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The 38" medium Thule 871XT Fairing features an all-new redesign and updated mounting hardware for even quicker installation plus a very clean and sleek connection with both types of Thule Racks base rack load bar styles -- the classic square bars and the european styled elliptical Rapid Aero load bars. The Thule 871XT fairing replaces the Thule 871 with a better and more secure fit on both the square and Rapid Aero Thule bars. Thule Rapid Aero bar users will especially appreciate the fact that the Thule 871XT attaches to the bars without blocking T-Track used for the gear carrier accessories. And no more knobs sticking straight up when mounted to the Rapid Aero bars. Thule roof rack fairings offer exceptional aerodynamic styling and perform the important wind deflector & noise deflector duties. Thule fairings are available in four different sizes, we recommend using our automated Thule fit guide below to determine the correct size for your specific vehicle. Compatible with Thule square bars and Thule elliptical Rapid Aero bars only.
- Sleek styling looks great on every vehicle and offers exceptional aerodynamic performance plus wind deflector & noise deflector duties.
- Integrated struts and bar clamps simplify installation.
- Minimal hardware means super fast installation. All hardware included.
- Rubber bumpers on struts and anti-scuff film protects vehicle's finish.
- Works seamlessly with both Thule square bars and Thule Rapid Aero load bars without blocking T-Track used for gear carrier accessories on the Rapid Aero bar.
- No more knobs sticking straight up on Rapid Aero bar fits.
- More secure fit on square bars.
- Increased rigidity to prevent wind-slap.
- Easy to follow Thule 871XT fairing installation instructions included.
- Thule Racks Lifetime Warranty!
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Read the reviews below to find out what other customers are saying about the Thule car rack wind fairings.
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Great Mileage, Durable With Minimal Noise
this 871XT Fairing review by Dan M.
vehicle year/make/model: 2003 Audi Allroad
item(s) transported: bikes, snowboards, skis
I have the new Thule Rapid Areo load bars and this fairing quickly assembled and fits great. It's located above the sunroof towards the back but still allows full operation of that. One concern I had about the racks was a possible drop in mileage but after several hundred miles have not noticed any appreciable change when I'm not loaded with bikes or other equipment. Overall its very stylish and fits very well.
Looks Great and Works Great
this 871XT Fairing review by Sharpbike
vehicle year/make/model: 2011 Volvo XC90
item(s) transported: three bicycles on the roof rack
This is an excellent product. Easy to mount if you have the correct bars. Does not mount to OEM factory bars out of the box so you will have to make a modification. I was able to make it work with out cutting anything. Driving on the road in Germany at 100mph it still stays on the vehicle.
Tough, Stable Roof Rack With Minimal Noise
this Thule 871XT Rack Fairing review by Charles W.
vehicle(s): 2007 Suzuki SX4 Crossover
item(s) transported: bikes
(PLEASE NOTE: This review also includes the Thule 45050 Crossroad roof rack kit and Thule 517 Peloton roof bike rack). I purchased this system with the assistance of the staff at ORS. Their recommendation was spot-on. Set-up was easy. The roof rack is extremely stable at high speed. The wind fairing quieted the howling generated by air turbulence through the rack...even at high speed, sound is 90-95% muted. The extra money I saved by not opting for the aero bar system was used to buy the fairing. I believe this was an excellent option since many people with aero bars still need the fairing. I enjoy the look of the entire system...very professional! In all, again, I am extremely pleased with the entire experience. Two thumbs up for ORS Racks Direct!
Great Looks and Function
this 871XT Fairing review by Ken
vehicle year/make/model: 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX
item(s) transported: snowboards
Installs easily after you stop the rubber stoppers from popping off while clipping to the attachment points. Other then that no issues. Also installed with roof rack system, so couldn't tell if it quiets wind noise without the fairing.
Great way to finish off the look of your rack system
this 871XT Fairing review by James
vehicle year/make/model: 1999 Saab 9-3
item(s) transported: bicycles, Thule SideArm carriers
Installs in just a few minutes, fits the cross bar great. I suppose it helps with wind noise, but I installed the deflector at the same time as the rack system. It definitely finishes up the look of the system and makes it look a lot better!
Discuss the Thule roof rack fairing. Use the form below to fire away with your questions, answers and general comments about this product.
ORS Crew explains - Thule rack fairings are only compatible with the Thule Racks square load bars and elliptical Thule Rapid Aero load bars. For factory rack cross bars you'll want to go with an Inno Racks Fairing, which work great on factory racks.
ORS Crew explains - Wondering how to adjust the fairing ends so they fit nicely along a curved roof line? We recommend setting the fairing center clamp/s to the front most hole in the load bar clip and the sides to the holes closest to the load bar. This method provides additional curve to the fairing to match the vehicles with a curved roofline.
WiN asks - I see that it fits the Rapid Aero bars which have the t-slot so I am hoping that this would also fit on oem votex roof racks with the t-slot as well?
ORS Crew answers - Thule fairings don't fit Votex rack crossbars unfortunately, since Votex bars have a bit different dimension than the Thule Rapid Aero load bars so the fairing mounting hardware won't fit. We suggest using the Inno fairing instead.
Tommy B. asks - I want to buy a wind faring, and I know the Inno Racks faring is compatible with the OEM bars on my Nissan Juke. But I really like the look of the Thule model. Wondering if there is some flexibility to fit with my OEM bars. They really resemble the look of the Thule Rapid Aero bars, but the width is 2" comparing to the Rapid Aero bar of 3". The circumference is around 6". So if the bars have to be exactly the same shape and dimension with the Rapid Aero bar then I dont think it will fit. But wanted to doublecheck.
ORS Crew answers - Canít give a 100% guarantee on correct answer, but we are 99.9% sure the Thule fairing will not work, the bracket is so specific to clip into the channel and then run under the Aero bar that it will pretty much not fit anything else or any other factory bar. We've tried this on many various bars that look similar to the Aero bars, but every time it fails to work. We highly recommend going with the Inno fairing instead.
Douglas G. asks - Do the Thule Fairings come with all the mounting hardware?
ORS Crew answers - Yes, all mounting hardware is included with the Thule fairings.
ORS Racks Direct Demonstration Video & Review featuring the Thule 870XT / 871XT / 872XT / 873XT fairings. Movie includes Thule Rack fairings review, product demo, premium features etc. There are several reasons for adding a roof fairing to a Thule roof rack system including that it eliminates and prevents any possible roof rack whistling or humming that can sometimes occur, delivers superb styling and good looks for a fast looking appearance on any vehicle. And roof rack wind farings also provide a more aerodynamic design that helps to increase fuel efficiency. Thule Racks lifetime warranty.
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Thule fairings are available in four different sizes, we recommend using our automated Thule Racks fit guide below to determine the correct size for your specific vehicle.
Compatible with Thule square bars and Thule elliptical Rapid Aero bars only.
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Alternatively, we suggest using our easy automated Thule Racks fit guide to quickly order the correct Thule complete car rack base system and/or determine the correct wind & noise deflector fairing size if you don't currently have one installed:
*please note: Thule Racks fit guide does not always show all compatible options. Please contact us with any additional compatibility questions.