Rhino Rack Roof Rack Installation - 2017 Ford Transit T150

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How to Install the Rhino Rack Roof Rack on a 2017 Ford Transit T150

Shane: Hi, I'm Shane with etrailer.com. Today, we're going to be taking a look at and I'm going to show you how to install Rhino Rack Roof Rack with our Vortex Aero Crossbars on our 2017 Ford Transit T150. For this particular installation, you have your fixed mounting bracket, which mounts directly to the roof of the vehicle and then for our Vortex Aero Crossbars to work, with our fix mounted legs, we're going to have the RLTP adapters.What a roof rack is designed to do, it's going to allow us to free up space inside the vehicle, to allow us to carry on top of the vehicle. Now, for our particular installation, you can see our spread has to be a little bit wider. Typically, your crossbar would be here. This would accommodate your roof baskets, your cargo carriers, but for our particular installation you can see we have a vent in place.Our customer is going to be using this as their camper.

They're going to be converting it into a camper like a lot of people are doing nowadays. With it being spread out this far, this is going to limit some of the things we can do. However, with it like this we can still get our kayaks up there, have them tied down, we can still get our ladders up there if we need to, maybe some wood product. You just want to make sure any of the items that you do place on your roof, you want to make sure number 1 your roof can handle it and number 2 your crossbars are able to handle that load.Our Vortex Aero Crossbars are going to have a weight capacity of 165 pounds, have a very nice aerodynamic design, that's really going to cut down on wind noise and drag. And, one thing that's going to set these apart from the others is they're not going to have a front or a back, they're only going to have an up or a down.

So, they can be installed either way. Each crossbar is going to be constructed of an anodized rust proof aluminum with a black powder coat finish, that's going to eliminate that concern of our roof rack rusting later on down the road.It's going to have a channel here on the top and this is for any of your items . your channel mounted items, maybe bike racks, some of your cargo carriers that may not fit around. They can slide in the channel here and how you do that, is you just pull out the rubber strip, slide your channel mounted items in and then you're going to cut your strips to fit in the gaps. Now, another nice thing about this rack, is our end caps are going to come with pre-installed plastic locks with a key.

Now, these locks can be changed out for metal ones if you prefer, but what this is going to do is once you have your items in there, you're going to put your end cap on, you lock it. This is going to deter anybody from coming up and stealing those items off of your roof rack.Each crossbar is going to be 71 inches long. You can see it's going to extend out past our legs, so it's going to give us a much wider area for mounting any of our rooftop items. A couple measurements I want to give you, is going to be from our roof here. You can kind of see how it bows.

From our roof here in the center, which is the bottom of our crossbar, it's going to be about an inch and a quarter. So, just keep that in mind for any of your roof mounted accessories that may have a foot that wraps around and locks into place. You're going to make sure you're going to have enough space there. For outside here, on the inside of our foot back, we're going to have about 2 and half inches and outside here, we're going to have about 3 inches. Another nice thing about this set up, is it's going to be be a no drill application. It's going to mount directly into factory weld nuts inside the roof of the vehicle.Now, that we've gone over some of the features I'll show you how to get it installed. We're going to start with our Aero Crossbar. In order for this foot back to work with this crossbar, we're going to need the adapter kit, which is going to look like this. One kit is going to work for both legs . or both feet. We're going to start by taking this bolt out, large bolt on the bottom. We're not going to be reusing this. We're going to take this and sit it in place just like that. You're going to have a small hex bolt, a lock washer, the flight washer looks like this, this is going to go through the bottom like that and it's going to thread into this plate. You want that to slide right on the end, take a 10 millimeter socket and we're not going to tighten this down all the way, because we're going to need to adjust a little bit. We just want to snug it up like that and we're going to be able to move it and we're going to do the same thing on the other side.You're going to have some tread that looks like this. This is to seal this top in your bar, one it's going to break down on the wind noise, two it'll help keep any water out and what it is, is this is for any of your mounting or any of your items that you may mount up here. You take this and cut it to fit in between the gaps, so it will actually close them off. You can see we have a flat surface. Our mounting locations are going to be here, you have one in the center and you have one on the front. This is just a plastic cap, take a flat-head screw driver, we're just going to work it like that and pop it out. We're going to have a hex bolt, lock washer, flat washer and we're going to thread it and there's actually a threaded spot down inside this hole for this bolt. Take a half inch socket, we're going to make sure that this is straight and make sure it's not turned and then we'll tighten it down and you're going to repeat that for the other side of the vehicle.Now, we'll take our crossbar, we're going to set it into place, we're going to have the feet like this and before we tighten anything down, you want to take a measurement of both sides. We're going to measure from this edge to the outside. We want that measurement to be the same. We're about 7 inches here, now we'll measure the other side and make any adjustment necessary. Once you have your measurement done, go ahead and tighten your foot down to your crossbar. And, what we're going to do, we'll go ahead and pull our crossbar over . or off, flip it over and you'll notice the gap right here.We're going to take this extra piece that we cut off and we're going to seal that gap. That's going to help cut down on any whistling that may occur when we're moving. Just like that and we'll do the same thing to the other side. Once you get your foot set back in your base, you're going to have 4 bolts like this. Two for each foot, it's going to have a raised center and this is to keep anybody from stealing your rack off of your vehicle. You're going to put a flat washer on it, or I'm sorry, a lock washer and then a flat washer. You're going to have one that goes in each side of each foot, it's going to go through the front and it's going to bolt right down into the base.You're going to have a tool that comes in your kit, it's going to look like this and it's for these bolts. You'll notice how this is curved. You'll know when these are tight enough, when this straightens out. And, you see how that's straight, it means we're tight enough. We want to make sure we don't over tighten it. And then, we can put on our end cap and we're going to get a key to lock our caps in place and we'll do that same thing with the other side and then with the front. Once you've got both your crossbars installed, you're ready to load up your favorite accessories and hit the road.

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