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From some of the pictures coming from Paris and Japan it looks like the HRV might have a CRV style roof rack? I have a 2008 Fit and have had a Yakima rack on it for its entire life. It's chewed up my door seals which now drip occasionally in serious rain. A factory roof rack (rails) is pretty much a deal breaker for me at this point. I love my magic seat but when I go to the Seattle Auto show this weekend I'm going to start taking serious looks at Subaru and a few others. I read on the Fit Freaks forum that Yakima isn't making a roof solution for the 2015 Fit either. I wish the HRV wasn't so late, I'd like to have something more rugged to drive to the ski slopes and not worry about chaining up.
 

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I thule is one of the more popular and mainstream brands for this, you might want to contact them and see if they have plans for an HRV roof rack... if they do, awesome.
 

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unless there's some adjustable universal type you can get, that's if you need one asap and can't wait for an official one .
 

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I already have Yakima crossbars so all I would need to get are the appropriate attachments. I want permanent factory roof rails instead of a temporary rack so that I don't have to remove it to go to an automatic car wash. Also temporary racks destroy the weather seals on the doors. It's a deal breaker for me at this point.
 

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I already have Yakima crossbars so all I would need to get are the appropriate attachments. I want permanent factory roof rails instead of a temporary rack so that I don't have to remove it to go to an automatic car wash. Also temporary racks destroy the weather seals on the doors. It's a deal breaker for me at this point.
That is true. At this point it seems like all we have to do is wait for it to become available.
Are you going to be using them for anything else other than skii's and any other related equipment?
 

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Skis and bikes (road and mountain) so I need a rack year round. On my current '08 Fit, the last 2 hour drive I did with 2 road bikes on the roof my Yakima Q-towers walked backwards about a half inch due to headwinds. This is the 2nd time it's happened after owning it for 7 years. Yakima sent me new landing pads for the towers so hopefully they'll have more grip, but I don't want to risk it anymore at this point with bikes. Skis/Snowboards are a little more aerodynamic with a wind fairing so I might put the rack back on when the ski season starts up if I absolutely can't get a ride with any of my several friends that own Subarus or trucks.
 

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Ah I see. At least you'll be putting what ever system you have to serious work with the type of things you'll be using it for and for how long.
 

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have you ever thought about having hitch mounted bikes? i always liked the idea of having those over being roof mounted?
 

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I have started to look at the hitch mounts since they won't be making a rack for the 2015 Fit (if the HR-V gets delayed too much). A family member has a big hitch mount bike carrier for his Tundra and I don't like how the bikes sway back and forth while hanging on it. My mountain bike has significant deep grooves in the paint/frame from bouncing/swaying around on the hitch mount rack against other bikes on 6-8 hour road trips. That would absolutely destroy a carbon fiber road bike and render it unusable. Not sure if they do the hitch mount ski/snowboard racks for small cars, I've only seen them on the back of Jeeps going up the mountain pass.
 

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The new HRV will come with roof rails if you get the EX-L trim (which is the top of the line one.) I don't know if it will be an option for the other trims, but when you look at the dealership, you can find out :)
 

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Someone posted a link to a genuine Honda rail kit for the CRV (crossbars not included) for around $450.


I hope Honda offers a similar kit for the LX and EX HRV's, I looked up the EX-L rails in the Honda parts catalog and the rails were $551 per side !!!:eek:


Contacted Thule and they were no help, they said if there was no listing on their website the did not make one. When I asked if there was one in development for the HRV they said there were no plans to offer a rack for the HRV.


I really want to find a roof rack (for my kayak) and a hitch (for my bicycle carrier).
 

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Dumb question, but can you remove the crossbars to help with gas mileage? I ordered crossbars with my HR-V but don't know how that will effect gas mileage.
 

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Dumb question, but can you remove the crossbars to help with gas mileage? I ordered crossbars with my HR-V but don't know how that will effect gas mileage.
Crossbars will definitely not effect gas mileage. Affect probably, probably negatively, slightly ... but not effect.

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Dumb question, but can you remove the crossbars to help with gas mileage? I ordered crossbars with my HR-V but don't know how that will effect gas mileage.
On my current car, I did the exercise of calculating my gas mileage with & without my roof-rack (old style square Thule rack, no wind deflector) and I was suprised to find out that I could do about 50km less on a full gas tank of mostly highwy driving, that's roughly 10% for my ~500km range AWD Pontiac Vibe.

For sure roof rails and crossbars have come a long way aerodynamically, but I'm sure that removing them helps with gas mileage, though it could be just marginally.
 

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Someone posted a link to a genuine Honda rail kit for the CRV (crossbars not included) for around $450.

I hope Honda offers a similar kit for the LX and EX HRV's, I looked up the EX-L rails in the Honda parts catalog and the rails were $551 per side !!!:eek:

Contacted Thule and they were no help, they said if there was no listing on their website the did not make one. When I asked if there was one in development for the HRV they said there were no plans to offer a rack for the HRV.

I really want to find a roof rack (for my kayak) and a hitch (for my bicycle carrier).
Addressed in an earlier thread:

– Discounts are available for the OEM rails, but still an outrageous price.

– Rails are available for $200 to $300 from eBay, alibaba, etc.

– However, judging from the CR-V's instructions, installation may be a bit tricky.

Thule already makes crossbars to fit the OEM JDM rails ... don't know about the window feature ...

P.S. Surely Honda will eventually make the rails available as a reasonably-priced accessory, hopefully directly from China ... not by way of Los Mexicanos. Likewise, one would expect Thule to connect Vezel with HR-V and make their bars available here in the States ... L.L. Bean for Mainers ...
 

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On my current car, I did the exercise of calculating my gas mileage with & without my roof-rack (old style square Thule rack, no wind deflector) and I was suprised to find out that I could do about 50km less on a full gas tank of mostly highwy driving, that's roughly 10% for my ~500km range AWD Pontiac Vibe.

For sure roof rails and crossbars have come a long way aerodynamically, but I'm sure that removing them helps with gas mileage, though it could be just marginally.
Wow! 10%, that's significant ...

How about Thule Aero bars? Anybody know?
 

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Has anyone actually installed these on a North American HR-V so we know that they fit and work? I've got a canoe I want to be able to transport and this is my main concern right now about the car we have ordered.


These appear to be "2015 VEZEL ORIGINAL ROOF RACKS" ... $255 Shipped.

EDIT: Surf over to aliexpress.com, search on _Vezel Roof_ and you'll find numerous alternatives.
 

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Even though I will be adding a hitch to mount my Yakima Hold-Up rack, I still want to be able to mount my Yakima bars on top. Until Yakima provides adapters that will fit the rails on my EX-L, I guess I'll have to Macgyver a solution. I've got a box with 25 years worth of tower parts. Wish me luck. I will file a report with pictures if successful.
 
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