Rhino-Rack Track Mount Roof Rack System Installation - 2011 Ford F-350

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How to Install the Rhino Rack Track Mount Roof Rack System on a 2011 Ford F-350


Today on our 2011 Ford F-350 we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Rhino Rack roof rack ladder rack system, part number Y02-490B. The Rhino Rack roof rack ladder rack system is the perfect addition to your camper shell, hard tunnel, or hardtop. It let's you carry all your gear on the aero style aluminum crossbars. The Rhino Rack vortex aero bars have an aerodynamic design and they're going to help cut down on wind drag and noise. You can completely adjust it along the C-channel of your track to accommodate your accessory. The track legs feature a locking cap which cover up our quick release so no one can remove our crossbars.

We can simply disconnect it from our track and when not in use we can simply remove the crossbar and the mounting plates have included a dust cap. The track that's connected to our camper shell is made out of a stainless steel construction with an anti corrosion coating both of which are going to stand up to the elements. The track legs have a unique design which allows it to pivot in the mounting plate to accommodate uneven surfaces and the curves of your vehicle. With the Rhino Rack roof rack ladder rack system as you can see we can load up a stand up paddle board or even a ladder. Now that we've gone over some of the features I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. We're going to need a tape measure and we'll grab one of our E-tracks.

We're going to make sure that the end with the slightly bigger opening, which is going to be this end right here is facing towards the back of the truck and that the curve edge portion here is facing the outside of the vehicle. I'll go ahead and set it up there so you can easily see what I'm talking about. We'll have it about like that. Then we'll grab our tape measure and we're going to center it up with our vehicle here. When placing the track, we'll need to have it as close to the edge of the shell as possible so you'll need to find a flat spot here and you can come off, you can measure off your window from here down and we'll also need to be roughly center or an evenly space between here and the front of the shell. Let's grab our tape measure and I'm going to come off the back window first because it's a fixed point and I know it's going to be accurate.

I've got about 13" inches right there from the window and I know that where the curvature of the shell starts it's about 9" from here to here and 9" from the track to the curvature of the point up front there. With that being done I'm going to go ahead and mark that. You can use whatever works best for you. I've got a little grease pencil here. I'm going to mark just right about where it needs to be and I'm going to make just a small mark there and to find the edge I'm going to come up about 7" and that's going to be right before the curvature starts there. I'm just going to work my way down a little bit.

