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2003 Kia Rio Roof Rack by Thule

Roof Rack Includes:

Thule Rapid Traverse Roof-Rack Foot Pack
Thule Roof-Rack Fit Kit for Traverse Foot Packs - 1198


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Part Numbers: TH480R,THKIT1198

Retail:$284.90

Price:$225.90

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Thule Rapid Traverse Roof-Rack Foot Pack
part number: TH480R

If your roof is naked, dress it up with the Thule Rapid Traverse. This revolutionary, vehicle-specific system is the ultimate base rack, boasting the strongest hold, the best fit and the easiest installation of any rack on the market, bar none.

Features:

  • Revolutionary, vehicle-specific roof-rack system
    • Mounts to naked roof using custom Traverse fit kit
    • Works with Thule Rapid Aero and AeroBlade load bars
      • Traverse kit includes load bar end caps
  • Patented MaxClamp technology
    • Holds the rack to the vehicle more securely than other systems on the market
  • Integrated AcuTight tensioning tool
    • Indicates when the rack is safely and properly attached to the vehicle
    • Ensures safest and most consistent installation
    • Stores inside the foot
  • Exclusive EZAssemble design
    • Uses 50 percent fewer parts than other leading brands
    • Installs in half the time required for competing products
  • Convenient, vehicle-specific fit kit brackets snap into place effortlessly - no tools or fasteners required
  • Handy OneTouch bar lock
    • Allows you to set the rack position once and never have to do it again
  • Lockable outer cover with bold, contemporary styling
    • Hides and protects foot interior
    • Blends flawlessly with any roofline to create an integrated appearance
    • Secures with Thule One Key locking system (sold separately)
  • Entire system installs and removes in a snap
  • Made in USA


Specs:

  • Quantity: 4 feet
  • Required:
    • Thule Rapid Aero or AeroBlade load bars
    • Thule vehicle-specific Traverse fit kit
  • Optional: Thule One Key system locks to secure rack to vehicle
    • 4 Locking cylinders are needed
  • Limited lifetime warranty


The Thule Rapid Traverse foot pack is the ultimate vehicle-specific base rack, providing the strongest hold, the most accurate fit and the easiest installation of any rack on the market.

AcuTight Tensioning Tool for Thule Traverse Foot Packs

The Traverse towers - or feet - hold the bars to the vehicle more securely than other towers by implementing Thule's patented MaxClamp technology. The towers are tightened to the vehicle using the integrated AcuTight tensioning tool. These devices indicate when the feet are safely and properly attached to the vehicle, and they store conveniently inside the towers when not in use.

EasyClick Bracket Attachment snaps brackets into place with a click

The towers mount to your vehicle using vehicle-specific clips (sold separately) that snap into place on the towers in seconds with Thule's EasyClick bracket-attachment system.

OneTouch Bar Lock provides easy rack system setup

The Traverse offers a handy OneTouch bar lock lever, allowing you to set the rack position once during the initial installation. The bar lock then holds your load bars in place so that you never have to position them again - even when removing and reinstalling the rack.



480R Thule Rapid Traverse Roof Rack Foot Pack (QTY 4)



Thule Roof-Rack Fit Kit for Traverse Foot Packs - 1198
part number: THKIT1198

These custom-fit mounting brackets work with Thule Traverse foot packs to ensure the safest, most secure fit. Brackets simply snap into place on the feet for quick, easy installation. Pads are included to protect your vehicle's surface.

