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skibuddy
11-05-2012, 08:45 AM
After the simplicity of roof rails on an A4 Avant (2005) I am very nervous about fitting roof bars to a new A6 Saloon. Any views on Pro's & Con's of Audi's own versus Thule etc. What are the risks? How to avoid scratching/damaging that lovely new paint work?

Timothy Nathan
11-05-2012, 10:01 AM
I have Thule on my C7 Avant if you want to have a look - I am not that far from you.

ti rich
11-05-2012, 12:13 PM
Don't buy LaAlpina, I just returned mine. The designer is crap and it broke before I finished fitting it.

5678
11-05-2012, 08:44 PM
I have Thule on my C7 Avant if you want to have a look - I am not that far from you.

I'd be keen to see a picture please. I will be fitting these to mine so that I can start using our Thule bike carriers again.

ti rich
13-05-2012, 10:12 AM
By the way there is an audi dealer on ebay doing the genuine roof rack for about 170. I would go for this.

5678
14-05-2012, 08:06 AM
By the way there is an audi dealer on ebay doing the genuine roof rack for about 170. I would go for this.

Do you have a link for this?

skibuddy
14-05-2012, 08:46 AM
217 from my local Audi Centre, but they offer to show me how to fit them.

ti rich
14-05-2012, 09:04 AM
Do you have a link for this?

The seller was northhamptonaudi but they are only showing the avant roof rack at present. Sure if you contact them they will have more.

5678
14-05-2012, 09:56 AM
It's actually the Avant bars I would need.

Struggling to find that seller ID though. Do you have a direct link to the ebay listing?

Thanks!

ti rich
14-05-2012, 10:42 AM
It's actually the Avant bars I would need.

Struggling to find that seller ID though. Do you have a direct link to the ebay listing?

Thanks!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Audi-A6-Avant-Roof-bars-4G9071151-/110867806412?pt=UK_Car_Accessories_Touring_Travel&hash=item19d03c78cc#ht_784wt_692

That's the link to the avant roof rails. Can't understand why the avant would cost more as there is less too it!!!

5678
28-08-2012, 05:49 PM
Right, time for me to buy some bars in preparation for a week at centre parcs!

Halfords sell the Thule wing bars for what appears to be 160 but I think I may need a fitting kit (Thule 4915) to go with it.

Audi sell them on ebay for 240!

Any better that we know of?

neilos100
28-08-2012, 06:14 PM
Atera bars from roofbox.co.uk
Used them a few times (bars and company) both excellent.
Neil


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5678
28-08-2012, 06:20 PM
Atera bars from roofbox.co.uk
Used them a few times (bars and company) both excellent.
Neil


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Thanks for that. How are they for noise?

I quite like the look of the Prorack bars on that site too. Nice and neat.

neilos100
28-08-2012, 07:15 PM
The Atera aero ones are the set I use and there is no noticeable noise when the box is not sitting on them. They come with rubber strips to cover the grooves when not using the roofbox etc. They are very well made and this is the second set
I have purchased. First was for my previous car.
Neil
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renmar
31-08-2012, 03:54 PM
Neil
can you post some photos with roof bars installed please?
I consider Thule with wingbars as they claim that it help to reduce the noise a lot.
thanks

p.s. Mont Blanc also offers a solution for a saloon but I do not like their design (Thule are not beautiful as well :))

neilos100
31-08-2012, 04:22 PM
Here you go....it's an Avant and a C6 but you should get the gist!

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neilos100
31-08-2012, 04:59 PM
A few more.....

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neilos100
31-08-2012, 06:05 PM
And with the box fitted......


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fernar
31-08-2012, 09:14 PM
Have a look at the Thule web site - they have some new roof rack that slide out to the side - so that one can load bikes, etc over on the side of the car and then slide the loaded bike back on to the roof - reducing the risk of damage to your car roof....

http://www.thule.com/en/GB/Products/Base-Racks/LoadBars/Thule-SlideBar-891_-_893

I will be going for these when I get my Avant shortly

renmar
31-08-2012, 09:17 PM
Thanks a lot - great photos!
Atera looks OK - and if you say it is not a noisy choice that in IMHO a good solution!
Regards
RM

5678
04-09-2012, 01:15 PM
I've just ordered up the Thule Wingbar kit from roofboxes.co.uk. I went for these in the end as I already have Thule bike racks and the ability to swap all of the locks so that they just use one key swung it for me.

ti rich
05-09-2012, 11:42 AM
Let us know how you get on. Still need to buy a roofrack for my Saloon.

5678
05-09-2012, 12:01 PM
Arrived today!

Will be getting the car back from Audi tomorrow or Friday so will fit and take a few pictures then.

skibuddy
05-09-2012, 12:48 PM
Let us know how you get on. Still need to buy a roofrack for my Saloon.

Ditto. Really keen to understand/see pictures of how roof bars fit into the door seal recesses on a Saloon. What is the risk of damage to paintwork, chrome trim etc?

5678
05-09-2012, 02:02 PM
Ah, sorry for the confusion, my car is an Avant!

renmar
06-09-2012, 11:04 AM
Atera Signo ALU bars received yesterday - look good, fit easy, should be the right choice (25% cheaper than Thule!) - tried in garage only as for now :)
(skibuddy-keep your car and parts clean, follow the instruction of fitting and no chance to damage anything, I use bars mostly when going skiing :))

5678
28-09-2012, 01:10 PM
I've not taken any proper pics of the Thule bars on my Avant yet, but thought I'd stick this up for now.

They fit very easily, if a little tricky to get them central over the car due to the component build of parts for each application.

