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Old 09-01-2017, 09:03 PM   #18
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I have a Thule Rapid System rack (older square bars) that I will be putting on my car. I used it on a previous car so this was my cheapest route. Got the foot kit 1710 and bought a 44" Thule fairing. Fairing's come in different sizes and after doing some research, 44" is the size that fits best on our cars (haven't confirmed yet, but looks to be right). I also bought some clear vinyl wrap to cut strips from to put on the paint where the fairing touches the roof.

I use a hitch for my bikes, but will be using the rack for kayaks. Hitch is way better for bikes than roof racks. Saris Freedom Superclamp 2
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Old 09-02-2017, 03:18 AM   #19
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I'm sold on the Whispbar/Yakima range. They also offer a "cheaper" range of roof boxes.
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Old 09-02-2017, 03:23 AM   #20
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I'm sold on the Whispbar/Yakima range. They also offer a "cheaper" range of roof boxes.


I want to say the wispbar is discontinued for our car and supply is almost nill
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Old 09-03-2017, 11:11 AM   #21
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Whispbar are good but there is an equivalent Thule model now (for extra cash of course). (We have the estate car so it's easier to fit of course and less model specific.)


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Old 09-19-2017, 12:34 PM   #22
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Does it have to be covered aero box like?

Otherwise I am a fan of the OEM crossbars at the Kuat rack.
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Old 09-19-2017, 01:16 PM   #23
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I caught a sale on my Thule Force L and paid about $380 shipped from Autoanything (or something like that)

Anyway here's my cheap Amazon J hooks in use. $40 and they work great (I bought better straps for $6)
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Old 11-06-2017, 06:10 PM   #24
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I caught a sale on my Thule Force L and paid about $380 shipped from Autoanything (or something like that)

Anyway here's my cheap Amazon J hooks in use. $40 and they work great (I bought better straps for $6)
Do the Thule bases use the locating dimples in the door arches like the OEM bars? How much weight are they rated for and how much do your 2 kayaks weigh?

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