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Thule SquareBar Crossbars Installation - 2018 Nissan Pathfinder

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How to Install the Thule SquareBar Crossbars on a 2018 Nissan Pathfinder


Hey, everyone. Today we have a 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and we're going to do a test fit of a Thule square bar crossbar roof rack system. Now, this roof rack system mounts to the raised side rails on your Pathfinder. It's going to allow you to get any of your favorite accessories, whether that's a bike rack, kayak carrier or even a cargo box, on your roof, so you can get those accessories on top without taking up any more space inside your vehicle.Now, you have two different components making up this roof rack system. Up top, we're going to have our 53 inch square bar crossbars. With the square bar, you bare going to have a bit more wind noise and drag when compared to a more aerodynamic bar, like Thule has in their wing bar.Sometimes having this square bar up there, is just going to give you a more rugged look to your vehicle which is sometimes what people prefer.

On the bottom we're going to have our Evo raised rail feet for raised side rails. What they're going to do is clamp onto the raised side rails like that and just tighten down. Make sure that your crossbars are secure onto your raised side rails.You can see, we have these nice rubber padding all the way around it. That's going to help prevent any time of scratches or abrasions occurring on your raised side rails. Like I said, you will experience a bit more wind noise and drag with a square bar but you take away some of that by purchasing a Thule air screen, which are sold separately here at Etrailer.It goes on the front of our crossbar and just deflects the wind up and over our roof rack system.

I'm going to give you guys a few measurements just to give you an idea of the space this might take up on your roof rack. First, we're going to go from the top of the roof to the bottom of or square bar, that's going to be 2-7/8".That's plenty of space to get any clamp on accessories or strap around accessories on your crossbars, without really risking damaging the top of your roof. If we go from the top of our roof to the top of our crossbar, it's going to be 3-3/4".You want to keep that in mind because that's how much space you've added to the top of your roof, which is important for any low clearance situations. I also do want to point out, this on does not, but if your Pathfinder does have a sunroof, it will be able to be operational. There's plenty of space right here but you want to make sure that it is closed when you're installing any roof rack accessories.The weight limit for this roof rack system is going to be 220 pounds, which is a step up compared to most roof rack systems.

But you want to be sure to double check with your Pathfinders owner's manual to make sure your roof can handle that weight.Now that we've gone over some of those features. Let's show you how to get it installed. Now, we have our front crossbar in place. The second one is going to assemble the exact same way and go on your roof the exact same way.It's going to be pretty easy to install and assemble. We have it partially assembled right here.

We'll go to the other side. We have our full kit. Take off the end cap. All we're are going to do is take our raised rail feet and take that slot right there and slide it in to the channel.Once you do that, it's going to be loose, so we're going to put our end cap back on and now we can throw it on our roof. We can sit it on our raised side rails. Doesn't necessarily matter where you put it to start, just get it in place.We'll grab a tape measure and make our and make our crossbar measurements. Before we tighten anything down, we're going to measure our crossbar spread. We're going to make sure we get the same on both sides, so that our crossbars are parallel. That's just going to make sure that our accessories stay secure.We're going to measure from the front of our back crossbar to the front of our front crossbar. There's no set measurement. Just got to make sure it's over 24". Sometimes I'll base it off of whatever accessory I might be using that day. Right now, we're just going to go with 26, it looks like. Measure on the other side, make sure we get it correct on both sides.While you're over here, go ahead and measure your crossbar overhang, which is going to how much of your crossbar is hanging on the outside of your feet. You want to make sure that's also even on both sides. It's even, so now we can begin tightening down.We have our tightening bolt right here. What you want to do first, is push on the leg and then just get the slack out because it could be annoying to just get the tool up there and have to get spinning it when it's just as easy to do it with your fingers.Once you get it pretty tight with your fingers, we're going to grab our tool. Before I tighten it down all the way, I want to point out that right now our crossbar can move freely in the feet but once we tighten that down, it's going to lock the crossbar in place.We'll grab our tool, began tightening it down. The tool is actually going to tell you when it's tight enough. We're just going to keep going until we hear the audible clicks. Once you hear that, you're going to know it's tightened down to the correct setting and now you see that I cannot move the crossbar at all. Just go repeat this process for the other side.Once you have everything tightened down, put on your end caps. Now, we're just going to give our roof rack a quick shake, just to make sure that everything is tight. See, it's moving the whole vehicle. Everything is secure. Now, you're ready to load up your favorite Thule accessories and then hit the road.With all that being said, that's going to do it for our test fit of the Thule square bar crossbar roof rack system on our 2018 Nissan Pathfinder.


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