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Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars Installation - 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

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How to Install the Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars on a 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe


Colin: Hey everyone. It's Colin here at etrailer. Today we have a 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe. We're going to do a test fit of the Thule Wingbar Evo roof rack system. Now, this is a roof rack system that's been designed by Thule to mount to the flush-mount side rails of your Santa Fe. It's going to allow you to get your favorite rooftop accessories loaded up, whether it's a bike rack, kayak carrier, maybe even a rooftop cargo box with those accessories on your roof.

It's going to create more space on the inside of your vehicle for passengers, give you some elbow and leg room. Especially with those bigger items like a kayak, more times than not you're probably not going to be able to get it in your vehicle anyway, so being able to get that on your roof is going to make a world of difference.Now up top, we have our 47" long wingbar evo crossbars. We have these in black right now, but they're also available in silver. If you think that will match your Santa Fe better, just go ahead and check out our website. We've got both available.

Now what's nice is that we have a nice aerodynamic shape to our crossbars. This is going to help cut down on that wind noise and drag, especially when you compare it to a standard square or round bar roof rack system. We're going to flip open that cap. We have a channel right here where we can mount T slot accessories. What's nice is that Thule's made an upgrade to these bars.

We no longer have to pull the rubber strips out and then cut them to length. We can just slide our accessory in between the both strips to our desired location, tighten it down, and then we'll just bring the end cap back up, close it, and now we're good to go.Now right here we have our Thule podium foot pack. This is what's connecting our crossbars to our raised side rails along with our fit kit. I'm going to go ahead and take this little flat headed trim panel tool and get this lock off. Pull the end cap off.

Right here in this rubber coated bracket is our fit kit for the Hyundai Santa Fe. It's made to match the contours of our raised side rails, and clamp down on them very nicely. That rubber coating is not going to harm or scratch the finish of your raised side rail, so it's going to be in good shape in case you ever want to take this off of your roof. When I put the end cap back on, like I said, take a flat headed tool, whether this is a screwdriver, this trim panel tool, maybe even a coin. We have these plastic locks included with the podium foot pack, which you can replace with the same key system from Thule. That will just provide more security for your roof rack.Now I'm going to give you guys a few measurements. First, from the top of our roof to the bottom of our wingbar is going to be 3 3/4". It should be more than enough space to get your clamp on accessories under your wingbars without risking damaging the top of your roof, whether it's the paint job or the moon roof that we have on this Santa Fe. Now, if we go from the top of our roof to the top of our wingbar, it's going to be 4 3/4". Just want to keep that in mind for any low clearance situations, that you have that added height to your roof. Although with the Santa Fe you probably won't run into that too often, it's always something to keep in mind. Our wing bar system is going to have a weight capacity of 220 pounds, but always make sure you double check with your Santa Fe's owner's manual. Make sure your roof can handle that weight before you load it up.Well, now that we've gone over some of those features, let's show you guys how to get this assembled and installed on your Santa Fe. I'll go ahead and show you how to get the rear crossbar assembled. We already have the front one assembled and installed. It's going to be the exact same process for both of them. Real quick, I do want to point out how I got the front crossbar in place. I just measured from the edge of my flush-mounted side rail to the edge of my podium foot on both sides, and then I tightened it down. Now I'm just going to flip my crossbar over. We're going to take our fit kit bracket right here that's for our Hyundai Santa Fe. We're going to feed it through from the backside right here, and you can see there's a hole right here where I'm going to thread it in, this bolt. Feed it through there, just get it threaded on. See how it's threaded in there now It's in that center hole. Tug on it. We know it's good.We're going to come over here and take our end cap off by pressing down on this tab. Pull the end cap off. Now we'll take our podium foot with our bracket connected to it. The track right here is going to go into our channel. I'm going to push that scale back just like this. We'll put our end cap back on. Now we're ready to get it on our roof. We'll just reach it over the top. Get that far bracket on, and the same thing over here. Before we tighten anything down, we're going to go ahead and measure our crossbar spread. Now to measure our spread, we're going to go from the front of our front wingbar to the front of our back wingbar. There's no set measurement. You do want to make sure you're around 70 cm, or 27 1/2", depending on which unit you're measuring with. I would say probably within 3" or 4", or about 10 cm on each side, whether you go bigger or smaller. You can base it off of whatever accessory you might be using.I'm going to go ahead and set it to 70 cm, and we'll go to the other side and do the same thing. You may want to make sure this rubber coated bracket is sitting under the lip of your raised flush-mounted side rail, and we'll just start tightening it down. What's nice is that tightening down this bolt is also going to lock the podium foot pack inside the channel of your crossbar, so you'll see when I get this fully secured. No need to over-tighten it; just get it pretty snug. Go a couple more turns, probably good right there, but like I said, it locks inside the channel. Now I cannot move that crossbar. You also want to make sure you get the other side tightened down as well.Now from there, we'll just go ahead and put our end caps on. Like I said, just find some type of flat object, coin, screwdriver, maybe even this trim panel tool. Lock up that end cap, and then once you're done, it's always a good idea to go ahead and grab ahold of both of your crossbars. Give your roof rack a good shake. You see that the entire vehicle is moving, so we know that our roof rack is secure. Now we're ready to load up our favorite Thule roof rack accessories, and then hit the road.Well, thank you all for watching. That's going to do it for our test fit of the Thule Wingbar Evo roof rack system on our 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe.


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