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fanaticultrahawk



Joined: 19 Sep 2007
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 3:04 pm    Post subject: aero dynamic roof rack worth it? Reply with quote

I got a new jeep and my old yakima feet wont work with it as it has gutter type rails. i am looking at new feet and wondering if I should get one of the new aerodynamic type such as:

Thule’s AeroBlade and Yakima’s Whispbar

any thoughts? any other new brands that I may not be aware of?
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mat-ty



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spend the extra money it will be worth it. My Yakama pipes are very noisy and I am sure that also means lots of drag and poor mileage. I have to take them off when not in need.
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ramps



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would not settle for round-section rack bars - the howling was too annoying. Not sure if you could measure the difference in fuel consumption between the 2, though.
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outcast



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok....i'll bite....forget about style or noise

Assume 1 mpg difference
Assume 30 mpg and fuel at $3.50

I think it will take a long time to pay them off...like 30,000 miles

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KevinDo



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ramps wrote:
I would not settle for round-section rack bars - the howling was too annoying. Not sure if you could measure the difference in fuel consumption between the 2, though.


Do round bars create more noise compared to the rectangular shaped ones? I must've gotten used to the noise of my Yakimas lol
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zirtaeb



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Between round Yaks and rectangle Thule's, it's a tossup.
Having a naked rack kills 5 mpg off a Honda Civic, driven mostly on the freeway. Surprisingly, adding 3 boards atop makes little difference from a naked rack.
A VW GTI aero streamlined rack makes tons of noise when the sunroof is open, and I'll bet, takes away 3 mpg at the minimum. GTI has more horses to counter wind resistance, and is less streamlined to begin with.
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frederick23



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My vote is no. Aero needs special pads. Yes round makes more noise, but add a round pad and sound is gone. Most important is, make sure it is secure. Mpg you can't tell. At least I cant. I've tried.
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Sailboarder



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always thought that just having a bar in the wrong spot was creating the noise. I assume, maybe wrongly, that an areo would make as much noise since it is likely to not be aligned with the airflow. The only areo I ever tried were factory, and further back on the car. My square bars don't make noise either when located there. Anyway, I leave the foam there and they are silent.

I personally prefer the square Thule because it's a defacto standard. Plenty of parts are available used, and the accessories seems to last forever. I still use bars and accessories that are 25 YO.
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bred2shred



Joined: 02 May 2000
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have a Jeep and you're worried about aerodynamics and noise??

Anyway, the classic rectangular Thule bars work great for me. I'm pretty sure the rectangular bars have a higer load rating than the aero bars as well. A gutter style rack system should be easy to remove and install in a couple minutes when not using too if the noise is a problem.

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steve74



Joined: 22 May 2010
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have square cross bars but added a wind fairing to help with noise and drag. Not sure how much it helps but probably more than the aerodynamic bars.
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