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Rola APE Series Roof Rack - Fixed Mounting Points - Aluminum - Black

Rola APE Series Roof Rack - Fixed Mounting Points - Aluminum - Black

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2016 Subaru Forester - Rola APE Series Roof Rack - Fixed Mounting Points - Aluminum - Black

Lightweight aluminum crossbars mount to your Subaru Forester's fixed mounting points. Aerodynamic, extended-length bars have T-slots for mounting carriers and accessories. Locking endcaps secure gear to bars.


  • Removable roof-rack system with extra-long crossbars for your vehicle with factory fixed mounting points
    • Reinforced, molded plastic legs bolt directly to your factory fixed mounting points
      • Rubber pads on legs protect your roof from scratches and abrasions
  • 2 Black, extended-length, low-profile crossbars have streamlined styling that looks clean on your roof
    • Extended bars reach past roof-rack legs to provide additional carrying capacity
      • Great for carrying extra cargo
    • Aerodynamic, elliptical shape reduces drag and wind noise
    • Lightweight extruded aluminum construction ensures strength, durability and rust resistance
    • Versatile crossbars accept most standard clamp-on carriers and accessories
    • Universal T-slot in top of each crossbar lets you attach Rola channel-mounted carriers and accessories
      • Rubber buffer strip in T-slot cushions your load and provides slip resistance
  • 4 Locking endcaps provide security for carriers and accessories mounted in the T-slots
  • Built-in security hardware deters theft
    • Leg bolts require special tool (included) to loosen


  • Weight capacity: 165 lbs
  • Crossbar dimensions: 47-1/4" long x 3-1/8" wide x 1" tall
  • 5-Year limited warranty

The Rola Sport Series APE is a removable roof rack with extra-long crossbars designed specifically for your vehicle with factory fixed mounting points. The roof-rack legs bolt directly to your OEM mounting points and include molded rubber pads to protect your roof from scratches and abrasions.

This roof rack features a pair of black, extended-length, low-profile crossbars that reduce drag and wind noise. The bars extend past your roof-rack legs to provide additional carrying capacity for extra cargo. The lightweight aluminum construction ensures that the rack won't rust on your roof.

Each crossbar includes a built-in T-slot for mounting carriers and accessories. The bars are also compatible with clamp-around accessories. Rubber buffer strips in the T-slots help to cushion your load and provide slip resistance.

The bars include keyed-alike locking endcaps that secure carriers and accessories mounted in the T-slots. The roof rack legs include anti-theft bolts that require a special tool (included) to remove. These bolts secure the bars to your roof.

59636 Rola Sport Extended Series Roof Rack with APE Mounting System for Factory Fixed Mounting Points

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Video Transcript for Rola Roof Rack - Complete Roof Systems - 59636 Review

Speaker 1: Today, we're going to be looking at the ROLA Sport Series APE Extended roof rack system. This is made for your factory fixed mounting points. This is going to fit several different year made models of the Subaru. This is going to fit the 16 to 17 Subaru Crosstrek. The owner of the 18 Subaru Forester. 13 to 15 Subaru XE Crosstrek, 2015 WRX hatchback and sedan, and the Subaru Impreza sedan and wagon from 08 to 2014.

Now, the nicest thing about this roof rack system is it's going to be lightweight and durable, and still have that aerodynamic bar shape.You take a look from the side, you can see that this is sort of shaped similar to an airplane wing. So, it's going to cut through the air really nicely and reduce that typical wind noise you get with roof racks on your roof, or that you get with other roof rack systems. So, that's going to reduce the need for a fair or anything like that to reduce the noise you have up there. They are made up of durable extruded aluminum, so not only are they going to be lightweight, but they're also going to be really durable, and have virtually no problems with rust. You don't have to worry about that damaging your Subaru's look over time.They are, as you can see, pretty much all the components are a black finish, so it'll look really nice no matter what color you have your Subaru, and it's sort of a matchy, so it'll look really nice for a long time.

They do have rubber pads for where your roof rack is going to attach. Again, these are going to attach to that fixed mounting point. So, if you look at our foot here, there's going to be a hole where the bolt is going to drop through, and thread into those mounting points. And, then the solid, plastic piece just stacks on top of the rubber. And that's going to provide your leg for the kit, as you see assembled on this back one here.So, that rubber piece again, just provides some extra grip, as well as protection to your roof line so you don't have to worry about any scratches or abrasions with that.

