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Adding a Roof Rack and Bike Rack to 2018 Subaru Forester

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I am looking for a car-top bike rack that does not require the front wheel to be removed. I would like to carry two bikes and fit on a 2018 Subaru Forester with the standard roof rails on the top of the vehicle. Originally I was considering a hitch mounted rack but I was told that I can get ticketed in Texas for obstructing the rear license plate and tail lights. So I dont want to use a rear Rack unless it will not block the license plate and tail lights with two bikes mounted. If you can give me a recommendation and pricing I would appreciate it. Thanks,

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Sounds like you want a roof-mounted bike rack for your 2018 Subaru Forester. A good one is the Yakima HighRoad Roof Bike Rack # Y02114. This is a wheel mounted bike rack that clamps onto your front wheel to secure it. It has a strap that goes around your bars which will work well with the factory bars on your Forester. I attached my own video review of this roof rack if you want to see how it works.

If your Forester has just the raised rails and no factory bars, then you will need a roof rack system. Thule has a roof rack that mounts onto your rails with part numbers: # TH711220 and # TH710401. This has 47" bars and is a fit for your vehicle. I also have a video installing this exact kit on a 2020 Subaru Forester that I attached below.

While installing the crossbars or the bike rack, a helpful tool is the Rightline Gear Moki Door Step # RL100660. It's a little step that will help you get some extra height and balance on your roof. As for prices, check the product pages for each product to get the latest price: # Y02114, # TH710401, # TH711220.

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