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Which Roof Rack Will Allow Sunroof Use On 2017 Subaru Forester?

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I plan to either purchase the metal locks (less $ comparatively) for the RhinoRack or the locks for the Thule. Additionally, I plan to purchase the: Lockrack Adjustable Watersport Carrier - Kayak, Canoe, or 2 SUPs - Side Loading - Universal Mount - 339-LRUNISETX. Would there be a difference -- either the RhinoRack or Thule work better with this? Thanks!

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For your 2017 Subaru Forester, the Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars # TH711220 / Evo Raised Rail Feet # TH710401 and the Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars # RRVA126S-2 / Rhino-Rack SX Series Legs # RRSX100 that you mentioned should allow you to use your sunroof based on the video I found under the product listings (see video).

Between these two setups, I recommend the Rhino # RRVA126S-2 and Rhino # RRSX100 because this comes with a lock and key built-in, that way your belongings are always safe and secured.

Something to take into consideration is that roof racks cause wind resistance and more noise. The sunroof being open along with a roof rack installed may be bothersome.

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For your 2017 Subaru Forester, the Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars # TH711220 / Evo Raised Rail Feet # TH710401 and the Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars # RRVA126S-2 / Rhino-Rack SX Series Legs # RRSX100 that you mentioned should allow you to use your sunroof based on the video I found under the product listings (see video). Between these two setups, I recommend the Rhino # RRVA126S-2 and Rhino # RRSX100 because this comes with a lock and key built-in, that way your belongings are always safe and secured. Something to take into consideration is that roof racks cause wind resistance and more noise. The sunroof being open along with a roof rack installed may be bothersome.

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The metal lock kits would be a great choice to keep everything safe and secured. The Thule One-Key System Lock Cylinders # TH450200 will work great for the Thule Evo Raised Rail Feet # TH710401.

For the Rhino-Rack # RRSX100, I would go with the the Rhino Rack Locking Endcaps # RRVA-LEC4.

Both of these lock kits are very easy to install; I have attached demonstration videos.

The Lockrack Watersport Carrier # LR54FR that you would like to purchase will fit either roof rack setup without an issue. This would be mounted via the top channel on the cross bars.

I would go with the Rhino Rack roof rack setup, along with the Rhino Rack locking endcaps. This is an excellent setup for your watersport carrier and is a more affordable option than the Thule setup.

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