I have a new 2011 Jetta Sport wagon and I am in search for info on sport racks, starting with cross bars. I have a new Audi A3 no sun roof or longitudinal roof rails and I would need feet that clamp onto the door head. Hello - I'm new to the forum. For what it's worth, I'm a mechanical engineer, and I've been reasonably impressed: the drag claims are within reason, the prices are high but not outrageous for the benefits, and none of the marketing claims are obviously false. The one fastener tightens the band to the vehicle's raised side rail and tightens the foot to the load bar simultaneously. Satellite Radio Reception Anyone have trouble with their satellite radio reception when they have a luggage carrier box mounted, like a Thule? The AeroBlade cross-bars cut the wind, reducing drag and nearly eliminating noise. I've noticed on other forums that the S-53s interfere with the opening of the sunroof.
Locks are recommended and available separately in match sets. The load bar length is 49. The Aeroblade bars and CrossRoad feet are awesome quality. The crossbars are secured to the feet from inside the crossbar and the crossbars have locking endcaps. Still, there is a small-but-nonzero chance that I'd regret that purchase. That said, I wold buy a Whispbar rack sight unseen based on the above evidence. The weight capacity for this Jetta SportWagen base roof rack is 165 pounds evenly distributed.
The foot is made of metal and plastic with a thickly rubber coated steel strap to wrap around your factory raised rails. Other than the clear metal aspect of the cargo, I wonder how much the luggage will degrade the signal strength. Agree with the radio transparency point - good insight! The wide surface area provides stability to support the carriers which will not slip or rotate on the bars. Volkswagen Jetta roof racks make long-distance road trips smoother than ever. The Whispbars have a grove on the top so you can slip a lag bolt in to mount your carriers so nothing hangs below the bar. A rubberized stainless steel band wraps around, conforms and grips the side rails.
What kind of dinghy are we talking about? I would like to get that rack but I have the panoramic sunroof. It fits tight and looks clean and compact. Thanks in advance for your or anyone else's input. It is extremely easy to install and very protective of the car. Quality, looks and no noise, this is the rack to get! As long as you have supports between the rails and the deck, you should be fine. The low profile Thule 450 Crossroad has rubber bases that rest directly on the side rail, the foot adds only 2. The bar spread is variable along the length of the rails, with a maximum 46 inches center to center.
Slide the foot onto the load bar, then wrap the band around the side rail, tighen by turning the integrated handle with built-in hex wrench, no additional tools are needed. Also the clamp style mount used by Yakima and Thule won't work. Some of this depends on what you'll be carrying. It has a thick rubber pad that sits on top of the rail, but the metal bracket that goes under the rail is only a thin protective coating. I already had clamps that attached to roof rails, and the proper sized crossbars. It is a great fitting solid rack.
These racks and cargo carriers let you open up crucial space in your interior, and they also keep your gear safe from theft and harsh weather. A thin, rubberized stainless steel band wraps under the vehicle's side rail for a strong protective grip. The roof rack is also completely removable. The Whispbars have a grove on the top so you can slip a lag bolt in to mount your carriers so nothing hangs below the bar. I didn't know this when I bought the Whispbar so now I'll be stuck fabricating an adapter to let me run my Yakima Highroller to the Whispbar.
Long road trips in your Jetta don't have to be cramped affairs - install a vw Jetta roof rack and make hauling all your cargo a simpler task. I'm not convinced that you need extra-long crossbars--if you lashed nylon straps around the towers and over the hull, it wouldn't matter if the hull extended an inch or four over the edge of the crossbars and towers. Nota bene: Don't take my word for it. I would like to get that rack but I have the panoramic sunroof. Thule lock cylinders are recommended and sold separately at checkout. The Thule 450 Crossroad foot is easy to assemble and install. I lost too many mpg on a long trip with my yakima crossbar system when loaded with my x-large mtb on top.
I carry a tripping canoe, which is too wide to use the whispbar design. To be clear, I have no direct experience with any of the Whispbar products. I am going to pack a travel bag and put it directly on top off the antenna and see if the signal strength is affected. It has excellent protective rubber to protect your roof rail. Can I ask how you installed the rack so that there's no interference? Hello - I'm new to the forum. Thule and Yakima both make excellent products, so they keep each other honest.
Any other recommendations would be helpful. But all of this is circumstantial. Most racks use towers that rise up 3-4 inches above the Sportwagen's rails, which is less fuel efficient and increases wind noise. Images are on the page. They also include easy to follow installation instructions and feature T-Slot channels! The foot is made of metal and plastic. Carry extra luggage, or add a roof bike carrier or kayak mount for your favorite outdoor adventures. The RailGrab towers include 3 different size claws so if you switch cars it is more likely you can use the same rack.