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Best Rhino-Rack Roof Rack 2013 VW Jetta SportWagen with Moonroof or Sunroof


Would you recommend the the Rhino Vortex Aero crossbars or the Rhino Stealth Bar system with having a moonroof? It appears the vortex aero would give me some more clearance between the roof and the crossbar?


Expert Reply:

The best Rhino-Rack roof rack for your 2013 VW Jetta SportWagen with a moonroof or sunroof is going to be the system that utilizes the Vortex bars and mounts to your raised side rails with legs. This roof rack is made up of the following parts:

- Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars # RRVA118B-2 (Black) or # RRVA118S-2 (Silver)
- Rhino-Rack SX Series Legs # RRSX100

This will give your Jetta a rack that is highly functional, durable and quiet though you should note that no matter which roof rack you choose it is not recommended to open a moonroof or sunroof with a roof rack installed (again, that would be true only if the roof panel opens upwards as opposed to sliding in between your roof and headliner).

I have added a link to a video review of this rack on a VW Jetta SportWagen as well as a photo showing what it would look like when installed on your car.

The issue with the Rhino-Rack Vortex StealthBar # JA7973 (Black) or # JA7954 (Silver) is this rack is going to install very close to your roof, and if your moonroof opens upwards (as opposed to the glass sliding into your roof) it won't be able to fully open.

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Kyle S

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