Thule ARB53B 53 Inch AeroBlade Black - Thule Load Bar

Thule ARB53B 53 Inch AeroBlade Black
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Rating of 4.8/5 on 25 reviews
Product Code: 100ARB53B
Status: Discontinued
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The Thule ARB53B 53 Inch AeroBlade Black

Thule Roof Rack Load Bar

The Thule AeroBlade Load Bars feature the latest technology and design to create a whisper-quiet roof rack. They work with the existing Thule Rapid Aero Foot Packs and Thule Accessories.


  • Stealthy and rugged, the low-gloss black powdercoat finish carries the full Thule Lifetime Warranty
  • Aerodynamic shape helps reduce any possible cabin noise
  • Integrated T-slot for easy mounting of select Thule accessories
  • Carry up to 165lbs of cargo, weight varies from vehicle to vehicle
  • Offered in three other sizes for optimal fit on any vehicle in any application
  • Profile of the bar delivers a sleek new look
  • AeroBlade bars will only work with the Thule Rapid Aero Foot Packs
  • WindDiffuser is a textured surface on the t-slot cover that disturbs the airflow better than a smooth surface, greatly reducing wing noise
  • The sophisticated BoxBeam aluminum extrusion creates one of the strongest load bars in the market. Using a vertical load test, the AeroBlade can sustain over 800 lbf of force
  • The new SwingBlade end cap pivots open to allow full access to the t-slot for easy accessory installs
  • The new SmartSlide is a molded measurement system providing a quick, no-hassle, tape-measure-free foot installation. SmartSlide also covers the underbar slot to improve aerodynamics and noise diffusion
  • NOT compatible with the following Thule products: 503 Load Stops, 516 Prologue, 579XT Canoe Carrier, 558P Tandem Carrier, 847 Outrigger II, 884 Roll Model


Weight: 8.3lbs

Length (carton): 54.3"

Width (carton): 3.8"

Height (carton): 3.3"

UPC: 091021251137

Manufacturer: Thule

Manufacturer Part Number: ARB53B

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Sleek, beautiful cross bars. Had these on a previous car and will continue to buy them until something better comes along!

2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek


looks good but a lot of wind noise (high pitch whistle) if not all of the rubber installed on the bottom of the blade. If installed correctly problem is solved, but I was tempted not to install as I thought it was just for looks.

2013 Audi A3 Wagon


I have two other Thule rack systems that use the square tubing. I debated staying with the square tubing for this installation so I could use the various lengths that I own but ultimately decided the sleeker styling was more appropriate on the Jeep. Time will tell if I made the right call.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee


Adjustable slide with reference to slide positions in instructions made setting the width with the Rapid Traverse mounts exceptionally simple. The all black looks excellent on a black car!

2016 Audi S5 2dr


High quality feels nice.

2016 Ford Focus 5DR

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find a list of the most frequently asked questions for this product. If you need more assistance you can email a rack-install technician, or call us at: 1-877-432-8301

All required tools and instructions for the Thule ARB53B 53 Inch AeroBlade Black are provided. No particular expertise required, just be sure to follow the instructions closely. While installation times vary depending on your vehicle and racks purchased, installations typically take from 15-60 minutes.

With so many different cars out there, we need to carry a wide range of roof rack components. To see what has been made specifically to fit your vehicle, enter your vehicle information in our base rack fit guide.

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