Easy install over all, just took some time with the measurements. Yakima suggests 58 inch cross bars for the front and rear, I ordered 48 inch bars instead. The 48 in cross bar worked perfect in the rear but is about 2 inches short up front. I would order one 58 inch bar for the front and cut it to size. 48 for the rear is fine. Overall, being short up front doesn't hurt anything except I maxed out the width for the front bar and cannot put the end cap on. In addition, I would probably add a half inch to the width measurement (driver base to passenger base measurement) in the front. I added 5/8 in to the rear width measuremtn so the pad was 100/% covered on the vehicle. I do have a luggage box from Yakima named the Rocketbox Pro 11. I will put that together tomorrow and install/take pix. The bike rack was simple. The faring was simple but sorta cheap (it's plastic). I believe any of the bike rack applications work it just depends what type of set up you want and how much you want to spend. Overall 10/10 system. I did a road test on the highway at 70 mph with the bike and there were no issues. I only drove for 2 miles though. I am sure there is drag but that's expected with a roof mounted system. It was very quiet and stable though. I would recommend the faring foto cut down on noise. Sunroof works at full tilt. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Baffles me as well. The mounting points are on the most solid part of the vehicle. Perhaps VW's conern is the strain on the motor from drag etc?
Here is what I ordered:
- 8000124 x 1 Q Towers (sold in 4s)
- 8000635 x 1 Q35 clips (for the front and are sold in pairs)
- 8000728 x 1 Q128 clips (for the rear and are sold in pairs)
- 8000408 x 1 48 inch crossbar (sold in pairs- see my write up before ordering)
- 8002098 x 2 forklift bike rack (sold one ea, shown on vehicle, other options available)
- 8007206 X 6 SKS locks (one lock for each Q tower, and 1 lock for each bike rack)
- 8007047 x 1 38 inch faring (fits well imo but there are other lengths)
- 8007193 x 1 RocketboxPro 11 (this thing is huge but is also Yakima's smallest most sleek design, can use with bike rack(s) as it takes half the roof space, will post pix on 1-8)
The reason Vw is not designing a roof rack is because the roof was not designed to handle weight. Here are some pictures of a Thule rack on a passat. This was one of our sales guys. He used the whole setup from a B6 Passat and had to grind off one nipple on the feet. I checked it out and seems pretty secure. Hope this helps some of you guys.
20,592 lb peak force.
"To measure roof strength, a metal plate is pushed against one corner of a vehicle's roof at a constant speed. The maximum force sustained by the roof before 5 inches of crush is compared to the vehicle's weight to find the strength-to-weight ratio. This is a good assessment of vehicle structural protection in rollover crashes."
http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...1#post74709632). It's not just that VW is not making a roof rack for the Passat, they are warning us to not use any roof rack on the Passat. I am quite puzzled by this and I still wonder if there is any legitimate reason for them to warn us against putting on a roof rack, or if it's just a CYA because they didn't want to test any roof racks.
Most VW models (GTIs, Golfs and previous body style Jettas) had a hole manufactured into the inside of the frame of the roof (where the door closes). The hole is covered by a plastic screw-like cap that simply needed to be "backed out" prior to installing the front cross bars of an OEM rack.
The NA B7, unfortunately, is devoid of this design feature. As a result, VVOA is adamantly against a roof rack of ANY kind.......at least for now I suppose.
I wouldn't be surprised if the mysterious hole mysteriously appears for '13.
Agreed. I am not trying o sell the Yakima system or anything but compare the mounting points between the 2 pictured system. The Yakima rack does not mount or rest on top of the roof's sheet metal but more on the structural edge of the roof line. Seems stronger to me.
Dropped about 3-4 mpg btw.
u can preorder set form thule for 2012 vw passat it willbe available in march as foot kit with rubbers is in production now
In an effort to avoid starting a whole new thread, maybe you can attempt to answer a concern of mine regarding the Yakima setup.
What are the chances of me being able to get away with using the VW OEM bike carriers with the the Yakima cylindrical bars? The OEM bike carrier has two different options: 1) the type that has the hex bolts that slide into the OEM bars or 2) the "clamping" type setup that I have successfully used with a Honda Odyssey rack system.
Am I to ASSume that if clamped properly (front and rear), it won't matter if its a cylindrical, rectangular, or square bar?
Thanks in advance.....
My set up is a clamp on and the Yakima bars are cylindrical. I don't see why your OEM bike carriers wouldn't work with the cylindrical Yakima bar. If it doesn't work, the bike carriers aren't to pricey. Does that help answer your question? If not reply back to the thread
I'm waiting for someone to post that they took their Passat in for one of the free oil changes while the car was fitted with a rack, and the service manager hands them an invoice for the maintenance with a note at the bottom informing them that their warranty is void.
It just can't happen like that...... Hypothetically speaking, if your A/C stopped working, the warranty CANNOT be denied due to the presence of a roof rack.....APR software......tinted windows.....20" alloy wheels......leopard-skin seat covers.....unless the specific dealer can PROVE the modification in question caused the failure.
I guess the chinese don't ski, bike, or surf haha! They made a car meant to not have racks... yikes! Although I doubt it would void the warranty as it just states not to overload the roof; Not anything about voiding the warranty just because you put something aftermarket on the roof. Then every car with a thule would have a voided warranty..