Types of Vehicle Roof Rack Systems: What You Should Know

If your vehicle does not have enough storage space, then a roof rack is a safe and ideal option for you. A vehicle roof rack comprises of towers, load, crossbars and landing pads or fit kits. Rain gutters were the first kinds of this, consisting of gutter foot packs and load bars.

You can still find them on older vehicle models, often passenger and full-size cargo vans. Here are some of the newer types of roof racks for 4WDs and other kinds of vehicles.

Racks for Bare Roofs

These are the ideal racks for vehicles that have no pre-installed factory roof rack system. Most bare-roof cars have mounts on the inside of the car’s door jams. Since vehicles have different doorframes and roof contours, roof rack manufacturers design kits to overlap between the vehicle and foot pack.

Rubber bases and metal brackets coated in rubber customise each vehicle’s foot pack.

Racks for Raised Rails

These are the option for you if your car has pre-installed side or continuous rails. Newer model cars have flush rails. Manufacturers bolt these rails to your car roof, leaving no space between the roof and rail.

Flush rails need a kit or clip to fit the rack to your car. For raised rails, you need no other parts to mount the towers.

Roof Racks for Tracks

Tracks run parallel to one another on your vehicle’s roof outer edges from the front to the back and come fitted with a channel, which attaches the crossbar system. A car-specific fitting kit is necessary because roof tracks come in different widths and depths.

The attachment of the rack to your tracks requires drilling.

The factory pre-installs fixed-point connections under a flip up or removable panel. You will require a vehicle-specific fitting set to install your roof rack to the car. When getting roof racks for your vehicle, make sure you buy the highest quality from a reputable dealer.