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fritzner
06-11-2007, 10:54 AM
i bought a used set of Audi base bars for my B6 A4, but they didnt fit right.. i compared the towers/clamps with pics i found online, but mine didnt look the same.. i bought another used set for the B6 and it fit perfectly.. it was also very different then the 1st rack i bought..

then i found a pic of a B5 on the bottom.. figured i got screwed and the guy sold me a set for the B5.. so, i sold them to a guy with a B5, and he said they dont fit his car either [headbang].. fortunately he is local..

-- is there any way to tell what these bars are actually for (see pics below)??..
-- if you have the Audi base bars for your B5, can you take some close-up pics of the towers/clamps..
-- can you measure the length of the bars (aluminum only)??..

thanks..


http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1075/531083353_ec8c3f4bf1_o.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1160/531083559_da862c111d_o.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1037/530976302_17f4c34ab3_o.jpg

loustylez
06-12-2007, 11:47 AM
the guy you sold them to who has a B5, did you actually see him or help him try and put it on or did you just call you back and say "these don't fit" ?

my yakima crossbars are 48". the front bar is supposed to be about 6" away from the front windshield at the top/corner and then 30" in between the front and the back bar. those clips and towers look like B5 clips as far as i can tell by looking at the bottom padding and the clip itself. looks like it's meant to grab the same way mine is, and about the same length/width whatever.

fritzner
06-12-2007, 11:52 AM
he just called and said they dont fit.. when/if he brings them back i will definitely try to fit them myself..

thanks for the reply..

fritzner
06-15-2007, 12:38 PM
the guy stopped by last night and they definitely dont fit.. the bars are ~1-2 too ling/wide!!.. the clamps line up pretty well..

i am very tempted to cut down the bars, but it must fit something!!..

he took to a dealership and they thought it might be for an A6 (probably C5).. i might try to find someone in the area i could test fit..

if anyone has an OEM rack for their B5 or C5, please email me..

thanks .. troy

fritzner
06-18-2007, 12:10 PM
anyone with an audi rack for their B5??

loustylez
06-19-2007, 06:16 AM
dude, the crossbars hang out just a bit. if the towers/clamps fit ok and there's a couple inches coming out on each side, that's how the yakima's fit anyway.

call audi or find another pair that are for sure for a B5 from the dealership. say you want to buy some and look at them first or something, and compare them.

fritzner
06-19-2007, 09:00 AM
unfortunately the Audi rack is not adjustable width.. the towers are bolted to the crossbars.. there are specific bolt holes, not slots..

the dealership doesnt stock the rack, so i am trying to find someone on the forum with an Audi rack..

thanks for your suggestions..