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Hello fellas!
I wonder if anyone know if its is possible to mount roof racks on the new gr86/brz?

(Yes, skiing is important here) :LOL:

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Not advisable, Victor. The roof on the new models is now aluminum so probably even more susceptible to damage than the originals, which had steel roofs.

I wonder if you'd be able to obtain one of these from the states. It's the direction I'm going to go for bicycles, but it's possible there are upright ski carriers that would mount to this (I'm not sure, I'm not a skier).

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There are also the Seasucker roof racks that use suction cups. Someone suggested attaching the front to the roof, and the rear to the rear window. I don't have any experience with them myself.
 

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I'm also eagerly awaiting a roof rack option for the new BRZ/86. probably never going to be a perfect solution given the aluminum top but I can still dream...
 

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Seasucker and the RockBros eBay knockoff. Suctioned to the very top of the rear glass and to the trunk right up against the spoiler. That's how I've been carrying my 44" wheelbase mountain bike. 100 trips just last year without a hiccup. Can attest to 80 mph. I carry skis inside the car.
 

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There are many vehicles with aluminum roofs that have roof racks safety mounted. I think we just need to wait until Thule or Yakima come out with the new towers that properly and safely mount to our roofs.
 

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Yakima had Q clips for us in 2013. But they were soon retired because of denting. Roof was steel, now aluminum. But the real issue is how thin the sheet metal is. Don't hold your breath for a roof-mounted solution that puts any kind of downwards pressure. Just get a hitch-mount rack or a suction rack. You have options.
 

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Yakima had Q clips for us in 2013. But they were soon retired because of denting. Roof was steel, now aluminum. But the real issue is how thin the sheet metal is. Don't hold your breath for a roof-mounted solution that puts any kind of downwards pressure. Just get a hitch-mount rack or a suction rack. You have options.
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I'd like to correct the info that I posted above.

It turns out that there is a roof-mount option if you are willing to go with permanent mounting in the roof's "ditches". Search for BRZ and "ditch mount" rack.

Here is an explanation from a rack specialist: "The ditch mount bracket kit provides a permanent, fixed mounting point for the roof rack to attach. 3 to 4 holes must be drilled to secure the bracket into the ditch with rivets. Butyl mastic patches are provided to waterproof each hole. The result is secure, strong and efficient roof rack as it attaches into your vehicle's roof ditch using rivets."

In other words, this type of installation works because the thin roof is not pinched; the mounts are riveted directly to structural members.

This was a little-known solution for Gen 1 cars and I don't see why it wouldn't also work with Gen 2 cars
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The top pic shows the feet directly over the ditches. The second pic (of a different red car) shows the feet more inboard, so not an actual ditch-mount per-se, but same components and same result. However, I presume that if you were to remove the cross-bars and the feet, the attachment points would be less visible if they are actually in the ditches below the roofline. Perhaps they could even be covered up with some molding.

If you want to haul a sea kayak, this is probably your only choice. For bikes, however, I'd live with the other options discussed above.
 
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