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Recommended Thule Roof Rack to Replace Factory Crossbars on 2017 Subaru Outback


The factory installed roof rack CROSSBARS wiggle and dont seem solid for mounting my Thule SUP rack. I understand we can remove the factory installed cross bars and use pads, feet or a kit to mount thule cross bars to the factory installed side roof rack? If so, what fit kit do you recommend?


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You can indeed use the factory provided fixed points in the side rails to mount aftermarket crossbars. The actual rack needed will depend on whether or not you have the touring model.

If you have the touring model and have flush mounted rails running front to back, you can use the Thule Roof rack made of of the following parts: # TH711220, # TH710601, and # TH186047.

If you DO NOT have the touring model, I recommend the roof rack made of parts # TH7601-TH7601, and # THKIT4063.

Thule warns against using the sunroof while the rack is in place. Opening, venting or retracting the sunroof with the rack in place will damage it.

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Mike L

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