What you should know about Roof racks
Roof bars are a set of metal bars attached to the roof of a car. They are used to transport bulky items such as luggage, roof boxes, bicycle racks, canoes, kayaks, skis. They allow automobile users to transport items on the roof of the vehicle without reducing interior space for occupants or limiting cargo space volume. The main suppliers are Thule, Yakima and Hapro.
An automotive roof rack system is made up of 3 main components: the foot, the adapter and the cross bar.
There are 5 types, which vary depending on the type and attachment to the vehicle:
- Rain gutter - older roof racks were usually mounted directly on the gutter surrounding the roof line.
- Smooth roof - many modern vehicles, which do not have gutters, can have a roof rack installed by attaching hooks to the top of the door frames.
- Fixed point - some automobiles have fittings for proprietary brackets that mate with reinforced lugs in the roof, or have pre-threaded screw holes.
- Side rails - vehicles with factory installed rails, which can be flush against the roof or lifted off the roof, running back and forth across the roof
- Factory bars - other vehicles have a permanent factory installed roof rack.
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