Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Wednesday June 29, 2016
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC General > Interior & Exterior Modification

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads. 
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-23-2002, 02:52 PM   #1
ohsfan
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 14263
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Frozen Plains of Hoth
Vehicle:
2002 WRX Wagon
PSM

Question Attn all Cyclists...OEM bike rack or aftermarket?

I'm planning to buy a bike rack (and bike) in the next few weeks. Just wondering what the pros and cons of each rack were. Which bike attachment do you use and why?
BTW, the bike will not have disc brakes.

Also, is that wind shield (ferring ?) worth the money?
Thanks for your input.

(Hope this is in the right forum.)
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
ohsfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Old 06-23-2002, 07:14 PM   #2
KwanDDS
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 15709
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Houston, TX
Vehicle:
2002 WRX WAGON
SILVER

Post

I went with the Thule rack. Feet attaches to the factory rails. Also added the fairing and reduced wind noise substantially.
Pics are posted in this forum somewhere.
KwanDDS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2002, 10:42 PM   #3
jesse370
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 12147
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: collingswood nj
Vehicle:
2005 g-35
ivory pearl

Default

All through highschool and college I worked at different shops. I wouldn't recomend using any roof rack that attaches via your stock roof rack setup. Most aren't designed to handle the weight and stresses that a rack and a bike can put on it. Yakima has some good racks, saris while a pain in the ass to setup are I think some of the best out right now. And the issue with discs is a moot point unless you run a 30mm front axle like I have on my dh/ds bike I would suggest one that uses a clamp on the downtube instead of taking your front wheel off.
jesse370 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2002, 11:48 PM   #4
ohsfan
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 14263
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Frozen Plains of Hoth
Vehicle:
2002 WRX Wagon
PSM

Default

So...are you suggesting an upright mount over a fork mount no matter what type of bike I get or only if I have disc brakes?

Why use an upright vs. fork mounted rack?
Just curious.

OF
ohsfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2002, 12:38 AM   #5
Rancid
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 3272
Join Date: Dec 2000
Chapter/Region: TXIC
Location: I'm a pirate.
Vehicle:
2016 VW Golf R
Blue

Default

Hey, I just put my Thule aftermarket rack on. I say go aftermarket, becasue then you can get the wide bars (58" I think...either that or 53...but anyway) With the wide bars, you can mount the bike racks on the outside of the roof and then your wagon trunk can still open all the way. Other bike racks will make your wagon lid only open very slightly. I will take pictures tommrow for ya if ya want. Email me for more info... [email protected]

IAn
Rancid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2002, 01:17 AM   #6
ohsfan
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 14263
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Frozen Plains of Hoth
Vehicle:
2002 WRX Wagon
PSM

Default

Ian,

Pictures would be much appreciated. BTW, how much was your whole set up (racks, bars, towers, etc.)?

Thanks.
ohsfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2002, 02:33 AM   #7
BurntJamb
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 13538
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Man Jose, CA
Default Yakima LowRider

I bought a Yakima LowRider setup for skiing this past season and it worked out well with the stock factory rails. One annoying thing was that the rails were positioned too far from the front, which becomes an issue when you want to open the hatch and the spoiler gets in the way of what you're carrying on top (bike tire, tray, ski, etc.).

With the feet and crossbars and no attachments, I would get a major howling noise above 55 MPH. Attaching the fairing solved that issue. You can probably get one cheap off ebay.

Personally, I'm going for a trailer hitch mounted bike rack solution. Why?
1) more aerodynamic
2) cost is about the same, or less if you need to carry multiple bikes. Trailer hitch for the WRX wagon is around $100, the rack for the hitch is like another $150 or so. The Yakima low rider + two fork mounted bike trays will run around $350. I'd lose the versatility of the yakima, but I can always just carry skis in the back with one seat folded down (and unfortunately one less passenger).
3) it's way more compatible for my bike, a Cannondale Jekyll w/ Lefty fork,. The only viable rooftop solution for me would be the new Yakima Cobra or Sportwork's Bob Ratchet.
BurntJamb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2002, 02:37 AM   #8
iflybyu
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 20292
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Tulsa
Vehicle:
2002 Impreza WRX
Platinum Silver

Post Yakima w/ disc

I had a Yak rack w/ Viper trays .. and had a bike w/ full disc (Hayes hydros) and had no issue with clearance in mounting. As far as aerodynamics go, a fork mount tray is much better than a downtube system, and much more stable at speed. I would suggest a Yak system w/ the Viper trays - they make clips that attatch directly to the factory rails that looks nice. I would imagine a total setup would be around 120 a piece for trays, 60 for the towers, 50 for the load bars, and 50 for locks. Figure about 40-50 for the fairing too. (get the fairing - big time difference in noise reduction and aerodynamics.

