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akohekohe
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Roof Rack

Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:00 pm

Any suggestions for a roof rack that will work with the LEAF? I need to carry kayaks and the occasional load that won't fit inside.

smkettner
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Re: Roof Rack

Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:09 pm

Thule and Yakima do not yet have mounts that clamp in the door. You could mount a universal rail (drill the roof) to put the towers and bars on.
1 bar lost at 21,451 miles, 16 months.
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akohekohe
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Re: Roof Rack

Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:28 pm

smkettner wrote:Thule and Yakima do not yet have mounts that clamp in the door. You could mount a universal rail (drill the roof) to put the towers and bars on.
Any idea how long we will have wait on Thule and Yakima?

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Re: Roof Rack

Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:44 pm

No, but I believe you can get on their list for an email when the product comes available.
1 bar lost at 21,451 miles, 16 months.
2 bar lost at 35,339 miles, 25 months.
LEAF traded at 45,400 miles for a RAV4-EV
RAV4 traded in for I-Pace Dec 2018

modimum
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Re: Roof Rack

Sun Feb 20, 2011 6:32 am

One or the other already has something out for the Countryman (MINI's latest offering) so they seem to respond within months. Admittedly the CM has built in in tracks.

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Re: Roof Rack

Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:07 am

modimum wrote:One or the other already has something out for the Countryman (MINI's latest offering) so they seem to respond within months. Admittedly the CM has built in in tracks.
I don't work for Yakima, so this is just a guess, but they should be able to have something out pretty quickly. There are only a few different Q-Towers, so they probably won't design a new one. They just need to figure out the measurements for where the Q-Towers go on the car (based on the roof curvature).

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Re: Roof Rack

Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:02 am

Yes, good chance you could take the car down to a rack dealer and something off the shelf would work.
1 bar lost at 21,451 miles, 16 months.
2 bar lost at 35,339 miles, 25 months.
LEAF traded at 45,400 miles for a RAV4-EV
RAV4 traded in for I-Pace Dec 2018

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Re: Roof Rack

Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:40 am

How do these manufacturers make sure the car fits ? Do they buy every model that comes out or get one on loan ?

Either way, Leaf will take time as it is not generally available off the lot. I think this is true for all kinds of custom accessories.
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Re: Roof Rack

Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:12 am

Since Yakima's corporate office is about 6 miles away from me, I plan on chatting with them regarding a roof rack. :D
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Re: Roof Rack

Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:42 pm

smkettner wrote:You could mount a universal rail (drill the roof) to put the towers and bars on.
Do this at your peril (on any vehicle). Factory roof racks are engineered to provide support. Anything else places stress where unintended, weakening the structure. I suggest waiting for a proper application designed for the LEAF.

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