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Sport Rack: using the existing factory roof rails?
Posted 22 July 2005 - 09:11 AM
Does anyone have experience using either Yakima or Thule roof rack kits that clamp on to the existing factory rails?
Thanks for your advice.
Posted 22 July 2005 - 10:46 AM
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Posted 22 July 2005 - 05:29 PM
Advantage of the 532: Very easy to install, very cheap.
Disadvantage of the 532: Comes with 32" load bars...2 bike capacity
Advantage of the 450: Sturdier. Has room for bikes and ski rack
Disadvantage of the 450: Almost 3x the price of the 532.
When I transfered my Thule from my 1995 Impreza sedan to my 2001 Legacy Wagon, I got the 532 kit, however, I put the 32 inch bars aside and threw my 50 inch ones on. It is sturdy (you don't want to mount the bike rack too far to the outside) and I have my ski rack also that I use to carry shovels and other stuff with. I would imagine that because the 450 crossroad foot pack mounts directly to the roof rails instead of stacking itself up another level like the 532, that it would be even sturdier than my setup. IF you are carrying kayaks or canoes, I would opt for the 450 foot pack (sturdier for heavier loads), but skis and bikes will be fine with the 532. Additionally, Thule and Yakima rack carriers (skis, bikes, ect...) will work on either system...Thule sells Yakima adaptor clamps and vice versa.
Posted 25 July 2005 - 01:29 PM
(Greetings, by the way. This is my first post, as I plan to pick up a lightly used 2005 Outback XT Ltd. from a dealer tomorrow - my first Subaru)
I also have a Yakima set-up (crossbars and bike mounts) from my old car and am wondering about buying their Lowrider towers to attach to the Outback's side rails, versus mounting what I have on the factory Subaru crossbars via some kind of funky Yakima attachment.
I only plan on putting two bikes on the roof - no funky boxes, skis, canoes, etc. So width of the crossbars and weight-bearing ability aren't really a concern at this point.
If I use the Yakima crossbars, I should probably remove the factory ones, yeah?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Posted 25 July 2005 - 04:21 PM
Yes, you could remove the factory bars if you go with the lowrider setup. I am not as familiar with the Yakima lineup, but they basically have identical products as thule, only that they mate to round bars and have different names.
Chaka, To further expand on my previous rack post, I re-attached the rack clamps to the actual "factory foot" that holds the crossbars together. I am not talking about the rail, and this will not work unless you reuse your older 50 inch loadbars. I will try to get a picture of the mounting point real soon, but this is 500% sturdier then attaching them to the factory crossbars, and would probably save you from buying the $190 foot pack. Quick question for you or anyone with an 05 OB...is it possible to get a picture of the rail/factory crossbar setup from someone?
Posted 26 July 2005 - 12:16 AM
As for my setup, i don't have a rack for my car.. it came off our old dodge caravan , and i threw some 78" load bars on it. I tend to throw on alot of weight up there, and the feet hold up great. Thule says the max. capacity of their products if 165lbs (on the entire system).... this my friends.. must be wrong... because i've had 3 bikes, 2- 15' touring kayaks, and my 33" wide box (filled) up there... there was some bowing of the bars.. and some denting of my roof area, but it held up. I wouldn't trust factory rails for this type of abuse.
Posted 26 July 2005 - 11:43 AM
The factory crossbars (i.e., the flat aerodynamic ones) are NOT meant to be used with fork-mounted bike carriers, such as the Yakima Steelhead, Viper or Copperhead or the Thule V2 or Velo Vise). But they're OK for "upright" mounts, where you keep the front wheel on (e.g., Thule Super G or Crierium and Yakima Raptor and Cobra).
So it looks like I'll be taking off the factory crossbars, buying the Lowrider towers, and using my existing Yakima crossbars and Steelhead mounts.
Hope my experience proves helpful. I'll be picking the car up tonight!!!!
Posted 26 July 2005 - 01:20 PM
Posted 27 July 2005 - 07:08 PM
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Posted 30 July 2005 - 02:00 PM
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