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Thule AeroBlades - Pics

Just installed these yesterday. Thule ARB47 AeroBlade Load Bars, 460R Rapid Podium Foot Pack and KIT4019 fit kit. The AeroBlades are powder coated black.
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Old 04-08-2012, 03:10 PM
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Nice looking bars in black. Never seen those black before but it looks good
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Re: Thule AeroBlades - Pics

Thanks for the good photos, and for the specific part numbers.
The bars look good.
What can you tell us about Wind Noise?
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I have the bars spread as far front and back as they will go. Used a little dB app on my iPhone before and after. Noted about a 2dB increase at highway speeds. I can hear a bit of wind noise but by no means annoying. Suspect when I put my kayak cradles up things will get a lot noisier.
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Read this thread and find out more. I have no noise at all with my bars install. There is pictures and comments on what did I do to help on that and help other find the spot.
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Aaah! White Gold!
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Read this thread and find out more. I have no noise at all with my bars install. There is pictures and comments on what did I do to help on that and help other find the spot.
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Thanks for the tips on the spacing of the crossbars for my racks. I'll try that and record the difference.
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Re: Thule AeroBlades - Pics

Yeah, those are a great set up! I surf, so those would work great! Question, do you need to cover the blades with foam or some other "cushion" between them and whatever your strapping down to them? I see alot of swimming pool foam tubes being used. They work great, just look cheesy is all. And how much weight can each one carry?
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I carry surf, windsurf and sup and dont use foam pads the rack has rubber inserts on the top where it might touch the boards.
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Yeah, those are a great set up! I surf, so those would work great! Question, do you need to cover the blades with foam or some other "cushion" between them and whatever your strapping down to them? I see alot of swimming pool foam tubes being used. They work great, just look cheesy is all. And how much weight can each one carry?
I would agree with nonopr01, the rubber strip along the top of the aerobar would be the contact point with a surfboard I expect. Thule does have quite a selection of brackets specifically for surfboards. The most common simply looks like the pads such as the one here. In terms of load capacity it looks like 165 lbs per pair and Thule claims they are the strongest bars with a vertical load test of more than 800 lbs. Not something I would want to test myself.
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Those pad just bring noise problems when the car is in motion. Plus hurt the aero of the car.
I dont use them but you can if you want. Cheers....
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