Is anyone here using a Thule roof rack on a Ford Fusion (pre-2013) sedan? Are you using the recommended 58" square load bars, and if so, can you comment on how much they overhang the 480 Traverse feet? Do you think you could get away with 50" bars on this car with the 480 feet?
I'm considering putting a rack on a 2011 Fusion, and want to use shorter-than-recommended load bars, mainly because I already have them, and don't want to spend the extra $70 or so for new bars. As I mentioned, Thule specs 58" for this car with Traverse 480 feet, but I have some 50" bars from a previous car.
So I was thinking of buying just the new feet and fit kit and trying out the 50" bars. My question is, is there some guideline on how short the bars can be before safety becomes an issue? I'm thinking that if the bars can get all the way through the clamps on the feet, and leave enough room to get the end caps on, that should be good enough.
On the other hand, if I have to get new bars as well as the new feet and fit kits (and maybe even a new fairing) then the cost becomes comparable to a hitch + hitch rack so I probably won't bother.
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