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Thule Fairings

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Price: $99.95 & FREE Shipping. Details
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32 Inches
  • Aerodynamic profile and performance decreases wind resistance and noise
  • Integrated struts and bar clamps simplify installation
  • Increased rigidity to prevent wind-slap
  • Compatible with Thule square bars, Rapid Aero load bars without blocking T-Track
  • Available in four different sizes: 32", 38", 44", 55"
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Thule 870XT Thule Roof Rack Fairing (32-Inches) + Thule 480 Traverse Foot Pack (Set of 4)
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Product Description

The Thule Fairing cuts down on the drag and wind noise that your Thule bars make when you're blasting down the highway on your way to parts unknown with a roof full of gear. Thule Fairings are cake to install, and use rubber bumpers and anti-scuff film to protect your vehicle's finish. Editors Note: Please call if you aren't certain what parts you need to install your rack.

Product Details

Style: 32 Inches
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 8 x 3 inches ; 2.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B00152SA4K
  • Item model number: 870xt
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,578 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

Great fairing, looks good, works well.
T. King
I installed this on my factory VW roof rack with a few modifications and it works perfectly.
P. Gorman
Before having the wind fairing, there was loud wind noise as well as whistling.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

135 of 138 people found the following review helpful By M M on September 12, 2010
If you're looking to enhance the look of your roof rack (and are willing to fork out the $$), feel free to buy the Thule fairing (although make sure that you measure correctly). But if noise is your problem, try moving the bars. Better yet, before trying anything else, use a trick that a guy at local camping store told me about. Take a thin utility cord/rope. Tie it to one end of the front crossbar and wrap it repeatedly around the crossbar to the other end of the front crossbar (spaced about an inch or so per loop) where you tie it tight. Can disrupt the airflow enough to break the noise - basically got rid of all of the noise from my rack. I used a 10 foot cord which cost $1.60. Doesn't look as cool as a fairing (esp. if you're stuck with the purple cord which was all they had when I bought it), but much cheaper and no one will steal it from your car. And you don't have to move the bars so that you can't use them.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Andy on March 24, 2011
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I have Thule's square bars and the fairing works as advertised, totally eliminating the howling sound from the bars without creating an additional wind noise. As others have suggested, the assembly is a little complicated; it's very doable, just don't wait until the last second because it takes some time to decipher the pictures in the assembly guide. Included with the fairing is a set of clear plastic stickers that you apply to the roof where the fairing feet touch the roof. This prevents the feet from making rub marks on your paint.

Note on roof boxes: you should remove the fairing when you use a roof box. You want the air to go under the box; the fairing and box together will trap the air, creating wind resistance. Thule doesn't mention this anywhere. Fortunately the fairing is easy to remove and reinstall. Just tilt the fairing upwards and the arms will disengage from the plastic clips. I'd leave the plastic clips on the bars as they'll probably break if you remove them.

Before you buy the fairing though I'd try the trick another reviewer suggested, where you wrap a rope or bungee cord around the front bar to eliminate the wind noise.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. P. Nessel on January 26, 2009
Style Name: 44 Inches Verified Purchase
Great product. It's easy to install (most can be done on the couch without going outside), and it greatly reduces wind noise - it's as if there was no roof rack on your car. Lastly, it looks cool.

I was also hoping for an improvement in gas mileage, but it's bitter winter and I use a lot of heating and drive on snow tires, so I can't tell if it helps or not.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Milashka on May 13, 2012
Style Name: 38 Inches Verified Purchase
After years of putting up with wind noise I finally invested in the fairing (a kind of expensive piece of plastic) for my Thule roof rack. It does cut down on wind noise, and my gas mileage improved by 1-2 miles. The fairing was easy to assemble - just pay close attention to the instructions and the drawings. The only downside is that once it's assembled, there is no way you can take it apart again, so make sure to read the instructions carefully, or get additional help online or by calling Thule.

You may also want to research exactly what size fairing you need. I went to the Thule website to double-check the measurements I took, and got confused by their descriptions referring to cars with gutters or railings. I thought that the "lips" along the side of my car's roof are gutters/railings and thus, I ended up ordering, from Amazon, a fairing that seemed about 6" too small. I called Thule to verify the correct length and after reviewing my situation and their description Thule (not Amazon) did a warranty exchange and send me a replacement fairing of the correct size. I did not need to return the smaller fairing (which is impossible to do once it's put together). I thought this was simply incredible customer service - it shows that they stand behind their product and value their customers - no matter where the product was ordered from.

Used and appreciated on a 1992 Volvo 245. It's easy to keep clean and so far - after about 6 months - shows no signs of wear.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. King on September 29, 2008
Style Name: 44 Inches
Great fairing, looks good, works well.
Difficult to assemble the middle connectors though...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By michael on October 4, 2014
Style Name: 44 Inches Verified Purchase
My roof racks used to sound like this on the freeway,
"wallawallawallafwpfwapwallafpwpw"

Now that I installed the THULE fairing, they sound like this,
"fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff"

Now is much more better and gooder.

I have factory VW roofracks, which are made by Thule; HOWEVER, the VW & Audi racks made by Thule are not at all similar to the Thule roofracks sold in stores. For VW & Audi, regular Thule accessories will fit just fine...but fairings (like this one) are a custom install. I had to take my front rack off, drill holes, custom fit, MacGyver some screws. You can google & find the info on VW forums about how to do this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Gonzales on February 17, 2014
Style Name: 44 Inches Verified Purchase
Bought this for my GTI MKV. Installed on my OEM VW roof rack with some minor work, looks great and serves its function...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Chan on January 19, 2014
Style Name: 38 Inches Verified Purchase
I have used fairings on my previous cars with great success in reducing wind noise. But, unfortunately this application of the fairing on my '05 Volvo V50 was slightly off. After installation, the fairing sits too forward and on the sunroof of my wagon and rubs on the sunroof glass when retracting. My Thule rack was properly installed at my local Rack & Road shop, so I know with confidence that the rook rack placement is correct.
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