Originally Posted by JayB
Is it just me or does this seem way more $$ than the MOPAR crossbars?
MOPAR crossbars are around $200-235 which include locks.
Thule prices out to $385. Even if I already have load bars it would still be about $300.
And IMO, the MOPAR looks better than I assume the Thule will (assume these are still the typical square load bars).
So what's the deal with the pricing?
It's not just you. The math worked out that way for me, too.
The pros/cons have been discussed here a bit, and amount to a few differences that may be important depending on your needs:
* A custom Yakima install such as from RackAttack provides greater spread between front and back bars. This could be important if you're mounting a large box or basket.
* The Yak crossbars would of course allow perfect compatibility with Yak accessories.
* The Yak system allows for longer crossbars, even extending outside of the rails. Some folks like this as it makes it easy to pop a bike onto a rooftop carrier. Some might even say that it makes it "effortless"
* The Mopar locks are not as robust as the Yak's. While all locks can be defeated by a determined scumbag, the Mopar lock implementation leaves a bit to be desired. However, I find them to be suitable for my modest security needs and limited use of rooftop transport to begin with.
That said, I have found the Mopar setup to work great for me, and I agree that it looks good up there, too. I also prefer the winglike aspect to the round bar of the Yak, but that is strictly due to my aesthetic and admittedly is more a victory of form over function since I rarely transport anything up there.
Both are good systems, just depends on your needs, your style, and your budget.