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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-31-2016, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone here use a Surco Safari Rack or Urban Rack, in lieu of the ever-popular Yakima and Thule baskets? How'd ya like it?

I have the opportunity to score an almost-new S4050 with all the bells & whistles for a decent price... Never heard of them before, but they look pretty butch.


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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-22-2016, 07:54 PM
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I agree, they look pretty sweet. Buy it and test it out and let us know what you think ! I would consider getting one of these (the Safari) down the road, when I get to that stage out fitting out my '05.

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I have the opportunity to score an almost-new S4050 with all the bells & whistles for a decent price.
Make sure it includes the crossbars and adapters. Crossbars are supposed to be part of the package but the adapters are a separate item.

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Buy it and test it out and let us know what you think
I'm gonna wait 'til we get through the holidays. This is a Safari rack; I don't like the Urban rack's styling much.

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I was comparing the Safari to the Yakima equivalent and one thing I realized I like about the Yakima is the addition of a lot of crossbars between the main posts around the circumference of the rack. Seems like the Yakima would have a lot of flexibility in tying things down, as opposed to the Surco.
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I have a Thule MOAB...

It sort of looks alright, but its noisy as ****. Anything over 60mph the wind just sings.
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I like the Cabela Trail Gear basket with extension (149 usually, I got one for 90sh and another for a friend for 80 during the holiday sales):

It is the longest at 66" yet also the lightest big metal one at 29 lb. The similar Curt and its Arksen clone (ebay for 119) are 10lb heavier and 2" shorter. The Arksen carries 250 lb but the Subaru crossbars are limited to 150 anyway. My friend's basket went through a downpour without any rust showing up (a common issue with baskets).

The noise increase with the basket (at least when empty) is minimal, which was a very nice surprise.

For style over function, there is a nice looking standard size basket sold by many from Rhino's ridiculous price to the generic Tyger at about half that much.

Where brand name matters is the accessories like the cargo net (quality and durability of hooks and cords).

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Surco S4050 ordered, along with the mounting clips & light mount kit. ETA in about a week, maybe a few days more before I can get it mounted (if the **** weather warms back up to freezing).

Stay tuned for details...

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I like the Yakima, we have had ours on 5 or 6 different vehicles over the years. Great quality and versatility. Also cant beat their warranty. I just wish I got the Mega Load Warrior instead of the standard Load Warrior.


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