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Old 07-24-2017, 04:28 PM   #501
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Will we be able to order OEM parts to retrofit our 2015+ with the OEM roof racks?
I don't see any reson why not. Nothing has changed in the design of the car to where this piece would only fit 18 and up.
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Old 07-24-2017, 05:01 PM   #502
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Will we be able to order OEM parts to retrofit our 2015+ with the OEM roof racks?


Probably so, as long as it was manufactured with the mounting points which started appearing sometime in the MY17 production run.
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Old 07-24-2017, 09:38 PM   #503
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Probably so, as long as it was manufactured with the mounting points which started appearing sometime in the MY17 production run.


Mine is a 2015. Can mounting points be installed to align with the factory roof racks?
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Old 07-24-2017, 10:07 PM   #504
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Default 15 WRX factory roof rack mount installed, yea I drilled it !

Based on what I've read in this thread, I don't think so. Check out OP's pics and description to see what he went through.
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Old 07-25-2017, 03:01 AM   #505
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Based on what I've read in this thread, I don't think so. Check out OP's pics and description to see what he went through.


Not understanding why not though. If the roof hasn't changed from 2015 to 2018, we should be able to get the parts (mounting bracket, rain gutters that flip up, and OEM roof rack) and install them as long as they're drilled in exactly the right spot, no? I've been bitching at SOA since I got my 2015 in Oct 2014 about a roof rack. Maybe they can install it at a dealership...
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Old 07-25-2017, 06:46 AM   #506
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Not understanding why not though. If the roof hasn't changed from 2015 to 2018, we should be able to get the parts (mounting bracket, rain gutters that flip up, and OEM roof rack) and install them as long as they're drilled in exactly the right spot, no? I've been bitching at SOA since I got my 2015 in Oct 2014 about a roof rack. Maybe they can install it at a dealership...


Ok yes, I think if you're willing to drill through your roof you'd be able to do it with all OEM parts as far as I can tell.
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Old 07-25-2017, 11:13 AM   #507
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Not understanding why not though. If the roof hasn't changed from 2015 to 2018, we should be able to get the parts (mounting bracket, rain gutters that flip up, and OEM roof rack) and install them as long as they're drilled in exactly the right spot, no? I've been bitching at SOA since I got my 2015 in Oct 2014 about a roof rack. Maybe they can install it at a dealership...
I'm pretty sure you can. But unless someone actually tried, you won't know for sure.

Complications can be that some bracket/brace may be on the other side of the roof where the selected mounting point for drilling through is not feasible (unless you tack weld it). Also need to consider "which side of the channel" to install the bracket so it aligns with the gutter holes. And lastly, prob non issue, maybe the angle of the hole where the stud goes in may not align with factory roof rack. The last one is not really an issue because there is always some play where the rack screw into the stud.

I already drilled mine and am happy with it.
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Old 08-29-2017, 06:37 PM   #508
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Bringing this thread back.

Has anyone that has the 2017 with OEM brackets ordered the 2018 rain gutter rails?
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Old 09-02-2017, 07:07 PM   #509
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I just purchased a Yakima set for my 2017 WRX since it was one of the early manufactured models (purchased in Oct. 2016). REI was having a 20% off sale, so I took the plunge. How do people typically protect their paint from the rubber feet and padding that touches the door jams? Should I try and line the area with some sort of Vinyl before torquing everything down?
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Old 09-03-2017, 06:38 AM   #510
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Some clear bra installed in those areas will help protect the paint.
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Old 09-04-2017, 12:33 PM   #511
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Some clear bra installed in those areas will help protect the paint.
Okay, I'll look into it. Thanks.

Now in terms of installation, I am following the instructions and dimensions Yakima set for the roof rack for the rubber feet, but the placement doesn't seem directly on the body. Just test fitting the rack shows that half of the feet will sit on the outer body corner that meets the rain gutters and the remaining on the actual rain gutters themselves. Can anyone provide a picture of proper placement for their non-bolt on setup?
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Old 09-05-2017, 04:41 PM   #512
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Can someone explain to me why people are installing the 7603 (large) and 7602 (medium) and not two of one or the other? Does the roof widen towards the back? What am I missing?
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Old 09-05-2017, 05:21 PM   #513
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I made an educated guess on my installation and it looks amazing and sturdy even after sitting on top of the rain gutters! I still need to put some clear protection underneath to protect the paint, but I cannot wait to put this to good use. The measurements online were about 1/8-1/4" off, so a little adjustment and fine tuning was needed.

