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Thule Roof Basket Review - 2012 Toyota 4Runner

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Review of the Thule Roof Basket on a 2012 Toyota 4Runner

Today, on our 2012 Toyota 4Runner, we'll be doing a test fit on Thule Canyon XT Roof Cargo Basket. That's part number TH859XT. It measures 49 inches long by 40 inches wide and 6 inches deep. Now you can also pick up an extension, sold separately, that will make it 69 inches long. You can pick that up, sold separately, with part number TH8591XT. A few things to know about this cargo carrier, it's got a low profile design where as most cargo baskets are a little bit boxier. It's going to have a stylish look.

It also has a fairing here in the front, which is going to help reduce wind noise and drag while we're on the road. It's made out of a tubular steel construction with a black powder coat finish, so it's going to resist rust and corrosion. It has a 150 pound weight capacity. I've already got 3 of the clamps installed. We can go ahead and do the last one together.

Another thing to note, when positioning it on your roof rack system, it's always good to leave just enough room so you can open up your rear hatch. You can see in this case, we've got plenty. Let's go ahead and install that last clamp. Now you also want to be sure to space out your mounting plates accordingly so they match up with your crossbars. You'll need to be sure you have a minimum crossbar spread of 20 inches. We can take our clamp ...

It's going to come with 3 different sizes to match the thickness of your crossbar, if you have different thickness in your crossbars. We'll go underneath, we'll come up through the mounting plate, take our flat washers, place that over top. Then we'll take our thumb screws. Want to be sure to tighten these down evenly. This is going to work with a wide variety of roof rack system, your round, square, aero, elliptical. Now if you have T slot and you don't want to use the clamp on method, this does come with the hardware to work with your T slot roof rack systems.

Once we get them tight, we'll take our cover, and you'll want to be sure to match up the slot here with the slot or the peg on the end of our mounting plate. Once we've got it in the notch, slide it into place, and then lock it. Now you also can replace the plastic lock here with a Thule locking core. You can pick up 4 with part number TH544. Once you've got it installed, you can see how the clamps are going to hold it nice and tight. It's not going anywhere. That's going to complete our test fit on the Thule Canyon XT Roof Basket, part number TH859XT on our 2012 Toyota 4Runner.

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