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Roof Rack

Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:00 pm
by akohekohe
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.

Re: Roof Rack

Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:09 pm
by smkettner
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.

Re: Roof Rack

Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:28 pm
by akohekohe
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?

Re: Roof Rack

Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:44 pm
by smkettner
No, but I believe you can get on their list for an email when the product comes available.

Re: Roof Rack

Posted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 6:32 am
by modimum
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.

Re: Roof Rack

Posted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:07 am
by sproqitman
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).

Re: Roof Rack

Posted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:02 am
by smkettner
Yes, good chance you could take the car down to a rack dealer and something off the shelf would work.

Re: Roof Rack

Posted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:40 am
by evnow
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.

Re: Roof Rack

Posted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:12 am
by DarkStar
Since Yakima's corporate office is about 6 miles away from me, I plan on chatting with them regarding a roof rack. :D

Re: Roof Rack

Posted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:42 pm
by LEAFguy
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.