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Rhino Rack Roof Rack Review - 2017 Ram 2500

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Review of the Rhino Rack Roof Rack on a 2017 Ram 2500

Today on 2017 RAM 2500 we'll be taking a look at the Rhino Rack Roof Rack kit. This is consisting of part numbers RRVA150B-2, those are going to be our Vortex Aero Crossbars. The next part number is RRRLKVA, those are our Rhino Rack 2500 Series legs. For our foot kit the part number is going to be DK043. Now you'll see we already have our front bar installed. We're going to put together our last leg kit and then show you how to load this back bar up onto our vehicle. Everything that you see here comes in our kit.

We've got our leg kit portion. We have the fit kit, the clamp and the pad. Our end cap for our crossbar, the only thing you'll need to provide is a flat tape measure of some sort. We have a key for the crossbar end cap. Keys for our cover for our leg kit, and then our included tool that's going to tighten that down. We'll start by taking our foot pack.

We're going to remove this bolt, take our clamp, place it on, and start to tighten that down. We don't want to tighten that down too much, we just want to have it tight enough so that our clamp stays on. Then we'll pop off this bottom piece. We're going to take our pad and secure that to the plastic portion, making sure that the seals are completely covered and that this is completely secured down. Then we'll place this back on and we can slide it on to our crossbar. We want this nut to slide into this channel here at the bottom.

You will get measuring pieces with this that you can actually cut and set in place in these slots here. We're not going to use those today, but you can cut those up, set them in place and fill up the gaps, so that's going to help reduce wind noise and drag. We're going to have 15.7 centimeters. Take our included tool and we'll tighten down this bolt here. Double check that measurement, and then I like to place on my crossbar end cap. Then we'll lock with our key.

Now we can open up our truck doors and get ready to load up our crossbar. Now keep in mind that these crossbars have a 165 pound weight capacity as you want to check your vehicle's owner manual to make sure the roof can withstand that much weight. These are going to be great to use if you have a ladder rack installed on your truck as well. We're going to take our crossbar and set it across. I do suggest you use a stepstool or a ladder of some sort to help you reach up and secure it in place. Now we can take our measurement for our crossbar spread. We're going to measure from the center of our front foot pack to the center of the back. I like to use the middle of the clamp here as a reference point. Then we'll do the same thing to the other side. Anytime that we do something to one side we always want to do it to the other. Especially when it comes to putting these in the right place, or when tightening them down. You want it to remain even on each side. Now we can go back and forth tightening those down using our included tool. I like to start by tightening it down so that my clamp sits right up against our door. Then once I have both of these in place I'll go back and forth doing about five to ten turns on each side. Now what's great about these crossbars is they have a black powder coat finish. It's going to help to reduce rust and corrosion. It's also going to have that weatherstrip at the top that can be removed and cut so that you can carry channel mounted accessories on your vehicles roof, but still help to reduce that wind noise and drag by inserting that weatherstrip in the open space. This also works with clamp on accessories, and many accessories will work this, whether that's bike racks, cargo baskets, cargo boxes, waters port carriers, or ski and snowboard carriers. We know when it's completely tight when the skinny portion of our tool here straightens out. As you're seeing there it'll straighten out as we turn that. We can close up our doors. Make sure we do the same thing over here. Then we can grab our covers and lock those into place. The crossbar end caps are going to help to prevent theft and tampering of any channel mounted accessories. This is going to help to prevent theft and tampering of your roof rack. We'll just those into place and we're ready to hit the road. That's going to be our completed look at the Rhino Rack Roof Rack Kit and how it fits on our 2017 RAM 2500.

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