Going to come over a little bit more and then I'm going to mark that line. All right, that looks pretty close with 7" being there. While we're back here, before we move up front let's go ahead and mark our center of our track. Now I'm going to go up to the front and measure up on that side of the window. Then I'll come up 7" from my window, move it over slightly and then mark that out. Then also while I'm here I'm going to go ahead and mark center of my track here. Now with our track lined up and marked, let's go ahead and take it off here. We're going to turn it around, line it up with our center mark that we had marked out and we're going to use it as a guide and draw a line with our marker. We're going to go right along the side, all the way down to the other side. It's not a bad idea to get an extra set of hands to hold it but I'm working my way down and I can seem to get it. Once we've got it marked we can just complete remove it and set it aside for now. For our next step, let's go ahead and grab our tape measure and what we need to do is we need to measure about 3/4 in from our center line. We'll line it up with the end here, mark out 3/4, and draw my line. We'll do the same thing on the other end. 3/4 and then my line. Then from our 3/4 mark let's go ahead and measure in 8 3/4. We'll do that again, and again. Essentially we want 8 3/4 increments all along the line so we'll just do that all the way. With that being done you should be 8 3/4 by the time you meet in the center. We'll start right here at the 3/4 mark and we'll work our way down into the camper shell and then once that one's done we'll go to each one of our marks, the 8 3/4 marks and work our way all the way down the line. Once we've got all those drilled out with our smaller drill bit, I went ahead and put on the larger drill bit, the 1/4" and we'll just work our way down once again making the bigger hole. Once we've got all those drilled out it's a good idea to go ahead and vacuum up the little fiberglass particles because you want a nice clean surface when you place your track back down. Let's go ahead and wipe up that mess and get a nice, good, clean surface. Now we're just about ready to install our track on our camper shell. But first, what we need to do is grab our T-bolts, we'll need to make sure that six of them have the black washers on them as you see that they do there. Two of them are for the end caps so we won't worry about them just yet. Let's just go ahead and start by sliding the T-bolts, with the washers onto the track. We'll simply have it upside down like this and we'll slide them on underneath like so. We'll just push them all toward the center for now and we'll line them up once we get it on our camper shell. Now for our end caps, let's go ahead and turn our track back over. We'll need to make sure and have the end that corresponds with the curvature of the track here, so this one. Then we'll take our T-bolt without the washer and we're going to put it down through the end cap like this. Then we'll grab our track, we're going to turn it upside down along like that and then slide it in just like that. Let's just repeat the same process on this side here. Now we can move on to the truck. Let's go ahead and peel off that paper revealing our gasket. This is going to help with good watertight seal for our track. Once that's done, one thing that we'll need to double check is to make sure that we have the larger opened end facing towards the back as we said in the beginning. We do here, let's go ahead and line up our T-bolts with the holes that we drilled out. We'll just roughly get them all spaced out to where they need to be and then we'll lower it down in the holes. Once we get it into position we'll just push down on it like so. Once we've got that seated on our camper shell, let's go ahead and grab our thumbscrews and go underneath the camper shell and tighten them down. We'll need to grab all eight and then I'll meet you inside. To get started, let's go ahead and put our thumbscrews on and we don't want to tighten them down all the way just yet. In doing so you want to make sure and pull down some of that excess fiberglass that didn't make it all the way through from the drill bit. We'll put those all on and then we'll tighten them evenly. Once we get them on let's go ahead and tighten them down so they at least make contact with the camper shell. Now with them all slightly tightened down, let's go ahead and finish them off. What we want to do is we want to start in the middle here and work our way out, so we'll do this one, this one, and then this one, and this one, and work our way out. As you can see with all those tightened down our track has got a nice snug fit to our camper shell. Let's go ahead and repeat that same step on the other side and then we'll move on to our crossbar setup. Now with both tracks installed I just want to tell you real quick that you can purchase these separately from the kit at e-trailer.com and that's going to be part number RTC16. Now let's install our quick release track legs. These are going to slide onto our track here and you can purchase these separately at e-trailer.com and that's going to be part number RRRLT600. First thing we need to do is go ahead and grab the hex nuts and slide them onto our track. I've already got one disassembled so we'll grab our hex nuts and we'll slide them in. We'll need to be at the back of the track where the opening is larger, so that's at the rear of the camper shell. We'll slide those in place and then we'll grab our mounting plate with the icon sticking out and that's going to go on top of our hex nuts. We'll grab two screws, we'll put our lock washer on first, followed by our regular washer and then we'll line up our two holes on either side here with the hex nuts. We'll put that through on both sides, we'll get those in place then we'll grab our included allen key and we're going to tighten that down onto our hex nuts. There's no reason to tighten it down all the way just yet, let's leave it a little loose so we can slide it along our track. For our second one I did find an easier way to install it that you can try. I've got both hex nuts in place and I've got them just loose enough to where I can fit it in the track and slide it down. With both of those in place let's go ahead and repeat that same step on the other side and then we've got it. Before we can finish installing our legs we'll need to have our mounting plate tightened down to our track. We can adjust this anywhere along our track if we'd like but we want to make sure that they're even with the other side. We'll grab our tape measure and I'm going to come up 8" from the end here to the center of the mounting plate and tighten that down and then I'm going to do the same thing from the other side. There's no reason to over tighten those. Once we've got them both tightened down, they should be nice and snug. Now, from this one, from the center here I'm going to measure up 28" to the center of the next mounting plate on the same side here. That looks good, we'll tighten this one down and we'll repeat that same step on the other side. For the other portion of our leg, it's simply just going to fit in place of our mounting plate here. First thing we need to do is go ahead and remove that back cover here and inside it reveals these two quick release levers. Let's go ahead and slide those forward until they lock in place like this. This retracts the two knobs on the end so we can fit it into the mounting plate. We'll just lower that down, once we've got it in position like that, let's go ahead and release those levers until it clips in just like that. With two of our quick release legs installed we can go ahead and grab our Rhino Rack crossbar. This is going to be the final portion to our Rhino Rack roof rack ladder rack system. This one's 59" long, you can find a wide variety of these at e-trailer.com. This particular one's going to be part number RRVA150B. Let's go ahead and move onto our truck. The easiest way I found to install this is go ahead and set the crossbar on the other side of the mounting plate over there and then we're going to line it up with our leg here and the hex bolt is going to slide in to this portion right here. We're just going to angle it up and guide it in place just like that. Once we've got it guided in let's go ahead and pull it all the way towards us until it stops and then let's repeat that same step on the front side here. With both of those done let's go ahead and go over to the other side and grab the other portion of our legs. We'll pick up on the crossbar and we're just going to slide that plate in. Just like that. We'll slide it in and set the leg in the mounting plate there, go ahead and clip that in and then we'll do the other one. With our crossbars in place, before we can completely tighten them down we need to make sure that we have even bar overhang. As you can see we're a little short over there and a little long over here. Let's go ahead and push that and eye it up a little bit to where it looks even, then we'll grab our tape measure, let's just see where we're at. We've got about 6" right here, I'm going to run over to the other side and check that. Just the luck, we've got about 6" right here. We can go ahead and tighten that down. To tighten it down we've got a bolt on the inside here that we can just get to right back here with our included allen key. We'll just slip it in right through there and tighten that down. There's no reason to over tighten, just get it nice and snug. We'll go over to the other side and tighten that down. That looks pretty good. At this point with our crossbars tightened down we can actually go ahead and disconnect it from the mounting plate, I'll show you how I got the rubber part installed on top and then we're going to install the rubber portion on bottom. With it removed you can see I didn't have to undo the screw to remove it from the track legs here. With that being done we can go ahead and fill in our spots here to cut down on our wind noise. We're just going to slide this in like this, all the way up to the front of the track leg. Once that stops we can cut it off and we can pull it out a little bit so we can see where we marked it, cut it and then slide it back in. As you can see it's just going to improve the finish of the underneath portion of the bar and cut down on your wind noise. For this part here we can just push it into place, slide it all the way up to the track leg and then we'll see where it stops here, we'll make a mark, or we can hold it in place, and cut it. Once it's cut we'll just slide that back on and then there you go. Now we'll just repeat that same step on the other side. With that being done let me flip it over and I'll show you how I got the rubber strips installed. They're pretty simple. I'll just remove one section here. You can slide it on like this and it gets a little tough as you get further, but I found it easier to just put it in place and just kind of push down on it. Then after the rubber strip's on top let's go ahead and grab our end caps. We're just going to slip that on the end, take our key, lock it in place. We'll go over to the other side and do the same thing. Once we got that done we can put it back up on our mounting plates, grab our other crossbar and repeat that same step. With our crossbars all put together, we've got them back up on our mounting plates here, last part to do is to install our cover plates on. Then we're ready to load up our favorite Rhino Rack accessory. That's going to complete our look and install of the Rhino Rack roof rack ladder rack system, part number Y02-490B on our 2011 Ford F-350 crew cab. .


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