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Old 12-03-2005, 08:16 PM   #1
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With ski season here I need to invest in a roof rack for the Leggy. The pass-through isn't cutting it anymore for 2 pairs of skis and at least 1 board. It used to be easy with my Jeeps that had factory roofracks to bolt a ski carrier on to, but how does it work on our cars that don't have window frames? Do the mounts actually go right next to the window glass? Anyway, just seeing if anyone here runs a Thule or Yakima or any other aftermarket roof rack. Any suggestions? Pics?


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Old 12-03-2005, 09:04 PM   #2
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I have a Thule on my and on the brackets there is a lip that tucks into the roof and I hate it cause I have to crack my window just a little bit. It makes alot of wind noise but Im a snowboard instructor and I need to have it so......
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Old 12-03-2005, 09:06 PM   #3
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^^^^ That's what I thought would happen.
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Old 12-03-2005, 10:35 PM   #4
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My Yakima fits perfect. No issues with the window. I would say that if you have to crack the window either you have the wrong fit kit, it is installed wrong, or there is one more reason why I don't like Thule.

Mitch-

Go to www.yakima.com and check out their products. You will need to get some Q towers and the Qclips specific to your car. Then some cross bars and your choice of ski attachment. Yakima stuff fits very nicely and doesn't break. The wind noise is inherent to ANY rack, although there are some products you can add to limit wind noise.


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PS: you can save quite a bit of money on ebay with some of this stuff, but as always, you "may" be sacrificing quality, or actually aesthetics.
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Old 12-04-2005, 09:24 AM   #5
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My Yakima fits perfect. No issues with the window. I would say that if you have to crack the window either you have the wrong fit kit, it is installed wrong, or there is one more reason why I don't like Thule.
I don't think it's an inherent Thule problem. There's no reason that the 400 aero feet should require the window to be opened at all. I'm guessing incorrect clips or improper install.

I had a Barrecrafters rack on my old '97 sedan, and it fit fine. Pretty much the same concept as the Thule. I now have a Thule rack that attaches to the factory crossbars and some assorted Barrecrafters ski holders.

Anyway, both Yakima and Thule make excellent products.
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Old 12-04-2005, 09:58 AM   #6
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^^^^ I actually still have my Barrecrafters ski carrier that I used on my other cars. I'm hoping it will still work once I get the towers and crossbars setup.
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Old 12-04-2005, 10:08 AM   #7
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Thule in here...er, over here... If you want / need a closeup or anything, I could probably run out and take one at some point today.
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Old 12-04-2005, 10:11 AM   #8
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TRH - No problems with it forcing the window open or any other fitment problems?
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Old 12-04-2005, 10:30 AM   #9
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This was actually the biggest pain of any roof rack I've never put on (Old Toyota, Old Colt Vista, Jeep, Audi). You pretty much will need a buddy and you both have to tighten the feet at the same time (i.e. tightening the left side will pull the right out of position and vice versa).

I don't think it makes the window seal any worse than it already is, but I've had it on for 95% of the time I've had the car, so I'm not sure if I can make that call.

Ok, I went out and snapped some shots...apparently, it snowed! These are both from the front passenger side

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Old 12-04-2005, 10:59 AM   #10
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Awesome, thanks for the pics TRH.
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