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Whispbar Roof Rack + Cargo Box

Discussion in 'Hong Kong' started by Titus, Jul 26, 2016.

  1. Titus

    Titus Member

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    With another kid on the way and not wanting to get in line for a Model X, I ordered a Whispbar roof rack and cargo box for my Model S to store strollers/scooters/junk x 2.

    Just arrived earlier this week and took me about an hour to install; though I think it would now only take me 20minutes if I had to do it over again. Advice is to do it with 2 people; the cargo box is pretty big to lift up onto the roof by one person (I used the shipping packaging bubble wraps to protect the car while I just pushed the box up onto the roof). Would have wanted it in black but the online retailers were out or wanted almost double the price of the silver. Going to get it wrapped in carbon fiber look later as the silver looks a bit out of place against the white body of the car.

    I found the lock on the box a bit frustrating to close; opening is fine but you need to align the latches well or the key won't turn when you try to lock it. And the OEM key is a piece of junk that cuts your fingers if you use too much force, will get a local key maker to make a nicer one later.

    Drove on my commuting route so far and increased the power consumption by about 4%. It's pretty much silent when going under 70kph.

    One issue is that it interferes with the daylight sensor for the automatic headlights; it's been turning on my headlights all the time even in bright sunshine as the cargo box extends over the front windshield a bit.

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  2. Jason90

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    Hey Titus! It looks good - though I agree with you on colours - body colour would look best in my opinion. Looks as if you have mounted it in the middle of the car, rather than on the kerbside, which will make it more of a stretch to load and unload, but I'm assuming it's comfortable for you. My 3 kids are self-ambulatory, so no more child seats or strollers, but it sure sounds like you are carrying a lot of stuff around! With a trunk and a frunk, it's hard to imagine needing more load space for a family of four, but maybe my kids don't have enough stuff! (And I keep thinking I've bought them too much....)
     
  3. Titus

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    Thanks, yea the manual advised to mount it directly down the middle to avoid uneven cross wind loads. But on the S since it's so low I can reach it pretty easily or just use the door sill as a step (need to buy some protection pads to tape on). Between my 2 types of charging cables, I also have my kid's scooter, beach ball, tire pump, and a whole bunch of junk LOL so when the second one arrives I figure I'll definitely need the extra space. And it'll come it handy for my inflatable paddle board so I don't need to store it wet in the trunk.

    Had it wrapped faux carbon fiber by Wrap Workz in Fotan, looks much better haha I couldn't find a good match on the body colour's pearl white and they recommended against it since white will dirty easily. The black makes the box pretty hot in the sun we're having these days though so only storing the scooter and other non temp sensitive stuff up top.

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  4. Jason90

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    Looks cool! Now you just need to get the car wrapped to match... ;)
     
  5. jelloslug

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    Does anyone make a cargo "tray" that would be big enough for something like a lumber run to Home Depot?
     
  6. Titus

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    LOL I think for lumber runs, I'd get rid of the cargo box or tray and just strap it directly to the roof rail/bars (75kg load max per pair)
     
  7. jelloslug

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    That is an option but having a box would be a great piece of mind.
     

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