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      03-25-2020 03:27 PM #1
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      Makes sense, as it more mimics a rain drop shape into the wind

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      03-25-2020 05:27 PM #2
      Interesting. I have Seasucker suction cup sli rack for my model 3 and I was thinking of using it rotated 90° so that my snowboard will be perpendicular to the direction of the car, and more importantly, the large flat face of the rack that opens up would be inline and not block the wind, only the edge would face forward...

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      03-25-2020 05:30 PM #3
      So from a 16% drop to just under 13% drop in range? Not bad I guess.

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      03-25-2020 05:55 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by MXTHOR3 View Post
      So from a 16% drop to just under 13% drop in range? Not bad I guess.
      Also worth noting the drop in range with the box backwards is the same as if the roof rack was on w/no box at all. Makes sense. My B5 Passat had a roof rack w/fork mounted bike holder and that dropped fuel efficiency by 3-4 mpg.
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      03-25-2020 06:16 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by texture View Post
      Interesting. I have Seasucker suction cup sli rack for my model 3 and I was thinking of using it rotated 90° so that my snowboard will be perpendicular to the direction of the car, and more importantly, the large flat face of the rack that opens up would be inline and not block the wind, only the edge would face forward...
      That sounds like it would hang off the side of the car, but I really like the idea. Do I just not know how big a snowboard is?

      I take my paddleboard mount off the car any time I'm not actively using it, it's basically two giant sails (very similar to the ski/board mount)

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      03-25-2020 07:22 PM #7
      I wonder what the road noise is like, if that thing whistles like crazy.

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      03-25-2020 09:43 PM #8
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      03-25-2020 11:18 PM #9
      Swear to god, the cargo box is a style choice these days.

      Also shocked Tesla doesn’t have a 1st party accessory cargo box. It’d be a layup.

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      03-26-2020 04:00 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Yuppie Scum View Post
      Swear to god, the cargo box is a style choice these days.

      Also shocked Tesla doesn’t have a 1st party accessory cargo box. It’d be a layup.
      Yeah, just rebrand a Thule like everyone else and they can sell it with the roof rack.
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