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r1alvin

Thule Aeroblade Edge Roof rack + Lockrack SUP/Kayak transport rack Installed on naked TC Roof

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Whats up TC Group! I thought I would share a recent installation I performed on my '16 LWB TC. My van did not come with factory rails so I bought this fancy fixed mount kit from etrailer and it worked out incredible! I didn't have to drop the entire interior headliner to get this installed. I did, partially pull back the headliner on all 4 sides where I needed to access the holes from underneath. It was a bit tight but manageable.  I used some really long angle tip needle nosed pliers and some good lighting to find and install the hardware inside the roof. I also used larger fender washers under lock washers to spread the load better on the mounts and ensure no vibration loosening. Underneath the roof rack feet I applied a generous amount if silicone sealant to help prevent water ingress.  These kits did not come with the silicone sealant. The Lockrack is what I am using to carry my SUP board. I since moved the lockrack to the passenger side of the roof to access the arms more easily, but this rack is amazing it holds my ISUP even up to 70mph and doesn't budge. I used the T-Track fittings instead of the clamps, and I had to add a few fender washers underneath the lockrack fittings to raise it up so the removeable arms would clear the plastic caps on the end of the Thule rack. In addition , and this may or may not have been necessary, I installed a stubby antenna that I bought from ebay. Post up if you have any questions and I can try to answer them!
 
Here's what I ordered:

Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack - Fixed Mounting Points/Flush, Factory Side Rails - Aluminum - Silver

QTY. 1 Item # TH7603-TH7603

Fit Kit for Thule Podium-Style Roof Rack Feet - 3032

QTY. 1 Item # THKIT3032

Lockrack Adjustable Watersport Carrier - Kayak, Canoe, or 2 SUPs - Side Loading - Universal Mount

QTY. 1 Item # 339-LRUNISETX

 

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Edited by r1alvin

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