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Old 02-28-2012, 05:27 PM   #41
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Old 02-29-2012, 04:57 PM   #42
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What is the spread width between the bars? Looking for a rack to fit two kayaks would have to go with 60 inch bars to keep the yak flat and hull up.

Already have yakima bars from my jeep so trying to decide between Yakima and Thule.
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:01 PM   #43
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Yeah these bars are just the 53" ones. The spread from center of the front foot to the center of the rear foot distance is 27" on the hatch, (and sedan is 24 1/2"). Those numbers come right from the installation manual. Hope that's what you mean and helps!
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Sorry for the noob question Im a truck guy, so this car stuff is new to me. This rack that you have, could it be used with a a cargo box? Or is that a whole different system? I would think that you can buy what ever system you want as long as the bases are the same
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What is the spread width between the bars? Looking for a rack to fit two kayaks would have to go with 60 inch bars to keep the yak flat and hull up.

Already have yakima bars from my jeep so trying to decide between Yakima and Thule.
What types of kayaks do you have? You might not want 60" bars due to the overhang being a hazard to people getting in and out. My fiance used to hit her head frequently on the 50" bars on my old Jetta, especially getting out of the back seat. The Thules you see in this thread are 53" and I think that is a tad too long, however I called Thule for the measurements and they said the next size down would be too short for the tower locations. I'm pretty sure two kayak carriers will fit side by side on 53" bars. For reference here is a video for the type that carries the kayaks flat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpv3DtKJE14

I'm sure you could flip the yak over to carry the hull up however unless it's going to rain it should be fine cockpit up.
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I have 2 Ocean Kayak Tridents sit on tops that are 27" wide that we fish tournaments with. I could use one J cradle and lay one flat. I just like em both flat.
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[QUOTE=wilsonfocus86;4032823]The reason I wouldn't do that with a sunroof is that when you want it open, you're going to hear all the buffering of the wind coming off those blades...I've tried it before at speed, and it can get pretty violent if the wind is really whipping lol. I've got it down to a science where I can put the blades up in 10 mins, and take them off in 5! To each his own though :)

Wilson - first, I love the way you car looks! The wheels, the color and the rack just work so well.

I was wonder if you could explain what you mean when you say you can take the blades off. I'm guessing the blades are the cross bars, yes? Do you remove those and then leave the posts (feet?) up, or do you take the whole thing down - feet and cross bars? I'm having a hard time visualizing how it looks with the rack "down," do you have a picture of what it looks like?

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The reason I wouldn't do that with a sunroof is that when you want it open, you're going to hear all the buffering of the wind coming off those blades...I've tried it before at speed, and it can get pretty violent if the wind is really whipping lol. I've got it down to a science where I can put the blades up in 10 mins, and take them off in 5! To each his own though :)

Wilson - first, I love the way you car looks! The wheels, the color and the rack just work so well.

I was wonder if you could explain what you mean when you say you can take the blades off. I'm guessing the blades are the cross bars, yes? Do you remove those and then leave the posts (feet?) up, or do you take the whole thing down - feet and cross bars? I'm having a hard time visualizing how it looks with the rack "down," do you have a picture of what it looks like?

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The posts have a clamp mechanism, where that piece you see going under the door frame is how the posts tighten down. To remove the rack you simply loosen all four posts (they call them feet) and remove the entire thing. The blades stay attached to the feet, and any attachments stay attached to the blades. The bike trays help preserve the distance the feet need to mount apart from each other, so it should go on the exact same way without too much trouble or measuring.
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The posts have a clamp mechanism, where that piece you see going under the door frame is how the posts tighten down. To remove the rack you simply loosen all four posts (they call them feet) and remove the entire thing. The blades stay attached to the feet, and any attachments stay attached to the blades. The bike trays help preserve the distance the feet need to mount apart from each other, so it should go on the exact same way without too much trouble or measuring.
Gotcha, thanks for the clarification. I only asked because the other day I saw a 3-Series with a rack on it, but the cross bars had been detached, so the roof had these four plastic feet sticking up in the air -- sorta like four prehensile dorsal fins. It looked terrible.
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have you looked into any fairings?
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