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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-23-2016, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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How To: Install new OEM Thule Canyon Roof Basket

I purchased the new Thule Canyon roof basket from the dealer (I had a 50% off coupon from the Costco auto program ). I know that some folks don't like / can't follow the installation instructions when there are no words, so I decided to document the process with some pics.

Let me start by apologizing for the links. I haven't figured out how to insert pictures from my Google photos account yet, they always appear broken. If anyone has some suggestions to how to make it work with Google photos, I'm all ears!

The basket came in a large box. First I unpacked everything and laid it all out:

Step 1 is to assemble the two pieces. I noticed that Thule put a spacer inside the pole to keep water from getting in. Was pleasantly surprised:

Next is to secure the pieces together with the screws and washer:

Next I assembled the wind fairing. Make sure the plastic brackets are spaced correctly, with the square hole on top. The screws go in from the top and the plastic wingnut goes underneath:

Now install the brackets to the basket. First, measure the spacing on the cross bars of your car and then place the bracket so that they line up with the crossbars. I did this in my garage, but forgot to take a picture until it was on the car. Important, make sure the screws are only finger tight a couple of turns. You want to be able to slide them forward or back to line up with the cross bars:

Now that the brackets are lined up with the cross bars, install the u-brackets with the washer and plastic wingnut. I didn't want to damage my cross bars, so I put a piece of plastic airline tubing over the u-brackets. Note: the basket came with three different sizes of u-brackets that were color coded red, green and blue. I have the OEM aero cross bars, so I used the smallest size u-bracket (red). The others are for different sized cross bars:

The final step is to install 4 covers over the mounting brackets. Note: I had to push in on the plastic locking screw until it clicked in order to get it to fit into the hole in the bracket. It's hard to see in the pictures, but I tried to get a shot of the plastic screw's "tab" that fits into the slot on the bracket:

Here is the finished roof basket in all its glory!!

I hope this guide helps someone and makes it easier to install the basket. So far, I really like the look. It is rock solid. All welded except for the 4 spots where the two halves fit together. I'm very happy with it, and can't wait to test it out!


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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-23-2016, 04:17 PM
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You did great job on the writeup and the pictures. The final basket installed looks great. Very well done.

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I like the looks of this basket more than others and now that's it's OEM that's even better. Thanks for the detailed install!
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Thank you so much StanF! Your instructions were spot on! I just added Silicone RTV where the two pieces join together to keep it watertight. I also strapped Zip-Ties underneath the wind fairing to add more support to keep it from flexing out of shape.

I love how the Thule Canyon XT follows the contour of the windshield, roof and rails. It looks like it belongs there. I can see why Subaru has this basket available as an accessory through the dealer.

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