Roof Rack - Buying Advice

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  1. WeegyAVLover

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    Hey All,

    Thinking about getting a roof rack for a few different uses. Transporting my bike about occasionally. Buying a roofbox for going camping and for transporting wood from builders merchant, B&Q, etc to my house.

    I am wondering if anyone has any recommendations on decent roof racks, I have been looking on amazon, roofracks.co.uk & halfords. I am not sure whether going for a straight-forward cross bar is the way ahead or getting ones with tracks in it. I am not sure if a bike carrier for a roof rack or roof box needs the track ones or a simple bar?

    Also the price is more than I was expecting to be honest, not saying they are not worth it, but never realised the cost of roof racks until I started looking into it.

    Cheers
    Col
     
  2. GarethP

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    Thule are definitely good value/quality. keep a look out on ebay. I got specific Thule fittings for my car and wing bars for £50. Thule roof box (Atlantis 600) for £60. Things for bikes are then bolt on/off as required.
     
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    Like most things, you get what you pay for. I'd also recommend Thule Aero & their ProRide 591 bike carriers. Ebay/Gumtree is a great idea if you have time to wait for the right kit to come up.

    Skidrive are also worth a look.
     
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    I'd also keep an eye on ebay for OEM roof bars for your car if you have fittings in the roof edges to take them.
     
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    I've also seen manufacturers bars actually be Thule but cheaper.
     
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    I recently bought some Peugeot OEM ones from Ebay. Brand new they are close to £300, from ebay it was £50 inc postage. They have the slots in them for T-bolts. Fitting them takes about 1 minute.
    So if your car has fitting locations, I would go with that, but may take a while to find suitable ones at a decent price.
     
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    What car are they for? A Mk IV Golf by any chance?

    I happen to have a pair or OEM roof bars that would be perfect if that's what you drive. Very reasonable price as well.

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    Damn it... I have a Aston Martin DB5

































































    Okay.... A Ford Focus :)
     
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    A bought a set of Thule Wingbars, look when fitted.
     
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    Towbar & everything fits, far more economical too.
     

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