This is a pretty versatile system. You can use most clamp on accessories with this, that'll wrap around your bar. You can also use any T track accessories. There's a little rubber strip up at the top of each bar which you can pull back. It will pull all the way out, and then slide in your T accessory.

Now some people do a couple different things. You can pull that strip out, and then cut small pieces to go around your accessory in that T track. I've also seen people actually drill into the weather stripping, so they can just put the bolt through, and then thread it on that way.So there's a couple different options on how to do that, but it does allow you to either use that clamp on or T style accessory for your roof rack. They do also come with locking end caps. You don't have to pick up anything extra with that. As you can see, we've got the lock already attached to our end cap there. And that just prevents anybody from taking your accessory off, since it will be securely mounted to your vehicle.As you can see, they hold really nicely there, and it does come with four keys. So, you can pretty much use one for each end cap if you want, or have two extra sets. So, it's going to be a really nice option for you there. All the end caps are keyed alike, and again, they do come with four keys. They do require a special bolt tool to open or to get those out. It's a little star with a cut out in the center. So, it's a pretty unique shape. So, there's no worries about anybody being able to take that out, because it's like I said, pretty unique to this roof rack.The weight capacity on this roof rack system is going to be 165 pounds. The crossbars themselves are going to be 47 and a quarter inches long, three and one eight inches wide, and one inch tall. As far as how high this is going to fit off of your roof line, from where those bars would sit going up to the top of that whether stripping, it's about four and a half inches. On the underside, it's going to be about three and a half inches. So that just gives you an idea of how much height your adding to your vehicle. And that's going to do it for our look at the ROLA Sport Extended Series roof rack system with APE mounting system for faster fix mounting points.

Customer Reviews

Rola APE Series Roof Rack - Fixed Mounting Points - Aluminum - Black - 59636

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (19 Customer Reviews)

Lightweight aluminum crossbars mount to your vehicle's fixed mounting points. Aerodynamic, extended-length bars have T-slots for mounting carriers and accessories. Locking endcaps secure gear to bars.

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2010 Subaru Forester

It took me about 2 hours to install. The temperature I was installing in was about 20 degrees. The Only piece that I had some trouble with was the covers that had to be cut to size. They could be a little more flexible as to not crack when cut. 601567

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2014 Subaru Forester

It was very easy to install. It looks great and functional on my 2014 Forester. Have used frequently to carry my tandem kayak with ease. It makes bit of noise at high speed though. 622017

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2010 Subaru Forester

Great fit (Subaru Forster) a little fussy to install but not difficult. Was loud but this was solved with an air foil. Takes a good load! Very happy with purchase! 602149

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2007 Ford Expedition

I was struggling and so frustrated. I have a 2007 Ford Expedition that does not have side rails. It was a police vehicle and when they decommissioned it, the side rails were not returned to the vehicle. Instead, plumbers tape was applied to the screws and they were left in the holes. I want a basket rack. No one would let me buy cross rails unless I got the stupid door-feet ones because the computer said there were no products for my vehicle. THANK YOU ETRAILER! you let me buy a product that I knew would work. The crossrails installed in less than 20 minutes and I couldn't be happier. 481154

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2014 Subaru Forester

First, is excellent. Even called to verify my shipping address. Shipped in a day and received a few days later via UPS. Excellent cross bar set and I would highly recommend over the factory Subaru set. I installed it on a 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i. It was 1/2 the price and just as good. Just a few things that might help. When installed the cross bar sticks out only around 3" on each side, which was perfect! On the Forester roof there are 2 holes at each mounting point. You only use one of them. I used the forward hole on the front of the car and the rear screw hole on the back of the car as I wanted the racks as far apart as possible. You only gain an inch, but it is an inch. Works perfectly. Last, there is an undercover plate that you need to cut to fit. They will easily pop in place, so you can measure the size, cut the plastic and pop it in place by inserting one end into the groove and then slightly bending the plastic and popping in the other groove. You will understand my explanation if you purchase this. It took about 45 minutes for me to install but if I were installing a second one I could probably do it in 20 minutes. Great rack and great seller too! 578281

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2017 Subaru Forester

Great rack for a 2017 Subaru Forester. We bought this for my wife's 2017 Forester as her car did not come with the factory installed roof rails. Instructions were good and the rack was easy enough to fit and install. The only thing that was not detailed in the instructions is the fact that there are two holes at each mounting point on the car. It's not a big deal as you just have to choose one or the other and make sure it's the same one on both sides, but it threw me at first as I was thinking that both holes had to be used. Overall a great rack, and shipped fast and had the lowest price around, [other on-line sites] included! 412939


According to the installation instructions from Rola the forward anchor point should be used if more than one are present.

