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Thule AeroBlade Traverse Roof Rack Installation - 2014 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2014 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be test fitting the Thule Rapid Traverse Roof Rack System using part numbers THARB53, TH480R and THKIT1669. We'll begin our test fit by placing the front load bar onto the front of our roof. We'll then need to measure 10-1/4 of an inch from the leading edge of the front windshield to the first part of our foot pack. We'll need to make this measurement on both sides which will ensure the front bar is perpendicular to the roofline and the pads contour to the trim correctly. Once we have the bar in place, we'll lift up the cover exposing the silver bolt on the inside of the foot. We'll use the included tensioning tool to tighten down the silver bolt which will bring the clips up tightly against the roofline. We'll need to tighten down each side a little bit at a time just to make sure the bar doesn't favor one side of the vehicle. With the front bar secured, we can place the rear bar onto the rear of our roof and then measure the load bar spread. The load bar spread is the measurement from the center of the front load bar to the center of the rear load bar and is important when choosing your rack accessories.







Thule Pulse XL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2014 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2014 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be test fitting the Thule Pulse XL Rooftop Cargo Box with 16 cubic feet in matte black, part number TH615. With a Thule Rapid Traverse Roof Rack System installed onto our roof, we'll begin our test fit by placing the cargo box up onto the vehicle's load bars. Now, since this box only opens from one side, you'll need to position it on the passenger's side of your roof. With the box in place, we can unlock it and open the lid, exposing the four slots in the bottom of the box. We can take the clamps, slide them down through the slots over top of each bar, and then turn the knobs to tighten down the clamps. Once everything is all tightened down and secured, that'll complete today's test fit of the Thule Pulse XL, part number TH615, on our 2014 Volkswagen Passat. .









Thule Force XXL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2014 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2014 Volkswagen Passat we'll be test fitting the Thule Force XXL with 21 cubic feet of space and AeroSkin black, part number TH626. With a Thule Rapid Traverse roof rack system installed onto our roof we'll begin our test fit by placing the cargo box up onto to vehicle's load bars. After positioning the clamps to fit over the bars we can unlock the box, open the lid, and expose the two closest knobs. We'll then turn the knobs, which will tighten down the clamps around the bars. We'll move to the other side of the vehicle and repeat the same process. Now this double-sided opening lid allows you to easily load and unload your cargo from either side of the car. Once everything is all tightened down and secured that will complete today's test fit of the Thule Force XXL, part number TH626, on our 2014 Volkswagen Passat.





Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Volkswagen Passat - Curt

Today, on our 2014 Volkswagen Passat, well be installing the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C11234. Now here is what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now well go ahead and give you a couple of measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch such as a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hold to the outermost edge of the bumper is approximately 4 inches. From the top of opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 10-1/2 inches. Now lets go ahead and install our hitch. Were going to begin here underneath the rear fascia.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2014 Volkswagen Passat

Today on 2014 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be installing the tow ready, upgraded, heavy duty modulite vehicle wiring harness, part number 119190KIT. We're going to first need to remove the trunk lining and then we'll need to remove this rear threshold piece. In order to remove the rear threshold, we'll either take a trim panel removal tool or a large flat head screwdriver. We'll work it underneath the trim piece and pop it upward. Next we'll remove both of these foam pieces. Next we'll remove this little panel here, set it aside.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Volkswagen Passat - Curt

Alright, today on this 2013 Volkswagen Passat we're going to install part number C11234 from Curt. Alright, this is what the hitch looks like once installed on our Passat, next we'll go ahead and give you some measurements so it will help you out selecting some accessories such as a bicycle rack or cargo carrier. From top of receiver opening down to the ground will be about ten and a quarter inches, and from center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about three and three quarter inches. Now I'llgo ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. First thing we need to do is go ahead and loosen up the fascia, they'll be three fascia screws we have to remove and they go into a plastic clip that goes into the bumper supports. We'll go ahead and remove these screws and then pop the clips away from the supports. Now after we're done we'll only reinstall two of them, the one in the middle and the area by the hitch.



Thule CS10 Snow Tire Chains Review - 2012 Volkswagen Passat

Today we're going to test fit a part number TH00204097 from Thule. This is their PS10 tire chain, and we'll be working with a 2012 Volkswagen Passat. Now we'll be working with a tire size of 215/60/16. Now because this is a front wheel drive vehicle, we'll be working with the front axle, and we'll go ahead and start installing our snow chains. We'll start off by sliding the snow chain around the tire, and one half of the chain has a yellow tag on the end of it. You always want to have it routed over to the right hand side of the tire as you're facing it.



