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Rhino-Rack ROC25 Naked Roof Roof Rack Review

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Review of the Rhino-Rack ROC25 Naked Roof Roof Rack


What's up everybody. It's A.J. with etrailer.com. Today we gonna be checking out the Rhino-Rack ROC25. And what this is, is a roof rack system for the naked roof of your vehicle. So it's gonna be a complete system.

You get the bars, the feet, the pads, and the clamps that are specific to your vehicle. Each one's made a little bit different. Each roof is a little bit different. So you wanna make sure you get the right fit. This is gonna have all of it.

You don't have to buy anything extra. Now what the roof rack is gonna do for you is help you carry something like, let's say you don't have a hitch on the back of your vehicle like this one, you don't wanna get a bike rack. You wanna haul your bike on your roof. You can do that. You can get a cargo basket, a roof box.

You can carry your skis up here. There's plenty of options to use this roof rack on top of your vehicle. Taking a closer look at it I just wanna show you what I mean by custom design. This rubber pad is what the custom part is for this roof rack. So it's made specifically for this 2019 Nissan Rogue.

You can see how the rubber pad goes down into this groove and catches it here and it's flat. So it goes and conforms to the shape of the roof. And everyone is gonna be different for every vehicle, that's why you get the kit specific to your vehicle. But they're all gonna function the same way, they're all gonna grip on that roof and catch it. You'll see that there is no overhang with this roof rack system. And that goes with how custom it is to your vehicle. So it's made specifically, with the right size bars, and actually on this one, the front bar is longer than the rear bar. You can see that by looking at 'em. So that's how it's just designed for the roof, the roof tapers in a little bit, and there's pros and cons to that. So one of the pros is you're not gonna hit your head when you're getting in and out of the vehicle. Sometimes that overhang can be a little bit of a burden. I know Zach, who does videos here too, complains about sometimes he forgets, he hops out of his vehicle and hits his head. I'm not that tall so it's not really a problem for me, but this would be eliminated for everybody. So when they get out of the car, it's not a worry. A negative would be, there's not as much space. Sometimes that overhang lets you add that one more accessory that you couldn't fit when the bar stop here. But overall, I think it's more of a positive than a negative. You can put your thing on here just fine, and then get out of your car without ever worrying about it hitting your head. While we're up here might as well look at the bars themselves. They're made out of an aluminum, black coated. It's a black matte finish, sorry. And it's got reinforced on the inside. So it's not just the aluminum, like a soda can, it's got reinforced. And they said it's like an H design in the middle of it. And that's helps give them the strength so that it's not gonna budge when you load it up with your gear. Now it does have a weight capacity of 165 pounds, so I would not exceed that. On these bars there's a weather strip, which covers up the T track channel. This is a great option to do those T-track accessories that are gonna slide in here and go where the weatherstrip goes. That way you don't have to use a clamp, that's gonna go around the whole bar because as you can see on this vehicle, it comes pretty close to the roof, a little bit there in the middle, more so on the back. So if you don't wanna use those clamp on accessories or you just don't have the room to use them, I suggest using the T-track up top. Or you can just cut this to length wherever you want. So let's say that your bike rack slides in here, you would just cut this off and the bike rack would take up the space, that way it's still got the weather strip. It's not gonna make noise when you're going on the road. And it just slightly makes noise, it's not very loud, but it could still get annoying over time. Now we'll move on to the foot. It's glass reinforced nylon, and it's also UV treated. So you don't have to worry about the sun, breaking it down, making it look bad, or even the elements. If you wanna leave it on your roof all the time, it's not gonna bother, it'll be just fine. That's this foot part, which is gonna be separate from the foot down here. This is another plastic part, same material. And then the rubberized cover that goes on the foot is specific to your vehicle. So like I said in the beginning, there's a bunch of different kits and this is the part that's gonna be made specifically to fit your roof and the contours that are on it. Along with that custom rubber pad is the clamp. Now these clamps are gonna be even the same, but they all have a rubberized inside. So you don't have to worry about them scratching the inside of your door jamb, or the side of your roof here. That way, if you take them on and off, you don't have to worry about damage over time or anything. It's not gonna happen. It'll be fine. Now it does fit and tighten up to your door jamb, so it pulls this clamp up the more you tighten this bolt down and that's what keeps it in place. You see there's no movement whatsoever. So you don't have to worry about anything bad happening when you go down the road. Now there is a cover for this. So this isn't exposed all the time. And another cool thing that Rhino-Rack included is a lock. They don't all come with locks and locking caps, so it's nice that they have that and you get two keys with it. That way you can keep one in your vehicle and one on your key ring, and then nobody can tamper with your roof rack when it's installed. So I've gone over how great this roof rack is and what it can do for you. How does it install It's not that bad. You just follow along with me as I do it, and you'll see, it's pretty easy. The only thing that's different is the foot pads. They may change from roof to roof, but that's the only thing that changes. Assembling it is gonna be the exact same. You're gonna measure from the same points. Now the numbers might be different because your roof and your vehicle are gonna be different, but still the same. So let's check it out. We're gonna install our weather strip. I've already done it on this bar and most of this bar, but I wanted to show you how it works. You just put this part that's a little bit more in than the top. Just work it into the center, it'll pop into place. It's probably better to get one side down, see how it's tilted and then push in. That's usually how I do it. And then it goes into place pretty easily after that, you just got to get started. You can hear a little pop every time I push it into place and come back on the other side, and do the same thing, so it can sit nice and flat. Gonna