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Old 03-10-2013, 09:38 PM   #1
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Default Oem roof rack, 2011 wrx sedan

Going to pull the trigger on this OEM roof rack.

New OEM Subaru Impreza WRX STI Roof Rack Carrier Load Bars : Amazon.com : AutomotiveNew OEM Subaru Impreza WRX STI Roof Rack Carrier Load Bars : Amazon.com : Automotive

I did a bit of searching and the bars are compatible with thule bike carriers I believe, the aero bars.. is somebody running this setup? oem roof bars with thule sidearm bike carriers, just want to be on the safe side.

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Old 03-10-2013, 09:47 PM   #2
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Looking to do the same soon, I'm just worried about them having no locks. Anyone know if a Yakima fairing will fit on? I've searched but haven't found an outright 100% sure answer. Not trying to steal the thread, just add to it
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:59 AM   #3
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No worries Manualmotive, are you doing yakima fairing with thule carriers? or all yakima...
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:43 PM   #4
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Well, I order it... i will let you know if it fits or not...
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:47 PM   #5
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Yakima forklift fits perfect.

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Old 03-11-2013, 02:38 PM   #6
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Oooh, i broke the factory roof racks (long story, drove into a parking structure with a bike on the roof)! and I ordered these older style ones with channels on them and at the first glance it fit on the roof but I found out the screws that came with it were too short and didn't reach the holes, so I had to use my old rack's screws which were too long now! and some spacers and washers to make it fit. I got mine new off ebay so this amazon one could be different.
Also my original racks (the thinner ones with no channel) were much less noisy where I didn't use a fairing with no annoying noise but these fat ones are super noisy and I had to get a fairing to shut them up...
Hope these work on yours!
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:27 PM   #7
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Thanks 611X for the input and Turtlefart for the pic... funny nick hehehe

Ill post up images once i get them and see how it goes..
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:22 AM   #8
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I love my racks for my basket

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Old 03-13-2013, 01:19 PM   #9
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thats sweet, what brand is the carrying basket thing.

I got the thule arm bike carriers just waiting on the bars and bases, will see if it fits.
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:27 PM   #10
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this is from rhino rack its the X series, wasn't too expensive either, plus if u mount it correctly u can take off the racks and let another scooby from 08-13 use it. my buddy uses this all the time on his 09' wrx and my gf uses it too on her 10' impreza.
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:59 PM   #11
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this is from rhino rack its the X series, wasn't too expensive either, plus if u mount it correctly u can take off the racks and let another scooby from 08-13 use it. my buddy uses this all the time on his 09' wrx and my gf uses it too on her 10' impreza.
What size is that one dude? I'm looking at some online and wanted to see which one you had...Also, does it come with clips or did you have to buy those in addition?
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:41 AM   #12
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Well i got the thule sidearm bike rack and the OEM subaru bars and they all fit perfectly.


Ill add pics laters.
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:06 AM   #13
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Final Result,






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Old 03-23-2013, 01:30 AM   #14
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For some reason I find it difficult to screw on the oem cross bar, was wondering if everyone got the same issue?

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Old 03-23-2013, 02:06 AM   #15
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Definitely check out the Yakima landing pads and control towers. It offers a really clean setup with a virtual 30 second on and off. I have a set and love them!
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:39 AM   #16
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I had a bit of trouble, not much... once you get the bolt aligned its fairly easy.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:05 AM   #17
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re: oem rack and annoying to put on / off...

I've been using my wrx w/ oem rack for a few years...i've found that even though it's easy to get on/off...it's not exactly "fast" - maybe 5-10 mins if you hurry. It's got to be lined up just "so" and if it's cold and hands get cold...eh. I could be a whiner but it's a PITA if you do it a weekly. In hindsight I wish I had sprung for a setup that is more fast -n- flexible.

YMMV
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:10 PM   #18
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What size is that one dude? I'm looking at some online and wanted to see which one you had...Also, does it come with clips or did you have to buy those in addition?
Oh god I suck at replies. I believe this was the smallest one they used
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:36 PM   #19
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Looking to do the same soon, I'm just worried about them having no locks. Anyone know if a Yakima fairing will fit on? I've searched but haven't found an outright 100% sure answer. Not trying to steal the thread, just add to it
From what I have seen, the inno fairing (medium size) fits the best.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:19 PM   #20
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re: oem rack and annoying to put on / off...

I've been using my wrx w/ oem rack for a few years...i've found that even though it's easy to get on/off...it's not exactly "fast" - maybe 5-10 mins if you hurry. It's got to be lined up just "so" and if it's cold and hands get cold...eh. I could be a whiner but it's a PITA if you do it a weekly. In hindsight I wish I had sprung for a setup that is more fast -n- flexible.

YMMV
I cut out some clear film to place around the crossbar mounting points to prevent scratches to my roof. The legs of the oem crossbars left creases in the film so I know exactly where they're supposed to sit, making it really quick and easy to install
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:27 PM   #21
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I went with Yakima for my racks. Got the following;

Contol Towers w/ Landing Pads
Round Bars
Yakima Farring
Fat Cat 6 Rakcs

Sorry for the small pic but


All I need to put them on and take them off is one allen key and about 3 minutes
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