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Old 02-16-2013, 08:24 AM   #21 (permalink)
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the wierd part was he stated it's been on the car for 4 or 5 months with no issue.
any way something was the wrong part or broke or loosened over time as the outcome is WHAM your boards are lying on the freeway.....
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:42 AM   #22 (permalink)
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It could have been on the car for 4-5 months without anything on it to create upward pressure. Strap a board to it and you have an instant sail putting some pretty strong forces on the rack.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:56 AM   #23 (permalink)
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It could have been on the car for 4-5 months without anything on it to create upward pressure. Strap a board to it and you have an instant sail putting some pretty strong forces on the rack.
No aerodynamics expert but if the issue had been the boards creating a sail effect, I would imagine that the leading edge, ie the front rack would have lifted off.

OP -- did you retrieve the rack after it detached? I'd be on the phone with Thule, if there was a manufacturing defect I believe they'll step up. If it was the wrong foot pack (the part that secures to the car) that, sadly, is on you.

In the end though, it feels like installation error.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:46 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Ya OP'er needs to chime in here.
Your right was this the 1st time he had boards on it, I doubt it from the sound of his post but he needs more info.
Where did he get the rack?
Was it installed per the dimensions to factory specs for the car??

Here are the factory slots that my rack clamps into specific for my car



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Old 02-16-2013, 01:28 PM   #25 (permalink)
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My bad guys totally forgot to replay. I bought the rack from my friend who used it in his b6 a4. We installed it when I first bought the car this summer. It's not factory so there wasn't any pins like u guys say. Ill take pics ones I get home. The front rack took some time to get off. U have to unlock it and then twist the lock like 10 times to get it loos enough to pull off of the body of the car. I picked up the other rack. The boards were still attached to the rack. I've used the rack plenty of times. 3 hour drive with 4 boards on at one time and then every other time is a 2 hour drive. Maybe a total of like 10 times.

I wish I could buy him a new board but he said no. It's a 09 burton nug. Told him to go take it in and get the top sheet fixed ill pay for it. He said no its only cosmetic don't worry about it. Ima buy him lift ticket next time he goes up. He boards maybe two times a year.
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:54 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I just don't know how it all came off with the doors shot if a piece didn't break. It must have been super loose for the back one to fall off. I always tug the hell out of mine to make sure it hasn't loosened up in the cold.
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