Installing a roof rack on your car can provide many benefits. It can make it easier to transport large items such as bicycles or kayaks. It can also free up space inside your vehicle for other items.
There are two basic types of roof racks: those that require rails and those that do not. Many newer vehicles have factory-installed rails which make it very easy to install a roof rack. If your vehicle does not have rails you will need to purchase a roof rack that is specifically designed for vehicles without rails.
The first step is to determine where you want the roof rack to be installed. It is important to avoid placing the rack too close to the edge of the roof as this can damage the roof or the rack itself. Once you have determined the placement of the rack use a tape measure to find the center point of the roof.
Next you will need to measure the width of the roof rack. Most roof racks are designed to fit between the rain gutters on the roof of the vehicle. Use a tape measure to find the width of the gutters on your vehicle and then subtract that number from the width of the roof rack. This will give you the width of the space that the rack will occupy on the roof.
Now that you know the placement and width of the roof rack you can begin the installation process. If you are installing a roof rack that requires rails start by attaching the brackets that come with the rack to the rails on your vehicle. Once the brackets are in place you can slide the roof rack into position and secure it with the included hardware.
If you are installing a roof rack that does not require rails you will need to use the included straps to secure the rack to the roof of the vehicle. Start by feeding the straps through the loops on the roof rack. Next place the rack in position on the roof and pull the straps tight. Once the rack is secure you can use the included clips to keep the straps from sliding around.
That’s all there is to it! Installing a roof rack is a fairly simple process and it can provide many benefits. With a roof rack you’ll be able to transport larger items with ease and you’ll have more space inside your vehicle for other things.