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someone rec a good ski rack for the roof of my car?

post #1 of 19
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Hey guy, I did a quick search and came up empty. I've been looking into a roof rack for my car and most that I have found (nearly all of them) are designed to be placed on an existing factory roof rack/rail.

I drive a Mercury Grand Marquis LS. the roof does not come with a rack. The roof also does not have visible rain gutters on either side of the roof. The rain gutters are internal.

I don't want to spend a lot of money. I'm looking for something that holds any where from 1 to 4 sets of skis. I'd be just as happy with a rack that carries 1 or 2. something that can be locked would be good. I really do not want to spend the money for a fully enclosed unit.

Any ideas? The few things I have found I didn't like because they make you buy multiple pieces to get everything to work. I just want to buy one unit, pop it on and be done with it.
post #2 of 19
Here in the East, anyhow, I wouldn't bother with a rack. Your skis will just end up with salt and road grime all over them. Get a utility rack by Thule or Yakima and mount a plastic "gear" box to it, or make one out of plywood. Perhaps salt, water and dirt are not such a problem in California
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
well salt in the air becomes a problem at the beaches but where I live and where the mountain I ski on is located there wont be a salt problem.
Road grime isn't a problem I don't think because the roads in the winter time are bare. the most that happens during the winter is rain and even then its not often.

I don't want to get all ghetto with this rack. (no offence) I want something that looks good. Maybe I should just spend the money and get a fully enclosed unit.

I had hoped more people would pipe in. Anyone else?
post #4 of 19
Yakima and thule systems come in components. The bars, the ski holders, the towers. Both companies make towers for internal gutters. I have a system that I don't use, it will hold 4 pair with poles, has towers for both external gutters and internal. Go to the Yakima web site and they will list the part #s for all the options, and there are plenty. PM me if you are interested in mine. Where is Menifee?

Mark
post #5 of 19
Unfortunetely with the type of roof you have (the roofs on my cars are the same way as yours) you'll be stuck with a "system" type rack setup.

I currently use Thule's on my vehicles w/the box. I have in the past used Yakima systems and wouldn't hesitate to use them in the future.
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by mkevenson View Post
Yakima and thule systems come in components. The bars, the ski holders, the towers. Both companies make towers for internal gutters. I have a system that I don't use, it will hold 4 pair with poles, has towers for both external gutters and internal. Go to the Yakima web site and they will list the part #s for all the options, and there are plenty. PM me if you are interested in mine. Where is Menifee?

Mark
I'm around 500 or more miles south of you. Right between L.A. and San Diego.

I went to Yakima's website and they don't make anythign that fits my car. They don't have my car listed anyway.
post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
well it seems both Yakima and Thule do not make a rack for my car.

I did find this though: SX-11 & SX-12 Sierra Ski Racks by: Barrecrafters
http://www.barrecrafters.com/prod/skisnow.html
I can pick it up for $149 over at Al's ski barn.
post #8 of 19
None...I have Thule, and Yakima and no matter how well designed they all allow for one thing, road salt on your skis and bindings. The salt will damage the zink plating on your hardware and will expedite corrosion on all metal surfaces. Galvanic action might even seize things. Granted this wont happen after one trip or even one season, but after two seasons my main sticks were pretty corroded. If you must put them in a ski rack then make sure you bag them. Personally I would either put them inside the car, or get one of those torpedo launcher looking cargo tubes...that will be my next carrier.
post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 
as I stated earlier I do not live in a area that snows. We dont ever EVER have salt on our roads. I have never even seen snow out here except on the mountains.

Now I was born and raised in North eastern PA and I'm very aware of the amount of salt they throw down on the roads out there to eat up the ice.

The only road that MIGHT have salt thrown on it would be the mountain road that leads to the ski resort I'll be going to. Not sure if they use salt or not.

I have to use a rack or enclosed roof rack because skis will not fit in my car. Its a large car yes but I plan to have people in the car. The trunk is filled with custom audio equipment leaving no room there either.

Maybe I can have the skis in a bag and then mounted on the ski rack? Hmmmm
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by Amish View Post
as I stated earlier I do not live in a area that snows. We dont ever EVER have salt on our roads. I have never even seen snow out here except on the mountains.

Now I was born and raised in North eastern PA and I'm very aware of the amount of salt they throw down on the roads out there to eat up the ice.

The only road that MIGHT have salt thrown on it would be the mountain road that leads to the ski resort I'll be going to. Not sure if they use salt or not.

I have to use a rack or enclosed roof rack because skis will not fit in my car. Its a large car yes but I plan to have people in the car. The trunk is filled with custom audio equipment leaving no room there either.

Maybe I can have the skis in a bag and then mounted on the ski rack? Hmmmm
Thats what I have been doing..takes some effort to close the rack down with the bags but it can be done.

PS that short ride up and down the moutain is all that is needed to do the damage...the slight salt spray or dust.
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
I'll look into getting a good bag then. I think Fischer makes singles bags. What brand do you use?
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by Amish View Post
I'll look into getting a good bag then. I think Fischer makes singles bags. What brand do you use?
Every ski manufacturer makes bags...my gear is all by Head so I only have Head bags..but it really doesnt matter the brand. Some bags are nothing more than dust covers, others are well paded to protect the bindings.

Check ebay, or www.snowshack.com, both have great deals on ski bags. I have bought from both.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by XJguy View Post
Every ski manufacturer makes bags....
I mentioned Fischer because my skis are made by .....Fischer


Ok I found the perfect combo!

I'll get the Barrecrafters SX-11 and then 2 of these:
'07 Salomon 1 Pair Ski Sleeve - $25.00 each

The Salomon Freeride 1 Pair Ski Bag is a non-padded bag that fits skis from 145cm to 185cm. It has a carrying strap that will fit over your shoulder. The Salomon 1 pair ski sleeve bag is a simple bag good for carrying your skis in a ski rack so that the road grime does not get on them

these are designed to be used with a ski rack. problem solved.

Thanks for your input man!
post #14 of 19
A Mercury Grand marquis has gutters, Thule still makes a gutter mount.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
A Mercury Grand marquis has gutters, Thule still makes a gutter mount.
The Thule 300 foot.

I have a older set if you paypal me 10.00, they aren't pretty, but they are cheap. I will get them out to you, then you will just need X-bars and whatever ski attachments you need.
post #16 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
A Mercury Grand marquis has gutters, Thule still makes a gutter mount.

Actually the Mercury Grand Marquis does NOT have gutters on the roof. it has internal gutters. Can't use those gutter mount units.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by Amish View Post
Actually the Mercury Grand Marquis does NOT have gutters on the roof. it has internal gutters. Can't use those gutter mount units.
No biggy. Thought I could help.
post #18 of 19
get a box!
post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
No biggy. Thought I could help.
its all good. I thank you for trying.

Yeah I've been looking at those fully enclosed units but man are they expensive. I figure I can get the barrecrafters rack and those individual ski bags to keep the road grime off. This will run me $199 + shipping. Not too bad.

If I wanted an enclosed unit I would not only have to pay for one of them, but I'd have to buy a rack as well.

lol maybe I should just buy a car thats better suited for skiing. Maybe a subaru or something!
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