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Old 01-31-2013, 08:02 AM   #1
winkster2005
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Hi everyone,

I am looking at getting a roof rack. I am also trying to keep the price low but need to make sure it will handle the weight. I have a 13 foot kayak and will occasionally be transporting a 12 foot kayak too. will the OEM rack be able to handle this? also, what is the best mount? i know my 13 foot weights about 60 pounds not sure about the other. are there any other racks that are better that cost around the price of an OEM rack? I greatly appreciate everyone's input!
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:04 AM   #2
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My OEM rack has held up just fine with quite a bit of weight on it. I renovated my house and the rack saw a lot of action with wood and whatnot. Back on topic!

The OEM rack calls for 100lbs distributed evenly. I know the other options out there have a beefier crossbar that won't flex like the OEM rack does, but I personally prefer the look of the Aero bars. They are clean and produce minimal noise. I wouldn't hesitate to throw your load on that rack. Back on topic again...you should be fine. It's all about personal preference and aesthetics.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:06 PM   #3
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I dont know about the OEM rack, but on my 02 I have a Thule rack for my bikes and skis. My bikes are heavy, close to 30 lbs each, and they're up there all the time. Ski's not so often. However, i've also used my rack to transport long extension ladders, dining room tables, sheets of plywood. I'm sure the neighbors laugh when they see some of the stuff I've put up there on this little car. I googled quick and several sites say the Thule rack can hold up around 165lbs, distributed properly. The kayaks should have no problem with this.
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:19 PM   #4
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I used a rack from Rhino Racks
http://www.rhinorack.com/AccSubCateg...askets_74.aspx
i like the unique look and they aren't super expensive.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:16 PM   #5
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I have an older thule roof rack. IIRC, weight limit is 100lbs evenly distributed. I would check the classifieds or your local craigslist for a used set before buying a new one.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:20 PM   #6
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OEM racks for WRX can be had cheap. They mount up easily and well. I Believe they are rated for 165lb. dynamic (while in motion)
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:30 AM   #7
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The OEM Rack is awesome, its light, looks great, and fits very nice. I would suggest the OEM Rack... cant beat it for the price.

I dont have experience with the thule or yakima on a WRX
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:24 PM   #8
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This is the OEM racks(love how easy they are to put on and take off) with Yakima kayak carriers.

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Old 02-04-2013, 12:14 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone for the input and the pics look awesome. I'll probably go OEM because of the low cost. I can't wait!
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:57 PM   #10
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UPDATE: I went with an OEM rack and a malone kayak mount. i will add pics when it arrives and i put it on. Fortunately i decided to check around because the stealership wanted $199 and i got it off amazon for $154 + 15 S&H
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