Higher quality pictures are on the way. The aerodynamic, wing shaped steel crossbars have a durable black vinyl sleeve. I don't think I'd trust myself to put a bike on roof rails. The classified sections of the Volkswagen forums are an excellent place to find a used set at a good price. As with all aerodynamic bars, adapter may be needed for some accessories. It makes transporting a bicycle ten times easier and snowboarding infinitely cleaner without having to throw the boards into the back.
The square crossbars have a plastic sleeve. The fit hooks have a thick dipped rubber coating. 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 attachment design is similar to the Thule Aero bars. I can picture my metal pedals leaving bear like scratches in the rear quarter as I lift the bike and attempt a mud covered fittment style fail. This is the same great rack as the Traverse AeroBlade Roof Rack with crossbars that have been powdercoated black.
Caution: Make sure to do your research before modifying your car. All your fits are here. I assume you mean one that won't damage your car? The Aeroblade bars and Traverse feet exude quality and fit. Join 60 other followers Sign me up! The new Wingbar Aerodynamic cross-bar is ultra strong and has enhanced drag and noise elimination features. The Traverse foot is made of metal with an nice looking aerodynamic plastic shroud. They are manufactured by Thule for Volkswagen.
The Jetta bars, although similar, will not fit. The great looking rack feet are made off glass reinforced nylon with metal hardware. I did mask any contact points with Helicopter tape again. While locks cost extra the Thule one key system allows for having the same key for the racks and accessories. The fit hooks are often 2-piece; they have a glued-on thick rubber pad.
I have Thule ones that work just fine. So in short as long as I tape every contact area up I should be fine to use a halfrauds style carrier. This will save you a lot of headaches and money later on. It has a built-in adjustable pitch mechanism to accommodate the curve of your roof. Ease of install and lock security are industry standard. It is a solid, stable rack.
The best approach is a tow bar mounted rack, as it won't touch your car. Ease of install and lock security are industry standard. Find me on these forums. Comes fully assembled, but installation requires some adjustment, and a little extra care for a safe and secure install. If you are an active contributor to the sub, you are already approved to edit.
Locks are available separately security is industry standard. Very happy with the bars, but the fairing could be better. Know a lot about mechanics and modding? The Traverse foot is made of metal with an nice looking aerodynamic plastic shroud. There's fairly frequent discussion of what you should consider. The fit hooks are rubber dipped to protect your car. Thule and Yakima are the big players with a smattering of other brands such as Inno rounding out the field.
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Racked up You have a nice variety of racks to choose from when it comes to the Golf platform. The foot is made of metal and plastic. This is a good alternative to the Yakima and Thule fairings that need modification to the stock rack in order to fit cleanly. Cheers for the replies guys, apologies for the typo courtesy of my iPhone. Sometimes, accessories are designed to accommodate the Aero bars, sometimes not. The really nice AeroBlade cross-bars cut the wind reducing drag and noise. You will need a T-Channel adapter when using accessories designed for the regular Thule rack.