2012 Roof Rack Install - THULE AeroBlades! - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum > Ford Focus Third Generation > MK3 Focus

MK3 Focus The place to chat about general questions, window tinting, exterior body, interior and lighting upgrades for the third generation 2012-Current Focus.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-31-2011, 10:27 PM   #1
wilsonfocus86
Focus Addict
 
wilsonfocus86's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Fan#: 23099
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
What I Drive: 14 Fusion 2.0

Posts: 1,156
FF Reputation: 3 wilsonfocus86 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
2012 Roof Rack Install - THULE AeroBlades!

Hey all you other Focus lovers... I know I've seen a few of you talking about a roof rack for our new 2012's. A handful of people have had some Q&A's about this and that in other threads...I guess we can start here with a bunch of pictures with my fresh install of THULE's new AeroBlade Load Bar system! It's killer sick I love it

This was my shopping list that I needed for the AeroBlade Load Bars/2012 Focus-(Fit Kit), and this is my first ever roof rack on any car I've had: (I ordered my stuff from RackAttack.com)

x1 Thule 480R Rapid Traverse Foot Pack
x1 Thule ARB53 53 Inch AeroBlade Load Bars
x1 Thule Traverse Fit Kit 1627 (2012 Ford Focus)
x2 Thule 516 Prologue
x2 Thule XADAPT9 Adapter Kit (if you get the AeroBlade Load Bars) --pic 6 from top--
x1 Thule 596 6-pack Lock Cores (have to keep it locked up safe )

(I didn't order what Ford has in their "Ford Accessories", they have the standard 480 foot pack, etc - I have the upgraded/top of the line system)

Now, onto some tasty pictures...

















It was a pretty easy install, and with some YouTube how-to videos (credit RackAttack) and paying close attention to the instructions (do reference), it went smoooooth

I'll answer as much as I can to a specific question you have, rather than write a book on here.. Just wanted to get detailed photos up for everyone interested!

As for wind noise. These are THULE's "quietest bars every made". They foot the bill. It was pretty windy here today in Central FL, so it was mostly the crosswinds causing a faint 'whistle'. I think they will be 'silent' IMO, the air should just flow over them as they are modeled after airplane wings! They were pretty quiet on my way to work this morning, didn't notice any wind noise so much, (55mph).

Thanks for looking!

Q&A welcome


(please don't "QUOTE" my thread-start, if you have a question I will answer it asap. We don't need to see all the pictures again in your post, haha)


__________________
"If in doubt.. Flat out." - Colin McRae
wilsonfocus86 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 10-31-2011, 10:49 PM   #2
Twenty
Sonic's Mk3 Crew #17
 
Twenty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Fan#: 90312
Location: Calgary, Canada
What I Drive: 2012 YB SE sedan w/ ST exterior

Posts: 4,324
Points 21,697, Level 92
Points: 21,697, Level: 92 Points: 21,697, Level: 92 Points: 21,697, Level: 92
Level Up 35% Completed
Level up: 35% Level up: 35% Level up: 35%
Forum Activity 10%
Activity: 10% Activity: 10% Activity: 10%
FF Reputation: 9 Twenty Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (2)
Looks really good!
__________________
officialTHREETWENTY
2012 YB Focus SE Sedan [featured in Performance Ford, Sept '14]
1992 BW Grand Prix SE Sedan [restomod project]
SR#74/SMk3C#17/YBOC#03
Bill M.
Twenty is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-31-2011, 10:51 PM   #3
downincircles
Focus Enthusiast
 
downincircles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Fan#: 88881
Location: Buffalo, NY
What I Drive: 2012 Yellow Blaze Focus SE 5 Door

Posts: 141
FF Reputation: 1 downincircles Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Too bad it's a Trek ;)

(Giant sponsors my team :-p)
__________________
2012 Focus SE - Yellow Blaze - 5 Door - Manual - 203a - Sport Package - Winter Package - Moon Roof - G2 Caliper Paint - Autovation Pedals
downincircles is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-31-2011, 11:29 PM   #4
wilsonfocus86
Focus Addict
 
wilsonfocus86's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Fan#: 23099
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
What I Drive: 14 Fusion 2.0

