Get Started With Roof Rack Systems

Roof Rack Systems Mount Racks And Storage Solutions On Your Vehicle:

Bike Racks Roof Top Cargo Boxes
Kayak Racks
Roof Basket Racks
Canoe Racks
Surfboard Racks
Ski Racks
Snowboard Racks

These Roof Racks and Boxes require a set of Roof Rack Crossbars (mounted to factory side rails or accessory feet) to attach to your vehicle. This page guides you through the process of selecting the equipment that is necessary to create a Roof Rack System for your vehicle.

Roof Rack Systems Are Made Up Of Several Parts:

Roof Rack Feet  Roof Rack Feet - attach to factory side rails, factory or aftermarket channel rails, or directly to the roof of your vehicle. (4) Feet hold (2) Cross Bars.    
Fit Kits

Fit Kits - are small metal hardware pieces that mate Roof Rack Feet to your vehicle's channel rails or bare roof. They are used to allow one standard set of Feet to work on many different vehicles. Fit kits are not necessary when mounting to factory side rails. 

Roof Rack Cross Bars

Roof Rack Cross Bars - run from left to right across the roof of the vehicle. They are held in place by the Roof Rack Feet. Cross bars come in square, round, and oval (aero) shapes depending on the manufacturer and style. Some vehicles come with factory cross bars that are already attached to the factory side rails.

Lock Cores

Lock Cores - are mounted in the Roof Rack Feet to lock the Feet to the vehicle's factory side rails, factory or aftermarket channel rails, or the bare roof. Lock cores are included with some manufacturer's roof rack feet and need to be purchased separately for others. Please check whether locks are included with the feet of your choice.

Roof Rack Systems Fit Guides 

We carry Roof Rack Systems from Inno, Rhino Rack, Thule, Yakima, and Surco. Please follow the instructions for each of these manufacturers below to determine which feet, fit kits, cross bars, and locks are required to complete a roof rack system for your vehicle. All of our Roof Rack Systems pages require that you enter your vehicle's year, make, and model so that we can confirm your choice. Please feel free to contact us for help in finding the best Roof Rack System for your vehicle. 

Inno Roof Rack Systems

Inno Roof Rack Systems are purchased in (2) parts: roof rack cross bars and roof rack feet (which include locks and fit kits if applicable). Use the Inno Fit Guide to determine the roof rack feet, fit kit, and cross bars that are made to fit your specific Vehicle. The fit guide will provide you with links to arrive at the correct product pages for the parts that you need.


Rhino Rack Roof Rack Systems

Rhino Rack Roof Rack Systems are purchased as entire sets. You get the proper roof rack cross bars, feet, fit kit, and lock cores for your vehicle all in one set. Use the Rhino Rack Fit Guide to determine the Roof Rack Cross Bar Set for your specific vehicle. After you have this information from the Fit Guide, come back to this page and click on the Roof Rack Series below. If your Roof Rack Cross Bar Set requires a fit kit, you will be asked to choose it from the drop down menu on the page for your Roof Rack Series.

Rhino Rack Automated Fit Guide
Lake Land Gear Rhino Rack Fit Guide

SXB Series Roof Rack Systems

2500 Series Roof Rack Systems

The Rhino Rack Fit Guide will also ask you to pick the type of 'Luggage And Travel Accessories' that interest you. This step can be helpful for choosing the recommended roof cargo carriers, roof cargo baskets and other products. If you wish to skip this step, please click on 'Selected Items' at the bottom of the page and you will jump ahead to the screen that shows the Roof Rack System for your vehicle. 

Thule Roof Rack Systems

Thule Roof Rack Systems are purchased in (3) parts: roof rack cross bars (square or aero), roof rack feet (which include fit kits if applicable), and lock cores. Use the Thule Fit Guide to determine the roof rack feet, fit kit, and cross bars that are made to fit your specific vehicle. Follow the instructions below:


1. Click on the Thule Fit Guide. Click on Multi-Purpose Roof Rack. Then Find:

a. The correct feet for your specific vehicle.
Choose feet for square cross bars (steel rolled load bars) or oval cross bars (rapid aero).

b. The correct cross bars for your specific vehicle.
Choose square cross bars (steel rolled load bars) or oval cross bars (rapid aero).

c. The correct fit kit (if applicable) for your specific vehicle. Enter in the drop down menu on the product page for your Roof Rack Feet.

2. Order the Roof Rack Cross Bars on one of these pages:

Thule Square Cross Bars
Thule Rapid Aero Cross Bars 

3. Order the Roof Rack Feet on one of these pages:

Crossroad Feet
Rapid Crossroad Feet
Podium Feet
Rapid Podium Feet
Traverse Feet
Rapid Traverse Feet
Aero Feet
Rapid Aero Feet

4. Remember that the Thule Lock Cores are sold separately. You will need to order the Set of 4 Lock Cores to lock all (4) of your roof rack feet to your vehicle. Order the Lock Cores on this page:

Thule Lock Cores

If you purchase another Thule product at the same time (for example a bike rack or kayak rack), additional Lock Cores may be necessary to secure it to your roof rack cross bars. Order the total number of Lock Cores that you need as a set and they will all come keyed the same. If you already own a Thule product and would like the Lock Cores for your new Roof Rack System to be keyed the same, please provide us with the number from the face of your existing Lock Cores and we will get the new ones to match.

Roof Rack Systems Specialty Cases

If you own a 2 door or 3 door (2 door with hatchback) vehicle and need to mount a roof rack system to the bare roof, you may require a short roof adapter kit. These compact vehicles have dramatically curved rooftops and short mounting areas (they don't have rear doors to mount the second set of feet). Some Trucks and Minivans also require the short roof adapter kit. They don't have rear doors to mount the second set of feet.  Only two of our manufacturers, Inno and Thule, offer a short roof adapter kit. 

The adapter is used to increase the width of the spacing between the front and rear crossbars to 28 inches.  The adapter kit consists of 2 short bars that run front to back on the vehicle, and a set of 2 feet that will clamp onto the front door opening along with 2 of the original feet. The clamps are removed from the other 2 original feet.  They will simply rest of on the back end of the roof, connected to the bars of the short adapter.  As you can see from the photos below, you will now have three points of contact (3 feet) on each side of the vehicle. The additional spacing gained will allow you to safely mount any roof top racks or carriers onto the crossbars.

If your vehicle requires a short roof adapter kit, the Inno and Thule Fit Guides will let you know. If you are in one of the other manufacturer's fit guides, they will show that there are no roof rack systems available for your vehicle.

         Thule Short Roof Adapter Kit                                         Inno short roof adapter kit

         Thule Short Roof Adapter Kit                                    Inno Short Roof Adapter Kit

If you have a compact car, truck, or minivan and come up empty in one of the fit guides, make sure you try the Inno and Thule Fit Guides before giving up.

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