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Fit Kit for Thule Podium-Style Roof Rack Feet - 3079

Fit Kit for Thule Podium-Style Roof Rack Feet - 3079

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This fit kit lets you mount Thule Rapid Podium-style feet to your vehicle with factory roof-rack tracks. The fit kit includes pads, hardware, and tools necessary for installation. Great Prices for the best roof rack from Thule. Fit Kit for Thule Podium-Style Roof Rack Feet - 3079 part number THKIT3079 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-496-5010 for expert service.
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This fit kit lets you mount Thule Rapid Podium-style feet to your vehicle with factory roof-rack tracks. The fit kit includes pads, hardware, and tools necessary for installation.


  • Custom-fit pads let you mount Rapid Podium feet (TH460R - sold separately) on your vehicle with fixed mounting points
  • Easy installation - does not require drilling
    • Remove factory side rail plates and install fit kit pads with included hardware
    • Slide molded rubber pads to protect the surface of your vehicle from scratches
  • Easy to remove when not in use
  • Includes 4 pads, 4 mounting brackets, and hardware


  • Quantity: 4
  • Application: Thule Rapid Podium feet
  • Limited lifetime warranty

183079 Custom Base Pads for Thule Podium Style Foot Pack - Qty 4

Replaces Thule 3079

Item # THKIT3079

Installation Details THKIT3079 Installation instructions

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Video Transcript for Thule AeroBlade Podium Roof Rack Installation - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester we'll be test fitting the rapid podium roof rack system from Thule using part numbers THARB47, TH460R, and THKIT3079. With our roof rack assembled according to the instructions, we'll begin our test fit by removing the covers for our fixed points. These covers don't actually fully remove, they just flip up. We can then insert our bolts to each hole, making sure we tighten them down with the allen key. Then we'll go ahead and put our spacer slider over top each bolt. Now we'll grab our front bar and place it on the front part of our roof. We'll want to make sure that the bolts go through the hole in the center of our foot pack. Now we'll want to check to make sure that we have even bar overhang on each side. We'll use an allen key to tighten the two bolts on our foot pack to secure it in position where it is on the bar. We'll do this for both sides.

Then we'll take our nut, tighten it on our bolt, which will tighten our foot pack against the roof line of our vehicle. We can then use the included tool to finish the tightening process. We'll grab our rear bar and place it onto the rear part of our roof. Once we have the bolts through the foot pack, we'll check for even bar overhang and then we can repeat the same tightening process that we used at the front. That completes today's test fit for the Thule rapid podium roof rack system using part numbers THARB47, TH460R, and THKIT3079, on our 2009 Subaru Forester. .

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Fit Kit for Thule Podium-Style Roof Rack Feet - 3079 - THKIT3079

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (18 Customer Reviews)

This fit kit lets you mount Thule Rapid Podium-style feet to your vehicle with factory roof-rack tracks. The fit kit includes pads, hardware, and tools necessary for installation.


Bought a used 2010 Subaru Forester with no roof rails. These fit the fixed points perfectly.

A year later and they’re still doing what they’re supposed to do. No issues.
Steve - 11/06/2021


Good solid anchoring points for upper crossbar assemblies.


Easy to install and have held up great with lots of use a weight. Would Definitely purchase again. Thanks for having something available for those that purchased a vehicle that never started with rails in the first place.

Subaru Forester

Installed in minutes with included tools. make sure to check all boxes for all parts (some bolts are in the podium box). Instructions are easy. Looks and works great on my new Forester. Already picked up two sheets of plywood and one of sheet rock with it.


Rack I ordered was delayed by the manufacturer, but
kept me updated on the status and offered alternatives. When it did arrive, no problem mounting on my vehicle. Everything was as advertised. Would not hesitate to order again.


Product received was as described and shipped in a timely manner. I would not hesitate to do business with them again.

continues to work just complaints at all
Bruce - 03/24/2021


Website was easy to order from. Items shipped immediately and were delivered quickly at no charge. Roof rack assembled in less than an hour. This is my second order from etrailer and I highly recommend them.

2010 Subaru Forester

Product is great. Shipping fast. Packing terrible. Box way too big for the 2 items etrailer shipped. What a waste of cardboard and paper.


Works as intended


I bought the rack for my niece and put it on her vehicle. Everything that I needed was included and went on with no glitches. She has used it for canoe and skis and is very happy with it.


I ordered a roof rack and it was delivered in a timely fashion. I had it installed and it looks great. Need to test out its functionality.

2014 Subaru Forester

Fit kit worked well. I had no problems using my fixed points on my Subaru Forester.


Parts arrived as promised, got installed on my Subaru and looks great. Can't wait to try it out.



fits like a glove - perfect...




Good rack and good service!


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