Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars Installation - 2019 Subaru Forester

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How to Install the Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars on a 2019 Subaru Forester


Today on our 2019 Subaru Forester, we're going to be doing a test fit on the Thule WingBar Evo Roof Rack System.This system is specifically designed to fit your raised rails on your Subaru Forester. I've got it in place, just to give you a good idea what it looks like. Let's go ahead and take a closer look.It features 47" long crossbars, you can see here how they span across the roof of our Forester. This is going to allow us to carry multiple accessories. Maybe we'd like to get three bike racks up there, or maybe two kayaks. So just keep that in mind.Now they're made out of aluminum, so we don't need to worry about rust or corrosion.

I've got the black installed. They're also available in silver. If that's something you're interested in, see etrailer.com.Now you'll notice that they're aerodynamic. These are going to be a lot quieter than your traditional round or square bars. They're also going to work with your standard clamp-on accessories, as well as your T-slot accessories.

And rather than having to remove that rubber strip or trim it, you can see how it's split right down the center. That T-bolt's just going to slide to your desired location, and give you that nice clean look.Now the crossbars are held in place by four raised Evo feet. You can see here how they're attached to our raised rails. They are rubber coated; that way they don't harm or scratch those, should we want to take the roof rack system off.Now, underneath our cover here, features our bolt that tightens it to our raised rails. With the cover, it protects it from the elements.

It's also going to help deter theft. The tool is included.When it's all said and done, the cover goes back on. And we can tighten up our plastic core. That way, that cover cannot be removed. If you'd like to upgrade and add more security, you can pick up some Thule Metal Locking Cores for all four raised Evo feet.

And no one can remove your roof rack system from your Forester.Now, this roof rack system has a weight capacity of 220 pounds. That's a step up compared to some of the other roof rack systems out there. You will, however, want to check with your Forester's owners manual to see if your roof can support that much weight.Now, we'll give you some clearance measurements. This'll give you a good idea of how much you've added to the roof of your Forester. And it may help you when using those clamp-on accessories. From the top of the roof to the other side of the bar is about 3-3/4". From the top of the roof to the top of the bar is about 5".I'd like to point out that even with this roof rack system in place, we're still going to have full use of our sunroof.Now that we've gone over the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it set up. I've already got my front crossbar in place. You can see it's attached to my raised rails on my Forester. The rear one installs the same way. And we can set it up anywhere we want on our raised rails. We just want to set it up to where it's going to work best with our accessories.It's very easy to install. I'll go ahead and show you how to do that. I've got my Evo raised foot right here. Just slide it on to the channel underneath. We'll just need to remove the end cap to do so. We can press in on the little tab here and take it off. Set that aside.Then, we can slide it in place. We'll want to slide it in to where the tabs on top fit into the channel like so. It's that easy. Then we can replace our end cap, and we're ready to set it in place on our Forester.Now when we set it in place, we want to be sure that the larger routed portion of the bar is facing forward. That's going to be the front. I'm going to set it just behind this pillar here on my Forester. We'll gently rest it down where that raised foot is getting ready to clamp around that raised rail.From there we can go ahead and remove the front cover. Just press in on the button underneath, and take it off. If it won't come off, you'll just need to make sure that it is in the unlocked position, so that the plastic lock is in the horizontal position. You can see how it's going to reveal our bolt.What we're looking to do is take out the slack within our raised foot. So what we want to do is tighten it up just enough to where it won't move. Then we'll do the same thing for the other side.Now as we do this, we want to be sure that the rubber stripping on each side does not bunch up or overlap itself. So make sure that it's laying flat out on each side. Looks like I've taken out most of that slack. Let me go ahead and do the same for the other side. There we go.Now, even though I've got it set up just behind the pillar, I'm still going to take a measurement, and make sure that the bars have an even spread. I'm just going to measure center on center, and make sure it's the same. Again, we can place this anywhere we want on our raised rails. But we want to make sure that they're parallel and even. Looks good.Now that the measurements add up, let's go ahead and continue tightening them down. But we want to alternate each side. Do a few more turns and then we'll adjust our bar overhang.What we want to do is be sure that we have the same distance from the foot here out to the end of the bar on each side. So I'm going to slightly pull it towards me. If you'd like, you can use a tape measure for this, or you can just eye it up once it's in the correct spot, we can then tighten it the rest of the way down.Now, what's unique about our included tool here is that it will click when it's properly torqued down. We just need to listen for that on each side, and we're all set. Put our cover back in place, we'll lock it up. You can either use a flathead screwdriver or a coin, whichever works easier.With everything assembled and installed correctly, we're ready to load up our favorite roof-mounted accessory and hit the road. But that's going to complete our test fit of the Thule Evo WingBar Roof Rack System on our 2019 Subaru Forester.


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