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Thule Roof Rack Review - 2007 Kia Sportage

Today, on our 2007 Kia Sportage, we're doing a test fit of the Thule AeroBlade Crossbars. The part number for the crossbars we're using today is THARB47, and for our Rapid Crossroad Foot Pack, we're using TH450R. Now we already have our front crossbar loaded up onto our vehicle. We do have our end caps that are included with each of them. It's going to have a nice aerodynamic shape which is going to help with reducing wind noise and drag. We've got that one mounted. We're going to grab our back bar, show you how to secure on the last foot pack, and then how we load up our bar and secure it down.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we're going to be test fitting the Yakima Light Rider Two Bike Rack, part number Y02472. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first feature I like to show off is the integrated cable lock at the back of the mast. It fits into this portion here. You'll pull it out like so, wrap it around your bikes and attach it to this point here at the end. That's going to give your bike some security, prevent theft and tampering. We also have bottle openers here on the end of each arm.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we're going to be test fitting the Thule T2 Pro bike rack, part number TH9034. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look, and show off some of the features. Now the first and most important feature about this bike rack, is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. You just come up to the front here, and there's this gray handle that you push or pull towards yourself to release it. It's a lot nicer than some other racks, which will have the switches up towards the front, and make it a little more awkward to lower it.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Kia Sportage

Today on this 2008 Kia Sportage, we're going to be test fitting the 48 X 21 Max Tow Cargo Carrier, Part #MT70422. This has a 500 pound carrying capacity, but it's made of a very strong and sturdy aluminum material. It also has these points here, which can be used as tie down points for either your ratchet straps or your bungee cords, whatever you use to tie down your gear. Next, we're going to go ahead and give you some measurements. The first is going to be how much distance is added to the vehicle once the cargo carrier is installed. I'm going to go ahead and measure from the bumper, since that's the furthest point out. To this edge here, we're about 23 1/2 inches. For our ground clearance, we're about here, it's about 10 1/2 inches.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Kia Sportage

Today on this 2008 Kia Sportage, we're going to be test fitting the 23 by 60 Stromberg Carlson cargo carrier, part number CC-100. This cargo carrier has a weight capacity of 500 pounds. It also has this nice mesh floor here, which makes it easier to clear. Around the border of the cargo carrier, we have these tie down points that you can use for either your ratchet straps, or your bungee cords, whatever you use to tie down your gear. Also, if you're going to be blocking off the actual license plate, there are temporary license plate mounts here at the front that you can buy separately. I'm going to go ahead and give you a couple measurements. The first one is going to be how much distance is added to the vehicle once the cargo carrier is installed.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Kia Sportage

Today on this 2008 Kia Sportage, we're going to be test fitting the 20x48 Curt cargo carrier, Part Number C18110. This has a carrying capacity of 300 pounds. It has a nice mesh floor which is going to make it a lot easier to clean, and around the border of the cargo carrier we have these points which can be used as tie down points for either your ratchet straps or your bungee cords, whatever you use to tighten down your gear. Next, I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements, the first being how much distance is added to the vehicle once the cargo carrier is installed. I'm going to go ahead and measure from the bumper to this edge here. It's about 22-1/2 inches. For our ground clearance to the end of this bolt here, it's about 13-1/2 inches. The closest point at this edge here is about 4 inches.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today in our 2015 Kia Sportage, we're gonna take a look at and show you how to install the tow-ready T1 vehicle wiring harness with the four pole flat trailer connector. Part number is 118526. Now when we're ready to use our wiring, all we have to do is open up our cargo area here. Find it located underneath, and pull it on out. Now you'll see here where it's gonna go over a threshold. It's nice and cushy there, it's gonna give it plenty of room.



Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Raceway Pro Trunk Mount Two-Bike Rack. That part number is TH9001PRO. We already have our bikes secured down, we are first going to show you how we do that and then we'll go over some features of the rack itself. We have two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame here and one as our anti-sway strap in the back. To release those we're just going to pull down and lift up, and be able to pull our bike off and set it off to the side. With our bike out of the way, I always suggest that you replace your straps so you don't lose or damage any of them. Now we'll take a few measurements here. We're going to do our overall first. With our arms hanging out we're adding about 21 inches to our vehicle.



