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Old 02-08-2013, 11:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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so today i went boarding at Bluewood, Wa with my friend. the snow was really good for only 4 inces in two days. powder with some ice under it. amazing day everything went perfect for us. we ended up leaving a bit ealry due to the fact i had to work. i put both boards on the ski rack on my audi a4, like iv done every time. about 4omin into the trip we hear a some noise. 2 sec later i look in my rear view mirror and what do u know. i see my lib tech travis rice and his burton nug flying in the air aswell one of my ski racks. this was on the highway going 65mph. lucky there was no car behind me at all. i felt so bad for my friend, felt like it was my fault. my board didnt have one scratche on it. my friends board on the other hand got fucked on the top of the tip of his board.

anyone ever see something or hear about this happening. we got lucky that our boards didnt break in half or something. even luckier that there was no one behind us.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Were your bindings still on your boards when that happened?
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow, this wasn't a great post to read, just on the fact that I am SO paranoid about this happening EVERY time I take my buddies subaru. I am always looking in the rear-view mirror every 5 seconds making sure everything is ok.

Maybe it happened to loosen over time with highway vibration? I usually shake and check if everything is locked down before driving away though, again - my paranoia.

What exactly malfunctioned? Did the entire rack just break off? What brand was it and how old was the rack?
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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ya bindings were on. high backs put under the starps and all that. bindings were facing down.


thats the only thing i could think off. was it became loos over time or someone tried taking it off but thats realy doubtful. its a thule ski rack. dont know how old or anything. its been on the audi for 4 or 5 months now.

the whole bar and clip came off. heres a pic of what it looks like now. i was very lucky that thas all that happened. i was also always paranoid the first couple times but just got used to it and never even worried about it. it's not going back on the car anytime soon, thats for sure.


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Old 02-10-2013, 07:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I always worry about that happening. Hasn't happened to me yet. I hope it doesn't happen!
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Does the B7 A4 audi not have pin points for the rack? I can't remember if my B7 had it but my B8 has points for the thule rack to "grab" into and I think it definitely helps keep it secure.

My guess is the distance between the towers was too wide, I had that happen the first time I put mine on and it definitely felt loose at a stop. At 65 I can see how if one side moved a little it would throw the whole thing off.

Is there anything you can claim under car insurance or homeowners insurance? Sucks that it happened, but I wouldn't not trust the rack, just constantly keep checking it. Good luck.
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My B6 Passat has holes for pins on the clips to go into. My previous Jetta had pegs under the weather stripping and the clips went on in a keyhole fashion. I don't know how the base clips could have come off on either one. The bases would have had to been so loose the rack would have been flopping all around on the roof.
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so today i went boarding at Bluewood, Wa with my friend. the snow was really good for only 4 inces in two days. powder with some ice under it. amazing day everything went perfect for us. we ended up leaving a bit ealry due to the fact i had to work. i put both boards on the ski rack on my audi a4, like iv done every time. about 4omin into the trip we hear a some noise. 2 sec later i look in my rear view mirror and what do u know. i see my lib tech travis rice and his burton nug flying in the air aswell one of my ski racks. this was on the highway going 65mph. lucky there was no car behind me at all. i felt so bad for my friend, felt like it was my fault. my board didnt have one scratche on it. my friends board on the other hand got fucked on the top of the tip of his board.

anyone ever see something or hear about this happening. we got lucky that our boards didnt break in half or something. even luckier that there was no one behind us.

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Old 02-14-2013, 10:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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That totally sucks. I drive a blazer and put my boards on the roof and I am always checking on them through the sunroof.
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That sucks, man, but it was your rack and your responsibility to make sure that shit was locked down. I'd be buying my buddy a new board if it was me.
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