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2020 Pilot and Thule Roof Rack

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Picking up my Pilot this week. Wondering if anyone has a 2020 Pilot with Thule square bars. Thule website says they have a compatible option for a plain roof and with factor installed rails. However comments make it it seem like that's not true for Thule square bars. So I thought I would check here to see if someone can confirm they have that setup.
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what trim level Pilot? Touring, Elite, Black Edition, Special Edition all have factory side rails but not with openings that would accept the crossroads shown. They all have fixed mounting points that the crossbars screw into them.

A couple members have Thule and Yakima but they also wanted different spacing option AND bars that hang over some to tie to on the outside. The factory bars have no where to attach a rope or other on outside edge to secure a load.

Search on Thule, roof rack etc and you'll get a bunch of hits including the "base carrier" like I did. Factory bars, no side rails, much cheaper option.
 

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I've got a message in to Honda to see if its possible to add the Passport rails to the Pilot.
Where is that "don't hold your breath" emoji? Many are interested. Some asked dealers. Nobody wanted to spend the $$ as the guinea pig. Others were told that the base rack carrier (like mine) won't fit 2016-2018 even though the rail part #'s are the exact same if you were to order factory flush rails for a 2016 or a 2019. I think somebody actually tried it and yup it fit.If you find a wrecked Passport you might get a discount to see if it matches up once you pull your rails off.

A good metal fabricator / customizer with time and $$ incentive could get many versions to fit. Most of us don't have that. There are 4 studs in the roof on each side (2 front / 2 back) that the Base Carrier attaches to. 2 more attachment points up front if you get the rails. I don't recall toward the back. College Hills and Bernardi have the instructions for download on how the factory flush rails (ans base carrier) attached so you can see what is involved. Maybe you could find pictures of how the Passport rails attach and what might be needed.

When I was searching for a factory CRV rack, on line a guy listed "cheap" DIY rack. He used aluminum stock, drilled holes that matched factory points (6 per side with 7mm socket head screws) and made side rails that he then attached cross bars to. Worked for him, aluminum was from an industrial building entrance door and was solid.
 
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