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Fit Kit for Thule Podium-Style Roof Rack Feet - 3151

Fit Kit for Thule Podium-Style Roof Rack Feet - 3151

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This fit kit lets you mount Thule Rapid Podium-style feet to your vehicle with factory roof-rack tracks. The fit kit includes clips, pads, hardware, and tools necessary for installation. Lowest Prices for the best roof rack from Thule. Fit Kit for Thule Podium-Style Roof Rack Feet - 3151 part number THKIT3151 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Thule Roof Rack - THKIT3151

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This fit kit lets you mount Thule Rapid Podium-style feet to your vehicle with factory roof-rack tracks. The fit kit includes clips, pads, hardware, and tools necessary for installation.


  • Custom-fit clips and pads let you mount Rapid Podium feet (sold separately) on your vehicle with fixed mounting points
  • Easy installation - does not require drilling
    • Remove factory side rail plates and install fit kit clips with included hardware
    • Slide molded rubber pads over clips to protect the surface of your vehicle from scratches
  • Easy to remove when not in use


  • Quantity: 4 mounting brackets and hardware
  • Application: Thule Rapid Podium feet
  • Limited lifetime warranty

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Installation Details THKIT3151 Installation instructions

Video of Fit Kit for Thule Podium-Style Roof Rack Feet - 3151

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Thule Wingbar Evo Roof Rack Installation - 2016 Ford Explorer

Adam: Hi everyone. Adam with etrailer.com. Today, we're going to be taking a look at the Thule Wing Bar Evo roof-rack system on our 2016 Ford Explorer. This is going to allow you to put all sorts of things and attachments on top of your vehicle instead of clogging up the cab. It's going to make a lot of room for all your passengers, and for those long trips, every inch counts.So, I'm going to show you how easy it is to install these bars. I do have the front ones installed, so I'm going to do these back ones real quick.

Let me show you how easy it is. That's like to just set it up there. I'm going to start on the other side. What we're going to do, we're going to start with the fit kit that comes with our Explorer here, and they do have pre-drilled holes right here, and you actually have two options. So, you have these two back ones and these two front ones.I think that these are going to do best with the applications we're doing today.

So, I want to do these, the front ones here. What do you want to do, there is a little dimple here. You are going to want that to face the outside of your vehicle, and take the hardware that comes with the fit kit, and I always like to thread them in with my hands to start and then torque them down afterwards.The fit kit does provide you with this little silver tool, and you don't want to torque them down too much. You don't want to strip out those threads, but definitely get it nice and snug. On our Explorer, these are all universals.

You don't have to worry about putting the wrong one on the wrong side. So, now that this sits in there, we're going to put it down like so, and as you can see, these little tabs here go on the outside of this bracket. Once those are in place, you can start threading in your other hardware that comes with it.This bar back here does rotate a little bit, so it doesn't always hurt to push on it, give it some pressure to get it threaded. One thing to note, as you thread these in and tighten them, it's going to engage the locking mechanism for this top bar. So, before you fully tighten, make sure that your bar is evenly displaced on the roof.

Then if that's all good, then you can go ahead and tighten them all the away.All right. Now that I've got those started, I'm going to repeat the same exact stuff on the other side. One thing I just noticed, if you tighten the first one down a little too tight, it's going to pull that bar at a weird angle. So, what do you want to do is just barely thread it on, so you can get both sides fastened down. All right. I did look when I was going around the car, and they are evenly spaced, so I'm going to actually go ahead and fully torque these down.And again, you don't want to over-tighten them. There's no need for any power tools or anything, but definitely get it nice and tight. Perfect. One really cool thing that I do, you want to make sure that these aero bars, the skinny side's facing back, but you can flip this up, and it will have an R and an L, designate right and left, and another really neat feature that they did, you can see how you can just slide your attachments in instead of taking this out and cutting the strips to meet your attachments.So that's definitely a really neat feature that I like. Makes it really easy and simple. We're going to tighten these down. After all that's done, we can go ahead and put our caps on. The cool thing about these caps, they will be able to take a actual key and lock, which is going to be nice and give you that peace of mind when you're going down the road. If you're on vacation, you go inside for a while, you want to make sure your roof rack stays safe.One last thing is I want to take some measurements for you. So, from our roof to the bottom of our bar, we have about four inches of clearance, which is going to be plenty of room to let that sunroof open without any problems. To the very top, we have about four inches and three quarters. So now that they have. They have two different pre-drilled holes at the closest setting from the middle of our track. Here to the middle of our track on our front bar, it's going to be 27 and a half inches. That will change if you use these back bars, but if you use the furthest drilled holes right here, it's going to meet most of your needs for most of your attachments.That's just about going to do it for a look at the Thule Wing Bar Evo roof-rack system on our 2016 Ford Explorer, and check out etrailer.com for all the attachments that you can add onto this roof rack.

