Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars Installation - 2019 Kia Sorento

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How to Install the Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars on a 2019 Kia Sorento


Today on our 2019 Kia Sorento we're going to be doing a test fit on the Thule WingBar Evo Podium roof rack system. This system is specifically designed to fit your flush mounted rails on your Sorento. I've got it in place to give you a good idea of what it looks like. This is going to allow you to carry roof mount accessory, things like bike racks, kayak carriers, cargo boxes, and much more. Now the WingBars are 47 inches long, and you can see how they span across the entire roof of the Sorento. This is going to allow us to carry multiple accessories on the roof.

Maybe we'd like to carry three bike racks up there, or maybe even two kayaks. We're going to have more than enough room to do that.Now they're made out of aluminum, so we don't need to worry about any rust or corrosion. I've got the black installed, but they're also available in silver. So if that's something you're interested in, see etrailer.com. Now these are a lot more aerodynamic than your traditional round or square bars.

Because of that, they're going to be a lot quieter. Now they're going to work with your standard clamp on accessories as well as your T-slot accessories. You can see how we can pivot that end cap to the side, and it allows us to slide that T-bolt in place. That way we've got that nice clean look. And there's no need to remove or trim that rubber strip.

You can see how it's cut right down the center.Now the WingBars are attached to four podium feet. The podiums are then attached to the fit kit that mounts to your flush mounted rails. If we remove the cover here, you can see how it's going to protect all that from the elements. It's also going to help deter theft. That way no one is going to be able to remove it from your flush mounted rails.

With the cover removed you can also get a better look at that fit kit. It's going to clamp around that raised rail. It is rubber coated. That way we don't harm or scratch that raised rail if we want to take the roof rack off. When the cover goes back on, we can lock the plastic lock. If you'd like to upgrade and maybe add some security, you can get metal locking cores for that. Those are available at etrailer.com.Now because this roof rack system mounts to your flush mounted rails, they can be adjusted anywhere along these rails. Thule recommends that you keep them at least 700 millimeters center on center. That way they can safely carry your accessories. Now they have a 220 pound weight capacity. That's a step up compared to some of the other systems out there. We're going to be able to carry a lot more weight. You do, however, want to check with your Sorento's owner's manual to see if the roof can support that much weight. Now I'll give you some clearance measurements. This will give you an idea of how much you've added to the roof of your Sorento, and it may help you when using those clamp on accessories.From the top of the roof to the underside of the bar is about three inches. From the top of the roof to the top of the bar is about four and a quarter of an inch. Now that we've done all the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it set up. I've already got my front crossbar in place mounted to my flush mounted rails on my Sorento. The rear one installs the exact same way. Let's go ahead and do it together. I've got one side assembled. We just need to repeat the same process on the opposite side. So we can start by grabbing our podium foot. Now we'll need to make sure that the rod here on the back side, this single hole is facing up through this bracket here. You can see how we've got the double threaded holes. This is going to be for another roof rack system.So what we can do is we can raise up that bracket. It sort of unlocks it. Then we can turn it one quarter turn and then push it back down in place, just like that. Then we can take our fit kit for our flush mounted rails, and mount it to the podium here in the front, and hold it in place, and then just get the bolt here started. So like I said, we don't want to tighten it up. We just need to make sure it threads through, and we can give it a good pull and make sure that it is loosely attached. Now we're ready to install the podium on the underside of the WingBar. So I've turned it over just so I can make that channel underneath clearly visible. Let's go ahead and remove our end cap. And we'll take that podium, and we're going to make sure that this portion here feeds right to that channel. It should be nice and easy like so.And we don't need to worry about setting this at a correct distance. We'll adjust it when we put it in place on our Sorento. From here we can replace our end cap, and we're ready to set it in place. Now when we set our crossbar in place, we want to be sure that the larger rounded portion on the bar is facing forward. And we can gently rest this on our flush mounted rails. Now we can position this anywhere along our rails we want. We just want to be sure to position it to where it's going to work out best with our accessories. Before we tighten anything down, let's go ahead and make sure we have the same crossbar spread on each side. So I'm going to grab a tape measure. So I'll take that measurement and make sure I've got the same on this side. Now we want to make sure that it's properly seated on the flush mounted rail. Be sure that the clamp is sitting on the ridge here just like it is, and we'll start tightening it up.So I'm going to do a few turns here and then a few turns on the other side. Now we can adjust our bar overhang. So we just need to make sure we have the same distance from the end to the foot on each side. Now you can use a tape measure for this, or you can just eye it up, whichever works best for you. Once we've got it where we want it we can then go ahead and tighten it up the rest of the way. So we'll take our included tool and do just that. And by tightening this up it's going to tighten down to those flush mounted rails and tighten our bar down at the same time. No reason to over tighten. Just get it nice and snug on both sides. Once everything is tightened up, go ahead and take our cover, put that in place, and lock up our plastic key. Once everything is assembled and installed correctly, we're ready to load up our favorite roof mount accessory and hit the road. But that's going to complete our test fit of our Thule WingBar Evo roof rack system on our 2019 Kia Sorento.


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