Whispbar S5 Base Rack

Whispbar S5 Base Rack
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Rating of 5.0/5 on 3 reviews
Product Code: 5000S5
Status: Discontinued
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The award winning Whispbar S5 base rack employs 950mm (37.5 inches) flush bars, giving your vehicle a quiet, solid, OEM style roof rack. The S5 from Yakima is preassembled, and requires a fit kit specific to your vehicle.


  • Aerodynamic design results in almost no wind noise
  • Preassembly of the major system components is done at the factory, making installation on your vehicle a breeze
  • Locks are included
  • Typical weight limit of 165 pounds, but may be less for your vehicle. Consult the fit guide
  • The innovative Smartfoot system adapts and transfers simply to virtually any vehicle, making it easy and inexpensive to reuse your S5 system on a different vehicle
  • Compatible with Thule and Yakima accessories made to attach to 'factory bars', along with other Thule accessories using the XADAPT9 (sold separately), or with other Yakima accessories using the Horizontal MightyMount 32H (sold separately)
  • Includes 2 x 950mm aluminum bars, 4 Smartfeet, 4 rubber pads, instructions and tools required to complete assembly
  • A Yakima Whispbar fit kit, specific to your vehicle, is required to complete the base rack system


Weight: 11.6lbs

Length (carton): 49.61"

Width (carton): 6.69"

Height (carton): 5.91"

UPC: 736745501235

Manufacturer: Whispbar

Manufacturer Part Number: 8050123

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Simple. Effective. Love it.

1992 Eagle Talon


Searched everywhere for information on whether Whispbars will 1) fit a 2012 VW Jetta SportWagon without interfering with the Sunroof & 2) if Whispbars are compatible with a Thule Atlantis Roofbox w/ Quick Grip Feet. No one could definitively answer this. Thule wasn't sure, Yakima didn't have a clue, and ORS and RackAttack weren't sure either. The answer is YES. You can mount the Whispbar S5 w/ the 328 Fit Kit to a 2012 VW Jetta Sportwagon w/ factory side rails. Yakima claims the S5 mount is not compatible, and that you can only use the Whispbar S16 "through bar" mount w/ the (same) 328 Fit Kit. This is not true since the 328 Fit Kit is the important link that will secure the Whispbar to your factory rails, and is recommended for BOTH the S5 and the S16. The S5 attaches to the 328 Fit Kit securely, without any modifications or missing pieces, hence my confusion as to why no one could recommend this combo for the 2012 VW Jetta Sportwagon (and the reason why I'm posting this comment). Also, if you have a 2012 VW Jetta Sportwagon w/ Pano-Roof, the S53 Flush Mount Whispbars WILL NOT allow you to open your sunroof. It is also doubtful if you can mount a Thule Roof Box without scratching the glass on your sunroof (not sure, but wasn't willing to try). Check out this link for some pics & helpful info: http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?4894959-Pro-Rack-Whispbar-installation-on-a-Sportwagen

2012 VW Jetta TDI Sportwagon


This rack works great on our 2009 Nissan altima with the K483 fit kit. Looks pretty good on top of the car as well!

2009 Nissan Altima


Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find a list of the most frequently asked questions for this product. If you need more assistance you can email a rack-install technician, or call us at: 1-888-440-5556

A base roof rack for a bare roof typically consists of towers, bars, clips, and locks. To find the exact parts for your car, use our base rack fit guide.

With so many different cars out there, we need to carry a wide range of roof rack components. To see what has been made specifically to fit your vehicle, enter your vehicle information in our base rack fit guide.

All required tools and instructions for the Whispbar S5 Base Rack are provided. No particular expertise required, just be sure to follow the instructions closely. While installation times vary depending on your vehicle and racks purchased, installations typically take from 15-60 minutes.

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