Rhino Rack Roof Rack Review - 2013 Ford Fusion

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Review of the Rhino Rack Roof Rack on a 2013 Ford Fusion


Today on our 2013 Ford Fusion we'll be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Rhino Rack roof rack system. This is going to consist of the Rhino Rack's vortex arrow cross bars, part number RRVA126B-2. Our cross bars are also available in silver, part number RRVA126S-2. The Rhino Rack 2500 series legs, part number RRRLKVA and the custom fit kit for our Ford Fusion, part number DK358. The Rhino Rack roof rack system is a great solution for carrying your vehicle's accessories on your roof, whether those are bike racks, cargo baskets, ski and snowboard carriers, or kayak carriers. The aerodynamic shape of the bar as well as the weather strip in the middle are going to help to prevent wind noise and drag. If we remove the end cap on our cross bar, we can also remove our weather strip, cut it down and place in channel mounted accessories. The plastic core on our end cap can be removed and replaced with a metal lock cord to help prevent theft and tampering.

On our float pack, we do have a metal lock core which will help to prevent theft and tampering of your roof rack system as a whole. The pad along with the clamp of our fit kit are going to be custom cut to fit our vehicle and give us a nice, secure fit. There's also going to be rubber padding on any portion that touches our vehicle to prevent any scratches or abrasions. The Rhino Rack roof rack system has a 165 pound weight capacity, but you do want to double check your vehicle's owner's manual to make sure it can withstand that much weight. This is going to come with a limited lifetime warranty and be quick and easy to install. We'll show you how to do that now. Everything that you see on our table's what's included in our kit.

We're going to provide our own tape measure though. We have our included end caps for our cross bar and our foot pack, our included tool to tighten everything down, the clamp and the pads to go with our fit kit, our included keys for the end cap and for the foot pack, and then we have our included foot pack here on the end. We're going to start by pulling off the end of our foot pack and grabbing our pad. Want to make sure that the arrows are facing up on each piece. We'll just secure that together and place it back on the bottom. Then we'll remove our bolts here in the center, place on our clamp and tighten that down so that it holds our clamp into place and we can slide this onto our cross bar.

We're going to slide it right on into our channel, I'm going to tighten up my bolt just a little bit to hold that foot pack upright, and we can measure out this inside strip, 216.2 cms. We'll tighten that down with our included tool. Now in your kit you will get inserts that you can use in place of using a flat tape measure, just will cover up that empty space in between the end of our channel and our foot pack. This is going to help to reduce wind noise and drag. Lastly we'll take our cross bar end caps, place it on and lock it into place. We've got our vehicle doors open, we're going to take our cross bar and place it across our vehicle. We want to make sure that our clamps sit around our door frame.

Now we'll measure out our cross bar spread from the center of our front clamp to our back. That's going to be 70 cms. Now we can start to tighten everything down with our included tool. We're going to tighten it down so that our clamp is just up against our door frame. Now we'll go back and forth tightening everything down evenly. We'll know when our roof rack is completely tightened down when the skinnier portion of our tools completely straight, like you see here. Lastly we'll take our covers, lock those into place and now we're ready to load up our gear and hit the road. That's going to be our completed look at the Rhino Rack roof rack system on our 2013 Ford Fusion.


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