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Compatibility of Thule Canyon XT with Extension on 2017 VW Passat

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Hello, I have a 2017 passat and I wanted to buy the Thule Canyon XT I also was considering the extension piece however I am not sure if the extension would be supported properly. I have a 23” bar space at this time and I could possibly make it 24” do you recommend the XT with the extension or only the standard basket no extension for my set up. Thank you!

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The Thule Canyon XT Roof Cargo Basket - Steel - 49" x 40" x 6" - 150 lbs # TH859XT will be a nice fit on your 2017 VW Passat. That doesn't mean you can't use the Thule Canyon XT with extension # TH859XT-8591XT, but it will give you an overhang which is only an appearance issue not a function issue.

The extension does not fit directly in the middle, but is actually toward the front so when added is well supported by the crossbars. I've attached a photo to assist.

The crossbar spread can be as little as 20 inches apart whether you use the extension or not to properly support the roof basket.

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