I didn't know this when I bought the Whispbar so now I'll be stuck fabricating an adapter to let me run my Yakima Highroller to the Whispbar. June 16, 2014 Hey Jonathan, It look slike we only have the Half for the S5, which means that it only comes with 1 bar, so if you want to get them from Backcountry you will need 2 of those. Also the clamp style mount used by Yakima and Thule won't work. The Whispbars have a grove on the top so you can slip a lag bolt in to mount your carriers so nothing hangs below the bar. This is a great aerodynamic raised rail rack at a great price! The crossbars are secured to the feet from inside the crossbar and the crossbars have locking endcaps. The foot is made of metal and plastic with a thickly rubber coated steel strap to wrap around your factory raised rails.
I have a new Audi A3 no sun roof or longitudinal roof rails and I would need feet that clamp onto the door head. They offer a more traditional tower option in that case. Cargo carriers, cage baskets, canoes, and kayaks, there are rack accessories, straps, and locks to hold them down. I've noticed on other forums that the S-53s interfere with the opening of the sunroof. I carry a tripping canoe, which is too wide to use the whispbar design.
If you don't install the gasket, the rack will whistle like crazy at anything above 30mph. The only thing is it doesn't look like we have an order in with Yakima at the moment so it might just be a little while. For what it's worth, I'm a mechanical engineer, and I've been reasonably impressed: the drag claims are within reason, the prices are high but not outrageous for the benefits, and none of the marketing claims are obviously false. Quality, looks and no noise, this is the rack to get! To accomodate the variety of rails there are several diffent style of feet. I've got the S53's on mine and the sunroof clears fine. See your Consultant or VolkswagenRebates.
Added the RocketBox 12 and took a trip from San Diego to Canada 2000+ miles. As for the K390 fit kit we currently don't have any on order from Yakima. That said, I wold buy a Whispbar rack sight unseen based on the above evidence. Other than the clear metal aspect of the cargo, I wonder how much the luggage will degrade the signal strength. It is rock solid and quiet.
I would like to get that rack but I have the panoramic sunroof. Post a Comment June 10, 2014 It depends on your vehicle, whether you have factory installed rails or a naked roof. I have a new Audi A3 no sun roof or longitudinal roof rails and I would need feet that clamp onto the door head. My advice is that few people use these things enough to justify their initial cost but because they are all expensive get locking bases so you only have to buy 'em once. Can I ask how you installed the rack so that there's no interference? I imagine there's only one way to find out Click to expand. Hello - I'm new to the forum.
So after ordering the 2nd bar, got it all hooked up and I couldn't be happier! While locks cost extra the Thule one key system allows for having the same key for the racks and all accessories. I couldn't noticed a difference in noise level with or without the base bars. Installation took about an hour using nothing more than an allen wrench and a tape measure. It is extremely easy to install and very protective of the car. The aerodynamic, wing-shaped steel crossbars have a durable black vinyl sleeve. Wherever you go and whatever you take, these racks will hold it. It is a great looking, rugged, reliable rack that is extremely easy to install.
That said, it's not super easy to install on your own and I don't trust a local shop to cut holes in my car. Tried them out for about a week before adding anything to them. It is always best to check with Yakima's Fit Guide first or asking one of our gearhead's with your make, model, year and roof fittings before purchasing. They were so quiet I could not tell they were even on the car. If I was more serious about biking I'd definitely get a better hitch-mounted rack, but for only occasional use it works fine. I am going to pack a travel bag and put it directly on top off the antenna and see if the signal strength is affected. Happy Father's day to all the Dad's out there! I'd much rather have the S-53 than the recommended S-16.
Also, sells the Whispbar product, and the various Rack Attack blogs have me convinced that a some people at Rack Attack are pretty smart, and b Rack Attack wouldn't sell Whispbar products if they were complete crap. Are their clamps as well engineered as their rails? I'd highly recommend these to anyone who hauls anything on their roof! Locks are available separately, security is industry standard. With AeroBlade crossbars, adapters may be needed for some accessories, some accessories are not compatible, so be sure to check our rack and accessory guide. Find somebody local who knows both boats and racks. It has a thick rubber pad that sits on top of the rail, but the metal bracket that goes under the rail is only a thin protective coating. The RailGrab towers include 3 different size claws so if you switch cars it is more likely you can use the same rack. Although we endeavour to ensure that the information contained on the website is accurate, as errors may occur from time to time, customers should verify any information in question with a dealer.
The AeroBlade cross-bars cut the wind, reducing drag and nearly eliminating noise. I also did not have to invest a cent in the setup for my jsw. Also, do these bars sit high enough to let the sunroof open fully? Those ecohitch are also pretty damn solid so I have no concerns about premature wear or failure. Also the clamp style mount used by Yakima and Thule won't work. This roof rail rack has low profile feet and requires require minimal assembly. It clamps around the raised rails of your car with a steel strap that has a thick rubber coating.
It has excellent protective rubber to protect your roof rail. There's never been a better time than now to load up and take all of your gear along with roof racks and necessities from Yakima and Rockymounts. The aerodynamic, wing-shaped steel crossbars have a durable black vinyl sleeve. I'm not convinced that you need extra-long crossbars--if you lashed nylon straps around the towers and over the hull, it wouldn't matter if the hull extended an inch or four over the edge of the crossbars and towers. The round crossbars have a plastic sleeve.