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Ski racks for cars without rails?

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I have a small, 2 door without roof rails. (1992 inifiniti m30- basically a 2 door nissan maxima with leather) To further impede ski rack placement, it also has a moonroof in the center. What options do I have for ski racks?

Ive seen window, magnetic, and trunk mounted racks. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each. Window and magnetic racks seem kinda sketchy from a safety standpoint. The trunk method seems good- but Im not sure if it would instal on my car. If it does, Im not sure if i would be capable of instaling it.

My skis will not fit inside the car.

Thanks in advance.
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The websites for both Thule (www.thuleracks.com) & Yakima (www.yakima.com) have fitting guides where you can plug in your car's make, model, & year and they'll let you know what your options are. Having a moon roof shouldn't be an issue.

When you say "window mounted racks", do you mean the ones where the towers clamp onto the roof (not the window itself) where each door is located? I've used this type of rack (both Thule & Yak) to transport my mountain bikes and they've proven to be stable even at very fast highway speeds.
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Originally posted by TonyD:

When you say "window mounted racks", do you mean the ones where the towers clamp onto the roof (not the window itself) where each door is located? I've used this type of rack (both Thule & Yak) to transport my mountain bikes and they've proven to be stable even at very fast highway speeds.
This is your best option by far, as it is really secure (150lbs load or thereabouts). There are clips that mount to the weatherstripping area in the door itself, compressing it locally but it makes no never-mind.

Your roof is probably shorter than mine, so you may need a short-roof extender option. It is this extender that governs how far your moonroof can open (the Q23 Yak towers I use have plenty of vertical clearance).

The bare rack is really, really noisy, and costs you about 10mpg on average. The front air deflector is actually a very useful piece of kit, as it reduces wind noise (with moon roof open it is actually quieter than without the rack).

You don't need the gooby ski clamps: use a $25 bag and some bungees and you'll never have to clean road goop out of your bindings (but be sure to wax down those edges apres-ski or you'll have a rust sandwich by the time you're home!)

Install on the Yak was marginally easier than the Thule; go with whatever you can get or whoever makes better other-sport accessories (fork clamps? boat extension bars?).

Pop over to www.maxima.org for more specific info.

PJ
'97 Maxima SE
Too many skis.
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