What's the difference between square bars and wing bars?
Thule classic square bars
have been around for many years with millions in regular use throughout the world. They are made from rectangular shaped steel and have a protective hard rubber composite covering. Thule Square Bars are ideal as an entry level basic set-up. The aluminium aerodynamic wing bars
are now by far our most popular roof bars. This is due to their striking looks and also for their great features. The bars are made from aluminium and shaped like an aeroplane wing. In practice this can reduce wind noise by up to 90%. The Wing bars incorporate a full length T-Track slot at the top of each bar for sliding in any Thule product using T-Track adapters. The T-Track adapters are included in most of the current range of Thule products or can be additionally added as an accessory.
What is the advantage of the WingBar Edge?
The WingBar Edge
shares the same profile of the original WingBar but does not extend outside the roof area making them sleeker and more bespoke to the car and as a result they are even quieter with absolutely minimum wind resistance. If you are wanting to put several bikes on the roof or a roof box and bikes etc., it would be best to specify the original WingBar since they are wider but if you want something that looks as neat as possible its well worth considering the WingBar Edge. Currently WingBar Edge models aren't so far available for every car but the list is growing all the time.
What is the advantage of the Thule SlideBars?
Thule Slide Bars
are a revolutionary innovation and have received a coveted red dot award for its impressive features. The great advantage with the Slide Bars, are as the name suggest, they slide out each side of the car by an extra 60cm. This means your bike carriers or roof boxes can be slid out either side to make loading or unloading as simple and effortless procedure as possible without needing to lean over the vehicle. This useful feature is even more significant on taller vehicles such as SUV's and 4x4 or for people that are planning to add three or more bikes across the top of the roof. With the Slide Bar it is necessary for all items being fitted, such as roof boxes, water sports or bike carriers to have T-Track adapters.
How far can the SlideBar be extended when loading and unloading?
60 cm both sides.
Do I need T-Track adapters to mount a Thule roof box on WingBars?
T-Track adapters are not a requirement, since the supplied brackets will fit around the bars but the optional T-Track adapters can be useful to enable the full width of the bars to be used for other items.
Do I need a T-Track adapter to transport a Hull-A-Port kayak carrier on WingBars?
The supplied brackets fit around the wing bars but you can use optional T-Track adapters if you wish to fit to the T-Tracks.
Can I re-use my existing feet and bars when I change car?
In many cases when changing vehicle you can simply swap the fitting kit or it might mean other parts are also needed.. To find out which items will be required please use our fitting guide
. If none of your roof bar components are suitable for your new vehicle you can take advantage of our unique Part Exchange
service to receive a part exchange allowance against buying a completely new roof bar system.
What is the difference between the 757 and 775 foot packs for cars with roof rails?
There is not so much difference between them. Both are extremely strong and are rated for a maximum load of 100kg The 775 is slightly lower profile which reduces the overall height. The 757 clips on to the roof rail and the 755 fits all round the roof rail. Both are supplied with four matching locks.
Do I always need a fitting kit?
In some cases you might need a fitting kit or more to mount roof bars to your vehicle. Simply use our roof rack guide
to find out which items you will require.
Are all of the bars the same?
Unfortunately not, we have seven different lengths of bars and in most cases you have to use the length of bar that is recommended for the vehicle. To find out what the correct length of bars that you require please use our roof rack guide
Can I use bars which are wider or narrower than the roof rack guide suggests?
No, all bars and foot packs are tested to comply with Thule's City Crash Test Norms, and are only warranted if you use the correct bar lengths. Also the chances are that it won’t actually be possible to fit them due to a lack of adjustment.
I already own some of the parts of a roof rack and want to only buy the parts that I need. Is this possible?
Please use our Roof Bar Guide
to find out which parts are required for your new vehicle, to order individual items simply scroll to the bottom of that page.
What should be the distance between the cross bars?
If no special fitting positions are given in the assembly instructions, try to maintain a minimum distance of 700 mm between the load carrier bars. When carrying long loads, the minimum distance between both cross bars should not be less than 600 mm.
What is the load capacity of my Thule roof rack?
The maximum load, is the total amount specified in the assembly instructions, and must not to be exceeded. To calculate the load capacity you should add the weight of the roof bars plus the total weight of whatever load you are carrying.
How should the load be secured?
The load must not significantly exceed the load carrier’s width, and it should always be spread evenly across the load carrier and with the lowest possible centre of gravity. All loose or removable parts of the load (such as bike child seats, tyre pumps, fins and so on) should be taken off prior to loading. The load should be thoroughly secured. Elastic straps are not to be used. The load’s security should be checked after a short distance, and thereafter at suitable intervals. Tighten the load’s securing straps whenever necessary.
What about maintenance of my load carrier?
Check and replace worn-out or defective parts. The load carrier should always be cleaned and maintained, especially in the winter. Screws, nuts and locks (if fitted) should be lubricated at regular intervals. When not in use, the product should be removed from the vehicle. When the product is removed from the vehicle, all loose parts should be stored safely in a dry envioment.