Looks nice, you have a photo you can share?Picked these up end of July for $130. They seem solid and well constructed.
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As long as the roof bounces back too you're good. 😀The VW ones are nicer than third party and very strong. I have had them on Touareg, Tiguan and Altrack and they never failed to perform. I carried 30 2x4s strapped down once and though they flexed a slight bit under the over weight, they bounced back when unloaded.
Saving a few bucks for an inferior product, both in performance and looks, doesn’t make sense to me.
Pretty impressive. I might see if I can pick some up for those larger purchases at Home Depot.Those VW panoramic sunroofs are very strong. I had all kinds of stuff tied down directly on the roof, held between the base carrier bars and rails.
Anyway the base carrier bars are very strong. They would never snap, as they aren’t made of cheap brittle metals. But they are elastic enough to bend a little and bounce back, not deform plastically and stay that way.
I overloaded them routinely to pick up materials to build 3 houses. As the owner/gc I would get various products that we ran short of or I had special ordered. The VW base carrier bars could hold a room’s worth of flooring, boxes of siding, furniture, 2x4s and 4x4s and 4x6s, trim and mouldings and whatever else you wanted to throw at it.
And if you ended up damaging the rubber inserts, they are replaceable. I had one set of bars for 7 years, parked in the sun for 4 of them, and only had to replace the rubber once.
Which bars do you have mounted on your Taos? I have looked for the OEM base carrier bars, only finding the model (Part Number: 2GJ071151) that Volkswagen says are "for silver rails only", and just like your Taos, I have the black rails.