Today we have a 2012 Ford Fusion and we'll be test fitting your Thule Roof Rack System. We'll be using the fit kit, part number THKIT1529, the 53 inch aero blade bars, part number THARB53, as well as the rapid traverse feet, part number TH480R. We already have our roof rack assembled according to the instructions, so we're ready to mount it up on top of the vehicle. To position the front bar, bolt up in the front passenger and driver side doors and lay the frontload bar up on top of our roof. To position it correctly, we'll measure eight inches from the edge of the windshield glass to the leading edge of our traverse foot. We'll make that measurement on both sides and once we've done that, we can go ahead and tighten and secure our frontload bar to the roof of the vehicle.
Then we can move to the roof of the vehicle. Then we can move to the rear of the vehicle. We'll open again both the driver and passenger side doors in the rear and lay our load bar up on top. To position our rear load bar, we'll measure 26 and three quarter inches from the center of the front bar to the center of the rear bar. This is known as the crossbar spread and you should also keep this measurement in mind when you're shopping for accessories to use with the roof rack.
With the rear load bar properly positioned, we can go ahead and tighten and secure it down just like we did with the front. And with that, our roof rack's installed and ready to be loaded up. That does it for our test fit of the Thule Roof Rack system on our 2012 Ford Fusion.