Today on this 2012 Hyundai Tuscon, were going to be test fitting a Thule roof rack. Were going to be using the 53 inch AeroBlade bars as well as the rapid traverse feet. We already have our load bar assemblies put together and now are ready to begin fitting them on the vehicle. The first thing we need to do is open the driver and passenger door in the front. With the doors open, well go ahead and set our front load bar assembly up on top of the vehicle. In order to properly position the front load bar assembly, well need to measure 11 and inches from the edge of the windshield seal to the leading edge of our traverse foot packs.
Next well take the included Acutight tightening tools to tighten our system to the vehicle. Well move back and forth from the driver side to the passenger side to make sure we tighten down our system evenly and that we dont lose our position.With our front bar assembly tightened down, were ready to move onto the rear. Again well start by opening both of the rear doors and well place our rear load bar assembly up on top of the vehicle. To position the rear assembly we need to measure 24 and 3/8th inches from the center of the slot on the front bar to the center of the slot on the rear bar. Well make sure this measurement is 24 and 3/8th inches on both sides of the vehicle.
This will insure that our rear bar is not only running parallel with our front bar but also that we have it in its proper position on the roof of the vehicle. Now that we have the rear bar in position, were going to go ahead and tighten it down the same way we did the front. And with the rear load bar properly tightened down, our roof rack is installed and ready for use. Next were going to give you a quick measurement to see how much height wed added to the roof of our vehicle. Weve added about 5 inches of height from the top of our roof to the top of our new load bar assemblies.
And that does it for the test fit of our Thule roof rack system with 53 inch aeroblade bars and Thule rapid traverse feed on our 2012 Hyundai Tuscon.