THE THULE 480R RAPID TRAVERSE ROOF RACK SYSTEM w/ RAPID AERO BARS HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED BY THULE RACKS AND NOW UNAVAILABLE
It is now replaced by the Thule 480R Rapid Traverse roof rack w/ AeroBlade bars, which we highly recommend. Alternatively, please feel free to contact us with additional questions regarding this discontinued item.
Thule 480R Rapid Traverse roof rack w/ AeroBlade bars
(uses Thule AeroBlade load bars instead of Rapid Aero bars)
Thule 480 Traverse roof rack w/ square bars
(uses classic square load bars instead of Rapid Aero load bars)
This exclusive design offers discerning customers premium styling and sleek good looks! The complete Thule 480R Rapid Traverse roof rack system is the ultimate multi-purpose base rack solution for cars and pickup truck cabs that have smooth, naked rooftops with no rain gutters, no factory side rails, no factory racks etc. The Thule 480R Rapid Traverse car rack system works the same as the regular Thule 480 Traverse system but uses the premium, aerodynamic Thule Rapid Aero bars instead of square load bars. The Rapid Traverse is the result of extensive engineering and testing by Thule Racks, delivering the strongest hold, safest fit and easiest installation for total roof rack peace of mind. Replaces the Thule 400XTR Rapid Aero car rack system with a host of features and benefits. The Thule 480R Foot Pack includes 50% fewer parts and requires half the time to install than any competitors' models. Optionally lockable outer cover features bold, contemporary styling and hides and protects the interior of each Foot while blending flawlessly with any roofline for a truly integrated appearance. We highly recommend a four pack of Thule Locks (not included; see accessory add-ons below) to lock the rack to vehicle.
The Thule 480R Rapid Traverse complete roof rack system includes all 3 components that are necessary for installing a general-purpose base rack on your vehicle's roof top, providing the foundation that will allow you to then connect roof mount gear carriers that carry your gear and equipment:
- Four (4) Thule 480R Rapid Traverse Feet.
- Four (4) Thule Traverse Fit Kit clips (specific to your vehicle; see ordering notes below).
- Two (2) Thule Rapid Aero Aluminum Load bars (bar end caps included).
Effortless installation process thanks to these included patented features: AccuTight Tightening Tool - Automatically indicates when the car rack is safely and properly attached to vehicle, assuring the safest install on all styles of vehicles; MaxClamp Technology - Dramatically greater vehicle grip over any competitors' Foot Pack, Towers, Stays etc.; EZ Assemble Design - 50% fewer parts and requires half the time to install; EasyClick Traverse Fit Kit Clips - Attach to each 480R Rapid Traverse Foot without tools or fasteners; OneTouch Bar Lock - separates Foot positioning from rack mounting, set it once and done.
Protective surfaces on rack prevent shifting and protect vehicle's paint. No tools required for assembly; easy-to-follow installation instructions manual included. Can be locked to the car rooftop using a 4-pack of Thule Racks One Key System lock cylinders (not included; see accessory add-ons below). Thule Racks Lifetime Warranty!
The 480R Rapid Traverse Foot Pack uses the exact same existing Fit Kit Clips that work with the regular 480 Traverse Foot Pack. The Thule 480R Rapid Traverse Foot Pack is designed to work exclusively with the super strong Thule Rapid Aero load bars (*PLEASE NOTE: Thule 480R Rapid Traverse Foot Pack now also works with the new Thule AeroBlade load bars), creating a seemlessly integrated sleek look. Rapid Aero aluminum load bars are offered in four sizes for optimal fit on any vehicle (we highly recommend using our Thule Racks Fit Guide, see above or below, to determine proper Rapid Aero bars length for your specific vehicle.) Customize rack by connecting any Thule gear carriers to Rapid Aero load bars. (Thule Xadapt kits required for connecting certain carriers; see accessory add-ons below).
Virtually all Thule roof mount gear carriers attach directly to the Thule Rapid Aero load bars or using the Thule Xadapt Kit adapters. Please click the link below to view compatibility specifications of the most popular Thule sports gear carriers when used on Thule Rapid Aero bars:
» complete Thule gear carrier compatibility chart
SPECIAL NOTE: Short roof lined cars, minivans & pickup trucks including 2-door models and vehicles with dramatically curved rooftops must check the Thule Racks automated fit guide, see above or below, to determine if your car or pickup truck requires the additional Thule 487 Traverse Short Roof Adapter kit (sold separately; see accessory add-ons below).
» Thule 480R Rapid Traverse Install Instructions Manual