Originally Posted by Jaycee
Lots of confusing information in this thread
Sorry for the confusion Jaycee.
I didn't think the entire post was confusing but I should have clarified that the Thule rack DOES NOT lock to the rails on my Toyota Highlander.
I chose the Yakima towers because they DID NOT lock to the rails. When I had a Thule rack on a previous car that DID lock to the rails, the thief just used a crowbar to remove them and the rails form the car. You could imagine the damage done to the car as well as the loss of an expensive bike. Perhaps the thief would have chosen the same method of removal regardless as to the method of attachment, I just like to make it a PIA. I'm more concerned with damage to my car or a stolen bike than the loss of a bike rack.
Expensive lessons learned:
Never leave your car unattended with any valuables in the rack...locked or unlocked.
Always take you bike off the rack before driving into the garage.
Always check the height restrictions for fast food drive thru's, parking garages and bank teller windows.