boltage
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Aftermarket (Yakima, Thule, Rhino) racks for Bolt

Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:54 am

Yakima

http://fitlookup.yakima.com/

For Premier with roof rails the above will give:

Tower: SkyLine Towers 4 Pack
Front Clip: Landing Pad 19
Rear Clip: Landing Pad 19
Minimum Bar Size: Small

M4: 28 1/4"
Front Bar To Hatch: 45"
Weight Limit: 165 lbs

For LT without flush rails, the above will give:

Tower: BaseLine Towers 4 Pack
Front Clip/Pad: BaseClip 123 (B84-4)
Rear Clip/Pad: BaseClip 181 (B74-3)
Minimum Bar Size: Small

M4: 32 "
Front Bar To Hatch: 57 "
Weight Limit: 165 lbs

List prices:

$490 with JetStream crossbars (aerodynamic with T-slot)
$414 with CoreBar crossbars (aerodynamic without T-slot)

$414 with RoundBar crossbars and RoundBar SL adapter
$380 with RoundBar crossbars and Control Towers (instead of SkyLine towers) for Premier with flush rails

$59 for four lock cylinders with any of the above

Note 1: The Control Towers are an older Yakima ("Classic") product that may be used only with RoundBar crossbars. The RoundBar fitments are primarily useful for those who want to reuse older Yakima stuff that they already have (for example, if you already have Control Towers and Round Bar crossbars, you will need only to get the $96 Landing Pad 19 to install them on a Bolt Premier). Those buying new can use the CoreBar at the same price for less noise and energy consumption.

Note 2: The SkyLine and Control Towers are designed for quick and easy removal and reinstallation once initially installed (the Landing Pads remain on the vehicle). Removing them when not carrying anything can be useful to decrease noise and energy consumption (particularly with RoundBar crossbars). Obviously, this makes it easy for thieves, so locks are essential with this setup.

Thule

https://www.thule.com/en-gb/gb/roof-rack
https://www.thule.com/en-us/us/roof-rack

For Premier with flush rails, use Kit 3168:

List prices:

$509.85 with Rapid Podium towers and AeroBlade crossbars
$419.85 with Podium towers and SquareBar crossbars
$569.85 with AeroBlade Edge (combined towers and crossbars, currently listed only on the UK site, not the US site, so it is not an officially recommended fit in the US)

For LT without flush rails, use Kit 1857.

List prices:

$509.85 with Rapid Traverse towers and AeroBlade crossbars
$419.85 with Traverse towers and SquareBar crossbars

$60 for four lock cylinders with any of the above.

Rhino

http://www.rhinorack.com/en-us/fit-my-v ... ct-vehicle

Currently does not show a fit for the Chevrolet Bolt.

Rhino setups for other vehicles with similar flush rails have list price of $449.
Last edited by boltage on Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:27 am, edited 16 times in total.


boltage
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Re: Yakima rack for Bolt Premier (with flush siderails)

Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:20 pm

https://www.thule.com/en-us/us/roof-rack shows no Thule fit for the Bolt.

I have seen the photos of the Thule AeroBlade Edge mounted on a Bolt. However, this rack uses a vehicle-specific fit kit to attach to flush rails, so we can presume that at least a prototype of such exists (for that photo-op), but Thule has not yet released it for sale to the general public.

Posatronic
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Re: Yakima rack for Bolt Premier (with flush siderails)

Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:54 pm

Great. Thanks for all the information. It would be nice if Amber could find out what GM bought to put on their bolt in the "garage" video they have. Did they use another cars mount to use or did a manufacturer make one for them. Great job guys I have been wondering for a while. Thanks again.
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boltage
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Re: Yakima rack for Bolt Premier (with flush siderails)

Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:54 pm

Posatronic wrote:Great. Thanks for all the information. It would be nice if Amber could find out what GM bought to put on their bolt in the "garage" video they have. Did they use another cars mount to use or did a manufacturer make one for them. Great job guys I have been wondering for a while. Thanks again.


The Yakima web site lists the same Landing Pad 19 for the Buick Envision with flush rails. Presumably, the rails are of similar design for both. Note that the Bolt flush rails have holes visible on the inside of the rails, so it is possible that the Yakima Landing Pad 19 uses those holes.

The Thule web site does not list anything for the Buick Envision either.

boltage
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Re: Yakima rack for Bolt Premier (with flush siderails)

Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:39 pm

Note that the example photos from the Yakima site indicate that the Landing Pads for the SkyLine towers attach to the rails where the holes on the inside of the rails are.

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It would have been better if the rails were raised, which would mean that you could use raised-rail towers that do not need specific adapters and allow adjusting the bar spread to your needs.

boltage
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Re: Yakima rack for Bolt Premier (with flush siderails)

Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:43 pm

Looks like Yakima Landing Pad 19 is shared with several other 2017 vehicles with flush rails:

Acura MDX
Buick Envision
Ford Explorer
Honda CR-V
Jeep Compass

Based on the instructions at http://assets.yakima.com/Product/instructions/8000245/1 and the photos in a previous post, the slot accommodates different distances between the mounting holes in the rails, allowing the Landing Pad 19 to fit all of them.

In contrast, Thule does not use slotted mountings for its AeroBlade Edge or Rapid Podium mounts, as can be seen in the instructions for its KIT3151 at https://cdn1.static-tgdp.com/assetloade ... t=US&att=1 and KIT3097 at https://cdn1.static-tgdp.com/assetloade ... t=US&att=1 . So it may take longer for Thule to produce a solution for the Bolt, unless one of the vehicles which has an existing Thule kit (Ford Explorer, Jeep Compass) happens to have the same distance between the holes as the Bolt.

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Re: Yakima rack for Bolt Premier (with flush siderails)

Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:51 pm

Jeesh - Seems like an extremely expensive setup from Yakima - $414 plus shipping for something that's also outrageously tall and fugly.

GM needs to get with the program with the accessories. It's probably the least complicated thing on the car. I'm close to just making my own.
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boltage
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Re: Yakima rack for Bolt Premier (with flush siderails)

Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:50 pm

Pigwich wrote:Jeesh - Seems like an extremely expensive setup from Yakima - $414 plus shipping for something that's also outrageously tall and fugly.

GM needs to get with the program with the accessories. It's probably the least complicated thing on the car. I'm close to just making my own.


Thule, if and when they get around to making a fit kit for their racks, will not be any less expensive, based on their usual prices.

JeffN
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Re: Yakima rack for Bolt Premier (with flush siderails)

Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:36 pm

boltage wrote:
Pigwich wrote:Jeesh - Seems like an extremely expensive setup from Yakima - $414 plus shipping for something that's also outrageously tall and fugly.

GM needs to get with the program with the accessories. It's probably the least complicated thing on the car. I'm close to just making my own.


Thule, if and when they get around to making a fit kit for their racks, will not be any less expensive, based on their usual prices.

Thule now lists a Bolt EV fit kit for the AeroBlade Edge (marketed as the Thule Edgebar in Europe) -- it is kit number 3168. For whatever reason, Thule hasn't updated the North American version of their website with that information yet but you can see it if you switch your country to the U.K. By clicking on the small flag icon in the upper left corner. Ironically, the Bolt EV isn't sold in the U.K.... I don't know if US dealers can actually order the 3168 kit yet even though it apparently exists.

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