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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

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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   (500 Customer Reviews)

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


5 Stars to etrailer. These fit a THULE SUMMIT 631 Box.
I finally got around to installing these new strut hinges on my THULE SUMMIT 631 Box.

The struts arrived within a few days to my drop off location in Lewiston NY and I came across the border from Canada to pick them up. I could NOT find any replacements anywhere in Canada.
One of the originals cracked after 20plus years. The replacement hinges are slightly longer than the original (see picture. New on left, old on right), but work just fine. They look like they are a lot more robust design than the original.

One thing to note is that the originals do not have the the little spigot shaft containing the ball socket, whereas the new ones have that little shaft containing the socket (which you can see in the picture). I was concerned about this being an issue for installation as a direct replacement. However, this means the thick part of the hinge is lower on the right side and the thick part is on the top side when installing on the left side of the box. It has no impact on the functionality or the installation.

To remove the old struts, I just used a nail pry bar (supported by a thin piece of wood) to pop off the old struts. To install the new struts, I used a bar clamp (supported by a thicker piece of wood to distribute the force on the ball side). See Pics.

Just a tip to fill the sockets with a bit of white lithium grease before installation, and make sure the central of the street pivot is always pointing forward, towards to open side of the box. I made the mistake of having the centre point point to the back (hinge side) and they kept popping off the balls, so I had to reverse them.

Anyway, all is good and I'm happy to have my box back in action.
etrailer did an excellent job following up on the delivery. I wish they were in Canada. Highly recommended.


Bought for a busted hinge on my Thule Force xl…great product, saved me from having to by a new box. Easy to order and arrived quickly. Used the trigger clamp process to attach new hinge and it worked great!


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!


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.


The hinge is the correct item, but I was dismayed that it doesn't come with the Allen bolt or the support tube cylinder, as it is useless without those items. I had already ordered a hinge to replace my broken one from Thule and had to cut out the support tube cylinder from my broken hinge with a grinder in order to make the repair. I have now purchased the hinge, cylinder and bolt from you so that I have all three for the time when my second hinger breaks. Thank you for stocking all three items.


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.

Frank G.


Working great! No issues. lift replacement has extended the life of my Thule box.


I very rarely give 5 stars on a review, however, these guys deserve it! I received my first Lifter Hinge and it had been broken in shipping. I emailed them straight away and got a response back very quickly. I explained what had happened and they got a new Lifter Hinge in the mail the very next day. These guys have excellent customers service.


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 purchased a special tool/clamp to install the hinge and it works perfectly.



Still working great. I plan to use the topper for XC Ski season and travel. New hinge is holding strong


Exact replacement for broken hinge on my Thule Cargo Box (Force 625). The box was never easy to close and still isn't. Wouldn't be surprised if the new hinge eventually breaks as well. Time will tell. Needed a rubber mallet to seat it on the ball joints.


Product medium durable and not easy to install. But this is a Thule issue, not eTrailer.


Perfect fit. Strong, quality part and etrailer was super helpful confirming that it’s the right part for my older Thule box.


The hinge arrived today, as etrailer quoted! It was simple to remove the broken hinge by prying it off with a large screwdriver. Attaching the new one took a bit of time to squeeze the socket onto the ball with a large C-clamp, but it popped on ok. Thank you for your short on-line video. My 19 year old Thule Evolution roof box is back in business!


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.


Part fits perfectly, direct replacement for the original part. Snaps easily in place, works great. Was delivered quickly and arrived on time.


order arrived in good time and was not damaged. I will order from trailer again as this was great service and shipping.



Hinge is working fine and was easy to replace. I am going on the second year after replacing it


Easy install, perfect swap for OEM. Thank you!

TIP: I used a vise clamp to slowly squeeze the new hinge onto the ball joint. It doesn't take much pressure to make it pop on.


The hinge itself is properly functional but I was surprised to realize that hinge does not have the metal connection built into the plastic hinge ends (those two empty holes you see in the image). The purchaser needs to extract the metal from the old hinge and force it into the new one. Another reviewer's tip to use a hair dryer to heat the plastic proved useful. If I had done it in cold temperatures, something likely would have cracked. I heated both the old and new part to extract and insert, respectively.
Having done that, it works well!


etrailer made the replacement hinge for our Thule roof cargo box simple and easy. Highly recommended. Haven't had an issue since.


The part worked perfectly, and I hope to get another 10 years out of my Thule cargo box. As usual, the customer service and follow up was amazing. If you’re unsure about any part you were ordering just call them. I’m not sure why you would buy anywhere else.


Fit perfect for my Thule Atlantis


The hinge seems to work well. It was a bit difficult to remove the old hinge because the Thule boxes are so flexible. Luckily we had a large (18") pair of channel lock pliers to help press fit the new hinge.


The replacement worked great. Added a little lubrication to the ball on the lid and used a rubber mallet to secure the new hinge. Very easy and working well.


Great price. Quick shipping! Best of all- the right part (OEM) to fix my Thule Cargo box. Thanks for the excellent customer service.


Fast delivery, good replacement part

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