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Roof Rails

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by MATTEmarc, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. MATTEmarc

    MATTEmarc Member

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    I am a surfer and I hate carrying my wet and sandy boards in my car, plus I can't bring people with me.
    I saw a Thule that looked like it might work. Has anybody installed roof racks or know of a compatible one.
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  2. MichaelS

    MichaelS Member

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    I bought a Yakima roof rack for the Model S. Have not put it on yet.
     
  3. babyrocket

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    I have the Yakima roof rack system - works perfectly and easy on/off. Go on their website and use the fit guide, the Model S is in their system (Landing Pad 11).
     
  4. TheAustin

    TheAustin Model S: P2009 P85

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    I've heard that Yakima had a rack/rails, and I've been meaning to look into it. In the meantime, I've just been using foam blocks for my standup paddleboard, which is 29 pounds and 12 1/2 feet long...So your surfboard should be just fine on that! I like the fact that it's not a permanent fixture, and that when I want to take my board off, I just chuck the foam blocks and ties in the trunk, and my car is back to normal.

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  5. MATTEmarc

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    I don't like the yakima it ruins the clean look of the car. The guys in at Main Beach Surf Shop are calling Thule for me to check the compatibility of there rapid/aero 450r system for me.
    As of now I am using a all inclusive system similar to yours for Creature of Leisure, But there is too much noise from the straps and the straps on the ceiling are annoying.

    BTW, are you the same Austin from Plugshare?
     
  6. babyrocket

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    Here are some pictures of the Yakima setup. It only takes 5 - 10 minutes to install or remove the whole thing, so I only have it on while transporting my bike rather than keeping it on permanently.

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  7. MATTEmarc

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    I surf everyday so I will need to keep the racks up the whole summer. If the THULE doesn't work out I will go with the Yakima.
    Thanks for the pics.
     
  8. TheAustin

    TheAustin Model S: P2009 P85

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    Yeah, now that I see it, I don't like the Yakima either. I'll keep my fingers crossed on the Thule system...I've had their roof racks before and have been pretty happy with them. Let me know if you hear anything.

    As for the noise from the straps, about half the time I get noise, and half the time I don't. I strap my board down the same way every time, so it's a mystery. I think tighter is better, but I can't pinpoint it. When I get vibration noise, I just stop and re-strap it, and sometimes the change solves it. Who knows...

    And yes, I'm the Austin on PlugShare :) You must be the Marc that messaged me the other night?
     

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