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Old 12-06-2007, 08:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got a set of Thule roof racks for my '05 OBW. I got them off Ebay and they are just the trays with the crossbars. What I need are the towers that attach to the OEM rack and then to the Thule crossbars. Anyone out there use Thule bike rack systems and if so, do you remember how much the towers were/are? I haven't stopped by my local bike shop yet for fear of how much they will be. I got the above at a steal so maybe I shouldn't complain. Anyway, any info would be appreciated. Maybe someone has a set for sale???? Thanks.
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Off hand, from the last time I was in a store with Yakima stuff, the towers where on the order of $75.

Don't quote me, though, you'd be better off going to the thule website and looking up what you want, or calling up your local store.
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And if you want locks for your towers (assuming Thule utilizes locks the way Yakima does), that's about another $75 for a set of 4.

What part of Northern WV are you from? Anywhere near Parkersburg?
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Ohhh, thats right, lock cores are separate on both Thule and Yakima.

I'm just looking at getting a box for my skis to mount on the factory crossbars. So I don't do so much
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You need the thule crossroad system which retails for $150

I got mine online for $120 free shipping from

http://www.rockcreek.com/products/listing/item9000.asp

It looks like it's going for $135 now

they are expensive but they are plenty strong.
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Ceezer, I am located in Fairmont, which is not too far from Parkerburg. Our club has ridden the Rail Trail down there but not in a while. I guess I will have to stop in the bike shop and see exactly what I need to complete my rack system. I kinda figured they would not be cheap. Thanks for all the info and for the nice pics.
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if you are looking for the mount that attaches to the OEM rails and you already have the square cross bars, it should be the Thule 450 Crossroad.
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Drewster, hey thanks for the info on the Thule racks that I need. Now that you have given me the model number, I can call around for pricing. Thanks again and finally I can haul my mountain bikes safely and securely. Happy Holidays to all.
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Best place I've found if buying new. Routinely have sales on both Yak and Thule up to 20% off. Watch REI... they too alternate sales.

http://www.orsracksdirect.com/

Otherwise, fleaBay is a good source if you know what you're looking for... but often times with shipping and ambiguity of final auction price, you're just as well off buying new if it's 20% off.
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when I bought the Yakima rack system the salesman twisted my arm to buy the lock cores. As I went to put them on I noticed that the real locking catch was in the towers. I twisted them to lock and put the black covers back on,turned 90 degrees, now they appear to be locked and I don't think anyone could figure out how to remove the units. Returned the cores. Conceal in plain sight!
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