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Replacement Lid Lifter Hinge for Thule Cargo Boxes

Replacement Lid Lifter Hinge for Thule Cargo Boxes

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Thule Accessories and Parts - TH14936

  • Roof Box
  • Hinges
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This replacement lid lifter hinge fits many different Thule rooftop cargo boxes.


  • Fits Thule Hyper XL (TH612), Thule Cascade (678 and 678XT), Thule Sonic XL (TH635 B and TH635S), Thule Sonic XXL (TH636B), Thule Spirit (TH689USBXT), Thule Force XXL (TH626), Thule Force XL (TH625), and Sportrack Horizon 17 (SR7017) Series Roof Mount Cargo Boxes
  • Also fits these discontinued products: Thule Atlantis (TH686XT, TH686BXT, TH687, TH687XT, TH688BXT), Thule Ascent 1700 (TH605), and Thule Evolution (673 and 673B)
  • Includes 1 lid lifter hinge

14936 Replacement Lid Lifter Hinge for Thule Evolution, Atlantis, Hyper XL, Sonic XL, and Ascent Series Cargo Boxes

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Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Thule Roof Box TH14936 Review

Today we're going to review part number TH14936. This is the replacement dual force strut hinge. This part will fit the Thule Evolution cargo box and the Thule Atlantis cargo box. This is a hinge that's attached to the cargo box, and the way it attaches is on the cargo box, on the bottom of the cargo box there will be a ball socket. This will snap onto the ball socket at the bottom and on the top lid of the cargo box will be another ball socket. This top part of hinge will snap onto that.

It is used when you open your cargo box. This is spring loaded so it will open. It has spring tension onto it. That should do it for part number H14936.

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Replacement Lid Lifter Hinge for Thule Cargo Boxes - TH14936

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (431 Customer Reviews)

This replacement lid lifter hinge fits many different Thule rooftop cargo boxes.


I was having trouble finding the proper part number as the rooftop box was a European model and numbers didn't match US numbers. Etrailer found the proper part and shipped it out fast. Great service as usual.


Works great! I sent a note to ask if this was the correct part for my rooftop box and got a confirmation about 24 hours later. That really helps to be sure I am getting the right stuff. The site has a great option to submit a picture of your box so they can confirm without a doubt this is the right thing. I installed it and it was great. I also read from another user that replacing both (if your box is older like mine is ~10 years) and I did that and they were right on. Replace both if your box is several years old. The only thing that you need is the right tools to install and I would recommend getting some thin nose or needle nose pliers to remove the old parts and a deeper c-clamp or similar. I bought a c-clamp and it was a piece of cake, no arm strength needed. Also, while a 2x4 to prop up the box is useful, get another person to help keep the lid up while doing the work. I managed to do it alone with a little finagling (read struggle) but nothing bad. Now the lid opens a lot more than it did a few weeks ago. New life for my Thule!


A couple of years ago someone gave me their older Thule Evolution (I think) ski box. It fits the factory bars on my 2005 Ford Explorer, although it slides around just a bit, which I've reduced with some bungee cords.

This winter, one of the hinges popped off the socket and was obviously too worn to stay on. I limped through the winter with one hinge because I wasn't sure what box I had and, therefore, which hinge to replace it with. A query on the website got me a simple answer (if it has a white piece in the middle, order this one [TH14936] for a long box - if not, order TH14933 for a short box).

The part came quickly and I watched the installation videos. However, I didn't quite have the right tool (tongue and groove plier), I borrowed a screw clamp from a neighbor (below). This, along with a block of wood to protect the outside of the box, was the perfect tool to get the socket of the hinge over the ball joint. I also used a hair dryer to heat the plastic up a bit, but I'm not sure how much that helped.

Nothing but great things to say about's help determining the right product, their prices, or the speed of their inexpensive shipping. Thanks!


I replaced both hinges on my older Evolution Thule box. Hinges were easy to install. The top opening and closing now works as it should. Very happy with this purchase, highly recommend this product.


This is the second hinge I have purchased; in my Thule box they seem to last precisely one year. When the original hinge snapped a year ago I purchased my first replacement hinge from etrailer and I have just installed the second replacement hinge. From what I can tell this part is identical to the Thule OEM hinge.

I don't fault etrailer for this issue -- the hinge is just not strong enough for the front support of an x-large Thule box. When our box is opened and closed it is a bit of a floppy operation and my sense is that the torque placed on the front hinge eventually causes it to snap. The attached picture shows the break (the first one broke in the same place last year). Note that the hinge you are purchasing does not have the threaded metal insert that receives the mounting screw. You will have to remove the two inserts from the old hinge and insert them into the new. The metal insert is held in place by a raised rib that fits into a groove inside the plastic cylinder of the hinge. To remove the inserts I used a hacksaw to deeply score the plastic cylinder and then used a hammer and chisel to splinter it and break it off. To install the insert it into the new hinge gently hammer it in until the collar of the metal insert finds its groove in the plastic cylinder -- it doesn't need to be hammered all of the way in and should rotate somewhat freely.


Product delivered as described and allowed me to extend the life on my Thule Cargo Box instead of heading to a landfill. Lots of destination stickers on that box and it tells the story of our travels over many years. Hard to part with that history so I am very happy the Thule is still on the road with us.


