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    Roof Rack Cross Bars Review

    Roof rack cross bars have a rich history, providing a valuable solution for individuals looking to transport items on their vehicles. Over time, various roof rack designs emerged, ranging from bulkier options for transporting large loads to simpler, everyday-use models. Despite these innovations, roof rack cross bars have retained their relevance. Manufacturers have updated the original designs, introducing ingenious features that appeal to many users.

    In terms of size, these cross bars continue to support the weight of accessories and outdoor gear, including substantial items like roof top tents. For those who prefer a sleeker and more compact option or simply don't require a larger roof rack, Off Road Tents offers a curated collection of some of the finest roof rack cross bars. Our extensive selection covers nearly every vehicle type. We trust you'll discover a suitable option that aligns with your needs and lifestyle.

     

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    Toyota 4Runner Roof Rack Cross Bars Rav4 Roof Rack Cross Bars
    Roof Rack Cross Bars Jeep Cherokee Bare Roof Rack System
    Roof Rack Cross Bars Ford Explorer Roof Rack Cross Bars Subaru Forester
    Roof Rack Cross Bars Nissan Rogue Rhino Rack Camper Shell Roof Rack

     

    Best Roof Rack Cross Bars

    The following section recommends the best cross bars for very specific vehicles. This doesn’t mean that we don’t recommend cross bars for other cars, it just means we didn’t add them to this list, as these are the models we get inquired about the most. If you don’t see your vehicle in the list, you can still find it by typing it on the search bar above, by browsing the collection, using the “Fit My Vehicle” tool, or by asking us! Call us: 844-200-3979

     

    Roof Rack Cross Bars Universal

    OVS universal roof rack cross bars

    Most roof rack cross bars can be considered universal. In the end what they are is a long cross bar with a specific foot or mounting option that adapts to a certain vehicle. Most of these feet can be switched or changed to accommodate another vehicle. 

    That said, you will see many cross bars in this collection that fit multiple vehicles, those are considered universal. However, one set of cross bars we know are affordable and quite universal is the OVS universal cross bar system. It has a grab-on foot system, which will clamp or grab onto any side rails of almost all vehicles that have them.

    As easy as it sounds: the foot grabs onto the side rail of the roof, and it can be tightened or loosened with the goal of adapting to the thickness of the side rail. It will fit most vehicles, but still measure the distance from one side rail to another to make sure these cross bars are wide enough for your vehicle. They come in 3 length options” 50”, 60” and 70”, choose accordingly. They weigh less than 17 lbs, are lockable, and can be installed in 15 minutes.

    Why do we like it?

    • Affordable
    • Universal
    • Install in 15 minutes

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    Weight

    Static Weight Capacity

    Warranty

    Depends on size

    17 lbs

    150 lbs

    4 Years

     

    Roof Rack Cross Bars Thule

    Thule Outback Roof Rack Cross Bars

    This specific roof rack is crafted for the Subaru Outback and falls into the category of a roof rack crossbar. Despite its classification, it stands out as a sturdy and streamlined off-road accessory with the ability to bear a load of up to 220 lbs, all without the need for any drilling or alterations during the installation process. The Thule Winbar EVO crossbars represent an advancement over the AeroBlade bars, providing a larger loading area. Their improved aerodynamic design, featuring the TrailEdge design, effectively minimizes wind resistance and noise, even at higher speeds.

    These crossbars boast a versatile capacity, accommodating a diverse range of items such as kayaks, skis, snowboards, cargo carriers, and roof boxes, all while ensuring your sunroof remains unobstructed. Their durability is noteworthy, supporting a dynamic weight capacity of 220 lbs when the weight is evenly distributed. Incorporating SmartSlides slidable length scales, these crossbars make installation quick and straightforward. Tested in demanding environments to ensure resilience, they come with a 5-year warranty. Explore these exceptional crossbars without hesitation!

    Why do we like it?

    • Aerodynamic design
    • Has a locking mechanism
    • Large loading area
    • Durable construction

    Price

    Weight

    Static Weight Capacity

    Warranty

    Depends on model

    20 lbs

    165 lbs

    5 Years

     

    Roof Rack Cross Bars 4Runner

    Eezi Awn 4Runner Roof Rack Cross Bars

    For the Toyota 4Runner we have another impressive addition which would be the Eezi Awn roof rack cross bars. Eezi Awn has carefully crafted an exclusive load bar kit tailored for the Toyota 4Runner 5th Gen, setting it apart as the superior choice across all aspects. The design incorporates powder-coated metal with an 8mm T-Slot positioned on the top and rear for hassle-free mounting of devices. This load bar features a rear lip, simplifying the process of drilling and securing both soft shell and hard shell rooftop tents.

