I have a 2012 Subaru Outback. When cartopping my kayak, I anchor the lines to the shipping points underneath the car. This has worked without incident in 2 other cars. Now I have had 3 lines snap on the front passenger (right) side, 2 within 10 minutes on the same trip. It took until the third one for me to realize that the lines were not just fraying but MELTING. My hubby says that point is right next to the exhaust system and that might be what is causing it. Has anyone else experienced this problem?
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Posted by: jbd on Aug-19-13 1:16 PM (EST)
it should be close to the tail pipe but unless its touching it I would think it would not get hot enough to melt. One of my car topping tie downs is fairly close to the tail pipe but so far no problems.
Under hood tie down|
Posted by: radskierman on Aug-20-13 11:33 AM (EST)
I went with the under the hood tie down. Works great, no issues with any under carriage features. No chance of tie down getting loose and then getting wrapped around a wheel and no need to kneel down in the mud, snow, gravel, dirt, etc. Link below. Love these things!
The OP is addressing stern lines|
Posted by: kayamedic on Aug-20-13 12:00 PM (EST)
Melted Lines/Top Ties|
Posted by: mlrahn on Aug-20-13 12:40 PM (EST)
We've also used top-ties from rutabaga.com for about 6 or 7 years.
Posted by: radskierman on Aug-20-13 1:04 PM (EST)
probably depends on the manifold|
Posted by: kayamedic on Aug-20-13 2:23 PM (EST)
system. No matter . Its not necessary to run lines under the car front or rear.
Top ties are in my future|
Posted by: silverdragon on Aug-22-13 10:46 AM (EST)
Permanent ones for the hood, quick loops for the back.
On that note...|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Aug-23-13 1:37 PM (EST)
... the old Subaru I used to have had tow hooks that were quite accessible, NOT way underneath the car. Naturally I used them as tie-downs when car-topping boats. Nowadays it seems to be a lot more important to make a car look streamlined and pretty than to make it functional (same goes for what they did to the four-wheel drive system, but that's another topic).
Posted by: rpg51 on Aug-23-13 5:38 PM (EST)
I long for the days of the rain gutter.