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. My mileage was about 36 per gallon compared to about 44 or 45 without the RocketBox, which I consider very good. As long as you have supports between the rails and the deck, you should be fine. Still, there is a small-but-nonzero chance that I'd regret that purchase. I lost too many mpg on a long trip with my yakima crossbar system when loaded with my x-large mtb on top. While locks cost extra the Thule one key system allows for having the same key for the racks and all accessories.
I would like to get that rack but I have the panoramic sunroof. I couldn't noticed a difference in noise level with or without the base bars. Definitely worth the investment, and I'll be picking up some bike tray come spring. 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. Thus, since I already had roof racks from my sportwagen, I went with roof on the mk7.
When you want to put something on the bars; remove the covers, slide out the gaskets, slide in the attachment, then put the gaskets back in using your fingers to get them under the attachment points and needle-nose pliers to pull it through the last couple inches. From sporty to sleek, each piece is masterfully designed and engineered to fit your car and match your lifestyle. Quality, looks and no noise, this is the rack to get! Installation took about an hour using nothing more than an allen wrench and a tape measure. A rebate to help you get all in line for spring. The CrossRoad foot is made of metal with an nice plastic shroud.
Thule and Yakima both make excellent products, so they keep each other honest. The only thing is it doesn't look like we have an order in with Yakima at the moment so it might just be a little while. Toeball is right about the slot in the Whispbar crossbars. The aerodynamic, wing-shaped steel crossbars have a durable black vinyl sleeve. The CrossRoad foot is made of metal with an nice plastic shroud. That said, it's not super easy to install on your own and I don't trust a local shop to cut holes in my car. It is always best to check with Yakima's Fit Guide first or asking one of our gearhead's with your make, model, year and roof fittings before purchasing.
I have a new Audi A3 no sun roof or longitudinal roof rails and I would need feet that clamp onto the door head. I imagine there's only one way to find out Click to expand. That said, I wold buy a Whispbar rack sight unseen based on the above evidence. June 16, 2014 Hey Jonathan, It look slike we only have the Half for the S5, which means that it only comes with 1 bar, so if you want to get them from Backcountry you will need 2 of those. Just put your garage door opener in the trunk whenever you have a bike on the roof.
Most racks use towers that rise up 3-4 inches above the Sportwagen's rails, which is less fuel efficient and increases wind noise. 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. It holds our two mountain bikes with no problems, and doesn't make any popping or clunking noises going around corners like I've experienced with other brand racks. The only wind noise I've noticed from the racks is when there is a nasty crosswind, but I honestly think the wind noise comes more from my Yakima Fork Lifts rather than the Whispbars. I use a Yakima setup which allows me to run bars wider than the roof rails, which I feel is required for a 17ft canoe.
Hello - I'm new to the forum. It fits tight and looks clean and compact. Cheers, Jason I've got the S53's on mine and the sunroof clears fine. This is a great aerodynamic raised rail rack at a great price! I also did not have to invest a cent in the setup for my jsw. It clamps around the raised rails of your car with a steel strap that has a thick rubber coating.
They offer a more traditional tower option in that case. Tried them out for about a week before adding anything to them. I have a new 2011 Jetta Sport wagon and I am in search for info on sport racks, starting with cross bars. Please contact the mods before you post. Hello - I'm new to the forum. Quality, looks and no noise, this is the rack to get! While locks cost extra the Thule one key system allows for having the same key for the racks and all accessories.