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Old 02-14-2013, 11:48 AM   #21 (permalink)
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It's the tracks, but wont' the board face more pressure and resistance on top of the car than behind the car? Plus the tracks can't actually hold the snowboard I'd just be tying it the tracks, at least the bike rack on back has hooks I can use.

Are you saying it's better to tie it to the roof tracks then to hang and tie it on a truck mounted bike rack?
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:59 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by edlo View Post

Lose your stuff with a rack.
I don't like ratchets.
You don't lose your stuff with a properly installed roof rack. I am of the firm belief that guy had the wrong clips and or installed the rack incorrectly. Looking at the picture the remaining front crossbar looks way too far forward. Knowing that VW/Audi always has rack attachment points and the proper clips have pins that go into holes, I am pretty sure he is using the wrong clips. If I thought the load bars could handle the weight I would feel confident lifting my car by the rack that's how solid it is.
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:06 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I know a guy....who's cousin, knows these kids that went on a trip out west. Some smaller car...fully packed with four dudes and tons of gear on top. Apparently, they were in such a hurry to get to the slopes, they failed to properly secure their boards and baggage. One of the edges of a board "sliced" through the rope, bungee, strap or whatever. This happened at 70+mph on the interstate.Long story short....shit goes airborn.....through windshield of car behind.....multicar accident.......2 deaths......jail time.
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:16 PM   #24 (permalink)
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these work awesome for surf boards, would prolly work equally well if you wanted to toss a snowboard on your rack..

cheap option with some risk, but could work if you are careful enough when you secure your board.

good luck

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Old 02-14-2013, 01:24 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Before I got a roof rack on my old Frontier I used to strap kayaks to the roof using cam straps and foam blocks. It's a bit of a hassle, but it works fine for occasional use. I'd think if you can hold a 13-foot kayak on a roof you can hold a snowboard. Just watch that your edges don't cut the straps (maybe put something in between), and check occasionally to make sure the straps are tight. I always checked after the first 15-20 minutes and then at least once an hour after that.
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