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Types of Roof Racks

Posted on Monday, 28 August 2017   |  Viewed: 226

To see which roof racks fit your car, please use the Roof Rack Guide.

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing which roof racks will suit your car. There are differing ways that roof racks attach to your car and generally there is no choice as to which one you’ll be using as that’s already been decided by the vehicle’s manufacturer. You do however get to choose the style of crossbars and on most vehicles you can also choose whether to go for a ‘flush’ style or a ‘through’ bar style. It will all depend on what you’re going to use your racks for, brand preference and how you want them to look. At Roof Rack Store, we’re more than happy to help advise on what will suit you and your needs best.

 

Fixed Point

Fixed Point

A system whereby a stud is threaded into a factory fitting point in the roofline.

Pros: Very neat and a reasonable load limit.

Cons: No flexibility as to where racks sit on the roof.

 
Raised Roof Rail

Raised Roof Rail

Roof racks fit to a factory fitted raised rail on the roof.

Pros: High load limit and flexibility as to where racks can be placed. No contact with paintwork.

Cons: Some rails are quite short and are positioned towards the rear of the vehicle. Always check the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended maximum load rating.

 
Solid Rail

Solid Rail

Roof racks fit to a factory fitted raised rail on the roof.

Pros: Neat, low profile, no contact with paintwork and flexible positioning of racks.

Cons: Some rails are quite short and are positioned towards the rear of the vehicle. Always check the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended maximum load rating.

 
Door Mount

Door Mount

Foot sits directly on the paintwork with a clamp that sits in the top of the doorframe.

Pros: A very popular style used when no other options available from the vehicle’s manufacturer.

Cons: Contacts paintwork, typically lower load limits.

 
Gutter Mount

Gutter Mount

Old Skool style becoming less common as vehicle manufacturers do away with rain gutters.

Pros: Easy to fit and high load limits.

Cons: to buy locking knobs as an accessory with the Thule brand.

 

 

Below are some of the options available for both brand and styles of roof racks.

 

Thule WingBar Edge system

The sleekest, sportiest looking system with no cross bar overhanging on the ends. The shorter bar means approximately 30cm less load area than equivalent systems so if you're planning on a roof box and bikes or roof box and kayaks then you're better going with one of the other systems below. Maximum load on Edge systems is 75kg but may be less on your vehicle, please refer to the Roof Rack Guide on our website for details of your particular vehicle. Available in black or silver.

Thule WingBar Edge system
Thule WingBar Edge system
 

Thule WingBar

The wing bar uses the same super quiet profile as the Edge system but with a longer bar that overhangs the footpack on each side. This system has the benefit of maximum load area coupled with extremely low wind noise at highway speeds. This is the system to use when carrying multiple accessories on your roof. Maximum load on Wing Bar systems is 100kg but may be less on your vehicle, please refer to the Roof Rack Guide on our website for details of your particular vehicle. Available in black or silver.

Thule WingBar
Thule WingBar
 

Whispbar Through Bars

Whispbar claim to have the world's quietest bar with the least amount of drag, they are also the most adaptable between makes of cars. They are of a fantastic quality and come with a lifetime warranty. The extra load area of this style means these are the choice if you want to carry multiple items such as a roof box and a bike or a kayak and bikes. Available in black or silver.

Whispbar Through Bars
Whispbar Through Bars
 

Whispbar Flush Bars

As the name suggests these have a 'flush' finish meaning there is no overhang out the ends. Whispbar racks do sit a little lower on the car so if you're after a more 'sporty' look then these are the ones to go for. Available in black or silver.

Whispbar Flush Bars
Whispbar Flush Bars

 

Sunroofs

 

As with all racks, you're going to need to be very aware of your sunroof. On some vehicles there will not be the clearance needed to open the sunroof ie. when the racks are on the roof stays closed!

Some vehicles even have a sensor which overrides the sunroof open button when racks are fitted. Some roofs will open with roof racks fitted but some accessories such as roof boxes may contact the sunroof because of the way the clamps wrap around the bars.

To check whether there are notes regarding your car and it's sunroof, please see either:

Whispbar's roof rack guide

Or

Thule's roof rack guide



Important Notes

Fitting tips, special notes, restrictions etc are all constantly being updated by manufacturers. We endeavour to keep our guide up to date with all the latest information however it is ultimately the customer's responsibility to check for the most up to date information when ordering and fitting roof racks.

For all the latest information please see:

Whispbar's roof rack guide

Or

Thule's roof rack guide