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Malone AirFlow2 Universal Roof Rack Review

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Review of the Malone AirFlow2 Universal Roof Rack


Today we're going to be taking a look at the Malone Airflow 2 universal roof rack for raised side rails. Part number MPG215. The Malone Airflow roof rack system is a universal roof rack system designed to work with your factory raised side rails. It's an aero style bar which the strips at the top as well the rubber strips that you'll be installing on bottom channel as well are going to help cut down on wind noise and drag while you drive to make this a very quiet ride once it's installed. They work with a wide variety of roof top accessories such a bike racks, kayak carriers or cargo baskets. The towers are lockable so once this is installed on your rails it's going to be secured to your rails as well. We can open up this little panel at the end, you can see that it has a T-track to it meaning you can use T-track accessories with this roof rack system. In some cases you may be able the push the rubber strip down and slide the T-track accessories in like so.

In some other cases you may have to have this removed and cut it to length around the accessories that you're going to be putting inside the T-slot. These are made with a non-corrosive aluminum and comes with the hardware necessary to install them meaning you don't need any additional tools to install this onto your vehicle. In fact the tightening tools are integrated into the end locking mechanisms on our towers. These 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 those weights. The dimensions of the bar are going to be 50 inches long by 3 inches wide by 1 inch tall. Now that I've gone over some of the features of the roof rack system, let's go ahead and show how it installs. We'll start off by removing the locked ends of our towers on both bars. They're going to be comprised of two different types of locks, just the lockable end that you see here then the ends with the tightening tools already put into it. Before we place this onto the roof rack we want to make sure the clamps of our towers in the open position.

You'll take the loosening tool, or tightening tool, come to the end, just turn it to the left to loosen it up. Looks like that's good on both sides. Now we can set this on our factory raised side rails. Let's just set our front bar into place, you want to find a point up at the front of the bars that you can use as a reference point to keep the bars even on both sides. We'll go to this point here, this line here and measure back on both sides to keep the bar even. Now that they're even on both sides, we're going to check for our crossbar overhang measuring on both sides making sure that is even as well.

Once the overhang is even on both sides we can start tightening it down to our side rails. Once everything's tightened down we'll reinstall our locking ends to our towers, then we can install our rear bar. Next we're going to take our crossbar spread measurement which is going to be from center of the bar to center of the bar. Now according to the instructions you should at least be 70 centimeters apart. Right. Again we'll measure for our crossbar overhang on both sides to make sure it's even as well.

Finally we'll lock up our towers and we have one more step before we can load up our gear. Once it's completely installed, we still have this channel at the bottom and it does come with this strip to go in there. You would measure out between the towers, cut your strip to length then any excess over here you would cut the rest of it to fill in those gaps as well. This is going to cut down the wind noise and drag or help with cutting the wind noise and drag while you drive. Once that's done, now you're ready to load up your gear and hit the road. And there you have it for the Malone Airflow 2 universal roof rack for factory raised side rails, part number MPG215.


Questions and Comments about this Video


Robert
Will this fit my 2012 Kia Seltos S, and would you recommend the 50 to carry two kayaks? Thanks
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Reply from Jon G.

The Malone AirFlow2 # MPG215 will fit your 2021 (I believe is the year you meant) Kia Seltos. If you use a kayak carrier like Malone Stax Pro2 # MPG115MD you should be just fine carrying 2 kayaks.

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