Roofrack advice

Hi everyone,
I'm thinking about roofracks for The Mighty Mazda purely to take light stuff and 2 bicycles (they take up too much space at the back). I have a gutter-less roof. I went into That Cheap Store and found Pro Trak (?). I also have a shot at buying a basket off a Disco (shame, a cross the Mazda will have to bear...) which I'm thinking about using in conjunction with the racks.
Weight capacity is 65kg across both; more than I need I think.
I did come across Rak's site courtesy of a search here, but what concerns me are the staps needed to hold the racks down onto the body that go under the tops of the doors (does that make sense?).
Has anyone had any damage caused to the roof or inside of the doors from these straps? I used rubber on a set back in Africa, but then sealing the door in the wet is a problem (yes, I know it doesn't rain in Alice much....) Does anyone have anything to say for or against Pro Trak or these types of racks?
Thanks!
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Reply By: autosparky - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 00:19

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 00:19
the straps may scratch the paintwork , but other than drilling holes thru the roof , there may be no other option . many of my roof racks holding police light racks are held on this way(we all know nothing is made police proof ) and are still there 2 years on .
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 23:39

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 23:39
I put some cloth tape (duct tape) on the paintwork, if there's a chance something will rub against the paintwork.
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Reply By: Member - Magic (VIC) - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 07:28

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 07:28
Hi there,

Hubby has a Mazda too and has Pro Trak (I thought it was Pro Rack, but I could definitely be wrong) roof bars.

Haven't had any damage to the vehicle using these at all.

We have them on the cab and attach a basket to carry spare stuff, wood etc.

So far they've been great.

Jeannie
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 07:59

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 07:59
You might find on dusty roads that the straps pick up a fair bit of dust, then rub.

We use the more standard gutter mounted rack on the paj, but still have rub marks on the roof where tarps etc have flapped through the bars and we didn't pick it up to next stop.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 09:17

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 09:17
When I'm feeling really crook, I go to the doctor.
When I have a toothache, I visit the dentist.

For expert advice, I don't think you would go too far wrong than to contact Roof Rack City, or Roof Rack World.

I have dealt with Roof Rack World myself (in Adelaide) and found the staff (owners) give really good advice, prior to any decision I made on purchasing a solution.
I'm sure ringing them and asking what products are recommended for the Mazda will give you the best choice of options to consider. Then you will be in a position to make the correct decision.

Bill.
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Reply By: Ozboc - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 20:00

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 20:00
Mighty mazda -- Oxy-moron ???



I wonder...........


Boc

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Follow Up By: SoloGirl - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 20:45

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 20:45
Hey! That's fighting talk....
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Follow Up By: Ozboc - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 20:44

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 20:44
.. true , where is my manners ... as a superior vehicle owner(nissan Patrol) - i should take in to account that some wish they could have a " mighty" vehicle too

Boc

P.s for those without a sence of humour -- I AM JUST KIDDING ....
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Follow Up By: SoloGirl - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 22:10

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 22:10
How could I take offence - I never take Patrol owners seriously!
:)
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