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Old 11-15-2014, 04:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I just got a new board for the season. Iíll be riding it for the first time tomorrow. So I put the racks on the car today and discover that the bindings are set too wide to fit in my racks with both bindings between the racks, like it had been on my previous board for the past 5 years.

You can see in the first picture, front to back: rack, binding, binding, rack. The rear rack is right on top of the rear binding. Just wonít work.

We can debate about stance width, but I donít think that will get me anywhere. Maybe with my last board I was just lucky with the racks? Maybe I my stance on that board was too close? Anyhow, on the new board I have the bindings as close together as theyíll go. (I could flip the disks and bring them a little closer ó but that gets me less than an inch and that still wonít solve the rack issue.) Iím pretty confident I got the right size board (although I was a bit surprise that the closest binding holes make my stance almost 3 inches wider than my last board).

Anyhow, I tried the putting the board in the rack the other possible ways (front to back): rack, binding, rack, binding, and binding, rack, binding, rack. Both setups look scary to me. Do people actually do this with their boards? In both these scenarios I can slide the board out of one of the racks. Iím not so much worried about the potential theft aspect; Iím worried about the board coming out of the racks while driving. Am I crazy to worry about this? Or am I crazy to drive with the board in the racks like this?

My bindings are Flow and I can remove the main strap and flip the board upside down and do it rack, binding, rack, binding, but I can still slide the board out of one rack.

So what do people do in this scenario? I canít imagine Iím the first person to have this problem. I donít want to change how the racks are mounted on the car. The installation instructions tell you the distances on your particular car, and I would presume everythingís all tested out, and if you deviate too much from spec, you risk the whole rack coming off the car. I also would prefer not to get a roof box. The car is a Pontiac Vibe (hatchback), and I donít know if box would interfere with the hatchback opening. I also canít put the board in the racks on the diagonal. Doesnít fit that way either, and I have to get my wifeís skis in the racks too.

When itís me alone (tomorrow), Iím willing to put my board in the car with me, but I donít do that when I have my wife or kids in the car.

What to do?
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Old 11-15-2014, 04:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So what do people do in this scenario?
Unscrew one of the bindings. It takes all of 10 seconds with a basic screwdriver or multi-tool and you can re-attach when you get to the hill in another 10 seconds.

Not the most convenient option, but not exactly a dealbreaker either.
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Or put your back ski rack a little farther back. I've got a very similar setup, and there's nothing magical about the distance between the rack bars. You probably had them farther apart last year.
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Or put your back ski rack a little farther back. I've got a very similar setup, and there's nothing magical about the distance between the rack bars. You probably had them farther apart last year.
This. Just move the rack back.
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Or put your back ski rack a little farther back. I've got a very similar setup, and there's nothing magical about the distance between the rack bars. You probably had them farther apart last year.
That or move the front bar forward so that the fairing is just about above the top of the windshield.
Something like this.
http://www.rackattack.com/dynamicima...-6-locks-2.jpg

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Or see how your wife fits up top and put your stuff in the car.
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Or put your back ski rack a little farther back. I've got a very similar setup, and there's nothing magical about the distance between the rack bars. You probably had them farther apart last year.
I just took down the bike racks and set up my snowboard racks.

I had a similar issue last hear. This year I set my back rack up backwards. it gives me about 3cm of extra space. This is exactly what I needed to get a good distance for my boards. Now i can actually put my boards in the their bag, and secure up top with no problems at all. Last season I was doing some diagonal shit just so the boards would fit...now it is all good.

You look like you need quite a bit more space. Take the bindings off and slap them back on. Mark your position and spend a few seconds adjusting it every time. Sucks...but nothing else you can do.

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Old 11-15-2014, 08:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I would leave it setup like the instructions say, I have thule setup rack-binding-rack-binding on my Jetta and it would take a tornado to rip the board out of there
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Old 11-15-2014, 08:33 PM   #9 (permalink)
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You can't always move the rack. My car has factory indents where the machine picked up the body to put on chassis and that is where my rack mounts. Won't fit elsewhere.



I just place the front binding behind the front bar. In all the years I've had 4 boards up there I have never lost any.
Taking the bindings off **would** be a pain in the ass IMO with most bindings having footbeds, possible snow getting into the inserts and freezing before you get to the hill. Just a bad idea, might work for others...not me

If your truly worried buy or make a junk leash and tether one binding to the holder. Crisis dealt with...
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I would put it in like #2 or 3 and just bungee it in through the binding.
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