-- Rachael H - 08/04/2017


Just kidding, the instructions do mention what to do if your vehicle has two mounting points but I missed that part.

-- Trip F - 08/30/2017


Thanks for the follow-up. The rack has been great! I havent yet bought any attachments for it, but I have strapped my surfboard on it many times.

Trip F - 08/01/2018


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Instructions were quite plain and easy to understand. They appear to be sturdy enough for what I need. I have not carried anything on them as of yet but I cannot imagine having any difficulties. Very excited. 570678

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2015 Subaru Impreza

GREAT BARS!! 2009 Subaru Impreza I have to say I went from stock Subaru roof rack to these and they are easy 2 times stronger! The Rola roof rack 59636 mounted easy on tho the stock mount location I would say it took me 15 min to install both bars . This roof rack easily holds my 2 Rockymounts Tomahawks (got here on etrailer ) roof top bike racks and our 2 fat bikes. 455113

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Installed in less then a hour. Took delivery quickly 692046

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The roof rack I purchased has worked well for the past year. The quality of the product was good and installation was easy. I have used it many times and have not had any problems. The only concern I have had is it can be noisy, especially if there is a cross wind. 653005

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Everything was as advertised. Took a lot longer to put on than I thought but not a hard process. Can't wait to go on a trip now..! 641294

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I JUST finished installed the bars. I was very excited to install them and could not wait until after work lol. The installation was very easy and the instructions were straight forward. I am VERY pleased with the product and would be happy to provide feedback. Very Happy Customer 640659

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Follow the tips in the comments about the measuring and cutting order of the plastic underside - they are more helpful than the official paperwork. Installation wasn't simple, but now that they're on they look great and get the job done for a much better price. 586044

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2009 Subaru Impreza

Seems very strong. Assembly could be engineered to be easier; why take it back apart just to put the rubber under strips back on? Threading bolts in one side was very awkward. I just left the strips off and stuffed them in the rails to finish next time. Otherwise a nice functional and attractive product. 576713

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2009 Subaru Forester

Works great on my 2009 Subaru Forester. 563765

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2015 Subaru Forester

Really easy to put up. I didn’t have any problem putting it up. I haven’t tested it but I feel like it wouldn’t be as stable as it looks cuz there’s only one bolt for each mount only. 556491

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2009 Subaru Forester

great rack; cheap price. I never had an expensive rack before, but I cant imagine they do much more than these. these hold plenty of weight. I would buy them all over again for another car 530035

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Put these on in Arctic conditions, literally below 0 outside. I feel they would have been easier if I had feeling in my hands. Really easy to install, and etrailer was the easiest and best site to buy them from. The reason they don't get an excellent is they are NOISY! To be fair I haven't installed the piece of plastic under them to close them in as it's too cold to manipulate digits outside. I will report if that takes the noise out of them. 465932

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Arrived on the date they were expected with good instructions. So far, these racks are great but they will be put to the test next month when they will carry our loaded cargo carrier for three weeks. 432916