Customer Reviews

Fit Kit for Thule Podium-Style Roof Rack Feet - 3151 - THKIT3151

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (15 Customer Reviews)

This fit kit lets you mount Thule Rapid Podium-style feet to your vehicle with factory roof-rack tracks. The fit kit includes clips, pads, hardware, and tools necessary for installation.

- THKIT3151
2019 Ford Explorer

Had to wait for it,it is what it is,but it was what I needed.great parts,thule roof racks are some of the Best

- THKIT3151

Sturdy well made pruduct 100% thule original. 1 year and couple long road trip after and still happy with it.

- THKIT3151
Ford Explorer

Very satisfied with this entire purchase. The Thule rack parts I ordered were received as expected. More importantly, the video that etrailer made for how to install the parts on my Explorer made this a very enjoyable experience. It allowed me to quickly assemble the rack without the usual frustration. Thank you for doing the video!

- THKIT3151

Great products. Easy installation. The videos etrailer.com on how to install were very helpful. Great company. Ordered 1 day and had it delivered in a few days. Great communication. Prompt and accurate replies to email.

- THKIT3151

package arrived in good shape, and etrailer kept me informed of order status.

- THKIT3151

Received our order and am very happy with the time to get it as well as the products. I asked if the system would fit my car and a response came back within 24 hrs. So I could order the proper parts! A great experience for sure, Be safe all

- THKIT3151

Fast delivery with no issues with the material received.

- THKIT3151

Thule does it again, superior build fitment and quality. The only company I've ever used for roof equipment.

- THKIT3151

Product works great, exactly as advertised. Customer service from etrailer.com was top notch!

- THKIT3151
2016 Ford Explorer

Delivered on time!

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Great product!!

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2018 Ford Explorer

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Ask the Experts about this Thule Roof Rack

