You would use the crossbars to attach most items (bike racks, ski racks, cargo carriers) to the roof rack. Many cargo carriers/boxes can be applied directly to the roof, but will most likely scratch and or dent the roof. Personally, I would not get the Honda crossbars but look at an aftermarket brand (Yakima or Thule). They are more versatile and can be used on other vehicles with different clips/feet.<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by BeachBumOdy:
Exactly what are the crossbars for? Bikes, skis etc? Do you need them in order to attach a rooftop cargo carrier? I've read about the wind noise, so I don't want to get them if they're not necessary.
Thanks for your help.</font>
Plus, it is likely that your dealer would charge the full list price. Check out http://www.handa-accessories.com for the best prices on accessories, or click their banner ad on this site.<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by BeachBumOdy:
Thanks so much robr2 & cmt4. Opinions of informed/experienced people are extremely valuable to newcomers like me!
Sounds like I should skip the crossbars until I compare them to outside models. Like you said, I can always add them at a later date.</font>