Thule Passage Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage we're doing a test fit of the Thule Passage trunk mount 2-bike rack. That part number is TH910XT. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that, and then we'll go over some features of the rack itself. We have two cradles in place with three straps. Two on our frame and then one as our anti-sway strap in the back. We're going to pull down and lift up to release those, and then we can pull our bike straight off of our rack. With our bike out of the way, I always suggest that you replace your straps so you don't lose or damage any of them. Now we'll take a few measurements.



Thule Archway Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Archway XT trunk mount, two-bike rack. That part number is TH9009XT. Now, we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that and then we'll go over some features of the rack itself. We have two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame, and then one as our anti-sway strap in the back there. To release those, we're going to pull down and lift up.



Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Gateway XT Trunk Mount 2 bike rack. That part number is TH9006XT. Now, we already have our bike secured down. I'm first going to show how we do that and then we'll go over some features of the rack itself. You have 2 cradles in place with 3 straps altogether. Two on our frame and one is our antibiotic-sway strap in the back there.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today, on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we got out the Thule Roadway here and we're testing it. The Roadway is a two bike, folding and tilting rack. It has been designed for use with inch and a quarter or with two inch hitches. The part number on it is TH912XTR. The Roadway is a nice, simple, straightforward rack. We are going to use three cradles and straps to hold our bike into position. You can see the one on the back here, that is our anti-sway cradle strap.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we've got out the Thule T2 Classic and we're test-fitting it. So the T2 Classic's a two-bike platform style rack. This has been designed for use in two-inch hitches. The part number on it is TH9044. The great thing about this . We've got no points of contact with the frame at all. We're going to have a front wheel hook holding down to our front wheel cradle, and then our rear wheel cradle with strap ...



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage we're test fitting the Thule Vertex. This is a fully and tilting four bike rack. It's been designed for use with inch and a quarter or with 2 inch hitches. Part number on it is TH9029XT. You can see our incorporated cable lock here, it's really nice. The backside uses a Thule one-key lock-in tumbler. We can get those to match an already existing set or you can just start your set with the one you've got.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we've got out the Swagman XC2. We're going to test fit it for you. The XC2 is a platform style 2-bike rack. It's been designed so you can use it with the 1-1/4 inch or 2-inch hitches. Part number on it is S64650. This is one of the simplest and very, very popular bike rack. Basically, it uses a frame hook to provide downward force onto our bike, holding it into our wheel hoops.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we're testing the Stromberg Carlson 23 by 60 Cargo Carrier. This Cargo Carrier is going to carry up to 500 pounds. Its designed for use with 2 inch hitches. Part number CC-100. This carrier has a platform that's made of a larger expanded steel, so even bigger rocks and stuff should fall right down in through. Dirt and debris we shouldn't have any issues with.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today in our 2015 Kia Sportage, we got out the Maxx Tow 21x48 Aluminum Cargo Carrier. This cargo carrier is designed to carry up to 500 pounds, works for 2 inch hitches. Part number is MT70422. As you can see this aluminum carrier offers a slack style floor, so we've got nice large areas for dirt and debris and stuff like that to fall down and out. Raised edge around the outside is going to be about 2 inches high, this is going to give us good support for gear front to back, side to side. We've also got 4 pre-drilled connection points over at each corner for stretch, so we can get everything nice and secure. Now overall our carrier is going to take up about 5 1/2 inches.



Lets Go Aero Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today in our 2015 Kia Sportage, we're test fitting the Let's Go Aero GearCage. This is a 32 by 48 cargo carrier. It's been designed for use in 2 inch hitches and it can carry up to 300 pounds. The part number is HCR222. There is something that is kind of different about this carrier as opposed to the others ones. This one is going to offer a solid floor.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today, on our 2015 Kia Sportage, we've gotten out the Curt 20 by 60 Folding Cargo Carrier. We're going to test fit it. This cargo carrier has been designed to carry up to 500-lbs and it's also for use with 2" hitches. Part number on it is C18151. Now, this carrier offers a medium-sized expanded steel so we're going to get good support for our gear, but also we're going to have plenty of areas for that dirt and debris to fall down and out. As you can see, our raised edge is about 5-1/2" high. That's going to give us good support for our load, front and back, sided to side.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Kia Sportage

Today on our 2015 Kia Sportage we've got the Curt 20x60 Cargo Carrier. We're just fitting it to see how it goes on the back of the vehicle here. Now, this carrier is designed for use with 2 inch hitches and it will support up to 500 pounds. Part number is C18150. The thing I like about the Curt is the size of the expanded steel here. We've got plenty of room for dirt and debris to fall down and out, but we're not going to have to worry about those smaller items slipping through either. The raised edge all the way around the outside is going to be about 5.5 inches high, gives us good support for our load, and its also going to offer us some good connection points so we can get everything strapped down once we do have it loaded up.





