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The end all be all MKIV giude!
Buying
You can go OEM thru a dealer or driver gear.
But IMO Yakima and Thule make a better product for ~same price....
Great site for buying a Thule or Yakima rack!
rackwarehouse
moosejaw
orsracksdirect
sportsrack
barrecrafters
prolineracks
rackattack
rack-it
else check out your local Ski shop or you local bike shop.

Just a note as to the weight limits to each rack
Thule (max load)
110lbs
Yakima (max load)
165lbs
OEM Rack (max load) 165 lbs
20mm thru axles I like to use a fork mout with a Fork-up adaptor
as I really don't like how unstable and how my car handles with a Big DH big on the roof with the front wheel on it.
hurricanecomponents

Fuel Economy
Quote, originally posted by fueleconomy.gov »
A roof rack or carrier provides additional cargo space and may allow you to meet your needs with a smaller car. However, a loaded roof rack can decrease your fuel economy by 5 percent. Reduce aerodynamic drag and improve your fuel economy by placing items inside the trunk whenever possible. Avoid carrying unneeded items,especially heavy ones. An extra 100 lbs in the trunk reduces a typical car's fuel economy by 1-2 percent.

This is true I see about a 5% decrease in mileage with bikes on my roof and about 3% with just the roof rack. I still avg 25 hiway and 22 city (also with a 1.1 bar chip too)

Also
Quote, originally posted by jrhaze »
I wasted a lot of money buying OEM racks, only to find out a year later that I couldn't put two bikes + a box on the roof . . . which I needed to do. So, anyone reading this who's currently shopping for racks, yakima or thule, NOT OEM if you want any amount of versatility!Not knocking OEM, it has it's place.

DIY info
1.) clay and wax your roof
2.) test fit your roof rack and adjust the feet where you want them (ON BOTH 2 AND 4 DOORS MOUNT TO the FRONT SCREW CLOSEST TO THE WINDSHIELD IT LOOKS BETTER) But don't bolt it down yet!
3.) install 3M clear bra material under where the feet will go (this will protect against the dreaded film or haze the feet can create seen here)
also install under the areas where the wind guard touches the roof. Also see DIY here
4.) install rack!
Where to BUY 3M clear Vinyl
detailandstripes $20 Also ebay Part Number 84904 $28 4"X84" roll http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif


Few fav pics of my rig
(Thule fairing, feet and load bars, Thule V1 bike trays and Hang2 Surf board carrier which is also great for trips to Ikea and Home depot ect ect, and a Yakima Basket Case)













Quote, originally posted by downsouthdub »

OEM Bars and $100 basket...here's the site for the basket...
http://www.volkswagenpartspeop...hment


Quote, originally posted by GT17V »

Jetta wagon w/ fairing
http://forums.tdiclub.com/show...age=2

Mr.Golf (OEM my personal fav!)


vwracer00 rockin the OEM w/ Yakima fairing



PedroGringo rocks the full yakima rack paint matched no less



Mr. Euro (OEM)

Notabora2 (OEM w/ Thule gear pod)

j-dub (OEM w/ OEM bike)

Quote, originally posted by Ripnuts »
Can I play too?
OEM Carrier Bars with OEM Barracuda bike mounts.
I <3 my rack






GeeTeeEyeVR6 (yakima with fairing)

Quote, originally posted by v-tecs suck »
OEM basic rack,it carried my surfboard and sometimes a friends


Quote, originally posted by wolfsburgy2 »
OEM

Quote, originally posted by jdob »
OEM with barracuda trays



Quote, originally posted by chillidubbin »
ok heres my Thule ski/snowboard racks.


Quote, originally posted by Cass944 »
normaly its 3 or 4 snowboards....
but right now...



Quote, originally posted by gti_1_eight_T »

yakima rack/saris faring


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Quote, originally posted by jrhaze »

Yakima Towers/bars with 2 Yakima King Cobra attachments, Mont Blanc Box and a Thule hitch rack on a Hidden Hitch class one hitch

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With those mounts, I actually have to mount one inside the tower, and one on the outside (you can see what I mean with the pic of the mounts on my Jetta below).

When I need to carry both the 2 boats and bikes, I change out my 48" bars to 58" bars and use the upright boats mounts

Mako Saddles are easier for me to load boat by myself when I use the Yakima Boatloader. It's a snap.
Mako Saddles (shown with Hully Rollers, which I have and don't love)

Boatloader (I've seen it called a Sidearm too)

The Hullraisers are great when I need to carry the boats and the bikes at the same time (and I'm a little more confident that they hold the boat better)


Thule
Quote, originally posted by VRsexxy »




OEM snowboard
Quote, originally posted by wolfsburgy2 »
Just got back from trip to Canadian Rockies

Quote, originally posted by timnosenzo »
The Low Riders are definitely nice and more sturdy. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif

Quote, originally posted by timnosenzo »

B5



Quote, originally posted by timnosenzo »
here's a couple of mine with the skis loaded up.


