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Thule Roof Rack Review - 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Review of the Thule Roof Rack on a 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe


Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe we're going to be doing a test fit on the Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack system. It's available in silver with part numbers TH7602-TH7603 and THKIT4029. For the black, it's gonna be part numbers TH7602B-TH7603B and THKIT4029.The Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack system is specifically designed to work with your Hyundai Santa Fe. It mounts directly to your flush mounted rails allowing you to carry roof mounted bike racks, kayak carriers, cargo boxes and much more. The AeroBlade Edge design is gonna help you maintain that factory look, and it's gonna help complement your roof line.The load bars are constructed out of aluminum. They're aerodynamic, so not only are they gonna be stylish, but they're gonna offer you a smooth, quiet ride.

Though this roof rack system's load bars are significantly shorter than others, there are no protruding bars, so it's gonna give you a sleeker design.The end covers cover and protect our hardware so it can't be tampered with. For more security, you do have the option to add a Thule locking cylinder. You can pick up four, one for each end, with part number TH544. The load bars will also accommodate your T-slot accessories. It's gonna add about 3-1/2" to the height.The Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack system has a weight capacity of 165 lbs., though you wanna be sure and check with your Santa Fe's owner's manual to see if your roof can carry that much.Now that we've gone over the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to get them installed.

This roof rack system is designed to fit your factory flush mounted side rails on your Santa Fe. We've already got the front one installed. The rear one installs the same way. Let's go ahead and show you how we did that.In this kit, you get two different size AeroBlade Edge load bars. Part number TH7603 is gonna be the front crossbar.

The rear is gonna be part number TH7602, so you're gonna make sure you have those correct. To start off, I've already gone ahead and removed my two end caps. We need to make sure that our bar is loosened up so that we can be properly installed on our Santa Fe. We're gonna make sure that both sides we can move in and out. I've already gone ahead and taken care of that.

Now, we need to install our fit kit onto our foot pack here at the end. I've got one side done, this one installs the same way.Inside, we've got a little axle here. You can see how it's setup for the to threaded screw holes. We need to make sure that's setup for the single so we can actually rotate the end here, and then there's the single hole. That's what we need it setup for.Now, we can bring in our fit kit for our Santa Fe. These come pre-assembled with the bolt already in place. We're gonna thread that through that single hole. We don't need to tighten it up all the way just yet, just get it started.Now, we're ready to set it in place. We need to make sure that the rolled portion of our load bar is facing forward. Per our instructions, they need to be 24 and 32 inches apart, so I'm gonna go ahead and set it in the general area, and then we can measure it up once we set it in place.Upon setting it in place, there's a few things we need to make sure of. We need to make sure that our fit hooks here are properly sitting on our flush mounted rails. It needs to grab ahold of the edge here. I'm just gonna scoot it down until it fits around. We've got one here in the front and then one in the back. We need to make sure of that for both sides.Once I've ensured both sides are fitting properly, then we can make sure our load bars are parallel. I'm just gonna grab a tape measure here and measure center on center. And again, be sure that it's between 24 and 32 inches. I'm gonna check that for the other side.Once we've got it all setup for both sides, we can take our included tool and go ahead and tighten down our fit kit hooks here. We can tighten these down all the way. By doing so, it's gonna squeeze around those flush mounted rails so it fits properly. Make sure it's nice and snug on both sides. Once those are tightened, we can then come back and tighten up our load bar. This is going to ensure that it doesn't shift from one side to the other. We don't need to wrench this down super tight, just get it nice and snug on both sides.Now, we're ready to put on our covers, and we're all set. We've go this little raised portion here. We need to make sure that lines up with our rubber strip on top. We've got a few notches that we need to line up with on each side in order for it to fit correctly. Once everything's lined up, we should just be able to push it in place. Perfect.With them both installed on our Santa Fe, we're ready to load up our favorite Thule accessories and hit the road.That's gonna complete our test fit of the Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack system.