Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Roof Rack Installation - 2014 Ford Explorer

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How to Install the Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Roof Rack on a 2014 Ford Explorer


Today on our 2014 Ford Explorer we're going to be test fitting the Rhino Rack Vortex Aero Roof Rack System, consisting of part numbers RRVA137B-2, those are the Vortex Aero Crossbars. This also comes in silver as RRVA137S-2, and RRSX005, and those are the SX Series Legs for the Vortex Aero Crossbars. The Rhino Rack Vortex Aero Roof Rack System is great for carrying a wide variety of accessories on your roof while freeing up space inside your vehicle. It can carry bike racks, cargo baskets, cargo boxes, ski and snowboard carries, as well as kayak carries. The two bars have a combined carrying capacity of 165 pounds, although you always want to double check with your vehicle's manual to make sure your roof can withstand that wait. At the top of our bars we have these vortex aero strips, and that combined with the shape of the bars will cut down wind noise and drag while you're driving. Also if we unlock our plastic lock here at the end of our end cap, which can be replaced with a key lock, sold separately, you can see they can use T-track accessories with this roof rack system as well. You just lock it back up and it's secure.

Now that we've gone over some of the features of the roof rack system let's go ahead and show you how it installs. We have our rear bar partially assembled on our table here. We already have the front one installed, so we'll first flip the bar over, and install our other series leg onto the other end. So we'll take our leg, the top portion here will fit into our T-slot, and that'll just slide on like so. Now we're not going to put the end caps on quite yet. We'll set this onto our roof, measure out for our crossbar spread, and then we'll tighten it down, and put the end caps back in.

Roof rack into place, then we'll measure out for our crossbar spread. Once it's even on both sides are included tightening tool will tighten this bolt in the center. You'll know it's going to be completely tightened down when you see it curved here. As you tighten it this will straighten out, and when it's completely straight you know that it's torqued to where it needs to be, and you're not going to over tighten it. Let's do that on both sides. Once they're both tightened down we'll put our end caps into place.

There's also a locking tool with that as well. Now we're ready to load up our gear and hit the road. There you have it for the Rhino Rack Vortex Aero Roof Rack System on our 2014 Ford Explorer.


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