Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Central Massachusetts
Drives: 2012 KIA Optima with Premium package
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I suspect that the salesman was like many, talking through an alternate opening.
I've had the Fit Kit for my Optima on order for about a month. Its expected to arrive at my local dealer any day now, but I'm on a business trip ATM, so can't pick it up for a few weeks.
My previous Audi A3 had a sunroof that opened like the Optima's over the rear glass roof section. The Thule spoiler also worked fine (but was mostly a waste of money) and rested on the fixed glass in front of the opening roof. There was no problem at all with the roof clearing my rack. Just be sure that any bolts used for clamping adapters aren't overly long (the supplied Thule bolts work fine).
I've put both my wife's 53 cm and my 64 cm road frames in the rear seat simultaneously (wheels off) throughout a 10-day trip, and made a seat cover for the rear so the chains wouldn't soil the upholstery. Great way to take the bikes on a vacation, as we usually do, have the entire trunk available for luggage, and not screw up the aerodynamics. Still need the rack for our sea kayaks, and the occasional ski trip when I also need all four seats for passengers.
I have a thule roof rack (400 aero foot) that I use for my surfboards and was looking at a fit kit for the optima. Thule has one (1629), but apparently this fit kit will only work with the 480/480r foot packs. Thus, instead of having to spend just $75 for the fit kit, I have to spend $380 for the entire system. What a racket.
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