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  • Recommended Roomy and Sturdy Rooftop Cargo Box for Rola Crossbars on 2009 Subaru Forester
  • The Rola APE Series Roof Rack - Fixed Mounting Points - Aluminum - Black # 59636 is a great option for your 2009 Subaru Forester. With this roof rack I recommend the Thule Motion XT Rooftop Cargo Box - 22 cu ft - Black Glossy # TH6299B. This is an extremely sturdy and roomy cargo carrier with a nice aerodynamic shape. I've attached a video to help further. This carrier weighs just 55 lbs giving you 110 lbs of cargo weigh. It has a limited lifetime warranty and will sit 17 inches above...
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  • Cost Effective Way to Carry a Kayak on a 2009 Subaru Forester
  • In order to carry a kayak on the roof of your 2009 Subaru Forester you are going to need a roof rack and kayak carrier. The most cost effective roof rack we have for you is going to be dependent on whether or not you have a bare roof or raised side rails. If you have a bare roof then I recommend the Rola APE Series Roof Rack part # 59636 which uses fixed mounting points and comes with aero crossbars. If you have raised side rails then I recommend the Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack part # MPG215...
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  • Recommended Wind Fairing for the Rola APE Series Roof Rack on a 2009 Subaru Forester
  • If the distance between the two mounting feet of the Rola APE Series Roof Rack part # 59636 are 41" apart while installed on your 2009 Subaru Forester then I recommend using the Inno Fairing for Roof Racks part # INA261. This wind fairing is 40" long and will fill the gap you have between your mounting feet better than any other option we have for you. It is also available in carbon fiber using part # INA271.
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  • Recommended Roof Rack for 2017 Subaru Impreza Sport
  • I do have a solution for you, however the Rola Sport APE Series Roof Rack # 59636 referenced in your question is not a confirmed fit for your 2017 Impreza Sport with no existing rails or crossbars. For a similar aero style crossbar, I recommend the Yakima Roof Rack that consists of # Y00421 for the two 50 inch crossbars, # Y00148 for the SkyLine Towers and # Y00233 for the Landing Pads. This roof rack is confirmed to fit your vehicle and has a weight capacity of 220 pounds, although...
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  • Does Rola Sport APE Series Roof Rack 59636 Fit 2013 Subaru Impreza with Naked Roof
  • Your 2013 Subaru Impreza with a seemingly naked roof does have the needed factory fixed mounting points to install the Rola Sport APE roof rack kit part # 59636 that you referenced. The picture I attached shows a 2013 Subaru Impreza like what you have with a similar Rhino Rack roof rack attaching to the factory fixed mounting points.
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  • Will Rola Roof Rack 59636 Fit a 2010 Subaru Forester with Fixed Mounting Points
  • Yes! The Rola roof rack # 59636 fits and will attach to the fixed mounting points on your 2010 Subaru Forester. Everything is included with the roof rack. No other parts are needed to complete the rack. There are several accessories available for the rack including bike rack # 59404, cargo bag # 59100, and basket # 59504 just to name a few.
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  • Roof Rack Wind Fairing for Rola Roof Rack on 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • The Rola roof rack offered for the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek, # 59636, is shown on the linked page. It uses elliptical-shape crossbars that tend to make less wind noise than basic round or square bar racks. So the need for a noise-reducing wind fairing is often reduced with such racks. Still, if you'd like to install one for looks you still can. Rhino-Rack part # RRRF2 will fit your bars and is 38-inches. Part # RRRF3 is 44-inches and will fit so long as you have at least 35-1/2-inches...
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  • Will a Thule Force XT Cargo Box Fit Rola Roof Rack # 59636
  • Your Thule Force XT cargo box # TH6358B will indeed fit the Rola crossbars # 59636. The bars are 3-1/8 inches wide and 1 inch tall. This is actually a little smaller than the Thule AeroBlade bars and since the Force XT will fit the AeroBlade bars it will definitely fit the Rola bars! Specifically the cargo box will fit crossbars up to 3-1/2 inches wide and 1-11/16 inches tall.
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  • Installing Rola Roof Rack on a 2009 Subaru Forester with Fixed Mounting Points
  • Your 2009 Subaru Forester should have small doors to expose the location that the Rola Roof Rack # 59636 connects to. I don't recommend drilling into the roof of your vehicle. The Rola has a max weight capacity of 165 pounds. As long as your Subaru's roof can handle the weight of the Rola and the ladder it will be fine. You should verify the weight capacity of the Subaru's roof to be sure though.
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  • Compatibility of Roof Rack with Roof Mounted Tent for 2008 Subaru Impreza
