Roof Racks

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Exterior Upgrades' started by LotusZX3, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. LotusZX3

    LotusZX3 Member

    I know this may be a downgrade to some but as a person with too many hobbies a roof rack is necessary for the fishing kayak, snowboard, traveling....

    Maybe someone else here is in the same boat and has a little 411 on options. The removable system that THULE has looks like a winner. Anyone have any experience with it???
     
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  3. svt3d

    svt3d Member

    I don't know about other racks but if you go the Thule route you should def. hit up Steve he will get you great pricing!!


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  4. ChrisTahoe

    ChrisTahoe New Member

    I have one (Thule). It works really well. The rubber on the feet will leave marks, but they're only superficial and can be polished out, and obviously your gas mileage will take a hit. First time setup takes awhile putting it all together, but afterwards installation and removal can be done with two people in about 5 minutes.

    Take a look at used sites like GearTrade for deals on attachments. I picked up my Thule bike attachment (the kind where you can leave the wheels on) for $70 shipped, and it was brand new (had been bought and returned to BackCountry.com).
     
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  5. tubbyaz

    tubbyaz Member

    How about a hitch rack? I put a lightweight Reese tab hitch on my old Focus, and could attach and remove a bicycle rack in seconds. Nothing touched any paint at all.

    I've seen receiver hitches for older Fiestas, however now that they've changed the "diffuser" underneath the bumper, I've not seen one yet for the 2014 models. I know, doesn't work for kayaks or skis, but you can't beat a hitch rack for bicycles.
     
  6. RaNDoM

    RaNDoM New Member

    Did you check out the Sea Suckers? They are really strong suction cups that are removable. Won't damage the paint either.
     
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  7. greybeard

    greybeard New Member

    I'm interested. But who is Steve and how would I contact him?

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  8. W00ht

    W00ht New Member

    I've had Thule (regular and aero) and Yakima (round). I prefer Yakima because I like how everything works and the carriers mount to the rack bars. The Thule stuff looks more modern but is over engineered and tends to have more pieces to loose and it doesn't seem to be as simple to connect a carrier to the bar. For my FiST I'm planning on the Whispbar through racks (Yakima bought Whispbar) because there the most efficient and I hated my Thule setups. Round Yakima racks are the most versatile but are the loudest and cause the most drag.


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  9. jeffreylund

    jeffreylund New Member

    Yep, yep. I've got a round bar Yakima setup and it is noisy, but not difficult to use. It is one of the items which I kept when I decided to ditch the '12 SES
     
  10. yogerdt

    yogerdt New Member

    Did the Yakima system work well? Any damage from the Q clips or anything like that? I just got a set up from a friend and I'm waiting on the right Q clips to come in the mail.
     
  11. W00ht

    W00ht New Member

    I ended up buying my wife a Tacoma Double Cab and bought the factory rack option for it.

    As far as the Q clips I've had on other cars, they can mar the paint if you're careless when setting them up especially if they get dropped and have little nicks on them. Take your time and make sure everything is seated correctly. I used some 3M clear bra material to protect the paint on my GTI by making little protected areas to go under the clips and spots where the landing pads sit.

    Also a buddy of mine keeps a piece of 440 parachute cord wrapped around his front bar. It stops the wind noise and the humming,
     
  12. Slip

    Slip Member

    Rola Products roof rack - originally saw this brand on a Mazda3 in our neighborhood here and loved the low profile look of the setup. Uses the wing shaped aero bars so no real need for a fairing - but you need to search around a little bit to find attachments that fit correctly because of the wider cross bars (or just buy Rola accessories I guess...)

    The bars are locking and do not jut out past the side of the car like some Thule or Yakima products made to fit multiple body styles can.

    I use mine to haul kayaks and bikes throughout the year.

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  13. Leichtwork@gmail

    Leichtwork@gmail New Member

    I have the Yakima and I think it works great. I had to get different bars and q clips because I pulled it off my old car. I was impressed, I don't have the shield and it makes zero noise on the fist. It was crazy loud on my Genesis Coupe!
     

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