"Gutterless" roof rack?

Submitted: Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 12:11
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To be honest i do not have most of $400 for a proper roof rack and i wondered if any of you had any alternative (cheaper!) alternatives. Here are my details.

I would like a temporary or semi permanent (Possibly permanent at the right price!)roof rack for my Hyundai Accent 2001. No gutters only two doors, no opening window at the back and a hatch back.

I want it to carry my kayak to the shore a couple of times a week. I would
prefer non permanent fitting... but perhaps that is not possible. I would be pleased if you would make suggestions for alternative systems..

The kayak is a "skin on frame" 5 meters long and very light.

Your help will be appreciated.
Thanks

PS I have a Mega "something" foam based gizmo, for a surfboard set-up at the moment, it does work. I have awful trouble fixing it at the back to the "hinges" of the hatch. I am not too sure how safe it is. Also because of the straps that run through the front doors of the car the rain pours in if it is raining.
Perhaps i am too picky?
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 12:20

Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 12:20
Gday

Have a look at something like this CLICK HERE

You don't need gutters for these ones. You can get similar ones at Superceap that might work out much cheaper for you
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Reply By: Member - Matt & Caz H (QLD) - Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 13:19

Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 13:19
Hi Brido,

We couldn't afford the $1100 for the roof rack we wanted so we spent $700 on a "cheaper" brand and REGRET it BIG TIME its been on the cruiser for only 5mths - gone thru 2 sets of brackets and next Monday we are having to fit $300 Rhino racks just to get rid of the brackets and keep the basket - so our $700 roof racks have cost us $1,000 and heaps of stress!!!!

Cheers
Caroline
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 17:21

Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 17:21
Can sell u an ARB rack cheap and its in Brisbane gathering dust
$420


Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt & Caz H (QLD) - Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 20:01

Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 20:01
Hi Graham

Thanks for the offer, however we have already ordered the Rhino's!!!!!! wish we knew you had the ARB before we left Brisvegas we are in VIC now.

Cheers
Caroline
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 22:16

Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 22:16
So are we In Albury and had to leav e rack behind as we were a biy overweight and had to leave it behind
Cheere



Did u enjoy rain this arvo
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Reply By: Member - Broe (WA) - Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 13:29

Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 13:29
Brido,

Depending on what you want to do with it as far as how far you are travelling etc, a really good cheap option are the roof rack strap. You get two straps in a bag, most surf shops sell them I think, you then open the front doors, wrap them around tightly, and then the same with the rear ones through your back windows (for a 3 door) or rear doors for a 4 door. Once done you put your kayak on there and then take the 2nd skin strap and it goes over the top of the kayak or surf board. I have seen them used and they look like they work well and for $80 is a pretty cheap alternative.


Broe
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Reply By: get outmore - Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 13:53

Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 13:53
Ive been down your road and didnt want to fork out the caSH IN RINO BARS for my kyak. so went cheap. first trip away the weight of my plastic kyak colapsed the legs sideways allowing the kyack to rub on the roof wearing a sizeable patch of paint away


------- i bought rino bars
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Reply By: peterjs - Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 14:52

Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 14:52
Hi, I bought a set of these off E Bay, may do what you want, they do hold very well but I would be on the safe side and tie the kayak front and back to the car to make sure, look in E Bay for Vacurak, they are under roof racks, hope this helps, Pete.

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Reply By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 15:59

Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 15:59
Buy some good quality ones off eBay. They seem to chuck the bars out for very little $$. The alloy trays......different story $$$$$$$$

Cheers,

Mark
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Reply By: Brido - Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 17:17

Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 17:17
Wow, that was quick and most helpful.

I have ended up by evaluating the Vacurak very seriously ($80 Aud) but before i signed up for it I did multi searches and found RAK had one (fixed, but the price was right) for $265 (fully delivered) but fit it myself (very good instructions).

The next best price I found was $309 then upwards to $380 (and more for the special featured models.) No luck for my car on EBay I am afraid.

Even though it has cost me more than the Vacurak and pushed the budget somewhat, both my wife and I are happier with a fixed set.

Thank you all very much. Your experience and sharing is most appreciated.
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