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The Thule Fairing cuts down on the drag and wind noise that your Thule bars make when you're blasting down the highway on your way to parts unknown with a roof full of gear. Thule Fairings are cake to install, and use rubber bumpers and anti-scuff film to protect your vehicle's finish. Editors Note: Please call if you aren't certain what parts you need to install your rack.

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Works as advertised!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This fairing does exactly what it is supposed to; cuts down on wind noise and drag, increasing gas mileage.

I had put an Aeroblade load bar and fork mount bike rack setup on my VW, and couldn't open my sunroof due to the excessive noise coming off of the rack. After installation, no more issues; still a bit of noise, but it is barely noticeable.

This is not made to fit the Aeroblade crossbars, but a bit of customization to the load bars and fairing clips, and it works perfectly. There are several videos on youtube on how to accomplish this.

excellent for your sticker collection

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the 44in wide version on my 2009 VW GTI. I've been living with it for about a year and a half. It cuts down on wind noise with my bars for sure, but with a bike rack too, the wind isn't completely silenced.

This is pretty easy to install, but from my experience, trying to take the fairing off the bars can be pretty disastrous... I broke all but one of the clips holding it to my front bar trying to take the fairing off a few months ago. I think the plastic had become brittle over the winter from freezing temps. Ultimately I had to buy replacement clips from a third party reseller (they're pretty inexpensive, so it wasn't a huge deal.) The fairing itself also feels pretty flimsy when you're handling it, but once it's safely attached to your car the wobble aspect isn't as much of an issue!

Hopefully Thule will invest in higher-quality plastic for their parts in the future..

Works great, cuts down on wind noise

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got the 38" one for my 06' Impreza (per Thule's recommendation/configuration tool). It's a little short on both ends and leaves about a 1-2" gap on the driver/passenger side but it has no bearing on it's effectiveness. I just thought it would reach to the ends so it's flush with the crossbar mounts. That said, it works perfectly and cuts down on the wind noise from the crossbars. Assembly and installation was fairly easy, but it does feel kinda flimsy overall. Nevertheless, once it's installed you don't need to ever touch it and it really reduces/eliminates wind noise.

I've heard of it reducing your mileage but I haven't noticed anything different by looking at how many miles I can go on a single tank. If it does change, it's fairly insignificant. So to answer your question, no, the MPG did NOT noticeably decrease :) Hope that helps!

MOAB Fairing flimsy

    I bought the Moab basket and while I am happy with the basket itself, I find the fairing to be flimsy and perhaps counterproductive as at highway speed it bends back with the pressure, possibly creating MORE drag. Anybody have the same problem and can you replace the fairing with one that is more substantial??

    44 inch Thule fairing for 2012 Honda Odessey

      Have a 2012 Honda Odessey. Thule site recommended 38 inch fairing but when I got it it was 10 inches too narrow. Got the 44 inch that was perfect. It is absolutely amazing the difference in the lack of wind noise with the fairing. Before I couldn't stand to leave the racks on if not being used, now they never come off. Thanks Backcountry for the ease in swapping the racks and great service.

      2002 subaru impreza w/ fartory roof rack

        I love the look of the Thule Fairing on vehicles, however unfortunately the fairing clamps do not fit my cross bars. I spoke on the phone directly to Thule customer support at an authorized Thule dealer and if the clamps don't fit the crossbar you can't attach the fairing w/o getto rigging yourself from the hardware store. I was really hoping they made universal clamps or clamps specific to my crossbar. :-(

        Must Have!

          I racked my 1999 Nissan Sentra and the rack looks very good on my little green car! I went for a few weeks without the fairing because it is a little expensive and my rack would make 2 different pitches of whistles at the same time and drove me nuts! I bought the fairing and the rack looks even better and the whistling noises are gone! It also gives me a place to put some sweet stickers! Check Thule's fit guide to find the right size fairing for your vehicle.

          Must Have!

            I racked my 1999 Nissan Sentra and the rack looks very good on my little green car! I went for a few weeks without the fairing because it is a little expensive and my rack would make 2 different pitches of whistles at the same time and drove me nuts! I bought the fairing and the rack looks even better and the whistling noises are gone! It also gives me a place to put some sweet stickers! Check Thule's fit guide to find the right size fairing for your vehicle.

            may your car look sweet, and keep noise down

              Been using racks and fairing since I've been driving cars. Love the looks of the fairing, and I don't like stickers on my car, but different story for the fairing. it's loaded up.
              Basically I love the looks and it keeps noise down when on highway just like advertised.
              Only wish it was cheaper than $70 for a 3 foot piece of plastic

              Funtional, and a place to put my stickers

                If you have a Thule roof rack, this is a must have. I own a VW GTI and when l didn't have one of these, my rack would whistle and my gas would run out way faster than usual. With this puppy, no more noise, and l have a place to show off all my awesome sticker l acquire in my travels! Beware however, l have a the aerobars, and overtime the clips are breaking off :( l ordered a new set of them to replace mine, because this thing is raddd

                Gotta have it

                  I've had the same fairing for years, transferring it between roof racks and cars. With all its stickers come memories. I'd grown quite attached to the silence it provides. You can't not have a fairing with a rack setup, as I've learned over the past month. Somehow my hood flew up driving down the highway, cracking my windshield and my lovely fairing mounts! My car is a heck of alot noiser, and the fuel economy is just awful! I'll have to order a new fairing to get the mounts, but you bet I'm gonna use my old one! If you have a roof rack, you've gotta have it.

                  makes a difference

                    this is really a good investment. no car rack alone is made to be aerodynamic, and they really dont help gas mileage. also, when you have skis, it directs air over your bindings a little, but thats not its main purpose. when i drive with the rack off, its really loud because of the wind so i know its helping when its on. its a goody buy

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                    Will this fairing work on my Subaru WRX factory rack? (I think it is a Thule) In other words, are the clamps to hold it on adjustable in many ways to secure it to the bars that hook directly into roof mounts. It is about 40 inches across.

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                    Unanswered Question

                    I have a 2008 Volvo XC 90 and I put the...

                    I have a 2008 Volvo XC 90 and I put the cross bar racks on the top but the whistling is too much. Will the 32" Fairing eliminate or tone down the noise? I had a Fairing on my rack system before (Ford Fusion) and it worked great but the Volvo has the side 2 rails on the roof.
                    If anyone has the same issue please let me know if the 32" Fairing helped.

                    John Dillon
                    dillon.john12@yahoo.com

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                    My fairing won't fit flush on my roof for the life of me. I've tried a million different options, but the two ends are up off of the roof while the middle of it is flush with the roof top and it looks silly. It is the size that the website told me to get but it just does not fit the way it is supposed to. My car is a 2008 Hyundai Accent (3 door) w/ a bike a ski rack on it. I got a size 171xt medium. Any advise would be appreciated. Thank you.