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Thule roof bars package - 753, 760, 3065
The Thule 753 Foot Pack is designed for use on vehicles that have either roof mounted 'Fixpoint' fixing points, or flush mounted roof rails.
You have a choice of cross bar options - the initial price we quote is for the cheapest steel bar option, but you can upgrade to more expensive slotted aluminium bars - the options are shown in the list at the bottom of the page. Of these, the WingBar is the most popular - the aerofoil shape means that it's low drag and low noise.
The components needed to attach two Thule bars to your vehicle are shown below. You need to order three components - the Foot Pack, the Adapter Kit (which joins the feet to the roof) and a set of cross bars. There is a choice of cross bars which, depending on your vehicle, may include:
We have already ticked the Order boxes for the basic items - Foot Pack, steel SquareBars, Adapter Kit.
All the aluminium bars, and the SlideBars, allow you to use the full length of your roof bars. Accessories fit into the slot in the top of each bar - their fittings will not clash with the Foot Pack as can happen with steel bars, where the fittings wrap around the bar. All boxes may be fitted to aluminium bars, but please note that some bike carriers and various watersports and ski accessories won't fit.
If you want to upgrade your bars, untick "SquareBars" in the list below and tick a different option.
Click on the product links below for more information about the cross bar options, and more images.
We have a unique lock barrel matching service, allowing you to use the same key for all your Thule products. There is a charge of £3 for every identically numbered lock barrel you need, but when you've changed all the different locks in your Thule products and sent all your unwanted lock barrels and keys back to us we'll buy the lock barrels back for £3 each. When the process is complete it will only have cost you the postage! You can even include lock barrels for any Thule products you already have.
If you order more than one Thule product we'll include this lock barrel matching service in the shopping basket, but feel free to delete it if you don't need this, or you're not sure about how it works - you can of course take advantage of it later on.
Package deal customers: You have already chosen steel or aluminium cross bars - this page is therefore for information only, and to show you the pictures of the bars. We will include all the components you need, including any adapters usually supplied at extra cost. Please also note the tabs at the top of the page.
As an arm twister, a thank you for buying from us, and to show off these incredibly useful products, we'll include one free Fasty HANDY with every set of bars you buy, i.e. the Foot Pack, Bars, Adapter Kit, as appropriate, while stocks last - see pop up link for details.
The aim of this note is to persuade you that kayaks should always be tied to the carrying vehicle at both bow and stern.
Untied kayaks have, in our experience, the greatest potential for a roof bar or kayak carrier failure. The massive forces that untied kayaks can generate have even been known to snap roof bar fixing bolts with the result that a complete assembly of roof bars and kayaks has ended up on the road. We know that this has happened with almost every brand of roof bar, and regardless of whether the kayaks are on a special carrier or just strapped to the bars.
You need to fix bow and stern lines, probably using the front and rear screw-in towing eyes to get strong and accessible fixing points on the vehicle. Kayak shops should be able to provide suitable 'paracord' for this purpose. It is cheap and readily available online. Alternatively, Thule makes the QuickDraw 838 which we have listed together with every kayak carrier we sell.
Please note that kayaks should be strapped to the roof bars, or to kayak carriers, using straps that are suitable for the purpose, e.g. 25mm polypropylene straps with strong buckles. Bungee cords must never be used.
Please also note that all roof bar instructions point out the dangers of carrying unsecured long items, as of course do all kayak carrier instructions.
If you tie down your kayaks you almost certainly won't experience a product failure. If you don't you may or may not get away with it. If there is a disaster and the kayaks end up on the road, separated from the vehicle, then you were not using tie downs and you have subjected the roof bars to forces for which they were not designed. The costs of sorting this out are yours, not ours, and you may also have difficulties with your insurers.
We're sorry to be so firm about this, but "things coming off the tops of cars" is the stuff of nightmares, and we want to do all we can to prevent accidents of this sort from happening.
Delivery charges and arrangements:
We charge a contribution towards delivery costs, depending on what you order, where you live, and how quickly you want the goods.
For most UK addresses, the charge for our two to three day service is £5.50 (£9.50 for orders including a roof box) and our charge for Next Working Day deliveries is £8.50 (£12.50 for orders involving a roof box). AutoSock, shoe chains, RUD i-Sock, and small spare parts, are charged £3.95 (Royal Mail Tracked), £4.95 (Royal Mail Express Tracked) or £5.95 (express courier, usually Next Working Day).
There are different charges for any delivery including a sea crossing, and deliveries to Skye - we will contact you with a quote on receipt of order.
Orders for Next Working Day delivery need to be received by 4.00pm.
There are no deliveries on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays, except for postable items where Royal Mail has a Saturday delivery. Next Working Day orders placed on a Friday will be delivered on the Monday, Next Working Day orders placed on a Saturday will be delivered on the Tuesday.
We are very flexible with our deliveries and will aim to deliver on a day and at an address which suits you. Goods can usually be left without signature - we prefer this with roof boxes. There's a "Special Delivery Instructions" box in the checkout area where we'll ask you to choose a typical instruction and then amend it to suit your particular requirements.
No retailer or courier company can ever "guarantee" a Next Working Day delivery. All courier companies occasionally have the same transport problems as can happen to everyone else, including snow blocked roads, closed roads, traffic jams, mechanical breakdown, an inability to find the delivery address, or to gain access to it if, for example, it's in a block of flats. We work with some of the best couriers in the business, and overall they provide an outstanding service.
We take the following cards, and also PayPal. Please note that the entry on your card statement will be from "The Roof Box Company".
If you would prefer not to pay online, or to pay by cheque, please phone us to place your order.
This video was made by Thule and shows how to fit a Thule 753 roof bar system. It probably won’t show your car, but the fitting method is very similar for all vehicles.
The video shows the Thule aerobar, which is no longer sold, but the fitting principles are the same for all Thule's steel bars, WingBars, Professional bars and SlideBars.