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This smoothly designed rooftop carrier is perfectly suited for carrying all of your gear. The Sidekick is sure to keep golf clubs, camping supplies, and anything else you need safe and secure. The sporty design is a great addition to any vehicle.
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Today we are going to show you the Thule Sidekick roof mounted cargo carrier, part number TH682. The Sidekick features 8 cubic feet of storage space and only weighs 16 pounds. The lid opens from the passenger side and there are two locks, front and back, to secure the lid closed. The contour of the lid and the foam gasket help the box seal up and keep moisture out. Inside, the spring assisted hinges help you open the lid. Inside the box, you will find pre-drilled mounting holes for our U-bolt mounts. Thule includes a set of vinyl stickers to cover the unused mounting holes. This will help keep moisture out of the box. The Sidekick uses a U-bolt mounting system. The U-bolts go on the underside of your cross bar and come up through the bottom of your Sidekick. On the inside, the plate fits over the top of the U-bolts and the wing nuts secure the cargo box on to your crossbars. It is designed to fit most aftermarket and factory installed roof racks. Once we have all of the U-bolts in place and tightened down, we can go ahead and load the cargo into the Sidekick. And that does it for the Thule Sidekick, part number TH682.
Average Customer Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars (13 Customer Reviews)This smoothly designed rooftop carrier is perfectly suited for carrying all of your gear. The Sidekick is sure to keep golf clubs, camping supplies, and anything else you need safe and secure. The sporty design is a great addition to any vehicle.
Like many others, I found assembly to be...challenging. Something I found helpful was to attach the end supports first (the parts that prop the lid up when opened), BEFORE attaching the lid to the side hinges. The supports hold the lid up and allow some travel to better align holes for the hinges. Oh, I still had to get my legs inside the box for leverage and enlist the help of my 11 year-old son, but at least the lid didn't keep falling on my head while I did it! Contrary to other reviews I've read all over the web, I did not find the lid or base to be flimsy. When assembled, the carrier felt fairly solid. Mounting is incredibly easy using the factory rails from Subaru. Regarding size, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of room in the interior, as well as the wide opening when loading. We're mounting this on top of our 2009 Subaru Outback and it is making a significant impact on the amount of stuff that usually winds up piled in the kids' laps during trips. Overall a great product, a fantastic value, and the perfect solution to short or mid-range vacations. I would definitely recommend the Thule Sidekick to friends and might even offer to help with assembly...maybe. 107822
by: marvin mattson09/16/2013
I once had an old Yakima Cargo Box (white on top & gray bottom) & I backed out of my car port w/its lid open~~of course, I totaled it! So, I chose the small Thule Cargo Box & was disappointed in its construction. 1). The box was very flexible due to its light construction. 2). The box comes w/two locks. Couldn't get the rear lock to catch because either the lock-arm was too short or the catch mechanism was riveted too low. Anyway my Yakima was of sturdy plastic which I had for a number or years. It held about 15 cubic feet of gear instead of the 8 that this product holds. I wouldn't recommend this product to any of my friends. 100199
by: bonnie d10/07/2013
this item came as advertised. it isn't the easiest thing to put together but it works well and fits my Honda Fit. etrailer had the best price for this thule cargo box and they shipped promptly. 102833
by: Paul E.07/29/2011
We used this product for a family vacation to South Carolina. It did the expected job. 20582
Best price I found on this item. Very fast shipping. The Thule Sidekick is a good box for the price. It seems a little flimsy at first but is sturdy when monted to my roof racks. Have taken it on a couple of test runs and it did great. Easy to put together with a helper. I have a 2011 Honda Element and it lines up perfectly with the factory roof racks. Great for the occasional user. Sure beats the almost $500 price tag on the Honda factory box. 24074
Thule website said this fit my 2014 Subaru Outback. Not quite. I had to add two holes (one for each side) to get the rear clamp to work for the bar spread. It does swallow a lot of gear, so thumbs up. Also, got a little bit of water inside the box driving through a down pour in North Carolina. Replaced a Yakima RocketBox that was just way too long for this car, and had similar issues on the road. Quick shipment from etrailer. 144806
by: Helmut F.07/08/2013
Received product on date as indicated. Was disappointed that product was not in inventory when ordered??? Assemble was easy. Hinge installation need definitely two people. Screws for hinges in package not the same as in guide sheet, thus little gray capes for outside don't fit!!! 88152
by: Gary L04/15/2014
Great people to deal with, product fit exactly as they said it would, shipping was fast and at the door when they said it would be. I definitely will order more stuff I need from these folks. 125130
by: Tom F.01/09/2015
Great 'price match' deal and fine, fast service. Got it the following day the price match was approved, when I was expecting it to be delivered in 2 or 3 days afterward. Thank you! 168352
by: Susan Ross11/22/2010
cargo carrier I really like my cargo carrier once it was assembled but attaching the top to the bottom half was quite difficult. Now that it's done I am very happy with it. 3725
by: Kim P.04/03/2015
I received my product in an excellent, timely manner. This is the second time I have used etrailer and I would recommend them highly for future use. 182727
Great product, easy to install. Best price we found anywhere,even with express shipping! Arrived quickly as scheduled. Perfect size for a small SUV. 47072
by: Jim S.03/11/2011
You need 2 people to assemble this product in an efficient manner. It is as advertised. A very good inexpensive carrier. 9127
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