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Thule 682 Sidekick Rooftop Cargo Box

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  • Rooftop cargo box with 8 cubic feet of storage
  • Ideal for carrying camping gear and golf clubs
  • Side-opening design for easy loading and unloading
  • Mounts to most removable and factory roof racks
  • Measures 54 x 15.5 x 25 inches (W x H x D)
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Technical Details

Brand Thule
Item Weight 16.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 54 x 25 x 12 inches
Item model number 682
Manufacturer Part Number 682
OEM Part Number 682

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ASIN B0000WZYF4
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Date First Available December 11, 2003

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Thule Sidekick Cargo Box

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The Thule 682 Sidekick Rooftop Cargo Box is compact roof box tailor-made for small vehicles that need to conserve space. The 682 Sidekick allows for 8 cubic feet or up to 110-lbs of cargo per box makes it ideal for carrying small loads such as camping gear or golf clubs. The box is constructed UV and impact-resistent ABS plastic, ensuring years of durable wear. It is compatible with all Thule base racks, as well as most any aftermarket or factory roof rack, and installs/can be removed from your rack in minutes without the use of tools via the Thule U-bolt/knob mounting system. All the necessary mounting hardware and straps are included, and the unit is covered by a lifetime limited warranty.

The Thule 682 Sidekick Rooftop Cargo Box
A compact roof box tailor-made for small vehicles that need to conserve space.
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A Thule 682 Sidekick Rooftop Cargo Box opened from the passenger side
Easy, one-handed access to cargo from the passenger side.
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A schematic demonstration of the the assembly of the Thule 682 Sidekick Rooftop Cargo Box
Easy U-Bolt mounting system allows for use with virtually any rack in minutes.
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One of two side locks included with the Thule 682 Sidekick Rooftop Cargo Box
Dual single side locking system allows for dependable security.
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Get Your Gear Out of the Car and onto Your Roof

Thule's cargo boxes are designed with your active life in mind. Compatible with all Thule rack systems, as well as round bar and most factory racks, they allow you to get your gear out of your car and onto the top of your roof - saving precious interior space, keeping moisture out of your vehicle when hauling snowsport or watersport gear and securing items that would otherwise roll around during transit. They are innovative, built to last, are easy to load and unload and break down quickly and easily when the time comes. Finally, Thule's assortment of rooftop boxes gives you many options to transport your gear safely, easily and in style. Simply choose the one that best fits the length of your vehicle roof and rack and experience the difference they make in your travels.

Installation with the U-Bolt Mounting System

Installation and/or removal of the Sidekick Rooftop Cargo Box from your rack is easy and fast via Thule's U-Bolt mounting system. This nearly tool-free mounting system allows you to attach your rooftop box to virtually any roof rack in minutes. Each corner of the Sidekick has a series of four pre-bored holes aligned along the length of the box. Included U-Bolt hardware is slid up from the bottom, across the crossbars of your rack and into two of these four holes. Once through, the hardware attaches to one of the four supplied knobs. Simply twist the threaded knob to get a secure hold that you can count on, and easily remove as you please. Also included as part of this system are all the hardware needed. Because of the pre-bored holes, the Sidekick requires a minimum spacing of rack crossbars of 23⅝", and a maximum spacing of 32 1/16".

Simple Use, Stowage and Security

Once Thule's Sidekick Rooftop Cargo Box is installed it is extremely easy to use. Easy access to gear is guaranteed with Thule's passenger-side opening system built into the lid of Sidekick that also allows for one-handed usage, with the lid staying in place when opened. Finally, the Sidekick Rooftop Cargo Box provides for the security of your gear via two included locks to secure box contents and lock the box to the carrier.

What's in the Box

1-Thule 682 Sidekick Rooftop Cargo Box, 4-U-bolts and brackets, 4-knobs, 2-camlocks with keys, 1-sheet of vinyl hole covers, all necessary additional hardware, 1-user's manual/warranty card.

Key Features

  • Passenger-side cargo opening
  • Heavy-duty design protects gear and helps keep out the elements
  • Carries 8 cubic feet or up to 110-lbs of cargo per box
  • Includes 2 locks to secure box contents and lock the box to the carrier
  • Fits Thule rack systems, round bars and most factory racks

Technical Specifications

  • Storage - 8 cubic feet or up to 110-lbs of cargo per box
  • Length (in) - 54"
  • Width (in) - 25"
  • Height (in) - 15.5"
  • Weight (lbs) - 16 lbs
  • Mounting System - U-bolt
  • Box Opening - Single-side
  • Locking System - Dual side lock/lock bracket system
  • Capacity - Carries up to 2 sets of golf clubs (not compatible with skis)

Limited Lifetime Warranty

Thule will warranty all Thule brand car rack systems and its accessories manufactured by Thule during the time that an original retail purchaser owns the product. This warranty terminates if a purchaser transfers the product to any other person. No warranty is given for defects caused by normal wear and tear, cosmetic rust, scratches, accidents, unlawful vehicle operation, or modification of, or any types of repair of a load carrier system other than those authorized by Thule.

About Thule

Thule was founded in 1942 by the Thulin family, when Eric Thulen, a true lover of the outdoors, put the Thule name on a pike trap he designed and began to sell in Scandinavia. It wasn't long before he added other practical items to the company's portfolio. By the 1960s, the company began to concentrate on car-related products, including its first roof rack. The Thulin family sold Thule to the publicly listed company Eldon in 1979, and it has continued to grow both organically and through acquisitions ever since. The Thule Group is a world leader in providing transport solutions for an active life.


