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A roof-rack poll

Poll Results: Which Roof Rack.

 
  • 35% (6)
    Thule
  • 29% (5)
    Yakima
  • 11% (2)
    other (specify in post below)
  • 23% (4)
    Flawed poll
17 Total Votes  
post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Yeah, I know this has been brought up before, but now it's a pol;.  What roof rack should I get for the tiny car?   For now I just need load bars to support a canoe, but maybe some day I will carry skis on top (box will have to fit my 208s).

post #2 of 17

Exactly what year and model car? 

post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 

2009 Pontiac Wave G3 5-door (hatchback), naked roof.

 

post #4 of 17

 I know cars pretty well and I had to look up what a G3 Wave even was, it looks like it is basically a  Chevy Aveo (for us lower 48'ers). Have you checked if Thule or Yakima even offered racks for that car? I have run into situations where I tried to find a Thule or Yakima rack for a low production model and neither of these these brands offered a system. 

 

Back to Thule vs. Yak, they are both great, I do find with a sunroof, the Yak is a bit quieter. 

post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 

It's a chevy Aveo sister car, also a Suzuki Swift + sister.  a multinational car - Japanese car built in Korea badged as an american car.

Did you say noise?  Pardon me I don't hear so well after driving my Wave on the highway.  Let's just say It ain't no Caprice (but it does get better gas milage).

post #6 of 17

My wife and I used to have a Honda Civic with Yakima racks on them that did the trick.

post #7 of 17

you can use Thule parts (boxes, bike trays, etc.) on a Yakima bar but you can't use Yakima parts on Thule bars, so if you go Yak you have more options. This might not matter to anyone who will simply buy the 'system' and stick with it... but Ghost, you don't seem like that sort of chap.

post #8 of 17

When I drove from DC to Denver for the Epic GTG in April I tried to use a set of old Yakima bars I had.

After much fiddling with clamps they fit my 07 Prius. The Yakima flunked a road test big time. At 50 to 60mph the whistling

from the wind was extremely bad.  Tape around the towers did not help.

 

I talked to neighbor with a Yakima on a Subaru who admitted his was noisy also.   Since I've talked to several Prius drivers

with Thule's. Not too bad.   I wasn't going to fork out many $100's 2 days before the trip.

 

I tried 3 other ski racks (from new to very old) I had. No gutters on this car complicates the problem.

 

Only one that worked was an ancient (40 year old !!!) el cheapo from Trak Auto.

post #9 of 17

The round bars Yakima uses allow attachments to rotate on the bar, whether you want them to or not.  Some people consider this to be a feature, but I find it really annoying if you've got cradles for sea kayaks or whatever.

 

I know plenty of people who have Yakima setups and like them, but the more I use racks, the more I prefer the Thule stuff.  I also like that it's autobahn-approved, because I'm not good at driving slowly, even when I've got 4 boats across the roof.  The Yakima stuff I've poked at and owned didn't give me that kind of confidence.

 

If you cycle, you should listen to somebody who does that, though.  I just ski and kayak (mostly whitewater, where the boats go right on the bars).

post #10 of 17

 

Getting a non-shortee air deflector with side wings fixed all that.
 

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Originally Posted by Mdskier View Post

When I drove from DC to Denver for the Epic GTG in April I tried to use a set of old Yakima bars I had.

After much fiddling with clamps they fit my 07 Prius. The Yakima flunked a road test big time. At 50 to 60mph the whistling

from the wind was extremely bad.  Tape around the towers did not help.

 

I talked to neighbor with a Yakima on a Subaru who admitted his was noisy also.   Since I've talked to several Prius drivers

with Thule's. Not too bad.   I wasn't going to fork out many $100's 2 days before the trip.

post #11 of 17

Thanks cantunamunch

 For air deflector tip.  I'll look till I see one in case I decide to use the Yakima for bikes or Kayaks!

smile.gif

 

But for ski's the prehistoric ski rack fit even better and had no wind noise.

 

post #12 of 17

I swear by Thule. Its the only rack system I have ever used. I have had two rack systems the cheap one (one that goes on a factory rack) and the real one (load bars, footpacks, locks, etc).

 

This rack system has been on my second jeep, my explorer, and on my mud truck (third jeep the one below). I have even wheeled with these racks on with branches hitting them. They don't move. Be sure to torque them down from time to time or use lock tite.

 

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post #13 of 17

I currently have both Yakima and Thule.  Thule fits on the Saab because it was designed for it and takes the Yakima Spacecase without any problems.  Yakima racks are on the Tercel Wagon because I've had the racks forever and have lots of things to fit.  Never had a problem with either brand including doing some stupid things like hauling 8 whitewater kayaks on top of an old Subaru wagon at freeway speeds and forgetting about a load and driving it into the garage door (damaged the garage but not the kayaks).

post #14 of 17

I would go with whichever one you find cheapest in Craigslist  in decent shape.  You're a smart and industrious guy, you could make just about anything work to suit your needs.

post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

 You're a smart and industrious guy, you could make just about anything work to suit your needs.



A smart and industrious guy would use foam blocks between the gunwales of the inverted canoe and the bare roof.

 

Even with a craigslist find he needs to find fit kits and lock sets.

post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 

I considered the foam blocks (which you can get for free, as there are lots of them along the side of the road to any busy canoe put-in), but I don't have enough ballast at my weight to balance the 90 lb canoe while reaching out over the roof to not scratch the hell out of the roof. 

post #17 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post





A smart and industrious guy would use foam blocks between the gunwales of the inverted canoe and the bare roof.

 

Even with a craigslist find he needs to find fit kits and lock sets.


I got a Thule 21 ski box on Craigslist for $50.00 (no cracks).  You are correct, the guy couldn't find the key but it wasn't locked.  It came with the bars and a bike rack inside of it.  Thule charged me $5.50 to mail me two new keys.  I bought lock cores for an older Yakima rack I had previously (also a cheap Craiglist find).  The lock cores with keys cost about ten bucks on eBay.  They are pretty easy to swap out.

 

 

 

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