Features:

  • Custom-designed mounting brackets fit your specific vehicle
    • Work in conjunction with Thule Traverse foot pack (sold separately)
  • Simple to install - click into place in roof-rack feet
  • Soft foot pads are included to protect vehicle surface


Specs:

  • Quantity: 4 mounting brackets and 4 foot pads
  • Application: Thule Traverse and Rapid Traverse foot packs (TH480R, TH480 and TH4802)
  • Limited lifetime warranty


1198 Thule Roof Rack Fit Kit for Traverse Foot Packs - 1198





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Video Transcript for Thule AeroBlade Traverse Roof Rack Installation - 2014 Kia Cadenza

Today on our 2014 Kia Cadenza, we'll be test fitting the Thule Rapid Traverse roof rack system, using part numbers THARB53, TH480R, and THKIT1638. We'll begin our test fit by placing the front load bar onto the front of our roof. We'll then need to measure 12-1/4 inches from the first part of the glass to the first part of our foot. We'll need to make this measurement on both the passenger and driver side of the vehicle, which will ensure the front load bar is perpendicular to the roof. With the front bar in position, we can use the included tensioning tool to tighten down the silver bolt on the inside of the foot, which is going to bring the clips up tightly against the roof line. Now, we'll need to alternate each side when tightening it down, so the bar doesn't favor one side of the vehicle. With the front bar in place, we'll go ahead and place the rear bar onto the rear of our roof. We'll then to measure the load bar spread. Now, the load bar spread is the measurement from the center of the front load bar to the center of the rear load bar and is important when choosing roof rack accessories.

We'll measure 21-3/8 inches on both the passenger and driver side of the vehicle, which will ensure that both load bars are parallel to each other and also perpendicular to the roof. With the rear bar in position, we can again use the included tensioning tool to tighten down the silver bolt to secure the rear bar to the rear of our roof. Once everything is all tightened down and secure, that will complete today's test fit for the Thule Rapid Traverse roof rack system, using part numbers THARB53, TH480R, and THKIT1638, on our 2014 Kia Cadenza. .




