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I'm looking to get a cargo box for my 2017 outback. The roof rack folds out as crossbars. Do I need extra installation equipment? Any recommendations of what I should get and with affordability in mind? I've never bought one and I'm looking for ease of installation and not having to buy extra parts. It seems like I can get them used but I'm not sure If certain cargo boxes are compatible with my 2017 outback. Any help is appreciated.
 

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Cargo boxes seem to be designed for as universal fit as possible but you can check various manufacturer websites or videos for dimensions and such.

Also consider what you're using the cargo box for - if it's a one-time trip then it doesn't need to be the most rugged thing in the world but if you're going to be leaving it on the car and using it frequently then maybe you need something that will stand the test of time opening and closing hundreds of times and resisting attempts at theft.

Lots of youtube videos that show installation and use of the many options out there, and your roof rack with the swing out bars are the same as any 2015-2019 Outback except for the Touring trim that had a different rack.
 

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Give a look see on your local Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. People buy these for one-off's then realize they have no use and unload. Thule, Yakima and others can be found, usually saving $100 off list.

The major players have designs for about any roof cross bar system, Subaru included.
 
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I use a Thule Force 16 Cu Ft model.. imo that is the largest practical size for an outback.

It is easy to install, you dont need to buy anything
there is a knob inside that you tighten.. here is a video showing how it works..easy:

but it is heavy to lift overhead, plan on having a helper

here is a new model, it is more square, and shiny, but the same 16 cubic foot size as the one I have:

the key info is 16 Cubic feet, not more

this is what it looks like on my car.. Im very happy w it btw, its a great size for me.



the width fits nicely between the rails.

fwiw, I cannot open my sunroof past the first step, I have a type of sunroof that raises a window upwards when it opens.. and it hits the roof box.. if I try to open the sunroof all the way.

Thule cargo boxes at REI dont list the cubic feet, they list liters instead..450 liters is the one I call 16 cubic feet, Thule also marks it as L for large..

this is a 16 cu ft, 450 liter, L, model at REI
btw, REI has sales of cargo boxes that people return.. It is worth asking when that is going to happen again.. you can save money on something that may have only been slightly used.
 

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I bought the extra Lg. Thule from my dealer. $579 minus 15% off coupon. extends your cargo capacity by 50%. This really helped on our trip. It is noisy at highway speeds. I would consider the regular size carrier because it would be easier to lift onto car and store when not in use. As others have said, It clamps on security.
 

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I use a Yakima Skybox on my 2015. Overall, I like it. The pros are that it mounts easily on the factory bars, it carries a what I want (mostly skis, some camping gear) and it looks good, too. The cons are that it blocks my moonroof / sunroof and can be a bit noisy. I got mine at REI for 20% off during one of their sales. Here are some pictures:

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Here’s a quick read, I‘m very happy with my Inno Wedge 660 in white (so I’m not cooking my contents inside, especially in the Summer). The 660 is smaller, 11 & 13 cu. ft.:

 

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Hello

I'm looking to get a cargo box for my 2017 outback. The roof rack folds out as crossbars. Do I need extra installation equipment? Any recommendations of what I should get and with affordability in mind? I've never bought one and I'm looking for ease of installation and not having to buy extra parts. It seems like I can get them used but I'm not sure If certain cargo boxes are compatible with my 2017 outback. Any help is appreciated.
I have an as new Thule Evolution sitting in my basement I'd sell if you're anywhere near Lake Tahoe
 

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Not sure of the Cubic Ft. The seller said he had it for years and loved it. When I head up to my place in Upstate NY. the gear goes in there so the dogs have room in the Outback to sprawl out! Not it came with all the Hardware
I see it's a thule , what size is it? Did you need any extra hardware to mount it on the car?
 

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I have an as new Thule Evolution sitting in my basement I'd sell if you're anywhere near Lake Tahoe
Which size? Asking price? Family member interested for a Subaru Ascent


Back to main topic.. I searched Craigslist and got mine for practically new for 20% off. Yakima Skybox 16. Just the right size … didn’t even need to set the height on power lift gate to prevent it from touching the rear of the box.

16cu feet is the magic number as what another member mentioned

EDIT: Some parking garages are low (<7ft) like old school Reno, NV casinos and garages in San Francisco. Most houses also are just at 7ft, so you can’t drive into your garage without taking off the box first. If concerned you can get a low profile box (see pics posted above), but mind you can’t fit chunkier stuff with a low profile box


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Which size? Asking price? Family member interested for a Subaru Ascent


Back to main topic.. I searched Craigslist and got mine for practically new for 20% off. Yakima Skybox 16. Just the right size … didn’t even need to set the height on power lift gate to prevent it from touching the rear of the box.

16cu feet is the magic number as what another member mentioned

EDIT: Some parking garages are low (<7ft) like old school Reno, NV casinos and garages in San Francisco. Most houses also are just at 7ft, so you can’t drive into your garage without taking off the box first. If concerned you can get a low profile box (see pics posted above), but mind you can’t fit chunkier stuff with a low profile box


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