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Installed the Thule WingBar Evo cross bar set up and Smittybuilt Overlander 2783 Roof Top Tent on my 2019 Sport.

Thule cross bars installed with no issues. Good video on YouTube by Etrailer showing install of exact cross bars set up on exact model vehicle. (pic 1 + 2)

Encountered issues with the universal mounting hardware supplied by Smittybuilt for my cross bar set up. I was unable to sandwich clamp using the steel flat bar due to the location of where the tent rails landed on the cross bars. The rails and clamp bolts were directly over the Thule Evo Raised Rail Base Clamps. This would not allow for a proper sandwich type clamp method. (pic 3, 4, 5 )

Decided to utilize the T-slots within the Thule WingBar Evo cross bars extrusion. Made four aluminium base plates ( 3/8" x 4" x 5") that fasten to the cross bars. Each plate has two holes for 6mm T-bolts which attach the plate to the cross bars. There are also two 8mm holes in each plate for the bolts which attach the tent rails to the the plates. (pic 6 + 7 )

The tent rails are made from an aluminium extrusion that has an internal shape. Mounting hardware supplied comes with flat plates that fit inside the tent rail extrusion. These flat plates hold and trap the heads of the 8mm bolt used to attach the tent rails on your particular vehicle.

The new base plates sit between the cross bars and the tent rails. (pic 8, 9 + 10)
After the trial run, if all is good, I will finish machine an outside profile and have them black anodized.
Set up now seems to be solid. Hope it don't blow off at 80 MPH.

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Tent appears to be decent quality for the price. Have not slept in it yet, but I can tell you the mattress is not good. Will need to find additional padding to remedy that problem. Looks pretty cool when deployed.

I was waiting to post pics of my vehicle until I put on some REAL tires worthy of this forum, but none the less, here it is with the tent packed up and deployed with and without rain fly.
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And here is my rooftop tent TEPUI Kukenam 3 sky installed on same THULE WingBar Evo. Bar length is 118cm (47in).
I did not have time to customize the mounting hardware provided by Tepui, so I just bought two longer 10.5 cm (4in) bolts and used them to go below the rear left Evo Raised Rail Foot.
This way the entire tent was skewed to the left by an inch or so (not perfectly centred on the roof), which was barely visible and did not affect the later set up or driving at all.
Tested it last weekend for 800 km (500 miles) at an average speed of 115km/h (70m/h) - No issues.

Pic 1. Overall view
Pic 2. Front view
Pic 3. Rear view
Pic 4 Original bolts and mounting
Pic 5,6 Extended bolts and mounting below the Thule Raised Rail Foot.

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And here is my rooftop tent TEPUI Kukenam 3 sky installed on same THULE WingBar Evo.
Looks to be the exact same aluminium extrusion rails and mounting hardware that came with my Smittbuilt tent.
How many and what size bolts are used to fasten the tent to the aluminium extrusion rail?
Post some pictures of tent deployed.
 

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How much weight can the roof and rails hold with the roof tent sent up on the factory rails? I mean if I was going to sleep up there.

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Static weight is not a big issue. I've had 2 adults sleeping up top in my camper; so about 490lbs total including the rooftop camper. Roof rack weight not added to that total.
 

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Whats it like driving with that on top, too bad there wasn't a front scoop to help deflect the air.
 

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Whats it like driving with that on top, too bad there wasn't a front scoop to help deflect the air.
My Smittybuilt tent weighs 116 pounds.
Even the wind drag from the tent had little to no impact on driving and mpg.
I keep it under 76 MPH because any faster the vehicle gets a little "Wonky" from the turbulence. Especially in the draft of a trailer truck. Don't want the tent to blow off the roof. It is only held on to the extrusion with four 6mm blots.
 

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The mattress needs upgrading for certain.
I love it. For the money it is great.Way better than sleeping on the ground.
Wife had some issues with feeling claustrophobic first few times out.
 

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Hi,

Is your Evo Wingbar 47" or 53"? I purchased a 53" wingbar from Thule and the front crossbars fit fine but the rear seems to have issues with fitment due to the roof rails tapering narrower in the rear and the thule towers/foot do not adjust to the size.
 

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How much weight can the roof and rails hold with the roof tent sent up on the factory rails? I mean if I was going to sleep up there.

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per the 2019 Forester OM.
Max weight while driving. 176 pounds.
Max weight while not driving. 700 pounds.
 
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