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Roof Bar Buying Guide

What kind of roof bar fixation does your car have?

Open rail

Your car has side rails that extend from front to rear of the roof. They will be able to create a gap between your roof rail and its. It is usually large enough to accommodate your fingers in.

Rails that are flush or closed

The same as open rails however, with no gap. The rail will touch the car’s roof throughout the length of it.

Fixed point

Your car is not equipped with side rails. However, it has slide tabs that can be removed that expose an opening for screw fixing. The fixing points are at the top, both front and back, as well as the sides and back of the vehicle.

Normal roof

The car you are driving is without rails or fixing points for the roof. Bars are designed for “normal roof” automobiles fit in the doors. Some cars come with an opening for location, which is visible in the event that the doors are opened. Certain models with 3 doors permit the rear bars to slide into the edges of the window at the rear However, some have both the bar and its clamp to be clamped to the door’s opening in the front which means that the gap between the bars can be very tiny. When this happens, then we’ll show the distance.

What can the roof bars be used for?

Roof bars are commonly used by athletes or holiday-makers, as well as trade professionals to transport large items over the top of their vehicles which may not fit in or to give more space for their interior. Some popular car travel accessories include:

Bike racks
Roof boxes
Racks for canoes and kayaks
Racks for skis and snowboards
Large wooden sheets & materials

It is essential to think about the dimensions of the objects you want to carry. The modern roof bars are getting larger to reduce the air drag and noise which could cause problems with accessories that are fitted. If you already have bicycle racks for cars, roof boxes, or any other accessory be sure to check the width of the fittings as some could have a narrower bar than the ones you want. Bars are available from 32mm to 70mm, and this is a crucial factor to consider when making a purchase.

What are the limits on weight for the roof bars?

Roof bars are tested and rated to ensure that they can withstand a load of generally between 60 and 100kg. This is the maximum weight that can safely be carried by your roof bars. Also, look up your manual for your car because it will inform you of the maximum weight your roof of your vehicle can hold. You can buy 100kg bars, however your car is only able to carry 75kg. You’ll need to stick to the lighter weight.

What is the main difference between aluminium and steel roof bars?

The decision to make is based on your budget, the weight of your load and the design.

Steel bars
Steel bars come with less cost, making them suitable for people who only will use them on occasion but they will be heavier and typically rectangular in form, which means they aren’t as silent as aluminum bars.
Aluminium bars
Aluminium is lighter and usually stronger when it comes to heavier weight limit. They are also aerodynamically formed and look more attractive. Aluminum bars typically have T track slots that provide greater options for fitting. Be aware that aluminum bars are wider than steel, and care has to be taken when checking that current or future fittings will fit the length. We provide bar widths as well as fitting widths for accessories in our descriptions of all our products.

How simple is it to put in roof bars?

Bars generally take between 15 and 30 minutes to install first time. Then, after the distances are established, they will take about 5-10 minutes per time fitted on the vehicle. It is recommended to remove the bars in the event that they are not utilized for a period of duration. This will help reduce the use of fuel as well as wind noise.

Do I have the ability to lock the roof bars of my vehicle?

All of our bars come with a way of connecting the bar onto the car’s roof. This usually takes shape of a cover made of plastic that is secured over the bolts that attach to the roof. Each model and brand are distinct and are described on the page for the product. Roof bars with locks are designed used to discourage thieves but aren’t completely safe. They are designed to deter away the potential robber.

Which roof bar brand should I select?

We have a selection of brands that offer the consumer a wide selection, while making sure that all of our products are tested for safety and approved. They are also simple to install. Farad and Modula bars are manufactured in Italy and then imported directly from us, which guarantees the lowest price possible. Both brands provide excellent value, top quality and an excellent fit.

What can I do to keep my roofing bars from whirling?