In a time when when you often need to trash some major piece of equipment because you can't find a proper repair piece for the otherwise serviceable item, it was great to find this hinge for our Thule cargo box. The box is several years old, is a discontinued model, and has seen a lot of use but was still in great condition. So I was very pleased to have easily found the necessary replacement hinge, easily ordered, and promptly delivered to our home. Highly recommend dealing with this company.


The part arrrived on time and looked great. It is not easy to install- getting the ball into the socket is very difficult. Once installed worked great for about two months, but then - snapped. Same issue as the original. I didn't order another, just maing due. Thule should really recall this part because it is the weak link in the carrier.


The supply shortage affected Thule as it did many manufactures who had difficulty supplying retailers with parts, etrailer had good communication keeping me abreast of the situation and shipped out the hing as soon as they receive it from Thule.


Hinge is standard Thule replacement part. Usually these types of items are bagged in a plastic bag. But the item was covered by a UPS sticker. So there’s adhesive paper on the product. Very annoying to remove.

Luckily it goes inside the box, so I won’t see it. But it’s a mood killer.


I give etrailer 5 stars, the right part shipped quickly, and look at their video before you try replacing this part. I'd give Thule 0 stars, this is the worst design, guaranteed to fail, piece of crap I've ever had the misfortune to deal with. If Thule thinned out this sonic box and its not very hardware any further you could see through it. To say it's flimsy would be a compliment, my kids toys are sturdier than this garbage. Thule has truly mastered the arts of underdesigning and overpricing.


Easy install and held up all year through 3 cross country moves! The product arrived one time and was exactly what I needed. I'd use etrailer over and over again.


So grateful to have you as a resource for all things Thule. Thanks to you and your part, I have been able to use my large Atlantis 2100 Box without breaking my arm or simply giving up on using the otherwise wonderful storage box. My wife has MS so I am not able to enlist her help in getting the box open and then keeping it open, so this hinge with a spring was a huge success. Knowing you are there for future needs is most comforting. Thanks again for your prompt service and reasonable pricing. JSB

Super. It makes me glad every time I open the box.
John S - 07/30/2021


Received them and installed them in about 15 minutes. Worked great! It's a little tricky to get the plastic socket joint over the ball but a little cooking oil did the trick.


Exact replacement for the lifter hinges in my Thule Box. Replaced rear one a month ago and replaced the front one today. Hopefully these will last longer than the original hinges did. You will definitely need a big C clamp to press the new hinge onto the wall joints.


We received the hinges quickly, they were exactly as advertised, fit onto our roof box easily, and have worked perfectly ever since.


My thule carrier latch broke after loose cargo shifted in transit. After doing research, etailer seemed like best option / price. The part ai ordered worked great and instructions were helpful to ease install. Definitely would buy again from etailer…


I actually bought this part for a non Thule ski box and I wasn't sure if it would be compatible. The video demonstration on how to remove and install this part was extremely useful and gave me the confidence that it would work for my application, which it does - perfectly. Arrived quickly too.


Overall, it was easy to install. However, there are two bolts which should be included in the new package. I had to go back to the old broken hinge and used the hammer to punch out the old bolts for the installation.


I have an Thule Atlantas 1800XT roof box. Recently one of the hinges broke. I found the price for replacement parts at Etrailer to be the best on the web. I ordered my product on Monday morning and had the part in my hand by Wednesday mid day.

One suggestion I have for installing the part. The etrailer site does have a video on easiest way to install. My box is slightly different and unless you have a pair of channel locks with an 8" reach then that wont work. Using brute force didn't work for me, neither did tapping it with a hammer. I grabbed my wife's blow dryer and set it to hot, I blew hot air on the plastic 'female' end of the part for about 3 minutes. After that it very easily snapped in.

Just as an FYI the spring in the replacement part is way stronger that what was originally in my box. Fortunately I had ordered 2. If your box is more than a few years old and you need to replace one hinge... go ahead and replace them both at the same time.


Ordered this to replace and it worked perfectly! Not too bad to replace either.

Awesome, appreciate the follow up. Really pleased with outcome.
Christine M - 05/25/2022


This product was the perfect fix for a damaged overworked Thule cargo roof box.

Installation was a challenge due the connections on the Atlantis 1600 series box being part of the front and rear of the box. It took a bit of effort but all in all, it worked perfectly. The hinge will most likely outlast the rest of the box since due to heavy usage, the box has cracks and the claws for fastening to the stock roof bars aren't as snug and secure as they once were almost a decade ago.

After a year of using this replacement part, it appears to be working fine. No worries when opening or closing the cargo box except for me over stuffing it. I got the box around 2007-2008. As long as nothing catastrophic happens to it, I see the part may outlast the box. Most definitely a good decision to replace the part versus buying a brand new box.
Frank D - 03/06/2018


Replacement hinge for Thule cargo box was exactly as advertised. Ordering was easy and the part fit perfectly. Thank you etrailer.


High quality. Nice to see eTrailer continuing parts for Thule which had broke and it no longer available at their site.


Nice replacement very similar to original parts. I used a c clamp to install two of them front and back of cargo box

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