Submitted: 10-25-1999 by Tig
Though Thule has a great reputation for racks and accessories, the cam bolt adapter that comes with the feet for SUVs with roof mounted rack tracks (Toyota 4Runners) is utterly FLAWED. This is extremely important for anyone with such a system; after installing the racks CHECK them by jerking them forward and aft, chances are the cam will slip in the track and you'll see why the design is horrible and dangerous. We discovered this design flaw when we almost lost our kayaks during hard braking when a rack slid in the track. Thule will not acknowledge nor answer to this flaw, so buy Yakimas!!! For those with such a rack system the fix is either: (simple fix) rounding the upper edge of the cam nut with a file to allow proper rotation of the cam in the track during tightening of the allen bolts OR (bomb-proof fix): visiting a machine shop and getting 4 flexible metal squares machined to fit within the tracks, threaded to accept the allen bolts. Also, the allen bolts, though very strong, they will readily rust, a diligent search will result in stainless steel bolts. For more details E-mail me and I'll send images of the fixes.