    For K9 load bars, there are available accessories such as K9 mounting rails and feet, gutter mount legs, and grab-on toes. Despite their lightweight aluminum construction, these load bars maintain their renowned strength, ensuring resilience on the most challenging terrains.The Eezi Awn DIY rectangular extrusion, functioning as an M8 bolt, can be placed anywhere within the length by being held in the slot on the extrusion's bottom. Lastly, the option to add more crossbars provides the opportunity for an upgrade to a complete rack system.

    Why do we like it?

    • Attachments can be mounted easily
    • Durable yet lightweight construction
    • Adjustable along the full length of the rail
    • Additional load bars can be added

    Price

    Weight

    Static Weight Capacity

    Warranty

    Depening on the size

    30 lbs

    220 lbs

    3 Years

     

    Rav4 Roof Rack Cross Bars

    Thule WingBar Evo Rav4 Roof Rack Cross Bars

    Introducing the next item on our list - roof rack cross bars tailored specifically for Toyota Rav4 models. Despite their categorization, these crossbars stand out as robust and streamlined off-road accessories, capable of handling up to 220 lbs without requiring any drilling or modifications during installation. The Thule Winbar EVO crossbars mark an evolution beyond the AeroBlade bars, offering an expanded loading area with their improved aerodynamic design, featuring the TrailEdge design that effectively minimizes wind resistance and noise, even at higher speeds.

    With a versatile capacity, these crossbars can securely hold a variety of items, including kayaks, skis, snowboards, cargo carriers, and roof boxes, all while ensuring your sunroof remains unobstructed. Noteworthy for their durability, they support a dynamic weight capacity of 220 lbs when evenly distributed. Featuring SmartSlides slidable length scales, installation is made quick and straightforward. Tested in demanding environments to ensure resilience, these crossbars come with a 5-year warranty. Explore these exceptional crossbars without hesitation!

    Why do we like it?

    • WindDiffuser technology for reduced noise
    • Quick click-in mounting brackets installation
    • Sleek, aerodynamic design
    • Tough construction

    Price

    Weight

    Static Weight Capacity

    Warranty

    $659.85

    Depends on load bar length

    220 lbs

    5 Years

     

    Roof Rack Cross Bars Jeep Cherokee

    roof rack cross bars jeep cherokee

    The Jeep Cherokee KL is an incredibly popular vehicle, but the fact that it’s not exactly the synonym of overlanding amongst the Jeep cars, makes it hard to find roof rack models for it. Fortunately, cross bars racks are available, and Rhino-Rack makes a good model. The Vortex 2500 is a 2-bar crossbar system that clams onto the bare roof of your Cherokee. 

    Installation won’t take more than 15 minutes, as the fit clamp onto the roof from the side of your door. The cross bars have a lower weight capacity that shouldn’t go over the 130 lbs dynamic weight. Reason being the clamps onto the bare roof aren’t a fixed mount and can get loose with heavier cargo and the vibration. That said, they perfectly serve the purpose of carrying lighter bags, gear, accessories, or even kayaks and boards. Avoid mounting roof top tents to these.

    Like all Rhino-Rack bars, these have a lifetime warranty, proving the point they are tough, reliable, and durable. They are lockable, fit the Cherokee KL from the 2014 to the 2023 model, and are compatible with all the Rhino-Rack after-market accessories such as awnings, bike racks, straps, kayak racks and more. They are solid, reliable, and quite easy to manage.

    Why do we like it?

    • Clamp onto the Cherokee’s bare roof
    • Lifetime Warranty
    • 15 minute installation

    Price

    Weight

    Static Weight Capacity

    Warranty

    $567.96

    17 lbs

    130 lbs

    Lifetime

     

    Bare Roof Rack System

    Bare Roof Rack Cross Bars For Land Rover Defender

    Front Runner, known for its resilient products, introduces another set of gutter-mounted roof rack cross bars tailored for the Land Rover Defender. Crafted from 3CR12 stainless steel and T6 aluminum with a black epoxy powder coating, these bars guarantee durability and resilience against various challenges. Installation is a breeze, and the process is quick. These load bars distinguish themselves with exceptional versatility, accommodating accessories such as rooftop tents, awnings, storage boxes, and jerry cans seamlessly. This adaptability empowers users to customize their overlanding setup according to specific needs.

