Originally posted by Coleman_lot:
Al, I agreed with you everything you mention. Is there a report of any Odyssey Crossbar fly off on the road, beside the test report from Thule and Yakima? It might be just their sale scheme to attract more customers to their product.
Coleman, Even Honda admits their crossbars are not suitable for use with cargo boxes. Do you think they are trying to sell Yakima and Thule products? I too, suspected this was all a sales pitch by Yakima and Thule. That's wwhy I called Honda to get their side of the story. I was shocked to find out that Honda would not back up their product. That's why I posted this topic.
This whole denial of suitability of the crossbars for cargo boxes makes me wonder what specific applications are not suitable for the trailer hitches also, other than the total weight and tomgue weight..
I underatsnd that Honda has no control over the design of aftermarket cargo boxes, and that may be their excuse for not warranting their crossbars for that use,, but they don't have control over the design of aftermarket trailers or bike racks either.
Is the product safe for use with anything other than Honda marketed products?
If not, then it's Honda that is, pushing products, not Thule and Yakima.
BTW-if you read the previous posts, you would have read where Thule will approve the crossbars on the Passport for use with their cargo boxes. That tells me there is a product difference-a big one. At least big enough where they have confidence in one product and not the other, Regards
[This message has been edited by albaby (edited 08-14-2001).]