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Old 02-19-2003, 03:00 AM   #1
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Default Roofrack suggestions

Since I've been going to Tahoe a lot the past couple years, I'd like to put a roofrack on my WRX. I was just wondering what is the best brand to get, where to go, etc.

I was also curious whether your car was as fuel efficient as before without it. I've heard that roofracks can cut gas mileage by a bit. Thanks for your input.

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Old 02-19-2003, 03:04 AM   #2
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I have a Thule rack. It's really easy on off. A lot of the other guys prefer Yakima. In either case, a roof rack can get pretty pricey. Expect to pay $400-600 for after all is said and done. As far as mileage go, it does cut a bit, but not to bad overall, make sure you get the fairing it helps w/ the aerodynamics a bit. Of course w/ the price of gas these days, every bit helps.
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Old 02-19-2003, 03:52 AM   #3
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I've got the Yakima, but I don't think there's much to choose between them. They seem similar in operation and bits 'n pieces to fix to them.

One thing I have noticed is that where the feet sit on top of the car they have started to scuff the laquer coat. The spray off the road contains a lot of grit which, combined with vibration and movement from driving, causes the scuffing. An auto-x colleague suggested using stick on paint protective clear film (3M Scotchcal) on the roof under the feet. This is the same stuff that is used across the front of cars to protect from stone chips etc. I'm going this weekend so I'll see how it works out.

I understand that there is an official Subaru roof rack but it is only available to the European dealers. This fits onto mounts that sit in the roof gutters similar to how the wagon rails mount. This means that the rack does not actually touch the paintwork at all.
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Old 02-19-2003, 05:23 AM   #4
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yeah do a search for "Subaru roof rack" or factory roof rack, something like that. Some guys have bought and installed it on USDM WRXs. Sounds like a better solution. I have a Yakima, it's okay, but like Lorry, I dislike the hacky "feet" that sit on the roof paint.
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Old 02-19-2003, 12:38 PM   #5
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I have the UK subaru rack system on my wrx sedan... mounting hardware is attached underneath the black molding on the roof and thus no rubber feet kissing my paint! I will try to dig up the post I did a while back about this.

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Old 02-19-2003, 12:42 PM   #6
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here you go:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=139396

if this does not work, just do a search for lndbrusr and make sure to allow the search to go back more than a year.

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Old 02-19-2003, 05:54 PM   #7
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If all you want is to carry snowboard or ski, then
this may work for you for around $200.. do a search on google.com to see who sell it.


Thule Snowcat 5400
A Ski Carrier that fits cars with roof rails

http://www.thule.com/frames.asp?id=1884


Also, I didn't notice much different in gas mileage with it or without it..
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Old 02-19-2003, 06:40 PM   #8
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I've got Rola roof racks. They're a popular brand in Australia. The website is www.rola.com.au.
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Old 02-19-2003, 06:59 PM   #9
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I've got a Yakima set up sitting in my garage that I don't need. Lorry is right, the "Q-Towers" will probably leave marks. I had that set up on a Civic and it left little marks, not too bad but definitely there.
PM me if you are interested in the Yakima set up.
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Old 02-20-2003, 07:24 AM   #10
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I've got the Subaru "Load Carrier" that lndbrusr is talking about above. It's made by Mont Blanc, and you can only get it from the UK. (I got my from jimchilds@cheammotors.demon.co.uk) I haven't installed it yet, but really the only drawback I see with this item is that it's kinda pricey at just under $400 shipped, including the 6-pair ski attachment. But hey, a new paint job is $2000+, so...

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Old 02-20-2003, 09:05 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the input guys! It really helps to make a decision.

Stanley - I sent you a pm.

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Old 02-21-2003, 03:59 PM   #12
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Default Check out Sports Rack

http://www.sportsrack.com/

I have the Thule system and all ways have. Great system and just as good as the Yuck rack. J/K for all you Yakima guys out there. Thule just seems to have a great system. Very good for snowboards if you have them and if you bike as well. You can hang the boards off the side and have plenty of room for a cargo bin or bikes up top. Great system.

But if you have a wagon...not really a need for a rack if you are just boarding and are only taking one or two people...split rear seating. Big Downhill bikes are another story...



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Old 02-21-2003, 10:03 PM   #13
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It looks like the Thule system also has feet that stand on the roof - same as the Yakima. The nice thing about the Subaru factory system is that it stands in the gutters and doesn't touch the paint.
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Old 02-22-2003, 12:57 AM   #14
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I'm one of those crazy people who still uses two ski's so I'm just running a MOMO magnetic ski rack system. (holds two pairs)
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Old 02-22-2003, 01:01 AM   #15
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It looks like the Thule system also has feet that stand on the roof - same as the Yakima. The nice thing about the Subaru factory system is that it stands in the gutters and doesn't touch the paint.
I don't know about that...I think it depends on which Thule system you go with. I think they have an adapter that you can just attach to the factory subaru crossbars and use a few ski and/or snowboard carriers. Or you can go with the other system you are talking about.
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Old 02-22-2003, 02:07 PM   #16
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I'm one of those crazy people who still uses two ski's so I'm just running a MOMO magnetic ski rack system. (holds two pairs)
I'm don't have enough coordination-if both feet aren't attached to the same sled, I've got real problems!
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Old 02-25-2003, 06:26 PM   #17
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out of topic but i got the wrx wagon and i wanna take off the roof racks where do i find the stuff to replace it at. thanks.
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Old 02-25-2003, 10:14 PM   #18
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out of topic but i got the wrx wagon and i wanna take off the roof racks where do i find the stuff to replace it at. thanks.
I'm going to do my good deed for the day.

Everything you need to know is here (Thanks to WagonRX)
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http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ight=roof+rail
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