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As the title suggests, I'm looking for roof bar feet/adapters for an eTron without the flush roof rails, so ones that will affix to the door jambs. Obviously not expecting to find anything eTron specific yet, but is there any that would be compatible?

It's a Audi eTron 50 Technik, in the UK if that helps!
 

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I was not aware that you could get the eTron bald. At least in the US I think the roof rails are standard.

... someone will correct me :/ haha
 

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They're optional in the UK. I didn't realise that until it turned up!
 

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They're optional in the UK. I didn't realise that until it turned up!
Yes just been looking at this little challenge myself.

Thule seem to have the option to add racks, check it out here put your model details in and voila

Apologies, I either misread or it's disappeared; the Thule site currently doesn't offer a roof rack for bare roofed e-trons. Although Thule and Audi do offer roof racks for other bare roofed Audis... hopefully they will offer a solution in the future.

I'm looking at the rear mounted boxes. Thule is way too expensive, but considering you'd need a towball, cycle/box rack and the box itself... its going to be £500 - £1000, but lots of options are out there.

 

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The Audi website suggests the roof rack attaches to the rails. I know Volvo cars can be fitted with a roof rack that bolts into a couple of small holes inside the top of the door frame. Is there a similar arrangement on your car?
 

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Hi 1978

I've got a similar problem, I also forgot to order the roof rails on the eTron 50.

I already have a Thule Wingbar system with bike racks, so ideally I want to reuse that, but with different clamps.

The Halfords website seems to suggest the following may be compatible: Thule Evo Clamp 7105.

I haven't actually taken delivery of my car yet, so I haven't been able to confirm whether that fits. I'd be interested in hearing how you get on...
 

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Hi, same issue here - looks like they removed that Thule from the site - actually there are a load of them returned on amazon - bet they were etron owners! Here in Ireland they have the Advance 50 like on the continent but with a totally different spec similar to the UK technik but hate the Standard aeros - should’ve gotten 20s.
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hate the Standard aeros - should’ve gotten 20s.
My e-tron came with the 20s and I wanted the 19s (for range, comfort, and I think they look cool). Dealer said wheels are actually tied to the VIN and can't be changed until after the sale. I didn't bother pushing it after I bought the car.
What do you hate about the aeros, is it just the looks?
 

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Evening,

As the title suggests, I'm looking for roof bar feet/adapters for an eTron without the flush roof rails, so ones that will affix to the door jambs. Obviously not expecting to find anything eTron specific yet, but is there any that would be compatible?

It's a Audi eTron 50 Technik, in the UK if that helps!
Hi, did you manage to get a solution? Bought a Technik also and have checked Thule but no option for roof rack if no roof rails present.
 

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Hi, did you manage to get a solution? Bought a Technik also and have checked Thule but no option for roof rack if no roof rails present.
Yeah the solution was to go on holiday in my old A4 which does have the bars! The only plausible option seemed to be getting some adapters fabricated to fit the 'universal' style mounts that sit on the roof and clamp inside roofline, but didn't go through with it in the end.
 

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I’m quite sure you cannot put a roof rack on the car without the rails. We are all so used to seeing rails as a cosmetic feature we forget that they where originally intended on cars as a storage / travel feature. For attaching roof racks and boxes. Sales people should point this out at point of sale. It’s one aftermarket addition that can be done. (Anything can be done) but it’s very expensive. Not many body shops would take it on. Not many owners would pay the silly costs. In the UK it’s £450 as a factory option. You would think they would want to up sell them at POS. They look cool and practical. I added them to a Q5 aftermarket and it cost £2300!
 

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I have Cruz bars for my Discovery Sport (no rails) and they work perfectly, 6 holidays and going strong. This is on a car with roof rails as a factory fit option, and with a lightweight roof with huge panoramic glass element. I can’t see why someone couldn’t make them for the e-tron, but I suppose it depends on demand... DS a very popular car.
 

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I have found a pair to fit the Etron with no rails, KIT BS 181 for FARAD ALU & IRON roof bars they look fine to me, very similar to the Cruz ones I had. Reassuringly the car is specifically mentioned in the pdf instruction sheet https://www.faradworld.com/upload/2020-07-21_11-07-45_BS181-AUDI e-TRON 5P-eTRON 5P SPORTBACK 2020.pdf
that's a great find. Ive got an e-tron on order and a couple of colleagues want to order too - we are not able to select options, and roof bars are a game changer for one of them. Ive been looking at retro fitting rails (too scary), but didn't find any other options.. are you going to buy??
 

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Thank you, I’ve ordered one, but my car doesn’t arrive until the 26th October, so I’ll let you know. They look very similar to the ones for my discovery sport and they were perfect for my needs. I was a bit worried about the chrome trim, but I’ve realised they are on the doors and not the roofline, so these should be fine. I’ve used mine dozens of times on the disco and not a mark in sight, and that’s with an aluminium roof with pano glass
 

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Thank you, I’ve ordered one, but my car doesn’t arrive until the 26th October, so I’ll let you know. They look very similar to the ones for my discovery sport and they were perfect for my needs. I was a bit worried about the chrome trim, but I’ve realised they are on the doors and not the roofline, so these should be fine. I’ve used mine dozens of times on the disco and not a mark in sight, and that’s with an aluminium roof with pano glass
thanks for the update - mind me asking where you ordered from, for the life of me i couldn't find a stockist
 

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No problem, roofcarriers.co.uk, I think they are French, but I got a plain black set for €126 euro, good value. I’ve had lovely Thule bars in the past, but there is no point being flash imho for something I only use to plonk a roof box on - they are coming STRAIGHT off after a holiday :)
 

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No problem, roofcarriers.co.uk, I think they are French, but I got a plain black set for €126 euro, good value. I’ve had lovely Thule bars in the past, but there is no point being flash imho for something I only use to plonk a roof box on - they are coming STRAIGHT off after a holiday :)
not sure when my e-tron is going to arrive, so might hold fire and wait for your feedback. thanks for the info, really really useful. good luck.
 

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No problem, roofcarriers.co.uk, I think they are French, but I got a plain black set for €126 euro, good value. I’ve had lovely Thule bars in the past, but there is no point being flash imho for something I only use to plonk a roof box on - they are coming STRAIGHT off after a holiday :)
I think im more excited about your roof bars arriving than my e-tron... keen to hear a first impression when you can. Thanks again for finding these... my next project is investigating aftermarket tow bars (just in case you've sussed that too!)
 
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