It just wouldn't be a rack without them. Thule Load Bars are made of bomber galvanized steel that will outlast your car, and are available in four different lengths to fit your vehicle. Thule's square profiled bars maximize clamping stability to keep your load secure. Editors Note: Please call if you aren't certain what parts you need to install your rack.
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I"m a contractor and load these bars down with heavy ladders and they are fully bombproof. My last pair were pretty rusted inside the plastic coating after about 10 years of use and they were still super strong. I wouldn't trust any other load bars with my heavy equipment at 80 MPH on the freeway.
I've had these parts on a honda civic, a grand cherokee and a wrangler. Doesn't matter what car, these bars will not only haul your bikes and skis, but they'll get your plywood home from home depot and they'll give you something to tie your christmas tree to. Highly recommended.
After locking these load bars into my Traverse Foot Pack and hauling my kayak over 1000 miles in a weekend I know these bars are strong. I have the 50 inch load bars on my Pontiac Vibe and they are the perfect fit.
I racked my 1999 Nissan Sentra and the 50" bars fit perfect and look very good on my little green car! I use these all the time with my Cargo Box, ski rack, kayak rack, hauling wood, and I through a bunch of stuff up there when I moved. My car is so small that it doesn't hold very much stuff so this rack lets me carry the things that don't fit in my trunck!
I am the proud owner of several Thule load bars. The 48 inch lil guys are perfect for a couple of mountain bikes, and the big ol 80 inchers tranform my little civic into a double canoe carrying monster. I've slammed many a wet nasty boat & muddy mountain bike into these, I've loaded ladders & logs on it, and even put a piece of plywood on top to dance on at a bonfire... Just a great thing to have on your car.
I have the rack feet for BMW and volvo and can switch this bar between them whenever im using a different car. it works well with any attachment, and i use it to hold bikes and skis. i also bought this aerodynamic wind shield thing that attaches to the front bar that helps with wind resistance and directs most air over my stuff. ive had this bar for 25 years so you know it will hold up well.
These bars are super strong, Hercules strong, and relativity light weight. I have the 50 inch bars on my Toyota Yaris and they fit great. I have had them on my car for two years now and they have supported everything from mountain bikes to my friends being jackasses. Bottom line: If your looking for a super solid cross bars to hold all your outdoors gear or even an elephant or two look no further.
I have them mounted on my 07 Tacoma using the L2S Sport Rack Brackets on my Toyota bed cleats. They work great! Very strong & secure. I have my kayak, bike, & surfboards all on board with plenty of room for my gear below. Never had a problem!
these bars are great! I recommend buying them long if you're not sure on length, with an angle grinder, or sawsall, trimming an inch or two is easy, and if you start big, then get the rocketbox and bike mount up, then figure how much to trim. Remember, you only have to trim one end to get the desired length.
My only complaint is the noise they create. These whistle a bit. I added a fairing which reduced the whistling, but the fairing houls.
These bars are super easy to set up with a variety of Thule pieces. I have put a box and my bike racks on there. The Thule stuff is super stable! My old Yakima stuff doesnt even compare! If you are buying a new rack, buy Thule, super easy to install and easy to figure out and order.
The 50 inch bars fit my Prius perfectly and they are very solid. The maximum load is like 165lbs which is way more than I will ever need to put on the roof of my car. They do generate noises though once you drive faster than 30mph. So you can either go with fairing (not cheap) or wrap a bungee cord around them a couple of times.
Thule has set the standard for roof racks. The racks are really stable and accessories attach securely to these squared load bars. A Thule roof rack system provides you with many rack options, and will last forever!
Specifically, the numbers are the loadbar length in inches. There is a banner near the top of all the Thule pages on Backcountry.com for the Car Rack Configurator. You can use that to find out exactly what Thule products will work for your make/model/year of vehicle.