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  • Using 47 Inch AeroBlade Crossbars on 2012 Toyota Prius
  • According to my contact at Thule, although they recommend the 53 inch AeroBlade crossbars, the 47 inch bars # THARB47 would indeed work with the Rapid Traverse Foot Pack on your 2012 Toyota Prius.
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  • Parts Needed to Use Thule Cross Bars From 1998 VW Beetle on 2006 VW Jetta Wagon With Side Rails
  • Thule has two different types of cross bars that would be used on a 1998 Volkswagen Beetle. The Thule Square Load Bars, part # THLB50, which are the square design and 50 inches in length or the Thule AeroBlade Load Bars, part # THARB47, which are the aerodynamic designed cross bars and 47 inches in length. Since your newer 2006 Volkswagen Jetta Wagon has factory side rails on the roof you will need to use a different design Thule foot pack that will attach to those side rails. If
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  • Roof Rack and Kayak Carrier Recommendations for a 2013 Honda CRZ
  • Thule Rapid Traverse Roof-Rack Foot pack # TH480R will fit your 2013 Honda CRZ, however the manufacturer does not recommend this item to haul a kayak. A comparable item is the Thule Traverse Roof Rack Foot # THLB50. Although, this item is only one component in an entire roof rack system. I have listed the individual components that would make a great roof rack that is recommended for carrying a kayak. Please check with your vehicle owners manual, or contact the manufacturer and check
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  • Could 53 Inch Thule AeroBlade Bars Be Installed onto a 2011 Honda Fit
  • A 53 inch Thule AeroBlade Load Bars # THARB53 would install onto your 2011 Honda Fit in the same way that the recommended 47 inch AeroBlade would. The reason the 53 inch bar is not recommended is because it will hang over and additional 3 inches on either side of your vehicle which might cause clearance issues. For example you would be more likely to hit your head on the bar since it would be hanging over the edge of the vehicle further. The part numbers you would need to install an
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  • Recommended Thule Roof Rack Components for a 2012 Fiat 500
  • As long as your 2012 Fiat 500 is a 3-door with no existing rails or cross bars and is not a Lounge model the Thule Rapid Traverse Roof-Rack Foot Pack # TH480R that you referenced would be the correct foot pack to complete a roof rack on your vehicle. The rest of the needed components to complete a roof rack would be Thule AeroBlade Load Bars # THARB47, Thule Roof Rack Fit Kit # THKIT1611.
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  • Thule Wing or AeroBlade Crossbars for 2013 Volkswagen Passat
  • According to my Thule representative, in the European market, the AeroBlade Crossbar is referred to as the Thule Wing Bar. The crossbars are exactly the same, just a different name. The Thule # TH480R Traverse Foot is indeed compatible with the AeroBlade crossbars. For a 2013 Passat, you would need the following: 53 Inch AeroBlade Crossbar, part # THARB53 Thule Rapid Traverse Foot Pack, part # TH480R Vehicle Specific Fit Kit, part # THKIT1669
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  • Clearance Between Roof and Crossbar with Thule AeroBlade Bars on a 2005 Nissan Maxima
  • I went out to our studios and found a Rapid Traverse foot from a # TH480R kit and measured from the base to the bottom of where the bar would be. It was just under 3-1/4 inches. Because roofs are generally sloped and fit is different on every vehicle, use this measurement as a guide only to estimate where the bottom of the bar will approximately be. In addition to the foot pack you will also need the crossbars, # THARB53, and fit kit # THKIT1538.
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  • Which Thule Roof Rack Parts Do I need for a 2009 Toyota Prius
  • Yes you can use the 50 inch Thule load bars. You will need the Thule Traverse Foot Pack, part # TH480 with your load bars. The TH480R is for the Rapid Aero bars. In addition to the TH480 foot pack, you will need fit kit part # THKIT1345. I have added links to the Traverse Foot Pack and the fit kit below, as well as an install video on a 2008 Toyota Prius.
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  • Parts Needed for a Thule Aero Blade Roof Rack on a 2011 BMW X6
  • In order to have a complete roof rack for your 2011 BMW X6 you will need the following products that you referenced: Thule AeroBlade Load Bars # THARB53 Thule Rapid Traverse Foot Pack # TH480R Thule Roof Rack Fit Kit # THKIT1526 The line you referenced in our product description that says, The towers mount to your vehicle using vehicle-specific clips sold separately that snap into place on the towers in seconds with Thules EasyClick bracket-attachment system, is referring to the
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  • Thule AeroBlade Roof Rack Recommendation for a 2010 Toyota Corolla Sport
