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post #1 of 13 Old 03-10-2017, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Roof rack search

I have a 2015 versa note and I'm looking for a roof rack. The only thing I have found is Yakima and Thule and I'm really not wanting to spend that much on a rack system. Surely there has to be some cheaper alternatives that work just as well. What is everyone else using?
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Yeah, 500 bucks is a bit to swallow as I too looked into that. I looked on ebay and amazon afterwards. Some had ok reviews, others said the rack failed or popped off.

Some said with some mechanical know how you can make other racks fit. I dont have anything to carry, but wanted one just incase.
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Yea I found sport rack which I believe is made by Thule. They have a model that fits up to the 2012 note but I'm not sure if that would fit the '15 model.
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I bought one for a 06 scion xa by Yakima. You buy the cross bars, towers, latches and rather or not you want a key lock. Then you can choose the aero dynamic flaring for the front and rear bars. Lastly you choose the pad that sits on the edge of your roof. The tower has a bar that hangs over and clamps into the door jam door gasket area to sandwich it in real good.

I can say the Yakima one I had was well made and I abused it with no problems.
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You want a good one based on what you're doing there. Attachment points are everything and need to be well-thought out as well as substantial. Chinese crap will get you a life changing lawsuit when your stuff comes loose to get another car in wreck to kill somebody. DON'T underthink it, you are potentially screwing with other peoples' lives there.
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+1. Not only do you have to account for body flexing, but load shifting and the effects of aerodynamics. When you double your speed you get 4 times the wind resistance.

I guess the answer here is no. What are you trying to carry? Maybe a hitch and hitch carrier is a better option?

You have a hatchback, maybe something that attaches to your rear hatch?
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Ok thanks guys. Yea I wanted to carry my mountain bike on top of my car but a hitch may be better. Does the car have to be modified any for a hitch or is it just a bolt on option?
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Have you considered looking for a used Yakima system on your local used classifieds? Craigslist/Offer up should have a decent amount. All you'll need is to buy the correct clips for the roof racks to fit on your car properly. I paid 200 for my Yakima system with a fairing. I bought bike mounts and a snowboard rack attachment for it later on. I've traveled with 2 mountain bikes on the roof at highway speeds for hundreds of miles, never had an issue. Same with the snowboard racks. Then I tried to go in my garage with a bike on my roof. That was a bad time. hahah. Dinged up my roof pretty good..

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I see them on the road all day long with bike on top, there is no wind resistance because the bike does not have enough area. No real weight there as well. Just make sure it's attached good and tight. That means good parts to start with.
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Ive seen suction cup bike racks. Not sure Id go for that.

The curt hitch requires some drilling or cutting. Maybe u haul will do the install for not much more than the hitch?
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