Typically, roof bars begin to emit a loud whistling sound when you’re moving at higher speed on highways. The reason for this is due to the force of wind blowing through and around those roof bars. There are more contemporary and high-end bars made to reduce noise to a minimum. look for aerodynamic on our pages for products. There are some options you can take to test whether you can lessen wind noise. These include ensuring you have the bars on your roof set up in accordance with the directions given (you’ll be surprised to know that we get inquiries from customers who have placed the bars back-to-front). If there aren’t any fixed points for your vehicle you could try moving the bars slightly in either direction to see if it can make an impact. By securing the roof bars using surf pads or placing rope around the bars might hinder airflow and decrease whistling.

What’s the difference between T-track slots and U-clamps?

T-Tracks: Some roof bar accessories use T-track fittings. The accessory fittings and screws are inserted into a slot on bar’s top through the sides and are then placed into the. This makes for a quick installation and allows you to utilize the entire length of the bar’s roof. We have our Farad Aero & Wing and Thule WingBar ranges feature t-track slots.

U-clamps: These fittings do not slide over the roof bars, but instead form an unidirectional band that is wrapped around the bar for your roof instead. They are typically used to older roof bar steel, other accessories that make use of u-clamps as well as roof bars without the sliding slot for t-tracks. We offer our Modula Square as well as Thule SquareBar series typically go with accessories using U-clamps.

Are you able to use a car wash with the roof bars in place?

Technically, it is possible, but we wouldn’t recommend it. If you’re taking an auto wash that is hand-operated with minimal contact between the bars, it shouldn’t be difficult to do so. If you’re passing through an oil station, we’d advise detaching the roof bars in the same way as you would do with a car antenna during an automated car wash. The chance of the roller brushes damaging your vehicle is much greater and we would strongly advise against using them when carrying any accessories to your rooftop.

Do roof bars damage your car?

There are several aspects to consider to avoid damage to your vehicle when you are carrying roof bars. The first is the maximum load that the bars are able to support. You need to verify this from two different places. The roof bar’s maximum capacity of load (generally about 75kg) is the maximum load bars are able to withstand without causing damage or harm to the roof of your vehicle. Also, it is important to look up your car’s manufacturer’s guidelines, they’ll give a maximum travel weight to make sure you aren’t putting excessive stress on other parts of your vehicle.

Verifying that your roof bars are installed in accordance with the instructions provided and also making sure you’re not tightening too much on any fittings to ensure that accidents are not averted. Utilizing a sunroof when you have the bars on your roof still in place could increase the risk of causing damage to your car. we recommend adjusting your sunroof at the desired position prior to embarking on your journey . Also, make sure you check the manual of your vehicle manufacturer for tips on using sunroofs for cars traveling.

What is different between roof racks and roof bars?

Roof bar and racks for roofs are basically the same thing as they are both that are used to carry heavy equipment that is placed on top of our vehicles. We actually use the term “roof bars” for the majority the roof bars we have which are usually sold in pairs and can be placed horizontally over the the top of the vehicle. If the term “roof racks’ is mentioned, we typically refer to products that function as crates or baskets that are placed on the top of the vehicle, typically, larger vehicles and vans are used to transport cargo that needs roof racks that look like baskets to transport trade materials.

Do roof bars influence the performance of cars and their fuel consumption?

The answer is simple: yes, carrying additional load over the top of your car will result in a higher fuel consumption. The amount of fuel consumed will vary according to the car model, the weight that is carried up the roof and the speed at which you drive. The studies vary with respect to the amount of fuel which could be burned. Our suggestion is to make sure that all your items are safe and keep speed to less than 60mph when it is possible to keep the consumption as low as is possible. Also, make sure you take off the roof bars when they’re not needed.

Tips for deciding which the right roof bars for my vehicle…

Now that you’ve gone through this guide to buying, you’re looking to explore our roof bars and locate the ideal set. Choose your vehicle’s model, year and make. Then, you’ll be able to narrow down to the left side of the body-style of your vehicle and also other filters like aluminum, steel, and open rails, and so on. For the most precise results, enter your registration information in the yellow box, and we’ll display all our options that are designed to perfectly fit your car.