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Rhino Rack Roof Rack Review - 2017 Nissan Altima

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Review of the Rhino Rack Roof Rack on a 2017 Nissan Altima

Today on our 2017 Nissan Ultima, we're going to be test-fitting the Rhino-Rack Roof Rack system consisting of part numbers RRVA126S-2, these are the silver crossbars; part number RRRLKVA, and these are the 2500 Series legs for the Vortex Aero Crossbars; and part number DK381, and this is the custom fit kit for your Ultima that clamps it on to your vehicle. Now, we already have the front on installed, and you can see that it has this nice aerodynamic shape to the bar itself, and that coupled with the rubber strip on the top here will actually cut down the wind noise and drag while you're driving. It is lockable, so once you actually attach both crossbars to your vehicle, it is secured to your vehicle as well. Now, the combined weight capacity for both bars is 165 pounds, although you always want to double-check with your owner's manual to make sure your roof can withstand that kind of weight. Also, these do come in black as part number RRVA126FB-2. All right, let's go ahead and show you how the rear one goes on. We already have it partially assembled on our table, here. We'll go ahead and take our 2500 Series leg, and we'll actually slide it into our track here with this metal bracket, here. It'll just slide in like so, and then we're going to go ahead and do a couple of measurements here to determine the spacing between this edge here and our leg. Normally, you would have measuring strips that you would cut to length, put them in there so it's more of a permanent application, but for demonstration purposes, we'll just go ahead and measure it out. You can find these measurements in your instructions.

Now we'll take our included tightening tool and tighten that bolt in the center. Good. All right, next we'll go ahead and take our rubber pad, making sure that the arrow is facing away. It just pushes into place. Then finally, we'll attach our clamp.

We'll first remove this bolt here. Set that in place, then we'll reinsert our bolt, just loosely. Okay, then we'll take our end-cap, push that into place, and then take our special tool to secure it. Now, you can have these knocked out and replaced with lock cords 00:03:16 as well, but those are sold separately. Let's go ahead and set this on our vehicle, now. We'll open up both of our rear doors and then we'll set our bar in place. Now, we're not setting this in the exact spot it's supposed to be, and we're going to have to measure that out.

You notice how the pads actually conform with our roof, here. All right, now I'll go ahead and get our crossbar spread measurement. That's what I mentioned earlier. Again, you find this measurement in your instructions, and you're going to be measuring from center of the bar to center of the bar. Now, how we determine the measurement for the front one, we actually measured from the center of the door jam, to the center of the bar. Just so you know. Okay, now we'll take our tightening tool and we're just get them snug up against the edge of our door, there, and then tighten them down completely.

Push up, like so, and turn it to the right to tighten it up. Do this on the other side as well. Now we'll give about five or six turns to each side until it's completely tightened down. The way you know it's completely tightened down, you'll notice that the tool here has a curved edged. Once that straightens up as you're tightening, you'll know it's completely tightened, so you don't have to worry about overdoing it or under-doing it. All right, looks good there. All right. Now our last step is to go ahead and install our lock and caps. All right, it looks like we're good to go. There you have it for the Rhino-Rack Roof Rack system for our 2017 Nissan Ultima.

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