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Old 11-01-2004, 05:17 AM   #1
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Can thule equipment be attached to factory roof rack?

I just want to put ski racks on my runner's factory roof rails, but thule's website says there's no attachment to the factory roof rack. I really don't want to have to buy towers and load bars, are there any other options? It seems like their new fat mouth clamps would work.

Anyone have some experience or tricks to make it work?
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From my experience and understanding you pretty much have to use the THULE load bars to attach anything to the OEM roof rack.

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i know they make ski racks that are ment to be used with oem rails, not sure about on the 4runner, i went with thule towers because i already had them
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Do you already have the Thule ski rack?

If not, then look into Yakima, they make a mount that fits on the 4Runner's factory rack.
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I looked on yakima's page and they don't have anything either...?
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I looked on yakima's page and they don't have anything either...?
I recommend going to a bike shop. They had the adapter's for my rack in stock..
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Not to be an ass (which means I'm going to be an ass) but Thule and Yakima make ski racks (and bike racks and baskets) that attach to factory load bars. Thule and Yakima also make mounts (towers) and bars that will anchor to yoru factory rails.

If you can't find them online, I'd suggest you go visit someone in person.
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TADA! They have it... http://www.rei.com/online/store/Prod..._SSHP_RACKS_PP

A friend of mine uses those on his Subie, another on his LX470..trust me, they work.
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I just want to put ski racks on my runner's factory roof rails, but thule's website says there's no attachment to the factory roof rack. I really don't want to have to buy towers and load bars, are there any other options? It seems like their new fat mouth clamps would work.

Anyone have some experience or tricks to make it work?
I have the Thule ski racks on my 2000 4Runner factory rails right now..!!!-- you can find the proper adaptors (Clamps) at any Thule participating dealer... got mine at Any Mountain...
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just went down to rei and they had everything i needed. all thule equipment.
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Isn't there also a rule (maybe it's in the Big Book under Fashion Trends) that says you are required to carry, mounted on the rack, at all times, every single piece of rack equipment made. all year, summer or winter. Nothing says bonehead like an ski rack on a porche in August...

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Isn't there also a rule (maybe it's in the Big Book under Fashion Trends) that says you are required to carry, mounted on the rack, at all times, every single piece of rack equipment made. all year, summer or winter. Nothing says bonehead like an ski rack on a porche in August...

Just musing...
I keep mine on during the summer. I am too lazy to take it off.
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Do you leave the skis on there too?
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