Kia Sportage Questions

  • The Superwinch S4000 High Performance Utility Winch, # 1440200, that you selected is a great choice for the application that you need a winch for. This winch is designed primarily for race car trailers, open and enclosed and will control the cable feed in and out so you could stop the vehicle at any point when loading and would not have to worry about a runaway vehicle when unloading. For installing the winch in the trailer it is hard to make a recommendation without seeing...
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  • I checked out your Tow Brake HD 3000 unit online and found that it is a very good braking system, but that the system is not recommended for use with your GM integrated brake controller, as you have found. I then spoke with Tow Brake and he said that they have used the inline magnet that you are using, but that he feels that your best option is to go with a brake controller that is compatible with an electric over hydraulic system like you have. The Tekonsha P3, # 90195, would...
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  • With a smaller trailer like you describe, electric brakes would be my recommendation both from a cost standpoint as well as the ease of installation. For the trailer, you would need two hub/drum assemblies and two brake assemblies. To determine if the hub/drum assemblies we offer are compatible with your trailer spindles, you will need to pull one of your idler hubs off, and look at the inner and outer bearing numbers. The hubs we offer, part # AKHD-545-35-K use # L68149 inner...
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  • Trailer light kit # TL29BK does not include submersible lights, so water would be able to enter the light housings. A better choice for your jet ski trailer would be a submersible light kit # TL5RK, as the lights will be sealed against water. I would recommend, however, that you unplug the trailer connector and let the bulbs cool down a bit before backing into the water, so that the cold water will not crack the bulbs. This is good practice, also, because it lets your wheel...
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  • The Karrite Voyager was related to the Thule Sidekick cargo box # TH682. The replacement mounting hardware is # TH04958. You will also get some replacement locks and keys with this kit.
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  • The correct Curt 2-inch Class III hitch for the 2016 Kia Sportage is part # C13120. This also fits the 2015 model year. This Curt hitch comes complete with all required installation hardware. I have linked the written instructions as well as an install video showing a 2015 model year. The only specialized tool needed is a torque wrench like # ALL944001 which will let you tighten the fasteners to the correct torque values. If you plan to move the hitch from one vehicle to...
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  • My contact at Thule confirmed that the black rubber strips on the roof of your 2012 Kia Sportage do not provide (or cover) an attachment point for their Podium roof rack system. Your car can be fitted with a roof rack, one designed for what we call a naked roof, but none of the options comes from Thule so the parts you have purchased cannot be adapted to your car. You can see roof rack options for your Sportage by clicking on the linked page. For a cost-effective square bar...
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  • It sounds like you are used to using a Bulldog Collar-Lok Coupler, like part # BD028288, and that your new coupler is the Bulldog Collar-Lok Coupler w/ Pin, # BD028244, which is designed to be used as you have indicated. You have to grasp the coupler and pull the collar back to release the jaw. The Bulldog High-Profile Latch Repair Kit, # BD024200, is desingned to be used on the Bulldog Collar-Lok Coupler w/ High-Profile Latch, item # BD028382, which has an attachment point...
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  • We do list a trailer hitch as a fit for the 2012 Kia Sportage SX. You can use the Curt Trailer Hitch, # C13120 (Class III) that you have referenced. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view. If you plan on doing some towing, I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit, # 989900. It comes with two ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag. For trailer wiring, use the Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118526.
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  • I do have a hitch solution for you, but I checked Draw-Tite and they do not recommend the Draw-Tite Max-E-Loader Trailer Hitch # 75717 as a fit for the 2011 Kia Sportage SX Turbo. For your vehicle you would want a Curt Trailer Hitch # C13120. This hitch is confirmed to fit on the SX Kia Sportage models and should work very well for you. I attached installation instructions for you to check out also. To complete your towing setup you may be interested in the following products: Curt...
