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Thule Roof Basket Review - 2017 Jeep JL Wrangler Unlimited

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Review of the Thule Roof Basket on a 2017 Jeep JL Wrangler Unlimited

Speaker 1: Today, on our 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Canyon XT cargo basket, part number TH859XT.The Thule Canyon XT solves a lot of problems for your Jeep Wrangler. For one, it's going to free up space on the inside or it's going to make for more things that you can carry with you when you go on your trips. This can be anything from sporting goods equipment to camping gear to even extra luggage that you didn't know you needed.This has several bars and attachment points to hook up your bungee cords or you ratchet straps, whatever it takes to keep your gear and luggage in place, but these can also serve as mounting points for extra lighting systems, whatever you want to do to sup up your Jeep.The basket itself has this nice aerodynamic shape to it, which gives it a nice factory-style look, once you have it installed on your vehicle. Like with anything on your roof, it is going to make some noise while you drive. However, with the Canyon, they do add this bearing up at the front that comes installed with it. That's going to help quiet it down just a bit while you drive.There's also plenty of space to work with while you're loading things up, as it measures 49 inches long by 40 inches wide by six inches tall at its highest point.

Also, there's an extension piece you can purchase, which is sold separately, should you need more space on your roof.Now, a customer concern, usually is, is this going to affect any clearance issues between that or the other As you can see here, there's going to be no clearance issues whatsoever between the basket and our rear hatch glass here.Now that we've gone over some of the features of the cargo basket, let's go ahead and show you how it installs. Now, it's relatively light-weight and easy to grip, so what we're going to do, is we're going to set it gently on our roof rack, push up, and just slide it across. Don't worry; your roof rack can take it. Then you want to line it up to where our connection points are going to be around our load bars here. We'll also make sure that it's centered and even on both sides.

You'll see it has two Allen bolts. Here, we'll use the included Thule tool. Just turn those to the left to loosen them up.Once we have it where we need it, we'll take that same tool and tighten it up. We'll repeat this for the other side. Our next step is we're going to take our U bolts and actually clamp it to our existing load bars.

Now, when you install those U clamps, you're going to have three different sets to choose from. Since we have the square load bars today, we're going to be using the shortest of the three.With our U bolt, you can see we have two washers. You want to separate them on either side, and put them on the top part of that plate that we adjusted earlier. Then we can just start tightening it down, right to tight, left to loosen, until it's nice and tight, and it's not going to move.Now, we went ahead and already installed the U bolts in all the other locations, and you can see that it's nice and tight. Final step, is we're going to install this plastic cover piece, and there's a notch at the front, and that's going to go around the notch at the front of our bracket here.

You just fit that through like so, and push the rest into place. Then there's a plastic lock on the other side. You turn that to secure it in place. With that done, we're ready to load up our gear, and hit the road.And there you have it for the Thule Canyon XT roof cargo basket on our 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

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