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Old 10-07-2013, 04:00 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I bought the rack but would honestly fold seats down if I could. My 2001 subaru impreza doesn't have folding rear seats. The roof rack exposes the boards to the elements and makes a significant amount of wind noise. Of course you can get the carrier but that is mucho mula. I'm paranoid a rock will take a chunk out of my board out on my exposed roof rack though.
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Get the dealer OEM one for your car it is built way better than Thule or Yakima and believe it or not it's cheaper than both those systems
Getting OEM for my kids GTI. Basically poormans Audi A4
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Get the dealer OEM one for your car it is built way better than Thule or Yakima
Getting OEM for my kids GTI. Basically poormans Audi A4
the poorman's audi A4 was the 1998 to 2005 VW Passat
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GTI is on same chassis and motor
Wasnt Jetta off the A4 not the Passat
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I bought the rack but would honestly fold seats down if I could. My 2001 subaru impreza doesn't have folding rear seats. The roof rack exposes the boards to the elements and makes a significant amount of wind noise. Of course you can get the carrier but that is mucho mula. I'm paranoid a rock will take a chunk out of my board out on my exposed roof rack though.
I have been doing open racks for 10 years on my little Volvo v40 (abt the same size as A4)...the old bigger ones (free) will fit 4 boards and 2 sets of skies...bring the quiver..absolutely no problems.
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GTI is on same chassis and motor
Wasnt Jetta off the A4 not the Passat
In the VW terms, A4 = MK4 chassis, which is a PQ34 chassis.

which..
P = passenger
Q = transverse
3 = platform size
4 = generation

The Audi A4 is a PL4# chassis, where
L = longitudinal
4= platform size
so, the 02 Audi A4 would be a PL46
but, the 1998-2005 Passat was a PL45
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Search which feet fit your car and buy those on eBay. Then purchase the appropriate bars and attachments. If you are patient and piece together a kit you can do it under $250
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:34 PM   #18 (permalink)
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We bought our Thule set-up from Rackattack.com. Wicked pissa cheap (they're based near Boston)...four boards or two boards and four sets of skis...for just $99. Included everything, including the clamps. Of course, we already had the crossbars on the SUV, so you'll pay some more for those, but still their prices can't be beat.

As for folding down the seats...do it if you can. We stopped putting the boards on the roof because the loaded racks caused so much drag that we'd literally lose like 4 mpg on the average trip to Vermont. When you're traveling a 3-400 miles, that adds up. Even if we bring a passenger (or two) in the back seat, the 60/40 split seats fold down to accommodate all our gear.
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Yeah, not a whole lot of people selling them on craigslist here in Ohio

Maybe I will just take peoples suggestion of just throwing them in the trunk/backseat...
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:16 PM   #20 (permalink)
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try the trunk thing for a while. i got a super cheap dakine board bag at the end of the season that keeps all the water IN when i'm going home. it's not padded or fancy or anything, and my boards don't melt onto the seats after a day's riding. then i just shake out any water when i get home.

aside from now living where i can take the shuttle to the mountain, when using my car - the bag kicks ass, and i've pretty much stopped wanting a roof rack. i think they are kind of a pain in the ass. but when i was researching them, i found all the individual components, new, on ebay for less than half the cost of a kit.
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