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    Thread: the official post your roof rack setup

    1. 02-16-2012 11:42 AM #51
      By the way, I assume everybody here knows that it's a good idea to put a clear film (like clear bra) on the paint areas where the feet and clamps go, right?

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      02-16-2012 01:01 PM #52
      Quote Originally Posted by dreaminga3 View Post
      By the way, I assume everybody here knows that it's a good idea to put a clear film (like clear bra) on the paint areas where the feet and clamps go, right?
      i bought this kit and installed it a few weeks ago.

      http://www.lamin-x.com/Roof-Rack-Pai...ion-p/rr-8.htm

      Simple plug and play took me 20 minutes. highly recommend
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      02-21-2012 04:47 PM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by jericks2 View Post
      Inno does not make any "feet" that will work on the factory side rails which is why I went with Thule (and I think the Thule foot packs look better too). However, Inno and Thule use the same size standard square crossbar... so I bought the crossbars and ski/snowboard attachment through Inno to save a few bucks.

      All done the base rack (feet and crossbars) cost about $250 as compared to $400-500 for whispbar Although, the whispbar does look sexier.
      did you go w/the square bars over the aeroblade due to price only? The only thing i want to mount for now is a yakima skybox (and i do have a yakima fairing as well). I kinda like the look of the aeroblade.

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      02-22-2012 10:41 AM #54
      Partially, I also chose the square bars because I knew that there would be no issues mixing and matching attachments (old and new) from different manufacturers. I like flexibility
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      02-26-2012 06:17 PM #55
      I opted to do this instead

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/56946846@N03/6054401554/

      Have Bike rack and can pull my small trailer.

      Bonuses: NO wind noise, easier loading, No large increase in fuel cost.
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      03-15-2012 11:25 AM #56
      After much deliberation and gnashing of teeth, here's the setup I went with. From advice on this and other threads I went with the Thule 460 with 4014 fit kit, Inno 50" square bars, and bought some locks off of craigslist. No issues opening sunroof w/crossbars mounted (but no roof box)

      here's the kit installed on my rails:


      here's a yakima 16s skybox mounted during my ski/boarding trip to VT last weekend


      i'm still debating on a fairing, because i think i'll be taking off the whole setup when i don't need to mount the cargo box for a trip. and the price of the fairings are a ripoff IMO.

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      03-15-2012 02:30 PM #57
      I updated my rack setup for the new race season so I can easily get 4 (event 5) bikes on the car.

      I put on longer crossbars so I can put my Yakima SprocketRocket trays on the outside of the towers, then put two of the Yakima BOA setups on the inside. Added four wheel forks for the front wheels and it all works great. I can even open the sunroof with four bikes on top.

      The BOAs are great. I actually didn't even install the rear part, I just tie a strap around the rear wheel to the crossbar. It keeps things looking a bit cleaner when the bikes are off.

      Now I just need to figure out who to make my car stop feeling like a slug when it has four people, their gear and four bikes in it.

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      07-27-2012 09:56 AM #58
      Thule fairing size... 38 or 44?
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      07-27-2012 10:19 AM #59
      Quote Originally Posted by krazyboi View Post
      Thule fairing size... 38 or 44?
      I have the 44" on mine
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      07-27-2012 10:22 AM #60
      ^^ cool. someone was selling/sold a 38" I think. I did pick up 2 carriers for $80/used though.
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      07-27-2012 10:47 AM #61
      Quote Originally Posted by krazyboi View Post
      ^^ cool. someone was selling/sold a 38" I think. I did pick up 2 carriers for $80/used though.
      Good deal dude
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      07-27-2012 11:06 AM #62
      44. I might have a slightly used one for sale. Works on the Thule Rapid Aero bar.
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      07-27-2012 11:10 AM #63
      Quote Originally Posted by mattA3 View Post
      44. I might have a slightly used one for sale. Works on the Thule Rapid Aero bar.
      I have the OEM rack. May be interested. I'm assuming it's the newer version?
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      07-27-2012 12:23 PM #64
      Quote Originally Posted by krazyboi View Post
      ^^ cool. someone was selling/sold a 38" I think. I did pick up 2 carriers for $80/used though.
      Nice deal. I have a Yakima 38" fairing that I can't use since it's way too small for my MDX and it won't fit on my thule A3 setup. The 38in is what the websites say to use but I like the look of the 44

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      08-02-2012 04:46 PM #65
      Here is my new Thule setup with the new Aerobars on my 2011

      sunroof is fully functional.



      I also had the local 3M clear bra installers put some 3m material under the feet for added protection for the paint.






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      08-06-2012 07:38 PM #66
      Quote Originally Posted by empivw View Post
      Here is my new Thule setup with the new Aerobars on my 2011

      sunroof is fully functional.



      I also had the local 3M clear bra installers put some 3m material under the feet for added protection for the paint.





      Can I have your shopping list? I'm just into an A3 and already looking @ racks. This seems to be the best solution and not losing open sky functionality.

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      08-06-2012 11:34 PM #68
      Quote Originally Posted by slowandlow View Post
      Can I have your shopping list? I'm just into an A3 and already looking @ racks. This seems to be the best solution and not losing open sky functionality.
      Of course

      Thule 480R rapid traverse foot pack
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      Thule kit 1417

      Check this link out.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY0OD...e_gdata_player


      This kit is for cars with bare roof

      Here it is in use

      Looking up thru sky roof


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      08-07-2012 10:12 AM #69
      Empivw: how much clearance do you have between the towers and the opensky when it is opening? My barely scrape by the towers, with maybe less than 1mm clearance. It makes me have a heart attack when I tested it.


      Slownlow: I have the same roof rack set up (minus the bike racks) as empivw if you want to see it.

      Just a heads up: If you prefer the Thule Aeroblade load bars in black (instead of the matte silver), the only place that sells them is rackoutfitters.com.
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      08-07-2012 10:30 AM #70
      Quote Originally Posted by krazyboi View Post
      ^^ cool. someone was selling/sold a 38" I think. I did pick up 2 carriers for $80/used though.
      ... So it came through then? - Awesome!

      I'm in the UK at the moment, got some spare keys for the barracudas cut. The key blank is available at UK locksmiths, so I got some spares while I was thinking of it.

      If anyone needs spares, it might be cheap to buy a group order of blanks, then any US locksmith should be able to cut them to match the originals.
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      08-07-2012 10:36 AM #71
      Quote Originally Posted by aspw View Post
      Empivw: how much clearance do you have between the towers and the opensky when it is opening? My barely scrape by the towers, with maybe less than 1mm clearance. It makes me have a heart attack when I tested it.


      If you installed it right and put the foot packs in the groove that is between paint and black portion, I have about 1/4" clearance maybe a bit more.

      When I first put this on I nearly hit the tower then I realize you can twist the feet so it fits perfectly inside the groove.


      here are some pictures, you can see the rubber portion are in the groove





      Here is a video of the roof opening

      http://youtu.be/Vf-VOhSCQ2k


      Hope this Helps

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      08-07-2012 02:49 PM #72
      Thank you for posting that video Thornton! That's exactly what I needed to see.

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      08-07-2012 03:19 PM #73
      Thornton coming up in the clutch!

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      08-07-2012 05:56 PM #74
      No problem, glad to help


      Originally I bought a brand new Whispbar set up with Yakima bike racks. I took it all home and installed it. I could not open the sunroof and the Yakima bike rack "Font Loader" was too long that it hit my hatch when opened.

      I returned it all and got the Thule setup. Honestly comparing the two and installing them both I think the Thule is a way better product for nearly the same price

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      08-14-2012 02:43 PM #75
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