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    Thule's Poorly Made Foam Arm Pads--Alternatives?????

    I have a Thule bike rack. The rack itself is great. The black foam arm pads suck. I've barely used the rack (out of warranty) and one of them has torn unfortunately.

    I can order new arm pads for $1 each. However Thule told me the new ones would have to be sliced down the length of the arm pad in order to be put onto bike rack. That "solution" seems to only advance the foam pad to being ripped/broken again. NOT HAPPY.

    However, instead of that, do people have any suggestions that would last better than their crummy foam arm pads? Thule won't make these forever, so I'm looking for another solution.

    Thanks!

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    Can you post a pic? I have no idea which Thule rack your talking about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EBG 18T View Post
    Can you post a pic? I have no idea which Thule rack your talking about.
    Thanks for replying! Here's a link to the model/parts ordering.

    Model Thule Voyager 975 2 Bike Carrier

    I'm soured on Thule basically. I would have expected the foam pads to last longer than 2 years, considering I only used the rack 3 times!


    https://www.thule.com/en-us/us/support/spare-parts?p=1092&sc={056F5AC4-58E4-4B70-81FB-AA249E52975B}

    Few random links to images of the model I have

    https://www.etrailer.com/Trunk-Bike-...e/TH910XT.html

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffp0r11E7Tg

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    I would just get pipe insulation from lowes or Home Depot and settle with that. It's about $2 for 6 feet.

    Everbilt 3/4 in. x 6 ft. Foam Self Seal Pipe Insulation-ORS07812 - The Home Depot

    Unfortunately foam breaks down over time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EBG 18T View Post
    I would just get pipe insulation from lowes or Home Depot and settle with that. It's about $2 for 6 feet.

    Everbilt 3/4 in. x 6 ft. Foam Self Seal Pipe Insulation-ORS07812 - The Home Depot

    Unfortunately foam breaks down over time.
    I can't believe I didn't think of that! Thanks a lot!!

    I'll give it a try, I just hope the foam insulation is strong enough to resist compression, preventing the bar from coming in contact with the car, when I use the rack and load it w/the bikes.

    Much appreciate the suggestion.

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    It will compress some. At some point if you use the rack more you might want to look into a different kind of rack. But if your not using it much, there's no reason to waste the $$. Just make sure you get the self sealing pipe insulation. It will make things easier.
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    Unfortunately the foam will breakdown, I used one of these on the family van for years, yes the foam did last that long but it was ugly. We lived in Utah where the summer were 100 degrees, and I'd take it off when the winter snow came. Leaving it installed all season will add to the breakdown.

    But as mentioned above Pipe Insulation is all you need, the foam insulation linked above will work, but the rubber pipe insulation may last longer. A bit more expensive, but cheaper than getting the Thule brand replacement part, and it should last longer. Be sure to use zip ties, SECURED TIGHTLY, to keep it in place and reduce risk of ties scratching paint of your vehicle. BOOM, DONE!!!

    Armacell 3/4 in. x 6 ft. Rubber Self-Seal Pipe Wrap Insulation-HST07812 - The Home Depot

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