The fit hooks are rubber dipped to protect your car. The Thule 'square' bars are steel with a thick plastic sleeve. The factory points are equidistant from the B-pillars and are marked very well in the door frame. The aerodynamic black anodized aluminum rack crossbars are really nice. Family trips drove a need for external cargo capacity. Locks are available separately security is industry standard.
RhinoRack now offers replacement locks and keys so that you can have 1 key for most of your RhinoRack gear. The ShowCase has a pretty wide adjustment range, which allows it to fit on both long and short rooftops. Another potential problem that has been mentioned is that the Thule mounts don't fill the groove in our roof correctly so dirt and debris could get trapped under it and could scratch the paint. Ease of install and lock security are industry standard. . It says not to do any towing with the car, but a bike rack does not apply the same loads as towing so I think it will be okay.
This is the same great rack as the Traverse AeroBlade Roof Rack with crossbars that have been powdercoated black. Just wanted to drop a line here and say I'm stocked for the whispbar system from Yakima. I went with the 1. Coast Guard for over 30 years. There was no denying the marring to the paint over the years from long-term use. I considered adding some 3M film to where the footpads contact the paint. It includes a torque wrench with an easy to use grip and a postive click so you know when the rack is tightened down correctly.
I pulled on the sucker with all my weight 200+ and it seems rock solid so I'm not too concerned about creaks and groans. Thinking about a bag and folding down the rear seats. However you could not do it with a dual rack. The explosion of technology has made my job and several of my hobbies quite interesting. The noise test was first since it is easiest and fastest to do.
What about with the bikes mounted? The roof rack does make some groaning noise when going over stiff bumps but I figure that is likely normal with roof racks like this. The great looking rack feet are made off glass reinforced nylon with metal hardware. The aerodynamic aluminum cross bar have a wind diffusing strip that nearly eliminates noise. I also mentioned noise, aerodynamics, and fuel economy above. And leave it on everyday! I've never had a roof rack before.
I don't plan to pull a camper, but I have found some light weight ones under 2000 lbs. While locks cost extra the Thule one key system allows for having the same key for the racks and accessories. Comes fully assembled, but installation requires some adjustment, and a little extra care for a safe and secure install. Rack load capacity: 110 to 130 pounds depending on year Thule AeroBlade Crossbars are now available in black. My bike is a Quick release through axle 15mm the bike clips on sturdy and feels great.
The fit hooks are rubber dipped to protect your car. Uses the same Thule One-Key locks, cost extra , as most everything in the Thule family allows for having the same key for the racks and accessories. The rack is really quiet without the bike mount, with the mount it's louder naturally and with the bike lots of howling as to be expected. The foot is made of metal with some plastic shrouding. At 70 mph, I can hear what sounds like mild crosswinds. Unfortunately for the Golf R the owner's manually specifically says not to mount a hitch on that car under any circumstances.
I only plan to carry up to 2 bikes, and most 2 bike racks have a 1. A possible exception may be if my wife and I decide to get another tandem bicycle. The aerodynamic aluminum rack crossbars are as rugged as they are nice. With bikes mounted, the hatch will open if the rack tilts down and out of the way. The locking mechanism is very secure.
I prefer to keep all cargo out of the passenger compartment when I travel seats down with a bicycle inside being the exception. Ease of install and lock security are industry standard. My hobbies include Volkswagens, bicycling, photography, electronics, amateur radio, web management, and reptiles. I have an electronics background and continue to work in the electronics engineering field. Adapters may be needed for some very few accessories, a very small number of accessories may not compatible, so be sure to check our rack and accessory guide. Locks are available separately security is industry standard.