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Rhino Rack Roof Rack Review - 2012 Mazda 3

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Review of the Rhino Rack Roof Rack on a 2012 Mazda 3


Today on our 2012 Mazda 3 we're doing a test test of the Rhino Rack Roof Rack Kit. This is consisting of 3 part numbers. The first is our Vortex Aero cross bars, part number RRVA118B-2. Our 2,500 series Legs for our Vortex Aero cross bars using RRRLKVA and our fit kit for our Mazda 3, part number DK289. Now we already have our front bar on, we've taken out our spacers here at the top and installed these bolts. This is where we're going to attach our cross bars. These are simple to remove, we just use a flat blade screwdriver, pushed it back, it popped right out, and then tighten those down. We do have that front cross bar installed, we've got part of our back bar installed as well. We're going to show you how to put the last kit together and then how to install it onto our vehicle. Everything that you see here is included with our kit.

The only thing you'll need to provide yourself is a flat tape measure of some sort. We've gone ahead and removed the bolt and nut that comes with this leg kit. We've also removed this pad that usually comes with it. We're going to use the additional one that comes with our fit kit. We're going to start by taking our leg here. We're going to grab this piece from our fit kit.

We're going to make sure that this tab goes back behind our leg kit. We'll take this nut, place it so that the portion that sticks out is facing back and then we're take our bolt that has a flat and lock washer on there. We're going to start to tighten it down. We can use our included torque tool to do that. When you've got that tightened down, set it off to the side. I'm going to take the rubber bottom here and the replacement pad for the bottom and I'm just going to squeeze those together until it's completely sealed and just pop that right onto the bottom. Now, I'll take our foot pack and it just slides right onto our cross bar.

We'll take our measurement here. It's going to be 16.3cm. That's going to give us the right amount of spread between each the leg kits. Just tighten down this bolt here and that holds it into place. I like to always double check that measurement. Now that that's secured, I'll take my cross bar end cap, slide it into place and then lock it with the key.

We can take our cross bar and we'll load it u onto our vehicle. We're going to take our bar and just set it on top making sure that the rubber seal along the bottom doesn't get tucked up underneath. Perfect. Now we can take the tool that comes with our fit kit and we'll start to tighten down this bolt here by tightening down the black portion at the top. Now what's really great about these cross bars is that we have the weather strip in the top. This is going to provide cushion for any clamp on accessories that you have. You can also take the end cap off, remove some of that weather strip, cut it up, and actually insert channel mounted accessories in there and re-insert the weather strip in between the channel mounts to help reduce that wind noise and drag. When we put on our cross bar end caps and lock those down, it's going to provide some extra security so you don't have to worry about theft and tampering of those accessories. inaudible 00:04:40 also a nice Vortex Aero shape so they're going to be aerodynamic, helps reduce wind noise and drag. We're just going to tighten these down as evenly as we can until it's completely secure. We've got a powder coated finish on our cross bar so it will resist rust and corrosion. There are also inserts that go in underneath here that you can use as measurements. You can cut those up and insert them into the bottom channel that we measured out so you don't have to worry about wind noise or drag from underneath there as well. What's really great about this seal here is that it's going to flare out, it's going to get a nice, finished look. It's also going to help to keep water and weather from getting up underneath there and causing any kind of build-up of water. We're just going to keep tightening these down, going back and forth. These cross bars have a 165 pound weight capacity but you do want to check your vehicle's owners manual. Keep in mind that whichever weight capacity is lower, you want to go by that instead. We want to make sure that we tighten this own as much as possible so we have a secure fit, not going to have to worry about our bars being too loose. Once both sides are completely tightened down, you can take our leg end caps and place those on. We have a lock to lock those in place, that's going to help to prevent theft and tampering of the roof rack itself. That's going to be our completed look at the Rhino Rack roof rack kit and how it fits on our 2012 Mazda 3.


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