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Old February 15th, 2006, 06:04 PM
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Thule roof rack clearance on SW

Trying to put together a Thule rack and was wondering what the consensus was regarding Thule gutter mount feet. Thule offers the High Rise #387 (8") and the Extra High #953 (11"). Obviously the 11" will work but would the 8" be enough clearance over the back of the roof and still allow some room for sag? I was planning on mounting the front bar with Yakima X-Towers to ensure the Thule box is positioned far enough back. Was going to run 58"+ bars.

Did a search but nothing concrete found.

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Old February 17th, 2006, 01:58 PM
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<tap tap tap> Is this thing on?

In the process of answering my own question is case anyone else was interested.

I picked up a set of Thule #420 high rise feet from a Disco owner here in Denver (thanks Craigslist). They are listed for use with vans and commercial vehicles with tall rooflines. Extra sturdy due to the fact that each foot has 2 independant clamps to the gutter so a total of 8 attachment points. They do sit pretty tall- roughly 4 inches off the rear roofline but it looks like the front feet won't clear the external cage and I'm considering a little dremel work to see if that would resolve the issue.

Again, if anyone has any experience with this and would like to share with the class, it would be greatly appreciated before I end up with $500 in various rack parts.

Maybe I could do a double decker roof rack...

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Old February 17th, 2006, 02:10 PM
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you can get a set of feet that will attach rigt to the exitsting rack if want. I have had them on other trucks with racks.
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Old February 17th, 2006, 04:29 PM
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Yep

I figured I could run something with the Yakima X-Towers attached to the roll cage but with my Thule box, it would sit too far forward and hang over the windshield. If I run all of the gutter mounted feet behind the external rollcage, I'm pretty sure the box and bike trays would hang over the back of the roof. So that leads me to combining the 2 methods if I can piece it all together. The variable in all of this is the height of all of the mismatched components.

Heck with it, I'm getting a Pontiac Aztek.
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Old May 25th, 2006, 10:55 PM
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Update

Finished my SW roof rack system with the following:

4 Yakima X-Towers
4 Yakima A-1 Gutter towers
8 Yakima High Rise extensions
4 Yakima 66" crossbars
1 Thule Rocketbox
1 Yakima Loadwarrior basket with extension
2 Thule Velovise bike trays
Awning

4 Attachment points per side, 4 crossbars to evenly distribute the weight, and the box is not too far forward or back. There is plenty of room to carry camping gear, a load of firewood, and several bikes. I've tested it several times with trips to Fruita Colorado and it's been bomber thus far. Modified an awning from a totaled VW Vanagon which has been perfect for hanging in the mid-day shade with a brew.

Thanks everyone for your tips and advice!

(Getting a lot of help with the flat!)
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Old May 26th, 2006, 08:23 AM
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looks nice. thats a lotta stuff up there.
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