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Rhino-Rack Vortex StealthBar Roof Rack - Raised, Factory Side Rails - Aluminum - Black

Rhino-Rack Vortex StealthBar Roof Rack - Raised, Factory Side Rails - Aluminum - Black

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These quiet, aerodynamic crossbars strap to your vehicle's raised, factory side rails to create a super-strong roof rack. Sturdy, lightweight aluminum crossbars include top channels with noise-reducing Vortex strips. Integrated locks deter theft. Lowest Prices for the best roof rack from Rhino Rack. Rhino-Rack Vortex StealthBar Roof Rack - Raised, Factory Side Rails - Aluminum - Black part number JA7980 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Rhino Rack Roof Rack - JA7980

  • Rhino Rack
  • Complete Roof Systems
  • Aero Bars
  • 2 Bars
  • 35 In Bar Space
  • Black
  • Aluminum
  • Locks Included

These quiet, aerodynamic crossbars strap to your vehicle's raised, factory side rails to create a super-strong roof rack. Sturdy, lightweight aluminum crossbars include top channels with noise-reducing Vortex strips. Integrated locks deter theft.


  • Quiet, low-profile roof rack lets you mount carriers and accessories on the roof of your vehicle with raised, factory side rails
  • Slim, elliptical crossbars create an extremely aerodynamic system
  • Flush design - bars sit between side rails to create an ultra-low-profile roof rack
    • Crossbars only raise roof rack profile 1-3/8" above factory side rails
  • Top channel lets you add channel-mounted carriers and accessories
    • Clamp-on accessories can also be mounted to bars
  • Rubberized Vortex strips in top channel dramatically reduces drag and wind noise
    • Keep dirt and grime out of crossbars
    • Provide cushioning and slip resistance for your cargo
  • Versatile bars have 3-15/16" of side to side adjustability
    • Lets you reposition bars to accommodate carriers and accessories that require different crossbar spreads
  • Arched design complements the curves and lines of your roof
  • Lightweight, structural-grade anodized aluminum bars are rustproof
    • Internal H-shaped extrusion provides exceptional bar strength
  • UV-treated, glass-reinforced nylon legs are weather resistant
  • Built-in locks secure crossbars to roof and secure channel-mounted carriers to crossbars
  • Simple, solid installation with rubber-coated stainless steel straps
    • Straps wrap completely around raised roof rails for maximum contact and security
  • Complete system includes 2 crossbars, 4 legs, and fit kit
  • Matte black finish


  • Rack weight capacity: 176 lbs
  • Minimum crossbar spread: 27-9/16"
  • Crossbar dimensions:
    • Front: 35-5/8" long x 3-1/8" wide x 1-3/16" tall
    • Rear: 35-5/8" long x 3-1/8" wide x 1-3/16" tall
  • Limited lifetime warranty

rhino rack stealth bar

The low-profile, aerodynamic Rhino-Rack Vortex StealthBar roof rack lets you carry gear and accessories on your vehicle's roof quietly and with little wind drag. The crossbars mounts directly to your vehicle's raised, factory side rails. The Vortex StealthBars have built-in rubber strips that disrupt airflow for a quiet ride, and the bar is constructed of aluminum so it won't rust. These bars blend seamlessly with the support legs to provide a from-the-factory look, and they are custom cut to your specific vehicle. The legs also include built-in locks that protect your gear and the rack from theft.

Aerodynamic Design


The rubberized Vortex strips in the crossbar's top channel disrupt airflow with evenly spaced, wave-shaped grooves. This carefully controlled turbulence minimizes wind noise and whistling, so you won't need to add a fairing to your roof rack. And the slim, elliptical Vortex StealthBar cuts through the air with minimal drag - even at highway speeds.

The Vortex StealthBar roof rack has a flush-mount design so the crossbar terminates at the legs with no overhang. This provides the rack with a seamless, from-the-factory look, and it also helps to improve aerodynamics by reducing drag and wind noise.

Strong, Durable Construction


The Vortex StealthBar is made of structural-grade anodized aluminum with an H-shaped internal extrusion. This extrusion strengthens the bar without adding significant amount of weight. And the aluminum bar wont rust so you can leave it on your roof year-round.

