What is a Flush Mounted Ski Rack and why is it beneficial? Instead of having mounting hardware that wraps around the entire crossbar,  flush mounting utilizes the channel that is found in the new aerodynamic Thule AeroBlades and the Whispbar crossbars.  This gives the rack a much cleaner look, with less components exposed on the rack itself.  Because of this, the rack becomes more aerodynamic and cuts down on the whistling and wind noise one would get with a conventional rack.  At Cracks and Racks we have a variety of flush mounted options such as the Rocky Mounts LiftOps, The Thule Universal Ski Flat Tops and Pull Tops, and the Whispbar Snow Mount WB300.

2013 Volkswagen Golf with Rocky Mounts LiftOp medium flush mounted onto a Flush Whispbar rack.
2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the Thule 92726 Universal Pull Top Ski and Snowboard Rack flush mounted onto a Thule AeroBlade. The Pull Top pulls out from the roof of the vehicle for easier loading and unloading of skis and boards.
Toyota 4 Runner with the Thule 92726 Universal Pull Top Ski and Snowboard Rack, displaying how easy it is to load and unload skis or boards with its added feature of being able to "pull out" from the top of the vehicle.

-Note:  If you already have one of these Thule Universal Ski and Snowboard racks, but without the Flush Mounting hardware, not to worry.  You can buy the Thule Flush Mounting hardware on our website, www.cracksandrack.com

-Note:  If you do not have Thule Aeroblades or Whispbars, but do have a Thule Universal Ski and Snowboard Rack that you want more flush to your Thule Load Bars, then you need the Thule Load Bar Flush Mount Ski Hardware.

-Note: The Thule 92726 Universal Pull Top Ski and Snowboard Rack does not work well with Whispbar Rack Systems beacause the curvature of the crossbar tends to bind the sliding mechanism.

Here is an example of the Whispbar Snow Mount WB300 flush mounted to a Whispbar Flush crossbar. Notice the "channel" the Ski Rack hardware is mounted into. Creating a much more clean, integrated and aerodynamic look.