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Old 04-07-2012, 07:05 PM   #4326
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^+1.


I have the stock aero cross bars as well. I'm not sure about the lack of rigidity in the stock bars. Has any one had them break with just two bikes on them? Or any problems driving.
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:17 PM   #4327
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I didn't have a problem with the bars, it's the main support of the bike rack that is the problem. It wiggles from side to side and there's no way to tighten it because it's a separate component that slide into the rails. In other words, it doesn't wiggle at the bike, it pivots at the point where the bike mount attaches at bars.

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Old 04-07-2012, 10:14 PM   #4328
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heres a video of my rex and my rack
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:23 PM   #4329
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WHO has a big Slew of bike rack parts?

How similar is the tray of the rockymount to the Thule tray?
Can you attach a Rockymount bike tray to a Thule Echelon Head unit with a bit of fabrication mods?


The Ultimate rack system:
I love the flat sleek Rockmount tray and the NeW Thule Sleek Echelon aluminum fork mount, easy secure mount technology. i would Like to join these two together onto a Yakima Wisbar and quick release yakima towers


PRO's CONS's
Yakima
Thule
Rockymount

How many of you like the Option from Yakima to Quickly (under 3 minutes) no tools remove your rack system from your car?

Seems like only Yakima offers this.


Yakima:
Available , easy phone tech support
Low stance aero dynamic (wisbar)
lower price than Thule
older mount technology
More sleek aerodynamic Tower with 1 lever quick release
fairly light weight hardware
different bike mount option as thule does
Sturdy trays


Thule:
unable to find phone number or tech support
higher price than others
low stance towers
Bulky towers, no quick release
New fork mount quick secure technology
comparable weight as yakima
black or silver

Rockmount
lowest price
very sleek fork mount system
Very old Skewer style fastening
option of colors, who cares, spray paint
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:56 PM   #4330
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Ive got 2 rockymount tierods with the sleek bars. I can tell you the trays unbolt from the head with just 1 hex bolt. The echelon looks like it has a bulky head. Im sure I may work with some drilling but dunno about the reliability.
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:37 PM   #4331
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Thule:
unable to find phone number or tech support
1-800-238-2388

Right from their website.

Thules customer service is also the best in the business. I had a customer lose a simple thumbscrew and when I went to order him a new one Thule just replaced the whole entire cradle under warranty even though it was about 5 years old. I got the cradle in the mail the next day all free of charge. Instead of sending the $1 thumbscrew they replaced half of the $189 cradle kit for free.

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Old 04-11-2012, 04:38 PM   #4332
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+1 for thule customer service. I bought a new rack and the tray came in the mail with a few scratches and a missing end cap. Thule sent me another whole unit free of charge after contacting the customer service department. I have the sidearms though, so I cant comment on the trays you are asking about. I have a thule base rack and it has been great although noisier than I expected, seeing as how a buddy has the same system on a jetta and it is much quitter without even a fairing. I will say that with an echelon your tire will sit deeper inside of the tray and provide what I feel is more support for your bike when going through lateral forces, although that may be of less concern with a fork mounted tray. The rockymounts sure look sweet though and the adapter that they make for through axle bikes is top notch. Lots of rambling but maybe that helped...
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Old 04-12-2012, 03:09 PM   #4333
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I'm still learning all about the art of roof racks, but it seems there are tons and tons of options! Forgive me, since I haven't read all 174 pages of this thread, but it seems a lot of people aren't thrilled about the landing pads they have to put down on their paint. With the exception of lamin-x or a clear vinyl, are there any pads from Yakima or Thule that don't require mounting to the paint? I'm almost positive I'll be going with one of those setups for a 2012 WRX.
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Old 04-12-2012, 03:25 PM   #4334
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I've had an 09 an 11 used the oem and Thule setup never had any problems with the paint under them and I didn't put anything under them. Dents on the roof from bindings though, that's another story.
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Old 04-12-2012, 03:55 PM   #4335
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I'm still learning all about the art of roof racks, but it seems there are tons and tons of options! Forgive me, since I haven't read all 174 pages of this thread, but it seems a lot of people aren't thrilled about the landing pads they have to put down on their paint. With the exception of lamin-x or a clear vinyl, are there any pads from Yakima or Thule that don't require mounting to the paint? I'm almost positive I'll be going with one of those setups for a 2012 WRX.
Don't mix up the landing pads on the newer yakima for the FEET of the q-towers. Both are 2 different designs and the feet on the q-towers (or thule equivalent) would definitely cause a lot more damage. The landing pads are less of an issue. For your 2012, you probably won't have any issues with the landing pad style racks.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:09 PM   #4336
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I'm still learning all about the art of roof racks, but it seems there are tons and tons of options! Forgive me, since I haven't read all 174 pages of this thread, but it seems a lot of people aren't thrilled about the landing pads they have to put down on their paint. With the exception of lamin-x or a clear vinyl, are there any pads from Yakima or Thule that don't require mounting to the paint? I'm almost positive I'll be going with one of those setups for a 2012 WRX.
It seems like from what I've read most problems come from using the 08+ OEM bars without having some sort of barrier between the feet and the paint. I'm not sure if it's just stiffer rubber or a different design that causes the issue. I'd love to hear if anyone with Yakima Landing pad's for 08+ impreza's have had any similar issues because I plan to put these on in the next month or so and would rather put down some clear vinyl if it is recommended.
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Old 04-13-2012, 02:35 PM   #4337
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Don't mix up the landing pads on the newer yakima for the FEET of the q-towers. Both are 2 different designs and the feet on the q-towers (or thule equivalent) would definitely cause a lot more damage. The landing pads are less of an issue. For your 2012, you probably won't have any issues with the landing pad style racks.
This is correct. Landing pads dont damage paint at all. For you 08+ guys that have the fixed points in the roof, the landing pad is a great set up. I have never seen any issues with paint from the landing pads. The only time a landing pad should interfier with paint is if you are doing a custom permanent installation where it is mounted directly to the roof. Then the only time your touching paint is while drilling through it, and when the pad is mounted. This is probably our most popular set up.