The rack's durable, glass-reinforced nylon legs are designed to stand up to cargo loads and weather extremes. They're also UV treated to withstand long-term exposure to sunlight.

Custom Fit for Easy Installation

stealth bar design

The roof rack arrives at your doorstep almost completely assembled. The crossbar is already mounted into the nylon legs, and the bar is pre-cut to match the width of your vehicle's roof. The few remaining assembly steps are straightforward and only require the strap and lock fit kit.

The fit kit includes co-molded, rubber-coated stainless steel straps designed to fit around your raised, factory side rails. To install, remove the leg covers and simply attach the straps to the bottom of each leg. Then wrap the straps around your vehicle's side rails. Lastly, secure the straps to the top of each leg and replace the cover.

Channel-Mounted and Clamp-On Accessories

c channel

Each crossbar has a built-in C-channel so you can carry channel-mounted accessories such as bike racks, watersports carriers, and ski racks. The Vortex strips in the top channel come in 3 pieces, so theyre easier to adjust than a single long, continuous strip. You can remove, trim, and re-insert the Vortex strips around the mounting hardware of your accessories to keep the channel capped and quiet. Replacement strips (sold separately) are also available if you remove your accessories or switch to clamp-on accessories.

You can also attach most clamp-on accessories to the bars, and the Vortex strips provide a shock-absorbing, no-slip cushion for any accessories that rest on them.

Built-In Security

crossbar security

Locking covers on each support leg let you secure accessories mounted in the crossbar's top channel. These sturdy nylon covers give the rack a finished look and also secure the rack to your vehicle's roof. The cover locks are keyed a like, so a single key opens all locks.

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Installation Details JA7980 Installation instructionsAlternate Instructions JA7980 Installation instructions

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Video of Rhino-Rack Vortex StealthBar Roof Rack - Raised, Factory Side Rails - Aluminum - Black

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Rhino-Rack Vortex StealthBar Roof Rack Installation - 2017 Jeep Renegade

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Jeep Renegade we're gonna be test fitting the Rhino Rack Vortex Stealth Bar roof rack system, consisting of part numbers JA7980. These are gonna be both the bars and the straps that go around your factory-raised side rails.This is black in color, and it also comes in silver as part number JA7961, which will have the same components, just different colors.The Rhino Rack Vortex Stealth Bars are great for carrying a wide variety of accessories on your roof while freeing up space inside your Jeep Renegade. One of the bonuses about this roof rack system is that it has a low profile design, like you see here. Plus, it almost looks factory installed with how it sits on your factory raised side rails. The bars themselves are elliptical shaped, and that coupled with the rubber vortex arrow strip up top, that's gonna cut down on wind noise and drag while you drive and make it just a little bit quieter while you're driving.This rack installs via the two rubber coated steel strips come up around your factory raised side rails and get tightened down with this apparatus here. Now, I will say that it can be a little difficult installing these, plus you may need to wear gloves because these metal pieces here, they can be a little sharp and a little bit tough on the fingers while you're trying to install them.

Also, you can see with the strip up here, this can be removed and you can use T-track accessories with this. However, you will have to remove the top cover here to do so. These do come with four lock cores included to put on our end caps here to secure them to our roof rack. However, for demonstration purposes, we inaudible 00:01:29Something to consider when making your purchasing decision for your roof rack system, while this does have a sleek look to it, you do lose a couple things. Now, with the other Rhino Rack Vortex arrow bars, those actually come past the factory raised side rails, so you have a little more space for accessories.

Plus, you actually lose a little bit more with this end cap here, so you can only put in things in between this point and the same point on the other side.From the center of the roof to the bottom of the bar is gonna be one and a half inches. From the center to the top is gonna be three inches. So that's more than enough space in between for those accessories that wrap around your bars instead of use the T-track accessory. And both of these bars combined have a carrying capacity of 176 pounds, but you always want to double check with your vehicle's manual to make sure your roof can withstand those weights.Now that I've gone over some of the features of the roof rack system, let's go ahead and show you how it installs. We have our front stealth bar already installed on our vehicle, and we have a rear bar partially assembled on our table here.Our next step is, we're gonna take our strap and the pad that's gonna be sitting on the factory raised side rail, and install it on the other end here.

