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Old 09-06-2018, 06:24 PM   #1
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How to remove OEM solar panel mounting brackets?

Hello,

We have a 2008 19' International with a 50w factory solar panel on the roof. I'd like to remove that panel and brackets and add a couple 100w panels using VHB tape and Sikaflex.

My question is how to remove the existing factory mounted brackets. They appear to be bolted on and then covered with a white caulking compound, maybe just really old Sikaflex.

Has anyone removed these brackets? What was your process?

Thanks in advance,
Mike
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Old 09-13-2018, 12:09 PM   #2
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Mike,

I just removed my factory (I think, I am the second owner) solar panel mounting brackets from a '16 27 EB. I was shocked at what I found. Three out of the four brackets that attach one solar panel (installed with self tapping 1/4-inch screws) were (it appears to me) attached only to the skin of the roof missing the structural rib underneath. This was the case for the other one of the 2 panels as well. I plan on fabricating new brackets with a bigger footprint (from 3/8" 2.5 x 2.5 AL angle stock) and using VHB tape + Sikaflex 221 as well to re-attach.

To remove the factory brackets, I removed most of the caulk on the screw head, then simply backed out the screws on each bracket.

Have you done this yet? If so, I am curious what you may have found.

Couple pics of the bracket I have.

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Try these instead of dropbox links.

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Old 09-13-2018, 12:59 PM   #4
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Try these instead of dropbox links.

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Old 09-13-2018, 01:59 PM   #5
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Egan,

Thanks for the response. No I haven't tried removal yet. I'm surprised it was so easy for you to remove the brackets. Kinda scary, surprised they're not flying off at speed. Interesting.

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Do your brackets look like the posted pic? Just wondering if this was a factory install on my EB. If so, really disappointing.
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:33 PM   #7
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Do your brackets look like the posted pic? Just wondering if this was a factory install on my EB. If so, really disappointing.

Sure looks like the same bracket. I'll be removing mine soon, and I'll let you know what I find.


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Thanks for the pics. Yep, look the same.
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Solar Panel Brackets

Finished fabricating and installing one set of panel brackets. Used 3/16" 2x2 Al angle cut to 3" lengths. Brackets mounted with 3M VHB tape and sealed with Alpha 1021.
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If what you have on your roof is Silkaflex, alcohol works as a solvent. If the roof is painted be careful as strong denatured alcohol will also soften the paint.
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