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Old February 18th, 2006, 08:39 PM
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Ski Racks, Revisited

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I searched the forums and found some threads about ski racks but none of these options are very good for me. It seems that Yakima and Thule receiver hitch racks are all huge and designed to carry six sets skis. These racks are way too big to leave on my truck throughout the week. I only have my one pair of telemark skis and need a smaller, less obtrusive rack that can hold, at most, three sets of skis.

Are there any other options? I have a soft-top truck.

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Old February 18th, 2006, 09:29 PM
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a bungee cord around each the center roll hoop and alpine bar make a nice sling for suspending long objects.
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Old February 19th, 2006, 02:24 AM
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a bungee cord around each the center roll hoop and alpine bar make a nice sling for suspending long objects.
Not a bad idea at all, if I can figure out a way to firmly secure the skis so that they don't behead me during a sudden stop or accident.
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Old February 19th, 2006, 10:55 AM
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You didnt mention that you didnt want to be beheaded. I'd just use a nylon strap with one of those friction buckles like you see on backpacks and tie-down straps instead of a bungee cord. Put a piece of foam or towel between the skis and the ceiling and cinch the straps down.
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Old February 20th, 2006, 01:32 AM
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You didnt mention that you didnt want to be beheaded. I'd just use a nylon strap with one of those friction buckles like you see on backpacks and tie-down straps instead of a bungee cord. Put a piece of foam or towel between the skis and the ceiling and cinch the straps down.
Or perhaps a 6' section of 6" PVC pipe, securely strapped up there. It might look kind of silly but it would em out of the way. Might also work good for stashing fishing rods, folding chairs, etc. Thanks for the idea.
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Old February 20th, 2006, 10:47 PM
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I went with the yakima cross bars (i think 70"). I just put the button down ski racks on. summertime I put the lockjaw bike rack on. The only problem with the bike rack is that it is a stretch to put the bike on. I also through my ww kayak on aswell. So for me the yakima is the way to go.
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I went with the BVG
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Old February 21st, 2006, 02:09 AM
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I went with the BVG
Is that a receiver hitch rack? Where did you get it? I've never heard of BVG.

Nice AA Yellow Volkls, by the way :-)

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I went with the yakima cross bars (i think 70"). I just put the button down ski racks on. summertime I put the lockjaw bike rack on. The only problem with the bike rack is that it is a stretch to put the bike on. I also through my
ww kayak on aswell. So for me the yakima is the way to go.
How did you get a Yakima rack to fit to a soft-top setup?
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Old February 21st, 2006, 01:26 PM
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I did a bunch of research and decided on the BVG XR2 Revolution Swing-Away receiver hitch rack with optional ski carrier. Anything on the roof would be too tall for garages in San Francisco. It weighs a ton, but works great.

http://www.bauergear.com/

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To mount the yakima bars you need to use the foot pack for an nissan xterra and then buy the spacers that are used for the high risers. It will fit in garage without any attachments.
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Having roof rack issues

I looked at the Nissan Xtera set up. Good idea.. I am hauling surf boards most of the time and my bikes after that. I am concerned about the boards taking lift and pulling off the rack. How sturdy does your yakima rigging seem?

I am considering welding my own specialized 'safari rack' I could use some plans or pictures to hack from. If anyone has photos or good sketches or even directions from an expensive set they have, I could use them
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From time to time, there have been guys on this site selling the Thule Racks designed to fit the D90. They attach to the side arms of the roll cage. You may find some one selling a set or find some one to send you the measurements, so you design a set yourself.

Ebay is an option too.

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Old February 28th, 2006, 10:35 PM
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British Pacific used to sell their own mounts that replicated the thule setup -- I may have a set in the shop if anyone's interested.

Oh, and I've used my thule setup to haul skis and bikes for years, works great.
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British Pacific used to sell their own mounts that replicated the thule setup -- I may have a set in the shop if anyone's interested.

Oh, and I've used my thule setup to haul skis and bikes for years, works great.
You wouldn't happen to know the exact model number of those Thule mounts, would you? I happen to work for a Thule dealer but, of course, nobody knows anything about Defender 90s. If someone could get the model/part number for me, I could see about us ordering some.
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You wouldn't happen to know the exact model number of those Thule mounts, would you? I happen to work for a Thule dealer but, of course, nobody knows anything about Defender 90s. If someone could get the model/part number for me, I could see about us ordering some.

Call George at Rovers Down South. He told me the other day he has a bunch in stock. They are no longer made, so he probably has the last bit of them left.
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Old March 1st, 2006, 10:13 AM
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AFAIK they only had a rover p/n -- they were made by thule, but not necessarily stocked by thule.
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I just tried for the best 5 days straight to track down a set of the Yakima X Tower which is what was made for Nissan by Yakima. I called Yakima direct and I was told that they no longer manufactor these and I was SOL. If someone has a pair I am all over buying them. Keep me in mind for any deals.
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i found this a little bit ago. I don't know if they still have a stock or not.
http://www.actionsportsct.com/product.aspx?sku=00109

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