So move our tightening mechanism out of the way, and there's gonna be a bolt in the center here, right there, and you'll use the included allen tool here. We're gonna completely remove it. You wanna make sure that you get the washer out as well.Now, looking at our strap, you're gonna see there are several different holes to choose from. To find the proper mounting point, simply go on line to Rhino Rack's website, and they'll give you the correct number. So, putting it into place, and according to their website we're supposed to use mounting point number 3.

We'll take our bolt and flat washer, tighten it down all the way. It's nice and tight. Then flipping our bar upside-down, we'll take our pad, and that just pushes into place, like so. And these ridges here you want to be towards the inside of our bar.Now next, we'll go to the bolt on the end here, again taking our handy allen tool. I'm gonna loosen it up just a little bit, not all the way. Then we can adjust that, because we're gonna have to make an adjustment once we put it on the roof, and then tighten it down while it's on the roof.All right, with everything opened up and loosened up, we'll gently set it on our roof rack system, taking our straps and putting them underneath our factory raised side rails, and do this on the other side. And then we'll measure from center to center, to make sure the bars are even. Next we're gonna take the ends here and attach them to either side of our tightening mechanism. You may need to loosen this up a little bit. And since these edges can be pretty sharp, I am wearing gloves, just as a precaution. So you slide one on like so, keep this for the other side. And you want to make sure they're close enough together, or else our end cap won't go into place properly. We'll do this on the other side and then we'll start tightening down with our allen tool again, this center bolt, until they're nice and tight.This could take awhile. Another way to go about this is getting a torques bit and using your ratchet to tighten it down as well. But if you don't have that, of course, this will work fine.Now, with our straps tightened into place, you'll remember we loosened these bolts underneath. Now, before we tighten those up, we have to measure from this point to this point on both sides, divide that by two to get an average, adjust it as needed, and then we can tighten that down, to make sure that the bar is gonna be even on both sides as well.Now with everything measured out, we'll go to that bolt, take our included allen tool, and tighten it back down so it's nice and tight. We'll do this on the other side as well. We'll put our end caps into place, and then we're ready to load up our gear and hit the road.And there you have it for the Rhino Rack Vortex Stealth Bar roof rack system on our 2017 Jeep Renegade.

Customer Reviews

Rhino-Rack Vortex StealthBar Roof Rack - Raised, Factory Side Rails - Aluminum - Black - JA7980

Average Customer Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars   (13 Customer Reviews)

These quiet, aerodynamic crossbars strap to your vehicle's raised, factory side rails to create a super-strong roof rack. Sturdy, lightweight aluminum crossbars include top channels with noise-reducing Vortex strips. Integrated locks deter theft.

- JA7974

Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack

Fit perfectly, very sturdy. I'm sold on Rhino Rack. 398560

- JA7977

Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack

Everything went as planned and follow up was awesome. I told my rep I needed product by a set date he went and saw they had the product in stock before he took my order and it was delivered as promised. Geoffrey sent a follow up email with his phone number to see if I got the product and needed advice on install. Great customer support. 591496

- JA7973

Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack

Great job etrailer!!!! I received a phone call from etrailer about my credit card. Once all was cleared, I received my crossbars in 2 days. I was surprised how quickly I received them.. Installing the crossbars was pretty simple. The first one always takes a little longer; reading the instructions; going slow, making sure I am doing everything right. The second bar took half the time, if that much. The outside noise that other customers complain about, is none existant unless I am traveling over 70mph.Definitely recommend the product. 474006

- JA7977

Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack

Pretty simple to install. I did need to adjust the length of the crosssbars to accommodate the diverging rails on my Flex. It worked great. The straps take a little effort to wrap around the rails but that was as difficult as it got. 614131

- JA7962

Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack

Appears to be a well made product. I wanted a low profile rail. I would have preferred a clamp style cross bar, like the Yakiima Whispbar, but they were to wide for my Thule Evolution (ski box), mounting brackets. You need to be careful when attaching the straps when attaching to the bracket and mounting to the rail. The exposed metal portion is very sharp. The only con is see to this product is the strap mounting system, its more of a hassle to adjust. 461828

