2011 – 2010 Subaru Outback Roof Rack on Factory Side Rails

15 Jul 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on 2011 – 2010 Subaru Outback Roof Rack on Factory Side Rails

2011 2010 subaru rack blog | car rack on 2011 subaru outback rack factory side – thule 450 yakima

ATTENTION: This was originally in 2010, however the information applies to the most current Subaru Outback wagon etc.

The 2011 Subaru factory rack and 2010 Outback factory rack is a departure from previous models. There is much regarding what is and isn’t with the new 2011 2010 Outback roof rack. it looks and performs differently many other factory systems, the 2011 Subaru roof rack and 2010 Outback roof rack offers excellent configuring for all your transport needs.

And if you are purchasing a 2010 or 2011 Outback, rest assured you be able to transport all kinds of

You can use the factory crossbars or an aftermarket roof rack system Thule Racks or Yakima to transport all but the very longest of (i.e. long canoes or long ocean kayaks, and in cases you have additional options, see bottom of this posting). However, for 2011 Subaru Outback roof bike racks, ski-snowboard cargo roof boxes, racks, stand up paddle racks, most kayak roof baskets, luggage bags etc. you can attach to the 2010 – 2011 Outback factory rack bars.

Additionally, if you are attaching several carriers and/or need crossbar length you can attach an multi-purpose base rack to the side rails. For this the best system is any of the Thule roof rack models ( 450 Crossroad . Thule 450R Crossroad . Thule 45050 Kit . Thule 45058 Kit ) as they 24 inches of distance between the and rear crossbar, while the RailGrab roof rack offers slightly less at 21 The 24 inch crossbar spread, using the Thule Crossroad racks on the 2011 – Subaru Outback side has been tested rigorously by Racks and is determined to be thoroughly for gear transport, even using two 897XT Hullavator mounted to the Thule Crossroad rack cross bars to 2 kayaks!

Below is an ORS Racks customer install featuring a Subaru Outback kayak rack that is configured the Thule 450 CrossRoad car rack mounted to the factory side and a Thule 897XT Hullavator to the pair of load bars on the 450 base rack system:

2010 Subaru Outback roof rack

More ORS Direct customer installs base rack systems:

Subaru Outback roof racks

2010 Subaru bike roof rack box

2010 Subaru Outback rack 5 bike racks

is the testimonial from Nick chief fitting specialist for Racks:

As the Fit Specialist for Thule America, I design, test and most of the rack components North America, and in some world wide. There has a lot of noise regarding the construction of the roof rack on the 2011 Outback wagon and 2010 Outback wagon. Though the – having side that can convert to crossbars is innovative, many people that it fails when it to durability and stability.

With being said, Thule to do some in-depth homework and test the rack. The results, we were remarkable.


450 Crossroad roof rack 58 inch cross bars) to 2010 Subaru Outback rack side rails

Two Thule 897XT Hullavator racks mounted to the 450 Crossroad 58 cross bars


Liquid Logic Sylva / Systems Tempest 165

Testing the of the rack, we loaded and unloaded the on the Hullavators – and made to cycle the Hullavators with the on them multiple times. this phase of the test, was no deflection in the factory rack.

For the phase of the test, we drove the – fully loaded at the recommended driving speeds, and at upwards of 85 mph. At the end of this of the test, the boats and racks

1. Still fully intact.

2. Had not on the vehicle.

3. Still fully

For the third and final phase of the we removed the kayaks, Hullavators, and system and cycled the factory making sure to switch the rails to the crossbar position, them in place, and then them to the side rail and locking them in place. We did numerous times – in the the rack still functioned as it was to.

PLEASE NOTE: It is important to to the suggested weight rating of 150 on this factory rack. For purposes we over loaded the and tested it in conditions that it wouldn’t be used for, eliminating our concerns – and yours.

Our goal in re-testing rack was to not only try and disprove of the noise that has been around the industry regarding factory rack – but to instill a level of comfort and in this rack system. In 15 of selling, modifying, designing, and racks I have seen it all and the design of this rack towards a level of extreme I can confidently say that the factory on the 2010 Subaru Outback exceeded my test expectations and is than suitable to be used our Thule Crossroad base systems and gear carrier

Another very popular to mounting a complete multi-purpose rack system to the 2011 Outback factory side and 2010 Subaru Outback side rails is instead a cargo-luggage basket to the factory This is proving to be very with Subaru Outback The main reason is because the baskets have integrated that will then you to connect any gear carriers to the crossbars on the basket. Below are ORS Racks Direct customer using this configuration:

Subaru Outback factory basket bike rack

Subaru Outback factory rack basket

Of course gear carriers will directly to the factory rack on the 2011 and 2010 Subaru wagon. Here are some of gear carriers mounted to the cross bars:

2010 Outback factory rack kayak racks

2010 Outback factory rack surfboard rack

2011 Outback factory rack bike rack

2010 Outback factory rack bike rack

Finally, if you are transporting ultra items such as canoes, the of kayaks etc. you have a additional options. Your option is to use the Thule 997 GoalPost on a 2 inch trailer hitch may already have on your or 2011 Subaru Outback and they are also easy to You will use the Thule 997 GoalPost in with a Thule Crossroad rack mounted to the side

This provides a great for carrying ultra long Your second option is to use a trailer . This is a superb to roof mount gear because the convenient low level of the makes it easy to load and gear. Trailers work on all of trailer hitches, 1.25 and 2 included.

Hopefully all this has been helpful for you in selecting the rack system for your or 2010 Subaru Outback and gear transport needs. if you have any additional questions do not hesitate to contact us .

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