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post #11 of 27 (permalink) Old 05-25-2017, 06:56 PM
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I want to get the Factory Roof racks for my Niro and the dealer gave me a discounted price of $270, since I bought my car there. I want to be able to attach my 16 foot canoe to them by just strapping it securely to the two cross bars. Does anyone think I will have a problem or will I have to add tie downs to the front and rear?
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post #12 of 27 (permalink) Old 05-25-2017, 07:40 PM
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Tie downs front and rear are never a bad idea.....I have a loop triple stitched into a piece of nylon strap about a foot long. At the other end I take out a radiator support bolt, heat it and burn it into the strap. Then replace the bolt with the strap on it....you can fold it out of the hood and tie the front of the canoe to it. For the stern you could use the tie downs in the rear....tie a loop of parachute cord or something similar that you can leave sticking out of the hatch to tie to.
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I was tired of waiting on Thule USA, so I ordered Thule fit pack 4076 from Hammersleys.com (UK based seller). The fit pack with the Podium 460 foot pack work perfectly on the Niro's flush bars. If your Thule rack bars are not square (like mine) you will need a different foot pack, but the Thule part 4076 is always needed.

I have used the same Thule rack on multiple vehicles over many years and on the Niro it is just as stable as any other. As always, I would NEVER travel at highway speed without front/rear tie downs. In the picture, I used my old standby of Sherpak hood/fender straps ($7) at Amazon with tow eye on the back.

However, I now have two tow eyes/hooks, I will plan on using them on both on front and back. The tow eyes are easier than than the fender straps, no knots to tie, just click tight and go.

Glad to answer any questions about my setup or Thule parts needed.
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post #14 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-02-2017, 08:07 PM
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Your canoe looks pretty level! I found I had to raise my rear 1/2" to achieve that for my touring....Unfortunately I don't recall the numbers of the Thule foot pack. My normal paddling commute is still getting me 40 - 42mpg hand calculated with the racks and the board!!!!
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Redbrick1, For your front tie downs, aren't you concerned about damage to your hood in anyway? Also, where / what are you attaching your rear tie down to?
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Redbrick1, For your front tie downs, aren't you concerned about damage to your hood in anyway? Also, where / what are you attaching your rear tie down to?
It is possible to damage your hood, in that the hook or whatever you use to attach to the fender straps could vibrate or be dropped on the hood. I guess I'm just careful how I tie it on to avoid major issues. Some minor scratching is probably inevitable.

The back is the tow eye/hook that came with the car. You just pop out the little circle on the bumper (drivers side) and screw it in. Instructions are probably in the owners manual. The same pop out circle is on the front bumper also. Of course, the car comes stock with only one tow eye. When I bought my spare tire kit, that's when I got the second one.
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Your canoe looks pretty level! I found I had to raise my rear 1/2" to achieve that for my touring....Unfortunately I don't recall the numbers of the Thule foot pack. My normal paddling commute is still getting me 40 - 42mpg hand calculated with the racks and the board!!!!
I also averaged about 40 mpg on my 55 mile trip with the canoe last weekend at 65-70 mph. I'm pleased with that mileage.
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I ended up buying the Kia Roof cross bars and they seem very nice. I do have a couple of questions though.

1. The mounting blocks have a nice rubber insert that will protect the inside and top of the roof rails, but the clamp that goes on the outside edge is just all metal. I am wondering if this metal clamping piece will scratch the finish of the roof rail ? If so, I may try to insert a rubber piece between it and the rail.

2. Does anyone know if I can mount the cross bars to the Front or Tail sections of the roof rails? There are three sections to the roof rails and I am not sure if the front and tail sections are secured to the car that well or do you have to just attach the cross bars to the middle section. I am trying to make the distance between the two cross bars as wide as possible.

The picture shows the front section circled that I m talking about.

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Hey BlueEX - I also have the blue EX and bought the Kia cross bars from the dealer. I followed the directions regarding spacing along each side rail, and that meant no clamp on the separate front or rear section. When you grab hold of those end pieces and try to shake the car, they just don't seem quite as solid as the middle section. I may spread them a little further apart to facilitate moving the Yakima basket and roof pod between my car and my wife's Forester, but still keep them on the middle rail section. You may be able to put a thin sheet of rubber or even leather between the clamp and the rail, with thin being the operative word. You want to make sure the clamp is securely attached. If the cross bars are attached securely, they won't move/scratch. Just be careful when you put them on if scratching is a concern.

BTW, I initially did a 'partial' installation of the cross bars just to see how they rode - partial meaning i did not install the rubber strip along the bottom side of the bars. BIG mistake, as it sounded like a tornado blowing across the top of a coke bottle when i hit freeway speeds. Much better with the strip, but there is still much more noise than the Yakima bars on the other car, likely because it is much less aerodynamic and has a fatter cross section. Considering my options now.
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I'm seeing conflicting information about compatibility with the Yakima Ridgeline towers and the 2017 Kia Niro. Has anybody here tried this yet?
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