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  • According to our friends at Tow-Ready, the wiring harness you referenced, part # 118526, is the correct wiring harness for all 2011 Kia Sportage models. To see the installation instructions, click on the provided link.
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  • For your 2001 Kia Sportage, in addition to hitch # 36266, and wiring # HM43915, you will need a ball mount and a ball for the coupler on the trailer. You will also need safety chains unless the trailer comes with them. For a 1-1/4 inch by 1-1/4 inch opening, like the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, # 36266, use Class II Drawbar, # 36051. With this ball mount, use Hitch Ball, # 19256. To secure and lock the drawbar in place, use the Trailer Hitch Receiver Lock, # RH2-XL . For safety...
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  • We have the Upgraded Modulite Circuit Protected Wiring Harness, item # 119178KIT, that will work great on your 2007 Kia Sportage with the 4 cyl. motor. This harness needs to be hardwired into the respective tail light circuits at the rear of your vehicle. The Plug-N-Tow (TM) Wiring Harness, item # 33925, is designed to work on the 2005 and 2006 model year Sportage, 4 or 6 cylinder, but the wiring changed for the 2007 model year vehicles. The 2007 model year 6 cylinder models...
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  • If you will be using the trailer hitch for an accessory such as a bike rack or cargo carrier than I recommend the Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 76074 because it does not have the stabilization strap requirement for non-trailer loads like the Curt, # C13281. It also costs less. In fact, even if you were towing I would still recommend the Draw-Tite hitch because it is at a better price point. While the designs of these 2 hitches are a little different how and where they install is...
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  • I have some good news, and some not so good news for you. The good news is that we do have several bike racks that are confirmed as a fit for the 2014 Kia Sportage. The not so good news is, that I have spoken with my contacts at Saris, and the Bones 3 Bike Rack # SA801 is not confirmed as a fit for the 2014 Kia Sportage. My contact explained that mounting position for the top most straps that the Bones uses to attach to the rear hatch are not properly supported for this carrier. The...
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  • Don't worry I can help you figure out if the Rhino-Rack # RRRBC045 will fit your 2012 Kia Sportage. First thing you will need for your Sportage to transport the bike rack is a trailer hitch. If you don't already have one I recommend the 2 inch over the 1-1/4 due to better compatibility with accessories. The Draw-Tite # 75717 would be a great fit whether you have a SX model or not. If you prefer to get the 1-1/4 hitch, I recommend the Draw-Tite # 36510 over the Curt hitch...
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  • Yes, you can use a Thule AeroBlade roof rack! For your 2017 Kia Sportage I recommend the Thule AeroBlade Edge roof rack, # TH7602B-TH7602B for black bars or # TH7602-TH7602 for silver bars. The only other part you would need is the fit kit # THKIT4062. The feet mount to the flush side rails on the roof of the vehicle. The Thule AeroBlade bars have a wing shape for less wind resistance and noise compared to round or square bars. They are made of light weight aluminum for both...
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  • For the 2012 Kia Sportage SX model, the correct trailer wiring harness is Upgraded Circuit Protected Tail Light w Converter Hardwire Kit, # 118526. Installation is not very difficult. The only real time consuming part is running the power wire to the battery. The power wire must be connected to the battery, no other power source has been tested and approved. I have included an FAQ that should help.
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  • It will be hidden but you can reach up behind the grille to access the wiring plug with base plates # 522113-1 installed. You can see the finished installation in the pictures in the instructions which I have linked for you. In addition to the base plates you will also need a compatible tow bar. The most popular option is the Falcon 2, # RM-520. You will also need safety cables # RM-643. For a lighting kit you could use something like # RM-2100 if you will not be towing...
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  • Since you are doing some light duty towing I recommend the Draw-Tite Class II trailer hitch # 36510 for your 2012 Kia Sportage non-SX model. This is the most cost effective hitch for your vehicle. It has a 1-1/4 inch receiver and is rated for 300 pounds tongue weight and 3,500 pounds gross trailer weight so it can handle your 1,500 pound load with no problem. For a ball mount you can use # C45520. For a 1-7/8 inch ball use # C40001 and for a 2 inch ball use # C40018. And...
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