The next generation of roof racks Constantly aiming at staying one step ahead, and working closely together with the car industry, Thule introduces a new generation of roof rack systems: Thule Edge and Thule Evo. Enlighten me with your extensive knowledge! I am shopping around for roof racks for '11 Jetta. I'd much rather have the S-53 than the recommended S-16. I currently have a Yakima setup on my 99. 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. I would like to get that rack but I have the panoramic sunroof. I believe the only tricky part was slightly lowering or lifting the exhaust to get the hitch in place, but it has been a few years.
I've noticed on other forums that the S-53s interfere with the opening of the sunroof. They offer a more traditional tower option in that case. What kind of dinghy are we talking about? They offer a more traditional tower option in that case. . Golf R and Scirocco posts are welcome. But we had two recreational kayaks in J-carriers and although I didn't try it for sure, things might be a bit too crammed and pushed out to the outer edges of the bars. I never did install my rack still sitting in my garage as haven't been using the kayaks lately or can just use my truck to haul them.
I already had clamps that attached to roof rails, and the proper sized crossbars. The low-profile Thule Edge system offers a sleek, integrated design, while the Thule Evo system maximizes the loading area and comes with a variety of load bar options. I would like to get that rack but I have the panoramic sunroof. That said, I wold buy a Whispbar rack sight unseen based on the above evidence. Most racks use towers that rise up 3-4 inches above the Sportwagen's rails, which is less fuel efficient and increases wind noise. Thule and Yakima both make excellent products, so they keep each other honest. Cheers, Jason I've got the S53's on mine and the sunroof clears fine.
It is super easy to just put the bike on the platform without having to lift onto roof, running the risk of having something contact the paint. Sorry to bring up a dead post, but I have some info for anyone else who's curious. I would like to hear from anyone that has racks whether Thule or other and if they have experienced any paint damage issues. Tired of answering the same questions time and time again? It requires removig two bolts already installed, and snaking in two bolts with the included wire tool. Can I ask how you installed the rack so that there's no interference? I have a new Audi A3 no sun roof or longitudinal roof rails and I would need feet that clamp onto the door head. I carry a tripping canoe, which is too wide to use the whispbar design. Our sunroof deflectors and splash guard will keep your Jetta nice and clean while you show off your Jetta with a new chrome grill and high performance muffler.
Second, for those with Thule 480 what width are your bars and fairing if applicable and would you order the same size s again? I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. Satellite Radio Reception Anyone have trouble with their satellite radio reception when they have a luggage carrier box mounted, like a Thule? I have a setup in my garage but haven't put it on the car yet. Would I just need different clips for the Q-loaders? With a roomy interior, stylish exterior, and plenty of Getty-up, the Jetta leaves the rest of the class in its wake. 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. Any other recommendations would be helpful.
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. Other than the clear metal aspect of the cargo, I wonder how much the luggage will degrade the signal strength. Making them longer would just increase the potential for hitting my head on them as I am getting into and out of the car! Thanks in advance for your or anyone else's input. I use a Yakima setup which allows me to run bars wider than the roof rails, which I feel is required for a 17ft canoe. Patrick Accessories carries all the toys you need to take you Jetta out to play. Also, many of my friends with a roof rack have inevitably forgotten their bike was ontop when they pulled into their garage, with non desirable results. Know a lot about mechanics and modding? I also like being able to remove almost all signs that I have a rack on the car when I am not using the bike for awhile.
If you can't find what you are looking for on the website, please contact us at 800-367-7222 to find out if we can get what you need. Agree with the radio transparency point - good insight! 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. The Volkswagen Jetta is quickly becoming the head of the class for midsized-sedans. I don't have a fairing, but I have noticed some interesting wind noise with the empty rack on the roof at highway speed. I believe I went with the Curt hitch for the GtI. When combined with other Thule products, our roof racks are also a starting point for carrying the extra special gear that lets you live your passions — with holders for your bikes, your skis, your canoes or kayaks, and your surfboards.
Caution: Make sure to do your research before modifying your car. I bought mine to use with a pair of bike trays again off Craigslist. There's fairly frequent discussion of what you should consider. I got my spare keys and more lock cores directly from Thule, along with a change key. Find somebody local who knows both boats and racks. 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.