Also, I'd like to add a +1 to Thule's awesome service. We deal directly with Thule so the customers don't have to, and they are always top notch. Yakima is the same. Both killer brands that stand behind thier excellent products.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:13 PM   #4338
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How many of you like the Option from Yakima to Quickly (under 3 minutes) no tools remove your rack system from your car?
While I almost NEVER remove my Yakima setup, I was pleased to remove my rack/basket last summer and quickly transport it over to my wife's Toyota Highlander, however it took a little more than 3 minutes to do this carefully (but no more than 5). I suppose some people like the quick on and off capabilities but that's never really appealed to me because I never know when I'll be hauling something.

I can't really speak for the quality of the Thule racks, but I will say that they look great. I like the design that is employed with them---very sleek and sporty looking. I just wish I could afford that stuff.

I'm currently using a base system, fairing, 2 bike racks and a Basketcase and couldn't be happier with the setup. While the Yakima stuff probably doesn't have the good looks of the Thule stuff (and that's a subjective conjecture) I know from personal experience that is super durable, designed well, and extremely functional.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:56 PM   #4339
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I'm assuming it's not, but does anybody know if it's possible to use a roof rack (sedan wise, disregard the wagon part of my profile) with JDM/JNA rain visors? Since the feet clip around to the inside of the car? Or is that just Yakima? Thanks.
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:10 PM   #4340
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I'm assuming it's not, but does anybody know if it's possible to use a roof rack (sedan wise, disregard the wagon part of my profile) with JDM/JNA rain visors? Since the feet clip around to the inside of the car? Or is that just Yakima? Thanks.
You should read through this thread. Lots of good info in it. There's a tool on the top left where you can search within the thread to find keywords and such. Anyway to answer your question:

There are ways to attach a rack and be able to use window visors. If you have a 02-07 body, then you have a few options that range from OEM UK rack set up to DIY solutions. If you have a newer body impreza, then there are stock mounting holes that do not use the window frame edge. What applies to you?
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Old 04-14-2012, 05:53 PM   #4341
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Hi, I'm new to the forums but I have a question. Just bought a bike and while it fits in the back of my hatch (2010 WRX) I'd prefer an upright bike mount for the roof. Been scouring this thread for hours and just need a clear answer.

Will the Thule sidearm fit if I have the OEM crossbars? Thanks (sorry if this is a duplicate question)

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Old 04-14-2012, 10:31 PM   #4342
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You should read through this thread. Lots of good info in it. There's a tool on the top left where you can search within the thread to find keywords and such. Anyway to answer your question:

There are ways to attach a rack and be able to use window visors. If you have a 02-07 body, then you have a few options that range from OEM UK rack set up to DIY solutions. If you have a newer body impreza, then there are stock mounting holes that do not use the window frame edge. What applies to you?
Thanks, and I know about that, and I have been reading through it, but I'm looking for something a little more specific, I have a wagon and am looking at roof rail deletes, but still want a roof rack, although it wouldn't be used much, if that makes sense.
I have been searching, and looking a lot at different solutions, but it all seems to be saying the same now...
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:43 PM   #4343
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Picked up a whispbar from a local and test fitting my rain guards with the rack.


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Old 04-16-2012, 11:26 AM   #4344
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Well, my rack is in the background!

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Old 04-16-2012, 01:29 PM   #4345
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Looks good 93turbo2!
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:07 PM   #4346
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:17 PM   #4347
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I lost one of the little bolts that connect the cross bar to the roof. Where can I get a replacement?

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Old 04-18-2012, 07:49 PM   #4348
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:05 PM   #4349
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:11 AM   #4350
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I lost one of the little bolts that connect the cross bar to the roof. Where can I get a replacement?

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Maybe the dealer?? But they're NOT cheap.
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