Inno Roof Rack Review - 2017 Ford Escape

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Review of the Inno Roof Rack on a 2017 Ford Escape


Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the NO square bar roof rack system consisting of part numbers IMB127, these are the NO square cross bars, 50 inches long. To hold those in place on the factory rate side rails, we have the NO feet here, part number INFR. This is a great roof rack system that can carry a wide variety of accessories ranging from bike racks to cargo baskets to cargo boxes. They have a nice strong, sturdy square bar to hold things onto and of course, you can only utilize the wrap around accessories, no T tracks for this. You can upgrade to the NO arrow bars with another part number.Now, while these are square bars, they will produce noise while you drive. However, they do offer fairings that you can purchase online at etrailer.com to help cut down the wind noise and drag by creating a deflector at the front.

Moving onto the feet here, you can see how everything attaches. We have this rubber coated steel strap that wraps around your existing side rail and we also have padding where it makes contact at the top. Everything that makes contact with your vehicle is going to be padded to make sure that there's no damage to it once these are being installed.Another advantage is it does have the integrated tightening system so you can take these off or put them on with ease as you travel. Of course, when everything is installed, we do have locking end caps so everything's going to be secure to your roof also. To put our first bar in place, we did measure back from this point here, to this front edge, on both sides, evenly, to make sure it was even once we put it on.

Let's go ahead and show you how the rear bar gets attached.We already have it partially assembled on our handy table here. As I knock everything over. We have our bar, the feet and our first step is, we're going to take this end and install it on the other end of our bar. Now, an advantage to this is everything is already together once you get it out of the box so you just slide it onto our end cap like so, take our rubber end cap here, put that in place as well. Make sure it's in the open position, and then we can install this on our roof.

Now, I'm not going to set it in any particular place right now. I'm only concerned with making sure that we have it wrapped around the bar on both sides. You may need an extra set of hands to do this if you're a little shorter.Next, what we're going to do is start taking a couple measurements here. First, we're going to measure from center to center on the bar. Now, there's no real set measurement for this, you just don't want to go under 24 inches.

What I like to do is, I like to go by the accessories that I'm hauling and go by their recommendations because they usually have a range of cross bar spread that you can work with. Next, we'll measure for cross bar overhang and that's how much the bar is sticking out past the feet. It looks like we can afford just a little bit of space here. All right, with that done, we can wrap our straps around the bottom and you have two choices on what you can do here.This is going to be the standard slot at the top here and then we'll take our integrated tool here and just tighten things down. It's a very easy install. Compared to most, you don't have to put a lot of things together, which can be kind of a hassle. Repeat this on the other side. Some other accessories you can put on this; bike racks, cargo baskets, cargo boxes. Also, ski and snowboard carriers, kayak carries and stay and paddle boat carriers, all of which you can find on NO from etrailer.com. Although of course, they do all have to be wrap around, not the channel mount. Install our end caps here. Make sure things line up. Now final step is, we're going to give you a couple quick measurements.From the center of the roof to the bottom of the bar, it's going to be 1 7/8ths of an inch and from the center to the top, it's going to be to be 2 7/8ths of an inch. More than enough space for those accessories to wrap around where it won't make contact with your roof or cause you any problems. Plus, if you do have a sun roof on your particular vehicle, it shouldn't interfere with that either. These bars do have a slightly higher carrying capacity than most with 220 pounds, however, you always want to double check with your vehicle's manual to make sure your roof can take those weights and go by its recommendations. There you have it for the NO square bar roof rack system on our 2017 Ford Escape.


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