Easy on and off and no noise or turbulence even without the boats. I love the thought of it though. I emailed Thule and got a very quick reply that they are working on the new design - hopefully available in 4-6 weeks. The Thule website states that the rack is compatible, however i can confirm its not. At 70 mph, I can hear what sounds like mild crosswinds. Easy on and off and no noise or turbulence even without the boats.
I've never had a roof rack before. I went with the 1. So, I did some testing! And leave it on everyday! Hate the idea of taking off the front wheel each time I want to transport the bike. Since I couldn't find a trailer hitch mount solution that appealed to me, that left roof racks. Keeps the cabin cool and looks pretty good in my opinion. I'd love to see some pics and hear some opinions! I'm afraid to say there are only two options available, either roof mounted or stuffed in the back of the car.
I only plan to carry up to 2 bikes, and most 2 bike racks have a 1. My hobbies include Volkswagens, bicycling, photography, electronics, amateur radio, web management, and reptiles. You may damage your car or void your warranty. I don't plan to pull a camper, but I have found some light weight ones under 2000 lbs. I moved to a hitch-mounted cargo tray and have stayed that course ever since. Another potential problem that has been mentioned is that the Thule mounts don't fill the groove in our roof correctly so dirt and debris could get trapped under it and could scratch the paint. I did post somthing on this a while back.
Instead of another Yakima rack, opted for the , by Rhino Rack. The hatch will open with any rack installed and in the bike carrying position, but not necessarily if the rack is folded up against the bumper. Each company swears their location is highly researched, stable, and ideal. The front mounting points center 10 inches from the top of the windshield. Now I really like the tint.
I also mentioned noise, aerodynamics, and fuel economy above. No matter what system you choose for your vehicle, you can rest assured that you will get the safest, strongest and most stylish roof racks around. I opted against a roof rack when I bought my Mk3 Jetta in 1998. The boot on these models contains a very sutble spoiler which is stuck on with adhesive only. I'm getting my pure white golf R Monday and will be looking to tint. I don't think there will be much difference on fuel efficiency between the three. I wanted a style with flush, contoured crossbars for improved aerodynamics, which would also help fuel economy and noise control.
I've never had any issues with it, otherwise I wouldnt be recommending it. I had this delima too. There was no denying the marring to the paint over the years from long-term use. I don't know if bikes will fit upright but I doubt it. However, I have no idea how each aftermarket company chose their mounting locations. . The roof rack does make some groaning noise when going over stiff bumps but I figure that is likely normal with roof racks like this.
A ton cheaper, no overhang, and easy integration without buying extra parts. I pulled on the sucker with all my weight 200+ and it seems rock solid so I'm not too concerned about creaks and groans. They are a bit pricey but they are well worth it. So does it really matter?! There's fairly frequent discussion of what you should consider. In the end, once it was mounted, I never took it off as it was quieter than the side mirrors, did not affect gas mileage, and added to the sportiness of the car.
I never thought I would like tint. . I mentioned marred paint in my opening paragraph. Coincidentally, the same configuration is perfect for the car, too. With bikes mounted, the hatch will open if the rack tilts down and out of the way.