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I know several of you have racks on your R's (I think Icebiker does).<p>I might be "forced" to put my rack on the R...I don't really want to add the drag or the weight.<p>Just curious who has what.<p>I'm thinking of taking my old rack that I had on my Saab (still have the rack) and put it on the R. Here is a picture of my ol' beloved 9-3:<p><IMG SRC="http://kjelstrup.homelinux.com/kris/Saab_for%20sale/Saab%20side.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://kjelstrup.homelinux.com/kris/whistler_04/My%20Specialized%20Stumpjumper%20took%20a%20pretty%20good%20beating%20on%20a%20trail%20called%20Comfortably%20Numb%20-%20which%20happens%20to%20be%20my%20favorite%20Pink%20Floyd%20song.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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I have the Volvo bars and mounts. Works great and they look pretty cool. Everyone around school complemented them because they looked so different.<p>It will kill your fuel economy though. I notice quite a difference between it being on and off. I always take it off when I am not riding a lot. That and the placement of the bars makes them noisy and un-able to use the sunroof.
 

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Nice bike!<p>I've got an 04' Enduro that is a ski-bike conversion...<p>and another Enduro for random rides.
 

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If you get the Volvo bars, any Thule equipment will fit. The fairing is a must BTW. I know it is hard justifying 100 buckaroos on a piece of plastic, but it is worth it. I have the 593 wheel holder to free up my trunk space--another must-have IMO. <p>I can get a good 21 MPG on the highway driving 65-75 WITH my carbon fiber OCLV Trek and wheel on the top. I really cant complain about that. <br>
 

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Yakima does not have clips that fit either the S or the V. If you figure out a way to get your Yak rack on, let me know. I have Yaks on my other Volvos, but am thinking I may have to go the Volvo load bar route and Thule products. I do NOT want to put roof rails on my V.
 

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Hi Kris-<br>I'm surprised you didn't have the Saab-specific cross-bars on your 9-3; I had them on my 900. They had the rectangular Thule profile, identical to what the Volvo parts have.<p>On my V70R I have Volvo's cross-bars which fit into the receivers hidden in the trim strip on the roof. I use the same now-12-year-old Thule bike carriers purchased for my 900 on the roof of the R. It's a simple fitment.
 

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I use the Factory Load bars with Thule attachments as others have described. I am looking into a fairing because of the noise. Attaching the load bars into the factory attachmnt point is rock solid and very easy on-off. I remove mine whenever not in use.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>kr900</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Hi Kris-<br>I'm surprised you didn't have the Saab-specific cross-bars on your 9-3; I had them on my 900. They had the rectangular Thule profile, identical to what the Volvo parts have.<p>On my V70R I have Volvo's cross-bars which fit into the receivers hidden in the trim strip on the roof. I use the same now-12-year-old Thule bike carriers purchased for my 900 on the roof of the R. It's a simple fitment. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>My Yakima rack actually came from my VW Jetta that I had prior to the Saab. If I had bought the rack at the same time I bought the Saab I would have gotten the Thule...LOL, I was too cheap to replace my then almost new Yakima rack with a Thule rack! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>epicV70R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I have the Volvo bars and mounts. Works great and they look pretty cool. Everyone around school complemented them because they looked so different.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Pics?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>TWMn</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Yakima does not have clips that fit either the S or the V. If you figure out a way to get your Yak rack on, let me know. I have Yaks on my other Volvos, but am thinking I may have to go the Volvo load bar route and Thule products. I do NOT want to put roof rails on my V.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Really? Yakima doesn't make a clip for S60's? Wow, I that is surprising and disapointing. Bummer.
 

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Can't post images of his car, but I picked up a set of the Volvo bars from a member then went and got the Thule snowboard rack. It is universal to bolt onto different cross bars. Planning on getting a set of the Thule bike racks next.<p><IMG SRC="http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f389/funksouljon/stuff/volvo/fullgarage1.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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I have the factory load bars, thule big mouth bike trays (color matched), and the thule fairing. I personally haven't noticed much of a difference in fuel mileage and whatnot, but the fairing makes a hell of a difference in cutting down the noise. There is still noise if you have the sunroof open, but nowhere near as much as without the fairing.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Mach_T5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Pics?</TD></TR></TABLE><p><br><IMG SRC="http://creativevideogroup.smugmug.com/photos/449178321_Sisze-L-2.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://creativevideogroup.smugmug.com/photos/545160560_QqbS2-L.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://creativevideogroup.smugmug.com/photos/545164087_QfmuR-L.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>It takes 2 minutes MAX to take bike on or off. Easy peasy!
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>CaptainObvious</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Fizzle, the Thule fairing bolts straight onto the Volvo crossbars with no prob? I need to cut down on the wind noise.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes it does. Mine was a snap!
 

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Yup. The hardware that comes with the fairing fit onto the load bars perfectly. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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4 bikes on the Volvo rack

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Volvo bars

Here are the OEM bars on my VR.<br><IMG SRC="http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s212/b5v2000/09May25008.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s212/b5v2000/09May25009.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s212/b5v2000/09May25007.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>As stated above, they are damn noisy...<br>Scott<p>
 

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Re: Volvo bars (Lightspeed)

Can anyone comment on the noise equation when using a large Thule cargo box, such as the 18 cu. ft. Atlantis XT on Volvo factory load bars, in terms of whether the Thule fairing would make a big difference in this case? Seems to me the box might change the air flow considerably, and that the fairing might not help as much as it would with a bike or kayak rack or no rack at all. I'm gearing up for a trip and don't have time to try the box first w/o the fairing. Thanks for any input.
 

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I run an older Thule box (Cascade? 16 cubic ft) on Volvo load bars without a fairing. The noise is there but not hugely noticeable. Even at 90 mph+ it is still reasonable.
 
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