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Rhino Rack Roof Rack Review - 2018 Nissan Frontier

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Review of the Rhino Rack Roof Rack on a 2018 Nissan Frontier


Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Nissan Frontier, we're going to be test fitting the Rhino Rack Vortex Aero roof rack system. This does consist of part numbers RRVA137B-2. These are the Vortex Aero crossbars, 54 inches long. These also come in silver as part number RRVA137S-2. We'll also be using part number RRRLKVA. These are the Rhino Rack 2500 series legs for the Vortex Aero crossbars.

And finally, part number DK108, and this is the fit kit for this particular vehicle.The Rhino Rack vortex arrow roof rack system is great for carrying a wide variety of accessories on your truck while freeing up space inside your vehicle and, if your truck bed's full, taking some of that load, as well. This can be used with bike racks, cargo baskets, and some cargo boxes. The aerodynamic shape of the bars, coupled with the Vortex Aero strips up top, is going to help cut down wind, noise, and drag while you drive.Also, if we unlock the end cap here, this can be used with T-track accessories by removing the strips, inserting your accessories, cutting them to length, and then putting the end cap back into place. Unlike other roof rack systems, these do come with the lock cores already installed on them, so once you install these to your roof rack system, they are secure to your roof, as well.Both bars have a carrying capacity of 165 pounds, but you always want to double check with your vehicle's manual to make sure your roof can withstand those weights. 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 front bars already installed, and how we determined where they we're going to be place ...

we had everything assembled, and then we measured from the center of the door jam to the center of the bar, and that's how we got this placement here. Once we have the rear bar fully assembled, we'll be measuring from center of this bar to the center of the rear bar for that placement.We have our 2500 series leg. We have the lockable end caps, and our fit kits consist of the clamp and the rubber foot for the leg. Our first step is we're going to take our leg, and we're going to install it onto our Vortex Aero crossbar. You're going to loosen it up to where this bracket here fits inside the slot on the bottom.

And pretty much, it's just going to slide into place.Now, normally, once you've purchased these bars, you'll get a strip that you'll measure to length, cut it, and that's what's going to serve as the spacer between the leg and this portion of the bar. But for demonstration purposes, we'll just be measuring it out today. You'll find this measurement in your instructions, and we'll take our included tightening tool and the screw in the center here. Okay. Good.

And then, next, we can take our end cap, push that into place, and take our plastic key here and secure it down.Next, we'll take our rubber foot here, and it just lines up with those portions, making sure that the arrow and the numbers are corresponding to where they're supposed to be. And these just push right into place. Next, we'll loosen our screw here in the center. Line up our clamp, and just loosely install this. And now, we can open up the rear doors of our Frontier and put our bar into place.We'll just set it into place for now. Then, we'll make sure it is sitting evenly on the truck on both sides, and then we'll get that measurement from center to center to make sure it's in the right spot. Put these into place. We'll pull down on our insulation here, and the clamps will actually sit in this lip right here. I'll push that back into place, and then, we can start tightening these down with our included tool. To tighten these down, we do have this tool with this curve to it. Once this straightens out, you'll know that it's tightened enough, so this prevents you from over or under-tightening your roof rack to your roof.All right. You can push that back in place. We'll repeat this on the other side. We'll line up these two tabs with the points here. Push in. Lock it into place. Now, we're ready to load up our gear and hit the road. And there you have it for the Rhino Rack Vortex Aero roof rack system on our 2018 Nissan Frontier.


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