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Old 01-18-2019, 07:22 AM #16
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I had a set of the Thule Aero Bars and Thule Force XL. Fit with no issues and cleared the hatch. I think all-in everything was about $700-$800. Got a good deal on Autoanything with coupons and free shipping to boot.

Thank you. This is exactly what I was looking to confirm.
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My 2018 SR5 is in need of a cargo box. I am under the impression my best options are a Yakima or Thule. This may all seem a bit silly but I've never had a rack of any kind on any of my vehicles.

i've read some threads from here on the forum and feel like there are some mixed reviews on a few issues. the first being touching the roof and touching the rear hatch when opened between different size boxes.

I don't have factory cross bars so i will need an aftermarket set. Money isn't really an issue and from what i can see bars and a box will cost in the range of $1000-1500.

My requirements are that it be big as hell( i have three kids and we utilize the third row so trunk space is shot), not damage/touch my roof or rear hatch and if I can open the sunroof while it's on that's a bonus. Simplicity of install is also a bonus. I just want something that easily bolts on to my factory side rails.

So which is the best option. Ideally the bars themselves would remain on all the time so aero/noise reduction is important as well. Anybody with experience with any specific models is much appreciated.

Thanks in advance. I really appreciate all the help this forum provides.
Get the biggest box you can fit*. If lifting the rear gate is an issue for you, you'll have to walk the line to see what combo allows you to lift it. My setup does not allow me to lift the gate, but when I'm using the box I'm also using all three rows, so it's not an issue for me.

I don't think you'll spend more than $1,000 for the set, but also get all the items on discount, and unless you need them quickly, watch REI for discounts. I use the Thule Aeroblades, which have come in handy because I can take them off and let other people use them, but they don't give as much clearance as the standard Thule bars. My Force XL is nice, but it needs lubrication frequently enough, and a friend got sand in it which bound the locking mechanism temporarily. (It may be Force XXL, not XL, but don't remember. It was the largest box being sold at the time)

All that said, I've really enjoyed it, and it was probably under $1k for the set.

*As you can see, I have 2 boxes, and I fill them up. We also exceed the average family size by 1 or 2, so take that into consideration.

** Just realized most of this doesn't read like English. Almost finished my coffee, hope it all makes sense.

Also, this is a good thread: Photos of Rooftop Cargo Boxes


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The motion XT XL was the one i was initially looking at paired with the aero bars you mentioned. I'm not sure if there is a way to tell if it will hit the antenna or hatch though.
I have the Motion XT XL and love the size and it looks good on top of my SR5. I did, however, upgrade to the ruggedized crossbars from LFD Offroad. On the factory crossbars I could scoot the box back to within half an inch of the antenna but with any weight in the front, the box would slap the roof just behind my windshield. The extra height from the LFD Crossbars solved the issue.
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I have the Motion XT XL and love the size and it looks good on top of my SR5. I did, however, upgrade to the ruggedized crossbars from LFD Offroad. On the factory crossbars I could scoot the box back to within half an inch of the antenna but with any weight in the front, the box would slap the roof just behind my windshield. The extra height from the LFD Crossbars solved the issue.
I think flex is a common problem with OEM bars but not sure I've read any complaints about this with aftermarket bars.
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I think flex is a common problem with OEM bars but not sure I've read any complaints about this with aftermarket bars.
Itís sounds like from the users post I quoted at the top of the page the aero bars make so there isnít flex and there is clearance on antenna and hatch.
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I also have the Thule Motion XT XL. We go skiing a lot and camping (dont do any real off roading) so its nice to have the tons of extra cargo space. I use it currently with the stock cross bars moved all the way forward. The box touches the antenna slightly but isn't such an issue for me; I probably could add cross bar pads to eliminate the touching but again not a big deal for me. The box also touches/interferes with the lift when open but again when you are conscious of it you just need to gently open the lift so you don't scratch the rear spoiler or damage/scratch the box. I recently purchased a full roof rack which should allow me to move the cargo box forward another inch or so and solve just about all of my problems. Happy to take some photos if that helps your decision making process.
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Another option is a hitch-mounted cargo box or basket. This will give you extra space if you canít fit a big enough box for your needs up top. Hitch-mounts are also easier to access (obviously) and wonít effect wind noise or MPGs. I use both my cargo basket up top and a hitch mounted box when Iím really loading up.


