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I was parked next to a family members late model Subaru and wondered how difficult would it be to retro fit a roof rack like the one on their Subaru? The roof line looked very similar. The gutter was slightly wider but man my SVT would look really great with that same style rack not mention the added utility.
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It's probably doable as long as the length is right and you are ok with dropping the headliner and drilling. Built-in rails/racks are definitely nicer if you really want a roof rack, and you don't have to deal with clips that intersect with door jambs and gaskets. This mod is something I've been thinking about, but on a sedan.

Some other small SUVs/CUVs might have hardware that is the right length. Width of the bars is probably more of a challenge, and I would expect to have to do some cutting. On my next junkyard trip I'm going to look at Escape, Tuscon, and others.

I did a swap of rails from a Subaru WRX to a Saab 9-2x, but that was easy because the holes were already there. The trick was removing all the pieces from each car without breaking any of the plastic clips that hold the trims on.
 

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It's probably doable as long as the length is right and you are ok with dropping the headliner and drilling. Built-in rails/racks are definitely nicer if you really want a roof rack, and you don't have to deal with clips that intersect with door jambs and gaskets. This mod is something I've been thinking about, but on a sedan.

Some other small SUVs/CUVs might have hardware that is the right length. Width of the bars is probably more of a challenge, and I would expect to have to do some cutting. On my next junkyard trip I'm going to look at Escape, Tuscon, and others.

I did a swap of rails from a Subaru WRX to a Saab 9-2x, but that was easy because the holes were already there. The trick was removing all the pieces from each car without breaking any of the plastic clips that hold the trims on.
I think you are cotrect. Allot of work to customize a factory set up to fit our car .... but it would look really cool!
 

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I used to work in the industry. The racks are pretty universal but the feet are car-specific. I have a spreadsheet showing all the fit kits for Yakima over many years.

Cars that have factory roof racks ie the front to back bars, are setup completely different.

I researched prior to getting my '04 SVT and found that there was an early rack kit that fits. You used to be able to get it from BAT but when I checked a few years ago they no longer had it. It existed when you bought a Focus and got a Kona bike. Apparently those holes were stock on Euro models. At that time we checked a car and found it had them - but I don't think it was my car. There are posts on the forum somewhere. I'm thinking it goes up to 2003 or 2004 and then the holes disappeared.

I have a double bike rack on mine (I actually bike). I really miss cars with gutters, racks were so easy to install and pull on and off. Sorry, not the best pix with trees in the background
 

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I used to work in the industry. The racks are pretty universal but the feet are car-specific. I have a spreadsheet showing all the fit kits for Yakima over many years.
Thank you for the reply and pictures! Very much appreciated. Btw, the more I look at the 4 door SVT the more I like it. I have never seen one in the flesh but will take a look if I have the opportunity to see one in the future. I didn't even know these Focus SVT's existed until I stumbled upon the one I purchased while looking for a suitable low cost vehicle I could tow with my diesel pusher. As I've gone through this car to bring it back to life I cant believe what a gem this thing is and very fun to drive. It is quickly becoming my favorite daily driver! :cool:
 

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Personally I like 2 doors better, but now and then the back doors come in handy :)

It IS a fun car.

I can take better pix when the weather clears up if interested. But mine go in the top of the doors which is what any Yakima or Thule rack for that car would do.

Oh FYI - if you are actually planning on carrying something on top of a 2 door, you will need an extender. You can see on mine that I have an attachment point in each door. On the 2 door, there isn't enough spread to do that in one door, so they made a kit that extends towards the back of the roof. I have one because we have a 2005 ZX3 that I use for winter, but I haven't installed it yet. Another reason I miss gutters they were just so easy!
 

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I can take better pix when the weather clears up if interested. But mine go in the top of the doors which is what any Yakima or Thule rack for that car would do.
I would love to see more pics of your 4 door SVT! Is the interior similar to the 2 door just extra room?
 

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I would love to see more pics of your 4 door SVT! Is the interior similar to the 2 door just extra room?
I will get some for you, I've just cleaned it from my trip so it's a good time 😂

Our ZX3 has a plain interior so I'm not sure how the SVT 2 vs 4 door interiors differ. I was actually wondering if it was easier to sleep in the ZX3 - the SVT seats are soooo poofy that they take up a lot of room! My early Escort had more trunk room than the SVT, yet there are things in the cockpit area that are too far away for me to easily reach in the SVT.
 
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