Rhino Rack Roof Rack Review - 2016 Nissan Frontier

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Review of the Rhino Rack Roof Rack on a 2016 Nissan Frontier


Today on our 2016 Nissan Frontier, we will be doing a test with the Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbar Roof Rack System, using part numbers RRBA137B-2 for the 54-inch aluminum black crossbars, part number RRLKVA for the leg kit, and part number GK108 for the clamps and the pads. We have already got one installed on our Frontier, as you can see here. It is our front one. Let's go ahead and do the back one together. For the back one, I have already got the leg and clamp installed, so we are just going to finish off by doing the side here. The first thing we will do .. let's go ahead and grab the leg.

Then we will grab the top portion of our pad, where our pad is going to go on. We need to make sure that the little arrow there is pointing outward. Then we will just clamp it on the bottom here until it snaps in. Then we can grab the pad. For the pad, it has got a little arrow as well.

When we set that on our Nissan, we want to make sure that arrow is pointing forward. I will just take my pad here. We are going to push it in place, like so. Make sure that it is seated all the way around. Once we have got that seated, let's go ahead and take our bolt out here.

We will take our clamp, and position like so. We will take our bolt. I'm just going to get that started. We do not want to screw that all the way in just yet. Just get it so it is loosened up. One of the things we want to make sure that our top bolt here, this square nut, is loosened up.

Then we are going to come over to our crossbar here. I am just going to flip this upside down. Then we are going to slide that on to our crossbar. Pretty easy to do. We are just going to leave it loose for now. Then we want to refer to our fit guide. Our fit guide says that the length between the two legs needs to be 1,077 millimeters. That converts to 107.7 centimeters. What we are going to do is we are going to grab our little tape here. As I said before, we have already got this one installed and bolted down. We are going to come across to 107.7 and then set it. Once we get to 107, we are almost about to set there. Then we just want to scoot our leg up until we have got it right in that area there. Once we have got that, we are going to grab our Rhino-Rack tool and tighten that down. Once we have got that tightened, we can then take our end cap and put that in place. Now we can head on over to our Nissan Frontier. Let's get this table out of the way for us here. What we are going to do is we want to open up, or have both of our doors opened up that is. We will go ahead and set our roof rack in position. You want to do it very gently. That way you do not scratch up the vehicle. I am going to go over there and take care of that side real quick. Let's get this set up here in position. Then we will need to refer to our fit guide again. Since we have already got our front crossbar installed, we can measure from the center. We need to be 750 millimeters, which converts to 75 centimeters, from center to center. We will come around here and adjust it. Let's grab our tape here, center to center. We will need to come back a little bit here. With that side where it needs to be, we will go ahead and take care of the other side. Then we can move on from there. Alright, 75, perfect. Now we will need to come over to our weatherstripping here on our Frontier. We are just going to pull down, just kind of free that up. As you can see, our clamp is just kind of going to go right in place where it needs to be. That is where we want it. Once we get it tightened down, we will of course be able to reinstall our weatherstripping. I am not going to tighten it down all the way just yet, but now that it is seated, let's go ahead and tighten it up a little bit, just until it kind of grabs. Then just like that, we will repeat that same process. I am just going to put that back in place because I know it is seated. I will repeat that same process for the other side, make sure it clips in the spot. See how I kind of moved it there, no big deal. Grab my tape again and reset it. Before I do that, I can go ahead and tighten it down a little bit. Then I will readjust my measurement. No big deal. Alright, perfect. Now with them both in position, we can tighten them down. As you tighten them down, you want to make sure that the pad is in position and kind of stays. Make sure that it contours to the roof of the vehicle. Again, I am not going to tighten this down all the way just yet. You kind of want to get a happy medium between both sides. If you have to, you can loosen up one side if you have tightened it down too much. That looks to be about right on this side. Let's take a look at the other side. Just a little bit more and then we can re-seat our weatherstripping on this side. Close that up. Looks good. Check this side here. Perfect. Make sure everything is all sealed up and close the door. A few more steps here. We can then grab our cap here. We are going to clip it in place on the side. It is going to cover up our hardware. Then we can lock it up with our keys. We take our key and lock up our crossbars. Same thing here and then we have got it. Before we finish up here, I will kind of go over how we got our first ones set up. It is pretty simple. It is about the same way. You will have your crossbars set up and put them together. You want to follow your fit guide. Get your measurement in between and then we got our measurement for its position. The fit guide told us to start here and then measure to here. Then we got our where measurement by measuring from the center. It is a pretty unique way to get it started and get them all fixed up. That is going to complete our test fit of the Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbar Roof Rack System on our 2016 Nissan Frontier.


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