Scupper Pro Frank
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Joined: Feb. 2004
||Posted: Oct. 04 2007,11:02
KRASH -PRESENTLY HAVE ONE, HAVE HAD BOTH
Thules currently ride atop the Mazda SportWagon. Yakimas rode atop the Jeep Grand Cherokee until it was totaled (we loaned it to a friend up from PR -she was going out of town for a weekend & was bringing it back to us for safekeeping; two blocks away she got T-boned). Thules rode atop the Taurus & Nissan 240.
All work/worked well; all are/were solid; none damaged car tops when properly deployed.
Yak rack on Jeep was slightly best -tower shoes attached directly to the factory roof rack rails (hence their moniker, RailRiders), and towers clipped (in our case, locked) on to the footers. Very solid, with wind howl we took care of with enclosing the round bars with pool noodles. Basically, it was a permanent rig; we used it on many a trip to/from Home Depot with lumber as well as to/from home waters with kayaks.
Current setuo of Thules atop the Mazda are slightly second best; we would've gone with Yaks -had they been available to fit the factory roof rack when we bought the SportWagon, but only Thule had one offered at that time. These attach via steel-reinforced rubber straps tensioned tight, resulting in a solid mounting, and are locked. These have a more pronounced wind howl, but we take care of them in the same way: they're shod in pool noodles held on with clear strapping tape. Because these have more wind howl, and have square bars, making them slightly more difficult to wrap with round noodles with a cylindrical hole running their length, they come in second to the Yakimas. This is also basically a permanent setup, and has also made the Home Depot run for lumber, etc., with equally successful results.
Thules for the Taurus were designed to fit the Taurus (i.e., the doortop clips are designed to conform to those of the car they're made for, so they fit when the door shuts on them; the rest is a fairly standard setup), but surprisingly worked quite well on the old Nissan as well; when the rubber-footed towers were mounted and properly clipped to the roof window sills & strapped tight, they were surprisingly solid when the clip straps are tensioned, but not permanently attached.
So there you have it. There are -like our friend Greyak -those who swear by Saris racks as well.
A good set from any of these guys will provide you with a good way to tote your boat(s) so you can
Scupper Pro Frank