  • Yes, the Thule Rapid Traverse Roof-Rack Foot Pack # TH480R that you referenced is a roof rack component that is confirmed to fit on your 2010 Toyota Corolla Sport. Here are the other components you will need to complete the roof rack: 47 inch Thule AeroBlade Load Bars # THARB47 Thule Roof-Rack Fit Kit # THKIT1515 I attached an installation video of this roof rack on a similar Toyota Corolla for you to check out.
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  • Thule AeroBlade Roof Rack for a 2009 Honda Ridgeline
  • I think you are referring to the fit kit. The correct fit kit for a 2009 Honda Ridgeline is # THKIT1510. These are what secure the Rapid Traverse feet, # TH480R, to the roof of the vehicle. Also, the bars you got, # THARB53, are not long enough. The correct bars are 60 inches long, # THARB60. I have included a link to a video showing a typical installation for you.
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  • Recommendation Roof Rack and Cargo Box For 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with Factory Rails
  • If your 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited is equipped with factory installed rails with a black plastic strip on the top, the Thule AeroBlade Traverse Roof Rack, # THARB60, # TH480R, # THKIT1656, would be the roof rack for you. This application does clamp to the car and does not utilize the factory rails. If your Grand Cherokee is equipped with the E Group package (metal strip on top of the flush mount side rails), you could go with the Rhino Rack Roof Rack, # RRVA126B-2, # RRVA-FK2,
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  • Can Thule AeroBlade Traverse Roof Rack for 2013 Nissan Altima Carry a Surfboard
  • You ask a very good question. Safe beats sorry every day of the week! The rack you referenced, the Thule AeroBlade Traverse roof rack consisting of parts # THARB53, # TH480R and # THKIT1733, will fit your Altima if it is a 4-door. This rack offers a 130-lb maximum carrying capacity and can be fitted with a number of different surfboard carriers. My contact at Thule advised that one of these components, # THKIT1733, is not yet available as it is a new item. If you have the 4-door and
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  • How to Determine When the Thule Traverse Foot Pack Is Properly Attached on 2013 Ford Fusion
  • I went to our warehouse to pull the Thule Traverse Roof-Rack Foot Pack, # TH480R, so I could see for myself just how the Integrated AcuTight tensioning tool really works. When tightening the towers to the vehicle, the tool will indicate when the rack is safely and properly tightened by the green arrow portion on the tool lining up with the notches on the outer gray piece. I have attached a picture that should help to explain this.
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  • Can Crossbars for a Thule Roof Rack be Spaced Further Apart on a 2012 Honda CR-V
  • The crossbar spread is 27-1/2 inches for the Thule AeroBlade system on a 2012 Honda CR-V. This is set by where the feet need to install on the roof. The specific locations are chosen because they are the most structurally sound. The fit kit is then made to fit the specific contours of the roof in those locations. Moving the crossbars further apart will lead to damage to the roof and a lower capacity. For a wider bar spread the Yakima system has a spread of 32 inches. It is made up of
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  • Removing the Thule Rapid Traverse Roof Rack Mounting Feet
  • On the Thule Rapid Traverse feet, # TH480R, you will need to open the cover and use the tool stored inside to loosen the lower most bolt. Once you start to do that the foot will start to come off and you can also pull the clip out from where it hooks onto the vehicle. I have included a picture showing the tool and bolt in the foot. I will also email you a set of sample instructions in a separate email.
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  • Thule AeroBlade Roof Rack for a 2009 Prius w/Sunroof AND 2012 Toyota Prius V
  • If your 2009 Toyota Prius has the type of sunroof that does NOT extend all the way to the sides of the roof then you can install a roof rack. Otherwise if the glass goes all the way to the sides you will not be able to mount a roof rack because the glass is not rated for the weight. For the traditional type of sunroof it is very possible that it will interfere with the rack when opened unless the bars were removed. Removing the bars would be a good idea anyway when not in use to cut
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  • Thule AeroBlade Load Bar Recommendation for a 2008 Honda Civic 4 Door
  • I spoke with my contact at Thule and she informed me that 47 inch cross bars would be too short on a roof rack on your 2008 Honda Civic. With the Rapid Traverse Roof-Rack # TH480R that you would want to use Thule AeroBlade Load Bars # THARB53. These are 53 inch load bars and would be the size you would want to use. To complete the roof rack for your 2008 Honda Civic you would also need a Thule Traverse Fit Kit # THKIT1425. I attached an installation video that shows this rack being
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Customer Reviews

