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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-15-2019, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Touring crossbar option

In the event, you did not elect to buy the OEM/THULE bars. These CargoLoc brand bars may suit. I had them for another project and got them off Amazon for ~$70. (also spotted in Walmart for about the same money). I put one on for a 'look see'.

I am not a fan of the closed fore/aft rails, nor the vertical taper, on the OB, but that's what is there. To my eye, the hook-side of the CargoLoc would have been better on the inside, but the angled inner bight seems to be sufficient. I could see adding a hex-like section of plastic or Oak internal to the rail to further fill the gap. The CargoLoc has an internal tensioning system adjusted with a long Allen wrench that torques up pretty good. (it appears (and I am not sure) the 'lock' only seals access to the hex nut so someone cannot remove the bar - not freeze the tension screw in place)

I have the THULE racks. The good/bad news - it looks like I might get an Associates degree in mechanical engineering once they are assembled and I submit my finals - the warranty card.

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Seems like that inside bracket needs a lipped bottom edge. I feel like continuous bumps and such over a long ride could have that clamp area slowly shift up until it hits that outside angled pieced and sends your gear flying off.

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I'm thinking the same thing, the design is kind a reverse I mean the outside grab should be in the inside so it will catch the inner lip of the rail. How is the wind noise when driving?

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If you read the instructions for CargoLoc cross bars, it specifies that crossbars fit raised roofrails with the gap between the rail and roof.

Your installation, as pointed by others, is not safe...
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Shame, because they could easily swap out the inner grip for a lipped one and have a cheap solution for the low profile rails. Or just sell different inner grips so one could just buy them based on their car.

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I'll not understand why subaru went away from the stock crossbars. I always thought that the inclusion of stock fold away rack was the coolest thing about subarus and I'm glad my 2015 came with them.
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I'll not understand why subaru went away from the stock crossbars. I always thought that the inclusion of stock fold away rack was the coolest thing about subarus and I'm glad my 2015 came with them.
The touring model has the low profile euro rails. All other models have the integrated system you are referencing.

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REI will have THULE and YAKIMA at 20% off this weekend. I'd go get the THULE bars and feet. The type of feet in the OP are for an elevated rail, not a flush rail like the touring.
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Most of you haven't seen in live; it is pretty secure ...but paddler has a point - bumps and a lifting mass could create problems. It would not be difficult to fab an insert to fill/cure that inner-grip fault, but it's not worth the time. $70. is market killer if you have more conventional rails.

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