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Old 11-07-2013, 07:40 AM   #476
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Decided on the Yakima Railgrab setup. Getting it at REI next week sometime.. To me, the Yakima looked better than the Thule. The Railgrab sits flush, the Crossroad looks "tacked on".
Keep in mind REI does 20% off every few weeks for both Yakima and Thule. Cheers.
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Old 11-07-2013, 08:44 AM   #477
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Yeah, I'm gonna let that one play out. Might get the big Thule one and wrap it. The Thule one looks better. lol What size bars did you go with? Not trying to have them hang way over the car..
I don't remember. They hang past factory rails maybe 1.5" on both sides. I used Thule fairing, but I wanna say the 4X" one. The whole fairing fits within rails and has close to an inch on either side. That's with the edges on it. But I was a quick easy fit and worked plenty well.
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Old 11-11-2013, 04:13 PM   #478
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I've been thinking about this. How quiet are the OEM aero bars? Are they strong at all? I want to clear out some space in my closet and get rid of all of these Yakima parts. They're too loud and lag my MPG's too much to leave on permanently, maybe the OEM aero bars would be unnoticed on there?
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Old 11-11-2013, 04:26 PM   #479
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The reason I like my Thule bars is because they lock onto the roof rails. I could be wrong, but I don't believe the OEM aero bars lock in place. The last thing I want is for someone to steal my cargo box because the bars it's attached to can be easily removed.

By the way, my square Thule bars don't make any noise that I've noticed, and I don't use a faring.
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Old 11-11-2013, 04:40 PM   #480
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Apparently all of our Subaru accessory stuff through the dealer is made by Yakima. The aero bars I do not believe are locking. But if you get the accessory "round bar kit", that's the Yakima Railgrab. And if it doesn't include locks, you can add them for around $40.
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:01 PM   #481
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The OEM aero use a torx style screw. So unless someone is carrying the correct drivers around to get it off... I've been reading some reviews though, the OEM aero bars seem pretty flimsy.

I've also been looking at Malone cross bars. They're inexpensive, sturdy, and come with locks. Has anyone tried their aero bars? http://www.rackwarehouse.com/malone-...ck-system.html
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:34 PM   #482
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The OEM Aerobars are pretty sturdy. Every time I used them, I have a set of Yakima Fatcat 6 attached to them and an Inno fairing also, they generate a whistle of some sort which is less noticeable with the sunroof shade close, but it is definitely there. As we all know, these cars are not the quietest on a highway, but by now I'm just used to it. I don't know how quiet/noisy they are alone.
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Old 11-11-2013, 06:04 PM   #483
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My buddy has the OEM non-rail rack on his 08+ STI. Looks good. Seems sturdy.

But for me, I'd rather have the added roof clearance, and REAL locks offered by the aftermarket options.

I will hopefully be getting my Railgrab kit from REI this weekend..
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:41 PM   #484
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The OEM aero use a torx style screw. So unless someone is carrying the correct drivers around to get it off... I've been reading some reviews though, the OEM aero bars seem pretty flimsy. I've also been looking at Malone cross bars. They're inexpensive, sturdy, and come with locks. Has anyone tried their aero bars? http://www.rackwarehouse.com/malone-...ck-system.html
I've mentioned on here I believe I use Malone cross bars with my Malone kayak attachments. They lock, sturdy, good look to them. And for the price I couldn't be happier.
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:54 PM   #485
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I got the standard thule roof rack with square bars on my 2013 Wrx sedan and had no issues with it. Just takes some time to Install and get the bars alined. Only recommendation is get get the fairing for less wind noise...I got rack for free brand new so I shouldn't b complaining lol. And they stick on the roofs 120+ so don't worry
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Old 11-14-2013, 03:46 AM   #486
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I recently bought a 2013 Subaru Impreza Sport Limited Hatchback with the roof rails. I looked at the roof racks between Yakima and Thule and narrowed my choices down. I plan to do biking and skiing.

