By the way, I assume everybody here knows that it's a good idea to put a clear film (like clear bra) on the paint areas where the feet and clamps go, right?
Simple plug and play took me 20 minutes. highly recommend
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After much deliberation and gnashing of teeth, here's the setup I went with. From advice on this and other threads I went with the Thule 460 with 4014 fit kit, Inno 50" square bars, and bought some locks off of craigslist. No issues opening sunroof w/crossbars mounted (but no roof box)
here's the kit installed on my rails:
here's a yakima 16s skybox mounted during my ski/boarding trip to VT last weekend
i'm still debating on a fairing, because i think i'll be taking off the whole setup when i don't need to mount the cargo box for a trip. and the price of the fairings are a ripoff IMO.
I updated my rack setup for the new race season so I can easily get 4 (event 5) bikes on the car.
I put on longer crossbars so I can put my Yakima SprocketRocket trays on the outside of the towers, then put two of the Yakima BOA setups on the inside. Added four wheel forks for the front wheels and it all works great. I can even open the sunroof with four bikes on top.
The BOAs are great. I actually didn't even install the rear part, I just tie a strap around the rear wheel to the crossbar. It keeps things looking a bit cleaner when the bikes are off.
Now I just need to figure out who to make my car stop feeling like a slug when it has four people, their gear and four bikes in it.
Thule 480R rapid traverse foot pack
Thule aero blades
Thule kit 1417
Check this link out.
This kit is for cars with bare roof
Here it is in use
Looking up thru sky roof
Empivw: how much clearance do you have between the towers and the opensky when it is opening? My barely scrape by the towers, with maybe less than 1mm clearance. It makes me have a heart attack when I tested it.
Slownlow: I have the same roof rack set up (minus the bike racks) as empivw if you want to see it.
Just a heads up: If you prefer the Thule Aeroblade load bars in black (instead of the matte silver), the only place that sells them is rackoutfitters.com.
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I'm in the UK at the moment, got some spare keys for the barracudas cut. The key blank is available at UK locksmiths, so I got some spares while I was thinking of it.
If anyone needs spares, it might be cheap to buy a group order of blanks, then any US locksmith should be able to cut them to match the originals.
If you installed it right and put the foot packs in the groove that is between paint and black portion, I have about 1/4" clearance maybe a bit more.
When I first put this on I nearly hit the tower then I realize you can twist the feet so it fits perfectly inside the groove.
here are some pictures, you can see the rubber portion are in the groove
Here is a video of the roof opening
Hope this Helps
No problem, glad to help
Originally I bought a brand new Whispbar set up with Yakima bike racks. I took it all home and installed it. I could not open the sunroof and the Yakima bike rack "Font Loader" was too long that it hit my hatch when opened.
I returned it all and got the Thule setup. Honestly comparing the two and installing them both I think the Thule is a way better product for nearly the same price