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Old 07-01-2008, 11:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 09 Forester 2.5X Roof Rack? NOPE!

I just got off the phone with Subaru USA and they say that there is NO option of roof rack rails for those of us with the X model. If we didn't get the premium package we are out of luck. This was no big deal when I purchased it since I wanted to get Yakima Towers to go with my previously purchased Yakima stuff. I just got off the phone with Yakima and they say that they have only made Q clips one time for a Subaru a long time ago and they don't make clips for cars that come with factory rails. I haven't called Thule yet but heard they have the same plan. Does anyone know what we can do? I prefer not to go through the roof or head liner but that may be the only option.
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A local Subaru dealer says he has a Crossbar Kit for the 2.5X. for $252.00. Do you think this is the same kit that is available for the 08 Impreza? I have found a picture for the Impreza kit.
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The "cross bar kit" only gives you the bars from one side of the longitudinal rails to the other. ~195 msrp and 117 invoice.

251 was quoted to me and I balked .

Look at this website and see the prices:
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Default 09 Forester roof rack

Mat,
A little more searching on the web and I found what is called a Roof Carrier Base. Most of the search results are for the Impreza but some--usually without pictures--are for Forester. They are Aero crossbars on posts that fit at the four points on our plastic covered channel thingys. Not as robust as Q towers with round cross bars but it beats drilling holes in the roof and messing with the head liner. I presume that the weight limits are similar @ 150 lbs.
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Good deal. Sounds like a better route.
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I too spoke with Yakima, the outlook is not good with them for a fit. It's a real drag there are no rails on the X model! I went with the crossbar kit from Subaru for my '09 Forester X. They are the same as the '08 Impreza, crossbars only-not rails. Rockymounts RockyMounts has bike trays that work on these crossbars-the "euro lariet". This is the best solution I could come up with for getting bikes on the X model.
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I just installed the "Roof Carrier Base". It is pretty solid. More solid than the factory cross bars on my old 4 runner. Make sure that the box says Forester because they look like the Impreza kit. Insist that they exist when you inquire of your parts guy at your dealer. There is no picture in the brochure but there is a number E3610SC550. List for $252 but I got a discount $229. Not the round bars I wished for but better than drilling holes in the roof.
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The "cross bar kit" only gives you the bars from one side of the longitudinal rails to the other. ~195 msrp and 117 invoice.

251 was quoted to me and I balked .

Look at this website and see the prices:
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WOw that is a grat link thankyou MadMatt
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Stinks that Subaru won't let us order the rails on the X! What are you using the Roof Carrier Base to carry? I'm looking for similar to carry my Kayaks on the roof.
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Has anybody considered just buying the roof rails from Subaru that come on the Premium and installing them? You'd have to pull the headliner and drill holes, but I'm sure it could be done just fine. Maybe not that cheap though.

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Just thought I'd bring this one back, Thule and Yakima both now have kits for the 2009 naked roof. Thule's is based around the fixpoints we have on the naked roof, whereas Yakima's is based on their standard q-clips that actually clamp to the car. Lots of places don't yet stock the parts, but if you use the links on either site you can find the parts. I've got Thule parts in the mail for mine.
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Reading through this thread I had some thoughts - unless you're carrying kayaks like Loonphotog or some other type of oddly shaped cargo, a hitch may be one way to haul your cargo. My wife and I discussed getting a cargo hauler for the roof for long road trips, but I may go with a hitch mounted cargo box instead due to the gas mileage issue with roof mounted cargo.

A hitch mounted rack may be an alternative for some of you.
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I went to the Rack store early this week and got a quote for the Thule rack to connect my existing Thule rack. The cost for the mounting hardware and crossbars was about $325 which seemed expensive but all of the Thule/Yakima stuff is $$$. But at least all my bike, luggage racks etc. will work know. There was one part that the dude at the store had to order so I have to wait until this comes in until I can post some pics.
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See this post here:

2009 Forester Base Model Roof Rails

"So it seems you can get the roof rails for the 09 X model, but it won't be cheap. I was at my dealer this morning and asked the parts manager if it was possible to order the rails for an 09 X model. He said it is not an official accessory but they can order the parts. They did one already there at Gresham Subaru in Oregon. He said the parts were about $500 and the labor was near $400. He said it is a pain since you do have to drop the headliner. So at $900 you are half way in price to the X premium model and might as well spend a little more to get all of the X prem features. For me I really wanted the rails and tinted windows. By the time you do an after market tint and add the rails you just spent nearly $1500 but don't get the reclining rear seats, rear tray, alloy wheels, steering wheel controls, etc."
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