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shopping rooftop ski rack, help

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
just bought a new 2007 subaru impreza sedan, ditching the subaru outback wagon...my first sedan in over 12 years. Unfortunately, I now need a ski rack. Narrowed it down to thule 400xt or yakima q towers systems but local ski shops want retail $$. Ol hrstrat57 hates retail $$, rather spend money on the hill.

Any bears know of good on line retailers selling new racks at a discount? Bid on a couple used racks on ebay but the closing price approaches new retail:
thus I've decided to buy new...nice new car, nice new rack....

On line retailers selling thule or yakima on the www?

Help?

Also, should I spend the $60 for a fairing to reduce noise or is it a waste of cash on flash...???

the car is exceeding all expectations so far BTW...fantastic
post #2 of 25
I just bought a rack from www.orsdirect.com. The price was right and their follow-up service was unbelievably good (I ordered the wrong mounting clips for my car and they sent out replacements). At the time they were running a promotion for free locks, too.

Also - I bought a hitch-mounted bike rack from www.moosejaw.com a while back. They were running a 10% discount plus you can find 10% coupon codes for them if you google them. The side benefit with Moosejaw is that you get their hilarious catalogs periodically.
post #3 of 25
SAC had a nice sliding rack for 74.00, gone now, keep an eye on there.
post #4 of 25
I'm not sure about the noise, but it will likely reduce drag too. Anything that reduces drag will probably pay for itself in gas money.
post #5 of 25
i would get a roof top box instead of a rack. Store more stuff and save your skis
post #6 of 25
REIoutlet.com often has boxes on sale. I got a Yakima 21 cu ft box this summer for $260 after discounts. Free delivery to a warehouse near you.
post #7 of 25
Second what Blue Mountain Phil says ...

Get the box and it may never come off the car especially if you have kids. I use it more for "summer junk" on vacation + even figured out a way to put the canoe on top (remove a thwart).
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by PhilT View Post
i would get a roof top box instead of a rack. Store more stuff and save your skis
+2
post #9 of 25
Blue Ridge Mountain sports (brms.com) sells Yakima, and has a 20% off coupon valid during December. That might be an option. Plenty of other retailers sell Yakima and Thule. I prefer Yakima myself.

I would skip the fairing myself. The benefit is dubious at best. I have tested stuff like this in wind tunnels, and it can actually increase drag and make more noise in some applications!

If you do get rack noise with empty crossbars, the best solution is to spiral wrap a rope or bungie around the crossbars like this:



It does wonders eliminationg noise, and will reduce drag as well.
post #10 of 25
Did you check your local Craigslist? There are a couple of roof top boxes down in Jersey and Delaware.
post #11 of 25
This company has been good for me so far http://www.rackattack.com/

I agree that a box is a better idea, but not cheap.

I believe I may have a used set that I don't use since I got the rack, i'll take a look. If so they're yours cheap.
post #12 of 25
no luck on the used racks.

thing is with a rack you need the tower system.

with a box you don't, just connect it to the car's luggage rack. I have a Thule Frontier and it's great, one of the lower end models.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...0-20/ref=nosim

edit:bought mine in a bike store in Gardner for a good price, better to buy local if you can to avoid shipping and delays.
post #13 of 25
I love my box and will never go back to a rack. I also use it for beach vacations in the summer. It swallows beach chairs, blankets and boogie boards, fishing poles... just as easily as skis and boards. Plus you can carry more skis than you can fit in a standard flat rack.
post #14 of 25
OK - most everyone seems to be proponents of going wth a box. For those of us without "box experience" what keeps the skis from clanking around in the box and smacking the crap out of each other?
post #15 of 25
I put a fleece blanket in my box and secured it to the bottom of the box. I then pull out the excess, lie a couple of pairs of skis down, then fold the excess back over and put more skis on top of that, then fold the rest over. This keeps edges from hitting bindings, etc. The skis don't really move around much to my experience.

I'm sure different people have different systems, but it's not an issue for me, the skis don't slide around on top of a piece of cloth and if they have ski straps on them all that is sliding is a large secure unit with no access to the bases.
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by Noodler View Post
OK - most everyone seems to be proponents of going wth a box. For those of us without "box experience" what keeps the skis from clanking around in the box and smacking the crap out of each other?
This is an area I am surprised Thule and Yakima have not addressed. I would gladly pay for an internal rack so the skis do not flop around.
post #17 of 25
I'm probably going to get some carpet padding for the inside of my Yak box. It will not only keep them from sliding around; it will also keep things MUCH quieter. These things are a bit noisy even when they are EMPTY!!
post #18 of 25

Internal Straps

My Thule box has internal straps, but you don't need them.

The box has ridges and and contours on the bottoms so things don't slide easy. Going to the local hil, things don't seem to slide around. On longer trips, I have so much stuff piled on top of the skis that they can't move.

With a sedan, a box doubles your cargo space. Also makes you look like the rugged outdoor type to all the soccer moms. This is what it has all come down to.:

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Originally Posted by Noodler View Post
OK - most everyone seems to be proponents of going wth a box. For those of us without "box experience" what keeps the skis from clanking around in the box and smacking the crap out of each other?
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by axebiker View Post
I'm probably going to get some carpet padding for the inside of my Yak box. It will not only keep them from sliding around; it will also keep things MUCH quieter. These things are a bit noisy even when they are EMPTY!!
Thats what I will be using.
post #20 of 25
I use a large, fleecy, well-cushioned dog blanket from Costco. Layer of skis, blanket, second layer of skis, folded over blanket, other stuff.
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post
This company has been good for me so far http://www.rackattack.com/
Rack Attack deal: $20 off an order of $100 or more, through Dec. 31, 2006. Enter coupon code "winter2007" to get the discount.
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by PhilT View Post
i would get a roof top box instead of a rack. Store more stuff and save your skis
Seconded. Far more versatile, all season usefullness, great for road trips, and protects your skis both from the elements and from theft. Despite being larger in size, they are also less windnoise too, and I would assume, less drag.
post #23 of 25
Plus when you stop at a restaurant and go inside no one can see your expensive skis on your car.
post #24 of 25
Thread Starter 

orsdirect it is!!!

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Originally Posted by rquick View Post
I just bought a rack from www.orsdirect.com. The price was right and their follow-up service was unbelievably good (I ordered the wrong mounting clips for my car and they sent out replacements). At the time they were running a promotion for free locks, too
Didn't get the free lock cores....but I did get the rack ( Yakima q towers w q78 clips and 48" bars) for $226....no tax and free shipping....ordered Friday and arrived today!!!!!!!

Thanks rquick and to all who responded.....impreza will soon be ready to load rx 8's and allstars for winter fun, if winter ever arrives.....

ORSdirect now also endorsed by hrstrat57.....the last rack I lost bidding on ebay, same set up used was
$244 plus $30 shipping....

ebay good, but can't beat new cheap. Thanks again rquick!!!

have yakima big powderhound clamshells from last subaru which I will install.....no cash for a box/ need the dough for tix...I'll bag em for now.
post #25 of 25
My box cost about $200.
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