Thule Roof Rack Fit for 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon


Hi. I have a 2009 Subaru Outback, and I use the Thule roof rack TH45050 for carrying bicycles and kayaks. It’s easy to run the rubber straps on the TH45050 through the gaps between the roof and the side rails. I’m considering buying a 2016 Outback, which has a different rail design there is only a small space above the passenger’s door where the rubber straps on the TH45050 could attach to the side rail. I think this newer side rail design has been used on Outbacks since about 2010. Is there any way I can reuse my TH45050 rack? Or, any way I can mount a different Thule product that would enable me to use my existing bike carriers and kayak stackers? They are made to attach to the Thule square bar roof rack. Or, if I have to start over from scratch, what system would you recommend? I often carry 3 road bicycles, and I prefer fork-mounted systems and I often carry 3 or 4 kayaks. By the way, I think my question is similar to “Brad’s” question on your website, where you answered as follows: “If both vehicles you referenced 2013 Subaru Impreza Sport and 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon, had raised side rails the Thule Roof Rack part # TH45050 for a square bar or part # TH7502-TH7503 for an aero shaped bar would fit and work well.” The problem is, since about 2010 the raised side rails on the Outback don’t have much of a gap between the car’s roof and the rail.


Helpful Expert Reply:

My contact at Thule advised that although this rack TH45050 has not been officially tested and confirmed to fit, since it has worked well on 2000 through 2015 models chances are good that it would also work on a 2016 Outback Wagon. They simply haven't had the opportunity to go through their usual thorough test fitting procedure.

You may want to check the roof weight capacity of the 2016 Outback since you mention carrying up to 4 kayaks. My beginner's kayaks each weigh about 40-lbs so you'll want to make certain that your total combined rooftop weight load (kayaks, kayak carriers and roof rack) together do not exceed the vehicle's rating.

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