Once on though they are very quiet and don't appear to impact economy. Having the bikes up there hammered it though!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/558515_424893010901290_812574410_n.jpg

Andy McDonald
29-07-2013, 10:31 PM
Has anyone considered the Wingbar Edge, think the wingbar is a great idea but what's the opinions on the Edge version

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5678
02-08-2013, 03:12 PM
Has anyone considered the Wingbar Edge, think the wingbar is a great idea but what's the opinions on the Edge version

Andy


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Depends what width you need. You can only fit 3 591 racks on the edge bar. I'd imagine 2 and a half width roof box wouldn't fit either.

Andy McDonald
02-08-2013, 10:18 PM
Well the look is important to me and so went for the wing bar edge, looks great and plenty of space for what I need...

We have a second car with a larger roof rack if required.

Thanks

Andy


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Westyfield2
30-05-2014, 05:28 PM
@5678 and @Timothy Nathan.

Can you remember how the feet went together? And what model numbers did you buy? I've got Thule 753 + Thule 4001, and can't get it to fit together :(.

Timothy Nathan
30-05-2014, 05:46 PM
Mine "just worked". You are welcome to come and have a look if you are anywhere near Epsom.

Westyfield2
30-05-2014, 08:00 PM
Got it fitted :D. The instructions are just as rubbish as Ikea instructions :p.

Andy McDonald
14-03-2015, 06:07 PM
I know this is an old thread, but if anyone is interested I have a set of wing bar edge for C7 Avant. 150 Ono


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Rower1978
16-03-2015, 01:29 PM
I know this is an old thread, but if anyone is interested I have a set of wing bar edge for C7 Avant. 150 Ono


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Andy could you post a photo please?

Andy McDonald
17-03-2015, 12:46 AM
I'm away until Saturday but if you know them, essentially I,agile them with a few flies attached....


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Andy McDonald
18-03-2015, 12:35 PM
here you go, found these on my machine.

A27417

johnsimcox
18-03-2015, 05:40 PM
here you go, found these on my machine.

A27417
If that is a photo of the bars installed on your car then you should realise that you have an Avant not a saloon!!!

Andy McDonald
19-03-2015, 12:03 AM
If that is a photo of the bars installed on your car then you should realise that you have an Avant not a saloon!!!

Read my post you smart asse...it clearly states c7 Avant.


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johnsimcox
19-03-2015, 07:06 AM
So why post it in a thread titled "Roof Bars for C7 Saloon"!

Andy McDonald
19-03-2015, 09:14 AM
It was an old thread which talks about Avant also if you read it all and I stated Avant.... I'm assuming you're not interested would that be correct


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pacamack
15-03-2016, 01:04 PM
Another thread resurrection, but I'm really interested in people's experience of fitting roof bars to the C7 Saloon as per the title (not the Avant as per the actual thread!).

The recommended fittings are a Thule 754 as the Saloon has no gutters or mounting points. However, this sort of attachment scares the life out of me as I have visions of damaged paintwork and door rubbers because you're essentially clamping directly onto your nice shiny bodywork!

Does anyone have any experience of these (or similar) and am I worrying about nothing?

My current Mercedes coupe has mounting points so this doesn't keep me awake at night at the moment but I'm switching to the A6 saloon this summer just in time for cycling season!

Scott K
15-03-2016, 02:08 PM
I have the audi bars for mine. It's a bit fraught the first time but no damage yet. There is rubber on the bottom and they clamp onto a specific point which has a rubber grommet (you need to remove this before you fit the bars). They only fit one way round and it is quick and easy. Seems a bit odd when you close the door over them but doesn't seem to be too much extra noise. I only use them for a box so can't say how they are with bike fittings. Think I paid 150 for them and they come in one piece. There is a rubber strip which goes into the channel on the bars and I think you need to cut this if you are going to have cycle carriers or similar. They tighten with an allen key and are lockable (all supplied)

Gmonster
18-03-2016, 09:17 PM
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160318/6a948f9cd6ff5940fb93ca335256c4af.jpg http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160318/9505a914deda14c44407b7a7fcd8f3b0.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160318/17b670a8f27eb3669a524a4953a3332a.jpg My C7 saloon Audi roof rack and Thule Bike Racks. They go on In the spring and come off in the autumn with limited fuss. One man operation etc.


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pacamack
19-03-2016, 09:52 AM
Thanks Gmonster, that's really helpful.
I'm assuming that the clamps have some sort or protection against damaging the paintwork? I can't see any sort of padding in the pictures on the "claw" component?

Gmonster
19-03-2016, 10:11 AM
No worries Paca.

Both the main foot and the under side of the clamp are lined with rubber. On fitting I wipe all of these surfaces and the roof surface with a damp cloth ; in case of any grit.

The main holding point is a metal pin on the clamp (you can see on underside of clamp) which fits in a hole in the door/roof frame.

The clamps have recesses/stays which keep them in the splayed/open position ; you then lower the rack down onto the roof lining the pins up with the holes.Then wind the clamps up into the holes in the door roof frame. The supplied Audi Allen key wrench has a torque wrench type click setting so you know when it's tight enough.

The Audi rack was maybe expensive but worth it I think. If you need anymore info please just ask.




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JamesMo
22-03-2016, 07:50 AM
Hi, I had the Thule aero bars on my saloon - the main contact points are rubber and they don't mark the paint at all as long as you make sure the paintwork and foot rubber are both clean before you fit the bars. As I have just changed to the Avant, I now have a set of feet and the adaptor kit for the A6 saloon which I would be happy to sell at a reasonable price - pm me if you are interested.

thanks

james

pacamack
22-03-2016, 09:31 AM
Hi James,

I've sent you a PM, I'm certainly interested.

Cheers,

Scott