Will Old Honda Branded Thule Bike Rack Fit Crossbars on a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Hi, We just switched from a 2006 Honda Odyssey to a 2017 Subaru Outback with the fixed factory crossbars. For the Honda we had OEM bike rack which - by looking at pictures - very much resembles Thule Big Mouth could be just rebranded Thule for Honda. The installation manual with good pictures can be found online. Now my question would be, is there a way to keep on using the old bike rack with the new car and what kind of new mounting kit would be needed. The original mounting was with a T-bolt. Would # TH7533263 serve the purpose? I would hate to buy new ones. Many thanks for your advice.

Expert Reply:

While I do believe you are correct about the Honda bike rack being a Thule in disguise the mounting hardware # TH7533263 won't work because it will not fit the crossbars on your 2017 Subaru Outback. It is designed for Thule square bars that are 1-1/4 inches wide. In order to use the rack you have you would need this hardware kit and the Ride-On adapter # TH532.

You could go with a new bike rack that is a direct fit such as the ProRide # TH598003 or the Sidearm # TH594XT.

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