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Review of the SportRack Semi-Custom Roof Rack for Naked Roofs - etrailer.com
Review of the SportRack Semi-Custom Roof Rack for Naked Roofs - etrailer.com
Published: 2014/12/02
Channel: etrailer.com
Overland Bound: Roof Rack Review
Overland Bound: Roof Rack Review
Published: 2015/01/04
Channel: Overland Bound
Lifted Miata Gets Custom Roof Rack & Lights!
Lifted Miata Gets Custom Roof Rack & Lights!
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: Gingium
Amazon Outdoor Recreation: How to Choose a Roof Rack for Your Car
Amazon Outdoor Recreation: How to Choose a Roof Rack for Your Car
Published: 2016/03/23
Channel: amazon
DIY 20$ Junkyard Roof Rack
DIY 20$ Junkyard Roof Rack
Published: 2017/05/18
Channel: BoostedBoiz
For less than $30...DIY Roof Rack, Tough, Rugged and feather light
For less than $30...DIY Roof Rack, Tough, Rugged and feather light
Published: 2016/05/11
Channel: Joe Baker
GOT MY NEW ROOF RACK!!!
GOT MY NEW ROOF RACK!!!
Published: 2016/05/04
Channel: Outlaw
How to Install the Yakima BaseLine CoreBar Roof Rack by Rack Outfitters
How to Install the Yakima BaseLine CoreBar Roof Rack by Rack Outfitters
Published: 2016/05/07
Channel: Rack Outfitters
Truck Camping: My Roof Rack Setup
Truck Camping: My Roof Rack Setup
Published: 2017/05/12
Channel: Colorado Backcountry Adventures
How to Build a Roof Rack for $13
How to Build a Roof Rack for $13
Published: 2014/12/10
Channel: Beau Boruff
Roof Rack Build
Roof Rack Build
Published: 2017/02/23
Channel: The Right Line
64" Roof Rack Cargo Basket w/ Extension
64" Roof Rack Cargo Basket w/ Extension
Published: 2016/08/08
Channel: Mr Review Dude
ROOF RACK INSTALLATION
ROOF RACK INSTALLATION
Published: 2015/01/27
Channel: Fab Fours
DIY Safari Style Roof Rack
DIY Safari Style Roof Rack
Published: 2016/05/07
Channel: X5 Overland
My Summer Car - ROOF RACK
My Summer Car - ROOF RACK
Published: 2017/09/03
Channel: SpeirsTheAmazingHD
Roof Racks, Cage & Accessories Installation Guide // Ridge Ryder
Roof Racks, Cage & Accessories Installation Guide // Ridge Ryder
Published: 2017/04/12
Channel: Supercheap Auto
How to safely secure items to your roof racks
How to safely secure items to your roof racks
Published: 2015/04/24
Channel: RACV
2016 Mustang GT Yakima Roof Rack
2016 Mustang GT Yakima Roof Rack
Published: 2015/12/17
Channel: EnriqueG_S550
MY FAVORITE JEEP ROOF RACK
MY FAVORITE JEEP ROOF RACK
Published: 2017/05/05
Channel: iamjake
ARB Roof Rack Installation on 2004 Toyota 4Runner
ARB Roof Rack Installation on 2004 Toyota 4Runner
Published: 2016/07/01
Channel: lowrangeoffroad
How to Install the ACE JK Hard Top Roof Rack
How to Install the ACE JK Hard Top Roof Rack
Published: 2017/03/07
Channel: ACEEngineeringandFab
Homemade Roof Rack
Homemade Roof Rack
Published: 2011/10/29
Channel: david612mpl
Front Runner SlimLine II Roof Rack Install
Front Runner SlimLine II Roof Rack Install
Published: 2017/01/31
Channel: SailingandSuch
ROOF RACK
ROOF RACK
Published: 2016/09/15
Channel: JACOB HAGER
Car Roof Rack
Car Roof Rack
Published: 2014/10/28
Channel: DiscountRamps.com
Universal Roof Rack Crossbar Installation Guide by LT Sport CB-BU-4D
Universal Roof Rack Crossbar Installation Guide by LT Sport CB-BU-4D
Published: 2015/11/11
Channel: LTsport.com
A Guide to Roof Racks
A Guide to Roof Racks
Published: 2012/02/15
Channel: Supercheap Auto
