I wonder if there's any update on the Thule bars before I order the Rhino bars.... The good news? That IS happening in 2020 per a recent discussion I had with their US tech department. Bad news is it’ll be Oct 2020 before they are rolled out due to COVID-19 delays. If I can figure out how to post pics, I’ll do so shortly. Hope this helps.
I received my order (changed from the black crossbars to aluminum finish) and installed it on my SOT. I can confirm there is enough room for the top to open and close with the crossbars installed.I just ordered the items below for my 1-Touch. I have to wait an extra week or so because the Black Aero Crossbars were not in stock at etrailer.
Is the noise bad on the highway with just the racks? Others have mentioned that it can be very loud at speeds over 40? I'm looking for something to carry surfboards. Soft racks can have noise anyway, but I can take those off.I received my order (changed from the black crossbars to aluminum finish) and installed it on my SOT. I can confirm there is enough room for the top to open and close with the crossbars installed.
One thing to consider is the added height of the vehicle due to addition of the tall bars. Mine (stock Willys trim) still fits in my 7ft tall garage door with a. few inches to spare. Pretty much any accessories (bike/kayak racks) attached to the crossbars would not allow it to fit into the garage. I have a low profile Kuat roof bike rack that I think will just fit ... anyway, just mentioning it as something to consider. For those of you with a lift and larger tires, you may want to measure twice before attempting to drive in/out of your garage.
I only had them on for a short time but, yes, there is additional noise. I haven't been on the highway with them. I only plan to install them when I use them. IMO, they are easy to put on and take off; 4-easy to access bolts for each bar. I don't want them on all the time due to the noise and I prefer the clean look without then installed.Is the noise bad on the highway with just the racks? Others have mentioned that it can be very loud at speeds over 40? I'm looking for something to carry surfboards. Soft racks can have noise anyway, but I can take those off.
The Aerobars may hold up to 200 pounds themselves but what is the SOT rated for? As far as I can tell, there is no specified weight rating for the SOT top so any weight you add is at your own risk. Also, what accessories can you add to the Thule bars? Are you limited to just Thule accessories or can we install other brand items like baskets or awnings even?Yes! In July of 2021, THULE is coming out with an updated 300R 8" and 11" high Rain Gutter Mount that works with the whisper quiet THULE Aerobar and THULE EvoWing load bars (not the old, traditional "square" bars). I just installed a beta product test sample directly from THULE that I received last week on my 2020 Jeep RUBICON with the Sky Touch retractable top. They new mounts are absolutely awesome. They do not creak like my old square bars, and the Aerobars hold up to 200 lbs of properly distributed weight. Most importantly, they are nearly silent at interstate speeds of up to 75 mph. Just a stellar new product. So stay on the look out for them later in 2021. I can't recommend them enough. Help is on the way!
Thanks for reaching out to Thule and helping to make this happen. I'm picking up my 4xe this week, with a SOT top, and am looking for a good way to carry my two Bote hardshell paddle boards on top. Total weight of the setup would be under 100 pounds. But I do wonder if, at say 65mph, the upward force on the boards might put a lot of pressure on the gutter/mount interface and cause the gutters to crack or separate from the rest of the shell. But there's probably a way of alleviating that force, by running a taut static cord from the boards to the windshield tie-down bumpers. Wondering if anyone else has thoughts/experience with this?These THULE and YAKIMA systems are much tighter and very easy to install but are intended only to carry bikes, a piece or two of plywood, ladders, kayaks, paddleboards and other relatively light objects and materials.