Originally Posted by TurboRush
The Yakima Skybox is 10" longer than the Thule. Does it sit higher than the antenna or did you just bend the antenna?
I was able and have the box mounted with the stock antenna. However, if you dont want to have the box touch the antenna it sits a little farther forward than it should, you can see the overhang in the picture. The result is a lot of wind going under and pushing up and the box moves around a lot more on the highway, plus youre not maximizing the distribution of weight very well. If I want to maximize the distribution of the box and put it as far back as possible without hitting the hatch the antenna gets bent over (what I am doing now). Not a big deal since its rubber but just seems like it cant be good for the antenna long term.
Here's how my Thule crossbars mount:
Here's how my Yakima Skybox 16S mounts:
And here's how close to the antenna the box is:
I don't push the box against the antenna. I don't worry about the front overhang. I simply load the heaviest items between the bars, and put smaller/lighter items outside of the bars. If my box moves/flexes because of my front overhang, I'm not aware of it. The Skybox's clamps grab onto my crossbars very tightly, any my crossbars grab onto my roof rails very tightly, so I can't imagine there's much movement going on up there.
I don't hear any wind noise with my Skybox mounted in this way. The box ends the trip in the same position that it started.
Hope this helps.