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Thule Xadapt 3 Aero Bar Adpater


Most current Thule kayak racks & surfboard racks include universal mounting hardware that enables them to attach directly to Thule Aluminum Rapid Aero bars, Thule 342 Cap Racks, and Thule 422XT Xsporter Multi-Height Aluminum Truck Racks, as well as to most factory installed crossbars.  However these racks will not attach to the Thule PRO Series Rack systems without the use of the Thule Xadapt3. The Thule kayak racks that require the Thule Xadapt3 kit when used on the Thule PRO commercial truck racks and van racks are: 887 Slipstream, 835PRO Hull-a-Port, 835XTR Hull-a-Port, 830 Stacker, 878XT Set-to-Go, 875XT Hydro-Glide, 883 Glide & Set, 881 Top Deck and 839 Get-a-Grip paddle/mast holder. The Thule 593 Wheel-On bike wheel holder and Thule 554XT Hang-Two surfboard rack also require the Xadapt3 kit. The Thule 897XT Hullavator kayak rack attaches directly to the Thule Pro commercial van rack & truck rack bars - no adapters required for 897XT Hullavater. The Thule 877XT Rollercoaster kayak rack and Thule 579XT canoe rack are NOT compatible with Thule PRO commercial truck racks and van racks.

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  • Works with most Thule Watersport Racks
  • Works with Thule 593 Wheel-On
  • Attaches to Thule PRO Series Racks
  • Replaces standard mounting hardware with 4 fully-threaded 80 mm bolts
  • Does not work with Thule 877XT & Thule 579XT

Thule has developed the Xadapt adapter kits as the solution for connecting certain Thule Watersport racks, Thule bike racks, Thule Cargo Boxes,  and Thule ski & snowboard racks to the aluminum Thule Rapid Aero load bars, Thule 422XT Xsporter Multi-Height Aluminum Truck Racks, Thule 342 Cap Rack Systems, Thule Pro Series commercial truck racks & van racks, and most european factory rack systems that have silver elliptical bars with a channel in them & are found on certain model Volkswagen, Audi, Saab, BMW, Volvo cars etc.

The need for Xadapters began when Thule started manufacturing multi-purpose systems that did not use the traditional steel Thule Square load bars.  The new european styled elliptical Rapid Aero load bars that Thule designed for use on the Thule Rapid Series multi-purpose base rack systems include a t-slot channel that runs along the length of the bars.  The Thule Xadapts insert in the t-slots and the Thule gear carrier is then mounted to the Xadapts.  

The Thule Pro Series commercial truck racks & van racks and the Thule Xsporter truck rack bars also have t-slot channels in their load bars that the Xadapt Kits can slide into.  The european style factory roof rack systems found on many Volkswagen, Audi, Saab, BMW, Volvo cars etc also have t-slot channels that the Xadapters are compatible with.

It is important to note that Thule Racks is constantly engineering new gear carriers and upgrading current ones so that they can install directly on both factory rack crossbars as well as on these base rack load bar styles without the need for Xadapt Kits.  Hence, we highly recommend reading the product details on each Thule gear carrier product page to determine mounting requirements.



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Thule Xadapt 8 Aero Bar Adapter
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Thule Xadapt 1 Aero Bar Adapter
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Thule 887XT Slipstream XT Kayak Rack
Thule 887XT Slipstream XT Kayak Rack
The Slipstream is a premium, load-assist kayak rack using a sliding roller that extends past the back of the vehicle to help support your kayak's weight while loading and unloading
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