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Re: Anybody know ETA on Thule or Yakima Racks?

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Ouch! Two inches with Yakima and four inches with Mopar? Now I'm leaning toward Yakima, but I still have to see Thule. Or maybe I'll just have Rack Attack rig a whole new system for me.
A couple of us went the RA route last season and give it a thumbs up for quality, strength, security, and adaptability to all other systems. Downside is that it'll cost you a bit.

Rack Attack Rails & Yakima Roof Rack - Pics

Now that I see the photos of the new WK2 tower feet clamps, I'd likely still spring for the RA system, especially if you're a heavy user or are hauling those double fishing yaks in the other posts. If it's just skiis and an occasional bike or two it looks like the Yak/Thule towers and feet would be fine. YMMV.
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Re: Anybody know ETA on Thule or Yakima Racks?

I had Rack Attack remove the factory tracks from my Overland and install Thule tracks and Whispbar racks. Here's the writeup with photos from Rack Attack in Portland, OR: http://rackattackportland.wordpress....whispbar-rack/

I've since traded that Overland for a Summit and am now back to square one as far as a rack goes.

Thule has a new "Aero Blade" system out that I'm interested in. I'd love to see how the 460R and/or 480R towers integrate with the factory tracks.

The custom Rack Attack approach is good, as Moosehead notes, very functional & strong. But the tracks are a little bit wider than the raised section of the roof that they sit on. Just doesn't look right if you're a little bit obsessive about those kind of details. Also, there was no way to remove the bolts that slide on the tracks (to attach the towers) if you want to remove the racks, at least the way mine was set up. I suppose a little dremel work could have fixed that though. if I do it again I'll need to go away while they remove the old tracks and drill for the new ones. Not fun at all.

No rush here this time around. Canoe is stored for the winter and my skis fit in the back just fine when the power starts piling up!

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