Functions great but whistles while driving... *update: see end of post.
Mar 8, 2011
I've had it on my car for 3 days and I had a board in it one day. Although I can see where a determined thief could get to it if they had the right tools or wanted it bad enough, it would deter your average delinquent looking for a free board. It functions properly and as expected. Pretty easy to install and use as well.
What I didn't expect was the whistling. You can start to hear the rack whistle around 20 MPH if you're listening for it, and it really gets going around 35-40 MPH (and higher). I thought I knew what was causing the whistling, but I was wrong. I suspected that the silver decorative sleeves over the top wire brackets were the culprit. I cut the sleeves off last night & drove to work this morning with the whistling just the same as it's been the last few days. When I had the board it in, it whistled too, so I'm now guessing that the whistling is coming from the gap between the top of my factory racks and the bottom of this locking board rack.
For reference, I'm driving a Honda Element w/ factory Aero style racks. I may try to tape over the track/gutter part of my factory rack, so the top is smooth and see if that fixes it. If that doesn't work, seems like the solution is to uninstall the rack when not in use. Also, If you listen to loud music, you may not hear it at all.
Anyway, as it stands right now, I would recommend this if you don't mind a little whistling and/or you plan to uninstall after each use. It does whistle with the board in it too, so if you're really OCD about sounds like that, you probably don't want this rack at all.
If my "tape-over-the-gutter" solution works to cure the whistling, I'll repost and maybe give it one more star.
*update: My "tape-over-the-gutter" solution worked. Whistling cured.
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