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      09-24-2011 02:36 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by phillypino215 View Post
      i want to get whispbars but im afraid that the clearance would not be enough to fit snowboards with bindings facing downwards. can anyone confirm if they fit? i already have the thule aero bars but they're just ugly...
      Take your snowboard and lay it across the car over the rails... the model S53 that I have and ToeBall has sit the same height as the rails... Whispbar do make models that sit higher for more clearance.

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      09-24-2011 02:45 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by Aseras View Post
      The whispbars are completely silent, even into the triple digits. Don't even know they are there.
      If only the attachments were as quiet as the whispbars are! I love the look of the luggage carrier, but it is so damn loud!
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      09-24-2011 11:34 PM #28
      I have the OEM crossbars, which are somewhat a pain to put on/take off. However, they fit like, well, they're OEM.

      I bought this pair on Amazon for $100. They're easy to put on/take off, but they're a little too long, especially for the rear. This causes a problem with the threaded rod that tightens the clamp as it won't really engage all the threads, and one of the clamps started to strip. I was able to get it off, and I may cut the bars to be shorter, but then the locking mechanism on the end caps wouldn't work without the notch for the locking latch.

      Here's a picture of the rack on the roof.



      Here's a link to my set on Flickr that shows these racks compared to the OEM racks.

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/rfortso...7627578071949/

      Here's a picture of the OEM racks for comparison.


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      09-25-2011 01:00 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by rfortson View Post
      I have the OEM crossbars, which are somewhat a pain to put on/take off. However, they fit like, well, they're OEM.
      I'm pretty positive the OEM bars and made by Thule. And, IMO the whispbars look more OEM than the OEM bars, so there.

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      09-25-2011 10:38 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by nikhsub1 View Post
      I And, IMO the whispbars look more OEM than the OEM bars, so there.

      Agreed the whispbars are the only ones that look like they might have come on the car from the factory. Most cars with factory crossbars look like the whispbars. The OEM ones look the most out of place just too high and too big.

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      09-25-2011 11:11 AM #31
      i got thule areo crossbars

      little noisy but look good

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      09-26-2011 12:04 AM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by chris@revotechnik View Post
      Agreed the whispbars are the only ones that look like they might have come on the car from the factory. Most cars with factory crossbars look like the whispbars. The OEM ones look the most out of place just too high and too big.
      Yeah, I agree with that. I just wish they worked for sure with the sunroof. I don't really like how the OEM bars sit up so high.

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      09-26-2011 01:54 AM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by rfortson View Post
      Yeah, I agree with that. I just wish they worked for sure with the sunroof. I don't really like how the OEM bars sit up so high.
      I guess it just depends on what attachments you have on the bars, because the bars alone will work if spaced properly.
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      10-06-2011 05:26 PM #34
      Here are mine, OEM:



      They are somewhat noisy I think, anywere above 75 to 80 km/h, and really noticeable at hwy speed, 100-135 km/h and up I guess... Even with the panoroof on tilt, it bothers me, forget about opening the panoroof with them on, it's unbearable...

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      10-10-2011 12:48 AM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by Aseras View Post
      The whispbars are completely silent, even into the triple digits. Don't even know they are there.
      Couldn't agree more. Love the Whispbars so much.
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      10-10-2011 05:54 PM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by MANU01 View Post
      They are somewhat noisy I think, anywere above 75 to 80 km/h, and really noticeable at hwy speed, 100-135 km/h and up I guess... Even with the panoroof on tilt, it bothers me, forget about opening the panoroof with them on, it's unbearable...
      Which is why Whispbars > OEM or any other bar. The are dead silent and look eleventybillion times better than any other bar.

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      10-10-2011 09:41 PM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by nikhsub1 View Post
      Which is why Whispbars > OEM or any other bar. The are dead silent and look eleventybillion times better than any other bar.
      I still say this is only to the benefit of the high frequency user that needs/wants to save the 2-3 minutes it takes to put the OEM bars on. There really is no reason to have the cross bars on all the time. And even though the Whispbars are silent themselves, whatever you put on them is going to howl like crazy. So again, only if you insist on having the bars on full time would you see the benefit of the Whispbars.

      And well I suppose you could argue that you could save a few inches in height with Whispbars...maybe important if you frequent parking garages and carry a bike on top...though I don't know that you'd clear a parking garage with a bike anyway.

      And I don't care what you elitist Whispbar owners say, the OEM bars look cooler.

