Best 2017 Ford Explorer Roof Rack Options

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Best 2017 Ford Explorer Roof Rack Options


Today we're going to be taking a look at the best roof rack options available for your 2017 Ford Explorer. Now when looking for the roof racks on your vehicle, these are the top three that you're going to find on our site. At the top we have the Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack System. Here we have the Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Roof Rack System. Here we have the RockyMounts Roof Rack System. Our Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack System is going to consist of part number TH7504-TH7504, although you can also get these bars in black. That's part number TH7504B-TH7504B. With our Vortex Aero Crossbar System it's going to consist of part number RRVA137B-2.

Those are the Aero Crossbars. However, these also come in silver as part number RRVA137S-2. We also have the Rhino-Rack SX Series Legs for the Vortex Aero Crossbars. This is what's going to grip around to your factory raised side rails. That's part number RRSX005. With the RockyMounts Aero Roof Rack System it's going to consist of part number RKY3058.

These are the Ouray Crossbars. Part number RKY3002, these are the Flagstaff Towers for the crossbars. Now while all three racks are great racks to put on your vehicle, we're going to go ahead and go over some of the differences for you. Now I would like you to keep in mind that these are for Ford Explorers with the factory raised side rails. Initially you'll notice that the first difference is going to be with our Rhino-Rack here, how it actually attaches to your factory raised side rails. While both the Thule and the RockyMounts use these rubber coated steel straps to hook around your actual factory raised side rails, the Rhino-Rack will actually grip it on either side and clamp into place. Style wise you'll notice that the Thule AeroBlade Edge at the top here is a little different as well. As opposed to having crossbars that go out past the attachment point, this is going to be more of a flush mount with your factory raised side rails that gives it more of a factory style look.

However, you are going to be hindered with how many things you can place on the actual roof rack itself. All three roof racks are able to use T-Track accessories with them. With the Thule you simply remove this, remove the strip, insert your accessory. Then you would have to cut the strip and put it back into place, so you can cut down that wind noise and drag while you're driving. Now it's going to be the same for the Rhino-Rack where you would remove the end cap, remove the strip, insert your accessory and so on and so forth. However, for the RockyMounts all you have to do is remove the end cap and then this center piece here pushes down and you slide your T-Track accessories in that way. You don't have to worry about cutting with that. Each of them come with knockouts where you can replace them with lock cores which are sold separately.

Each has a carrying capacity of 165 pounds. In conclusion, as far as weight capacity and lock ability all three of these are going to be equal. When it comes to ease of installation, however, I'm actually going to go with the Rhino-Rack as well as the RockyMounts on this one. They both relatively install the same way with their own torquing tools. While with the Thule AeroBlade Edge up here it can be kind of trying to wrap the rubber coated steel strap around the bar and actually put it into place while you're tightening it down. When it comes to overall look on the vehicle, the Thule AeroBlade Edge is going to take it. Primarily because as I said earlier, it does have that factory installed look to it. When it comes to T-Track accessories, as I said earlier, all three of these you can use those with, however, with the RockyMounts it does have that added advantage of not having to remove it and cut it. We hope this makes your buying decision easier for your Ford Explorer.


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