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Rhino Rack Roof Rack Review - 2008 Toyota Prius

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Review of the Rhino Rack Roof Rack on a 2008 Toyota Prius


Speaker 1: Today on our 2008 Toyota Prius we'll be taking a look at and showing how to install the Rhino-Rack roof rack system. This is going to consist of the Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero crossbars, part number RRVA126B-2, the Rhino-Rack 2500 Series legs, part number RRRLKVA, and the fit kit for our Prius, part number DK079. Keep in mind that our crossbars are also available in silver, part number RRVA126S-2.The Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero crossbar system is a great solution for carrying your vehicle accessories on your roof, whether those are bike racks, cargo baskets, ski and snowboard carriers, or kayak carriers. The aerodynamic shape of bars along with the weather strip on the inside is going to help to reduce wind noise and drag. If we remove our end cap we can see that our weather strip is easy to remove. We can easily cut it down and put in channel-mounted accessories.

Our foot pack comes with a lockable cover to help prevent theft and tampering of your roof rack system.The fit kit is custom cut to our vehicle to give us a nice secure fit, and any portion that touches our vehicle is going to have a rubber coating to prevent any scratches or abrasions. It's easily protected by our lockable cover. The Rhino-Rack roof rack system has a 165 pound weight capacity, though you do want to double check your vehicle's owner's manual to make sure your roof can withstand that much weight.Now here everything on our table is what's included in our kit. Before we install it, we're just going to show you the pieces. We have our crossbar.

This will come in a count of two. We'll have our end caps. We'll get four of those, along with keys to lock those. The four foot packs that come with our kit. We'll have four clamps and four pads with our fit kit and four end caps for our crossbar, keys to lock that down, a tool to tighten everything.

Then the only thing we've provided ourselves is a flat tape measure.Now to begin our actual install we're going to remove our bolt here. We'll take our clamp, place that over the spot where we removed our bolt, and replace our bolt. We'll want to tighten this down just enough so that our clamp stays in place. Now we're ready to flip our foot pack over our. We can take the bottom portion off.

We're going to line up the arrows on the plastic part, as well as on our pad. Make sure that both of them are facing the same way. We'll close up any of the holes. Then we want to make sure that the arrow faces towards our clamp or to the outside of our foot pack.Now we can take our foot pack and slide it into place on our crossbar. Now with our kit you'll get these inserts that are actually measurements on here. We can use this to insert into our channel along the bottom and measure out the distance that we need. But for demonstration purposes we're just going to use our flat tape measure at this point, measuring out to 17.7 centimeters. We'll take our included tool and we're going to tighten down our bolt here. Now we can place on our end cap and take our included tool and lock that into place.We've gone ahead and opened up our vehicle doors. We're going to start by placing our crossbar in place so that our clamps sit around our door frame. Now we'll measure from the center of our front clamps to the center of our back. This is going to be our crossbar spread measurement at 70 centimeters. Again, we'll do the same thing to the other side.Now we can take our included tool and we're going to tighten down our bolt. I like to start by the tightening down my bolt so that our clamp sits just up against the door frame. Again we'll do the same thing to the other side. Now we'll know when our clamps are completely tightened down when our skinnier end of our torque tool is completely straight like you see here. To complete our install we'll place on our end cap for our foot pack, lock 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 2008 Toyota Prius.


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