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      10-10-2011 10:09 PM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by sportwagen rick View Post
      I still say this is only to the benefit of the high frequency user that needs/wants to save the 2-3 minutes it takes to put the OEM bars on. There really is no reason to have the cross bars on all the time. And even though the Whispbars are silent themselves, whatever you put on them is going to howl like crazy. So again, only if you insist on having the bars on full time would you see the benefit of the Whispbars.

      And well I suppose you could argue that you could save a few inches in height with Whispbars...maybe important if you frequent parking garages and carry a bike on top...though I don't know that you'd clear a parking garage with a bike anyway.

      And I don't care what you elitist Whispbar owners say, the OEM bars look cooler.
      I disagree... well, not about it being pointless to run crossbars with nothing on them... but my bike carriers aren't very loud. I don't mind, for example, driving with the roof open on the freeway with road bikes on the car. The mountain bikes are pretty loud though.


      IMG_0548 by Toe_Ball, on Flickr

      Oh, and the Whispbars look more OEM than the OEM bars do!

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      10-10-2011 10:33 PM #39
      I will be leaving the whispbars on for the mostpart... not cause I think it looks cool but I take the bike racks on and off as needed - a few times each week so it doesn't pay to keep removing the whispbars when there is no downside to having them on. Did I mention they are silent?
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      10-11-2011 11:38 AM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by sportwagen rick View Post

      And I don't care what you elitist Whispbar owners say, the OEM bars look cooler.
      I don't own any yet, but VW could pay off my car, give me a new tri bike and if they required me to run the oem bars I would decline.. they are terrible.

      I've hated the oem option bars since the treks and K2 Mk3s.

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      10-11-2011 12:04 PM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by sportwagen rick View Post
      I still say this is only to the benefit of the high frequency user that needs/wants to save the 2-3 minutes it takes to put the OEM bars on.
      I do use them when needed only so far and pull them off. I have 2 bike carriers, that I have not used in recent years, but if I was to put them on the rack, they'd be there for the whole summer months. I also have a roof basket that I use when going to the cottage, or taking/picking people from the airport.
      Plus, I got them at dealer cost when I bought my car...



      As anyone tried to use a fairing (with panoroof) on the OEM bars to quiet them down a bit?
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      10-11-2011 08:13 PM #42
      I shopped around and found the Rhino Racks very nice fit and really quiet About $260



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      10-12-2011 05:44 PM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by MANU01 View Post
      As anyone tried to use a fairing (with panoroof) on the OEM bars to quiet them down a bit?
      I would also like to know about this. One way to find out is to do it yourself right? But I would assume that the factory wind deflector would cause a problem when retracting the panoroof.

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      10-12-2011 08:21 PM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by peitrus View Post
      I would also like to know about this. One way to find out is to do it yourself right? But I would assume that the factory wind deflector would cause a problem when retracting the panoroof.
      I'm curious about where the fairing legs will sit on the roof/glass. If it's ahead of the glass/mesh, should be fine, on the other hand, if they sit on top of the glass/panoroof, then the panoroof becomes useless. Saw a Golf Wagon today with a Thule fairing, but couldn't see if the car had the panoroof or not.
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    20. 10-13-2011 01:34 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by MANU01 View Post
      I'm curious about where the fairing legs will sit on the roof/glass. If it's ahead of the glass/mesh, should be fine, on the other hand, if they sit on top of the glass/panoroof, then the panoroof becomes useless. Saw a Golf Wagon today with a Thule fairing, but couldn't see if the car had the panoroof or not.
      I have Thule Aero bars with the fairing. It renders the panoroof useless. You can't set it far enough to the front for the feet to be off of the glass, and even if you could get it in front of the glass the mesh would not clear. You can, however, raise the rear of the roof with the tilt. But in that case the wind noise is too bad.

      I am considering some wispbars. even with the fairing the thule aeros are too noisy. Didn't bother me so much in my allroad because the sunroof was smaller, it had a solid shade and I could block the noise.

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      10-24-2011 12:31 AM #46
      Any comments on ease of install/removal? I want a set that are easy on and off for very infrequent use. Leaning toward Thule and inno.

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      10-25-2011 12:21 AM #47


      54' thule square cross bars and 2 folding thule kayak racks with the middle kayak tied between the two

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      10-25-2011 08:09 AM #49
      roof rack threads always make me wish I had time for a kayak. Have wanted one for over 20 years now just too many damn hobbies already.

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      10-25-2011 01:00 PM #50
      I saw another JSW in the neighborhood that had a kayak on top. Gave him the as I drove past.

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