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Curt Roof Rack Crossbars Installation - 2020 Nissan Pathfinder

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How to Install the Curt Roof Rack Crossbars on a 2020 Nissan Pathfinder


Zack: Hey guys, Zack here at etrailer.com. Today, we're going to be taking a look at the curt crossbars for raised side rails on our 2020 Nissan Pathfinder. This is going to be an excellent way to get gear or luggage up on top of your roof, whether you use a kayak carrier or cargo basket, bike racks or even roof boxes. And this is going to be a really affordable way to solve those problems of getting stuff up on top of your roof. If you're like me, I only need my roof rack a couple of times a year for a family trip when I throw a roof box on top of the car. And having the option of putting a basket or a box up there to save space in the back so I can see and it gives everybody more room so everybody's comfortable, that's pretty important to me.

So I think this is going to be a nice way to solve that problem. And for it being an entry level roof rack, it actually has some nice features to it.It comes with a lock set that I like. That's really nice. You don't have to worry about anybody making off with that. And I like the design.

It's got a nice arrow shaped design here. So it's going to cut down on wind noise and drag. You're going to have something up there so there will be some more noise than you're used to, but compared to some more cost-effective options like older square or round style, they're not going to be as noisy.I also like the black powder coat finish on the bars and the rubber strip that goes along the top. It's going to do a really good job of keeping your items from sliding around, especially as you're putting them on there and trying to get in them in place. The bars are going to come with two lock cores, one for each bar and when they're locked, they're going to free spin like this.

But when you need to loosen them up, you can unlock them and you can feel it engage with the mechanism in there, and that's going to allow you to loosen them up or tighten them whenever you're installing them. And what's really nice about this, is that even some of the higher end crossbars that are out there, you're going to have to buy those locks additionally, so with this, it's going to come with them.It's just a nice little feature that comes with it so you don't have to worry about picking anything else up. Now I can give you a couple measurements to help you out, knowing if this is going to work out for you. So from the highest point of our roof to the lowest point on our bar, it's going to be about 2-1/4" and from the highest point on our roof to the top of our bars is going to be about 3". So that should help you out with if you have a sun roof, this version of this vehicle doesn't and also if you're going to have any clearance issues getting into your garage.

And when it comes to how much this can carry, it's going to have a maximum capacity of 150 pounds. It's always important though, to check your owner's manual, to see what the capacity is of your roof and go with whichever one of those is the lowest.Overall, I think this is a pretty nice option, especially if you're only going to use it a couple of times a year to get the family's gear to your vacation. But even if you want to leave it on to carry stuff year round, I think it's going to do a good job. I do like that it has some locks and with this being the race side rail, it doesn't take much to get these on. So let's walk you through how we got these put on. Okay, so I already have the front bar installed. This back one's going to install the same way and the feet come already installed on here, so you don't have to worry about installing those. And what you can do, is you can take these nobs and you can open it up a little bit, so you can open up this foot and then we can place it on our raised side rails here.So we're just going to gently lower it down on our other bar and we're going to do the same here and put it down there and then I'm going to get my bars, trying to get them even. So the nice thing about this one is it has these little marks on the inside of our raised side rails, and we can use those to get it level. And then we're also going to measure it out between our front bar. So these are going to have a minimum distance of 20" between the two of them and a maximum of 50". So you want to get somewhere right in between there on how you have them installed. So at that point, I'm at about 28. We'll just put it at 28-1/2 and I'm measuring center to center of each bar. So I'm going to go to the other side and make sure I have that side leveled out so the bars are going to be running even with each other.Once you've determined that your bars are spaced evenly on both sides, the next thing you want to do, is you want to make sure that the overhang on your bar is spaced evenly on both sides. So I've already measured the other side. It's pretty close already. Might have to bring it out just a little bit. Now I'll go and double check on the other side real quick, and then we can start tightening down. And you want to make sure that you have it in the unlocked position to do that because even in the locked position, it will free spin like we showed you earlier and you won't get anywhere with that. So what you're going to do is just keep going back and forth from each side to the other, because you don't want to tighten one side down all the way and then go back because it's just going to have an uneven pull on there. So we'll get it down a little bit. I usually like to go until it's making contact with the bar and then I'll go and do the same thing over on the other side.So then once we get it pretty close on both sides and get it snugged up. You know what, you don't need to over-tighten it. But that's one thing right there that I'm not a huge fan of is once it starts getting pretty tight, I can't really get a good grip on the top part there, a lot of other ones do come with tools, which is nice. But once you get it tightened down, we can take our key, we can lock it and you can see that's going to be the free spin. That's not loosening up, it's not tightening anymore and we're set to go. And then we can get anything that we're going to get loaded up on our crossbars, but that's going to do it for our look at the curt crossbars on our 2020 Nissan Pathfinder..


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