  • Will the Atlantis 1800 Cargo Box Fit on a 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum
    The Thule Fit Kit # THKIT3151 that you referred to is the correct fit kit to install Thule crossbars on your 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum with flush mount rails. There are a couple of different roof rack options for you. You can use the Thule Rapid Podium # TH460R with either the Black # TH711420 or Silver # TH711400 53 inch WingBar Evo Bars. The Fit Kit # THKIT3151 will install by taking out the plastic screws in your OEM flush mount rails and installing the fit kit in that same space....
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  • Can Thule Rapid Traverse Feet Be Used on Flush Side Rails on 2016 Ford Explorer
    I have a solution for you, but the Thule Rapid Traverse Feet # TH480R are not designed to fit on flush mounted roof rails, so there's not a fit kit that will allow this; additionally, your older square bars will not fit in the feet that are available for your 2016 Ford Explorer. For these reasons, if you wanted an aftermarket roof rack for your 2016 Ford Explorer so that you've got flat bars, you would need to get an entirely new system. If you wanted to go the aftermarket route, I recommend...
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  • Thule Podium Aero Style Roof Rack for 2016 Ford Explorer
    It sure will! For your 2016 Ford Explorer you will need the Thule Podium Aero Bar Roof Rack that consists of # TH711520 for the two 60" WingBar Evo Crossbars in Black or # TH711500 for Silver, # TH460R for the Podium Feet, and # THKIT3151 for the Fit Kit that will attach to the flush side rails on the Explorer's roof. This will provide you with an extremely sleek, aerodynamic system that features a weight capacity of 220 pounds. I have attached a short video demonstration below on...
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  • Thule Aeroblade Roof Rack Recommendation and Install for 2018 Ford Explorer
    For your 2018 Ford Explorer Thule has confirmed the fit of their Aeroblade roof rack part numbers # TH711420, # TH460R, and # THKIT3151. This rack actually attaches to factory fixed mounting points that are present on the roof of your vehicle. On the insides of the roof rails there are two screws that you'll remove and install the feet of this rack to. Check out the picture I took from the install instructions attached as well as the install video below for more info.
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  • Recommended Thule Black Roof Rack for 2018 Ford Explorer XLT
    There are two options for your desired black Thule Crossbars on your 2018 Ford Explorer. Option one is to use the Thule WingBar Evo- 53" # TH711420, Podium Foot Pack # TH460R, Fit Kit # THKIT3151, and locks # TH450400. Option two is to use the Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack # TH7603B-TH7604B along with Fit Kit # THKIT3151, and locks # TH450400. This is a lower profile option with more of a factory look but you won't have as much usable bar space.
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  • Black Thule Roof Rack Recommendation for 2019 Ford Explorer
    For your 2019 Ford Explorer we have Thule roof racks with black crossbars. If you wanted the OEM look where the bars do not stick out past the feet of the rack we have the Aeroblade Edge roof rack part numbers # TH7603B-TH7604B and # THKIT3151. If you'd rather have the bars that sit on top of the feet and are a bit longer you'd want the Aeroblade roof rack part numbers # TH711520, # TH460R, and # THKIT3151.
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  • Roof Rack Recommendation for 2016 Ford Explorer and Weight Capacity with Moonroof
    You are correct in your assumption. Since Ford limited your 2016 Ford Explorer's roof weight capacity to 45 lbs that means that regardless of what roof rack you install you still can only have 45 lbs of weight on it. So if you went with the Thule roof rack that consists of part numbers # TH711420, # TH460R, and # THKIT3151 you would only be able to carry 34 lbs of roof accessories since this roof rack will weigh 13 lbs.
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  • Can the Factory Roof Rack on a 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum Be Replaced
    You would need to swap out the raised side rails for the factory flush side rails in order to install a roof rack on your 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum edition. In order to obtain the flush side rails you would want to reach out to your local dealer. The fixed mounting point you are referring to only applies to vehicles with the flush side rails which you do not have. I hope this helps. You will then need # TH711420, # TH460R, and # THKIT3151.
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  • Recommended Roof Rack for a Thule Cargo Box on a 2018 Ford Explorer
    You do need a fit kit to install a roof rack on your 2018 Ford Explorer. For your application I recommend going with a Thule WingBar Evo roof rack system. The WingBar Evo crossbars are the new Thule aero-style bar and they feature a slightly different design with the biggest being a 220 lb weight capacity and a dual rubber strip on top so that you don't have to cut it for various accessory applications. Even though the crossbars have a 220 lb weight capacity please note that the roof rack...
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  • Thule AeroBlade Podium Roof Rack with Longer Bars for 2017 Ford Explorer
    It is possible in some cases to substitute longer-than-recommended roof rack crossbars in a roof rack setup. But do note that bars that extend out past the roofline can pose a safety issue - head bumps happen. That said, the various roof racks made for your 2017 Ford Explorer that has flush mounted rails that run front to back DO come in different crossbar lengths ranging from 48-inches with the Yakima round bar system (parts # Y00408, # Y00148, # Y03536 and # Y00245) up to 54-inches...
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  • Mounting Position of Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack on 2017 Ford Explorer OEM Flush Rails
    The Thule AeroBlade Edge roof rack system for your 2017 Ford Explorer, consisting of parts # TH7603-TH7604 and # THKIT3151, is a fixed-points type roof rack whose placement is dictated by the OEM mounting points on the flush rails. Most roof racks, even those that may have some flexibility in exactly where they mount, will have one spot that takes best advantage of the roof sub-structure. In other words, there is almost always one single spot where the rack will be most secure. I...
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  • 2018 Explorer Roof Rack Recommendation to Fit Factory Flush Rails
