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Rhino-Rack ROC25 Vortex Aero Crossbars Review - 2019 Nissan Rogue

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Review of the Rhino-Rack ROC25 Vortex Aero Crossbars on a 2019 Nissan Rogue


AJ: What's up everybody It's A.J. with etrailer.com. Today we're going to be checking out this Rhino-Rack Roof Rack system called the ROC25 on our 2019 Nissan Rogue. And what this is, is a roof rack system for the naked roof of your vehicle. So it's going to be a complete system. You get the bars, the feet, the pads, and the clamps that are specific to your vehicle.Now what the roof rack is going to do for you is help you carry something.

Let's say you don't have the hitch on the back of your vehicle like this one. You don't want to get a bike rack. You want to haul your bike on your roof. You can do that. You can get a cargo basket, a roof box, you can carry your skis up here.

There's plenty of options to use this roof rack on top of your vehicle.Taking a closer look at it, I just want to show you what I mean by custom design. This rubber pad is what the custom part is for this roof rack. So it's made specifically for this 2019 Nissan Rogue. You can see how the rubber pad goes down into this groove and catches it here and it's flat. So it goes and conforms to the shape of the roof.

And everyone of these is going to be different for every vehicle. That's why you get the kit specific to your vehicle. But they're all going to function the same way. They're all going to grip on that roof and catch it.While we're up here we might as well look at the bars themselves. They're made out of an aluminum, black-coated.

