After a ton a lot of research, I finally found a solution for a roof rack system for our Ford Explorer. We chose a roof rack because we didn't want to take up the extra space with a hitch mount. Although it's not as easy to get the bikes up there, I like it very much. I have it down to where I can mount all three bikes (Trek Fuel EX7, Specialized Rockhopper, and a 20in Trek kids bike).
The system is comprised of the following:
Whispbar S47 Base System
Whispbar WB200 Fork Mount Bike Rail (X2)
Thule 594XT Sidearm Bike Rail
The Whispbar S47 is incredibly easy to install and hasn't moved an inch on short or long drives. Like advertised, it's extremely quiet. Can't really tell a difference until you load the bikes up.
The Whispbar WB200's are a work of art. The difference in the packaging from the Thule 594XT Sidearm is night and day. The three key elements to the WB200 is that is come fully assembled, installation is a matter of closing the two bars which locks the feet into the Whispbar channels. Zero movement, very plush and the bike stays solid in the locks.
There's been enough chat about the Thule 594XT that I won't really get into it. Only that I added and extra tire strap to the front so that it doesn't skip out of the rail.
All in all, I'm very happy with how everything works and how it looks. Here are some pics:
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