Rhino Rack Roof Rack Review - 2017 Chevrolet Equinox

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Review of the Rhino Rack Roof Rack on a 2017 Chevrolet Equinox

Speaker 1: Today, on our 2017 Chevrolet Equinox, 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 Vortex Aero Crossbars, part number: RRVA118B-2; the Rhino Rack 2500 Series Legs, part number: RRRLKVA; and the fit kit for our Equinox, part number: DK226. Our crossbars are also available in silver, part number: RRBA118S-2.The Rhino Rack Roof Rack System is a great solution for carrying your vehicle accessories on your roof, whether those are bike racks, ski and snowboard carriers, or cargo baskets. The aerodynamic shape of our bar as well as the weatherstrip on the inside our going to help to reduce wind, noise and drag. If we unlock our end cap and remove it, we can easily remove and cut down our weather strip and replace it with channel-mounted accessories.On our end cap, we do have a plastic lock core. We can remove that and place in a metal lock core, that's going to help prevent to prevent theft and tampering of part of your roof rack system as well as any channel-mounted accessories.

The end cap on our foot pack does have metal lock core, and that's going to prevent theft and tampering of your entire roof rack system. Underneath here you'll see our fit kit, this is going to be custom-cut to our vehicle and give us a nice secure fit. Any portion that touches our vehicle, the clamp or the pad, are going to have a rubber coating to prevent any scratches or abrasions.Our 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. It also comes with a limited lifetime warranty, and is quick and easy to install. We'll show you how to do that now.Now, everything that you see on our table is what you will need for our installation.

The only thing we've provided ourselves is a flat tape measure. We're going to get two crossbars, one of which is already on our vehicle. We'll get our key to lock down our crossbar end caps, our tool to tighten everything down, end caps for our foot pack, end caps for our crossbar, we'll get four foot packs, four pads and four clamps from our fit kit.We'll start by removing the plastic portion of our foot pack. We're going to take the pad, we're going to fit it onto the bottom, making sure that the arrow on the pad faces towards the front of our vehicle and the arrow on the plastic portion faces away from the inside of our crossbar.Next, we'll remove our bolt here in the center. We'll take our clamp and place it over the top, and tighten our bolt back down.

Now, we want to make sure we tighten this down just enough so that our clamp stays on our foot pack. We're going to slide the silver nut into our channel. Then we can take our flat tape measure and measure out the distance on the inside. With that in place, we can take our included tool and tighten it down.Now, your kit will also come with these inserts. These can actually be placed in the channel.

They also have measurements on them. You can place them in the channel and fill in that extra gap, as well as the extra gap on the outside. That's going to help to reduce wind, noise and drag. Now, we can place on our crossbar end cap and lock it into place, and we're ready to load this up onto our vehicle.Now, we can take our crossbar and we'll set it on our roof. We want to set it so that our clamps fit around our door jamb. Now, we'll measure out our cross bar's spread from the center of our front foot pack to the center of our back. We're going to measure 70 centimeters. Again, we'll do the same thing to the other side.Tighten it down so that our clamp sits just up against our door frame, or our door jamb here. We want to do the same thing on the other side, then we'll go back and forth, tightening it down evenly. Now, we'll keep tightening our clamp down until the skinnier portion of our torque tool is completely straight, like we have here. Now, we can take our end cap for our foot pack, place it on and lock it into place. Now that we have those locked into place, 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 2017 Chevrolet Equinox.

Questions and Comments about this Video

Edward O.

Can I change the legs if I buy another type of vehicle and use the rest of the set-up.

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Reply from Jon G.

It's possible, yes. Not every vehicle uses the same parts, but the legs and crossbars fit a much wider range of vehicles as opposed to the fit kit which fits a pretty narrow amount of vehicles.

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