Like cross bars, only quieter.
- WindDiffuser textured surface disturbs airflow more than a smooth surface which greatly reduces wind noise
- BoxBeam aluminum extrusion creates a bar that can sustain a vertical load of over 800 lbs of force
- Smartslide molded measurement system provides tape-measure-free foot installation
- Swingblade end cap allows access to the t-slot for easy accessory installation
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I have a bunch of old Thule bike and ski carriers. Will these square-bar accessories fit these aero bars?
Will these Cross bars fit on my factory installed roof rack of a 2008 Ford Edge?
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I like the look of the Aero bars much more than the square bars. They look much sleeker atop a car. Used with my Podium Foot Packs on my Subaru. Only issue was having to buy longer screws to get my ski rack clamps to fit on the wider bars.
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
Got these for my GF's new Subaru 2012 Impreza 4 door.
Install was about an hour as i am very fickle on items installed on car. Small amount of wind noise from the sunroof but it is to be expected.
The nice thing is that I myself am a Yakima person and we were able to install my Skybox 16 and it fit insanely well on the aero cross bars. SO if yo have any questions if your Yak clamps will fit do not hesitate.
I am impressed and like the product
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Got these a while back when i got my Honda CRV.
They are great roof load bars, aerodynamic, easy to mount with the fit kits and little to no noise (on my car anyway). Putting on my ski or bike rack with the slots is a breeze.
You won't regret getting them.
Thule makes great stuff. Period. I have an Aero Blade / Rapid Traverse / Flat Top 6 setup on my MK 4 VW GTI. Since this is the first time I've been in a car with a roof system, I don't have anything to compare the noise level to; but I can tell you that, particularly at freeway speeds, these bars won't cause many dBs above the amount of wind noise you'd experience at 60-80 mph without stuff on your roof. Under 30-40 mph you'll probably notice a bit of whistling, but it's not terribly loud - and again: this disappears completely somewhere between faster surface street speed and freeway speed.
With respect to installation: Thule has devised an ingenious built-in measurement system that centers your bars perfectly; and the Aero Blades feature a "T-slot" that runs the length of the top of the bars. These slots allow your carriers to mount directly to your bars (Thule XADAPT kit or trip to hardware store for t-bolts required).
NOTE: Aero Blades are NOT Thule Fairing compatible!!! That said: you won't need a fairing for aerodynamics, but for those of you who are married to your fairing's aesthetic benefits, here's your big head's-up going in!
All-in-all: these are awesome. Sure, they're more $$ than your basic no-frills square bar, but when it comes to quiet aerodynamics and a functionally clean look, you can't go wrong here.
These things really are that much quiter than the standard box bars. But if you want to put skis on the roof of your car then you'll need the Aero bars (the square ones won't fit). It's really expensive so I give it a 4, but I still think you should get these since everyone I know who started with the square bars, ended up getting the aero ones because of accessory limitations.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These work like they are supposed to... I have them installed on my 2009 dodge cummins and they are nice and quite!
What do I need to fit these to the factory mounting points on my 2009 VW Caddy Maxi? Please help
Please use the configurator located at the top of this page or at www.thule.com
I had a set of square thule bars on my corolla for a few years, until some chump in a subie took out the back end of my car and sent it to the junk yard. I upgraded my roof rack along with my car.
The new design is a big improvement; they're a lot quieter, the rubber guard on the top sticks to boats (and anything else) better than the top of the old bars, and frankly, they look a lot cooler.
Installed these on a 2012 Forester using the Thule 450R Feet.
Tested them up to 85 MPH. Totally silent till you get around 80, then you may detect slight wind noise, but nothing that will cause the need to turn the radio up.
Overall an excellent produce and well designed.
Had Yakima round bars on previous cars and the noise ranged from very noticeable to unbearable (without a faring).
No need for a faring with these.
Just put these on My 2006 Volvo, along with the 480r foot pack and fit kit. They are as sturdy as I'd hoped, and quieter that other reviews had led me to believe (tested at about 60mph). Installation was somewhat exacting, as they require you to measure to the milimeter, but once they're on, they're ON!
What do I need to fit these to 2011 XC60? And can I add a kayak cradle? Thank you guru.
Robbie, it depends on whether you have the Factory Installed Crossbar or Flush Rails. There's a fit guide available at Thule.com that'll give you the parts list for your specific vehicle.
Will these fit my '06 Forester roof rails? What kind of mounting adaptors would I need? I want these sexy beasts on my car!
If you want it to mount on the existing roof rails, you are going to need to following in order to use the Aero Blades:
1.Thule Intracker 4900 universal roof rack foot
2. Kit 4910 fitting system