a Thule Elite Van XT cycle rack fitted to one of the rear doors on my Fiat Ducato camper van. I want to sell it as our electric bikes are a tad too heavy for it. We have removed the actual rack no problem but these racks are fitted onto the door on mounting rails which are glued and clamped on. I think Sikaflex was used to glue. I need the rails to go with the rack when I sell it. Does anyone know how to remove rails that have been glued on. A guitar string acting like a cheese wire? Will this damage the bodywork? And how would I remove the sikaflex which is likely to be left on the door?
I wish I had gone with the towbar/cycle rack in the first place!
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I have a Thule Elite Van XT cycle rack fitted to one of the rear doors on my Fiat Ducato camper van. I want to sell it as our electric bikes are a tad too heavy for it. We have removed the actual rack no problem but these racks are fitted onto the door on mounting rails which are glued and clamped on. I think Sikaflex was used to glue. I need the rails to go with the rack when I sell it. Does anyone know how to remove rails that have been glued on. A guitar string acting like a cheese wire? Will this damage the bodywork? And how would I remove the sikaflex which is likely to be left on the door?
I wish I had gone with the towbar/cycle rack in the first place!
Advice would be very welcome.
Sal

I have no experience with Sikaflex which being polymer based will be harder than silicon but if it was me I would try the cheese wire route first.
I would not use metal strings, too much chance of scratching the paintwork unless extreme care is taken, as an angler I have a stock of fishing line which I have used successfully on silicon but when off you have the tedious job of removing the reminents.

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Try warming it with a hairdryer (or heat gun carefully) it should start to loosen once the clamps are removed, then get some silicone remover stuff, you may need to give it a gentle T-Cut after if it's been on a while as the unhidden paint will have faded slightly.
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Thanks for help. My husband is going to have a go this afternoon. Will let you know how he gets on!

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Well he got the rails off. The bottom rail came easily. He used a guitar string and sawed through. The other one was an absolute pig! The cycle rack had been put on by the dealers and they out the top rail in a channel that runs across the back doors. This meant that the outer, metal edge of the rail was hard up against the curve of the channel so no chance of getting a guitar string behind it. He got a putty knife 😦🙏 and used that. Finally it came off. There are a couple of small scrapes but not too bad.

Then we got lucky. The next day, we went to get a tow bar fitted, talking on the way how we would get the Sikaflx off the door. Whilst at the towbar fitters the guy said they would take it off for us. They used a tool, a sort of rotary polisher thing. Removed every trace no problem.

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That's a bummer you've had to do that so soon Sally - and that the dealer didn't advise you properly on the weight restriction!

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