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I bought this with some skepticism, having read other reviews that gave it low marks, and also having bought Thule products in the past and cursed them as I tried assembling and installing them, what with missing pieces and the like.

Happily, this box is fine. It does seem flimsy when you're assembling it, and it even seems that way when it's open on top of the car. It seems to be engineered to be as light as possible, which it is, and that can be unnerving until you get it fastened down and locked closed.

Assembly: It's awkward. It took two of us, me and my 2 year old! Seriously. It's a bit hairy for one person to get it right, since you have to match the hinges with the sides of the "clam shell", and their fit doesn't seem quite right until you tighten them up well. Still, it went OK, about 20 minutes for me to do, far better than a Thule roof racks I installed some years back, where I was dealing with bent and missing parts. If you do this alone, you need to brace it well at an angle as you hook the top and bottom together. Much easier with two people.

Installation: Dead easy on the factory roof rack. (We have a Pontiac Aztek.) THERE IS NO NEED TO BUY ADDITIONAL BRACKETS, though when viewing ads for this, you might think so at first glance. The package includes 4 U-brackets which attach to your roof racks and are held inside by hand-swivel bolts (whatever they're called). One thing I added while doing the installation was to put duct tape over the inside holes for the U-brackets. There are several holes in each sequence, and you only use two out of 4 or 5; the others are exposed. Covering with tape might help keep spray out.

Performance: Pretty good! We drove 2300 miles with this unit, of which about 300 were in driving rain.
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Yes, this box is not as thick and heavy as the larger pro-line boxes....and that's precisely why I like it! It provides about 50% more storage space for my Outback wagon and looks nicely proportioned to the car (not like those bigger monster-sized boxes would look on top of a small wagon).

While some folks have said it took 2 people to assemble, I was able to do it myself just fine. It's also lightweight enough to put on and take off of the car by myself as well (I'm a middle-aged female). Once you start loading it up, it doesn't wobble around anymore and provides a good secure, dry enclosure. I was able to haul a tent, chairs, sleeping bags and other camping gear in it with no problems.

Well worth the money. Very nice product!
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We purchased the 682 on short notice because it served a need, and the price was right. Product was order and expedient shipping was requested. The cargo box arrived on the expected/promised day and was reasonably easy for me to assemble, though I could probably be considered an expert. Most would fare better, even much better, with an assistant - especially with connecting the top to the bottom.

Mounting to the roof of our 2004 Dodge Durango proved impossible without purchasing the horizontal crossbeams from Dodge. Which I had to do. For another $200. It would be helpful if the product description made mention of this, as any vehicle this would be attached to MUST have horizontal (width-spanning) bars, and for most cars these are aftermarket.

Once I got the braces from the local dealer and mounted those, the cargo box mounted with reasonable ease, with caveats. For one, mounting this thing to a high vehicle absolutely REQUIRES a six or eight foot ladder. It could not be mounted any other way without doing significant damage to vehicle and sanity. Also, it really needs to be mounted empty, and filled later. Some may not realize this.

Some complain the product is "flimsy." This is by design. We're putting something on the roof of the car, and filling it with stuff - the idea is for it to be as light as possible without sacrificing strength or utility. It is exactly as it should be.

Overall, a product I never thought I'd own, but I am happy with the purchase, and we will use it again and again. I would buy this exact product again without concern.
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I had some concerns purchasing based on other reviews, but overall, I was very happy. This was purchased for a trip from the Boston area to Orlando FL in April 2007. On the way down, we travelled through an enormous Nor'easter that flooded most of the east coast and substantial winds. When we arrived, everything was safe and dry, I was pretty surprised.

Assembles easily with 6 nuts and bolts, but you might want to have someonbe there as a free hand to hold the cover in place. Attaches to the vehicle with 8 wing nuts for the roof racks (we have a GMC Envoy, no problems with the racks, don't buy any extras).

It does feel a little flimsy when not attached to the vehicle and it's open, but at the end of the day, it's performance that matters, and it performed better than I thought it would. For the price, it's a very good value for the money.
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After doing some research and reading reviews on various cargo boxes, I decided on the reasonably-priced Sidekick. I'm glad I chose this particular cargo box for a couple of reasons: 1) it is solidly-built and well-constructed; 2) it is affordable - particlarly if you only plan on using it a few times a year; and 3) it is not too big, as many cargo boxes tend to be - 8 cubic feet is plenty for family trips to store things you don't need until you get to the beach, for example.

Assembly was pretty simple. I recommend you read the instructions ahead of time and get a few tools ready. I needed a helper for a few minutes while I got the hinges fastened (my 5 year-old did fine!) but otherwise it was a one-person job. The pair of locks work well and seem solid enough.

Just so I had no surprises on our first trip, I put the cargo box on my Dodge Magnum and drove around with it for a few days in town. It is a solid product...no wind noise to speak of and doesn't affect the way the car drives at all. In summary, it looks fine, works fine and costs hundreds less than most cargo boxes.

One final suggestion: measure the height of your garage door to make sure your car (with box mounted) will fit! It is so much nicer loading the car for a trip the night before and leaving it in the garage rather than loading up the morning of...in the driveway. Just as an example, my Magnum is a big car and I have 5 inches clearance under my standard-sized garage door opening and under the door opener.
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