Choosing The Best Roof Rack

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Choosing The Best Roof Rack


Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the different types of roof rack systems available. Oftentimes we get questions from our customers trying to tell the differences between the different systems. So we want to go through each of them and cover that with you where their advantages and disadvantages lie.We carry several different manufacturers' roof rack systems. We've got Thule, Yakima, Rhino-Rack, Inno. That's just to name a few. Now, inside of those different manufacturers, some of them are going to have different styles of bar.

The one we've got here on top, this is going to be what they call an aero-style bar and the mounting location for these are going to be somewhere inside the end of the bar here. You can see in this track. We're also going to have the aero-style that ends in the foot pack. This tends to lend to a little bit more stylish and clean look.We also offer aero-style bars like you see here. This is one from Yakima.

And this has a steel core in it rather than the first two we looked at being all aluminum construction. Now, this style crossbar tends to give us a slightly higher capacity than what we get out of some of the other systems. But you do want to keep in mind you don't want to overload your roof on your vehicle.Now the last one we'll be looking at is also steel core. These are kind of like the old school roof racks that you used to see. It's going to have the square or round bar option available.Now, one of the most common questions that we get is what's the noise factor like Which systems the noisiest Which one's the quietest Typically, with the aero-style bar, it's going to have increased aerodynamics.

The front is a little bit thicker than the back, so that helps to separate that wind and allow it to roll off more smoothly. The same can be said for the steel-core aero-style here. Where we tend to pick up a lot of noise and when noise starts to become an issue, is going to be with the older school square or round bar style, especially if you use those without one of the fairings that's available to go on the front. These can really generate quite a bit of noise.Another question that we get quite often is what's the big difference between the crossbars that end in the foot pack or extend past Basically, you're going to have a difference in usability here. It's not going to be a major difference but with crossbars that extend out past, you're going to have a lot more usable area to mount accessories to.

These, I think, are geared more towards your outdoor recreational style people. With the crossbars that end in the foot pack, you're going to have increased aerodynamics. You're going to reduce the possibility of having wind noise more. You're going to have a more stylish look. So you've got a lot of good advantages. The disadvantage I see with this style is the amount of usable bar space that you're going to have is going to be slightly lower.Another advantage that I see with this style crossbar system where your crossbar comes past your foot pack is that you can get the items closer to the outside of your vehicle. Here are flush mount side rail on this case. Wood mount right here. So our accessory would have to be at least this far inside. With crossbars like this, we can extend these past our side rail and have our accessory further out. So it's just kind of a matter of opinion there which is going to be easier to use for you.Now the steel core aero-style or the steel core square or round style are also going to have the crossbars that extend out past the end of the foot pack. Another advantage I like about that is that you can actually plus-size your bars. Now with plus-sizing, we're able to go from let's say maybe our car called for a 48-inch cross bar. You might be able to go up to the 58-inch cross bar, giving yourself five additional inches on each side to mount your accessories. A good rule of thumb for doing that would be not to exceed the width of your mirrors, but every states laws are different, so definitely check locally and see what those limits are.Now with our aluminum aero-style bars, you'll see we have the opening for a T-slot style accessories to slide in. You're really not going to have that with your steel-style bars or at least won't be able to get that accessory mounted to them without some time of adapter.Now, as far as installation and removal from your vehicle go, the aluminum cross bars are going to be slightly lighter than what you're going to get out of your steel cross bars. It's not going to make a huge difference and I wouldn't base all of your buying decision off of that. Basically, because once you get a roof rack system installed on your vehicle, we find a lot of our customers leave them on there, especially with the aero-style where we don't have a lot of wind noise.Now once you get on our website, you're going to find there's an overwhelming amount of roof rack systems available. This video is meant to get you narrowed down into which particular style that you're looking for. At that point, just enter your vehicle information into the fit guide. It will give you the exact fit. Then you can choose from the more minor features, like different colors. Maybe one had locks, one doesn't. You can kind of narrow it down that way.Now, we can sum up what we've talked about in three basic categories. As far as noise is concerned, the aero-style bars are certainly the quietest heading down the road. As far as usable bar space, you'll want to choose one of the through bar styles. And for the clean, neat appearance, you'll want to choose systems where the crossbars are going to end in your foot packs.


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