Posts: 1,156
FF Reputation: 3 wilsonfocus86 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by downincircles View Post
Too bad it's a Trek ;)

(Giant sponsors my team :-p)
I'm due for an upgrade! I just ride recreationally anyways. Got the bike in '09..but after buying a new car/roof rack..a new bike is on hold for a little..haha
__________________
"If in doubt.. Flat out." - Colin McRae
wilsonfocus86 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-01-2011, 09:59 AM   #5
Focus805
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Fan#: 90582
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
What I Drive: 2012 Frosted Glass SEL HB 300A

Posts: 230
Points 740, Level 14
Points: 740, Level: 14 Points: 740, Level: 14 Points: 740, Level: 14
Level Up 40% Completed
Level up: 40% Level up: 40% Level up: 40%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 1 Focus805 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Would the 47 inch bars have worked? Did you have that choice? Thanks
Focus805 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-01-2011, 10:50 AM   #6
wilsonfocus86
Focus Addict
 
wilsonfocus86's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Fan#: 23099
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
What I Drive: 14 Fusion 2.0

Posts: 1,156
FF Reputation: 3 wilsonfocus86 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I could check that out (measure it) this afternoon. But since I threw in my car model information, 53" is what is recommended for the fit. Because I think there isn't enough space for a 47". On both sides (say on the front load bar from the tip to the foot) there is less than 3", so you would need at least 6" total to drop it down to 47"..which is why I don't think it'll work. Of course you can choose what you want, but they may correct you when detailing your order.

Posted via FF Mobile
wilsonfocus86 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-01-2011, 06:55 PM   #7
Focus805
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Fan#: 90582
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
What I Drive: 2012 Frosted Glass SEL HB 300A

Posts: 230
Points 740, Level 14
Points: 740, Level: 14 Points: 740, Level: 14 Points: 740, Level: 14
Level Up 40% Completed
Level up: 40% Level up: 40% Level up: 40%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 1 Focus805 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by wilsonfocus86 View Post
I could check that out (measure it) this afternoon. But since I threw in my car model information, 53" is what is recommended for the fit. Because I think there isn't enough space for a 47". On both sides (say on the front load bar from the tip to the foot) there is less than 3", so you would need at least 6" total to drop it down to 47"..which is why I don't think it'll work. Of course you can choose what you want, but they may correct you when detailing your order.

Posted via FF Mobile
Thanks -- looks great BTW
Focus805 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-01-2011, 08:44 PM   #8
wilsonfocus86
Focus Addict
 
wilsonfocus86's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Fan#: 23099
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
What I Drive: 14 Fusion 2.0

Posts: 1,156
FF Reputation: 3 wilsonfocus86 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
^Bro...I dunno. It would be a pretty tight fight it's like right on the edge from trying to stick a tape measure up to it. Are you wanting to check out the 47" for cost difference or preference or...? Just curious! But I would just call one of the websites to see if it would for sure fit, or even if they would recommend using the 47"

Thanks
__________________
"If in doubt.. Flat out." - Colin McRae
wilsonfocus86 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-02-2011, 12:40 AM   #9
rubsterob
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Fan#: 90929
Location: Highland, CA
What I Drive: 2012 race red hatch

Posts: 123
FF Reputation: 1 rubsterob Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
does your sunroof still open?
rubsterob is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-02-2011, 05:51 AM   #10
irongiant
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Fan#: 86331
Location: Apple Valley, CA
What I Drive: 2012 SGM Focus Hatch

Posts: 14
FF Reputation: 1 irongiant Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Looks like from the pics the sunroof is still fully functional. It's a clean install. I've been looking for a solution for taking my bike to the trail. Do you mind telling us how much the set up cost all said and done?
irongiant is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:16 PM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Audi S3, Ford Fusion and Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area. Challenger Hellcat - Charger Hellcat