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I would like to add a roof top box to my 06 AWD Element. I live in a condo and I really only have about 21 inches to work with. Can someone tell me the height above the roof the OEM racks are? Also would like to know the height of the Thule and the Yakima racks. I am guessing it is 4-5 inches. The box I want is 16 inches so I may have to get a box that is not so high. Or if someone makes low profile racks that would be great. Also, with a roof top box how many miles per gallon will I lose? Thanks for the help..

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My home made rack has less clearance under the cross bars than regular Yakima mounts. The bar top is about 3 1/4" above the roof near the mounting point. Anything less would not leave you enough room to turn the wing nuts or other mounting hardware under the bars.
 
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