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    No roof setup made for my car

    I just got a 2012 Dodge Challenger and it seems that neither Thule or Yakima has a (good) option. I am putting a hitch on so I can take two bikes but still need a way to take two more and/or a ski box. Other than the Thule TP42 Thule*-*TP42 42" Tracks with Flare-Nut fastners does anybody know of another way to get load bars up there? I'm hesitant to go shooting holes in the roof of a brand new car

    I would do something like the Seasucker but I don't know if there's a way to use load bars and I also don't know if I want to trust vacuum cups to something with the wind resistance of a box. I also checked Inno and no go there either...

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    Had the same problem with a Lexus I had about two years ago. I ended up selling the car and got a car that could accommodate a roof rack! Sounds like your best bet is the hitch mount rack you mentioned.
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    if you were interested in drilling holes in the roof, i would suggest using the landing pad 7 with the control towers, rather than a track...less holes, cleaner install.

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    So when you don't have the towers/bars on all you see is the base? Hmmm

    Do you know where I can find a roof map for my car? I would like to figure out if there's a way to mount these so they are into something more than just sheet metal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravitylover View Post
    So when you don't have the towers/bars on all you see is the base? Hmmm

    Do you know where I can find a roof map for my car? I would like to figure out if there's a way to mount these so they are into something more than just sheet metal.
    yeah, you just have the base...and the entire rack would remove very easily. this would be true of the track system, too, but then you'd have the track and the base on the roof.
    the track would be beneficial if you had a 6' bed on a camper shell, and wanted the versatility of adjusting your bar spread...in all likelihood, (in this forum) you're looking to carry bikes or maybe even a box or boat someday...and a fixed bar spread on the roof of this vehicle is more than sufficient.(30"-34")

    the roof diagram is going to be the hard part...because it's so new. you could try a body shop or a dealer. there are some general guidelines...usually a dome light is attached to a roof brace. what you don't want to do is pull the headliner...this i know, but you could maybe lower it just enough if you can pull off a plastic interior trim panel...just enough to peek in there and get an idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Bye View Post
    I ended up selling the car and got a car that could accommodate a roof rack!
    Now THAT'S dedication. Rep point for you

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    I wouldn't sell the seasucker short or overlook it.

    Works awesome. I trust it with my $6K bike atop my $60K car.


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    Actually it turned out that there is a map of the roof and one of the techs at the local Dodge dealer took a look at it with me today. He says it only takes a few minutes to drop the headliner, he's done it a few times recently, and he feels totally comfortable with setting up either the "Y" base or the "T" tracks at the dealers shop. He also thinks he can put it through so it won't affect my warranty His take on it was to go with the tracks so I can vary the spacing of the bars for different kinds of loads.

    Thanx for helping me think this through

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravitylover View Post
    Actually it turned out that there is a map of the roof and one of the techs at the local Dodge dealer took a look at it with me today. He says it only takes a few minutes to drop the headliner, he's done it a few times recently, and he feels totally comfortable with setting up either the "Y" base or the "T" tracks at the dealers shop. He also thinks he can put it through so it won't affect my warranty His take on it was to go with the tracks so I can vary the spacing of the bars for different kinds of loads.

    Thanx for helping me think this through
    Sounds interesting. You should see if you can grab some photos of the install.

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    If they are willing to do it at a dealer then thats what i would do for sure!

    But i'm damn impressed with those seasuckers!!
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    No roof setup for my car either, nor would I want to add to the drag and make my milege get even worse!
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishpitbull View Post
    I wouldn't sell the seasucker short or overlook it.

    Works awesome. I trust it with my $6K bike atop my $60K car.


    An Infiniti G37 coupe ≠ a $60K car.

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    So you are gonna put a permanant roof rack on a Challenger? But its so good looking and you are gonna ruin it.
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    ^^ Trust me I thought about it but (if I go through with it) these tracks are less than an inch high unless the rack is attached and I will definitely paint them to match before they go on. I've almost accepted it now

    Nice car Jay Actually I'm pretty happy with the mpg's. I'm averaging 24 in daily driving and get 31-32 on straight highway runs.

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    If you are having a hitch installed why not just get a small trailer too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravitylover View Post

    Nice car Jay Actually I'm pretty happy with the mpg's. I'm averaging 24 in daily driving and get 31-32 on straight highway runs.
    That's good, with the V8 I average about 20-22, highway is 24-25 (got average 25 for the entire trip going to colorado and back last weekend, including all mountain roads and passes).
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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    An Infiniti G37 coupe ≠ a $60K car.
    LOL Sorry 55 with tax... Haters.
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