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Old 12-05-2011, 02:02 PM   #1
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Factory Roof Rack?

I know opinions will vary about the aesthetics of roof racks, but I need a way to carry snowboards, bikes, etc. people! So, since Subieyota decided to not make this a hatch, I need a roof rack or hitch

I'd rather not use a hitch since it adds weight. So...

Anyone know if this thing is going to have factory roof rack points? I assume they would be under the weather stripping like typical subaru rack points, so someone want to go peek under that weather stripping for me?!? I imagine it'll be difficult to use an aftermarket "around the roof / in the door" rack with the door / roof design of the 86.

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Old 12-05-2011, 02:06 PM   #2
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Not sure this is the best car option for someone with an active lifestyle. Do you have another car you could use?
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Not sure this is the best car option for someone with an active lifestyle. Do you have another car you could use?
I like small fun cars. I autocross and go to track days. The BMW Z3 had factory roof racks, every porsche model, INCLUDING the Boxster has factory roof racks. All I need is
1) room for my dog (hurray "back seats" on the 86!)
2) room for an occasional bike / snowboard / etc.
3) room for myself and a passenger.
If they messed up roof racks on the 86, then I suppose I'm in the market for a used Z3.
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If they messed up roof racks on the 86, then I suppose I'm in the market for a used Z3.
It has to be factory? What, are you too good for Yakima?
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This is a really good question. I think that it's a great opportunity for Subaru/Toyota to show the versatility of the car. Subaru certainly has enough experience in racks and I'd honestly be surprised if it came without mounting points. I could definitely see throwing my bike and a friend's on the roof, putting some gear in the back, and driving to a race. Although it may not be the purest 'outdoor lifestyle' vehicle, I certainly see lots of people at races who seem to have interests in both bikes and cars. I think it's just a general mechanical interest.

Anyways, theories aside, I'd love to see mounting points!
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It has to be factory? What, are you too good for Yakima?
Nah, I like Yakima, Thule, Whispbar, et al., but the point is that I think the mount points have to be factory. The styles that wrap around the car will probably not work with this car because the uprights would be too close (and I suspect problems with the frameless windows and sculpted roof too). No one makes one for the 370z for this very reason (except boofsquire, but that one wraps around the hatch)
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Tow Bar?

Now I know this car is not SUV but there are times when one needs to tow extras to the track or around home uses.
I won't put 4 wheels in the cabin.

It would be nice to fit the type that when you remove the goose neck there is no visual sign of the ugly thing.
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Now I know this car is not SUV but there are times when one needs to tow extras to the track or around home uses.
I won't put 4 wheels in the cabin.

It would be nice to fit the type that when you remove the goose neck there is no visual sign of the ugly thing.
Yeah, those goose neck ones are awesome, but almost never come to the USA, for whatever reason. I'd rather put (most) of my stuff on the roof, but will definitely consider a hitch / tow bar if I need to. Being able to put a sealed, weatherproof box on the roof would really increase my utility / ability to drive this car places though, == MORE FUN!!
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I'm with you man. I've already determined that the max Ski/Snowboard length will be between 160 and 170CM. The 180s will have to fit between the front seats. I think you'll be able to do 170 cm on a diagonal.

I just went skiing with my 1990 NA Miata yesterday. 162cm fit in the passenger seat perfectly with my boot bag. The tips just touch the soft-top.

I had one of the hitch style bike racks and they are much better for mountain biking. Much easier to mount the bike, more stable, and "cleaner". I'd recommend that for cycling.

Rear wheel drive sports cars are epic in snow. All you need is winter tires and then it's "Durifto!"
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Rear wheel drive sports cars are epic in snow. All you need is winter tires and then it's "Durifto!"
Hellz yeah! I love my miata in the winter. The 86 will be my ONE CAR TO RULE THEM ALL and replace my miata and GTI. As long as I can somehow fit my stuff in it / on it, that is
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im sure subaru will offer something. but factory roof racks tend to be a lot more expensive. im also sure some mounts that fit your impreza/legacy/outback will also fit.
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I know opinions will vary about the aesthetics of roof racks, but I need a way to carry snowboards, bikes, etc. people! So, since Subieyota decided to not make this a hatch, I need a roof rack or hitch
With you on this one - no point with a car that can't fit skiis on it, means I couldn't use it during most of the winter as I'd have to drive home from work and THEN go to the slopes. I want to drive this car everywhere, all the time
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Really sounds like you need an SUV or Truck lol
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