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Thule Roof Rack Review - 2017 Kia Soul

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Review of the Thule Roof Rack on a 2017 Kia Soul

Today on this 2017 Kia Soul, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Aeroblade Podium Roof Rack System, consisting of part numbers THARB47, these are the Thule Aeroblade load bars, aluminum, these also come in black, as part number THARB47B, and part number TH460R. These are the Thule Podium Foot Packs, and part number THKIT3146. This is the fit kit for this specific vehicle. The Thule Podium Roof Rack System is great for carrying a wide variety of accessories, ranging from bike racks to cargo baskets to enclosed cargo boxes to water sport carriers or ski and snowboard carriers. The rubber strips in our bars, as well as the aerodynamic design, help with cutting down wind noise and drag while you're driving. Unlike the Thule Aeroblade Edge System, instead of having to remove an entire end cap to get to your T-track accessories, all you have to do is open that up, remove the strip and insert your accessories that way. Now, both podiums come with temporary plastic locks.

These can be removed and replaced with Thule lock cores, which you can find on Once you install this onto your roof, you can actually secure it to your roof as well. This is very easy to install and uses predetermined points on your vehicle to install it, so you don't have to worry about measuring for any crossbar spread. Also, both bars have a carrying capacity of 165 pounds, although you always want to double check with your vehicle's manual to make sure it can withstand that weight on the roof. Now that we've gone over some of the features of this roof rack, let's go ahead and show you how it installs. We have our rear bar assembly here.

Here's the Thule Aeroblade load bar. Here are our podium feet and here's the fit kit to go onto our vehicle. We'll start by putting our metal brackets here to our rubber pads. Now you notice that these brackets are going to be different than your front. Just make sure that this center hole is going to be facing down and they just slide into place like so.

We'll do this for the other side as well. Another thing to know, you also want to make sure you're using the correct pad for the rear as well. This one's a little bit thicker on the bottom side. Next we'll go ahead and just loosely install our podiums. You don't want to completely install them because once you tighten them down, they won't be able to fit onto the bars. We first want to make sure that the two holes on the sides are going to be in the open, in which in this case, they're not.

We just pop this out like so, twist it, until you see the two holes line up, push it back into place and then using the included hardware, then we'll loosely install these with our Allen Head bolts. We'll do this for our other podium foot as well. Next I'm going to take our Aeroblade Edge load bar, going to flip it upside down, and I'm going to remove the end caps here. Next we're going to go ahead and insert our podium into our T channel here by taking the one end and sliding it into place. You can see how that fits in there. Once you have that slid into place, we'll go ahead and reinsert our end caps so these don't fall back out. I'll repeat this for our other side of the bar. Now with our rear bar partially assembled, now we can move to the roof of our vehicle. Now to prepare for our bar to be installed onto our roof, we're going to have to remove these plastic pieces along the side here. There's going to be one each side and you'll see that it has a little arrow facing forward. You go to this slot here, take a front blade screwdriver, push forward and they come right out. We'll repeat this on the other side. You'll see that it has a bolt here on the inside and that's where our post is going to install into. You notice with our post bolt here, it has a short end and a long end with the separator here. The shorter end is what's going to go into that bolt hole in our vehicle. Just line it up, loosen the inaudible 00:03:42 like hand tight, then we'll take our included Allen tool and tighten it down the rest of the way. Then finally, we'll take our metal sheath here and we'll put that into place as well. We'll repeat this on the driver's side. All right, now we'll go ahead and set our bar into place, lining up with our post bolts. Next we're going to tighten our fit kit down to our vehicle. To tighten this down, we'll first put on our lock washer and then our knut, just get that hand tight. Then we'll take our included tool and finish tightening it down. Now we'll repeat this for the other side. Next we'll go ahead and make sure our load bar here is even on both sides. Take a couple measurements here just to be sure. With that done, we can actually finish tightening down our Allen Head bolts that we installed earlier. As we tighten these down, it's going to tighten it down to the bar as well so it won't move. Now we'll repeat this on the driver's side. Finally we can go ahead and install our end caps here to our podiums. These push into place. Then you see the little plastic lock we have here, use a screwdriver, turn it to the side, now it's secured into place. We'll do this on the driver's side as well. With that, we're ready to hit the road. There you have it for the Thule Aeroblade Podium Roof Rack System on your 2017 Kia Soul.

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