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Rhino Rack Roof Rack Review - 2017 Ram 1500

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Review of the Rhino Rack Roof Rack on a 2017 Ram 1500


Today on our 2017 Ram 1500, we're going to be test-fitting the Rhino-Rack Roof Rack System. Now, this consists of part numbers RRVA150B-2. Those are the crossbars, and part number RRLKVA. Those are the Rhino-Rack 2500 series legs for the vortex aero crossbars, and then part number DK043, and this is the custom-fit kit for this vehicle. The Rhino-Rack Roof Rack System is great for carrying a wide variety of accessories ranging from cargo baskets to enclosed cargo boxes to bike racks and to ski carriers, pretty much anything that you can't put in the bed of your truck once it's filled up. Now, both bars have a nice, aerodynamic shape to them, and that coupled with the vortex strips at the top are going to cut down the wind, noise and drag while you're driving.

Also you can remove these strips at the top and insert channel-based accessories such as cargo baskets or bike racks. The bars themselves are very lightweight and the system is very easy to install. Also on the ends here, we have these lock cores, so once you install the roof rack to your roof, it is secured to your roof once it's locked down. It includes all the tools necessary to install it onto your roof and the two bars combined have a carrying capacity of 165 pounds, although always double check with your vehicle's manual to make sure your roof can withstand that weight. Now that we've gone over some of the features of the roof rack let's go ahead and show you how it gets put together. We have our rear assembly partially hooked up already.

Now, before I put everything together, I'm going to go ahead and go over some of the things that are going to come with the kits. Now, the 2500 series legs is going to be this plastic piece here as well as the lockable covers. This is just the end cap for our crossbar, and then with our actual fit kit, we're going to have the pad and clamps that come with that. Let's go ahead and assemble it. Now, as I showed earlier that we did remove the end cap from our crossbar, and this is so we can slide our actual leg into place. This metal piece here will slide into the T-slot at the end of our crossbar.

You just line up the holes and slide it into place like so. Now, next we're going to go ahead and take a measurement from the end of this edge here to our actual leg. Now, normally you would have a strip that this comes with. You would take the proper measurement, cut it to length, and leave it be. Now, for demonstration purposes, we're just going to go ahead and take our measuring tape here, and do it that way.

Just refer to your instructions for the proper measurement. Once you have it where you need it, we'll take the included tightening tool with the blue handle, tighten down the screw at the top here so our leg will stay into place. The screw is going to be right here. Next we can go ahead and reinstall our end cap and take our included tool and lock it into place as well. Our next step is we're going to go ahead and take our rubber pad and place it onto our leg. Now you want to make sure that this is facing in the right direction. There's going to be an arrow. You want it facing forward. Finally, we're going to go ahead and attach our clamp. Unscrew this on the leg all the way, line it up, just reinsert the bolt and only tighten it down loosely. You're going to need this loose once we put this on the vehicle. Okay, next we'll go ahead and open up the rear doors and install our second bar. Now, you may need an extra set of hands just to catch the bar on the other side just to make sure you don't scratch up your vehicle. Set it down loosely because you're going to need to do a couple of measurements here for crossbar spread. Now we'll go ahead and do our crossbar spread and that's going to be measured from center of the bar to center of the bar. Now, to get this measurement, just refer to your instructions, and you'll want this measurement to be the same on both sides. This is going to keep the bars parallel. Go ahead and take our included tool and just snug it down to our vehicle. Do this on both sides and then we'll start really tightening it down on both sides as well. Now a neat thing about this tightening tool is you see that it's curved here. Once it's completely tightened down and torqued to where it needs to be, this portion will straighten out as you tighten it up. Therefore you don't over-tighten or under-tighten. Once that's straightened out, it's good on this side, our final step is we're going to go ahead and install our locking caps here. All right and we're good to go, and there you have it for the Rhino-Rack Roof Rack System on our 2017 Ram 1500.


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