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Old 09-03-2013, 06:01 AM
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Default roof rack . gutter only

Would a 48inch rain gutter style roof rack fit on the 745? thanks. im not sure how wide it has to be
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Old 09-14-2013, 08:03 AM
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I'm not sure, but Yakima's fitment guide specifies 58" CrossBars for the 7xx series. I've heard it's possible to use EMT conduit with the Yakima towers if your crossbars won't work- spray painted flat black they'd probably look just as good also.
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Old 02-16-2014, 07:17 PM
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Default Rain gutter or not?

I found a deal on a roof rack setup (crossbars,bike mounts,top carrier bin and a roof basket) but looking at the pics I`m not exactly 100% sure if these will attach to the 745 which car has ONLY the rain gutter (NO factory bars or other attachment points whatsoever)

I know this is not d24 specific but please take a look at the 2 pictures I got from seller... help me decide if (t)his stuff will mount onto my rain gutter or not.
The crossbars are 52 long btw, that sounds OK to me.

I`d like to buy it only if this IS a rain gutter style rack. It is lockable too+keys (nice). And it is made by VOLVO. (I have no chance to see it in person or try on the car)
Thanks everyone!
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:51 AM
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The first photo (profile view) sure looks like a gutter mount but would need a better photo to be sure. Have them open up the clamp and take another profile view on a simple background. Rain gutters on mine measure ~51-3/4" width so should be ok there.
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:47 PM
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Default Rain gutter

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The first photo (profile view) sure looks like a gutter mount but would need a better photo to be sure. Have them open up the clamp and take another profile view on a simple background. Rain gutters on mine measure ~51-3/4" width so should be ok there.
Thanks Ngoma for confirming the length.(I also measured; min.51-52 across.) It took 3weeks for him to fish them out of his garage, then 2 days to take a picture.Few days to take 2nd pict. I`m scared to ask him to take it apart&take a pict again... I must have gotten very annoying...)
Someone who has/had/seen a `Volvo-made` gutter mount rack before, say something. Looking at the picture I can`t tell how it attaches to the gutter...the black part I don`t get. (?) I flipped the pict for better results.
Back plate with black (curved) plate goes in gap(?) then outer part goes/hooks under? This thing does look like a gutter mount to me but still not sure. What are those 2holes for? Crossbars---attachment point= 90degrees angle; it suggests a rain gutter setup, Im hoping.
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:00 PM
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To me it looks like gutter clamps. Some time ago I had old school (rain gutter mounted) ski racks and the clamps looked similar to the ones in that photo as far as I could perceive from the busy photo. Don't know what more I can tell you. Two holes? What two holes?

If they won't send you better photos, and if you're not sure it's not going to work, let it pass.

How about starting a thread on Turbobricks maintenance & nonperformance forum

http://forums.turbobricks.com/forumdisplay.php?f=12

Much larger audience with higher probability they have or have seen Volvo racks.

Oh look, here are photos of gutter mount racks on a 745

http://forums.turbobricks.com/showth...highlight=rack

D24T.com is a wonderful forum, but I admit we are evidently not experts on gutter mount racks.
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:44 PM
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I would second that it looks like a gutter mount to me but I've never actually seen one so I don't really know. Turbo bricks or maybe volvoforums.org.uk might be a better idea for more general knowledge.

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Old 02-18-2014, 01:49 AM
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I think I had those same racks on my VW Caddy, and the rubber bit would try to escape. They clamped to the roof of my brick too, but I went to something lower profile. Width I'm not sure, but I have some 58" bars I can look at tomorrow.
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Old 02-18-2014, 02:25 PM
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That looks like it's probably a Thule gutter-mount rack system -- Thule is based in Sweden, like Volvo, and likely was who Volvo contracted with to produce the bits for Volvo's OE accessory catalog, since the pictures you showed look identical to Thule parts. Assuming the width is right, which it should be if it's a Volvo accessory made for Volvo cars with rain gutters, it should be exactly the right setup to have on a 745. I'd say it sounds like exactly what you're looking for!

The metal feet drop into the gutters and then the lower part goes around the outside of the gutter to keep the rack clamped in place. It might not make sense looking at pictures, but when you see it in person, it will be obvious how it fits on the car. There are little rubber cushions there to protect the paint and sometimes those can fall off, like 745TG said, but I've only had that happen when I'm taking the rack off the car -- haven't ever had an issue with them when the rack is installed and secure.

My experience is that the Thule system is a great setup, and from the pictures it seems like this stuff is intact and in good shape. It also sounds like it's very complete -- nice to get all of the attachments as a bundle. IMHO if the price is right, you can't go wrong.


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Old 02-18-2014, 07:42 PM
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I'd say 48" is on the edge of not working at all, it will be narrower than the one pictured above.
I think maybe this wide

certainly narrower than this
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