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sjg 01-06-2006 09:20 AM

Roof rack systems for the Legacy Wagon
 
There have been a number of threads that cover various roof rack alternatives but it's difficult to find a comprehensive list of the alternatives. Please post if you have a rack system that is compatible with the roof rails on the Legacy wagon. For each brand, which towers work? I'd like to get a sense of what the alternatives are.

Commentary on pros/cons would be helpful as well. For example, would using a lower profile tower like Yakima's low rider present a clearance problem with ski bindings hitting the roof of the car?

PGT 01-06-2006 09:21 AM

Ibtm

wukindada 01-06-2006 09:35 AM

All I want are flush roof rack delete strips....I have been told they are not avail:(

EL PAALO 01-06-2006 12:27 PM

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Originally Posted by wukindada
All I want are flush roof rack delete strips

+1

mwiener2 01-07-2006 10:19 PM

moved to exterior

jaycee 01-08-2006 01:01 AM

I considered 3 alternatives before purchasing crossbars for my '05 wagon: (1) Subaru badged accessory, (2) Yakima, and (3) Thule.

I stayed away from the Subaru badged accessory because I had never previously heard of the company that manufactured it. I liked the Yakima feet but they didn't lock onto the rails which I viewed as a minus. The Thule provided locking feet but also required a small modification (described well on another thread) in order to put the rear crossbar as far back as I wanted it.

I chose the Thule primarily because of the locking feature and did the modification with a hack saw. Others have used a Dremel tool with success. I like the setup - it's real easy to put on and off the car. The crossbars and attachments do create some noise and reduce MPG a bit but I figured that going in - I just turn up the radio and balance out the loss in MPG by riding the bike. :)

As far as the Thule vs. Yakima debate - I know people who've owned both for a long time and both get good reviews. These days attachments from either can generally be adapted to the square or round bars so you're not painting yourself into a corner with either choice.

StringFellow 01-08-2006 06:03 PM

The Subaru ski attachment is made by Yakima. A Yakima accessory with a Subaru sticker on it. It comes with locks and the crossbar kit is fairly cheap (aprrox. $16). Just about the same price if you bought the racks, locks and mounting brackets from a sports shop.

For me the roof rack is only used in the winter (ski rack), so the extra money for cross bars, etc. just wasn't worth it. I also had a %10 off coupon at the time. I also personally don't like the big bulky aftermarket crossbars. If you have a LGT, you don't have a choice and have to get the aftermarket crossbars, etc.

SJG, your request for comparison might work better if you stated what your uses might be now and in the future.

-S

uberwagon 01-09-2006 12:35 AM

the suby cross bars are made by Mont Blanc. They have been making racks a long time. Mine is uber quiet and all my Thule attatchments fit! I now have my old school summit box on it--- no redrill of box and I can still open the rear hatch enough to get a 70lb Lab out!!

GeeTee 01-09-2006 10:40 AM

4 Attachment(s)
I have the EZ-Rider towers from Yakima on my '05 LGT 5MT Wagon (production #'s lower than the Spec B?):icon_wink Used 48" cossbars and steelhead bike racks from Yakima used on a previous car as a trade-in when the LGT was purchased. Very easy install, just had to cut the crossbars to fit the rails/towers. Noise level is not bad until 40 mph. then I just crank the volume up and the roar just adds to the crowd on "Rush" Live in Rio.

The distance between the towers is approximately 30". There is 3 3/4 inches between the top of the front crossbar and the roof, 4 1/4 inches at the rear crossbar. Gives it a nice "slanted forward" look. I tried a pair of skis upside down across the bars and the bindings (Marker) did not hit the roof.

I have had a Thule bike rack on the Highlander for 3 years and it's starting to fall apart. The latch which holds the rubber strap for the rear wheel is rusting causing it to "freeze" and the paint/powdercoating is peeling off both racks.
The Yakima is 8+ years old and shows no signs of wear and tear, plus I prefer the latching mechanism that attaches the front fork to the rack vs the Thule. Both racks allow you to lock the bike to the rack but not to the car/rails.

Hope this helps

dashwort77 01-09-2006 02:19 PM

Bump for more replies.

I have been a loyal Thule customer, but I do not like the idea of moding the feet.

PGT 01-09-2006 02:27 PM

you don't need to mod the feet on the Thule, but rather the channel on the crossbars. There's already a channel there...just enlarge it.

sidestepper 01-09-2006 02:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by uberwagon
the suby cross bars are made by Mont Blanc. They have been making racks a long time. Mine is uber quiet and all my Thule attatchments fit! I now have my old school summit box on it--- no redrill of box and I can still open the rear hatch enough to get a 70lb Lab out!!

I've got the OEM MontBlanc's too. I wasn't sure if i was going to keep them or not but lots of dudes replied that they were fine so i kept them. They were right!

The things seem pretty bombproof (76.5kg capacity = 168lbs) and man, they are silent! I've driven with the sunroof all the way open on the freeway and it didn't seem any noisier, and i was listening for it!

The plastic locks are chintzy yes, but i don't leave them on unless i'm using them for something, so they are fine for me. They go on easily once you get the initial setup done. As far as attachments, i can't say as all i run are surfboard pads. Sounds like everything from Thule and Yak work, though.

uberwagon 01-09-2006 03:09 PM

Don't forget to put those plastic strips into the channels of the OEM Mont Blanc crossbars!! That is the key to them being silent. Without them my bars were crazy loud!

spieldawg 01-09-2006 05:40 PM

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Originally Posted by uberwagon
Don't forget to put those plastic strips into the channels of the OEM Mont Blanc crossbars!! That is the key to them being silent. Without them my bars were crazy loud!

Yeah, that's so true. I had never used a roof rack before, and when I first put the mont blanc crossbars on, I couldn't believe the howl I got above 40 mph.

jaycee 01-09-2006 11:46 PM

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Originally Posted by GeeTee
Both racks allow you to lock the bike to the rack but not to the car/rails.

Lots of confusing information in this thread.

To clarify - the Thule feet and crossbar assembly DOES lock to the rails on the roof. With other locking attachments like the fork mount bike rack the whole Thule assembly locks from the bike all the way to the rails. On the Yakima the feet did NOT lock to the rails and so the entire crossbar assembly could be removed from the car.

That was a major difference to me. Of course, the locks are just for honest people anyway as a serious thief I'm sure could undo them with his standard burglar's tools.


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