Most racks use towers that rise up 3-4 inches above the Sportwagen's rails, which is less fuel efficient and increases wind noise. That said, I wold buy a Whispbar rack sight unseen based on the above evidence. Many Volkswagen Jetta roof racks and cargo carriers are also custom-designed, so they'll fit beautifully on your roof. The round crossbars have a plastic sleeve. I imagine there's only one way to find out Click to expand.
Also the clamp style mount used by Yakima and Thule won't work. Images are on the page. I have a new 2011 Jetta Sport wagon and I am in search for info on sport racks, starting with cross bars. Find somebody local who knows both boats and racks. Satellite Radio Reception Anyone have trouble with their satellite radio reception when they have a luggage carrier box mounted, like a Thule? Disclaimer: It works for me, but I make no guarantees that it will work for you.
Can I ask how you installed the rack so that there's no interference? It also minimize the hum from wind. Picking Volkswagen Jetta cargo carriers from preferred brands is simple at AutoAccessoriesGarage. I would like to get that rack but I have the panoramic sunroof. They probably work, but I'd be constantly looking up through my sunroof to see if my babies were still there!! Also the clamp style mount used by Yakima and Thule won't work. I was originally planning to get the oem, but I've been told the oem clamps were only wide enough to carry two snowboards sandwiched while my yakima rack can carry four. The aerodynamic, wing-shaped steel crossbars have a durable black vinyl sleeve. For an idea of what the rack system may look like for you, check out one of my previous posts.
Still, there is a small-but-nonzero chance that I'd regret that purchase. This strip is handy if you want to put some lumber or canoe up there and not have it slide around as much. What kind of dinghy are we talking about? I have a new Audi A3 no sun roof or longitudinal roof rails and I would need feet that clamp onto the door head. Not so sure about Yakima, it would depend on the diameter of the bars. Nothing to worry about - it feels plenty secure.
These can be adapted to work with other products too. Wind noise is at it's worst when the bars are empty, but the strip does help. The RailGrab towers include 3 different size claws so if you switch cars it is more likely you can use the same rack. I'm unconvinced that there is much noice or fuel economy savings with a fair in our cars. Work your way from one end to the other and you'll find it's much easier than sliding it in. I would like to get that rack but I have the panoramic sunroof. Can you drive 140kph with those? What about Thule or Yakima? The Whispbars have a grove on the top so you can slip a lag bolt in to mount your carriers so nothing hangs below the bar.
Thule is a modular sort of system. This is a great aerodynamic raised rail rack at a great price! Thule and Yakima both make excellent products, so they keep each other honest. The Yakima system also surrounds the pins on three sides, but the side which isn't surrounded is the same on both pins. On top of that, add a lock-key package. I have the new thule feet on my jwagon and like them better than the previous version. To accomodate the variety of rails there are several diffent style of feet. I've noticed on other forums that the S-53s interfere with the opening of the sunroof.
When you secure the towers the brackets push away from each other. Locks are available separately, security is industry standard. For what it's worth, I'm a mechanical engineer, and I've been reasonably impressed: the drag claims are within reason, the prices are high but not outrageous for the benefits, and none of the marketing claims are obviously false. The difference, however, is that each mounting point has two pins to hook onto - Thule utilizes only one of them. It is a great fitting solid rack. I've noticed on other forums that the S-53s interfere with the opening of the sunroof.
Hello - I'm new to the forum. These racks and cargo carriers let you open up crucial space in your interior, and they also keep your gear safe from theft and harsh weather. I use a Yakima setup which allows me to run bars wider than the roof rails, which I feel is required for a 17ft canoe. The entire project took about an hour. The AeroBlade cross-bars cut the wind, reducing drag and nearly eliminating noise.
They're now holding my waterskis in the garage rafters, and I still have bars for both the Corrado and the MkV without taking the waterskis down. I also bought a Yakima bike carrier used off Ebay. If its just the bars alone you seek, check your local kiji or craigslist. With my ski carrier, I have part of the bars' groove left open due to length of the carrier, so I cut this stip to fir in the remainng space. Are their clamps as well engineered as their rails? I'd imagine you could use Thule accessories designed to clamp on to Thule's rectangular load bars. While locks cost extra the Thule one key system allows for having the same key for the racks and all accessories. It fits tight and looks clean and compact.