Just my 2 1/2 cents.
iflybyu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2002, 07:03 AM   #9
KwanDDS
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 15709
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Houston, TX
Vehicle:
2002 WRX WAGON
SILVER

Post

I have no problems with clearance of the wing. I cut the tray for a custom fit. PM me if you want pictures.
KwanDDS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2002, 08:35 AM   #10
tsbarro
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 18358
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Norwalk,CT
Vehicle:
02 WRX Wagon
Midnight black pearl

Default

As with most people replying, I would hands down say go for aftermarket -- way more options and IMO just as stable/strong. Personally I have the thule in which the feet attach to the factory rails.. I would also say to definatly go for the fork mount rack only!! THe downtube mount is much more unstable, more wind resistence, and I think more prone to theft (though, probably not!).. On my thule rack, I've managed to put on 5 bikes when I had to (safely), which you'd never be able to do on the factory rack. As far as disk brakes, its really not a big issue -- I have discs on one of my bikes, and all I did was take a dremel to the Thule tray and cut out the part where the disc would hit it.. It took about 10 minutes and works perfectly.

Ts
tsbarro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2002, 01:37 PM   #11
Rancid
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 3272
Join Date: Dec 2000
Chapter/Region: TXIC
Location: I'm a pirate.
Vehicle:
2016 VW Golf R
Blue

Default

Haha, I didn't know I was gonna sleep in so late today. Here are the pictures in a Yahoo! photo album. My whole set up cost $600 but I also have snowboard racks. The bars are 58" bars, and the fairing was mounted on top of the front bar. It is suppose to be mounted on the bottom, but it wouldn't fit that way. The snowbaord rack comes with spacers, so hopefully they are tall enough to clear the fairing holder thingies. Anymore questions, feel free to ask away. Here's the link:

Roof Rack
Rancid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2002, 05:50 PM   #12
True06
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 14139
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: seattle
Vehicle:
2002 2.5 RS
Flossin purple

Default

i hope you guys arent those dick heads that ride their "racing bikes" dressed in yellow spandex in the middle of car traffic... if you are i need to let you know how annoying you are while trying to drive and pass you while you take up half the lane going 10 mph.
True06 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2002, 07:03 PM   #13
jesse370
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 12147
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: collingswood nj
Vehicle:
2005 g-35
ivory pearl

Default

no your refering to roadies. they suck. I'm buying a roadbike just for the fact that you can scream on one. As far as downtube mounts go. I've used the saris type and it is AS sturdy as a fork mount no question about it. And my bike is a 35lb dh/ds racing bike. I also have no choice because I have a 30mm clamp on front wheel. Its all personal preference. But also about the downtube racks, the thule and yaks that I have seen look cheap and flimsy. The saris on the other hand is thick aluminum with a massive clamp. another perk to the saris is the rails are a wedge shape to cut through the air better. I think they are the best racks on the market but are a pain in the ass to setup!
but don't trust your bikes on the stock rails. I know a few auto companies even say they can't withstand over 40lbs and a certain amount of pressure put on them because of the rack and the drag associated with it. but my experince is from riding over 7 years and working in shops over 5.
jesse370 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2002, 07:58 PM   #14
alan ling
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 5233
Join Date: Mar 2001
Chapter/Region: VIC
Location: Surrey, BC, Canada
Thumbs up

I had a hidden hitch intalled and bought a hitch style bick rack. The bikes never touch the car so no scratches. You can also lock the rack up better (or so I think). You can carry three on mine. I also bought a ski rack adapter (through Cap-It) which works with the bike rack. It allows you to carry 6 pairs of skis vertically or 2 snowboards. And it too is lockable. Again no scratches to the car and no roof marring incidents. Mountain bikes tend to drop rocks and dirt on your roof. You can also go through drive throughs without knocking your bike off the roof. I think it ended up costing 300 or so. And should I ever want to I could tow a small trailer for the gokart.
alan ling is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2002, 08:36 PM   #15
phantasm
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 10008
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Vehicle:
2002 WR Pearl Blue
Impreza WRX

