Roof Bars - Rhino or Rola

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 18:42
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Hi All

I plan to fit a set of roof bars which will remain on the wagon permanently, and then mounting a Rhino alloy tray only when needed on trips.

I am trying to decide between the Rola and Rhino heavy duty bars. The Rhino bars are square in section, whereas the Rola bars have an angled (or wedge shaped) front face. I would like to stick with everything Rhino, but would also like to minimise wind noise when just the bars only are mounted. Does anyone have any experience regarding whether there is any significant noise advantage with the Rolas?

regards Ross
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Reply By: mowing - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 19:36

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 19:36
Hi Ross, I have had both and IMHO the rhino bars are stronger and there was no difference in wind noise, in fact I could not detect any wind noise with either bars.

Regards

Mark
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Follow Up By: Ross NP - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 21:45

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 21:45
Thanks Mark

That makes the decision easy as I already have 2 Rhino bars from my last truck and will now only have to buy new legs. I plan on getting a Rhino track system fitted as it will fit into the existing channels of my NP Pajero, whereas the Rola track doesn't. Even though the dealer says the Rola legs will fit into the Rhino tracks I figure it is probably better to have the entire system from the same manufacturer.

Regards Ross
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Reply By: Patrolman Pat - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 19:36

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 19:36
I've got Rhino Aero bars which aren't square. i leave them on the vehicle all the time, usually have ladders on top for work and occaisionally add a mesh basket for trips if needed. Reasonably quiet and I've used them for 4 years so far with no problems.
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Reply By: RalfR - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:22

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:22
Having recently looked into this myself, and consulting a number of folks, one of whom was in the trade - Rhino was considerd the strongest and best system.

I bought a set of 3 aero bars and a large aluminium tray to hold a racksac. Works very nicely, the wind noise seems to kick in at about 90 - 100 kph. Hope this helps. For what it's worth, the system feels strong and appears well made.

Cheers
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Reply By: Steve Ellis - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 21:43

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 21:43
I have a set of Rhino Bars on a Gu Patrol and I also have a sunroof. Cant hear any noise with the roof closed but quite noisy with the roof open. Incidently the sunroof in australia is almost useless. Not too bad in winter but the rest of the year much to hot inside the car.
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Reply By: smifffy - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 22:51

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 22:51
rhino all the way mate! definately the pick of those 2!

cheers
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Reply By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 07:59

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 07:59
I've got the Rhino heavy duty bars on my NM. As long as I re-fit the rubber strip when I don't have the basket on, particularly in the front one, I don't notice any wind noise.
Without the strip they're noisy.
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Reply By: Ross NP - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 08:49

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 08:49
Thanks everyone.

Appreciate the feedback - will definitely go with the Rhinos.

Regards
Ross
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Reply By: AJs Prado - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 14:27

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 14:27
I have both, only recently got the rhinos for the tray setup - carry more weight than the rolas. The rhinos also have more options if you want to add bits like pipe holders, shovelholder, spare wheel, jerry etc etc
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