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    1. Member gsauer15's Avatar
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      12-28-2016 10:42 PM #1
      I just finished installing my crossbars on my sportwagen and I'm curious to see the set ups of others on the forums are, do most people here run roof set for strictly functional purposes or is it common to add them because you just want the look(my case with no shame) I had always loved the look of roof racks but felt they should be reserved for wagon body styles although i flirted with getting a set for my old A4 it just never happen. But anyway heres mine and I couldn't be happier.

      EDIT: If anyone can point me in the direction of a wind faring that will work on VW specific cross bars that would be greatly appreciated!!



      Please inspire me!

      And just because I came across these pictures heres a look at my late A4, Ill admit i miss it a bit!



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      12-28-2016 11:04 PM #2
      I put mine on when I tote around my bike, which hasn't been that often lately. I like the look and would leave them on if it weren't for a slight whistling noise I get and a slight hit on gas mileage. I wish I would have gotten some whispbars, but I got the dealer to throw them in for free.






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      12-28-2016 11:15 PM #3
      Im also getting a bit of a noise especially on the Highway, do you know of any fairings that fit onto the VW specific Crossbars? I have been looking around and can only seem to find ones that are meant specifically Thule or other similar brands, all of which have much thinner crossbars than Vw's.

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      12-28-2016 11:38 PM #4
      Got a rack for Christmas, although I likely won't install it until spring and the salt is gone.

      Since the sportwagen is large enough to haul the bike inside, that is what will be this winter. bike gets less corrosion, roof stays clean, noise level is down, fuel mileage is up.

      You guys will also notice on heavy days, the whistle may be louder and more direct. Kind of cool if you are rocking the rack.

      Here are a few past rides.

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      12-28-2016 11:54 PM #5






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      12-29-2016 12:25 AM #6
      Love the first shot of the A4 looks mighty cold though!

      How much where these bike attachments i see everyone running? I feel like its just a nice thing to have even if you don't bike every weekend

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      12-29-2016 12:28 AM #7
      I think mine are around $150 each brand new, but I got them used from Craigslist.

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      12-29-2016 07:09 AM #8
      Thule Aerobars. NO whistling at higher speeds


    11. 12-29-2016 09:18 AM #9
      Are the VW crossbars for Sportwagen the same for Tiguan? If not I will just get some Yakima Timberline towers to use with my old round bars.


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      12-29-2016 09:32 AM #10
      I took the other option. Among other benefits the hitch rack comes on and off in seconds so I don't keep it on when not in use.


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      12-29-2016 09:39 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by gsauer15 View Post
      Im also getting a bit of a noise especially on the Highway, do you know of any fairings that fit onto the VW specific Crossbars? I have been looking around and can only seem to find ones that are meant specifically Thule or other similar brands, all of which have much thinner crossbars than Vw's.
      That's interesting. I have the VW bars and mine make a slight whistle between 45-55 then it goes away. No noticeable sound outside those speeds. Wonder if the exact positioning changes the speed where it happens. If I open the sunroof there's no whistle at all.

      I keep mine on all the time becasuse I need to carry a ladder occasionally and my wife likes the look.

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      12-29-2016 10:21 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by jaypoto View Post
      Thule Aerobars. NO whistling at higher speeds

      Big fan of Thule and kinda wish I went with them instead of the VW's but I got a deal when I picked up the car so it just made sense. Great color on your Alltrack btw!

    15. 12-30-2016 10:52 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by jkranes View Post
      I took the other option. Among other benefits the hitch rack comes on and off in seconds so I don't keep it on when not in use.

      Only way to go for serious cyclists. Putting the receiver on my Alltrack today so I can use my 1Up. Bike goes on and off in less than 15 seconds, no wheel removal, no drag from the bars, flips up when not in use. tsk tsk for the non drive side bike pick, though ;-)
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      12-30-2016 11:39 AM #14
      I put a rear hitch on a '13 JSW and it was awful - couldn't get out of my driveway without scraping. What kind of setup are you using for the Alltrack? Plenty of clearance?

    17. 12-30-2016 11:44 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by Blithering Idiot View Post
      I put a rear hitch on a '13 JSW and it was awful - couldn't get out of my driveway without scraping. What kind of setup are you using for the Alltrack? Plenty of clearance?
      I believe it's a Curt. I had a similar one on my 2012 JSW that I just sold back and it was fine - a couple little bumps on the receiver but not the rack. I'll post picks when it's set. I am hoping that the slight clearance boost on the Alltrack will help.

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      12-30-2016 01:31 PM #16
      OP - really? for the "look"? and you're complaining about wind noise?

      Take them off, get your $300 back and enjoy quieter driving with better mpg on the highway.


      I have the Rola crossbars and put them on only when needed. Just took a ski and climbing trip and did all we could to fit 3 people + gear IN the car, without using a skybox. Saves 10%+ mpg and likely much more as we had crosswinds for a good bit of the drive.

    19. 12-30-2016 06:36 PM #17
      Curt install on Alltrack is clean





      Unlike with the JSW, you can go fully vertical with the 1Up



      However, that position blocks the rear camera


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      12-30-2016 10:46 PM #18
      Wow that turned out very clean, is there any scraping in the rear over bumps with that set up?

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      12-31-2016 08:05 AM #19


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      12-31-2016 08:22 AM #21
      Is there a 2" Curt or just the 1 1/4"? Who did the installs and what did they charge? U-Haul hitches are Curts. IIRC, they only offered the 1 1/4" for the Jetta SW, if there is a 2", i wonder if they will offer it, neither is on their website.
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    24. 12-31-2016 11:32 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
      Is there a 2" Curt or just the 1 1/4"? Who did the installs and what did they charge? U-Haul hitches are Curts. IIRC, they only offered the 1 1/4" for the Jetta SW, if there is a 2", i wonder if they will offer it, neither is on their website.
      Curt only lists a Class 1 for the Alltrack. U-Haul is probably using the same one. I had it done professionally at a local trailer supply since it is more complicated than the JSW. It requires removing the bumper and bumper cover among other things. It took them a little longer than a usual install. They charged a more for labor than U-Haul but I trust them.

      I recall seeing an official VW hitch listed somewhere for the GSW that may have been 2". It was like $520 though.

      I haven't driven it a lot but visually, there is more clearance than with Mk VI JSW.

    25. 12-31-2016 01:05 PM #23
      If I had been starting from scratch, I'd likely have gone with a hitch rack. But since I already had the roof trays from my previous Subie wagon, I got the OEM crossbars. I am also very used to having the roof racks (no garage at home or work to worry about) that I am sure it would take me a while to get used to having a rack on the hitch blocking access to the rear hatch, blocking the rearview camera, and the added length when parking the car. For the cross bars, I found a good price on-line at a dealer in Denver which my local VW dealer matched (including the shipping so same cost to me but dealer didn't have to discount as much).

      Anyway, I've got two Inno fork mount trays plus a Rocky Mount BrassKnuckles that will handle the fat bike. With this setup I can actually fit five bikes and four people by folding down 1/3 of the rear seat and setting two bikes upright. I did that a couple times with the Subie going to cyclocross races where I raced both my regular Cat 5 plus a single-speed race - hence, five bikes for four people.

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      01-01-2017 03:58 PM #25
      Im surprised a lot of you guys are running with a hitch set up vs. a top rack, for the guys running the hitch what was the deciding factor for it over the rack?

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