Glacier Square-Link Snow Tire Chains Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be installing the Glacier square link snow tire chains, part number PWPLC1134. We'll first lay out our tire chains to remove any kinks or tangles. We can then drape the tire chain over our tire, making sure the hooks on the tire chain are facing out. With our chain centered on the tire, we can now move to the inside of the tire, where we can connect the hook and link. Back on the outside of the tire, we will insert the link into the chain tensioner, closing it, and hooking it to the other link. Now the manufacturer does recommend a chain tensioning device, part number PW99, which we will install in a pentagonal shape to snug our chains to our tire.



Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be test fitting the Glacier cable snow tire chains for light trucks, part number PW2016C, on 215/60/16 tires. Now this vehicle is front wheel drive, so we will be putting the tire chains on the front tires. Now to begin our test fit, we'll lay the chains flat out on the ground and undo any kinks or tangles. This is important to ensure a proper fit on the tire. We'll drape the tire chains over the tire. Notice that the hooks of the tire chains are facing out to not damage the tire.



Glacier V-Trac Snow Tire Chains Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be test fitting the Glacier V-Trac cable snow tire chains, part number PW1934V, on 215/60/16 tires. Now this vehicle is front wheel drive, so we'll be putting the tire chains on the front tires. Now before we begin our test fit, we will first need to lay the chains flat out on the ground to undo any kinks or tangles. This is important to ensure a good fit onto the tire. We'll drape the tire chain over the tire, noticing that the hooks are facing out, so that we don't damage the tire. We'll then move to the inside of the tire, where we will connect the male and female ends of the tire chain.



Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat we'll be test fitting the Glacier Cable Snow tire chains, part number PW1034 on 215/60-16 tires. Now, this vehicle is front-wheel drive. So, we'll be putting the tire chains on the front tires. To begin our test fit we'll lay the chains flat on the ground to undo any kinks or tangles. We'll then drape the tire chain over the tire noticing that the hooks are facing out. We'll move to the inside of the tire where we will connect the male and female end of the chains and secure the excess cable with the hook. We'll then move to the outside of the tire where we will again connect the male and female end of the tire chain and securing the excess slack if necessary with the clip.



Thule Traverse Roof Rack Installation - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be test fitting the Thule Square Bar roof racking system, part numbers THLB58, TH480, and THKIT1669. Now with our load bars, feet, and fit kit assembled according to the instructions, we'll start off by placing the front load bar onto the vehicle. We'll then need to measure from the front part of the glass to the first part of the foot on both the driver's side and passenger side of the vehicle. Now according to the instructions, we'll need to measure 10-5/8". We'll measure this again on both the passenger and driver side of the vehicle. Once we've established this measurement, we'll use the included torque tensioning tool to tighten down both feet to secure it to the vehicle.



Thule AeroBlade Traverse Roof Rack Installation - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be test fitting the Thule AeroBlade roof racking system, part numbers THARB53, TH480R, and THKIT1669. Now with our load bars and feet and fit kit already assembled according to the instructions, we'll begin our test fit by placing the front load bar onto the front of the vehicle. We will then need to measure from the front part of the glass of the front window to the first part of the foot. Now this measurement is stated in the included instructions, so we'll set it according to the instructions at 10-5/8". We'll do this on both the passenger and driver side of the vehicle, making sure that the AeroBlade is perpendicular to the vehicle, also allowing the rubber pads on the bottom of the feet to contour correctly to the vehicle's roof. Once we've established this position, we'll then use the included tensioning tool to turn the bolt on the inside of the foot to tighten down the clips to the roof of the vehicle.



Thule SUP Taxi Stand-Up Paddleboard Carrier Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be test fitting the Thule SUP Taxi stand-up paddle board carrier, with a two-board capacity, part number TH810. Now with the roof rack system already installed on our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing the front part of the carrier onto the front cross bar. We'll loosen up the gray knobs to allow the strap to go around the underside of the cross bar, and will then hook it back into the head of the top bracket. We'll then tighten down the gray knob to tighten down the strap to secure the carrier to the cross bar. We will repeat these steps for both brackets on the front part of the carrier. We'll now place the rear part of the carrier onto the vehicle's rear cross bar, and again loosen up the gray knobs to allow us to bring the rubber-coated stainless steel straps around the underside of the cross bar, and will then hook them back into the head of the top bracket.



