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Recommended Adapter For Roof Mount Bike Carrier For 2014 Lexus RX 450h

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I would like to mount my Thule 518 Echelon bike carrier to 2014 Lexus RX 450h factory crossbars. Do I need an adaptor? if so, is there one available? Thanks

Expert Reply:

The adapter that we offer that will work with your factory crossbars on your RX 450h is the Thule Ride-On Adapter, part # TH532.

This adapter clamps on to the factory crossbars and you then have Thule square crossbars that the Echelon bike carrier is designed to fit. It does wind up giving you double crossbars which may not be really appealing or attractive and will also mean the bike is that much higher on the roof.

There is no adapter that allows the mounting hardware to fit directly to your factory crossbars, and the Echelon was designed to fit Thule square or round crossbars only.

You may decide to go with another bike carrier like the Thule ThruRide, part # TH535. this bike rack is constructed of aluminum and is a fork-mount carrier that works with 12-mm, 15-mm, or 20-mm thru-axle fork without an adapter.

To reach your bike easier when it is mounted on the roof you may be interested in a tire step like part # HE4040. This tire step has a 400-lb weight capacity and just slips over the tire when needed and folds flat when not in use for easy storage.

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