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    Fender pulling front tire from Thule Sidearm?

    Anyone ever seen this happen? I've been using the Thule Sidearm without issues. Last week I put a new front fender on the bike, popped the bike in the rack and headed out. About 10 minutes into the drive I look up through the sun roof and see the front tire starting pop out of the rail.
    Pull over and the bike is still feeling solid in the rack. I had to release the front tire to get it back into the rail, re tighten and all seems fine. Continue driving and the tire migrated again.

    I'm thinking the fender is acting like some sort of sail and pull up on the sidearm so it can jump the rail. With rainy season upon us, I'm not looking forward to riding without the fender.
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    i've neve seen someone use a fender in these parts, but i do use a sidearm myself.
    the sidearm really wants to be resting on the tire, and if you've got a front fender, maybe you could slip the clamp up over the tire, in between the tire and fender?
    i assume with a front fender, you've also got a rear fender too...so maybe turning the bike around won't work either.??

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    Its one of those mud splatter fenders. There's a couple inches space and the arm does mount correctly onto the tire.
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    I had the same problem with that rack and Thule replaced it under warranty. Apparently they had some problems with a small percentage of them. Scared the ***t out of me watching through the sunroof an SWorks Enduro and Safire Expert floating out of the rack at interstate speeds.

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    I'll give Thule a holler. The idea of a Knolly pinwheeling down the freeway is nightmare.
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