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Lifted Miata Gets Custom Roof Rack & Lights!
Lifted Miata Gets Custom Roof Rack & Lights!
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: Gingium
Overland Bound: Roof Rack Review
Overland Bound: Roof Rack Review
Published: 2015/01/04
Channel: Overland Bound
DIY 20$ Junkyard Roof Rack
DIY 20$ Junkyard Roof Rack
Published: 2017/05/18
Channel: BoostedBoiz
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
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
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
GOT MY NEW ROOF RACK!!!
GOT MY NEW ROOF RACK!!!
Published: 2016/05/04
Channel: Outlaw
Jeep Wrangler AEV Roof Rack Install for the JKU Rubicon DIY How to
Jeep Wrangler AEV Roof Rack Install for the JKU Rubicon DIY How to
Published: 2017/03/26
Channel: autoedit
Roof Rack Build
Roof Rack Build
Published: 2017/02/23
Channel: The Right Line
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
ARB Roof Rack Installation on 2004 Toyota 4Runner
ARB Roof Rack Installation on 2004 Toyota 4Runner
Published: 2016/07/01
Channel: lowrangeoffroad
64" Roof Rack Cargo Basket w/ Extension
64" Roof Rack Cargo Basket w/ Extension
Published: 2016/08/08
Channel: Mr Review Dude
Truck Camping: My Roof Rack Setup
Truck Camping: My Roof Rack Setup
Published: 2017/05/12
Channel: Colorado Backcountry Adventures
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
How to Build a Roof Rack for $13
How to Build a Roof Rack for $13
Published: 2014/12/10
Channel: Beau Boruff
Roof Racks, Cage & Accessories Installation Guide // Ridge Ryder
Roof Racks, Cage & Accessories Installation Guide // Ridge Ryder
Published: 2017/04/12
Channel: Supercheap Auto
DIY Safari Style Roof Rack
DIY Safari Style Roof Rack
Published: 2016/05/07
Channel: X5 Overland
Car Roof Rack
Car Roof Rack
Published: 2014/10/28
Channel: DiscountRamps.com
Jeep (XJ) Cherokee - Roof Rack Build - Part 2 of 2
Jeep (XJ) Cherokee - Roof Rack Build - Part 2 of 2
Published: 2015/09/19
Channel: Alvarez Metal Works
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
BleepinJeep
BleepinJeep's Homemade Roof Rack - and Tube Bending / Notching
Published: 2014/04/07
Channel: BleepinJeep
How to safely secure items to your roof racks
How to safely secure items to your roof racks
Published: 2015/04/24
Channel: RACV
Homemade Roof Rack
Homemade Roof Rack
Published: 2011/10/29
Channel: david612mpl
My Summer Car - ROOF RACK
My Summer Car - ROOF RACK
Published: 2017/09/03
Channel: SpeirsTheAmazingHD
Jeep Roof Rack Installation and Review - Rhino Rack Backbone
Jeep Roof Rack Installation and Review - Rhino Rack Backbone
Published: 2017/11/05
Channel: TrailRecon
DIY ROOF RACK BUILD
DIY ROOF RACK BUILD
Published: 2017/02/03
Channel: ThePeruvianTank
Rhino Rack Pioneer Platform Roof Rack Tray Review - SEMA 2014
Rhino Rack Pioneer Platform Roof Rack Tray Review - SEMA 2014
Published: 2015/05/07
Channel: AutoAnything
ROOF RACK UPGRADE!
ROOF RACK UPGRADE!
Published: 2017/05/25
Channel: iamjake
Arksen 64" Roof rack review
Arksen 64" Roof rack review
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: BlackXj Productions
MY FAVORITE JEEP ROOF RACK
MY FAVORITE JEEP ROOF RACK
Published: 2017/05/05
Channel: iamjake
ROOF RACK INSTALLATION
ROOF RACK INSTALLATION
Published: 2015/01/27
Channel: Fab Fours
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
Front Runner SlimLine II Roof Rack Install
Front Runner SlimLine II Roof Rack Install
Published: 2017/01/31
Channel: Trip Smith
HOW TO INSTALL A MAZDA CX-5 ROOF RACK!
HOW TO INSTALL A MAZDA CX-5 ROOF RACK!
Published: 2017/07/07
Channel: everythingdiy
Skoolie Bus CONVERSION vlog Roof Rack Fabrication & Install
Skoolie Bus CONVERSION vlog Roof Rack Fabrication & Install
Published: 2017/08/23
Channel: ROLL WITH IT
How to Make Your Own Key for Roof Racks! + Roof Rack Paint Protection
How to Make Your Own Key for Roof Racks! + Roof Rack Paint Protection
Published: 2016/03/30
Channel: WastegateWarriors
How to properly tie down a paddle board on a roof rack.
How to properly tie down a paddle board on a roof rack.
Published: 2012/01/28
Channel: Gorge Performance
OCAM Roof Rack Installation Guide For Volkswagen Amarok 2010+
OCAM Roof Rack Installation Guide For Volkswagen Amarok 2010+
Published: 2017/02/24
Channel: OCAM 4x4 Accessories
Universal Rooftop Roof Rack Crossbar Installation Guide by LT Sport CB-SU-4D
Universal Rooftop Roof Rack Crossbar Installation Guide by LT Sport CB-SU-4D
Published: 2014/12/06
Channel: LTsport.com
Tacoma Roof Rack Install - LOYALTOYOTA
Tacoma Roof Rack Install - LOYALTOYOTA
Published: 2017/08/24
Channel: LoyalDriven
How to install roof rack on Toyota Tacoma
How to install roof rack on Toyota Tacoma
Published: 2013/05/04
Channel: Derek Edgar
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
PVC Kayak Roof Rack
PVC Kayak Roof Rack
Published: 2017/05/19
Channel: italofm
SPECDTUNING INSTALLATION VIDEO: 2008 - 2013 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER ROOF RACK
SPECDTUNING INSTALLATION VIDEO: 2008 - 2013 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER ROOF RACK
Published: 2014/06/09
Channel: Spec D Tuning
Yakima ShowDown Kayak and SUP Lift Assist Roof Rack Carrier Review Demonstration
Yakima ShowDown Kayak and SUP Lift Assist Roof Rack Carrier Review Demonstration
Published: 2017/05/06
Channel: Rack Outfitters
Project Pathfinder Roof Rack - Part 3
Project Pathfinder Roof Rack - Part 3
Published: 2014/04/14
Channel: Alvarez Metal Works
Simple diy roof rack
Simple diy roof rack
Published: 2016/08/22
Channel: Yak Buddies
Crosstour Roof Rack Installation (Honda Answers #76)
Crosstour Roof Rack Installation (Honda Answers #76)
Published: 2012/01/19
Channel: HondaAnswers4U
How to fit a Roof Rack to your Land Rover Defender
How to fit a Roof Rack to your Land Rover Defender
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: funrover
How-To Use a Kuat Trio Roof Rack
How-To Use a Kuat Trio Roof Rack
Published: 2013/12/10
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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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