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Old 10-05-2012, 08:45 PM   #1
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Default OEM Roof rack vs aftermarket?

snowboard season is coming and i need to get a roof rack.

I don't have any experience with roof racks and i had a few questions.

1) what's the difference between OEM vs YAKIMA racks? they look about the same.

OEM- http://www.subarugenuineparts.com/pr...oducts_id=1309
YAKIMA- http://www.rei.com/product/835221/wh...ir#video-inner

2) what's a reliable site that sells roof racks at a decent price?

*i saw a promo code somewhere for http://www.subarugenuineparts.com. anyone where to find?

thanks for any info!!!
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:09 PM   #2
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They all do the same thing.

But whatever "looks" best to you, or just buy the one off SGP to make your life easier.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:14 PM   #3
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i swear i saw a promo code somewhere on the forum for % off. or am i imagining things?
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:32 PM   #4
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The OEM rack cant be locked onto the car, so anyone with the right size torx screwdriver could remove them off your car.

if some one really wants to remove the racks from you car then a little lock isn't going to stop them.

you can also find the OEM racks for $150+ vs the $390 for these...
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:37 AM   #5
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are there OEM locks available?
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:56 AM   #6
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Nope. Oem doesn't have a locking option
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:00 AM   #7
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I have the flush whispbars. I got them because I thought the mounts look way better than the tringle looking oem mounts and are have a slightly lower profile. I don't hear a thing when driving. Bought them local since with shipping it wasn't much more.
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:49 AM   #8
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My friend bought the OEM rack for his wrx last year.. broke within 2 days (metal pipe cracked), returned it for Thule, no issues since.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:20 PM   #9
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I have the flush whispbars. I got them because I thought the mounts look way better than the tringle looking oem mounts and are have a slightly lower profile. I don't hear a thing when driving. Bought them local since with shipping it wasn't much more.
Since the whispbar is low profile. were you able to fit 4 snowboard on them?

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Anyone have experience with noise differences with the regular circular bars?


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Old 10-06-2012, 01:37 PM   #10
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6BU...e_gdata_player

Here is some Interesting info. I personally have tried the Yakima round bars for 6 years. On my new car I went with the whispbars because 1. they are quieter and 2. they sit much lower to to the car and look better. Sound of the bars is important to me, since I think the round bars are loud. I also use a cargo box so roof clearance isn't a big issue for me. But if you plan on using a ski rack and need to haul snowboards upside down then you might want to thing of roof clearance.



Btw stock Subaru racks are made my Yakima.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:46 PM   #11
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Since the whispbar is low profile. were you able to fit 4 snowboard on them?
I think with the help of the Yakima risers that you can get you could do it but it might scratch the roof if your not carefull.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:28 PM   #12
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You will most likely blast me for the "sticker bombed" wind faring, but I have had this set noe for some time I use it every winter, and no issues. It's just Yakima bindings sitting on Subaru OEM Rack with an Inno faring.

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Old 10-06-2012, 03:28 PM   #13
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6BU...e_gdata_player

Here is some Interesting info. I personally have tried the Yakima round bars for 6 years. On my new car I went with the whispbars because 1. they are quieter and 2. they sit much lower to to the car and look better. Sound of the bars is important to me, since I think the round bars are loud. I also use a cargo box so roof clearance isn't a big issue for me. But if you plan on using a ski rack and need to haul snowboards upside down then you might want to thing of roof clearance.



Btw stock Subaru racks are made my Yakima.
Thanks for the info! If the whispbars sit low, i may just get the OEM bars since they are already raised. Are you currently using a fairing for your rack?

Has anyone ever tried the whispbar with any snowboard rack(with 4 boards?)

I saw that video and was surprised how quiet it was.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:29 PM   #14
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I also use risers when I need to, and it dosen't scratch at all. Also no real noise is made either.
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:40 AM   #15
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You will most likely blast me for the "sticker bombed" wind faring, but I have had this set noe for some time I use it every winter, and no issues. It's just Yakima bindings sitting on Subaru OEM Rack with an Inno faring.

Are those handcuffs on your rear view?
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:03 AM   #16
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Why yes, yes they are.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:43 AM   #17
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Since the whispbar is low profile. were you able to fit 4 snowboard on them?

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Anyone have experience with noise differences with the regular circular bars?

Uhhh I live in Hawaii....all I carry are surfboards.
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