As seen in Tim's Max Upgrades 2012
There are some funky roof
Ginger also has a new rack
I've used the thule Aerobars.
Fitting was a lot easier than I had first thought.
On first inspection of the roof
, it does seem pretty flimsy, but taking a closer look there is some strength to it.
If you look closely to the plywood that's screwed to the underside of the poptop you can see the screw heads that hold the wood in place. These run around the edge of the ply with two strips 1/3 and 2/3 along the length of the roof
running side to side, where there seems to be about an inch thick reinforcement beams.
You can also feel this if you push down on top of the poptop, you can see the roof
flex in the middle but as you move along fro front to back you will see this stop as you pass over one of the reinforcement beams.
This can be seen when you reaise the roof
and have a look under the outside edging.
The outside edges of the poptop reinforement is where I drilled the hole through the roof
, about 3cm in from the edge if the ply.
I've used the Thule 753 foot pack, this is what the bars connect to, and the 3021 fixpoint fitting kit to attach this to the poptop.
Once everything was lined up, all I did was drill a hole through the roof
for each fitting kit. The fitting kit comes with some 8mm bolts that are meant to screw into the top of a roof
, this can't be done on mine, so pushed the bolt up from underneath and put a nut on it to secure in place.
The 3021 fixpoint comes with a rubber base that will seal the hole so no need for any extra sealent.
The bars can easily take a surfboard. I wouldn't be at all surprised if it can take a lot more weight as well, but don't quote me on that just incase