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Old 11-27-2011, 01:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I have a 2007 ford focus with a bare roof (nothing on it). What would be the cheapest and safest way to mount at least 2 snowboards on it? I don't want to spend $500+ on rails, crossbars, towers, mounts etc.....

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Old 11-27-2011, 09:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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DO you have a trailer hitch. You can buy one that slides into your reciever on your trailer hitch.



without spending $500...ebay....do you have Craigslist up in Cananda???? otherwise nothing......

A car without a factory roof rack requires you to buy a roof rack then buy the snowboard carrier. You could maybe put a blanket on your trunk and strap them down. I so don't recommend that option, damage the car, loose the boards.

Your best option buy a complete roof system used, I don't really see anyother options
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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have no experience with this product but i saw it on ebay the other day...

YAKIMA Magneato MAGNETIC Mount Dual snowboard Rack Carrier snow board Easy ON/Of | eBay
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If you have a bare roof, then you'll probably need horizontal rails that clamp in above the doors. They don't look very good and they could very well do damage to the roof of the car.

Once you have rails then you'll need a rack or clamps to attach to it. I have the Yakima fat cats. Got 'em for like $150. You could theoretically do the whole project for less than $500, but again, the issue with damaging the roof of the car should be fully investigated.

Your best bet is probably to take your question to a message board for owners of your car. Got the best info on my rack from the Subaru Outback and Subaru Impreza message boards.

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have no experience with this product but i saw it on ebay the other day...


Nice find but I would have all kinds of worry with this.. First scratching of the paint, sliding around on roof, coming off while driving.

I have the Yakima system on my car and no damage what so ever to the car...
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I found a universal system for $30 Universal roof rack system




Might be worth looking into seems solid .?.?.?
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Old 11-27-2011, 11:14 AM   #7 (permalink)
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the strap-down system would make me nervous as a car owner. you likely have to tighten that strap quite a bit to keep the rack in place, or at the very least, keep it from jiggling around, and if you do, then you've got to worry about denting the roof and the door frames.
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Nice find but I would have all kinds of worry with this.. First scratching of the paint, sliding around on roof, coming off while driving.

I have the Yakima system on my car and no damage what so ever to the car...
again, have no experience with it, but i honestly think it would work fine. it looks to have a rubber gasket to protect the car, and IMO it wouldnt slide around. no diff then the big pizza del signs the drivers stick to their roof
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some reviews from the interwebz....

I was worried about it with any speeding but it was great! Even being put on the truck, it works perfectly. It didn't move at all! It was very secure and kept the skis in place! I am very happy with my purchase and continue to use it all the time!

I was a little skeptical when I saw this magnetic ski rack, but I used the rack on a 250 mile trip without problems. There was no sign of movement or lifting on my trip with speeds greater than 65-70 mph.




and it is at least from a reputable manufacturer
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the strap-down system would make me nervous as a car owner. you likely have to tighten that strap quite a bit to keep the rack in place, or at the very least, keep it from jiggling around, and if you do, then you've got to worry about denting the roof and the door frames.
Geez, that's how almost all roof racks worked before they started putting rails on cars. I built a cottage 100 miles away from home, lugging multiple sheets of plywood on an old rack with suction cup bases. Just wipe the roof and the rack bases before mounting and cinch it down tight, if you're worried about scratches.

Most canoe rental places just use 4 foamies and straps to keep a canoe on the roof at highway speeds, you're not going to have a problem with a couple of boards. Only thing is that nylon straps stretch a bit when they get wet (from road spray, etc.), just pull over after 30 minutes and re-tighten them once.

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