    These roof rack cross bars have an aerodynamic design that minimizes wind resistance and noise even when driving at higher speeds. The Land Rover Defender bare roof rack system is equipped with T-slots on the tops and bottom, facilitating the attachment of various accessories for your outdoor adventures. In addition to their robustness, Front Runner stands behind their reliability with a Limited Lifetime Warranty, believing they will endure a lifetime of use.

    Why do we like it?

    • Sleek-looking and low-profile design
    • Very versatile and able to withstand the weight of various accessories
    • No hassle installation
    • Very durable and reliable steel and aluminum construction

    Price

    Weight

    Static Weight Capacity

    Warranty

    $423

    18 lbs

    660 lbs

    Limited Lifetime Warranty

     

    Roof Rack Cross Bars Ford Explorer

    Ford Explorer Roof Rack Cross Bars

    Let's explore the features of the Vortex Rhino Rack roof rack cross bars, tailored for the Ford Explorer. With an impressive construction, superior aerodynamics, and robust durability, these crossbars are specifically designed to seamlessly fit your raised railing, offering a blend of strength and elegance. Enhanced security is ensured through the inclusion of theft-deterrent hardware, making installation and removal effortless while excelling in both sturdiness and lightweight design for off-road excursions. Boasting a 50" length and a sleek black color, they marry style with functionality.

    For attachment to your roof, Rhino-Rack RLTP Legs utilize removable mounting brackets or Rhino's own tracks. The crossbars' versatility extends to compatibility with a variety of Rhino Rack attachments, elevating your overlanding experience. The package includes necessary hardware and installation instructions for added convenience. Rigorously tested in challenging conditions and meeting Rhino Rack's standards, these Vortex crossbars are built to endure diverse challenges. Rhino Rack backs their quality with a lifetime warranty, instilling confidence in their durability. Explore these reliable and stylish crossbars without hesitation!

    Why do we like it?

    • Low profile and aerodynamic design
    • Very sturdy
    • Comes with 3 cross bars
    • Easy to install 

    Price

    Weight

    Static Weight Capacity

    Warranty

    $Depends on size

    17 lbs

    150 lbs

    4 Years

     

    Roof Rack Cross Bars Subaru Forester

    Thule Roof Rack Cross Bars For Subaru Forester

    Continuing our list of the best roof rack crossbars, we once again look to Thule, and this time, these bars are meticulously designed for Subaru Forester models. Despite their classification, these crossbars stand out as robust and streamlined off-road accessories, capable of supporting up to 220 lbs without the need for drilling or modifications during installation. The Thule Winbar EVO crossbars represent a progression beyond the AeroBlade bars, presenting an expanded loading area with their enhanced aerodynamic design, featuring the TrailEdge design that effectively reduces wind resistance and noise, even at higher speeds.

    With a versatile capacity, these crossbars securely accommodate various items such as kayaks, skis, snowboards, cargo carriers, and roof boxes, all while ensuring your sunroof remains unobstructed. Their durability is notable, supporting a dynamic weight capacity of 220 lbs when evenly distributed. Incorporating SmartSlides slidable length scales, installation is made quick and straightforward. Tested in demanding environments to ensure resilience, these crossbars are backed by a 5-year warranty. Delve into the world of these exceptional crossbars without hesitation!

    Why do we like it?

    • Lightweight and robust construction
    • Safely secures to a vehicle with Thule One-Key locks
    • Aerodynamic and low-profile design
    • Features SmartSlides for easy installation

    Price

    Weight

    Static Weight Capacity

    Warranty

    $499.99

    20 lbs

    220 lbs

    5 Years

     

    Roof Rack Cross Bars Nissan Rogue

    Nissan Rogue Roof Rack Cross Bars

    Let's delve into the features of the Vortex Rhino Rack roof rack cross bars. Designed to fit various vehicle models, including Nissan Rogue, these cross bars boast a beautiful construction, outstanding aerodynamics, and robust durability. Specifically crafted to effortlessly fit your raised railing, they provide both strength and elegance. Equipped with security hardware to deter theft, these crossbars are not only easy to install and remove but also excel in both sturdiness and lightweight design for off-road adventures. With a length of 50" and available in a sleek black color, they offer both style and functionality.

