Roof rack for car without existing rails?-
Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006

    Roof rack for car without existing rails?

    Hey guys... been forever since Ive posted on here. I got a new car and would like to get a roof rack for both my bikes, and my kayak. I got a 2019 civic, and it does not have any existing roof rails of any kind.

    Im wondering if anyone here has any experience with any roof racks that they would recommend?

    Ideally I would like to find a universal rack, something in the $100-200 range if at all possible.

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Nubster's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    I had a VW Jetta that did not have factory rails as well as a Ford Focus ST. Yakima makes towers that will work. The VW actually was awesome because under the weather strip there were metal studs designed for the attachment of these towers. Made it super easy and secure. The ST did not have these studs and I had to use clips. They were a little janky but ended up working just fine. You won't get this setup for $200 or less though. Not even close...unless you find something used. Roof racks suck anyways.
    Super snowflake = when an avatar offends you so much you have to cry about it and report it to admin. Life must suck for you.

  3. #3
    No Clue Crew
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    What he said ^^. You'll need to use clip-style feet. Just go to the Thule or Yakima sites and plug in your car. It'll be twice as expensive as you think it should be. Definitely not $200 and that's not even factoring in the bike rack itself, that's just the rail system.
    Just like a raindrop, I was born to fall.

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation: mack_turtle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Have you looked at the prices of roof rack components? carrying a bike and a kayak on your roof is going to cost a minimum of $1000.

    I used to sell and install Thule roof racks. you have to buy the clips/ feet that were designed specifically for your car, then towers, bars, and the bike rack itself. that's going to cost a LOT more than $200, unless you find some of the parts used. you might be able to find the parts on the used market and just buy the clips and feet new.

    Since your post didn't have any specifics, I can't look up what you need, but you can find it here:

  5. #5
    Flat Pluto Society
    Reputation: Finch Platte's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Yeah, I'm gonna put my 1,000+ $ bikes and kayak on a $150 rack. Get a job and spend the money.

    You do know there's a forum for car & bike racks, right?
    Anti demagogue.

    Hogan Lake blog. A section of Hogan Lake trails here.

  6. #6
    since 4/10/2009
    Reputation: Harold's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    You might get the towers alone (no crossbars, none of the adapters for your specific vehicle, no locks, no carriers) for about $200.

    Each carrier you attach to that base rack will probably cost $100-$300.

    I have roof racks for 2 vehicles because I also deal with boats (canoe, in my case). Most bike hauling duties are done with a hitch rack, but I have a couple of roof trays I can also use for some situations, like when I need to add capacity.

  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Nubster's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    I did get a full roof rack system that was well used for like $250 with two bike trays like 7 or 8 years ago. When I had my Jetta. Worked out great since I bought it from a girl that also drove a Jetta. When I switched it to my ST I had to buy new clips and then again when I got my Crosstrek. When when it went on my Outback it needed new towers to use the factory crossbars which weren't cheap. Finally smartened up and installed a hitch and bought a hitch mount rack.

    Used is the only way you'll get a bike rack system worth using for anywhere close to $200 but I'd still expect to end up paying a bit more than that even for used.
    Super snowflake = when an avatar offends you so much you have to cry about it and report it to admin. Life must suck for you.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 10-04-2017, 08:08 AM
  2. Roof rack vs hitch rack vs trunk rack..?
    By F29Lefty in forum Cars and Bike Racks
    Replies: 58
    Last Post: 10-16-2015, 07:18 AM
  3. Does anyone put their roof rack through the car wash?
    By godsang in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: 01-03-2013, 02:45 PM
  4. Ti Tube Rails VS. Vanox Rails
    By krayzie in forum Weight Weenies
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-06-2007, 04:54 PM
  5. Gas mileage with/without roof rack?
    By jonlong in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: 05-02-2006, 11:43 AM

Members who have read this thread: 52

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts




© Copyright 2019 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.