The Thule 682 - Sidekick Roof Top Cargo Box offers eight cubic feet of lockable roof top cargo capacity at an affordable price. This compact roof box is ideal for carrying small loads such as camping gear, golf clubs or a couple carry on sized pieces of luggage. This box is named the Sidekick because it's only 25 inches wide which leaves room left over on the roof rack to transport something else alone side. The box is constructed of durable polyethylene, same material use for molded kayaks. The box holds up to 110 pound of gear.
The Sidekick opens from the vehicle's passenger side for easier and safer curb side loading and unloading. The lid is supported using Thule's dual force struts, same struts use on Thule's high-end cargo boxes. A roll of adhesive foam is included form a weather tight seal between the lid and base, this foam should be applied to the lid as shown in the product instructions. The lid has two lock down points for security, these locks are NOT part of Thule Same Key System so the Sidekick keys can not be match to other Thule keys. Roof rack mounting hardware is included to attach the box to any Thule roof rack system plus most factory cross bars as well, confirm the fit using Thule's fit guide.
The outer box dimensions are 54 L x 25 W x 15.5 H inches and the box weighs in at an easy to manage 16 pounds. The Sidekick's base has pre-drilled holes to accommodate the mounting hardware and requires a minimum bar spacing of 20.5 inches and allows a maximum of 32 inches for mounting. The box can be shipped via UPS Ground because it is boxed unassembled, the base is nested in the lid and requires assembly of the hinges, support struts, lock mechanisms and the roof rack mounting hardware, all of which take about an hour from box to roof top.