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Old 07-24-2010, 04:23 AM   #1
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Default ProRack Whisp Bar Custom Install with Pics 02-07 Impreza

Take off old rack and clean area to be worked on, I left mine a little dirty as I had 3m protecting my car from the old rack.

The Clips just slide I used a clip puller screw driver to slide it forward or back as one side it's the opposite.

Just a 13/64 drill bit drill at a 90 degree angle to car then use a M6 x 1.o tap, its soft metal so push hard to start the tap.


The bit can be used to drill the weather stip as well make sure to drill up wards so you don't damage the car.























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Old 07-24-2010, 04:25 AM   #2
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Wow didn't expect that the stock bolts that come with the roof mount kit were too freakin short, had to redo a few steps, 60mm are to long 45-50mm would have been better.

I also put a 10mm nut on the Grubscrew to make it more solid and from backing off.... thread lock would work too as the nut pushs up a little on the weather strip.










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Old 07-24-2010, 10:57 AM   #3
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Old 07-24-2010, 12:02 PM   #4
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that is an awesome write up... ive been wantin to do this for awhile.... wrx = sexy with roof rack
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Old 07-25-2010, 03:15 AM   #5
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Old 07-25-2010, 11:29 PM   #6
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Old 07-31-2010, 02:41 AM   #7
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got any pics of the inside of the feet? where the grub screw goes through, and what kit did you end up using (size)?

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Old 08-11-2010, 02:09 AM   #8
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got any pics of the inside of the feet? where the grub screw goes through, and what kit did you end up using (size)?

I modified the roof mount kit so a red wing knob holds on the base rack.
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Old 08-11-2010, 04:00 AM   #9
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got it. nice thinkin'
good job on the install... i would consider picking up some body plugs to cover the holes in the weather stripping if you decide to take the studs out... it'd look alot better imo.
nice write up though, give me enough confidence to do it now!
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:42 AM   #10
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Old 09-28-2010, 05:15 PM   #11
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got it. nice thinkin'
good job on the install... i would consider picking up some body plugs to cover the holes in the weather stripping if you decide to take the studs out... it'd look alot better imo.
nice write up though, give me enough confidence to do it now!
Yes body plugs are a good idea when rack is off, but keep in mind I would reccomend using a nut on the grub screw as it feels a lot more solid with it, and you would have to take the trim off to get at it.

Ya no problem post some pictures up here when you get it done and on.


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Me TOO that is at my work's garage, my garage at home is ok but I still find myself doing work on my car at work after work.

I thought I would bump this up as the ski/board season is coming and some people may have not sceen this option.

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Old 09-28-2010, 11:45 PM   #12
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Yes body plugs are a good idea when rack is off, but keep in mind I would reccomend using a nut on the grub screw as it feels a lot more solid with it, and you would have to take the trim off to get at it.

Ya no problem post some pictures up here when you get it done and on.
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my new STi ended up falling through, i bought a ZR-2 instead.. (i needed more off-road :P ) i still might do somthing similar on my cap..since i do still have all the STi hardware... we'll see..... ill probably just install tracks on it.
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:05 AM   #13
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i completed my install of the whispbar this weekend.

it wasn't said on here, but the rack show is the s16 whispbar with the roofmount kit 323.

the only thing i'd have to add is to drill very close to the inside of the weather strip. i drilled closer to the middle and had to do more cutting to get the hole to line up. otherwise, the install is pretty painless. if you keep everything organized and measure twice it shouldn't take more than an hour.
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Old 11-04-2010, 05:56 PM   #14
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I love this setup. Was thinking of going Yakima (http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...1851555&page=2) but I think Im hooked on these. This video is great http://www.whispbar.com/hearthedifference
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:30 PM   #15
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I am pretty new to the whole roof rack thing, but I have read up on the original q-clip custom mount thread, the new revised setup 2nd gen thread, and this thread. I have the following question about roof racks:

What is the purpose for getting pass-thru tower racks instead of flush? If I get the flush whispbar base rack, will I be able to put the attachment on that holds 4 snowboards? It is still wide enough right? What is the point of the pass thru and it extending just a few inches on each side above your door?

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Old 01-19-2011, 03:26 AM   #16
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I am pretty new to the whole roof rack thing, but I have read up on the original q-clip custom mount thread, the new revised setup 2nd gen thread, and this thread. I have the following question about roof racks:

What is the purpose for getting pass-thru tower racks instead of flush? If I get the flush whispbar base rack, will I be able to put the attachment on that holds 4 snowboards? It is still wide enough right? What is the point of the pass thru and it extending just a few inches on each side above your door?

Thanks guys!
Should pm instead of posting but the through bar gives you more room to put stuff... I had two bikes plus a Thule Spirit box on so needed the extra length... Also I like the look of the through bar better looks more like a wing vs a roof rack but some like or think the flush mount is cleaner.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:47 PM   #17
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good form! am thinking of doing this to the girlfriends 2.5i
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Old 03-12-2011, 01:01 PM   #18
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Hi everyone this set up is a Whispbar S16 with Fitting Kit 323 Permanent Mount and like I mentioned before 60mm grub screws are required as well. All this stuff should be stocked at Rack Attack.com
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sweet thanks for the reply my good man
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Ordered all my stuff from rackattack.com .... waiting for the man in brown.....

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Hi everyone this set up is a Whispbar S16 with Fitting Kit 323 Permanent Mount and like I mentioned before 60mm grub screws are required as well. All this stuff should be stocked at Rack Attack.com

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drilled and tapped brackets... waiting for rack
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INSTALLED! Used 50mm Grab screws, or set screws. Used Stainless JAM nuts too, thinner than the regular nuts, didn't push up the gutter as much.

www.mcmaster.com

M6 x1.0 X 50mm 92015A560 http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/117/3062/=bhq924
M6 x1.0 JAM nut 93935A335

I found this stuff at a local specialty fastener shop but these are some suggestions



Also used this to remove the gutter... MONEY! http://www.harborfreight.com/5-piece...set-67021.html


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Old 09-29-2011, 04:18 PM   #24
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Awesome job on the racks guys! I am thinking of doing this on my 07 Impreza, but I want to use the the Whispbar Flush Bar... Any idea which size I should order?? or where exactly to measure? Thanks
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