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After much faffing, I have finally sussed out what kit is needed for a Stelvio without the flush roof rails. I have a sunroof but no roof rails. Thule makes the correct fitment for each of the Stelvio roof types and there is no difference in cost between kits for cars with roof rails and cars without roof rails. Halfords led me up the garden path so I went with the helpful people at roofracks.co.uk in the end and saved myself £40 in the process.
The Thule Edge WingBar package for the Stelvio without flush roof rails costs £270
In the kit is:
1x Thule Edge clamp kit 7205
2x Thule WingBar Edge 95 (aluminium) 7214
1x Thule foot kit 145156

The instructions were okay and it took about 30 minutes to set them up correctly. From now on it will be a quick process to put them on and take them off.

The clamps are rubberised and fit the roof profiles exactly.

I understand from other forums that if fitted the wrong way round they generate a whistle. The fat edge of the profile should be towards the front. I've yet to drive with them on the car as I'm in lockdown so I'll need to wait until I have an important journey to make.

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Thank you for posting this Damien. My Stelvio Quad arrives tomorrow without roof rails and I have been debating options. How confident are you with the Thule that it won't scratch the paint? I'm also considering ceramic coatings beforehand.

For other readers just beginning their search:
If you want roof rails before the crossbars they can be found online in europe or through your dealership for about $400. It looks like there are two different models depending on if you have the sunroof. My local dealership quoted about $600 for the labor if they do it, and a couple members on here have done it themselves in ~2.5 hours.

Like Damien said whether you have roof rails or not the Thule WingBar packages are the same price, about $560 if I remember in the US. One hooks like Damien's to the door, one to the roof rails. His setup is definitely tempting as it saves the $1000 dealer roof rail install and can be moved to other "naked" roof cars in the future.

Other option for me is a stealth hitch, adding about 40 pounds, and a 1up bike rack (amazing) which I already have. Until I go roof rack skis will go in the car, I just need to figure out how to secure them in case of an accident.
 

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You can put ppf on the roof where the pads will sit to avoid / minimize scratches. This also can help identify location for reassembly.
 

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How confident are you with the Thule that it won't scratch the paint?

Like Damien said whether you have roof rails or not the Thule WingBar packages are the same price, about $560 if I remember in the US.
I'm very confident there won't be any scratches as there are no sharp bits. I'm surprise the Thule kits cost so much in the USA. It might be worth importing from www.roofboxes.co.uk as the price I paid translates to $357 in cluding postage and VAT.
 

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I ordered mine from DriveDen and they have arrived notice mine are slightly different combination of parts!

Kit 145156 for Kit same as Damien
EVO Clamps 7105 not 7205
Wingbars are Evo 135 Black

Hoping difference is mainly down to Black colour will let you know!
 

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Hoping difference is mainly down to Black colour will let you know!
It might be that you have Wing Bars rather than Wing Bar Edge. The difference is the Wing Bars have a wider load carrying surface as they extend beyond the feet. It’s just personal preference. Let us know how you get on. Pictures needed :)

PS: The instructions I had labelled the front and rear brackets the wrong way around. If something doesn’t look right swap the front and rear bars ;)
 

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After lots of fiddling and worries of scuffing the paint I think I have the same instruction problem, I will reverse the brackets because the front ones definitely do not fit as per instructions! You are right I have the Aero Wing bars that extend, never realised before that they made both! By the way I paid equivalent of $260 which I will be pleased with if I can get them to fit!
 

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I will reverse the brackets because the front ones definitely do not fit as per instructions!
You will get there. Don't panic, just put the front bars to the back and the back bars to the front. I went with 75mm between the bars rather than 70mm as I found this to be a better fit and more even load distribution for my roof box.
 

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ok struggling and I have installed Thule roof bars before! I have brackets with part number 145156 that are for a Stelvio. I have set the width between the clamps to "39" as per instructions for Wing bar Evo (little rulers underneath). No joy they are no where near fitting, so I followed Damien and reversed the front and rear brackets. This is better but the brackets still do not fit snug against the door aperture (see photos) and when they do they push up the rubber feet off the roof or inside the ridge where they are supposed to sit. This suggests I need to move the clamps to make the width shorter than the "39" but when I have done this it alters the profile which the bracket fits the door aperture. Photos attached. Am I being a muppet here?

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Okay, not far now. You need to move the clamps along the bars to make the clamps closer together. I guess 15mm each end from what I can see. Keep the brackets loose as you adjust the bar clamp position.
 

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...there are ridges in the rubber blocks and these should drop into the channels in the roof where the blanking blocks are. There should be about 3mm clearance. When this is done you can label up the bars under the cover OSF, NSF etc.

The good news is they are super quick to put on and take off once they are set up. :)
 

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One other thing... When you tighten the clamps they rise up and grip perfectly.
 

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Thank you for all the advice @damienlovegrove . Well that was a big effort of trial and error whilst swinging bars across the roof tightening and undoing both sides over and over again. I can confirm that when a roof bar slides across the roof it does not scratch the paint, rubberised metal works and Alfa paint good. Because fronts would not fit I thought my instructions had the same mistake as Damien where front and rear brackets were reversed but whilst front's almost fit when reversed rears were nowhere near so I reverted back to instructions and started to adjust the X front clamp width and Y rear clamp width measurements moving gradually both ways ... not always in the right direction! Instruction were move the slider to 39 front and 33 rear. I think I finally got it right at 41.5 front and 32.5 rear whilst locating 280mm from windscreen and narrow 70cm between them. Happy with them but what are Thule thinking giving inaccurate instructions did they think no one would read them?

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I’m glad you got there in the end. As you say, crap instructions but they do eventually fit snug :)
 
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