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  1. Hey everyone, A few weeks ago we got ourselves a 2014 Titanium LWB and have been doing a lot of research regarding roof rack utilizing the factory rails and would like to be able to keep them if I can. I've read that the Yakima Railgrab system will work, but have found conflicting information if there's enough clearance to actually use attachments, which for me would defeat the purpose of the rack. I plan to use it for kayaks, bikes and potentially basket for weekend camping trips and other adventures and don't plan to use it for anything too heavy like construction material. I've found there's options out there if I want to remove the factory silver rails, drop the headliner and bolt something down...but I'd rather not do that for a few reasons if I can avoid it. If you've found a solid options here, please share the specifics and any pictures if possible. Thanks a bunch. Justin
  2. Yeah I remember having those on an old civic hatchback of mine, the fairing definitely helped. I'm actually surprised at how quiet this is without a fairing, although I do have a small wind deflector in the middle. Still looking for a fairing that will work to make it quieter and look better as the one I got was too big.
  3. I'm sorry I'm not sure on the part numbers but it's the same as the link Kirk posted above, utilizing the small claws (there are 3 different sizes of claws as far as I know) and round bar set-up. I got everything together lightly used patiently watching ebay but you may also try craigslist or facebook marketplace as used sets come up often.
  4. Ended up using the Yakima Railgrab system with small claws and although I haven't had anything up there yet, the grip test was very solid and appears to have plenty of clearance for attachments. Hope it helps someone
  5. Hey Justin, I normally have my bike rack hooked up so I was getting annoyed by the back up sensor yelling at me every time I went in reverse. I haven't found a way to permanently disable it but on my '14 XLT Titanium, there's a button on the center counsel I just remember to hit everytime you first turn on the car which will stay on the duration of your trip, until the next time you turn off the car. Also, for what it's worth we have bench seats in the second row. Regarding the rubberized mat... if you can't find anything online with a specific fit, you may try Tractor Supply as I believe they sell large rubberized barn mats that could be trimmed to fit. We used to have a Honda Element and that was one of our favorite features, the rubberized carpet... now having two young kids and two big dogs, I'd love to replace our carpet with rubber in the Connect :D Love to see what you figure out here. Good luck on your search!
  6. Awesome set-up r1alvin! Currently planning an abbreviated version of this for mountain adventures this spring & summer with my wife, two young girls and two big dogs. Definitely some great inspiration here and the pups look content
  7. Thanks, no drilling or cutting required. The hardware they provide allows quick and painless install using factory holes. You just follow the instructions and fish the bolt and plate through with the threaded wire.
  8. Hey everyone, Just wanted to share I recently ordered a curt trailer hitch from etrailer.com for my 2014 LWB Titanium and am very pleased. Great pricing, shipped fast, packed well, tutorial videos for install, and great instructions included made the installation a breeze. Definitely recommend these guys... https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch/Ford/Transit+Connect/2014/C13167.html?vehicleid=201422753 All the best, Justin
  9. Yeah it was quite the break through when we stumbled upon it as well! 😁
  10. No issue there with the hitch itself. When I put the bike rack on though, sensor screams when in reverse...glad I found that disable button by the shifter for when I've got the bike rack on.
  11. Maybe a half hour from unpacking to tools put away. It does help to have another person available to help hold/line up the bolt holes.
  12. Yes thanks I've searched here quite a bit. I'm looking for verification on true usability of a rack WITH the factory rails (which there's conflicting information in that post).
  13. Pics of the new DD modded

    Hey Darin, looks great. Can you share the specs on the Thule set-up you're using with the factory rails? Also is there enough room for attachments? Thanks, Justin
  14. anoying back up alarm sound

    Great to know! Been happening with my bike rack installed and good to know there's a simple work around
  15. Great build, looks perfect... thanks for sharing!
  16. Mods so far...

    Good stuff here. I have Titanium but haven't seen much over 22MPG in the first couple weeks I've owned it. Will check out some of these ideas here
  17. Great build, looks like some fun adventures to come
  18. Good to know, Donzo. Thank you for the reply and hopefully you're able to figure something out there. I wonder if they have an option for slightly longer (say 50") bars?
  19. Updates on how this worked? Would love to see some pictures. Researching to find an affordable set-up to allow for enough space/stability for bike/kayak/basket rack accessories with factor rails if possible. Thanks!