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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-19-2019, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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White 2019 Sport with roof basket, shovel and axe

Added Yakima Offgrid medium with Rhino Rack Spade shovel and Gerber 36-Inch Power Splitting axe to my 2019 Forester Sport. All locked in securely with common SKS key. Now ready for summer camping ahead. Still surprising quiet on the road and I didn't notice any new wind noise on the highway, and no real difference in the gas mileage after adding these.

My next project is to add Lachute Performance Axle Back and aluminum engine guard that are coming in next week, along with few other OEM accessories. And swap the mediocre factory Falken tires with Yokohama Geolander A/T G015. I really considered BFG K02 tires for more aggressive look but they are not available in the stock 225/55-18 size, so I'll need to spend more money on new 17" wheels. I think Geolander is a good compromise as it will provide better gas mileage and improve paved road manner/noise while still offering light offroad and severe snow driving capability.

This is my very first Subaru and I like it a lot so far. I paid only $28k for pretty much fully loaded Sport model (MSRP over $33k). For nearly the same price as a top of the line Civic Touring sedan, you get an amazing compact SUV (but interior room is more like a mid-size SUV) with tons of features and go-anywhere AWD capability. This will be my daily commute car and occasional light offroad camping and winter ski trips.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-19-2019, 10:36 AM
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Looks great! How are the tools attached to the basket? You mention SKS system, but I can only find non-lockable accessories. I have been searching for a way to carry paddles on the roof rack.

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I used Yakima TopGrip OG to attach the shovel and axe to the roof basket. It's very well made and its compression latch design positively locks in the shovel and axe with no gap. I also bought Yakima's SKS Lock Cores 8 packs to lock in everything with a single key system, very convenient. All can be purchased directly from Yakima or you find some deals online. I really like Yakima OffGrid roof basket since it comes with two crossbars that I can attach ski racks or use them to secure heavy stuffs in between. And you can buy extension to make it longer to carry more stuff if needed.
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