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VW bug roof rack(2 posts)

VW bug roof rackgerwerken
Jun 4, 2003 4:57 AM
I am thinking of buying a 1971 or 1972 VW bug, but before I do I want to make sure that I can find a roof rack that fits it. I know I can find rain gutter feet that will fit it, that is not the problem. According to my Thule rep due to the curveture of the roof the load bars and the feet will not be at the correct angles to each other and therefore the trays will not fit (The trays would not fit flat on the load bars). Yeah, I'm not sure that I understand this either but he assured me that it would not work. Here is what I am thinking....

Yakima's bars are round, perhaps the angles woud not have to be perfect, or if I got split trays (a tray for the fork, and a tray for the rear wheel) perhaps this would not be a problem at all.

If anyone knows how to/what kind of roof rack would sucessfully install on an old style VW I would really appreciate the info.

re: VW bug roof rackbiknben
Jun 4, 2003 7:07 AM
I understand what you mean by the curved roof/gutters. The tops of the Thule rails need to be parralleg to the ground. If they are a little off you can get away with it. An old bug will probably be WAY off.

A split tray Thule carrier would work. The rear wheel tray may sit at a slight angle (front would be higher than rear) but it's only a foot long or so. May not look too bad.

A Yakima system would be my choice. Because of the round bars the curvature of the roof means nothing. The mounting feet may looks like they are crooked (front will lean forward, back vis-versa) but the rails will be fine.