- Buick Ownership
- 2018 Tour X Essence
Great picture and thank you for the reply. Which rack is that and what length are your cross rails? The Thule rack on Buick’s website I believe uses 53in bars, I’d prefer to use 50 in possible.
I got my Amazon rack by Cowvie installed today. I went for the pro version because i wanted black. I agree that the quality is pretty darn good. The hardware feels great. It fits nicely with no issues. I tried one of the eBay racks and had to return it because one bar wasn’t wide enough, and none of the clamps would reach far enough down on the rails.
It’s hard to imagine what spending 6x on a Thule or similar setup would net. Thanks to DasWagen for finding it!
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That’s certainly irritating. I’ve not driven my car yet, I’ll need to pay attention. Silly question, but did you put the rubber strips on the underside of the bars?I got the exact same ones, installed them a couple of days ago.
The good: they are sturdy, nice looking, low profile and mounts securely. I have no doubt that they will hold my ski box loaded with gear.
The bad: extremely noisy. They start whistling at 30 mph, and the noise becomes very noticeable from 40 mph up. At 60 mph it was so disturbing that I wanted to stop the car and take them off, but I didn't have the keys with me. I don't know if it's because of the bars themselves or the position where I installed them.
I put the front bars right behind the dimples in the rails, and the rear ones 2 inches back from the rear dimples.
Do you experience similar issues? Where have you mounted your bars?
I have a set of Rhino-Rack bars on my wife's Sorento, and they are as silent as can be. Unfortunately they don't make one that is compatible with our rails.
PS. I posted this in another TourX crossbar thread, and it has been awaiting moderator approval since early morning. Not sure why.
Yes I did install the rubber strips on the underside. I'll mount them in a different position and try again in a few days.That’s certainly irritating. I’ve not driven my car yet, I’ll need to pay attention. Silly question, but did you put the rubber strips on the underside of the bars?
I too purchased the Cowvie roof racks from Amazon and can concur with kopek that while the construction seems sturdy, the noise is unbearable. I tried it over several days and moved the bars forward and aft a couple of times to see if it made any difference. Sadly it did not. I seemed to hear two different pitches when driving. The first noise pitch was from 25-50 mph where it sounded like a tea kettle getting louder the faster you went. After 50 mph, the sound changed to what I would have to say is an owl and a constant hooting sound that got louder as you went above 60 mph. Back to Amazon it goes and will explorer other options later.
Do let us know how it goes.I think most of the noise on the cowvie bars (the pro version with the whistling issues) comes from the end of the bar, especially up front. When I pop the end cap for the bar down, the bulk of the noise seems to go away. I'm going to wrap the very end of the bar in electrical tape and try again, I think it might solve it well enough for me.
Mine are 50" but that's because I had them for my previous car. There is no advantage in having wider ones, unless you plan on carrying many different things at the same time, like a cargo box and bike rack.Welp, it didn't work. Still plenty of noise. I think I'll order the Rhino Rack bars and use the Cowvie legs. What length are people using for the Rhino bars? I think the Cowvie are 47" and seem to be plenty long, so the 46" makes sense. Is there an advantage to getting wider ones?
I returned the Cowvie bars back to Amazon. The ones I purchased from OMAC are pretty quiet. I don't have a cargo box, but wanted the roof bars in case I get it later or need it to bring home some lumber or something down the road.@ kwsims, how are the bars several weeks into use? My Cowvie's are so loud they're driving me crazy. They are quiet with the rooftop carrie on, but annoying as could be driving around w/out.
I'm at the point where I'll put them on only when I need to use them. That's not often, but still.
Sorry to whomever purchased these based on my recommendation.