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Old 03-11-2017, 11:40 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. I am looking to purchase a roof rack and cargo box for my '02 996TT. Does anyone have any advice regarding a nice cargo box? The Thule Hyper xl looks great but at 90" long....Im worried it might be to long.

Also, do I have to buy a Porsche brand rack or will Yakima or Thule work? Ive done an extensive search on this topic and I think I have to buy the Porsche brand.

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Old 03-12-2017, 12:03 AM   #2
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Hello everyone. I am looking to purchase a roof rack and cargo box for my '02 996TT. Does anyone have any advice regarding a nice cargo box? The Thule Hyper xl looks great but at 90" long....Im worried it might be to long.

Also, do I have to buy a Porsche brand rack or will Yakima or Thule work? Ive done an extensive search on this topic and I think I have to buy the Porsche brand.

Thanks for the help,
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So I'm talking about back when they were new.
I had a 4S that I did a lot of stuff with.

Bought the Porsche rack system. GF at the time had a VW bug with a rack and a bike mount. It turned out that from that era the VW and Porsche attachments for the rails were the same. It's a funky flat square with a bolt you tighten down on. I used all sorts of stuff - bikes, boards, box and they interchanged.

VW and Porsche prices were not the same for the same kit.
YMMV.
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I got a Yakima set of racks which came with rubber bases that scratched the paint around the roof mounting points. I immediately went with Porsche brand racks which mount into the roof supports and are way more aero and no scratching. For the box I chose the Thule Atlantis 1600 for the extra space. I haul lots of gear in it, but if it's just for snowboarding or skiing then a lower profile box is better. i found the metric bolts to be the weak spot as they don't last with constant removing.
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Old 03-12-2017, 12:23 AM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback! Also, I forgot to mention in the latest Panorama Mag #719, they did a story on a 996TT and owner and how he uses it for everything from winter ski's to hauling a canoe. They show a pic of his cargo box and that looks perfect. Actually looks a lot like the Thule Hyper but not sure. Anyone know what box it is?
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Get the Porsche rack. It doesn't touch the roof. I have the Thule box you mention. It's great!

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Perfect....thanks so much for the help! Porsche rack and Thule hyper it is!
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Perfect....thanks so much for the help! Porsche rack and Thule hyper it is!
You won't regret it. It's the perfect setup!
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Porsche rack! Very hard to find second hand for anything below $400. I ended up buying new for $550 or so
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Still have the racks.
What I'm missing are the blocks that attach it to the roof.
Don't suppose there's a source for those anywhere is there?
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I have Porsche rack with Yakima Box. I can fit a front tire and wheel in the front and back of the Yakima and one rear and wheel in the middle. I carry the other rear wheel in the passenger seat.
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