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What are the best fitting roof bars for a 3 door up?

I managed to find a genuine VW set for a 3 door, but I’m not keen on the way they fit.

They distort the door rubber quite a lot (See picture)

Do all roof bars cause the same amount of distortion?

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All the ones I have experience of are similar. The Yakima one do not fit the car properly and need pretty much dismantling every time they are fitted. I sent the ones I ordered back. I would use VW original or find somewhere that has Thule that you can see fitted to the car before buying. There is barely any price difference between VW and Thule.

I have VW bars with Thule bike carriers. The Mont Blanc Barracuda bike carriers also fit. You have to be a bit careful with some of the wider aero bars as some accessories will not fit.
 

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Sadly, VW do not supply the 3 door roofbars anymore, no idea why! You may find some online, part number was 1S3 071 126.
I have a set of VW 3 door roof bars 😎 I’m just not keen on the fit. It seems like the fit is standard regardless of roof bar.

The front ones really push out the door rubber.

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The VW 3 door roof bars are the same as 5 door with the exception of the angled section that grips in the window recess being about 20mm shorter. 3 door will a 5 door but the other way round needs the bracket trimming if you were to go that way.

Personally I would only do that if I could get some cheap enough second hand!
 
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