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Spent the past week or so reading through this entire thread and it's been a wild ride. Got confused until I read the last two pages and saw @sleepyS14 and @moonrider_99 posts. Haven't quite decided if I want to try for the UK OEM rack or piece together a Thule rack from UK parts. The OEM one looks pretty sleek and cheap/good quality is something I can get behind. Aesthically, I do like the look of the overhang bars with the fairing on the front though. Functionally, I want it primarily to handle my canoe (which is at the widest point is about 40") and maybe a ski/bike rack in the future. Can anyone confirm if the Ford UK OEM rack bars are at least 40" wide? Looking at the pictures of those who went with the overhang bars (that are 50"), it looks like it might be cutting it close.

For others curious, most of the early sources/part numbers/links don't work anymore, but the most recent few pages have some good info on the latest sources for the OEM and Thule P/N's. I checked the Thule Canada page, and they list a fit kit specifically for the RS as 5125. This is likely wrong - I checked the standard Focus fit kit from Thule Canada and it's the same P/N. Obviously they didn't get the memo about the RS having the alignment holes. As mentioned in previous posts, Thule UK indicates the updated FoRS fit kit should be 5089.
Thule dealers in Canada dont know about the RS specific fit kit. I go from memory here but I thought the specific brackets P/N was 1654 or something like that! But perhaps the P/N you listed are for the combination of footpacks and brackets…

If you go Thule get it from amazon uk as you mentioned, when I got mine it ended up being nearly half price in the end and all black (vs euro Ford bars which I believe are silver).

Depending on the bike racks you already have, with the bigger wing I was able to fit my forkmount racks to the extremities of the Thule bars which allow the mountain bikes rear tires to barely stay clear of the wing’s painted sides with the hartch fully opened. This might be another thing to consider depending on bike racks you may already own. And I could still fit a cargo box between the bike racks if I needed to.

Had the Rhino bars on my ST (the cut to size ones with no overhang) very similar to the euro Ford bars and definitely had less space to work with.

Anyways both kits seem equally good depending on your use and aesthetics preference! I changed from the Rhino bars to Thule just to use the additional pinholes to prevent roof rack movement (saw some on the ST…).

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Spent the past week or so reading through this entire thread and it's been a wild ride. Got confused until I read the last two pages and saw @sleepyS14 and @moonrider_99 posts as the part numbers and sources have changed a lot. Haven't quite decided if I want to try for the UK OEM rack or piece together a Thule rack from UK parts. The OEM one looks pretty sleek and cheap/good quality is something I can get behind. Aesthically, I do like the look of the overhang bars with the fairing on the front though. Functionally, I want it primarily to handle my canoe (which is at the widest point is about 40") and maybe a ski/bike rack in the future. Can anyone confirm if the Ford UK OEM rack bars are at least 40" wide? Comparing it with the pictures of those who went with the overhang bars (that are 50"), the Ford UK OEM rack looks like it might be cutting it close.

For others curious, most of the early sources/part numbers/links don't work anymore, but the most recent few pages have some good info on the latest sources for the OEM and Thule P/N's. I checked the Thule Canada page, and they list a fit kit specifically for the RS as 5125. This is likely wrong - I checked the standard Focus fit kit from Thule Canada and it's the same P/N. Obviously they didn't get the memo about the RS having the alignment holes. As mentioned in previous posts, Thule UK indicates the updated FoRS fit kit should be 5089.
Found my order on my amazon uk account if that helps at all.

Also showing pricing in £ including shipping and prepaid duty/taxes. I believe the £/cad exchange rate is better now then back then at least last time I checked which would make it en even better deal!

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Thanks for all the info, especially the pictures, that's awesome! I think the fit kit (141634) you're referring to is no longer available (Thule 141634 Roof Racks, Standard, 1634 Rapid Fitting Kit : Amazon.co.uk: Automotive). I believe it was replaced by the 145089. The feet and bars were also updated, but the ones you bought are still available for purchase. I wonder if the updated fit kit would work with those, or only the newer style feet?

I've never actually had a roof rack before, so I don't have any collection of accessories and I'm not very well-versed in what works with what. I've had the luxury of being able to borrow my Dad's F-150 when I need to haul the canoe or bikes or other cargo. But I'm looking forward to many future road trips with the RS and a roof rack should open up lots of possibilities. I've used blocks for the canoe on the truck, but being made of foam, and with the roof panel being so flexible, there's quite a bit of wiggle at 100km/h. I think having it on a roof rack with should help with the stability and my peace of mind.

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I'm curious, what set of roof racks are you using to mount the Roof Top Tent, I was looking at doing a RTT setup and I know most of the tents or at least the ones I was looking at getting are 100lb, and I'll have 2 adults about 320-350lb in total so I'm curious how well they support the weight?

