Identifying your roof type can be tricky, so we have created this guide to assist you as best we can.
Roof type, fixed point:
'Fixed point' means there are existing mounting points in your roof designed for mounting roof racks and platforms. These can sometimes be difficult to identify as they are often hidden under rain gutter/weather strips or covers. We would recommend using the factory mounting points if possible as they are one of the strongest fitment types.
This is a fixed point that has been found under a 'cover'. Simply pop the cover off and you can begin mounting your rack. Make sure you keep this cover in case you decide to take the racks off.
Below is a photo of a weather strip, there may be a mounting point under this strip. These strips are normally held on by either plastic tabs or double-sided tape. To check for mounting points, you must be very careful and in most cases, we would recommend getting a professional to check this for you.
Roof type, raised roof rail:
The "raised roof rail" is a rail that runs the length of the roof on both sides. If your car has raised roof rails, you should be able to see them along the top of the car near the edges of the roof. Roof rails are typically long, slender bars that run the length of the roof. The rail often has a gap where you may be able to stick your fingers through. To determine if your car has roof rails, you can try looking for them visually or by checking the specifications of your car's make and model. Below is an example of a raised roof rail with a Yakima platform attached.
Roof type, flush roof rail:
A flush rail is sometimes hard to identify as they can often look different on different vehicles. They are normally a rail that runs the length of the roof on either side of the vehicle, usually, the rail does not break contact with the roof like the "raised rail" does. These rails are typically made of aluminum or steel. They can be used to attach a variety of different types of roof racks, such as crossbars, bike racks, and cargo carriers, making them a versatile option for carrying gear on a road trip or camping excursion. The rails themselves are typically low-profile and aerodynamic, helping to reduce wind resistance and noise while driving. Below is an example of a flush rail.
Roof type, Track mount:
When it comes to these fitment types you can position the bars almost anywhere on the rails. Positioning the bars approximately 70cm apart is considered ideal when fitting accessories such as pods and bike carriers. Keep in mind that when mounting longer accessories you'll need to fit the bars far enough forward so the accessory doesn't foul on the tailgate (if applicable).
Roof type, Plain roof:
The bars attach to a plain roof using vehicle-specific clamps that secure around the door frame. The bars will typically be mounted 70cm apart, it is, however, very important to check the installation instructions to see exactly where the manufacturer recommends the bars to be mounted. The instructions for mounting are usually supplied with the fitting kit.
If you are still unsure what your roof type is then it is always best to contact our support team before purchasing.