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Iím using a Thule Force L with OEM bars, clears both antenna and hatch fully open. Itís not the biggest cargo box, but works with the least amount of additional equipment.
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I also have the Thule Motion XT XL. We go skiing a lot and camping (dont do any real off roading) so its nice to have the tons of extra cargo space. I use it currently with the stock cross bars moved all the way forward. The box touches the antenna slightly but isn't such an issue for me; I probably could add cross bar pads to eliminate the touching but again not a big deal for me. The box also touches/interferes with the lift when open but again when you are conscious of it you just need to gently open the lift so you don't scratch the rear spoiler or damage/scratch the box. I recently purchased a full roof rack which should allow me to move the cargo box forward another inch or so and solve just about all of my problems. Happy to take some photos if that helps your decision making process.
Thank you for the offer, but not necessary. I don't foresee ever needing a full rack. I'll only use the cargo box a handful of times a year, but it will be necessary to travel. From what it appears I think with aftermarket bars( i don't have any bars at the moment), the XT XL will fit and not rub anywhere, or so I hope. Haven't pulled the trigger yet but thanks for your input.
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Another option is a hitch-mounted cargo box or basket. This will give you extra space if you canít fit a big enough box for your needs up top. Hitch-mounts are also easier to access (obviously) and wonít effect wind noise or MPGs. I use both my cargo basket up top and a hitch mounted box when Iím really loading up.


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The hitch box has surprised me with how useful it is, definitely worth consideration. It isn't as big (at least compared to the XXL), but it's far easier to access (which is really nice if you have little people, etc).
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I have a Thule Evolution 1800 cargo box that I managed to grab for $50 off of craigslist. It's pretty big. The hatch does hit the cargobox when I have it mounted but I created a limiting strap with some paracord that prevents my hatch from opening all the way.

I personally wouldn't use the oem crossbars as they do sit too low. I wouldn't be able to use my cargo box on the oem crossbars because the box won't clear the shark fin. I've had two setups. My first setup was yakima cross bars on some yakima mounting adapters that attach to the stock roof rails. It works great and you usually can find a set of used crossbars on craigslist for cheap. You'll just need to buy the mounts separately. My second and current setup are the LFD crossbars. I prefer these as they sit higher than the oem crossbars and lower than the yakima setup. Perfect imo.

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I've got basically the same box as above, Thule Evolution. Mine is actually a Thule Subaru branded box that I bought when I had my WRX. I pealed to Subaru badges off of it. It's black and I use it with the traditional Thule square bars. I'm actually able to move it forward enough so that I can completely open my hatch without it hitting my box and the box also clears my shark fin.

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The hitch box has surprised me with how useful it is, definitely worth consideration. It isn't as big (at least compared to the XXL), but it's far easier to access (which is really nice if you have little people, etc).


I actually couldnít agree more. Although it looks kind of ridiculous, the hitch box is crazy practical and they make some that swing out so you can access your hatch. I also have a hitch basket I use with a waterproof cargo bag if I donít need the full box.

Just another option...I know OP is asking about rooftop boxes.


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I actually couldnít agree more. Although it looks kind of ridiculous, the hitch box is crazy practical and they make some that swing out so you can access your hatch. I also have a hitch basket I use with a waterproof cargo bag if I donít need the full box.

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Yep. Mine has a hinge and swings down so you can lift the hatch. Not that I can lift it with the box on top, but still.
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did you clamp onto the LFD bars or did you bolt them directly or something
I clamped them but you could also directly bolt them if you wanted to. I already had the clamp setup so just kept using it.
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