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02-16-2013 01:54 PM
BigmountainVMD I just don't know how it all came off with the doors shot if a piece didn't break. It must have been super loose for the back one to fall off. I always tug the hell out of mine to make sure it hasn't loosened up in the cold.
02-16-2013 01:28 PM
509-pow
ski rack fell off

My bad guys totally forgot to replay. I bought the rack from my friend who used it in his b6 a4. We installed it when I first bought the car this summer. It's not factory so there wasn't any pins like u guys say. Ill take pics ones I get home. The front rack took some time to get off. U have to unlock it and then twist the lock like 10 times to get it loos enough to pull off of the body of the car. I picked up the other rack. The boards were still attached to the rack. I've used the rack plenty of times. 3 hour drive with 4 boards on at one time and then every other time is a 2 hour drive. Maybe a total of like 10 times.

I wish I could buy him a new board but he said no. It's a 09 burton nug. Told him to go take it in and get the top sheet fixed ill pay for it. He said no its only cosmetic don't worry about it. Ima buy him lift ticket next time he goes up. He boards maybe two times a year.
02-16-2013 10:46 AM
slyder Ya OP'er needs to chime in here.
Your right was this the 1st time he had boards on it, I doubt it from the sound of his post but he needs more info.
Where did he get the rack?
Was it installed per the dimensions to factory specs for the car??

Here are the factory slots that my rack clamps into specific for my car



02-16-2013 09:56 AM
sangsters
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Originally Posted by rfrich74 View Post
It could have been on the car for 4-5 months without anything on it to create upward pressure. Strap a board to it and you have an instant sail putting some pretty strong forces on the rack.
No aerodynamics expert but if the issue had been the boards creating a sail effect, I would imagine that the leading edge, ie the front rack would have lifted off.

OP -- did you retrieve the rack after it detached? I'd be on the phone with Thule, if there was a manufacturing defect I believe they'll step up. If it was the wrong foot pack (the part that secures to the car) that, sadly, is on you.

In the end though, it feels like installation error.
02-16-2013 08:42 AM
rfrich74 It could have been on the car for 4-5 months without anything on it to create upward pressure. Strap a board to it and you have an instant sail putting some pretty strong forces on the rack.
02-16-2013 08:24 AM
slyder the wierd part was he stated it's been on the car for 4 or 5 months with no issue.
any way something was the wrong part or broke or loosened over time as the outcome is WHAM your boards are lying on the freeway.....
02-16-2013 04:42 AM
Toecutter
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Originally Posted by rfrich74 View Post
That appears to be a Thule load bar setup. When you purchase the clips that fit the base towers to your car they have the proper pins on them to go into the holes on the vehicle. It's the whole point of different clips for different cars.
...and once those pins are seated within the door frame and the doors are shut I don't see how the rack could come off short of something breaking or separating from having been incorrectly assembled in the first place.
02-16-2013 01:04 AM
rfrich74
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Originally Posted by zoom111 View Post
I think this is universal style rack where you buy the correct "mount feet" and they latch onto the car as opposed to the oem votex racks that lock into the pegs like you described.
That appears to be a Thule load bar setup. When you purchase the clips that fit the base towers to your car they have the proper pins on them to go into the holes on the vehicle. It's the whole point of different clips for different cars.
02-15-2013 10:38 PM
IS3_FTW Sorry to hear about that. It sucks, when it falls on you.

My friend would always joke around with me, about my board flying off. Well, Im gonna tell him, STFU!! Because your board is on there to. And, Im not gonna take the blame, if it happens to go flying like a kite
02-15-2013 10:02 PM
tigre
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Originally Posted by wrathfuldeity View Post
Years ago had a canoe blow off...it was one of those coleman red plastic ram-x things. Just stopped, drugged out of the ditch and tied it on better
My boyfriend had that happen with a friend's canoe last summer. Big old plastic thing that cost them $75 thirty years ago. Somehow chewed through a strap and flew off on the highway. Put a crack in the bow, but we patched it up with Splash Zone epoxy and it holds water just fine. They don't use it anymore anyways, so they let us have it in exchange for us supplying pallets for the big New Year's bonfire, which we do regardless. Not a bad deal.
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