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Old 12-19-2009, 03:43 PM   #1
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Thule Fairing Fitiment

I've had my Thule 753 for a little while now and I just picked up a used fairing for it. Its 44" in total length.

I went to put it on and the two outside clips will end up right where the mounting feet meets the the load-bar. So I can't put the two outside ones on.

I've looked at pictures of others on this forum and they seem to have all 4 clips inside the mounting feet but the one I have isn't like that.

Any insight would be appreciated.
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Old 12-23-2009, 02:25 PM   #2
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Old 12-23-2009, 02:27 PM   #3
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Old 12-23-2009, 02:29 PM   #4
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Thats your opinion, To each his own. I've never used Yakima stuff.
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Old 12-23-2009, 02:33 PM   #5
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Yakima > Thule. Live and learn.


I've got the old school fairing on my Thule and it fits fine. I take it you have the newer style one?
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Old 12-23-2009, 02:47 PM   #6
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I've got the old school fairing on my Thule and it fits fine. I take it you have the newer style one?
I've got a newish yakima and a newish thule. The yakima is better. Round bars > square bars, especially when it comes time to fit the fairing.
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Old 12-23-2009, 02:50 PM   #7
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thule doesn't just use the square bars anymore, they have the rounded style ones too now
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Old 12-23-2009, 02:52 PM   #8
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Cool man. You've got your opinions, I've got mine. I personally think that Thule products are crafted better than Yakima. I've got a Yakima ski holder on my Thule rack and the quality is much worse than my girlfriend's Thule ski holder on her car. The Thule bike trays are also tremendous as far as quality.
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Old 12-23-2009, 03:01 PM   #9
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Cool man. You've got your opinions, I've got mine. I personally think that Thule products are crafted better than Yakima. I've got a Yakima ski holder on my Thule rack and the quality is much worse than my girlfriend's Thule ski holder on her car. The Thule bike trays are also tremendous as far as quality.
Thule or Yakima bike trays are grossly overpriced.

www.rockymounts.com

I agree that the ski attachment seems a bit better on the thule. But that fact is overshadowed by the round bars. That thule is now selling round bars kinda proves my point.

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Old 12-23-2009, 03:35 PM   #10
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The fairing on my thule rack has all 4 feet within the mounting brackets. does it wobble? I would assume that 2 would be sufficient especially with the down force of wind at higher speeds.

I have rockymount trays for my bikes, and they are a good bang for ur buck.
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Old 12-23-2009, 04:45 PM   #11
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I didn't mount it at all yet. I thought about trying it with just 2 mounts but I didn't want to take the chance because I was leaving for my regualy 2000+km Christmas roadtrip.

I will try it with 2 mounts when I get home in the new year.
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Old 12-23-2009, 04:54 PM   #12
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I recently took my Yakima off. I recommend puting some pieces of a clearbra-like materials where the fairing meets the car. It'll save your paint.
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Old 05-15-2010, 09:49 PM   #13
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Sorry to bump this old thread, but I'm having the same problem.

The Thule Catalog suggest the 872xt (44") Fairing for the 753 on the Coupe.

ORS Suggests the 871xt (38") Medium Fairing for the same 753 on the e46 Coupe.

I take it from pictures I've seen posted that the 38" model is probably the best one to use, because there's just no way to mount the fairings outside attachments to the 753.

Anyone got pics of a 44" Fairing on a Coupe? I need to know how the hell ya got it on there.
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Old 05-15-2010, 11:51 PM   #14
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I bought the 872(44") when I got my Thule 753 rack. The fairing is simply too big. This is for a sedan if it makes any difference. I would get the 38".
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Old 05-16-2010, 05:56 PM   #15
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Thanks.

Swapped the 44" for the 38" and it fits perfectly.

Now there's a 95% assembled 44" at the local REI.

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Thule or Yakima bike trays are grossly overpriced.

www.rockymounts.com

I agree that the ski attachment seems a bit better on the thule. But that fact is overshadowed by the round bars. That thule is now selling round bars kinda proves my point.

Any opinions on OEM w/ rockmount vs. a Thule 753? Are square bars also louder than the OEM rounded design? Looks like pricing is about the same for either option, this is the first mention I've found regarding the bar design. Planning to pull the trigger soon - thanks in advance for additional feedback
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:28 PM   #17
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Just bought a Thule 753 from Craigslist. The seller had the rack on a M5. Must be the larger wind fairing because I have run into the same problem where the 2 outter clips run into the rack/roof mounts. As a partial remedy, I have gone Thule arm clips sandwiched between the rack pole and the rack/roof mount. Does not look perfect, but it should not go anywhere! I can get a pic posted if anyone needs one.
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:51 PM   #18
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I would like to see a pic if you got one. 44" looks way better than the 38 IMO
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:57 AM   #19
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Does anyone know how to get the 44" fairing on the thule 753 racks? 44" looks way better IMO too
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The arm things don't line up correctly. You could probably drill your own holes in the 44" fairing and move them. You'd have some extra holes in it that would probably whistle like hell unless you patched em or covered them with something
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