Was on vacation for two weeks. Camping, kayaking, roof top tent etc. Car see’s a lot of use lol

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I'm curious, what set of roof racks are you using to mount the Roof Top Tent, I was looking at doing a RTT setup and I know most of the tents or at least the ones I was looking at getting are 100lb, and I'll have 2 adults about 320-350lb in total so I'm curious how well they support the weight?
The OEM ford euro rack. Held up to my fatass 220 + my wife at 150, plus the weight of the RTT itself. Did just fine 👌

on a seperate note, look for a RTT that has the cover as a zip and not snug Velcro. I found on the hwy enough air intrudes with the velcro setup that it ‘puffs up’ with air. Whereas when I borrowed my friends with the zipper it did not do the puffy cover thing
 

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The OEM ford euro rack. Held up to my fatass 220 + my wife at 150, plus the weight of the RTT itself. Did just fine

on a seperate note, look for a RTT that has the cover as a zip and not snug Velcro. I found on the hwy enough air intrudes with the velcro setup that it ‘puffs up’ with air. Whereas when I borrowed my friends with the zipper it did not do the puffy cover thing
I second the OEM Ford euro rack. That’s what I have and I’ve used it for the RTT for 2 summers now with no issues. I would say you should aim for a tent on the lighter end, though. I read somewhere once that the roof racks weight rating is the “dynamic” rating (ie while driving) and that the “static” rating was approx 4x the dynamic.


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The OEM ford euro rack. Held up to my fatass 220 + my wife at 150, plus the weight of the RTT itself. Did just fine 👌

on a seperate note, look for a RTT that has the cover as a zip and not snug Velcro. I found on the hwy enough air intrudes with the velcro setup that it ‘puffs up’ with air. Whereas when I borrowed my friends with the zipper it did not do the puffy cover thing
side note, what tent do you currently have? I'm currently searching for one that has the zipper cover though. It doesn't seem that there really is any limitation to what tent you can put on a focus RS. except those that are length wise, probably not the greatest idea to try that.
 

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The OEM ford euro rack. Held up to my fatass 220 + my wife at 150, plus the weight of the RTT itself. Did just fine 👌

on a seperate note, look for a RTT that has the cover as a zip and not snug Velcro. I found on the hwy enough air intrudes with the velcro setup that it ‘puffs up’ with air. Whereas when I borrowed my friends with the zipper it did not do the puffy cover thing
I was thinking of snagging this tent specifically. https://www.amazon.com/Smittybilt-2...646394303&sprefix=roof+top+tent,aps,76&sr=8-3
 

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I ran the smittybilt 2783 if I remember correctly. It fit on the roof and rack just fine. If I were to buy another one I would get the one you linked, 2883. Reason being the size of the unit is no more larger but it comes with the protected entrance. I’m in BC and it rains a lot, so having that extra protection is nice. Also if you have a gf/wife they will prefer the more private entrance style so all the neighbours don’t get a peep show when you’re crawling in and out.

I also used a tepui of the same style. It’s very clear the build quality is better than the smitty, but the smitty is 1/4 the price so that’s a no brainer to me
 

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@supermoo they are rotiform VCE 18x8.5 et35, plastidipped white but a track day ruined the finish. Rare wheel that was custom ordered. I sold to a friend but was suppose to get them back, but he traded his car in without telling me and the car/wheels disappeared. Still pisses me off to this day.

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@supermoo they are rotiform VCE 18x8.5 et35, plastidipped white but a track day ruined the finish. Rare wheel that was custom ordered. I sold to a friend but was suppose to get them back, but he traded his car in without telling me and the car/wheels disappeared. Still pisses me off to this day.

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That is a real bummer for sure. Those wheels look so good on the car. So you cannot order those from Rotiform?
 

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I've tried a few times to get a roof rack for my RS. Did a ton of research only to find what I wanted was out of stock, or no longer produced.
It's quite confusing and overwhelming with all of the options currently available now. What's going to be the most durable? Any long term concerns with damage to the roof? What is the max weight capacity up there?
 

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I tried ordering from Thule US and found they were offering what you all claimed was the wrong part. After getting no traction from their phone support, I wrote an email just asking about the difference between the two parts. here is the most complete, yet simple answer I could get. I'm assuming Thule is unaware that the north American RS is actually an import from Europe. We have the mounting holes, this should go with the European mounting hardware. This was likely addressed further back in the thread, but I may have missed it and either way, good to bring back to the surface again. 
 

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I ordered mine from Thule direct and im afraid im going to run into the same issue. I was just on rack attack's website and they are saying its a different part number. The kit Thule sent me is the 5125 and rack attack is stating its the 5089. tomorrow morning might be interesting.
 

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Are there any recommendations on where to look for the stock roof rails? I have seen some of the RS's using them. I want to put a ski box on top.
There's no roof rails that come stock. There's a UK one that's Ford licensed. You'll have to find one used, or find a contact in the UK that will ship it to you. I tried Ford and they won't ship direct.

The other option is from Thule, just keep in mind they offer the wrong part number using their fit guide online. I would order from rackattack as they have all the right parts and costs the same as direct from Thule.
 
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