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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone purchased roof rails for the Niro yet? If so can you post a link and tells us about it?
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post #2 of 50 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 10:56 PM
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Hey all!

Has anyone purchased roof rails for the Niro yet? If so can you post a link and tells us about it?
I've put Thule Aero bars on my Niro Touring. I used 60" long bars....had to cut 3" slots in each to get them to fit. I used the foot pack from a Sportage....Thule wouldn't sell me something they hadn't tested on the Niro. The rear rack is 1/2" lower than the front so I used shims to bring my 14' board closer to level.
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I've just purchased a 2018 LX that includes "solid roof bars". I've asked 2 dealers about roof rack options without getting any particularly useful information. I'm considering purchasing these : https://www.micksgarage.com/d/roof-r...-2016-onwards- . The Kia racks are about double the price. However, I'm surprised that Kia only provides the "solid" roof bar option. This of course makes it impossible to feed a rope underneath the roof bars. I'd also appreciate hearing about other opinions/options. I intend to attach surfboard racks as well carry all sorts of other stuff (2x4 lumber. 4x8 drywall sheets etc).
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there are some threads on this already.
Thule now has a kit availabile, go to their website and use their fit guide. The fit kit for the Niro rail bars is KIT4076. I live in Ottawa Canada so my pricing will be different from US pricing. I already had existing bars, locks from previous cars. They are super-easy to install .. takes about 5 minutes to put them on and less than that to take them off (took me a bit longer when I used them this week to go pick up my bikes from the shop .. my hands kept getting a bit cold!). Ive used them with a luggage box on top of the car, and I've had 3 bikes (Thule bike racks) on top. I use a small 2-step ladder that folder to help me lift bikes onto the top of the Niro. Very pleased with them
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post #5 of 50 (permalink) Old 01-06-2018, 09:29 PM
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I have factory bars and they hold my kayak just fine.
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Hyperbnx. Can you open the hatch with the bikes on?
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Not a problem at all. The bikes don't extend over the spoiler. In fact I had 3 on top, and one inside (back seats down). No problem at all. Even with my cargo box on top, no problem opening the hatch. Just don't attach your rack right at the back of the rails.

Now next summer when we put a canoe or long kayak on top THAT will be a different story (but I had the same issue in my former VW Golf wagon)
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I have factory bars and they hold my kayak just fine.
Could you post photos of the factory bars? Cant find them anywhere. Apparently there should also be 2 different kinds. Looking for some low ones.
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I already has some Thule ski racks so I bought Thule cross bars. Expensive, but they fit well and add zero wind noise when I don't have the ski rack on.
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I've just purchased a 2018 LX that includes "solid roof bars". I've asked 2 dealers about roof rack options without getting any particularly useful information. I'm considering purchasing these : https://www.micksgarage.com/d/roof-r...-2016-onwards- . The Kia racks are about double the price. However, I'm surprised that Kia only provides the "solid" roof bar option. This of course makes it impossible to feed a rope underneath the roof bars. I'd also appreciate hearing about other opinions/options. I intend to attach surfboard racks as well carry all sorts of other stuff (2x4 lumber. 4x8 drywall sheets etc).

Just bought these and they are well worth the cost, dealer wants more than double the $$$$, look great on my 2017 lx niro
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