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Discussion Forums => General Discussion => Topic started by: hotani on May 19, 2009, 11:58:43 AM

Title: clean, OEM-looking roof rack bars for 2001 A4?
Post by: hotani on May 19, 2009, 11:58:43 AM
I'm not finding what I'm looking for in the roof rack world. Most solutions for a 2001 A4 sedan involve the clippy rack bars which, though functional, look less than awesome. What I really want is the two crossbars installed on newer Subarus like the forester and impreza:

(http://ep.yimg.com/ip/I/brandsportinc_2052_134789701)

Yakima has some "landing pads" that look like they would do the trick, but apparently these require some factory installed fasteners which I seem to be missing. So I think I'm looking for a permanent, drill-some-holes-in-the-roof type solution. I have no problem with this, as long as it is solid (can hold 4 snowboards and/or skis, or 2 bikes), ends up looking professional, and doesn't leak...  :-\

Has anyone messed with this type of setup? Is there some product out there I'm missing?
Title: Re: clean, OEM-looking roof rack bars for 2001 A4?
Post by: 92UrS4 on May 19, 2009, 12:40:06 PM
Most of these newer cars have these little notches in the roof for an install like that or as Yakima describes, factory installed fasteners.

Contact Rack Attack, they have a couple stores out here and do installs. They may be able to answer that question for you.
Title: Re: clean, OEM-looking roof rack bars for 2001 A4?
Post by: hotani on May 19, 2009, 01:02:59 PM
Thanks - I ran across the rackattack.com website just after posting. May have to head down and see what they can do.

It may turn out that a custom job is more than I want to spend and end up with the clip-on variety. Thought I'd explore the options first.
Title: Re: clean, OEM-looking roof rack bars for 2001 A4?
Post by: Eric18T on June 05, 2009, 04:04:05 PM
doesn't the oem audi rack look more like the one you posted? the yakima & thule are going to look more blocky..
Title: Re: clean, OEM-looking roof rack bars for 2001 A4?
Post by: hotani on June 10, 2009, 08:24:57 AM
I've seen some OEM racks, but mostly for passats. Haven't found much for a 2001 A4 sedan, though I'm still looking (AKA: have yet to get off my lazy butt and work on this project further). What I saw in the OEM variety looked good, but still involved a clip-on mount rather than permanent.