Thule Rapid Traverse Roof-Rack Foot Pack - TH480R

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.7 out of 5 stars   (26 Customer Reviews)

If your roof is naked, dress it up with the Thule Rapid Traverse. This revolutionary, vehicle-specific system is the ultimate base rack, boasting the strongest hold, the best fit and the easiest installation of any rack on the market, bar none.


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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Roger M.07/09/2013


easy to install, innovative, and look good too! Thanks etrailer for great site and making it easy to find the right product for my car. love all the extras too, like videos, pictures, and documents to help with install! 88529





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a year later and still as solid as day one!

Roger M. - 07/09/2014

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Toby G.11/01/2013


I did receive the racks last night and installed them this morning. They're great, can't hear them while on the highway. Thanks for sending all the right parts and quickly! 105965






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: shannon y.06/25/2011


Shipping was fast.Product installation directions are horrible.The rapid aero bars need a piece of rubber to fill the slot on the bottom of bars.Wind gets caught in the slot and it sounds like someone is playing a flute when you are going down the road.Etrailer is a great company as far as shipping and feedback and i would highly recomend them. 17919






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jesse03/25/2011


The instructions could be better... but once I figured out how far apart the feet are supposed to be, everything else was a snap! This is much better than the old Yakima rack I used to have. Once I discretely mark the spot where each foot mounts, I should be able to install or remove these in about two minutes. 10416






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mike L.09/17/2013


The Thule Rapid Traverse Roof-Rack Foot Pack works fine on our 2011 Ford Fiesta sedan. The etrailer.com web site made it easy to select the right parts for our vehicle, and etrailer.com personnel went out of their way to let us know they were available, should we have any questions on installation or use. 100344






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Charlie08/21/2013


I purchased these with the aeroblade bars for my ford flex. Installation was pretty straight forward and everything was pretty snug when I was done. The built in torque wrench is pretty handy and a nice touch from thule. Thule products are pricey but built pretty well and I think are worth the money. 96155






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Andrew12/27/2011


Thule makes a great product. The quick release system is strong and secure when attacked to the bars or blades. The fit kit is also strong and secure in the towers. Design of these towers look great on my Saturn Aura 2007. I can not complain at all about these and they are highly recommended. 28740






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: no name03/05/2013


great quality. works and looks incredible. very little noise if any noticeable. instructions need to have some actual directions. not just pictures. measurements specific to my truck (2013 F-250) were (in my opinion) not correct in instructions for best fit and finish. 68859






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rob W.03/27/2012


Used with the Thule Aero bars and they secure everything very well. 35253






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dan E.05/14/2014


The instructions are terrible and I ended up with leftover parts that aren't listed anywhere in the documentation. Once you get the feet attached correctly and if you can do it without breaking your car or the foot they are great. 130562





Comments

Thank you for purchasing this Thule product. The extra parts you received are probably the end caps for our older Rapid Aero load bars. We always packaged the end caps with the foot packs until we introduced the AeroBlade load bars. The AeroBlades have the end caps included. During the transition time between the discontinuation of the Rapid Aero bar and AeroBlade bar we decided to leave the old end caps in the box, just to make sure we didnt short change any of our Rapid Aero customers. If you have no use for those end caps you can discard them as you choose. Thanks!

Matt C from - 05/22/2014

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Robert V.06/21/2013


I figured it out but I wish there were some written instructions rather than just pictures. It looks good and with the goal post I'll really be able to protect the top of my truck and carry the canoe 85487






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Scott P05/31/2013


These are definately the right product however it would be cool if they could make a shorter version. They shipped quickly though and the price was right. 82684






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jason S.12/18/2012


These are excellent. Truly a solid locking system and locks install flawlessly. I got a pack of 8 locks (4 for thefoot packand 4 for other bike racks) 61756






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: no name01/24/2013


These are well made and easily attached to my Prius. Very solid attachment which gives me confidence that they will perform as advertised. 64079






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Starz04/15/2014


Recently got a new car and needed to change from my old 450R's. The TH480R's were easy to install and look great! 125095






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jeremy K.12/18/2013


Nice feet and tightening system. Very rigid and attach to your vehicle with ease. Buy a lock. 110327






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ryan N11/17/2011


Pretty easy to install once the KIT was figured out! Looks clean. Locks are a must have. 27087






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Edwin M03/11/2014


This work for my Honda accord 2008 Slide the bar it's simple and easy 120242






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Daniel B.04/29/2014


These are top notch just like the rest of the roof rack assembly. 127886






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ed Schulz05/24/2013


The product was delivered on time and is of the highest quality. 81886






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Nick K06/08/2011


Awsome set up , very easy to install and good instructions . 16456






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Edward N.05/12/2014


Fits perfect, great company, quick deli very. 130254






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Brian Campbell04/01/2014


Easy to install and fits securely (Prius V) 123349






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve B.06/06/2012


Great delivery and product. 42984






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve B.06/06/2012


Great delivery and product. 42982






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: TJ W08/16/2013


Great product. 95485




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