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Old 04-29-2003, 12:42 PM   #1
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Post Roof Rack Options for '03

Since I got my '03 back in early March, i've been waiting for Yakima to come out with their Forester specific tower. Well, I hit their website today and what a disappointment!!! Here's the pic from their site:



For a non-locking tower @ $115 a set, this seems pretty lame. Seems like they're rushing a product to market. Has anyone seen this in person yet?

I'll probably have to go with the Thule Rack now and ebay all my Yakima stuff. Nice.
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Old 04-30-2003, 06:25 AM   #2
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Cool Why ditch your Yakima Carriers

Yakima MAKES adapters to allow you to use their carriers on thule racks. Actually their standard bar wrap-arounds have a "knock-out" that you break off and it goes from working witha round bar to a square bar.

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Old 04-30-2003, 09:14 AM   #3
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Default Yakima Carriers

I might be able to salvage the snowboard carrier by buying new clips w/ the knock out, but my bike mounts are the old Yak Steelhead which fits on round bar only.
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Old 04-30-2003, 11:23 AM   #4
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Say what yo? Does that mean that my Yakima crosstops won't fit the '03 rails? That's not cool.

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Old 04-30-2003, 11:37 AM   #5
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Old 04-30-2003, 12:16 PM   #6
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have you considered the SARIS talon?
that's what i use. easy on, easy off.
self centering as well.
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Old 04-30-2003, 01:14 PM   #7
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Default Cross tops no workie!

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Say what yo? Does that mean that my Yakima crosstops won't fit the '03 rails? That's not cool.

Ed
You got that right! The cross tops are sweet too! Lower profile towers and they lock. It just doesn't seem right that Yakima is so far off base with the '03 roof rack.

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have you considered the SARIS talon?
Haven't looked at SARIS, but i'll go surf the web for it now (busy day at work! )

I looked at the rack from the Subie dealer and it looks more like a scaffolding than a roof rack. Pretty cheesy.
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Old 04-30-2003, 04:24 PM   #8
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Oh that makes me an unhappy camper. I know my crosstops will fit a WRX wagon, though; I've test fit them to one. Still I don't know that roof rack compatibility will be the ultimate criterion for choosing my next car (right now a tossup between WRX wagon and XT but leaning toward the XT).

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Old 05-01-2003, 10:52 AM   #9
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I ordered my Thule rack last night after I checked out the Saris site. Saris didn't have a fit for the '03 plus there is a typo on the description for the Saris Talon saying how it's soft rubber feet marr your factory bar... editors forgot the "DO NOT"

All the Thule parts should be in next week. I'll assemble it, put it on, and hopefully get some pics. Now i'm considering adding the pair of 100w lamps to the cross bar! Hahaha! I need to make my XS Premium look less prissy.
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Old 05-16-2003, 11:24 AM   #10
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MikeBike,
If you're out there, please let me know how the Thule rack ended up. We just picked up our '03 Forester yesterday, and I too need to get a rack for the bikes. I agree with you that Yakima's answer is lame, at best. Thule looks like the best option - 430 Tracker, LB50 load bars, TK7 Tracker kit. Please let me know what you think of the system - would love to see some pics.

Thanks,
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Old 05-16-2003, 12:19 PM   #11
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Default Funny you ask!

I actually just got it on this week! The bike shop had all the parts in stock with the exception of the TK7 and the VeloVise V2. Had to wait the week for the ordered parts.

I put the towers on just a bit further up from where the factory bars were so that i'd have enough clearance when I open the hatch (I have two wheel holders on it too). Also put about a 29 inch spread between the bars. Assembly was a snap with the exception of the Thule provided allen key. The one that came with the TK7 was too big! I had to break out the trusty ParkTool to tighten them onto the rack.

Suggestion #1: GET THE LOCKS! Definitely buy the locks to put into the Tracker towers. The towers snap onto the TK7 foot and have a push button release. Someone could make off with your spiffy new rack in less than 30 seconds if it were unlocked!

Suggestion #2: GET THE FAIRING! I have the XS Premium w/ the Super Biggie Sized sunroof. I was going nuts Wednesday night because at 58mph the rack whistled like nuthin' i've heard before! Thursday evening, add one Thule 871 Fairing and it's silent! I'm not sure how it's going to work with the sunroof open since the fairing rests on the glass. Waiting for the damn rain to let up so I can test it out.

Overall i'm pleased with the rack. It sits about 1.5 inches higher than the factory bars which in my opinion is a bit excessive, but I don't have much choice.

I'll try to post some pics tonite if I get home before it gets dark! It's a miserable, rainy day here in Pittsburgh.
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Old 05-16-2003, 04:21 PM   #12
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Thanks for the update, Mikebike. Now I need to find a good place to get Thule. My LBS is very small and can't really carry them. I read on mtbr.com that ageebike.com is a good place to get thule racks - might try them. If you are able, would love to see some pics of the installed rack. Thanks again.

Randy

PS - What a great car!
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Old 05-16-2003, 07:28 PM   #13
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Default Here ya go!

Here you go! One day i'll figure out how to post a pic!









Let me know if you have any questions about fit

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Old 05-19-2003, 10:01 AM   #14
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Great pics Mike, thanks. The car looks great - ours is silver too, but without the premium package, so no roof and the cladding is the darker steel gray. The rack looks good and secure. It does stand a little tall up there, but I've been searching, and I haven't found any real alternatives. Now I just have to find a good place to get Thule stuff. Thanks again.

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