roof rack side rails

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Last Updated: Jun 9, 2024
BY: Matt Keepnes
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A roof rack side rails are a crucial part of your vehicle's roof rack system. They enable you to mount a rooftop tent, bike rack or even ski carrier on your car.

If you're looking for a way to add some extra storage space to your vehicle, roof rack side rails are a great option. They provide a place to attach cargo carriers and other gear, freeing up space inside your vehicle for other things. Roof rack side rails are easy to install and can be found at most auto parts stores.

The roof rack side rails are bars that are mounted to the roof at the sides of your vehicle.

The roof rack side rails are bars that are mounted to the roof at the sides of your vehicle. The side rails help to stabilize your load, and they provide additional strength for attaching other accessories to your rack.

Roof racks are available in two variants – with and without load bars. If you want to carry heavy cargo on top of your car, then we recommend going for a version with load bars. The load bars will provide extra strength for heavier loads such as bikes and kayaks etc., while also improving their overall stability when they’re mounted on top of the vehicle’s roof.

They normally feature a wide cross-section and a T-shape.

A roof rack side rail is a component that's mounted to the top of your vehicle's roof, and it provides a secure spot for attaching accessories like kayaks, bikes and more. They normally feature a wide cross-section and a T-shape. The "T" part is used to mount accessories while the flat area provides stability when they're attached.

The roof rack side rails are bars

The roof rack side rails are available in 2 variants – with and without load bars.

The roof rack side rails are available in 2 variants – with and without load bars.

Load bars are a type of roof rack side rail that can be used to carry heavy loads. They're available in a variety of styles, lengths and designs (and even materials!)

In some cases the roof rack side rails allow you to fit the load carrier feet directly onto them, while in other cases they need to be used with the crossbar system to attach your load carrier feet or bike carriers.

If you’re looking to mount a variety of accessories directly into the side rail, then this is the best option for you. In some cases the roof rack side rails allow you to fit the load carrier feet directly onto them, while in other cases they need to be used with the crossbar system to attach your load carrier feet or bike carriers.

You can also mount a variety of accessories directly into the side rail.

In addition to the roof rack, you can also mount a variety of accessories directly into the side rail. For example, you may want to add a bike carrier or ski/snowboard holder to easily carry your equipment.

Roof rack side rails are necessary for installing a rooftop tent or bike rack on your car.

Roof rack side rails are necessary for installing a rooftop tent or bike rack on your car. As part of the roof rack assembly, the side rails connect both ends of the roof rack to the vehicle.

The type of load bars you have will determine which side rail you need. If your vehicle has pre-existing crossbars or other mounting points, then all four (or more) corners can be used as tie-down points; however, if there aren't any mounting points on your car, only two out of four corners will have room for tie-downs and these are called "load bar" versions because they each include an integrated load bar at each end where a hitch would normally sit.

We also offer "no-load bar" versions that come with no built-in tie-down points so they're ideal if you want maximum flexibility in how many mounts/hitch mounts/tie-down points etc., you install on them (e.g., if you buy 3 different types from us).

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Conclusion

We highly recommend getting the roof rack side rails if you want to attach a roof tent or bike carrier or want to add extra accessories.

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