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Question for you guys who did the 460R/3069 setup: Are your load bars level from front to back when mounted this way?
based on that attachment method, i dont see how they could be level. i use the fixpoint feet and there are shims basically that make it almost level for both front and back.


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based on that attachment method, i dont see how they could be level. i use the fixpoint feet and there are shims basically that make it almost level for both front and back.
The 1715 kit contains contoured rubber pads that attach to the bottom of the 480R feet and match the curve of the roofline at each mount point. I would have thought they would vary the thickness of the rubber pads (e.g. taper from front to back for the front set) so that the feet would come out level, but they don't. Maybe they do some taper, but can only level it so much for whatever reason.

I'll go check again that I put the correct pads on each corner and didn't mix them up. I also asked Rack Outfitters and they said as long as the fit kit pads & brackets are in the right spots and I measured out the positioning of the load bars correctly (and they said it looked good in the pictures), any remaining tilt is fine. So I'm probably okay, it's just not what I expected.

Hey, as long as I can attach my bike and kayak carriers and stuff doesn't come flying off when I drive, we're good right?

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I need this info... for a Yakima rack I had on my old speed6 to put onto my current 6... lol. Good to know we have the attachment points - thanks!
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Update: It was bugging me that the front feet were tilted forward like that so, being an insufferably curious engineer, I decided to experiment with putting the rubber fit kit pads on the opposite side from what is indicated in the installation instructions. (i.e. move FL to FR and vice versa) Doing this resulted in a much better fit. When swapped, the thicker end of the pads are now towards the front of the car, which means the feet and load bar sit very nearly level instead of leaning forwards. (pictures below) This configuration makes sense to me. Also, the little lip on the inside edge of the pad where it fits over the edge of the rain gutter actually sits flush against the edge of the gutter now. I previously had to twist the feet outward (pigeon-toed) somewhat to make this fit.

So I'm pretty sure that Thule has a typo in their instructions. I talked with support folks at Rack Outfitters and they agree that the thicker end of the pad should be towards the front and they should be swapped. I also contacted Thule and they asked for pictures of it installed both ways, but I haven't heard anything else back yet.

Anyway, just an FYI for anybody planning to use a Thule 480R/1715 setup on their new 6. I'd recommend putting pad #269 on the front RIGHT and #272 on the front LEFT.

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hintzy,

This is great info! We're getting ready to install the same kit on our 2015 Mazda6, and knowing we can flip the feet to get a level bar set is fantastic. Thank you.

Can I ask, how far apart is the spacing on your cross bars, from inner edge to inner edge? Just trying to gauge fit with our existing Thule box.
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Can anyone confirm with these foot attachments, I do not require anymore hardware for mounting the rackblades?
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Can anyone confirm with these foot attachments, I do not require anymore hardware for mounting the rackblades?
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Uhhhh hopefully @biking4jesus or maybe the rack master @Drizzoh can help me out on this one.....

Got an Aeroblade set from Craigslist, good condition. Got the correct 3069 fit kit from eBay, and all of it went seamlessly.

Got a 44" Thule Fairing from Thule themselves and assembled it today.

WTF went wrong and how can I fix it? No matter how tight I tighten the sides or loosen, it keeps flaring up on the sides......




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You're doing it wrong, lol.

The Thule farings are retarded. I don't have a Thule (for no reason other than the Yak looks better, IMO) but it looks like you have the inside and outside mounting pieces switched (if they're different) or you need to adjust the faring where it snaps into the mounts. Middle needs to go further back and/or sides need to come out.

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