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Old 02-28-2020, 10:23 PM   #1
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Default Length of cross bars for 240 Yakima/Thule roof racks?

What length cross bars do you guys have for your 240 roof racks? I found a place that has a Yakima Basket Case, NOS/NIB Thule version of it, as well as a ton of other vintage rack parts. I am going there tomorrow and want to have some idea of what I need.

I know pretty much nothing about racks so any input is very welcome, thanks!
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Old 02-28-2020, 11:26 PM   #2
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You can put 4 ft bars on a 240 if you don't want overhang. The towers will be right at the ends. I use 5 ft bars mostly. I put the front one above the B pillar and pretty much never bang my head on it. Longer than 5 and you are asking for it.
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Old 02-28-2020, 11:29 PM   #3
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Thank you, much appreciated. I don't want to overhang, I am just mounting a basket.
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Old 02-28-2020, 11:35 PM   #4
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Remember if the bars for sale are longer you can cut them easily to the length you want
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Old 02-28-2020, 11:43 PM   #5
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Depends. Thule cross bars on 240 need to be at least 50 inch. For Yakima cross bars need be 58 inch.
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Old 02-28-2020, 11:50 PM   #6
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Dam, 58" would stick out pretty good, gutter to gutter is approx 50"
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Old 02-29-2020, 12:26 AM   #7
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Dam, 58" would stick out pretty good, gutter to gutter is approx 50"
The Yakima rack feet are a little bit different than the Thule feet which is why they require longer bars. The Thule cross bars will give you a cleaner look for sure. But I suppose if you want to shorten the Yakima bars, you can( a couple inches for each side).
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Old 02-29-2020, 12:36 AM   #8
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Good to know. I think I will probably get the Tuhle, because, Swedish haha, and shorter bars are ideal even if I can cut down other brands.

Very curious to see the other vintage baskets he has.
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Old 02-29-2020, 12:45 AM   #9
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Dam, 58" would stick out pretty good, gutter to gutter is approx 50"
could hit your head with that much hanging over
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Old 02-29-2020, 03:52 AM   #10
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could hit your head with that much hanging over

Unlikely. On a 1981 Honda Accord, BTDT. A 1978 Volvo 242, nope.


242 in this pic is shown with uncut 58" bars. The 245 shown had bars that the previous owner had cut down to 52".





Frontal view of a 58" Yakima rack on my 245. I like having the extra length, since I also have bike mounts that I do sometimes use.





The towers on a Thule rack curve more, which is why the 50" bars work on a 240. Yakima towers are more vertical.


The rear bar on my old 245 shown here is a 48" crossbar... Not enough room to get an end cap on the bar.





Side view of the 242, with the 58" bars and with a bike mount, plus a pair of crossbar pads added.




There is a benefit to the Yakima rack... Round crossbars, like the pre-1981 Thule racks. On a curved raingutter, your mounts will remain lined up. That may be more of an issue, if something other than the luggage basket is used, though.
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Old 02-29-2020, 09:07 PM   #11
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So I ended up with a NOS Volvo cargo bin...he told me he had a Thule NIB but when I saw it was a Volvo box I had to get it. Kinda wish I had gotten the Basket Case as well, it might look better. I also got a "vintage" set of clamps/towers/whatever you call them complete with the locks and key. 50" square Thule bars and a modern Thule fairing to finish it off. Thanks again for all the input!

I didn't get to assemble it or test fit yet, I'll do that Monday when I get back to the shop.



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John those are awesome pics as usual! and I've bumped my head on my wide set before
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^+1, an excellent post, I didn't see it before I hit the road this morning.
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John those are awesome pics

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Old 03-11-2020, 03:57 PM   #15
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Depends on the purpose, kayaking you need bar sticking past the tower to tie down correctly
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