Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars Installation - 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

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How to Install the Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars on a 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

Hey everyone, Colin here at etrailer. Today we have a 2019 Chevrolet Equinox. We're going to be doing a test fit of the Thule Wingbar Evo Roof Rack system. This roof rack system mounts to the naked roof of your Equinox. So that means you don't have any race side rails or a factory roof rack installed. This is going to be a pattern clamp system, so we are going to be able to get our favorite roof rack accessories bloated up, whether we got a bike rack, kayak carrier, maybe even a rooftop cargo box.Now up top, we have our 53 inch long wingbar Evo crossbars.

You see they're in black right now, but they're also available in silver. If you think that'll go better with your Equinox, just check out our website. Now our wingbar is going to have a nice aerodynamic shape. It's going to help cut down on wind noise and drag, especially when compared to your standard square or round bar roof rack systems. And what's nice about these crossbars is that we have a T-slot and all we have to do to access it is flip open the cap, just like that.

And what's nice is that we no longer have to pull up the rubber strip and cut it to length for our T-slot accessory. We just slide it in between the two strips, all the way to the preferred location on our roof rack, tighten it down. And we're ready to go. No cutting involved, so you don't have to worry about misplacing or mis-measuring and making a wrong cut.Right here, we have our Evo clamp feet, which is the middleman in the process. It's connecting our Evo wingbars to our padding clamp kit down here.

Let's go ahead and take a closer look at it. We just pop open the end cap. Our tightening bolt is going to be inside right there. We just take our included tightening tool to secure it off. We'll put the end cap back on and you can see that there's a plastic lock right here.

We can actually replace these with the with the one key system from Thule. That'll just provide more security for your roof rack. You can get four different lock cylinders for all four of your Evo clamp feet.Down here we have our fit kit which is specifically designed to four, year 19 Equinox. We've got a nice thick rubber pad. You can see how it lines the contours of our roof, so it's going to make for a very snug fit, and the rubber is not going to damage your roof at all. Down here we have the rubber coated hook. You can see how it's sitting underneath the doorframe right here, making really solid contact. We have this on both sides. So overall a very solid roof rack, it's got a very good hold of your roof.Now I'm going to provide you guys with a few measurements. First from the top of our roof to the bottom of our wingbar, it's going to be three and a half inches. You just want to keep that in mind so that when you're putting on any clamp-on accessories, that when you're getting that strap or clamp underneath the crossbar, you don't go too low and scratch up your roof. That should be plenty of space however, to get that done. Now from the top of our roof to the top of our wingbar, it's going to be four and a half inches. And we keep that in mind for any low clearance situations, but you have this height added onto your roof. Though, with the Equinox, you're probably not going to have to worry about that too much. Just keep it in mind.We also have a 220 pound weight capacity for our wingbar set up. It's a little bit of a step up compared to their old system, which was the AeroBlade bars. So you're going to be able to get a lot of different cargo up here, whether it's that box you want to fill it up to capacity for your vacation, or maybe it's just a couple of kayaks. Now that we've gone over some of those features, let's show you guys how to get this installed on your Equinox.Now, I'll go ahead and show you how to get your second crossbar assembled. The first one's going to assemble the exact same way. Just make sure you follow along with the instructions and make sure you put the right pad and clamps with the right leg. So we'll just flip our crossbar over, take the end cap off, we'll just push down on that tab and pull the cap off. Now right here is our scale. We need to set it to 38 and a half. That is going to be the mark you need to set your Evo naked roof feet. So we're just right there. The numbers are engraved. You may not be able to see it too well on camera. Once you get some light shining on them, you'll be able to see it in person.Now we're going to grab our Evo clamp foot. We're first going to take our rubber pad and put it on this bracket. You can see how the shape of it matches the shape of our pad. There's a number on the pad on the bottom corner right here. Just make sure you look at the instructions and make sure that you get the correct number on the correct placement of your roof. So the one we're assembling right now is going to be on the back right side. So there's a picture on your instructions that tells you this goes in the back. Just make sure you really push, get that thing on the bracket.Now we'll grab our rubber coated hook. Again, it's got a number engraved at the top right there. You may not be able to see it on camera, but in person you should be able to see it. So make sure you get the numbers matched up. We're just going to put it inside this bracket and push, so you hear that click. Now over here, we're going to push down on those two silver buttons. It's going to unlock the track up here. You can see when I pushed down on it, it comes up. So what we'll do is feed this part into the channel on the bottom of our Evo wingbar. So we'll push and then feed it into the channel. We're going to keep going until the edge right here butts up against our scale. Be careful not to move your scale at all. Once it makes contact, let go, and that's going to lock it in place. Now, just take the end cap to your bar, put it on there. Now we're ready to get it on our roof.With both rear doors open, we're just going to raise our crossbars over the top of our car to set it on the roof for now. How we got the front crossbar in place, is we assembled it per the instructions. And again, we made sure to get the rubber-coated feet and the rubber-padding right here to the correct placement on our roof and what we did when we got it up here was measured from the front of our Evo clamp foot, all the way down here to the edge of our windshield, 11 and three quarters of an inch on both sides and then we tightened it down.So now what we're going to do is measure our crossbar spread. This is specified in the instructions. It's going to be 27 and three quarters of an inch. So we'll measure from the front of our front wingbar to the front right here. Make sure you just adjust it and get it as close as possible to that 27 and three quarter.When tightening down this roof rack, you do want to be very careful and make sure you're alternating a lot to make sure you don't get too much pull on one side. So what we're going to do, you can see our rubber-coated hook. It's loose right here. It's not making contact with the frame of our vehicle. So we're just going to tighten up our foot until that hook is making contact with the frame right here and got a little bit of tension on it.So now it's made contact, we gave it a little bit of tension. We're going to go do the same thing on the other side. Now we've gone back and forth a couple of times getting to the point where we can just tighten down this side into our tool, tells us it's tight enough. Once you hear those clicks from your tool, you know it's tight enough, so just make sure you get both sides totally torqued.Now we can just get both of our end caps on and from there as I rubbed that at the end go ahead and grab a hold of both of your crossbars. We're just going to give it a good shake, make sure that everything is secure. From there you're ready to load up your favorite rooftop accessories, and then hit the road.Thank you all for watching and I hope this information helped you out, but that's going to do it for our test fit of the Thule Wingbar Evo Roof Rack system for naked roofs on our 2019 Chevrolet Equinox..

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