Heavy Duty Modular DIY Roof Rack, Versatile and super easy to make
Heavy Duty Modular DIY Roof Rack, Versatile and super easy to make
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: Joe Baker
Arksen 64" Roof rack review
Arksen 64" Roof rack review
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: BlackXj Productions
Gen5 4Runner Roof Rack Install
Gen5 4Runner Roof Rack Install
Published: 2016/08/26
Channel: KelseyCars 615
DIY ROOF RACK BUILD
DIY ROOF RACK BUILD
Published: 2017/02/03
Channel: ThePeruvianTank
$39 SOFT ROOF RACKS!
$39 SOFT ROOF RACKS!
Published: 2015/10/01
Channel: Container Door
BleepinJeep
BleepinJeep's Homemade Roof Rack - and Tube Bending / Notching
Published: 2014/04/07
Channel: BleepinJeep
How to fit a roof rack on your Toyota
How to fit a roof rack on your Toyota
Published: 2015/12/02
Channel: Toyota UK
Install 2013 Buick Enclave Roof Rack Cross Rails
Install 2013 Buick Enclave Roof Rack Cross Rails
Published: 2016/05/24
Channel: Seth Souza
DIY Highlift Jack, Axe, and Shovel Roof Rack Mount
DIY Highlift Jack, Axe, and Shovel Roof Rack Mount
Published: 2017/03/25
Channel: Build Break Repeat
Jeep (XJ) Cherokee - Roof Rack Build - Part 1 of 2
Jeep (XJ) Cherokee - Roof Rack Build - Part 1 of 2
Published: 2015/08/21
Channel: Alvarez Metal Works
Easy Load sliding Kayak Roof Rack by WAR~RAK ~ Get There ~ live Your Passion
Easy Load sliding Kayak Roof Rack by WAR~RAK ~ Get There ~ live Your Passion
Published: 2016/04/03
Channel: War~Rak
Wrangler Rugged Ridge Spartacus Roof Rack Basket - Black (1987-2017 YJ, TJ, JK) Review & Install
Wrangler Rugged Ridge Spartacus Roof Rack Basket - Black (1987-2017 YJ, TJ, JK) Review & Install
Published: 2016/11/28
Channel: ExtremeTerrain.com
Tesla Model S. Roof Rack Installation HD + 3D (Установка багажника)
Tesla Model S. Roof Rack Installation HD + 3D (Установка багажника)
Published: 2014/02/11
Channel: Tesla Model S
TeraFlex: Nebo Roof Rack
TeraFlex: Nebo Roof Rack
Published: 2015/11/03
Channel: TeraFlexSuspensions
Review of the Whispbar  Roof Rack on a 2015 Ford Explorer - etrailer.com
Review of the Whispbar Roof Rack on a 2015 Ford Explorer - etrailer.com
Published: 2016/01/02
Channel: etrailer.com
Volvo V60 Roof Rack Install
Volvo V60 Roof Rack Install
Published: 2016/07/14
Channel: scott strachan
Rac A Rod -Roof Rack review by Lou Caruso
Rac A Rod -Roof Rack review by Lou Caruso
Published: 2015/12/01
Channel: SurfcastersJournal
2016 Subaru Crosstrek Roof Rack Aero Crossbar Install!!
2016 Subaru Crosstrek Roof Rack Aero Crossbar Install!!
Published: 2016/11/13
Channel: Eric Reno
Eezi-Awn K9 Roof Rack Accessories
Eezi-Awn K9 Roof Rack Accessories
Published: 2017/07/10
Channel: Equipt Expedition Outfitters
How to choose the best MTB roof rack for your car | MBR
How to choose the best MTB roof rack for your car | MBR
Published: 2016/07/20
Channel: MBR magazine
Yakima Q Tower Roof Rack Kit - 2015 Subaru WRX - Install/Review
Yakima Q Tower Roof Rack Kit - 2015 Subaru WRX - Install/Review
Published: 2015/04/28
Channel: RallySport Direct
Bag falls off roof rack.
Bag falls off roof rack.
Published: 2012/08/27
Channel: Dan Burkhart
DIY SUV Roof Rack Cross Bars
DIY SUV Roof Rack Cross Bars
Published: 2017/06/16
Channel: Elk Point Tool Co
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Fixing a roof rack to a motor car.
Factory-installed roof rack on a 1966 station wagon.
Porsche Panamera with two bikes on a removable roof rack.