  • The Rola APE Series Roof Rack - Fixed Mounting Points - Aluminum - Black # 59636 is a fit for your 2008 Subaru Impreza. It has a weight capacity of 165 lbs, so it will be able to use a roof mounted tent like you referenced. You may want to consider the Yakima SkyRise HD #Y07437.
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  • Confirm Fit of a Rola Roof Rack on a 2017 Subaru Forester w/o Factory Side Rails
  • Yes, the Rola Roof Rack # 59636, the you referenced in your question is a confirmed fit for your 2017 Subaru Forester without the factory side rails. This roof rack has a low-profile design and along with the elliptical crossbar design makes the Rola rack aerodynamic. The aerodynamic design will cut down on wind drag and noise will the vehicle is in transit.
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  • Will Inno Gravity Ski and Snowboard Carrier with Channel Mount fit a 2014 Subaru Forester?
  • The Inno Gravity Ski and Snowboard Carrier will fit on your 2014 Subaru Forester if you have aftermarket crossbars. The OEM crossbars did not have the top channel so if you have those bars I recommend the Inno Gravity Ski and Snowboard Carrier - Clamp On - Locking - 6 Fat Skis or 4 Boards # INA951 for a similar rack. If you don't already have crossbars, I recommend the following options that will be compatible with the Inno Gravity carrier: If you have the factory side rails that...
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  • Recommended Roof Rack That Utilizes OEM Fixed Mounting Points On 2017 Subaru WRX
  • On your 2017 Subaru WRX, the roof rack you currently have is compatible, however it is not compatible with fixed OEM mounting points. There is not an adapter or fit kit to make the Rhino-Rack RS 2500 Roof Rack for Naked Roofs - Vortex Aero Crossbars - Aluminum - Black # RRRS362B you already have compatible with those mounting points. To use the OEM mounting points, I recommend the Rola Sport APE Series Roof Rack - Fixed Mounting Points - Aluminum - Black # 59636. This will give you...
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  • Fairing Recommendation for 2010 Subaru Impreza with Rola Crossbars
  • The great thing about the Yakima fairings is that they fit all crossbar shapes thanks to their very universal straps. When picking out a fairing the key is to go with the fairing length that matches the distance between the feet of the rack the best. For that the Yakima WindShield Fairing # Y05017 you referenced would be the best choice as it is 40 inches long and all of the Rola roof racks for your 2010 Subaru Impreza wagon like the # 59636 have feet dimensions right at 40 inches.
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  • Recommended Roof Rack For 2013 Subaru Impreza With Naked Roof
  • The Rola Roof Rack, part # 59636 is designed for the Impreza WRX model that has fixed mounting points on the roof of the vehicle. Since you said you have a base model Impreza, it will not have those mounting points and the # 59636 will not work for you. The roof rack I recommend for your Impreza Sedan is the Rhino-Rack 2500 Series. This roof rack includes 46-inch square Euro crossbars and the fit kit designed for your Impreza. The roof rack easily attaches to the inside of the door....
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  • Recommended Roof Basket for 2010 Subaru Forester with Roof Rack
  • The Rola APE Series Roof Rack # 59636 can be fit to different mounting points so although we do not have the exact spread of the bars on a 2010 Subaru Forester there is an option that will likely work for you. I recommend checking out the RockyMounts 14'er Roof Mounted Cargo Basket # RKY1054 which fits crossbars that have a spread of 20" to 36". This is a very wide range which your Rola bars are likely to be in though I do recommend measuring just to be sure. The RockyMounts # RKY1054...
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  • Will SportRack Semi-Custom Roof Rack Fit a 2013 Subaru Impreza
  • SportRack roof rack # SR1010 is a complete, semi-custom roof rack that can be installed on a 2013 Subaru Impreza with a naked roof. It does come with locks and matching keys. I have linked a video review of this roof rack for you. Keep in mind this is a semi-custom roof rack and will not fit as well as a true custom fit rack. For a custom fit option that includes locks and is closest in price to the SportRack option you can use Rola roof rack # 59636.
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  • Roof Rack That Is Easy To Remove and Reinstall On 2017 Subaru Forester
  • The Rola APE Series part # 59636 is designed for the fixed mounting points on the roof of the 2017 Subaru Forester that has a naked roof (with raised rails) so it does make it a bit easier to install however, it does require the use of a 13mm adjustable wrench to fully tighten the bar to the end support. It could become inconvenient to use a wrench each time you want to reinstall the rack but I have attached an installation video that shows the installation so that you can decide. The...
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