It's a black matte finish, sorry. And it's reinforced on the inside. So it's not just aluminum, like a soda can, it's got reinforce. And they said it's like an H-design in the middle of it. And that's helps give it the strength so that it's not going to budge when you load it up with your gear.Now it does have a weight capacity of 165 pounds. So I would not exceed that. On these bars is a weather strip, which covers up the T-track channel. So this is a great option to do those T-track accessories that are going to slide in here and go where the weather strip goes. That way you don't have to use a clamp that's going to go around the whole bar. Because as you can see on this vehicle, it comes pretty close to the roof, a little bit there in the middle, more so on the back. So if you don't want to use those clamp-on accessories, or you just don't have the room to use them, I suggest using the T-track on top. Or you can just cut this to length wherever you want. So let's say that your bike rack slides in here, you would just cut this off and the bike rack would take up the space. That way it's still got the weather strip. It's not going to make noise when you go down the road. It just slightly makes noise. It's not very loud, but that could still get annoying over time.Now we'll move on to the foot. It's glass-reinforced nylon, and it's also UV treated. So you don't have to worry about the sun breaking it down, making it look bad, or even the elements. If you want to leave it on your roof all the time, it's not going to bother it. It'll be just fine.Along with that custom rubber pad is the clamp. Now these clamps are going to be the same, but they all have a rubberized inside. So you don't have to worry about them scratching the inside of your door jamb or the side of your roof here. That way, if you take them on and off, you don't have to worry about damage over time or anything. It's not going to happen. It'll be fine. Now it does fit and tighten up to your door jamb. So it pulls this clamp up the more you tighten this bolt down. And that's what keeps it in place. You see there's no movement whatsoever. So you don't have to worry about anything bad happening when you're going down the road.Now there is a cover for this, so this isn't exposed all the time. And another cool thing that Rhino Rack included is a lock. They don't all come with locks and locking caps. So it's nice that they have that. And you get two keys with it. That way you can keep one in your vehicle and one on your key ring. And then nobody can tamper with your roof rack when it's installed.So let's get some measurements for your load. First off, it's going to be from the roof to the bottom of the bars. You can already see there's not a whole lot of space. If we go in the center, or as close as I can get to the center, it looks like it's a little bit over 1.5" of space here. We go to the side, you're going to get a little bit more, it's going to be closer to 2" of clearance. So maybe you can get your clamp base things over towards the side, and it'll fit better than it will in the middle.Looking at the back, it doesn't give us a whole lot of space at all. We'll go to the middle again. And that's a little over .5". So that's not a whole lot of space. So I wouldn't try and put clamps here. I would go here instead. But your other option is use the T-track. So then you can just slide your accessories in the top. You don't have to worry about any clamps or anything. There's not going to be any close calls with that.Another thing to think about is how far apart your bars are. So let me measure them center to center. Looks like the crossbar spread is 27.5". So you have that much space. So also think about that when you go throw a basket up here or whatever. You want to get your clamps set, or wherever the T-track pieces are, set correctly when you go to slide it in.Now, since we talked about there's no overhang, let's try and get the usable space on this roof rack. So that would be right there up to the foot on that side. You have 40" of usable space. So you can think about that when you're thinking about your accessories. Like, "Can I fit my basket and my bike on there Can I fit any of these two things on there" You have that much space to work with.Now, we've gone over what it's used for and how helpful it can be to you. But how hard is it to install It's actually not that bad. You just simply follow the instructions. The foot pads, you have to assemble and put those on there. Attach it to the bottom. Really the hardest part is the measurements. And that's just because you got to measure this one to make sure it goes in place first. Then do this one, measure that. And there's a lot of back and forth. But that's the only part that makes it hard. The instructions are very clear. Let's check out how I did it.We're going to install our weather strip. I've already done it on this bar and most of this bar, but I wanted to show you how it works. You just put this part that's a little bit more in, in the top. Just work it into the center. It'll pop it into place. It's probably better to get one side down and see how it's tilted and then push in. That's usually how I do it. And then it goes into place pretty easily after that. You just got to get it started. You can hear it a little pop every time I push it into place. And come back on the other side and do the same thing. So it can sit nice and flat. I'm going to pull it back a little bit so it's even. That looks pretty good right there. Now I'm just going to cut off the excess. I use my flat side of this that way you got a nice even cut. It's not as even as I had anticipated, but I'll come back and fix it up.Now we're going to attach our feet to our crossbars. You just slide them in the ends here. We're going to eventually put a screw in through there. Now it might fight you a little bit. I'm going to try and get it like this, kind of use the table to push it down in that last spot, because this plastic kind of sticks out a little bit. And you put your palm on there, it doesn't exactly feel good. So you can't get a good shove on it. But if you just use the ground and push a little bit, it should slide right into place. Don't slam it on there or anything like that. You'll damage it. But just use that to help push it into place.Now we're going to peel back a little bit of the weatherstripping. You see, it looks like the hole lines up just fine. So we're going to add a screw in there. Put that in place. Now you can't pop that foot back off. We're going to repeat that process on the other three sides.Next we're going to assemble our footpads. You're going to get these in a different kit. And you want to make sure you look at them. And you see the number here, it's going to tell you where they go. So this is the front left and front right. Stickers do come with them. I've already added the sticker so it was easier to explain to you which one's which. But you can look at the number and it'll tell you exactly where it's supposed to go. And these are going to be the rear ones. So you can see they already look way different than the front ones. They're specific to your vehicle. And again, just look at the number and it'll tell you where to put them.When you go to add your rubber pad, make sure the arrow is facing out, when you go to snap into place. And kind of just push on the rubber part and you'll feel it snap in several parts right into place. A good way to tell is if the rubber part of the cover is up here through the center hole, you know that it's installed.We're going to attach it to our assembly. It just pops into place. There's a bar here at the bottom. There's spaces to clip this plastic part into. And just push it. You hear it snap into place. And it's on there. And again, you want to look at the bottom. Make sure you're putting the right one on the right side. Arrows facing outward and the arrow on the rubber is facing forward.And one other thing to note is that your crossbars are going to be different lengths. So the front one is going to be longer than the rear one. That's how you can tell the difference between them. You might be able to see on the table here that this front one is a little bit longer. And that's how I know that that one's the front one. I set the front crossbar on the roof already. And what we're going to do is get our measurement to see where it needs to be on the roof. Now it's going to be different for every vehicle. So these measurements probably aren't for you.But we go from the center of the door jamb to this arrow. And on this particular one it's going to be a little bit before 6". So, about there looks right on this side. And I'm going to go over to the other side and adjust it over there too. Now that we set the rear one on, we'll get that measurement too. Again, it's going to be different for you. But what they want you to do is measure from the center of the front crossbar, now that you've got that in spot it's supposed to be, to the center of this one. And those measurements will be in your instructions. And ours looks to be right there. I'm going to move it just a little bit. And it looks good right there. That's where they said to have it. So now we know it's on there right.Another thing that will be helpful is they got these little stickers that are arrows and you can put them exactly where your crossbars are in the door jamb, so you can't see them. But that way you don't have to measure every time if you plan on taking these off and putting them back on. If you plan on leaving them on, you're probably not going to need these. If you don't want to put them on the car, you don't have to. Just measure again the next time, not a big deal. It's really up to you.Now we're ready to add our clamp. This is going to attach here, and this is what actually holds the roof rack to your roof. So first we're going to remove this center bolt. Then we'll bring our clamp up. Line it up. You see how it sits right here in the door jamb, like it's supposed to. It's also rubberized. So you don't have to worry about scratching anything. Kind of align that up right. Put our bolt through and get it started by hand. You might have to hold it. Put your hand behind there to hold this up because it falls back pretty easily. You see that So you can put one hand back there and then get the bolt started that way.Looks like what the trick might've been is to tilt it towards you. That way it's at an angle and then bolt went in way easier. I got the clamps sitting in the doorframe where it's supposed to be, and I'm slowly tightening into the place. I'll come back with the tool that comes with it and continue to tighten it down. On the passenger side we do the same thing, but don't fully tighten it. Just kind of jump back and forth and tighten it evenly. That way one side doesn't pull it up off the roof.Now something I want to point out about the tool, a good way of seeing if it's tight enough. You're going to hear some creaks and cracks and stuff as you go. But this part is angled and you'll know when it's tight. When you go to tighten it as you push on it, it flattens out. So I'll try and do it this way. You see how it's flat now. That means it's tight enough and that you can stop tightening it.Last thing we've got to do is to put our covers on. You just slide them into the groove, pushes in there really easily. Then use one of your two keys to lock it in place. Now you're good to go.As you saw, it wasn't too bad to get installed. Some roof racks can be a little complicated, with a bunch of moving parts and a lot of going back and forth. That was probably the hardest part of this one, is probably the measurements. And that's just setting this one in place, measuring, go to the other side, doing the same thing, then doing the same thing for the rear bar. But really in the grand scheme of things, it's not that big a deal. They installed pretty easily. They're on there nice and tight. They're not going anywhere. I'm fully confident that they're going to stay there for as long as I need them to be. So now you can carry a roof box, a roof basket, you can even carry your bikes up there, skis, whatever. You have all those options with those bars on your vehicle. Well, thanks for hanging out and I hope this helped.


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