Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Fair Oaks,CA
Bikes: Kestrel RT1000 & Calfee Tandem
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Thanks to all of your posts. I ran into the same problem as you did...getting a straight answer. I finally got in contact with a Thule Technical person. I found out that there are four mounting points for a rack built into the car. (I have had the car for 4 years and never knew they were there, even though I have waxed it three times and washed it multiple times.) The Thule tech person also told me that the optimal distance between crossbars for mounting on the S60 is 31.5", exactly the same as the V70. Amazing that the recommended distance is exactly the same as the mounting points. So now I get a rack that is easily transferred from one car to the other one.
Thule makes a clip that specifically fits the S60. I got a set and built the towers and crossbars tonight. It was somewhat difficult figuring out how the clips mounted to the car and then to the rack, but I got it dome. The result is a very stable and strong mounting structure (from an engineering standpoint) for my tandem that will never move around or blow off. Thule and Volvo really thought this one through. I will, however, purchase Yakima Copperhead bike trays to fit the Thule crossbars. They are a much better design than the Thule. The tandem rack that is branded as Thule is actually the TandemTopper, a rack that was designed by a couple of Boeing engineers several years ago. Since I already have a TandemTopper, I should be good to go. Will post how it all works out. All I can tell you is that Yakima really missed the boat by not developing and producing a clip that would fit the S60. Maybe there is not enough demand, but they lost a good customer when they couldn't deliver. I just sold my Yakima rack and all the parts that go with it.
Last edited by VaultGuru; 11-30-09 at 11:28 PM.