    The versatility of these crossbars extends to their compatibility with a range of Rhino Rack attachments, enhancing your overlanding experience. Included with the cross bars are the necessary hardware and installation instructions for your convenience. Tested rigorously in demanding conditions and meeting Rhino Rack's standards, these Vortex crossbars are built to endure various challenges. Rhino Rack stands behind their quality with a lifetime warranty, providing confidence in their durability. Don't hesitate to explore these reliable and stylish crossbars!

    Why do we like it?

    • Very strong and built-to-last construction
    • Many Rhino Rack accessories can be mounted
    • Easily attaches to your roof rails
    • Very stylish design

    Price

    Weight

    Static Weight Capacity

    Warranty

    $Depends on size

    17 lbs

    150 lbs

    4 Years

     

    Rhino Rack Camper Shell Roof Rack

    Roof Rack Cross Bars For Camper Shell

    Introducing the impressive Vortex Rhino Rack roof rack load bars, specially crafted for the camper shell of Ford F250 and F350. Featuring remarkable construction, advanced aerodynamics, and robust durability, these crossbars are meticulously designed to seamlessly fit your raised railing, providing a perfect blend of strength and elegance. Security is heightened with theft-deterrent hardware, ensuring easy installation and removal, while excelling in both sturdiness and lightweight design for off-road adventures. With a sleek black color and a length of 50", they combine style with functionality.

    The RLT600 legs, designed for quick mounting onto Rhino Rack tracks, are easily operable by one person, adding to their user-friendly nature. These crossbars' versatility extends to compatibility with various Rhino Rack attachments, enhancing your overlanding experience. The package includes essential hardware and installation instructions for added convenience. Rigorously tested to meet Rhino Rack's standards in challenging conditions, the Vortex crossbars are built to withstand diverse challenges. Rhino Rack stands behind their quality with a lifetime warranty, instilling confidence in their durability. Explore these dependable and stylish crossbars without hesitation!

    Why do we like it?

    • Sleek looking design
    • Can be mounted quickly to your rails
    • Supports a variety of accessories
    • Very durable build

    Price

    Weight

    Static Weight Capacity

    Warranty

    $Depends on size

    17 lbs

    150 lbs

    4 Years

     

    Roof Rack Cross Bars FAQS

     

    How to use roof rack cross bars?

    Roof rack cross bars are an amazing piece of accessory and are very versatile in the ways you can use them. You can mount and install a variety of items on it, including various gear and even roof top tent. You can also install roof rack baskets or maybe even an awning system. If you are into some outdoor sports like biking and kayaking, you can even have a bike mount where you can attach your bike or even strap a kayak or canoe to your roof rack cross bars.

     

    What is the best roof rack positioning?

    It is recommended that you leave around 70cm between each of your cross bars. Why? Because that way you can evenly distribute any load you have on top of them. There are usually 2 roof rack cross bars but you can add more if you feel like it.

     

    Do I need raised side rails to use cross bars?

    Yes and no. While a lot of roof rack cross bars require side rails in order to install them there are also ones that do not need rails at all. For example, you can get gutter-mounted roof rack cross bars or even clip-on ones.

     

    How do universal roof racks work?

    Universal roof rack cross bars have adjustable legs that slide alongside the width of the cross bar itself and you can simply adjust them to the width of your roof and tighten them. Keep in mind that not all roof rack cross bars out there are universal and not all of them function that way.

     

    What is the difference between cross bars and racks?

    Roof rack cross bars and platform roof racks, despite serving the same purpose, are distinct pieces of equipment. While roof rack cross bars typically consist of a pair of bars running across the width of the car's roof, a platform rack has more than two bars—often 6-7 or more, depending on the vehicle. These bars are interconnected with a frame, giving the platform rack its characteristic platform-like appearance.

     

    Do you need crossbars for a roof box? 

    In theory you could install a roof box or a cargo carrier without crossbars. You would be able to install one over a platform rack, or even over a bare roof as long as you have straps to hold the box securely over your roof. However, cross bars are the best and easiest way to have a roof box over your vehicle.

    The reason being is that most cross bar manufacturers also make roof cargo carriers that perfectly fit their cross bars shapes and design. Therefore, if you plan to purchase a cargo carrier, then it’s a good idea to buy a set of cross bars from the same brand. You will notice at the bottom of these roof boxes, there are two horizontal channels that seamlessly fit the cross bars from the same brand. Resulting in a safe, secure and rattle free transportation of the box itself.