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post #31 of 42
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That's a nice setup Phil. Do the skis stay pretty stable when you transport them? Even under hard braking?

My wife and I transport our skis in the back of our Grand Cherokee. Since it's just the two of us, no big deal to fold the seats down and toss the skis in the back...keeps the VT road salt off of them. Anyways, that's a cool mount you have. I may consider fabing something up like that.
It is about $20.00 in materials from Lowes or Home Depot. So far it has held up fine.
post #32 of 42
What mileage does it get at 80 to 90 mph?
(my Caprice is getting a little long in the tooth)
post #33 of 42
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speaking of ultimate ski wagons - a question for the car folks:

i remember but can't find the threads here talking about fitting thule boxes on the newer subaru legacy / outback wagons. i have an old (2000 vintage) thule box that i'm planning to move from its current vehicle to a 2006 subaru outback xt wagon. first try was unsuccessful, there was no clearance at the tailgate - so i need to (a) modify by drilling new holes and mounting the older box more forward, or (b) get a new box.

don't want to start a new thread but if anyone here remembers and can steer my back to prior discussions of this topic, much obliged.

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post #34 of 42
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speaking of ultimate ski wagons - a question for the car folks:

i remember but can't find the threads here talking about fitting thule boxes on the newer subaru legacy / outback wagons. i have an old (2000 vintage) thule box that i'm planning to move from its current vehicle to a 2006 subaru outback xt wagon. first try was unsuccessful, there was no clearance at the tailgate - so i need to (a) modify by drilling new holes and mounting the older box more forward, or (b) get a new box.

don't want to start a new thread but if anyone here remembers and can steer my back to prior discussions of this topic, much obliged.

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That is an issue with the current get Subie wagons. I just went with the Yakima Skybox Pro, it works with the 06 Legacy Wagon...but I think my rails come up a bit futher than the OB's.
post #35 of 42
[quote=Finndog;886672]I walk to the gondi so I don't even have a car in SB!!!!quote]

So what you're telling me is that you're a SOB... Oh how I envy you walkers... *sigh* off to that hectic morning commute! : lol... yeah, in NJ I suppose it's a slalom car- dodging potholes and tollbooth workers!
post #36 of 42
Re VW and AWD, I'm sure this new Jetta will have its own "4motion" model pretty soon.
post #37 of 42
thanks phil.
post #38 of 42
What about an Acura MDX? Anyone have experience driving one on snow? I'm looking for something with the grip of a Subaru and more space, for holding all the...stuff...that I need/want to take along.
post #39 of 42
I have the RDX, which has SH-AWD like the MDX. It's OK in snow, but you'll never forget it's a FWD-based transverse engine platform with a FWD-biased AWD system. Not nearly as good as my past Subarus in snow. All of Honda's AWD systems are FWD-biased, and want to plow in turns. If you can get one of the Subarus with RWD-biased AWD, it's a heck of a lot better in snow.

Based purely on AWD performance, I would take a Subaru Tribeca over the MDX for sure. If you're looking for luxury features and image, the MDX is the better choice.
post #40 of 42

Modifying Older Thule Box to fit '06 Subaru

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speaking of ultimate ski wagons a question for the car folks:
 
i remember but can't find the threads here talking about fitting thule boxes on the newer subaru legacy / outback wagons. i have an old (2000 vintage) thule box that i'm planning to move from its current vehicle to a 2006 subaru outback xt wagonfirst try was unsuccessfulthere was no clearance at the tailgate so i need to (amodify by drilling new holes and mounting the older box more forward, or (bget a new box.
 
dont want to start a new thread but if anyone here remembers and can steer my back to prior discussions of this topicmuch obliged.
 
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I had to modify my vintage Thule box (Cascade 16 or something close) on my old A4 Avant for the same reason. If your box is one that just has holes for the hardware to go through then you just need mounting holes further back. The problem then is potentially having too much weight forward, and puting too much stress on the front of the box, and potentially too much up tension on the back mounts. I modified mine with some 2 inch wide aluminum strips (about 3/16" or 1/" thick) from Home Depot, and bolted them into the bottom of the box to give it more longitudinal strength. (You could use wood, but then the bolts may not be long enough, and they would take more space.) Thats all it took, just put some high quality tape over the old holes before bolting down the aluminum strips (to reduce water getting into the box) and it worked great for several years before I found a shorter box (Thule Evolution 16) for cheap. I had that on my A4, and now have on my '05 Subaru Outback XT.

There are probably better solutions, but this was a cheap and easy fix for me. A great source for cheap roof boxes is at REI's "Garage Sales". A few times a year most REI stores sell off all of their returned products. They may be damaged, and do not have warrantees, but I have bought decent roof boxes for under $100. Then just an hour or two of work to get them in working condition. You can order keys directly from Thule, or have them made at a lock shop.

Cheers,

Bob
post #41 of 42
I'll wait for the Awd...unless the diesel V50 Awd hits the market first.
post #42 of 42
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Its easy to get 10-15% return.
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Please, teach us how.
Easy. Send it to me. I'll return 10 to 15% of it to you a year from now.
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