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Old 10-03-2000, 07:44 AM   #1
sbsnyder
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Cool Rack on your RS?

Does anyone have any pictures of an RS with a rack on? With and/or without the fairing!

Which rack system is better for the Imprezas. The Thule or Yakima?

Thanks,
Stacey
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Old 10-03-2000, 08:04 AM   #2
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I don't have any pictures, but I do have a Thule rack for my sedan. I'm not sure if one is really better than the other, but the dealer strongly recommended Thule over Yakima. I had a Yakima on my old Jetta and loved it, but the windows leaked (more of a Jetta problem, I know). In 20 years, they have yet to see Thule cause the same problem, so I went with Thule.
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Old 10-03-2000, 08:06 AM   #3
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These are pics of my wagon, but a rack is on the silver 2.5 RS next to me...





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Old 10-03-2000, 08:08 AM   #4
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I have pics of My Yakima here, I love it. http://216.242.153.40/MembersList/Vi...92&PicNumber=2
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Old 10-03-2000, 08:10 AM   #5
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You can go to my site and look on the main page for a picture of my car with the Thule rack on it.

Sean, why does your car only have one foglight?

Jim

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Old 10-03-2000, 10:15 AM   #6
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Has any of the racks effected the finish of your cars? Scratching... scuffing... bending, etc?
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Old 10-03-2000, 10:19 AM   #7
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Impreza Rider - Two PA winters without changing the bulb. The bolts froze and when I changed out the bulb the head snapped. $139 each to replace with genuine Subaru or $50 deductable on my extended warranty to replace it. I said screw it and now enjoy the benefits of forced air induction through the fender.

Once winter comes I'll pick up a set of PIAA or Hella fogs to mount up in there, but I'm just lazy right now.

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Old 10-03-2000, 10:20 AM   #8
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I scratched my car with the metal parts that hold the faring on, until I found a better way to remove/attach it. I've got the Thule rack on my RS, and the only thing you need to do is put 1-2 extra coats of wax where the feet touch the roof. Maybe adding some felt or Dr. Scholls fuzzy adhesive stuff to the bottom of the rubber feet...

The only marks are on the plastic where the clamps go. There are slight indentions. Be careful when you tighten the clamps down, or you risk breaking the plastic.

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Old 10-03-2000, 10:32 AM   #9
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Pinochle-

I don't know if anything has happened to my roof since I've never taken off the rack. I'm sure that it does leave marks in the plastic.

Sean-

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Old 10-03-2000, 10:51 AM   #10
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I know your looking for a roof rack, but I opted for a hitch rack. All I do is pull 1 bolt and it's off and the hitch is barely noticable. A word of caution-the DrawTite hitch I got is close to the muffler and hits it when cornering hard. Some harder muffler hangers will solve this and I grinded part of the hitch away for clearance. If your interested, I can look up the P/N's tonight on the hitch and rack. I know I would eventually drive into my carport and tear my bike off, wrecking my car.

Just a thought.
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Old 10-03-2000, 11:19 AM   #11
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I got scratches were the towers sit on the roof, and where the flairing touches the roof. I had even put TONS of wax on before I put them on. I had my car wet sanded in those places and it most of the scratches out but not all. But one reason why I think I had a lot, is I take the rack off as soon as I get back (I snowboard), so constant on and off may have helped scratch it. This season I'm going to get some felt pads and leave it on all the time and hope that helps.
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Old 10-03-2000, 11:39 AM   #12
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From my past experiences with racks I have found that putting some of that 3M clear bra stuff underneith the feet and where the fairing touches the roof line will prevent these scratches from happening..at least to your paint.
After a good amount of time, you will get scratches on the clear bra material...but you just replace it...or you take it off..and the paints good as new.

It also works well on the mirrors and door handles.

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Old 10-03-2000, 11:58 AM   #13
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The Fairing should never touch your roof. Its designed to begin on the windsheild.

Just a heads up.

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Old 10-04-2000, 12:11 AM   #14
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I don't know how it fits on the imprezas, but many cars have indicators on the roof on where to put the rack. Some are a good foot behind the windshield so there's no way to get the fairing to be on the windshield as the metal brackets don't extend out that far.
I know a friend of mine had that problem on his 2000 Passat.

How far back from the windshield does the rack go on the Impreza?

Stacey
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Old 10-04-2000, 12:31 AM   #15
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The wind pushes my flairing back onto the roof, so it scratches it then. I guess I should try having the rack on even tighter.

Since I'm speaking of wind pushing things....does anyone have problems with the Yakima rack not keeping skis/snowboards in place? I mean when I leave from the slopes I have the board all the way forward. But the rack can't hold the board still and by the time I get up there the wind has pushed the board as far BACK as it will go! Anyone else expericence this?

Oh yea I'll post a pic of mine a little later.

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