Roof racks provide additional storage for luggage, canoes, kayaks, and other large items. They aren’t standard equipment on most vehicles, so if you’re looking to upfit your 4×4, a new roof rack may be a worthy consideration if you need more storage space. Read on to learn more about this versatile gear transportation method.
Selecting a Roof Rack for Your Vehicle
If you have a 4×4 already but it doesn’t have a rack, there are plenty of roof racks in our online store. Our easy to use fitment guide will ask you to enter your vehicle’s year, make, and model to ensure a safe and proper fit. Roof racks aren’t just versatile; they’re popular because they leave more room inside the vehicle for your passengers.
Roof Rack Benefits
The biggest benefits of roof rack installation include increased storage space, more legroom, and providing a firm foundation upon which heavy gear can be transported. The last benefit is crucial because, if your gear isn’t properly secured, it may present a safety risk to you and other motorists on the road. Of all the 4WD accessories we sell, roof racks are some of the most popular.
Tips on Using a Roof Rack Safely
Most modern roof racks come with a few main parts such as mounts, towers, and side rails. The mounts hold the rack to your vehicle while the rails hold the towers. To stow your gear on the roof rack, tie it down with at least four contact points for optimal stability. While tying everything down, hold the tie straps tightly, and you won’t need to tie as many knots. Wrap the ropes or straps around the rack a few times at each contact point to ensure that everything is secured properly.
Potential Issues With 4×4 Roof Racks
Though roof racks are a great addition to an off-road vehicle, much like a stainless steel snorkel, they do have a few problems to keep in mind. One of the most common issues is the debris and dust that collects under the rack’s feet, which may damage your vehicle’s paint. However, regular roof rack inspections and occasional tightening will reduce the likelihood of this problem.
If you’re a frequent off-roader, you probably already have a few accessory purchases in mind. Whether you’re buying one of our lift kits, new Nitto trail grappler all-terrain tyres, wheels, or other automotive accessories, we have one of Australia’s best selections. Visit us online or call us today to work with one of our experienced sales representatives.