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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-17-2008, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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I have some Thule Aero bars but need the correct foot pack and fitting kit for the 07 Santa Fe with integrated roof rails.

I've been searching around and there appears to be a lot of erronous information around. The Thule site and numerous retailers in the UK either quote the fixed point fitting kit or the old style roof rail fitting kit (755) as being suitable for the 07' Santa Fe.

However, the Hyundai UK Accessories site shows some Thule Aero bars with what looks like a 4900 foot pack:

Thule 4900 Rapid Intracker


Hyundai Supplied Thule Aero bars


You can also see the Hyundai roof rails pushed to the back behind the Thule bars - nice to see Hyundai confident in their own equipment..........

So, I need to know the exact foot pack (4900/4901/4902/4903) and the correct fitting kit (i.e. rubber inserts).

Does anyone know for sure?
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Why not just use the factory bars?
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Good question...........

1. Because the factory bars don't move far enough forward (apparently).
2. I dont want to drill holes (to get the factory bars to slide further forward) and risk the warranty after just getting the car.
3. The Thule bars can be fitted further forward without any drilling required (apparently).
4. I already have a set of Aeros so I only need to pay for the feet and fitting kit.
5. I've already got a fairly large Thule box and I don't want it hanging off the back of the SF with it's nose in the air, interfering with the tailgate and ruining the fuel economy.

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You're choice, of course, but I think you might be a bit paranoid about the warranty issue. Dealers are actually doing this mod for customers, so doubt there is any risk. There is really no structural reason for limiting movement of the bars forward. The only reason they don't have a hole pre-installed up there is because of the sun roof.

I have a large Thule box myself and did the drilling to move the bar forward. It is very easy to do, and much cheaper than buying foot packs. It took about 20 minutes with a standard drill.

See posts here:

platizazvonok.ru/index.php?showtopic=16754

and here:

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Thanks, I don't have a sunroof so that's not an issue. I might consider drilling holes as a last resort if the Thule foot pack is too expensive.

I've heard the factory bars aren't that good - presumably you didn't find that?

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[b]Dealers are actually doing this mod for customers, so doubt there is any risk. There is really no structural reason for limiting movement of the bars forward. The only reason they don't have a hole pre-installed up there is because of the sun roof.
Interesting......my local Hyundai service department told me that they had asked the factory if they could do this modification, and were told no for vehicles with a sunroof.
I pointed out that the owner's manual describes being able to move the front crossbar further forward by removing the plastic molding and set screw, and they said that was only possible on the US models as the Canadian models were somehow structurally different. At that point I decided that they probably didn't have a clue what they were talking about.
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When I picked the SF up today (hooray!!!) the dealer said they would not recommend drilling of holes in the roof rails to allow the factory bars to move forward. I guess I need clarification from Hyundai HQ seeing as dealers seem to have varying opinions.

I also got a response from a local supplier of Thule roofbars who said that Thule only make the correct footpack and fitting kit for Hyundai. Thule might make an aftermarket kit at some point but no details as to when.

My guess is that Thule supply Hyundai with one of their off the shelf footpacks and fitting kits but they aren't letting on which one to protect their arrangement with Hyundai.
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Well, I got the factory roof rails off after reading this thread:

http://platizazvonok.ru/t15619-cross...emoval-help.htm

I hadn't realised that the load retaining structures are just 4 plastic pins that only protrude 8.5mm (0.33") into the roof-rail holes. See the attached pic.

No way am I trusting 75-100kg of roof load at ~60mph to those. Hyundai Thule bars for me when I require a roof box.
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[b]Well, I got the factory roof rails off after reading this thread:

http://platizazvonok.ru/t15619-cross...emoval-help.htm

I hadn't realised that the load retaining structures are just 4 plastic pins that only protrude 8.5mm (0.33") into the roof-rail holes. See the attached pic.

No way am I trusting 75-100kg of roof load at ~60mph to those. Hyundai Thule bars for me when I require a roof box.
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I am very disappointed to hear that the Santa Fe roof rack made for the UK models have "PLASTIC PINS".

I modified my rack so the front cross bar would move as far forward as possible. When doing so, I noticed the the pins on my rack are COATED STAINLESS STEEL.

If the UK racks really do have plastic pins, I would take that issue to some safety group that you may have in the UK that protects consumers.

I would also check with your Hyundai dealer regarding purchasing new pins such as the type we have here in the States. I am sure they can be retrofitted.

By the way, whether the pins are insterted 1/3 of an inch or 6 inches does not improve shear strength. Only the material the pins are made of does that. In our case, the pins are stainless steel.

In order to shear the pins, you would have to hit something at a relatively high rate of speed. In that case, a sheared pin or two would be your least problem.

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OK, maybe they are plastic coated steel pins but I can&#39;t tell for sure and they still seem fairly flimsy as far as locking devices go.

I have also been reading here that UK users are not recommended to use the factory cross rails for load bearing duties and Thule don&#39;t trust those pins either...

http://platizazvonok.ru/index.php?sh...37&hl=cross+bar

All the posts I have read on this forum saying the cross rails are flimsy / poor / non-load bearing etc have come from UK users - maybe there is a difference in UK and US cross rails? Also, if Hyundai was completely satisfied with their own bars - why do they sell Thule bars that do exactly the same job?
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