Yeah I just tightened them by hand until they were good and snug. Didn't want to over-torque anything.andthereyouare said:Just an FYI on these cross bars it says to crank 'em to a certain torque spec. The spec is too much, one of the clamps fell apart on me. I fixed it and all is good, now.
Thanks for your advice. What is the model of thule bars you use?Subir_roo said:My XV came with the OEM bars. I swapped them out for a thule set up for a few reasons. First off you can't lock the OEM bars to your car so someone could run off with your rack, I've seen it happen. Secondly the bars are not flat/level like the thule bars so if you put a bike up there is got a bit of a lean to it. And thirdly the thule bars seem to mount much more securely than the oem ones do. I have my OEM set so if you'd like to give them a shot just let me know and you can have em for cheap. Honestly though for boats I'd recommend a thule set up.
It will make an excellent 'toad'. Light at 3200lbs, and a great driver when we get to our destination.Subir_roo said:I hope you've got a flat bed trailer to tote it around on! I'd like to see a RV towing an XV!
Thanks for the tip! From my brief searching it looked like the thule aerobars were a lot more pricy than the square ones. Good to know that I can reduce the noise.Subir_roo said:Most bars do create noise, the square ones maybe a touch more. The noise is caused by the smooth flow of air around the bar resonating. To fix it (and this works with almost ANY bars) you can take a piece of black, or a fun color if you wanted, paracord and wrap it like a candy cane across the front bar. Once I get a picture up of mine you'll see I did that. It brakes up the flow of air over the bar and thus kills the noise! I found even the stock bars on this car made some noise, the thule bars made a bit more as they're not aero but once I wrapped them there's no noise from the bar that's noticeable, now I'm just back to tire noise.