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Old 11-16-2011, 11:30 PM   #3726
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On another note, and sorry if this has been answered, but i was curious what the best ski/snowboard rack was for the price for an OEM rack. I need to be able to get 4 snowboards on it and have been looking around and they all seem to be right around 150- 200$, thule, yakima, and subie. Just wondering what everyone's experience was with them. I'm not a fan of the fatcat and guess my choices are the big powderhound, or the univeral flat top @189 from thule or the subie one for 150$ but doesnt say it has a lock....Is there anything else i should be looking at??

Thanks.
Grab the Thule flat top 6, Thule will be running a 20% off sale next week so it will be a great deal. The flat top series now comes with a new mounting hardware (See pic below), much easier to install and has the ability to lock to your OEM crossbars.

The yakima ski racks mounting hardware is the biggest PITA to install.

Thule's new mounting hardware:

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Old 11-16-2011, 11:34 PM   #3727
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uhg! I even think the whistling got worse AFTER i put the fairing on. Turning the music up makes the doors rattle! AHH all these noises are driving me nuts. haha ;D
Ill try and mess around with it. By some miracle, maybe ill find a fix.
Thanks for the reassurance that its the car and not me installing something wrong. haha
Try driving around with the ski rack off the rack and see if it still whistle's. I bet the fairing is actually doing it job and directing more wind over the crossbar right at your ski rack.
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:34 PM   #3728
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order from these guys... http://www.rockymounts.com/
there bike and ski racks rock, are cheaper than everyone else's and look better ...
plus you can get cool colors, in the bike racks that is.
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:28 AM   #3729
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I'd love to get a basket down the road but still have to get my snow steelies and rubber so money is a little tight. I do like the powderhound though. But the Thule looks like a winner, especially with the locks on both the bars and boards!! And 20% off doesnt hurt!!

Thanks for the info!

And how can i verify this sale?? Is there a coupon code or something?

And wasnt a fan of the rockymounts, not enough bang for the buck for those...

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Old 11-17-2011, 03:10 AM   #3730
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are you able to open your hatch all the way? im looking for an upright rack for my 06 wagon. i cant really tell, but are you able to slide the front wheel pieces of the rack along the tray? it looks like you have more hanging over the front of the roof, thus allowing the hatch to open all the way.

i currently am using the oem roof rails, with yakima towers/crossbars. the yakima high roller has caught my eye, but i really dont want to mount it backwards. (in order to be able to open my hatch all the way)
With my Specialized Demo 8...a pretty long wheel base DH bike, I gotta be careful because the wing will hit the tire. I could move it forward a tiny bit more, but With an XC bike or something shorter, it does not hit. I could definitely move it more forward though to get rid of ever hitting. Its a great setup though! The Rapid Aero bars are definitely the cleanest looking cross bars.
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:20 AM   #3731
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uhg! I even think the whistling got worse AFTER i put the fairing on. Turning the music up makes the doors rattle! AHH all these noises are driving me nuts. haha ;D
Ill try and mess around with it. By some miracle, maybe ill find a fix.
Thanks for the reassurance that its the car and not me installing something wrong. haha
I installed my Yakima system recently and have no noise whatsoever
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:08 AM   #3732
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:56 AM   #3733
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Grab the Thule flat top 6, Thule will be running a 20% off sale next week so it will be a great deal. The flat top series now comes with a new mounting hardware (See pic below), much easier to install and has the ability to lock to your OEM crossbars.

The yakima ski racks mounting hardware is the biggest PITA to install.

Thule's new mounting hardware:

20% online only? or at retail stores?
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:58 AM   #3734
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Try driving around with the ski rack off the rack and see if it still whistle's. I bet the fairing is actually doing it job and directing more wind over the crossbar right at your ski rack.
ahh. good point! Ill have to give it a try! Thanks!
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:14 PM   #3735
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20% online only? or at retail stores?
Thule runs this every year for two weeks in Nov-Dec, they call it "Thule days". I work at place called rack attack, they told us its both online and instore. So any/all Thule dealers should have to run this special.

Im pretty sure it starts next week, but it could start the week after thanksgiving.
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:16 PM   #3736
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I'd love to get a basket down the road but still have to get my snow steelies and rubber so money is a little tight. I do like the powderhound though. But the Thule looks like a winner, especially with the locks on both the bars and boards!! And 20% off doesnt hurt!!

Thanks for the info!

And how can i verify this sale?? Is there a coupon code or something?

And wasnt a fan of the rockymounts, not enough bang for the buck for those...
Get a used powderhound off craigslist.