pull it back a little bit so it's even. Looks pretty good right there. Now I'm just gonna cut off the access. Gonna use my flat side of this, that way you got a nice even cut. So not as even as I had anticipated, but I'll come back and fix it up. Now we're gonna attach our feet to our crossbars. You just slide them in the ends here. We're gonna eventually put a screw in through there. Now it might fight you a little bit. I'm gonna strike it like this. Kinda use the table to push it down in that last spot, because this plastic kind of sticks out a little bit and you put your palm on there, it doesn't exactly feel good, so you can't get a good shove on it. But if you just use the ground and push a little bit, it should slide right into place. Don't slam it on there or anything like that, you'll damage it. But just use that to help push it into place. Now we're gonna peel back a little bit of the weather stripping. You see it looks like the hole lines up just fine. So we're gonna add a screw in there. Put that in place, now you can't pop that foot back off. We gonna repeat that process on the other three sides. Next we're gonna assemble our footpads. You're gonna get these in a different kit and you wanna make sure you look at 'em, and you see the number here, it's gonna tell you where they go. So this is the front left and front right. Stickers do come with them. I've already added the sticker, So it was easier to explain to you which one's, which, but you can look at the number and it'll tell you exactly where it's supposed to go. And these gonna be the rear ones, so you can see they already look way different than the front ones. They're specific to your vehicle. And again, just look at the number and it'll tell you where to put 'em. When you go to add your rubber pad make sure the arrow is facing out, when you go to snap into place and kinda just push on the rubber part and you'll feel it snap in several parts right into place. A good way to tell is that the rubber part of the cover is up here through the center hole, you know that it's installed. We gonna attach it to our assembly. It just pops into place. There's like a bar here at the bottom, there's spaces to clip this plastic part into and just push it, and you hear it snap into place, and it's all in there. And again, you wanna look at the bottom, make sure you're putting the right one on the right side, arrows facing outward. And the arrow on the rubber is facing forward. And one other thing to note is that your crossbars are gonna be different lengths, so the front one is gonna be longer than the rear one. That's how you can tell the difference between 'em. You might be able to see on the table here that this front one is a little bit longer. And that's how I know that that one's the front one. I set the front crossbar on the roof already. And what we're gonna do is get our measurement to see where it needs to be on the roof. Now it's gonna be different for every vehicle. So these measurements probably aren't for you, but we go from the center of the door jamb to this arrow. And on this particular one, it's gonna be a little bit before six inches. So about there looks right on this side, And I'm gonna go over to the other side and adjust it over there too. Now we set the rear one on, we'll get that measurement too, again, it's gonna be different for you, but what they want you to do is measure from the center of the front crossbar. Now that you've got that in the spot it's supposed to be to the center of this one. And those measurements will be in your instructions. And ours looks to be right there, we gonna move it just a little bit and let's get it right there. That's where they said to have it. So now we know it's on there, right Another thing that'll be helpful is they got these little stickers that are arrows and you can put them exactly where your crossbars are and like the door jamb, so you can't see 'em. But that way you don't have to measure every time, if you plan on taking these off and putting them back on. If you gonna leave them on, you're probably not gonna need these. If you don't wanna put them on the car, you don't have to, just measure again the next time, not a big deal, it's really up to you. Now we're ready to add our clamp. This is gonna attach here, and this is what actually holds the roof rack to your roof. So first we're gonna remove this center bolt. Then we'll bring our clamp up, line it up, you see how it sits right here in the door jamb, like it's supposed to, it's also rubberized. So don't have to worry about scratching anything, kinda align that upright, put our bolt through and get it started by hand. Now you might have to hold it, put your hand behind there to hold this up, 'cause it falls back pretty easily, you see that So you can put one hand back there and then get the bolt started that way. It looks like the trick might've been is to tilt it towards you. That way it's at an angle, and then the bolt went in way easier. I got the clamps sitting in the doorframe where it's supposed to be. And I'm slowly tightening it into the place. I'll come back with the tool that comes with it and continue to tighten it down. On the passenger side we do the same thing. But don't fully tighten it, just kinda jump back and forth and tighten it evenly, that way one side doesn't pull it up off the roof. Now just something more I wanna point out about the tool, a good way of seeing if it's tight enough, you're gonna hear some creaks and cracks and stuff as you go, but this part is angled. And you'll know when it's tightened, you go to tighten it, as you push on it, it flattens out. So I'll try and do it this way. You see how it's flat now. That means it's tight enough and that you can stop tightening here. Last thing we've got to do is put our covers on. You just slide them into the groove pushes in there really easily then you use your one of your two keys to lock it in place. Now you're good to go. As you saw, it wasn't too bad to get installed. Some roof racks can be a little complicated with a bunch of moving parts and a lot of going back and forth. That was probably the hardest part of this one is probably the measurements and that's just, you know, setting this one in place, measuring, going the other side, doing the same thing, then doing the same thing for the rear bar, but really in the grand scheme of things, it's not that big a deal. They installed pretty easily, they're on there nice and tight. They're not going anywhere. I'm fully confident that they're gonna stay there for as long as I need them to be. So now you can carry a roof box, a roof basket. You can even carry your bikes up there, skis, whatever, you have all those options with those bars on your vehicle. Well, thanks for hanging out and I hope this helped..


Info for these parts were:

Employee Andrew K
Installed by:
Andrew K
Employee Aidan B
Video by:
Aidan B

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