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Thule EVO WingBar Roof Rack with Roam Gear Boxes (mini review)

Discussion in '2.5 Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by BayRunner, Feb 27, 2022.

  1. Feb 27, 2022 at 2:51 PM
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    BayRunner

    BayRunner [OP] I’m here, except when I’m not

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    I was looking for a roof rack to carry gear for a heavy season of camping and travel and looked at the normal roof rack candidates. However, since I'm on the list for a much larger RTT, I did not want to permanently mount a rack that would interfere with this coming RTT. So, I opted for a Thule EVO WingBar rack which can easily be removed or moved when the new tent arrives.

    I am actually quite impressed with the Thule rack. It's a very solid unit and very well designed. I also mounted a couple of Roam 83L gear boxes on top. I am equally impressed with these Roam boxes.

    I just thought I'd post a few pics and parts list in case anyone was interested in this setup.

    Parts:
    Roof Rack :
    Wind Fairing
    • AirScreen XT for Thule Crossbars - 52" Long
      Item # TH22WV
    Roam Boxes

    T-Bolts (to mount Roam boxes to rack)

    Rubber Washer

    Flat Steel Washer

    • 1/4" x 1.25"flat steel washer from Lowes
    Screw Knobs


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  2. Feb 27, 2022 at 9:04 PM
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    I'd like to do a similar rack with yakima, but damn, these companies are really proud of these. $$
    :spending:
     
  3. Feb 28, 2022 at 5:35 AM
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    That they are. But if you really think about it, all rack prices are high. When I looked into a traditional cab roof rack, I didn’t think the price was too bad. However after tax and a high shipping cost was added, it was up there. At least with eTrailer, I got free shipping on the Thule rack.

    Not that familiar with the Yakima setup, but I know they have a good reputation. I was looking at the Go Rhino rack, but didn’t like how you had to remove the end caps and rubber strip to insert T-bolts in the track. The Thule has 2 rubber strips/seals on each side of the track and the T-bolt slides in between the rubber strips. This helps prevent any wind whistling. See pic below.

    Even though their expensive, the quality is really good and have no regret. I’m sure Yakima has the same superior quality.

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  4. Feb 28, 2022 at 5:58 AM
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    Are you using a thread locker on the thumb screws? I’d be worried about those loosening up. I’d be inclined to go with a nylon insert nut or similar.
     
  5. Feb 28, 2022 at 6:19 AM
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    I’m using lock washers. I primarily used these thumb knobs because they are bigger than traditional nuts and provide more surface area against the washers. They are also taller so there’s more thread to hold onto the T-bolt. Even though it’s a (quote, unquote) thumb screw, it’s not coming off by hand. It is quite secure.
     
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