Thule Pulse Alpine Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be test fitting the Thule Pulse Alpine rooftop cargo box with 11 cubic feet of space, matte black in color, part number TH613. Now with the roof rack system already assembled and onto our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing the cargo box onto the vehicle's cross bars. We'll position the clamps over the cross bars, and turn the key to open the lid of the cargo box. Now that the four knobs are exposed, we can tighten them down, which will grip the cross bars, securing the Thule Pulse Alpine to the vehicle. Now this cargo box does open from one side, so we will be positioning the cargo box on the passenger side of the vehicle. This will allow us to easily load and unload our cargo.



Thule Pulse Large Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Thule Pulse Large Rooftop Cargo Box 14 Cubic Feet of Space Matte Black in Color, part number TH614. Now with the roof rack system already assembled onto our vehicle, well start off our test fit by placing the cargo box onto the vehicles crossbars. Now this rooftop cargo box does open from only one side, so well position the box favoring the passenger side of the vehicle. Well then turn the key to open up the lid of the cargo box to expose the four knobs, which control the clamps of the cargo box. Well position the clamps over the crossbars and tighten them down. Once theyre all tightened down the cargo box has been secured to the vehicles crossbars.



Thule MOAB Roof Top Cargo Basket Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be test fitting the Thule Moab, also known as the "Mother of all Baskets," part number TH690XT. Now with the roof rack system already assembled onto our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing the cargo basket onto the vehicle's cross bars. For today's demonstration, we'll make sure the basket is centered onto the vehicle's cross bars. Note, this basket does not have to be centered, as you can carry other roof rack accessories as well as the basket at the same time. One our cargo basket is centered onto the vehicle, we can loosen up the brackets to bring the black bracket on the underside of the vehicle's cross bars. We'll then thread the bolt through the brackets and use the gray wing nuts to tighten it down to secure the cargo basket to the vehicle.



Thule Flat Top Ski and Snowboard Carrier Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Thule Flat Top Ski and Snowboard Carrier with a Six Ski or Four Board Capacity, part number TH92725. Now with our roof rack system already assembled and onto our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing the carrier onto the vehicles crossbars. Well loosen up the grey knobs if necessary to bring the rubber coated steel straps around the underside of the crossbar. Well then hook them back into the head of the carrier. We will repeat these steps for the other bracket at the other side of the carrier. Well then tighten down the grey knobs to secure the straps to the crossbars securing the front part of the carrier to the vehicle.



Thule Domestique Roof Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be test fitting the Thule Domestique roof-mounted bike carrier, part number TH513. Now to begin our test fit, we'll simply place the carrier onto the vehicle's cross bars. We'll then remove the skewer at the head of the carrier to access the Allen bolts. We'll then loosen up the Allen bolts to bring that bracket around the front cross bar. We'll then reinsert the Allen bolts into the threads and tighten them down, securing the head of the carrier to the front cross bar. We will then replace the skewer once the head of the carrier is tightened down.



RockyMounts TieRod Roof Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be test fitting the RockyMounts TieRod roof-mounted bike carrier, part number RKY1014. Now to begin our test fit, we'll simply place the carrier onto the vehicle's cross bars. We'll then remove the front black plastic cap at the head of the carrier to allow us to bring the rubber-coated steel straps around the underside of the front cross bar. You may need to loosen up the silver bolt to give you enough slack to bring them around to hook them into the head of the carrier. Once they're hooked into position, we can use the Allen key to tighten down the silver bolt, securing the straps to the front cross bar. We can then replace the front black plastic cap at the head of the carrier.



RockyMounts TieRod Stretch Roof Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the RockyMounts Tie Rod Stretch Roof Mounted Bike Carrier, part number RKY1011. To begin our test fit, well simply place the carrier onto the vehicles crossbars. Well then remove the black plastic cap to allow us to bring the rubber coated steel straps around the underside of the front crossbar and hook them back into the head of the carrier. Now you may need to loosen up the silver bolt to give you enough strap to come around the front crossbar. Well then use the Allen key to tighten down the straps to secure the front of the carrier to the front crossbar. Well then replace the front black plastic cap and move to the rear of the carrier. Well loosen up the Allen bolts to bring the black bracket around the rear crossbar.



Kuat Vagabond Roof Cargo Basket Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Kuat Vagabond S Roof Mounted Cargo Basket, part number VX01. Now with the roof rack system already assembled on our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing the cargo basket onto the vehicles crossbars. Well position the cargo basket onto the crossbars and place the first set of brackets, which rest on the cargo basket and the top part of the crossbar into position. Well place all four of them, well then take the round circular bracket, which is coated in rubber and the flat black metal bracket with the two wing nuts and well place that over the top of the cargo basket and underneath of the crossbar. Well then use the two black wing nuts to tighten it down to secure the carrier to the vehicle. Well then repeat these steps for all three of the other brackets.





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