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Old 09-20-2012, 04:51 PM   #201
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Hi everyone, I'm new here. Just got a 2012 Impreza premium. I have some existing Thule stuff I want to attach and I don't want to use the mounting points (I want to be able to take the rack off and use with another car if I want to). Does anyone know if the 480R and kit 1649 will work with the 5-door (Thule says it works for the 4-door but the hatch isn't listed). Thanks!
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Old 09-22-2012, 06:51 AM   #202
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I also bought the Yakima Skybox 16s (which is 16 cu ft, but may not fit the same as the one you're asking about). It fit fine with the bars as far forward on the car as they could go (and the adjustable anchors on the Skybox as far back as they could go). The roof spoiler of the hatch makes contact with the Skybox when opened all the way, but it's not problematic.
Thanks for the info, I just ordered the same box! I'll be mounting it on Thule Crossroad feet with the square bars.

So you don't need to worry about your spoiler getting scratched when hitting the Skybox? Do you have the bigger optional spoiler on your hatch?

EDIT: Never mind. I see in the other thread where you posted a picture that you have the optional spoiler. I don't, so hopefully I won't have contact issues at all. Thanks for the info and pictures!
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:42 PM   #203
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Hey guys, just received a Thule Hull a port and kayak feet. Anyone know if these will fit the Subaru factory cross bars? Or should I spring for the Thule Aero bars. I have a Premium 5 door.

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Old 09-26-2012, 10:21 AM   #204
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I also bought the Yakima Skybox 16s (which is 16 cu ft, but may not fit the same as the one you're asking about). It fit fine with the bars as far forward on the car as they could go (and the adjustable anchors on the Skybox as far back as they could go). The roof spoiler of the hatch makes contact with the Skybox when opened all the way, but it's not problematic.
OK, the front bar goes as far forward as possible.

How far back did you go with your rear crossbar? As far back as possible?
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:49 PM   #205
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OK, the front bar goes as far forward as possible.

How far back did you go with your rear crossbar? As far back as possible?
As far back as the skybox anchor adjustments would allow, which places the crossbar pretty much right in the middle of the rear "hole" on the rails. About 30" spacing IIRC (front of front xbar to front of rear xbar).
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:22 AM   #206
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Got the Thule bars installed for the first time.





Now just waiting for Mr. UPS Guy to show up up later today with my Yakima Skybox!
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:13 PM   #207
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And here she is!













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Old 09-27-2012, 03:11 PM   #208
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How much did that skybox run you? Hows the wind noise?
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:33 PM   #209
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Looking good!
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:59 PM   #210
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The best price I've seen is on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Yakima-SkyBox-16s-Rooftop-Cargo/dp/B001PUZXGK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348790489&sr=8-1&keywords=yakima+skybox+16shttp://www.amazon.com/Yakima-SkyBox-16s-Rooftop-Cargo/dp/B001PUZXGK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348790489&sr=8-1&keywords=yakima+skybox+16s


I can't hear any difference between with vs. without the Skybox, even at highway speeds.

Oh, and with the box mounted as far forward as possible, there's several inches of clearance between the box and the hatch when I open the hatch fully. As you can see, I don't have the optional spoiler installed on the hatch.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:32 PM   #211
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hey guys i need some help here...

i honestly have no idea where to start. can someone quickly list what i need?

first i'm assuming is rails that are perpendicular? after that cross bars?
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:56 PM   #212
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this thread is for the 2.0L NA impreza. i have no idea where to start for you. did the 2013 body style change since the 2012? if not, start there.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:06 PM   #213
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no its the same. okay i'll check over there. thanks sorry i thought this would be a good place to start off.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:41 PM   #214
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The best price I've seen is on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Yakima-SkyBox-...ima+skybox+16s


I can't hear any difference between with vs. without the Skybox, even at highway speeds.

Oh, and with the box mounted as far forward as possible, there's several inches of clearance between the box and the hatch when I open the hatch fully. As you can see, I don't have the optional spoiler installed on the hatch.

Have you had a chance to compare mpg's with vs without the box? How big of a drop have you noticed?
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:02 AM   #215
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Have you had a chance to compare mpg's with vs without the box? How big of a drop have you noticed?
My first road trip is this upcoming weekend. I'll report back after that.
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:23 AM   #216
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My first road trip is this upcoming weekend. I'll report back after that.

Thanks. My guess is a loss of 1-2 mpg based on what I have read. Look forward to hearing what you experience.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:25 AM   #217
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with the yakima load warrior i lossed about 2-3 percent which is about 6 mpg ish at 65 mph.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:04 PM   #218
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with the yakima load warrior i lossed about 2-3 percent which is about 6 mpg ish at 65 mph.
My hope is that the shape of my Yakima Skybox is more aerodynamic than having a bunch of stuff strapped onto a Load Warrior, and therefore will not impact fuel economy as much as you describe.

Stay tuned for actual data this time next week....

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Old 10-01-2012, 12:14 PM   #219
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My hope is that the shape of my Yakima Skybox is more aerodynamic than having a bunch of stuff strapped onto a Load Warrior, and therefore will not impact fuel economy as much as you describe.

Stay tuned for actual data this time next week....

yea, i believe you would be right. mine is very un-aerodynamic and makes quite a bit of wind noise. good luck.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:39 PM   #220
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yea, i believe you would be right. mine is very un-aerodynamic and makes quite a bit of wind noise. good luck.
That much I can tell you right now. I don't get any wind noise at highway speeds with the Skybox mounted onto Thule square bars.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:44 PM   #221
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mine is not that bad, it is more like having round cross bars and no fairing. i have thee aero bars attached to the car. i sometimes wish i got the sky box, but i like having the idea of tossing dirty items or relatively no height limit.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:16 PM   #222
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So round cross bars are louder than square cross bars? I did not know that.
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So round cross bars are louder than square cross bars? I did not know that.
well i didnt say that. i just said that my rack sounds like having round bars without the wind fairing. there is a noticeable howl/wind noise.
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With my Thule square bars (mounted onto Thule 450 Crossroad feet), I don't hear any noise regardless of whether my Skybox is installed, or if I'm driving around with just the empty bars.
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with the yakima load warrior i lossed about 2-3 percent which is about 6 mpg ish at 65 mph.
2-3% of 35mpg is about 1mpg.
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