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Old 01-22-2019, 06:26 PM #31
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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.
Yes, sounds like we are in similar boats. I only use the box a handful of times a year. I didnt really need a full rack but I really like buying stuff so did it anyway lol. The XT XL fits with the OEM cross bars with the minor issues I stated but all of that should be resolved with aftermarket bars that sit higher than the OEM. I still have my OEM bars on so will take a picture anyway as I had trouble locating a photo prior to buying mine... I'm sure if it doesn't help you it may help someone else in a similar spot.
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My Yakima Skybox clamps wouldn’t fit under the factory crossbars, so I use a Thule system left over from a few cars ago. My Thule box cheap plastic hinge arms broke after about 20 uses, so REI took it back and I got the Yakima. The Thule lid was always wobbly when opening/closing, I am surprised it lasted as long as it did. The Yakima Skybox is somewhat heavier but feels much more sturdy. For the price of those things they should all be super sturdy.

The factory bars seem flimsy compared to Yakima Jetstream or Thule Aerobars. Plus the way they tighten down with 4 thumbscrews doesn’t seem as secure as it could be, to keep a box from creeping back at 75 mph.

I have the biggest size Skybox, and it slides forward enough so the rear hatch doesn’t hit it. It is true that the Thule and Yakima bars sit higher than the stock bars, which is by design, so you can reach under there and fasten ski, paddleboard, bike, etc attachments. The Yak bars sit even higher than the Thule. Having a box sit an inch or two higher gas no effect on your mileage. The box has the same amount of air resistance as long as its facing forward.
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Thule Atlantic 1600

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Fits perfect and gate clears by and inch or two. It holds tons of gear.
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Old 01-27-2019, 03:40 PM #34
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Here is my Rhino Rack box 440L.




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Anybody have any experience with the Thule Evo Wing bar set up

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A little cheaper than the aeroblade and from what it appears it may sit a little higher giving better clearance?
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Anybody have any experience with the Thule Evo Wing bar set up

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A little cheaper than the aeroblade and from what it appears it may sit a little higher giving better clearance?
I don't know anyone that has clearance issues unless they're using the stock cross bars. My aeroblades give good clearance for what I use. I think your question will be access and wind/noise. Unless you're quite tall, an extra inch reach could make a difference in access. Also, that's $440 for the pair?
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I don't know anyone that has clearance issues unless they're using the stock cross bars. My aeroblades give good clearance for what I use. I think your question will be access and wind/noise. Unless you're quite tall, an extra inch reach could make a difference in access. Also, that's $440 for the pair?
I guess i'm more worried about box length and hitting the shark fin if I go with an XL box.

And yea looks to be $440 for two bars and two sets of rail clamps. Aero blades are another $50 and do appear to sit lower. I Didn't think about wind noise though.
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I guess i'm more worried about box length and hitting the shark fin if I go with an XL box.

And yea looks to be $440 for two bars and two sets of rail clamps. Aero blades are another $50 and do appear to sit lower. I Didn't think about wind noise though.
You might get the bars with feet to more further forward or back, the aeroblades I have include their own feet, but they are sit lower than that picture. No problem with shark fin at all with my setup. I think my aeroblades were about the same price, $220 each or so.
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So I finally pulled the trigger on aeroblades and the Thule Motion XT XL box.

Bars came yesterday and I put one of them on. Will get the other on after the box gets here

Hopefully the remainder of the install goes well and I'll be sure to post up pics as long as it all works out!

Thanks everyone for their input.
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Thanks for all the posts and feedback. Makes me feel confident I will be able to find a cargo box to add to my LFD rack that is arriving today.
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For anyone military or prior you can get a lot of the boxes mentioned in this thread from moosejaw for 20% off and like $49 shipping.

We were looking at the Motion XT/XL for an upcoming trip oursevlves.
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So here is the Thule Motion XT XL on the Thule Aerobars. With the bars forward I have clearance on the shark fin and the hatch with no issues. It's funny this box is huge but doesn't look so big once it's up there!
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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


If you only needed one or the other, which do you prefer the roof box or the hitch box?
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If you only needed one or the other, which do you prefer the roof box or the hitch box?
Good question, I think I know my answer but give me a day or so to think about this.
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I got the thule force xt. I got LFD bars. If you get the LFD bars plan on getting the wind faring.

It clears the shark fin. Was 450 on amazon (but the NSD delivery was a nightmare.) Plus 2 bars and a wind fairing are about 200.

Its a good size for beach trips with wife, 1yr old and 2 dogs

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