First trip with my 9'6" Paddle Surf Hawaii Hull Ripper Pro on the 2012 Volkwagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI. 30 miles roundtrip and the buggah was solid!!!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
My 2012 VW Jetta Sportwagen received it's first accessory, in the form of a roof rack. Since I'm a surfer, the roof rack to transport my surfboards is a no-brainer and with so many different options out there, I had to do a little research.
I looked into Thule and Yakima and the different styles and options, but since I already had a Yakima system on my 2003 Toyota Tacoma Snugtop shell, I decided to stick to Yakima for my JSW. The most popular (and most expensive) option was the Whispbars. Designed like an airplane wing, these bars are said to eliminate all wind noise. Well, for $400+, they damn well better!!! Instead, I went with the all black Yakima Rail Grab system with 48" crossbars, which ran in the $300 range. But wait, I had 2 gift cards and some cash money that totaled to $240! $60 for a new roof rack system.... AURRRRYTE!!!
I installed them in less than 30 minutes, which included trying to align the bars correctly on the factory bars cause I'm anal like that. Oh, I forgot to mention that I scored brand new Dakine 28" rack pads for $20 on Craigslist... cheeee!!!
After a few days of driving around, I can say that there is definitely whistling coming from the exposed crossbars, but it's nothing a little macgyvering can't fix. In fact, it doesn't start until 40mph and I need to have the windows open and the radio on low volume. With the windows up, I can't hear a thing... but it's probably a different story for the guy driving next to me. Haha!
I'll post an update when I get to transport my boards from Kailua to Courts (14 miles). Stupid APEC closed up access to most of the decent south shore surf spots... oh well, can wait I guess :)