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      11-20-2011 01:53 PM #1
      i just got the votex bars and i'm wondering what box and/or attachments to get for ski trips and other

      so post your setup with details

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      11-20-2011 04:18 PM #2
      Here's my Yakima setup, I've only got the Powderhound for my snowboards at the moment.



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      11-20-2011 06:45 PM #3
      I thought the OP double posted for a second.
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      Quote Originally Posted by tiptronic View Post
      completely shaved b6 a4 avant tailgate...don't really like
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      11-21-2011 02:44 AM #6
      why only ibis white has roof rack?
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      11-21-2011 08:59 AM #7
      Here is a crappy/current picture of my car on my way to FIXXFEST in Tampa

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      11-21-2011 10:29 AM #8
      post details not just pics


      Quote Originally Posted by neu318 View Post
      Here is a crappy/current picture of my car on my way to FIXXFEST in Tampa

      what kind of tray is that?
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      11-21-2011 10:34 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by Maitre Absolut View Post
      post details not just pics




      what kind of tray is that?
      Fixed...

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      11-21-2011 08:33 PM #10
      this is official thread

      i need inspiration
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      11-22-2011 12:07 AM #11
      yakima setup with 44in fairing and powderhound snowboard mount.
      since the bars are round, i just slip them down and no whistling or wind resistance since they are behind the fairing.
      2 bike racks go on instead of them come spring time, so basically this thing is on all the time.

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      11-22-2011 12:39 AM #12
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      11-22-2011 09:36 AM #13
      ^^^which thule box is that?

      guy wants to sell me their aerodynamic box thats supposed to save on gas but its 2x the price of the others
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      11-22-2011 09:44 AM #14
      Its an Ascent 1600. MPG loss was noticeable, but its so easy to take off and light that i only had it on when i needed it. And the more aero one didnt come in black....
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      11-22-2011 10:31 PM #15
      Neu318, nice seeing another A3 @ Fixx!! Heres a shot my friend took of mine..


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      11-23-2011 06:52 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by FL.APRa3 View Post
      Neu318, nice seeing another A3 @ Fixx!! Heres a shot my friend took of mine..


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      11-24-2011 11:34 PM #17
      Thule for the win! I needed a setup to regularly transport my two kayaks. Found everything I needed on etrailer.com. I have the opensky system, and without any attachments on my rails, the sunroof opens 100% without issue.





      Moderate noise over 50mph.. it gets pretty bad if/when sunroof is open. I think next on the list is that fancy wind deflector.
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      11-25-2011 12:01 AM #18
      how much difference does the thule fairing make?
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      11-26-2011 08:43 AM #20
      Basic factory setup here for getting to & from my son's triathlons:

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    21. 11-26-2011 01:20 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Maitre Absolut View Post
      how much difference does the thule fairing make?
      **it does help for wind noise!!*** not sure about aerodynamics since my mileage actually is affected when my racks are up, fairing or no fairing.

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      11-27-2011 02:02 PM #22
      I get my 2012 a3 in January, cant wait to put a Thule roof rack up on her and take her to the mountain!

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      11-27-2011 11:40 PM #23
      I got a Thule roof rack system but I was wondering how do you guys make sure there isn't any paint damage? Obviously the feet have the rubber on them but do you guys do anything else to help protect it?

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      11-28-2011 12:39 AM #24
      I've got the Thule on mine. The fairing makes a difference. I've added another tray, but when I took this a friend was visiting so I put the Bones 3 on for the day.


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      11-28-2011 06:51 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by degraffb View Post
      I got a Thule roof rack system but I was wondering how do you guys make sure there isn't any paint damage? Obviously the feet have the rubber on them but do you guys do anything else to help protect it?
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      11-28-2011 11:38 AM #26
      some nice setups here...i need to put mine up. ill get some pics this coming weekend (gotta start putting xmas lights for friends, so i have to transport my ladder on em)

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      01-07-2012 08:25 PM #27
      so i bought an ascent 1600 box over the holidays

      the quick grips dont quite make it around the OEM bars, but hold it tight on the sides

      how did you guys get the thule fairing to fit? the guy showed me how it doesnt fit on our fat OEM bars. is there a special attachment?

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    28. 01-07-2012 09:03 PM #28
      Hi Maître Absolu !

      We have to meet together. I could show you how my Thule fairing is fitted!

      Btw, I must say that I have Thule roof bars

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      01-09-2012 12:59 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by degraffb View Post
      I got a Thule roof rack system but I was wondering how do you guys make sure there isn't any paint damage? Obviously the feet have the rubber on them but do you guys do anything else to help protect it?
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      01-09-2012 01:57 PM #30
      Am I the only one in the world with an OEM rack? I've never seen them on another A3...

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      01-12-2012 10:33 PM #31
      heres my yakima setup, 44in fairing, and powderhound snowboard rack (double bike rack summer), basically stays on year round.
      kind of folds down parallel to the roof when not in use, so no whistling or anything like that.

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      01-12-2012 11:32 PM #32
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      Pretty low profile so keeps the noise down, but the issue is I can only tilt the opensky and not open all the way with anything more than the bare rack attached to it.
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      01-13-2012 12:12 AM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by maverickar15 View Post
      Whispbar S16 through-bar




      Pretty low profile so keeps the noise down, but the issue is I can only tilt the opensky and not open all the way with anything more than the bare rack attached to it.
      Doesn't the Whispar have a channel like the Thule aero bars? Thule has x adapt kits which are like T bolts that slide in the channel to attach accessories. This way there are no knobs sticking down below the rack to interfere with open sky.
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      01-13-2012 11:49 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by mattA3 View Post
      Doesn't the Whispar have a channel like the Thule aero bars? Thule has x adapt kits which are like T bolts that slide in the channel to attach accessories. This way there are no knobs sticking down below the rack to interfere with open sky.
      I may need to look into this...all my attachments are made by Yakima.
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      01-13-2012 02:18 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by KiltedCasper View Post
      Am I the only one in the world with an OEM rack? I've never seen them on another A3...
      You mean other than the 5 (including mine) in this thread alone?
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