Yakima Railgrab System ($264)
Yakima Highroller ($199)
Yakima New Fat Cat 6 ($229)

Thule AeroBlade Edge ($339.90)
Thule Criterium 598 ($179.95)
Thule Universal Pull Top #92726 ($229.95)

I'm leaning more towards the Yakima sets. I checked Amazon and saw that the Yakima railgrab set only comes with 58" cross bars but the comments say that I can cut them down to the 48" necessary for the Impreza. Is this a good idea? Should I just try to buy the parts separately and get the 48" cross bars stock from Yakima? Which one is better? Yakima or Thule?
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:56 AM   #487
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GarbageDay,

I was in basically the same situation a few weeks ago. But with the Railgrab and the Crossroad kits. I did not purchase one yet, but I will be picking up the railgrab kit this weekend since funds are right. I went to REI to see both, and I liked the Yakima better. It sits flush with the top of the rails, and IMO, looks better on the roof. The Yakima setup, when optioned equally against the Thule setup, is also like $40 cheaper. That's always a plus.
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Old 11-15-2013, 04:53 AM   #488
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Rhino rack aero. Need a wind fairing!
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:08 AM   #489
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Rhino rack aero. Need a wind fairing!
It's noisy? Why do they call it 'aero'?
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Old 11-15-2013, 11:35 AM   #490
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Yakima on sale at REI for a week, guess who's getting their rack today..
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:56 PM   #491
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Guize, picked up my Railgrab kit today.

Which "claw" size is recommended for our factory rails? Don't want to damage anything using the wrong ones..
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Old 11-16-2013, 02:14 AM   #492
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Got it all installed today.

Looks great, nice setup.

But the wind-noise ain't no joke. I'll end up adding a fairing next week for sure while they're still having the sale at REI.

I'm considering getting the Thule fairing eventhough I have a Yakima simply because the Thule is more cosmetically appealing. I'm then going to wrap it and re-sticker the Yakima logo.
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:29 AM   #493
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I finally pulled the trigger on some racks for my 2012 Sport Premium. I wound up going with the Thule Aeroblade Edge setup. I have always been a fan of Thule racks, and I like the fact that there won't be any bar ends hanging out past the factory rails.

I ordered everything from etrailer.com. The racks were only 269 plus free shipping. I ordered a bunch of lock cores to match the locks on my hitch, and Thule bike carrier, and some hardware to mount my snowboard carrier to the Aeroblade.

I'll take some pics and post it up as soon as I get all, and mount it up.
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Old 12-25-2013, 02:25 AM   #494
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I have no experience with the Aeroblade style rack, but if you have the square or round bars, the fairing is a life saver. You may think "how bad can the noise be?". It's worse. There's this deep howl that's maddening.
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I have no experience with the Aeroblade style rack, but if you have the square or round bars, the fairing is a life saver. You may think "how bad can the noise be?". It's worse. There's this deep howl that's maddening.
Interesting. I have square Thule bars (50" length), and don't find them noisy at all. I don't own a fairing.

I wonder if front-to-back positioning makes any difference regarding wind noise. I install my front bar as far forward as possible, and then install the rear bar 30" back from the front bar.
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I have the Yakima round bars with the Railgrab. Fronts are as far forward as possible, rears are as far back as possible. Above ~30 the howling was deafening. Especially on the highway. haha The fairing got it back to OEM levels.
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:24 PM   #497
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Hi Everyone,

First post on the forums!

Just got my 2014 Impreza Sport 2 weeks ago and about to install a used set of Yakima Fatcat6s on the OEM Aero Bars.

Does anyone have the same setup and has to use the tilt adapter because the bindings don't have enough clearance? If you're carrying 4 snowboards?

I tried searching for the answer but came up short. Sorry if this has already been asked.
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Hey, anyone here actually use a proper torque wrench/key to install roof rack crossbars? I just added whispbars to my 2013 sport and it asks for 5 nm torque. Not sure how much I should worry about doing that by hand.
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I don't use a torque wrech on ANYTHING. lol I just tighten until I have to struggle to go further and leave it. Then a day or so later, just check the tightness. I did that on my Yakima Railgrab and it's solid as can be.
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I don't use a torque wrech on ANYTHING. lol I just tighten until I have to struggle to go further and leave it. Then a day or so later, just check the tightness. I did that on my Yakima Railgrab and it's solid as can be.
That's OK for some things, but not everything. I wouldn't go by feel on wheel lugs, for example. Nobody wants their wheels to fall off, so they typically overtighten to compensate. This is bad because it can cause your rotors to warp, and because you can't change a flat with the short wrench that came with the car if the lugs are overtightened.

Just sayin'.
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