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Hello! I have ordered my Ascent and just waiting for delivery now and want to get a roof rack base system ordered so it is ready to install when the car arrives. I am looking to get a rack where the bars extend past the roof rails since I want the extra room (so no OEM aerobars or the Yakima Thule Aero ones that are inside the rails).

I was originally going to go with the Yakima Timberlines and then noticed how the rail grab sits pretty far outside the rail and leaves a hole made by the tower and the strap. I am thinking this may add to noise, but wanted to get a poll of those who have racks.

I am considering the following rack combos, curious if anyone has feedback on noise:

  • Yakima Timberline towers with Jetstream bars
  • Thule 450R towers with Wingbar Evo
  • Subaru Thule extended bars
  • Rhino Rack Vortex (these look like the towers are semi specific to the Ascent which is kind of nice).

Thanks for the help
 

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Thules (both) are pretty quiet. And, the Subaru branded Thule Aero Extended are rated for 700 pounds parked load. All max out at 176 pounds when moving, of course, regardless of bar ratings.
 

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I like with the Yak Jetstream and Thule Evo bars you dont have to trim the rubber strip/vortex generator to get a T-slot attachment in. The Rhino Rack you have to trim or remove. Not sure with the Subaru/Thule.

I have seen quite a bit of posting on here that the Thule Evo are not the same as the Subaru Thule. Is that in bar profile and tower design? Are the Subaru Thule the older aero bar profile or a custom profile just for Subaru?

As far as ratings, I have zero intention of a roof top tent so its not a biggie. I believe the Yakima (maybe not Jetstream but the Core Bar and HD bar) are roof top tent rated.
 

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I use Yakima Timberline towers with the Jetstream large (70") bars, which extend around six inches beyond the OEM rails, maybe a little more. No appreciable wind noise. I went with the large bars to support multiple inflatable boats, and wanted plenty of bar end for the tiedown straps.
 

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Hello! I have ordered my Ascent and just waiting for delivery now and want to get a roof rack base system ordered so it is ready to install when the car arrives. I am looking to get a rack where the bars extend past the roof rails since I want the extra room (so no OEM aerobars or the Yakima Thule Aero ones that are inside the rails).

I was originally going to go with the Yakima Timberlines and then noticed how the rail grab sits pretty far outside the rail and leaves a hole made by the tower and the strap. I am thinking this may add to noise, but wanted to get a poll of those who have racks.

I am considering the following rack combos, curious if anyone has feedback on noise:

  • Yakima Timberline towers with Jetstream bars
  • Thule 450R towers with Wingbar Evo
  • Subaru Thule extended bars
  • Rhino Rack Vortex (these look like the towers are semi specific to the Ascent which is kind of nice).
Thanks for the help
Did some research on roof rails and cross bars, Prinsu roof rack for Subaru Ascent looks very promising. Requires removing original roof rails ( big project) but reduces the total height above the roof, not sure how much wind noise. Anybody have an experience with Prinsu?
 

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I ended up ordering some Jetstream bars. After talking with Yakima customer service they lead me to believe the Jetstreams were "noticeably" quieter than the Core Bar. We have core bars on my wife's Santa Fe sport mounted on baseline towers and they are definitely noisy, but it could also be the tower aerodynamics in this case too.
 

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I use Yakima Timberline towers with the Jetstream large (70") bars, which extend around six inches beyond the OEM rails, maybe a little more. No appreciable wind noise. I went with the large bars to support multiple inflatable boats, and wanted plenty of bar end for the tiedown straps.
Looking to get either 60" or 70". When I measure with a tape measure, it seems the 60" will stick out 7.5" from the outside of the rail. The 70" will stick 12.5". It seems pretty far out, but when I look at the pictures from the yakima site with the 60" bars, they don't really seem very far out. Do the 70" seems wildly wide, or are they comfortable?

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Looking to get either 60" or 70". When I measure with a tape measure, it seems the 60" will stick out 7.5" from the outside of the rail. The 70" will stick 12.5". It seems pretty far out, but when I look at the pictures from the yakima site with the 60" bars, they don't really seem very far out. Do the 70" seems wildly wide, or are they comfortable?

Tom
They are perfect for my application, and in my opinion they are not extremely wide, but obviously have a purpose unlike many of the crossbars you see mounted on other cars, like my 2015 Forester with stock crossbars that I've never used, or my 2016 Crosstrek with stock crossbars that also have never been used. And yes, the 70" bars do extend almost a foot beyond the OEM side rails, not the 6 inches as I stated in my initial post. Having said that, remember that some states have laws that prohibit crossbars extending beyond the width of your side mirrors, but the 70" bars don't even come close to that, but longer ones might.
 

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I use Yakima Timberline towers with the Jetstream large (70") bars, which extend around six inches beyond the OEM rails, maybe a little more. No appreciable wind noise. I went with the large bars to support multiple inflatable boats, and wanted plenty of bar end for the tiedown straps.
I just mounted this system and it is noisy AF with the round bars from off of another car to save some money. Well they are way too loud for my liking and not east to remove unless you’re a theif with a pair of tin snips for that metal strap. I’m not liking this set up at all.

Looking for current set ups that are quieter.

Also I have a 22 Onyx which some towers are saying not compatible with Onyx. I’m guessing not true?
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Round bars are crazy noisy. Lots of hacks to address this including wrapping them with paracord or putting a wind deflector up in front of them. Or, you could just go for the aero bars and be done with it.
 

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I just mounted this system and it is noisy AF with the round bars from off of another car to save some money. Well they are way too loud for my liking and not east to remove unless you’re a theif with a pair of tin snips for that metal strap. I’m not liking this set up at all.

Looking for current set ups that are quieter.

Also I have a 22 Onyx which some towers are saying not compatible with Onyx. I’m guessing not true?
Since you have the Timberline feet, all you need to do is replace the round bars with the Jetstream (Aero bars) from Yakima. It will be quiet without any accessories on it.
 

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I don’t like these Timberline towers too much. Liking the paracord ideas! I may have them a bit far forward as well, but I’m carrying a canoe 55” bars
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I've noticed on my older rack setup on previous cars the round bars are loud. I have the jet stream bars on the ascent and it's noticeable but not horrible. I almost got the HB bars and still might swap for them. Wonder how much it's the bars vs the feet.
 
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