ski rack for WRX

Discussion in 'Subaru Impreza' started by peter, Jan 11, 2005.

  1. peter

    peter Guest

    Could someone recommend a ski rack for a 2002 WRX wagon?

    Is the one sold by subaru decent? Which part(s) do I need to order exactly?
    I don't have any roof rack accessories added since I bought the car.

    There was an older post that says ski rack decreases top speed by 20mph. I
    wonder if it's better to get a ski rack enclosure (fully enclosed box to
    hold the ski)?
    peter, Jan 11, 2005
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    Ian Brown Guest

    You're worried that your top speed might be reduced to 120mph?
    Ian Brown, Jan 11, 2005
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    SuperPoo Guest

    Hey Peter,

    I think I was the guy who posted the info about the ski rack cutting off
    20mph off the top end-- it is true. The car will not do over 125 with the
    Subaru factory ski rack mounted on top. Anyhow-- the Subaru rack is made by
    Yakima and the rack is same as the Yakima you would buy in the store.
    Except, the after market does not come with the plastic clamps that attach
    to the Subaru factory cross bars. I am not sure if you can buy just the
    clamps for the Subaru bars, but you can buy the clamps to use the Subaru
    ski rack on the Yakima bars.

    Subaru does use the same SKS key system as does the after market Yakima
    stuff so you can mix the stuff and still key it the same.

    My only complaint with the Subaru ski rack on the Subaru cross bars is that
    at very high speeds the bars flex and my bindings rubbed the roof. However
    using the Yakima crossbars it is not an issue. I have the low rider mounts
    (they clamp the Yakima bars right to the Subaru rails.) with 54" round
    bars-- it allows me to use 4 mounts or 2 bikes and the ski rack. Or strip
    the bars down and you can carry 4x8 sheets of wood on the roof.

    SuperPoo, Jan 12, 2005
  4. Go to any decent Bicycle Shop in your area or Ski shop and they should be
    able to help you out. They will most likely cary Yakima or Thule and both
    are outstanding products. For info you can try the two links below. Both
    sights will have features that will allow you to enter your car's
    information and determine what yo need to accomplish your racking goals:

    I use Thule cross-bars for bikes and my canoe but for the winter I attach my
    ski rack to the factory cross-bars for a cleaner look.

    Hope that helps
    Steve in Minnesota, Jan 15, 2005
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