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Old 09-05-2017, 08:23 PM   #514
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Can you confirm that this a 2017 WRX with OEM rails and the 2018 gutter trim? Thanks!

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Old 09-14-2017, 05:00 PM   #515
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Soobz,

Can you explain to me why people are installing the 7603 (large) and 7602 (medium) and not two of one or the other? Does the roof widen towards the back? What am I missing?

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I took a bit of a different approach to this, but same awesome result!

Parts and tools used:
Thule aeroblades 7603b and 7602b
Thule fit kit 3068
Body Panel Tool
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4.9mm brand new drill bit
Rivets(8)
Rivet Air Hydraulic Riviter
Air hose blower
E6000 Silicone
Brackets provided by Krazy

-This will just be a simple run through of my installation.
-This install required no removal of interior liner.
-Air compressor and hose required.
-Approximately 1.5hr install time

Step one:
Removed gutters from vehicle using instructions provided by Advan-Emotion.

Step two:
Aligned Krazy brackets to where i would want them placed and marked the holes with a silver sharpie. I had to place the brackets just a little offset in the gutter towards the outside of the car in order to have the thule feet sit properly. I went with a 31 inch bar spread.

Step three:
DRILL! Drilled with a 4.9mm brand new drill bit. right through the middle of my sharpie mark. The bracing underneath is quite thick! Be patient with it and let the drill do its work. Be very careful not to let the drill fall through when you are all the way through the metal. After all the holes are drilled, using an air hose connected to an air compressor and an air blower attached to the hose, blow the metal shavings off the car. This creates a layer of air under the shavings and prevents it from scratching your paint!



Step four:
The hard part is over. Now with the holes drilled, grab some e6000 silicone and put a nice sized blob on the back of the krazy brackets and also on the rivets. align the brackets with your drilled holes and put the rivets in. Now with your hydraulic air riviter impact the rivets through the brackets and boom! thats it! If you want, you can add another blob of silicone on top of the brackets to be safe from moisture.









Step 5:
(Sorry no pics of this process) Align the gutters back on and with a sharpie mark the center right above the brackets middle hole. Now with the same drill bit used in the steps before drill through your sharpie hole in the gutter. Use a larger drill bit and little by little drill larger until your hole lines up perfectly with the brackets. once your holes are all lined up insert the gutters back in with the factory clips (Note: I had to use 2 less clips on each side because brackets were in the way). insert long bolt through gutter and tighten with tool provided in the Thule 3068 kit.



Step 6:
Attach bars to thule feet (Instructions provided in kit). Tighten everything down, put the covers on, lock it down and you're done!

Super happy with the results!! Looks much cleaner than clip on racks and much sturdier too. The Thule Aeroblades are awesome and basically no wind noise at all! I plan to use these for a cargo box and snowboard racks for the winter. Thanks for reading! PM me any questions you may have.









PS: Will take more(and better) photos in the next few days
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Old 09-15-2017, 02:31 PM   #516
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Soobz,

Can you explain to me why people are installing the 7603 (large) and 7602 (medium) and not two of one or the other? Does the roof widen towards the back? What am I missing?
I think the roof actually narrows towards the back
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Old 09-22-2017, 03:10 PM   #517
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Can you confirm that this a 2017 WRX with OEM rails and the 2018 gutter trim? Thanks!
No I cant. The picture I posted was from a 2018 for purposes of showing the bracket caps in the rails only.
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Old 09-28-2017, 06:20 PM   #518
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Roof racks make everything better love mine on my sti
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Old 10-01-2017, 01:35 PM   #519
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Awesome install! You’re a brave soul haha
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Old Yesterday, 05:43 PM   #520
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I ordered the 2018 Roof molding through my local dealer. I have a 2017 with the factory mounting brackets. I'll let you all know if the 2018's with the flip top access to the brackets fit. Dealer said they would take them back if they don't fit :-)
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