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Recommended Thule Black Roof Rack for 2018 Ford Explorer XLT

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I am getting a new 2018 Ford Explorer that has the factory roof rails but no cross bars. I want the black Thule cross bars. What do I need to order to get it to attach to the factory roof rails? Please advise.

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There are two options for your desired black Thule Crossbars on your 2018 Ford Explorer.

Option one is to use the Thule WingBar Evo- 53" # TH711420, Podium Foot Pack # TH460R, Fit Kit # THKIT3151, and locks # TH450400.

Option two is to use the Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack # TH7603B-TH7604B along with Fit Kit # THKIT3151, and locks # TH450400. This is a lower profile option with more of a factory look but you won't have as much usable bar space.

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Mike B.

I am looking to put a hullivator on my 2018 Ford Explorer. I see I can get a rail system for the roof rack and want to know if I can then put the hullivator on those rails. Thanks Be safe

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Reply from Chris R.

Yes, with the appropriate crossbars installed on your 2018 Ford Explorer, the Thule Hullavator # TH898 will fit and work well. For the actual roof rack you'll want to go with the WingBar setup mentioned above but with longer bars, specifically parts # TH711520 , # TH460R , and # THKIT3151 .

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