    We have a similar Thule roof rack setup that does fit the flush rails you have on the roof of your 2018 Ford Explorer but the # 753-2149 is not what you need. Instead the kit you'd need is the part # THKIT3151 which fits the flush rails and allows you to install an Aeroblade Edge roof rack like the part # TH7603-TH7604 which will give you an OEM appearing Thule rack that will minimize wind noise and fuel mileage lost. I attached an install video on a similar 2016 Explorer for you to...
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  • Roof Rack Recommendation for 2019 Ford Explorer to Carry Two Thule Hullavator Kayak Carriers
    To fit two of the Thule Hullavators # TH898 on the roof of your 2019 Ford Explorer with flush rails you'd want longer crossbars so that you can fit everything easily. So for that the Thule Wingbar Evo roof rack part # TH711520, # TH460R, and # THKIT3151 that has 60 inch long crossbars would be your best option. This rack is a custom fit for your Explorer, is a very high quality rack that is also easy to install.
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  • Recommended Roof Rack/Bike Rack for a 2018 Ford Explorer with Flush Mounted Rails
    The roof rack/bike rack combination I recommend for your 2018 Ford Explorer comes from Thule with their 60" WingBar Evo system and 2 of the OutRide # TH561020 fork mount bike racks. The parts for the roof rack are: WingBar Evo # TH711520 Podium Feet # TH460R Fit Kit # THKIT3151 This gives you a premium roof rack and bike rack combo that is easy to install/use and will look great for a long time to come. As a bonus you can add matching locks to the roof rack and both bike racks as...
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  • Parts Needed to Add Roof Rack to 2016 Ford Explorer to Carry Thule Pulse Cargo Box
    In order to add a roof rack to your 2016 Ford Explorer I recommend using the Thule Roof Rack Kit using parts # TH711400, # TH460R, # THKIT3151. This roof rack gives you a high quality Thule rack with aerodynamic crossbars that will limit wind noise and will allow you to use the Thule Pulse Roof Cargo Box # TH615 you were looking at. Since the roof rack towers don't come with locks included I recommend adding the Thule One-Key System Lock Cylinders - Qty 4 # TH450400, which allows you...
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  • Can Roof Rack Increase Roof Weight Capacity of 2019 Ford Explorer Sport with Moonroof
    While there are roof racks out there with higher weight ratings, since the roof on your 2019 Ford Explorer Sport is only 45 lbs that will be the limiting factor. So even with something like the Thule WingBar Evo roof rack, parts # TH711420, # TH460R, and # THKIT3151, which has a 165 lb weight rating, you'll actually only be able to carry about 35 lbs of cargo since the roof rack parts will actually take away from the overall weight capacity. If you can tell me what you plan on transporting...
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  • Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack in Silver for a 2017 Ford Explorer
    Yes, you can get the Thule AeroBlade edge roof rack in silver for your 2017 Ford Explorer. It is # TH7603-TH7604. You will just need 1 other part to install the roof rack; fit kit # THKIT3151. This allows you to mount the crossbars to the roof using the vehicle's fixed mounting points.
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  • Roof Rarck Recommendation for 2019 Ford Explorer with Raised Roof Rails
    For your 2019 Ford Explorer with raised roof rails the roof rack I recommend that fits your needs perfectly is the Thule Aeroblade Edge roof rack part numbers # TH7603-TH7604 and # THKIT3151. This rack is a confirmed as a fit for your 2019 Explorer and has crossbars that do not extend past the feet which gives them an OEM look and the bar shape is very aerodynamic which will minimize wind noise. If instead you wanted black bars you'd want part numbers # TH7603B-TH7604B and # THKIT3151. I...
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  • Roof Rack and Cargo Basket Recommendation for a 2016 Ford Explorer
    First let's start with a roof rack for your 2016 Ford Explorer. For that the Thule Aeroblade Edge Roof rack part # TH7603-TH7604 and # THKIT3151 is a confirmed fit. This will give you an OEM looking roof rack that will minimize wind noise and resistance. This also fits all models that have flush mounted rails on the roof of the vehicle including ones with moon roof. Then for a cargo basket the Thule Canyon XT part # TH859XT would be a fit or for the 20 inch longer version you would want...
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  • Thule Aeroblade Edge Roof Rack Recommendation for a 2016 Ford Explorer
    For your 2016 Ford Explorer the correct roof rack components you would need the part # TH7603B-TH7604B and # THKIT3151. This gives you black Thule Aeroblade Edge Bars and the correct fit kit for the rack to install. This will fit perfectly.
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  • Roof Rack Recommendation for 2016 Ford Explorer
    To see all of the roof rack fits for your 2016 Ford Explorer see the attached link below. I really like the Thule Aeroblade Edge rack part numbers # TH7603B-TH7604B, # THKIT3151 as it gives you an OEM looking rack that will give you minimal wind noise.
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  • Best Roof Rack for a 2018 Ford Explorer to Use with a Yakima ShowDown
    Yakima, Rhino-Rack, and Thule all make great crossbars for the 2018 Ford Explorer. However, to recommend just one to you, I suggest going with the Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars, part # TH711520. The reason is because they are the longest available for your Explorer. That is important because the Yakima ShowDown, part # Y04081, requires at least 3-1/2" of crossbar space beyond the foot to utilize the lift assist. To attach the crossbars to your side rails, you will also need the Rapid...
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  • What Parts Do I Need For a 60-Inch Roof Rack on a 2017 Ford Explorer?
    For a complete Thule WingBar Evo roof rack system on your 2017 Ford Explorer with flush rails, you will need the following parts: - Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars - Aluminum - Silver - 60" Long - Qty 2 # TH711500 (silver) or # TH711520 (black) - Rapid Podium Feet for Thule Crossbars - Fixed Point - Qty 4 # TH460R - Fit Kit for Thule Podium-Style Roof Rack Feet - 3151 # THKIT3151 With this setup, you will be able to mount and transport accessories on your 2017 Ford Explorer.
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