Malone AirFlow2 Universal Roof Rack Installation - 2019 Infiniti QX80

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How to Install the Malone AirFlow2 Universal Roof Rack on a 2019 Infiniti QX80


Collin: Hi everyone. It's Collin here at etrailer, and today we have a 2019 Infinity QX80. And we're going to be test fitting the Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack system. Now, this is a system that Malone designed to mount to the raised side rails of your QX80. And this is going to be a really nice accessory to add to your roof, that you can get your favorite rooftop accessories loaded up whether you want a cargo box up here to get some excess luggage loaded up for a big road trip you're taking with your buddies or with your family. Maybe even a couple of kayaks you can throw up here, because we know that you're not going to be able to get two kayaks into the inside of your SUV.

Or maybe just even a couple of bikes, so you don't have to worry about throwing those on the inside of your QX80 either.You can see we got a nice amount of overhang, so if you had a bike rack or something you wanted to kind of scoot out to the edge to make more space over on the other side, you have that option. If you're not really a fan of all this overhang and you want something smaller, there is an option that will fit your roof rack. It's the same Malone system. It's just a 58 inch system instead of 65 inch, so that'll bring your overhang on each side in about three to four inches.Now, we've got this nice aerodynamic shaped crossbar. Helps cut down on wind noise and drag while you're traveling.

We've got a nice rubber strip up top that is also going to help with that wind noise and drag, but it's also going to allow you to utilize T-slot accessories. Now, how we do that is we flip open the cap right there. Nice and simple. Just push down on this strip, slide your accessory to the desired location on your roof, and then tighten it down, and you're good to go. It's really that easy.Now, one of the things I really like about this roof rack is that it comes pre-assembled.

So, out of the box it looks exactly like this. All you do is throw it on your raised side rails and then secure it. You can see we've got these nice rubber coatings all the way around the clamp of our feet so that's going to help make sure that it doesn't scratch or harm the finish of your raised side rails.Now, when you secure it, what's pretty cool is that we have this nice locking end cap. But for each crossbar, one of the end caps is going to be the tightening tool. So, that's a pretty nice feature they've added into it.

We can use this to loosen or tighten our roof rack with ease. And when you're all done, it stows right back inside the leg right there. This is a nice feature so you don't have to worry about keeping track of your roof rack tools. If you want to remove it, it's going to be with the roof rack at all times.Now, I do want to go over a few measurements for you guys. First, from the top of our roof to the bottom of our crossbar, it's going to be about two and a half inches. That should be plenty of space to get your clamp-on accessories underneath your crossbar without out ruining the top of your roof by scratching it or anything like that.Now, if I measure from the top of the side rail to the top of the crossbar, it's going to be three inches. And that's something to keep in mind, that you have that added height to your roof. So, for any low clearance situations you might find yourself in, like maybe parking in your garage, just be mindful you have this added height.Now, another thing I wanted to point out with that space underneath the crossbar, there's no need to worry about your sunroof, if you have one, because the sunroof does open up and goes underneath the roof. It doesn't come on top like some other vehicles, so you will be able to use that sunroof while your roof rack or accessories are installed.Now, this roof rack does have a weight capacity of 165 pounds, but be sure you double check with your Infinity owner's manual. Make sure your roof can handle that weight before you load it up. Now that I've showed you guys all those features, I'll go ahead and walk you through how easy it is to get it installed.Once you pull it out of the box like this, as long your clamps are loose enough, we can just go ahead and throw it on our roof. You can see I got the front one installed already. So, we'll get the rear one installed towards the back of the vehicle.Now, before you tighten anything down, you do want to make sure that you have a minimum crossbar spread of 27 1/2 inches. So, just grab a tape measure. You can measure from the front of each bar to the front of the other one. And again, make sure it's 27 1/2 inches. We've already measured that out. We're at exactly at 27 1/2, so we'll just go ahead and get our end cap tool off, like I showed earlier.And one thing that is a little bit of a disadvantage with this roof rack is that we have more crossbar overhang than what our tool is. So, we can't really turn it all the way. So, we have to take it out and then start from the other side. But, just a little tip for you guys, while you're tightening it down at first, when there's a ton of play in there, just push that crossbar over. We'll get this thing pretty snug to where we can still move the crossbar in there, because the foot is going to lock inside the crossbar once you tighten it down all the way. But as soon as we get to that point where we can barely move it, then we'll switch to the other side and do the same thing, and we don't have to spend as much time tightening it down.We got the other side tightened down in our crossbar, in the middle, so at this point you are going to have to kind of improvise and kind of tighten a little bit, take it out, go to the other side. So, it's not a huge deal. It doesn't bother me much, but if you do find that it's really annoying and you don't like having to do this, you can opt for the shorter crossbar set from Malone. Instead of 65 inches, it'll be 58, like I talked about earlier. So, if that's something you're interested in, just check it out on our website.All right. That's pretty snug, so we'll just call that good. Don't need to over-tighten it, so we'll just lock it up. Like I said, we already have the other side done. So, everything's secure. One thing I like to do, and I would suggest doing it as well on your end, is when you're done with selling it, grab ahold of both crossbars, give the roof rack a good shake, just make sure everything is secure. You can see the entire SUV is moving, so we know that this thing is secure and it's not going anywhere.Now, at this point, you're ready to load up your favorite rooftop accessories and then hit the road. We thank you all for watching. Hope this information helped you out, but that's going to do it for our test fit of the Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack system on our 2019 Infinity QX80.(silence).


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