Rhino Rack Roof Rack Review - 2015 Honda CR-V

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Review of the Rhino Rack Roof Rack on a 2015 Honda CR-V


Today on our 2015 Honda CRV, we're taking a look at the Rhino Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars. The part number for the crossbars you're using today is RRVA137B-2. The foot pack we're using is RRRLKVA, and our fit kit is part number DK284. We already have our front crossbar in place on our vehicle. We're going to show you how to put together our back crossbar here and how we put together that last foot pack as well. Everything you see here comes with the kit.

The only thing you'll really need to provide is that flat tape measure. Even a regular tape measure will work as well. The first thing we're going to do is take our foot pack here. We're going to pop off the end foot plate and we'll take our pad, this is just going to be our rubber pad. It's going to fit along the bottom here. We just want to insert it so that it all fits in the seams, push it down so we don't have any holes there, and we can take our foot pack back.

We want to make sure that that arrow faces out and that this arrow's facing forward whenever we put it onto our vehicle. I'm just going to loosen up this bolt just a bit. I'm going to slide it right on there. Just want to line up that square nut with the channel along the bottom and we'll slide that into place. Then we're going to take a measurement here. This is going to give us even bar overhang on the end and our measurement is going to be 12.8 centimeters.

It's just about there. Take our tool and tighten that down once again. Just double check and make sure that's the right measurement. Perfect. Now we want to come here to the side.

We're going to remove this bolt and we'll take our clamp and just fit it over top and tighten that down. All right, now that was have that all tightened down we can take our crossbar and set it onto our vehicle. Now keep in mind, although we are using the 137s, you can pick a larger size crossbar or wider crossbars, just as long as they don't go out past your mirrors. We're just going to set this onto our vehicle. We'll adjust this other side first, just making sure that it's loosely fitting on there and that we've got our clamp on the right spot. The next measurement we'll take is our crossbar spread. From the middle of the front crossbar to the middle of the back we want to have 75 centimeters. I'm going to measure on the other side as well, making sure that is even. Perfect. Now we can start to tighten each side down. I like to tighten the sides so that the clamp is sitting just up against the door frame before I start to really tighten them down. There we go. You may have noticed already, but whatever we do to one side we want to do to the other, just so that we don't have that crossbar pulling to either side and to make sure that our crossbar is completely secured down. Now I'll start by going through, and I do about 15 turns to start with. Again, same to the other side, just tightening it down. Now a great thing about these crossbars is that they're very aerodynamic and they fit a lot of different accessories so you can fit bike racks, ski and snowboard carriers, kayak carriers or even roof boxes up here. This also comes with this blue tool that I'm using, it's known as a torque tool. On the end here, when this is completely straight, just like that, the skinnier end is completely straight, that is when you have it completely tight, just like that. Close up this door, just want to make sure we do the same thing to the other side. That just lets us know we have enough torque behind our bolt. We're not going to have to worry about our crossbars coming loose at all. All right, with those completely secured down, we can place on all of our end caps. First is going to be our foot pack end caps. These will prevent theft and tampering of your foot pack. With those locked we can place on our end caps. These end caps are going to lock our crossbars here so if we have any T track mounted items we won't have to worry about theft or tampering because this will lock them into place. It's a great idea to always do that. Now we're ready to load up our gear and hit the road with our all new Rhino Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars on our 2015 Honda CRV. .


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