Today we're looking at a 2011 Ford Explorer. We're going to do a test fit of the Thule AeroBlade Roof Rack System. We used the 60" load bars with the rapid load foot packs. With our load bar is set up, let's go ahead and install it on the vehicle. Each foot pack has an aero indicator, so that you can center it on the raised-side rails. Now, the load bar installed, let's go ahead and adjust it from side-to-side to make sure it's even and running perpendicular with the side rails.
Now, we've got our load bar setup, we'll go ahead and tighten it down. We'll use the N-cap with a built-in tool. With our front load bar setup, we'll go ahead and install the rear load bar in the same way with the exception of right before we tighten it down, we're going to make an adjustment. With our load bar installed, foot pack centered on the side rails and the load bar in center on the vehicle, we are going to go and take a measurement from center of load bar to center of load bar. When setting a load bar with, be mindful not to exceed the max width of 38".
Now we've got our load bar in place. We'll go and tighten it down just as we did with the front load bar. The additional height with the Thule AeroBalde system on is 4". With everything tighten down, that completes the test fit of our Thule AeroBlade Roof Rack System on our 2011 Ford Explorer.