Go to your subaru dealership and get these clamps.
They are super easy to install and better than any of those Yakima or Thule universal clamps.
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:28 PM   #3737
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brand new yakima q tower and q 83 clips and round bars, and new fairing (38) + yakima snowboard ski attach ( 4 boards + 6 skis ) for sale if anyone is interested, pm me.
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:15 PM   #3738
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Get a used powderhound off craigslist.

Go to your subaru dealership and get these clamps.
They are super easy to install and better than any of those Yakima or Thule universal clamps.

Just started looking at ebay and they have some good deals....im not much of a craigslist kinda guy...I was also inerested in the thule bar locks as well that came with it. How do the ones work in the pic??
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:42 PM   #3739
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I think I'm going to get the PullTop6 or FlatTop6 instead of the FatCat6..

Reasoning: with my Rapid Aero bars, I can do completely concealed mounting, not using the bar clamps. This gives me ultimate security and cleanliness. Since I'm not using the clamps, my overall height is the same as if I got the FatCat6 and used its clamps.

I can mount the FatCat6 the same way Id mount the Thule carriers if I make spacers to space it off the bars.
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Old 11-17-2011, 04:50 PM   #3740
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Has anyone come up with an alternative to Yakima's Railgrabs? I miss my bike rack but don't plan on using q-clips again and $150 for four clips is a bit much for me.
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Old 11-17-2011, 05:35 PM   #3741
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Thule runs this every year for two weeks in Nov-Dec, they call it "Thule days". I work at place called rack attack, they told us its both online and instore. So any/all Thule dealers should have to run this special.

Im pretty sure it starts next week, but it could start the week after thanksgiving.
Sweet, thanks I'll ask my local retailer (therackwarehouse.com) about it as I was going to pick up a rack for my new '11 STi on Wednesday.
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Old 11-17-2011, 05:50 PM   #3742
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Has anyone come up with an alternative to Yakima's Railgrabs? I miss my bike rack but don't plan on using q-clips again and $150 for four clips is a bit much for me.
If you remove your stock rails, you will discover 4 threaded holes, which you can also use for the Control tower/Landing Pad set up like the new imprezas.
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:00 PM   #3743
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Just started looking at ebay and they have some good deals....im not much of a craigslist kinda guy...I was also inerested in the thule bar locks as well that came with it. How do the ones work in the pic??
Just like any old typical round bar yakima clamp. There's a wing nut on one end of the bolt that attaches the clamp to the ski attachment. When the ski attachment is in the closed position & locked with a key, the wing nut cannot be turned all the way because of a tab on the ski attachment.

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Old 11-18-2011, 03:59 AM   #3744
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I am looking to get one to hold 4 snowboards, and those thule ones look nice. However, I have no factory rails on it or anything. Is it best to go pick one up from the dealer or are there better options out there without dropping too much? I have a 2011 hatch. Thanks
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:45 AM   #3745
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I am looking to get one to hold 4 snowboards, and those thule ones look nice. However, I have no factory rails on it or anything. Is it best to go pick one up from the dealer or are there better options out there without dropping too much? I have a 2011 hatch. Thanks
Your car has tapped holes on the roof. You can use a Yakima, Thule, or Subaru rack. Do a search and you will see that you have tons of options.
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:36 AM   #3746
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Looking for some help here, does anyone know if there are adapters made to allow this rack:


to fit factory aero-crossbars on an 06 Impreza?

I think if the rack had these cross-bar clamps it would fit:


but I can't find a part number or even a listing on Rack Attack web-site and the Thule fit-guide says oddly that, "There are no solutions for your vehicle?"
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Old 11-19-2011, 02:45 AM   #3747
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Thule runs this every year for two weeks in Nov-Dec, they call it "Thule days". I work at place called rack attack, they told us its both online and instore. So any/all Thule dealers should have to run this special.

Im pretty sure it starts next week, but it could start the week after thanksgiving.

If you don't mind can you keep us posted on this? I've been looking periodically but dont wanna miss it.

Thanks!!
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Old 11-19-2011, 07:40 AM   #3748
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Looking for some help here, does anyone know if there are adapters made to allow this rack:


to fit factory aero-crossbars on an 06 Impreza?

I think if the rack had these cross-bar clamps it would fit:


but I can't find a part number or even a listing on Rack Attack web-site and the Thule fit-guide says oddly that, "There are no solutions for your vehicle?"
Just call RackAttack and tell them you need the new clamps that are coming with the 2012 Snow Carriers.
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:28 AM   #3749
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Anybody using the yakima whisp bars setup? i saw them on ORS, very expensive but they look like quality peices and seem like they would even be more low profile than the subaru bars.
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Old 11-19-2011, 01:30 PM   #3750
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Rack attack stores are already participating in the 20% off Thule deal..
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