Quote, originally posted by theportervw »
Thule with V1 bike tray

Safari Baskets! (def old school me likey!
)
Best size fit for a Jetta(wagon) or Golf is the Yakima Basket Case
cheapest rpice around is here @ $90 + S/h
fits both Thule and Yakima bars (not sure about OEM) here is the install
Quote, originally posted by Martinus »

Yakima




Quote, originally posted by CharlesDams »
ideal in summer and winter:



Quote, originally posted by RafCarre12 »
oemsastic



Quote, originally posted by VAsteve »
Ski Rack pics - VW Drivergear racks


Quote, originally posted by boki-san »
early after i got her, earnin'




bluebora20v OEM carriers with Thule Velo Vise PRO bike rack
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Quote, originally posted by G5Ti »

Setup:
Thule Rapid, fairing and Peleton mounts. I also have 2 wheel-ons for BasketCase-less travel.
Yakima BasketCase with MightyMount adapters.

Quote, originally posted by VRsexxy »
A few buddies and I went riding to Noble Canyon yesterday (thats me in the black jersey on the left!
and we took my R32...
THULE rack with extra long 58cm load bars and 4 fork mount trays.

Loaded up and ready to go!

Stopped at the general store to buy our adventure pass:




At the trail head:


RIP


Modified by protijy337 at 8:41 AM 12-5-2007


Modified by protijy337 at 9:08 AM 2-1-2008
 

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Re: Load'um up! whats on your roof! (JTGTI)

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Good lord those wheels are ugly!!!!

agreed but its the only good pic (not dark or blury) I could find of a MKIV with a gear carrier on it
 

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Re: Load'um up! whats on your roof! (papa)

New fav post. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
I've got 2 Yakima bike holders waiting for me to get off my ass and buy a rack.
 

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Re: Load'um up! whats on your roof! (Sic Gti)

Can I play too?
OEM Carrier Bars with OEM Barracuda bike mounts.
I <3 my rack


And with the BMX on top. Note the monster wheel gap that I used to have.


http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif great thread. I wanna be part of the Original post though with all those sweet cars
 

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Re: Load'um up! whats on your roof! (protijy337)

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Re: Load'um up! whats on your roof! (SPKNGRMN)

I'm rocking the thule bike holders as well X2...shout out to Independent Fabrications in the pics in the original thread...I've got a ti deluxe myself...good to see there are other bikers on here besides me....also that dub w/ the whitewalls is the first car that i have actually liked with steelies....
 

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Re: Load'um up! whats on your roof! (deziking)

NotaBora's car is sick! It's just his wheels are a little different than the vortex standard. He's also in Germany, so it's euro style.
 

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Re: Load'um up! whats on your roof! (Ripnuts)

Quote, originally posted by Ripnuts »
Can I play too?
And with the BMX on top. Note the monster wheel gap that I used to have.

BOOYA TO 44-16 gearing!!!!...though i made the plunge to a tree 33 sprocket...keep rocking it old school
 

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Re: Load'um up! whats on your roof! (deziking)

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uglyiest sorry to say it

I'm gonna ask nice please stop bashing Notabora2's car and stay on topic I don't like the wheels that much myself but his rack is origianal http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif

Quote, originally posted by Ripnuts »
Can I play too?

Done http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif good stuff keep um coming!

Quote, originally posted by JShus10255 »
I'm rocking the thule bike holders as well X2...shout out to Independent Fabrications in the pics in the original thread...I've got a ti deluxe myself...good to see there are other bikers on here besides me....also that dub w/ the whitewalls is the first car that i have actually liked with steelies....

hell yea Indy Fab http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif pics man we need pics! my bike is a pretty rare find, custom steal deluxe nicknamed the "Beat Stick" by Chris @ IF pretty much 853 w/ Nivachrom cyclo chainstays (and Nivachrom cyclo chainstays as seat stays) slacked out and traveled out for lill xc/freeride and dirt jumping http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Load'um up! whats on your roof! (grivit6)

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anyone else find that the Thule velo-vise mounts won't clamp securely to the load bars ?
bikes wobble over bumps


That is odd, I've been rockin the Velo-vise for 3 years no problems! I assume you tried tighening them up right?
I'd e-mail Thule and let them know, or you could add some time of shim to stop the woble

let us know what you do!
 
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