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Good morning all. From digging around it appears that the only option for a roof rack on 2015+ is an aftermarket system. Looking closer at my car last night I noticed what looks like the OEM mounts under the black strips on both sides of the roof. I'm thinking that an older OEM Rack might be able to mount up after noticing this. Has anyone done this successfully? I'd prefer the cleaner look without the brackets that hook under the roof edge. Thanks!
 

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In my opinion it's a shame they didn't keep the roof rack mount scheme from the previous model. It annoys me when car manufacturers make it difficult for their cars to be versatile. Kind of defeats the image of the WRX as a go-anywhere, do anything performance car.

There's a Rhino Rack that will work and has gotten favorable reviews on this site. However, it doesn't have the OEM look of the prior version, and it costs about 3 times as much. Pooh.

Fit My Car | Rhino-Rack
 

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I like the idea of the InvisaHitch but the MSRP is still expensive compared to the OEM roof rack of the previous version. You're not supposed to haul anything with the WRX (yeah, I know previous threads and all that), so it's not as versatile as it would be on another vehicle. Plus I have a kayak I would like to carry from time to time and already have a Yakima roof system, so for me roof bars is the way to go.
 

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I like the idea of the InvisaHitch but the MSRP is still expensive compared to the OEM roof rack of the previous version. .
Hmmm I actually liked the hitch because I thought it was cheaper. The oem rack for the 15-17 I thought was around $300.

I just wanted the hitch because I have a hitch bike mount already but you make a good point about the kayak and I will eventually be buying one. It'd be nice if there was a WRX "I like to play outside" trim hahaha.
 

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I've been looking around the interwebs for pics of said hitch with bike rack on a 2015+ STI. If anyone has a pic of one to post that would be much appreciated.
Same here. All I can find is the pics on the torklift website. But I want to see the actually connection. I think I may be leaning more towards the roof rack now however. Anyone know if I can get a basket/tray with an adapter to put the bike on it? That'd be sliiiick. Probably pricey too. Maybe I'll just stick with roof rack. I don't see many talk about the oem rack however. It's always been the more expensive $300-$400+ racks that I see.
 

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The point is that there isn't an OEM roof rack or rails for the 2015-17--Subaru more or less "outsourced" it to RhinoRacks, similar to what Fiat did--500L dealer-installed rack is a Thule with clamps.

BTW, in Googling 2017 roof rack I came across this funny piece:

Roof Racks Waste 100 Million Gallons of Gas Nationwide - Motor Trend

I think a WRX or STI could easily pull a Jet Ski trailer weighing 1000 lbs give or take a couple of hundred. But frequent towing is stressful on brakes, chassis and engine cooling, none of which were designed for the WRX/STI with towing in mind. (Of course a bike rack would be negligible.)
 

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Take a peak under the black strips on the roof. On my 2017 STI it appears the have oem mounts underneath but no small access caps to remove. There could be a possibility that an oem rack could work with a little fineness.
 

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