A roof rack is a set of bars secured to the roof of a motor car.[1] It is used to carry bulky items such as luggage, bicycles, canoes, kayaks, skis, or various carriers and containers.

There is a long history of the use of roof racks and their designs. They allow users of an automobile to transport objects on the roof of the vehicle without reducing interior space for occupants, or the cargo area volume limits such as in the typical car's trunk design.

The most common components of a roof rack system are: towers, fitting pieces (for attaching towers to a specific vehicle), crossbars, and gear mounts.

Automobile roof racks are split into different types, depending on the vehicle roof:

  • Rain Gutter - older roof racks were usually mounted directly to the gutter surrounding the roof line.
  • Bare 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 racks which mate with reinforced lugs in the roof, or have pre-threaded screwholes.
  • Side Rails - vehicles with factory-installed rails, which may be flush against the roof or raised off of the roof, running front-to-back on the roof
  • Factory Bars - other vehicles have a factory-installed permanent roof rack.

Roof racks increase air resistance and in the US, roof racks increased overall fuel consumption by approximately 1%.[2]

Truck bed rack is a derivation of a roof rack designed to be installed over the bed of a pickup truck. The construction of a bed rack is very similar to a roof rack, but features tall tubes (legs) that allow to lift the rack platform higher above the bed surface and leave space for cargo inside of the bed. Truck bed racks are often used in a combination with roof racks and form a long cargo platform that allows transportation of oversized items. They are commonly used in constructions and recreation as a base for various gear and tents just like the roof racks.

History[edit]

Until the late 1970s, almost all regular passenger automobiles had rain gutters. These gutters are formed by the welded flange (raised rim or lip) on the left and right sides of the car's metal roof panel.[3] This made attaching an accessory or aftermarket roof rack a relatively simple process.[4]

The first mass production cars without any visible rain gutters were the 1975 AMC Pacer and Chevrolet Monza.[3] Other vehicles were introduced on the market with hidden rain gutters during the 1980s, and by 1990, vehicles with external rain gutters were becoming rare.

Roof rack suppliers started to developed new products in the late 1970s,[5] designed to securely attach to various types of automobile roofs.

Aftermarket roof racks began in the 1960s in Europe,[6] followed by multiple companies worldwide in the 1970s and 80s.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ROOF RACK", Dictionary.com, WordNet 3.0, Princeton University, retrieved on 2009-11-15.
  2. ^ Chen, Yuche; Meier, Alan (May 2016). "Fuel consumption impacts of auto roof racks". Energy Policy. 92: 325–333. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2016.02.031. 
  3. ^ a b "Mitsubishi Mirage". The Autocar. 178: 138. 1978. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  4. ^ Sears Catalog. 2. Sears Roebuck. 1978. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "History | JAC Products". www.jacproducts.com. Retrieved 2017-08-09. 
  6. ^ "History of Thule Group". Thule Group. Retrieved 2017-08-09. 
  7. ^ "Car Roof Rack Brands". ReRack. Retrieved 2017-08-09. 

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