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Old 12-06-2002, 12:19 PM   #1
SiniC
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Default Snowboard Roof Rack for the WRX Sedan in Canada?

Yesterday when I went snowboarding I had a really hard time getting more than one snowboard loaded into the sedan ... especially with the strut bar in the trunk

I did a quick search and a lot of threads praised the Yamica brand of roof rack for the sedan ... does anyone know a Canadian distributor for this brand? I never heard of them before, but they apparently have very high quality and their strength is great:



Other than this brand, does anyone here have something for the sedan? I know Subaru sells something for the Sedan, but when I called to check, they said they don't stock it and I would have to pre-pay to order one ... I don't want to pre-pay for something I have never seen or heard of before so I am apprehensive to do so

Anyone have any solutions?
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Old 12-06-2002, 04:34 PM   #2
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Hey Sinic,

http://sportrackaccessorygroup.com/pg_4.html

My brother in law is the VP at Sportrack.



http://sportrackaccessorygroup.com/page_13.html

Enjoy!!
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Old 12-06-2002, 08:18 PM   #3
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Joe T,

I purchased the subaru ski and snowboard carrier with my 2003 wrx wagon. Today I was getting all my stuff ready, to go snowboarding with 3 other friends this weekend. Unfortunately I discovered that the subaru ski and snowboard carrier (made by sport rack) does not fit all 4 snowboards. Unless I jammed the folded up bindings of the bottom 2 boards into my roof there is no way to make them fit. This SUCKS! I now get to spend an additional few hundred dollars to get a Yakima or Thule (which I should have done in the first place).

F.S. - OEM subaru ski and snowboard carrier. (fits "one" ski and "one" snowboard)
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Old 12-24-2002, 10:58 AM   #4
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Default Roof Racks and Such

I drive a Legacy LE wagon. Wife drives a TS Wagon. We work different shifts at different places, but meet at the ski hill.

Legacy, no problem with 4 boards or 8 ski (4 pair) two up, two down and OEM rack.

On her TS Wagon I put US racks, crossbars on.
With a standard height Nomadic ski rack (the company that makes the OEM Subie racks) the bindings would hit the roof if placed two together (one up, one down). I offed that idea when I saw the interference.

I found a Thule rack on Ebay with the Fat Cat mounting system on it (91725), a standard 6 pair rack with a plastic mount that surrounds the OEM crossbars and raises it up another 3/4 inch or so.

She now has room for 4 sets of skis with risers and big bindings in a bag to fit on the rack without coming close to the roof... and 4 sets of poles too..

Send me an email if you want a pic..
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Old 12-24-2002, 08:23 PM   #5
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Yakima or Thule... I have a couple of friends who use them on their 'fleet' of compacts that they have (between the lot of them, that is). They swear by the strength of the racks and the versatility of the design, plus, the seemingly effortless way they switch the racks between each car.
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Old 12-25-2002, 02:12 PM   #6
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Default Yak/Thule Racks

I could have got a Yak or a Thule for the TS wagon, but the factory racks are so smooth looking (no crossbars sticking out over the ends). Granted, the plastic aero bits aren't as strong as the Yak or the Thule (100lbs/45kg for the stock, 160lbs/75kg for the Yak and Thule), but the crossbars and ski rack comes off as a unit with 4 Torx screws, and that works for me.. I get about 120km less on a tank with the crossbars and ski rack on.

Granted, though, I can't put this crossbar/skirack on a Dodge, or a Mazda, or anything else, but that's why both of the cars in the fleet (and my company van) have factory racks that the Fat Cat bar adapter assembly fits on.

Happy holidays, I'm off to the hill with 4WD and Hakkas!!!
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Old 02-10-2003, 12:27 PM   #7
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I have the answer for your problems in my hands in Toronto...
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Old 02-10-2003, 12:32 PM   #8
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check out yakima.com . You can customize your rack, answer most of your questions, and get a number to call to find out about distributors north of the border. Yakima racks are great; my wife proved that the rack is stronger than the roof of the 00 RS!
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Old 02-10-2003, 12:36 PM   #9
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If you want the low areo look of the Subaru sytem but want a Yak or Thule rack this is what I did.
Buy the bike mounting clips from your Dealler it's like $12 for four. They clip to the stock areo cross bars and provide a bolt mount location. I mount 2 Yak Copperhead bike rack with a round Yak bar and farring to cut down the noise and provide stability to the system. I use the same thing for my rocket box and ski rack. The little clips from Subaru are key I will try to find a part # for them.
Rob
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Old 02-10-2003, 12:54 PM   #10
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Default SportRack pieces

I've got the pieces needed to give that extra inch lift.. It's the aerobar mounting brackets (I forget which P/N) that I have in the car ready to go west, as a customer service to Markus..

Wife's TS has factory 'Merican roof rack and crossbars (no channel in the middle), and these brackets gave me the lift to go one-up-one-down for her skiis.
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Old 02-10-2003, 01:20 PM   #11
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Thanks for the help guys, however my lady-friend surprised me with a brand new Thule set up for Christmas. A Flat Top 6pr Ski Carrier along with the new Fat Mouth clamps has worked perfectly for 4 boards. It also looks much nicer than the factory Subaru rack.

I have just taken some snaps of the original rack and will try sell them in the classifieds or on ebay.

Thanks again though. I will let others know that yours is also a good fix.

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Old 02-10-2003, 01:50 PM   #12
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Default Thule Bits

Using the Thule Fat Cat bits and the factory Subaru rack was another option.

The Thule bits gives you the height you need, right?

Markus, send me an email. I've got things for you.
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Old 02-10-2003, 03:54 PM   #13
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Wagons ho i can't e-mail you (see above) and your PMs inbox is full. Can you PM me your e-mail?

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