Default

I went with the OEM package but not primarily for a bicycle although there is a simple attachment for it.

phantasm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2002, 09:40 PM   #16
Asha'man
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 9158
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Atlanta, GA
Vehicle:
02 WRX Wagon 5spd
Platinum Silver Metallic

Default Trailer Hitch Rack





I have a Yakima GetAway, which slides into a trailer hitch reciever. It locks, is secure and stable, somewhat aerodynamic, and doesn't cause problems with low trees or garage ceilings.
Asha'man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2002, 07:57 PM   #17
Jay2MTB
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 20105
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Toms River, NJ
Vehicle:
2002 WRX Wagon
Silver

Default

hey there man. i have a wrx wagon, and like you...i am a cyclist. i was the assistant manager of a bike shop back in tn, so i have seen plenty of racks and various ways to carry bikes on different cars. on my wagon, i routinely carry 4 bikes, so i needed a strong rack. personally...i went with the yakima rack with the double cross mounts. these mount directly to the stock roof rack rails on your wagon. however, you should only be carrying about 100lbs using this system. your other alternative is to use the yakimi Q-Towers. this style is the type that mounts inside of the door jam. the use of the Q-towers will increase your carrying capacity by 50lbs to a total of 150lbs. personally..i prefer the double cross because there is nothing touching the fragile paint of the wrx. in conjuction with that...i would go with either the steel head, or the viper bike mount from yakima. the steel head is your everyday fork mount system with lockable cores. the viper has a wider tray (better for 26x2.25"tires and bigger) and is shaped in a way that will allow the trays to accomodate the calipers on bikes that are equipped with disc brakes. and with regards to the fairing....on any car carrying bikes with a fork mount system...i recommend using the fairing. usually around 65-75mph most of the racks will whistle, quite annoying. so i recommend you get it all, a set of 8 lock cores, and lock it all onto your rex and take off driving and riding. hope it has all been helpful, and should you have any questions.....lemme know. keep the rubber side down.
Jay Spry
Jay2MTB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2002, 05:30 PM   #18
ohsfan
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 14263
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Frozen Plains of Hoth
Vehicle:
2002 WRX Wagon
PSM

Default

Thanks to everyone for their $.02 esp. Jay2MTB! Like Jay, I'll probably end up getting the yakima system (lowrider towers w/the viper mounts). I'll probably end up getting the fairing too! I've had a few buddies recommend this set up as well.

Now the real question is to buy the set up from a bike dealer or over the internet?

Thanks again guys.

OF
ohsfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2002, 10:12 PM   #19
MNbiker
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 18148
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Vehicle:
'08 WRX
Dark Gray

Default

OF,

Thought you might be interested in a picture of my Yakima rack system, as it's pretty much what you're looking to get. I picked up the entire setup from REI for $414 incl. tax. I'm using the Lowrider mounts, Viper trays, 48" bars & 32" fairing. A few things worth noting about this setup.

1. I trimmed approx. 5" off the front bar and 6 1/2" off the back bar, so they wouldn't stick out so far past the mounts.

2. I mounted the bikes backwards, so the trays/wheels wouldn't hit the rear spoiler with the hatch raised. I tried them facing forward with the spoiler removed, but didn't care for the "spoilerless" look.

3. I went with the small 32" fairing, because it fits between the stock rails. It looks beter than using the larger recommended one, and still kills the howling noise from the bars.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg rack.jpg (45.7 KB, 173 views)
MNbiker is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
WTB: BK Legacy OEM Bike Rack MyogiNightKid Private 'Wanted' Classifieds 1 04-01-2009 04:31 PM
OEM bike rack Jonson Newbies & FAQs 5 02-05-2008 06:41 AM
FS: 2002 Service Manuals, OEM Bike Rack, Cross Bars Necromancer North West Impreza Club Forum -- NWIC 0 03-27-2004 10:36 PM
OEM Oil filter??? or aftermarket one? CJK Newbies & FAQs 11 01-30-2003 03:00 PM
('93-'01) OEM racks or aftermarket SnObOaRdEr_X Impreza Forum 3 10-17-2001 11:53 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:10 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2016 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2016, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.