- JB0190

Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack

Product fit well, easy to install. I received a new Ford Expedition at work with an aluminum roof. I have an emergency light with magnetic mounts that will not work on the aluminum roof. Purchased these bars and used them to mount the light without having to put holes in the roof. 682621

- JA7950

Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack

When I ordered this product I was excited to see the reviews said how fast it shipped. I was not so lucky. The item was back ordered and the website did not indicate that. I received an email saying it would ship in a week so I thought it would arrive in a week. I was wrong. When I called about compatibility with attachments they told me it was back ordered and I wouldn't receive it until mid July. That whole ship in a week meant ship from the distributor to etrailer. Then it would ship to me. Once it arrived we immediately opened it up and started assembling it. When we got to the part in the directions about attaching it to the car the directions said to go to Rhino-Racks website to find out what hole in the y-straps to use for my particular vehicle. Their website does not have an area with a fitment guide as the directions indicate so I had to call. I spoke with Jeff at Rhino-Rack and he said hole number 3. That was impossibly tight and the strap would not reach. I called back to see if hole 2 two would be acceptable and he said it should be hole 3. Well, we went with hole 2 because there was NO way hole 3 would reach the bolt since steel does not stretch. Upon attaching the strap around the raised roof rails the strap slipped and I quickly found out the steel loop is as sharp as a kitchen knife as it sliced the tip of my finger. It was cut so deeply and cleanly it took over an hour to stop the bleeding. I called Jeff back to let him know about this problem. Aside from thanking me for letting him know, he did nothing to better the situation. I will say, now that my finger isn't gushing blood and the cross bars are securely attached to my 2015 Hyundai Tucson in hole number 2 on all four of the y-straps, I am pleased with the appearance and how quiet they are when driving. Some cons, aside from the aforementioned: -The rubber strip caved in when I strapped one kayak just to the cross bars. I will need to order a new one to prevent water from getting inside and to prevent noise. It is very disappointing when you have something for less than a week and you need to replace parts on it. -The locks are super cheap and it wouldn't take much for someone to break them if they really wanted my cross bars. -The options for attachments are very limited. In fact, I almost sent these back because I was having a hard time finding kayak attachments that I liked. I wouldn't order these again knowing the hassle I've gone through with them. 278238

- JA7977

Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack

Great product, and great service. It not only works well for our thule top box, but looks good on the flex too. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a dependable set of rails. 794716

- JA7977

Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack

Rack setup and installation was a breeze. Offers a nice low profile design while being really sturdy. Mounted my extended cargo basket and the pair is rock solid. 680534

- JA7951

Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack

An etrailer rep was very helpful in making the decision on which rack to buy, and it was shipped within hours of my order (on a Saturday). It was a great experience, and it was the lowest price that I could find. 680158

- JA7972

Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack

Great design. Best racks for the Cherokee on the market today. 381262

- JA7969

Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack

The stealth bars are sturdy and low noise. But they are so close to the roof of my 2016 Escort that the knobs for attaching the J-hook kayak carrier rub the roof. I put a eighth inch hard rubber pad between the rails and the crossbars and removed some of the unthreaded portion of the knobs to make them fit to my satisfaction. 275252

- JA7957

Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack

Looks like good quality product. The only problem was I didn't know what hole to use on locking strap, called Rhinorack.com headquarters. They quickly got info I needed for my vehicle. Wish there was an insert with that info. 239461

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-- comment by: Rachael H - 03/31/2016


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  • Would Rhino Rack Roof Rack JA7980 Fit Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Sunroof
    The Rhino-Rack Vortex StealthBar Roof Rack # JA7980 that you referenced is a confirmed fit for the factory raised rails on your 2016 Jeep Renegade. Since these crossbars can fit anywhere you want them on the rails of your roof it would be up to you to come up with a way to position them so that they do not interfere with the sunroof. Rhino Rack does not have an official "yes" or "no" though as far as interference between these bars and your sunroof. If you check out the install video...
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  • Roof Rack that Looks Like a Factory Roof Rack for a 2017 Jeep Renegade
    For your 2017 Jeep Renegade we have just what you are looking for. Take a look at the Rhino-Rack Vortex StealthBar roof rack # JA7961. With the aero bars and the bars integrated into the feet this roof rack has the OEM appearance. Silver bars not your thing? It is also available in black # JA7980.
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