CARiD offers a range of base roof rack products to let you set up a roof rack easily on any car, van, SUV, or truck – even if was built with a completely bare roof. Basically, they are the components that let you set up a roof rack from scratch, or add to existing factory rain gutters, tracks or even raised roof rails. Four "towers" or "feet" attach to allow addition of two "cross bars" that run across the vehicle from driver to passenger side.

Featured Products

  • Thule® Complete Crossroads Railing Rack (Load Bars + Feet)
    (3 reviews)
    # sp826
    Complete Crossroads Railing Rack by Thule®. The Crossroads Railing Rack is a complete rack system made for vehicles with existing raised side rails. It includes 2 SquareBar™ Load Bars, 4 Crossroads Raling Feet and 4 Locks. It's...
    $349.95
  • Rhino-Rack® 2500 Multi Fit Aero Roof Rack System
    (7 reviews)
    # sp2630
    2500 Multi Fit Aero Roof Rack System by Rhino-Rack®. Stylish, aerodynamic, fuel saving, extruded aluminum black cross bars mount to UV stabilized glass reinforced nylon legs. Designed for vehicles with a bare roof line (without...
    $377.10
  • Thule® AeroBlade™ Edge Flush Mount Roof Rack
    (1 reviews)
    # sp2531
    AeroBlade™ Edge Flush Mount Rack by Thule®. 1 pre-assembled AeroBlade Edge bar and 2 flush mount feet. The AeroBlade Edge is the perfect combination of low-profile aerodynamic design with the strongest carrying capacity of any...
    $219.95
  • Rhino-Rack® Vortex SX Roof Rack System
    (0 reviews)
    # sp10388
    Vortex SX Roof Rack System by Rhino-Rack®. The SX roof rack system is designed specifically for use with roofs that feature rails. Easy to install and remove, it comes with security hardware to protect your racks against theft.
    $314.10
  • Rola® Raised Side Rail Mount Roof Rack
    (25 reviews)
    # sp933
    Raised Side Rail Mount Roof Rack by Rola®. Made from extruded aluminum alloy, this aerodynamic crossbar is designed to minimize drag and wind noise.
    $56.25 - $337.50
  • Rhino-Rack® Gutter Mount Leg Kit
    (0 reviews)
    # sp2684
    Gutter Mount Leg Kit by Rhino-Rack®. The Rhino Rack Gutter Mount Leg Set can either replace damaged or broken legs, help you move your rack to a vehicle with rain gutters, or build a Rhino Rack roof system from scratch. These legs...
    $62.10 - $107.10
  • Thule® SquareBar™ Load Bars
    (1 reviews)
    # sp9107
    SquareBar™ Load Bars by Thule®. Thule load bars are strong enough to bear the load, easy to install, and durable to last the miles. The SquareBar™ Load Bar is made of heavy-duty galvanized steel and plastic coated for...
    $99.95
  • Rhino-Rack® Heavy Duty Cross Bar
    (0 reviews)
    # sp2632
    Heavy Duty Cross Bar by Rhino-Rack®. Heavy Duty range was specifically designed with the professional tradesman and avid 4 wheel driver in mind. The cross bars are extruded structural aluminium, so all heavy duty roof racks are...
    $76.50 - $144.00
  • Thule® AeroBlade™ Edge Raised Rail Roof Rack
    (2 reviews)
    # sp2532
    AeroBlade™ Edge Raised Rail Roof Rack by Thule®. 1 pre-assembled AeroBlade Edge bar and 2 raised rail feet. The AeroBlade Edge is the perfect combination of low-profile aerodynamic design with the strongest carrying capacity of...
    $219.95
  • Rhino-Rack® 2500 Multi Fit Euro Roof Rack System
    (1 reviews)
    # sp2629
    2500 Multi Fit Euro Roof Rack System by Rhino-Rack®. If you’re looking for a less costly way to carry cargo and mount accessories to a vehicle with a bare roof line, you’ve found it right here. This roof rack system combines...
    $296.10
  • TracRac® TracVan™ Van Rack System
    (0 reviews)
    # sp1862
    TracVan™ Van Rack System by TracRac®. Even though your work van has to haul things like ladders, pipe and lumber on the roof on a regular basis, there’s no reason to use an overhead rack that looks like a discarded set of...
    $179.99 - $439.99
  • Thule® AeroBlade™ Load Bars
    (0 reviews)
    # sp9103
    AeroBlade™ Load Bars by Thule®. Thule load bars are strong enough to bear the load, easy to install, and durable to last the miles. The AeroBlade load bar's exclusive BoxBeam™ construction makes it one of the strongest, most...
    $199.95
  • Thule® Foot Pack
    (0 reviews)
    # sp9106
    Foot Pack by Thule®. Driving can be stressful enough without worrying about whether your roof-mounted cargo will still be there when you reach your destination. For peace of mind you need Thule rack feet. They'll provide the...
    $119.95 - $229.95
  • Rhino-Rack® Vortex SX Leg Kit
    (0 reviews)
    # sp10387
    Vortex SX Leg Kit by Rhino-Rack®. The SX roof rack system is designed specifically for use with roofs that feature rails. Easy to install and remove, it comes with security hardware to protect your racks against theft.
    $197.10
  • Rhino-Rack® 2500 Multi Fit Heavy Duty Roof Rack System
    (0 reviews)
    # sp2628
    2500 Multi Fit Heavy Duty Roof Rack System by Rhino-Rack®. If you’re a contractor or inveterate DIYer you need a roof rack system with the versatility to handle cargo like ladders and building materials, as well as other roof...
    $377.10
  • Yakima® ProRack™ Rail Bars
    (2 reviews)
    # sp3847
    ProRack™ Rail Bars by Yakima®. This affordable, easy to install roof rack system is a great way to increase your vehicle's cargo carrying capacity, or to get the gear out of your car, van or SUV so you can put more people in the...
    $229.00
  • Rhino-Rack® RLCP Roof Rack System
    (0 reviews)
    # sp10382
    RLCP Roof Rack System by Rhino-Rack®. The Rhino-Rack RLCP roof rack is super quiet and has no bar over hang, offering a slim, flush look that will compliment any vehicle. It offers a simple do it yourself fitment (DIY). Through a...
    $179.10 - $768.60
  • Yakima® Q Tower Foot Pack
    (1 reviews)
    # sp3870
    These towers were designed to support Yakima round cross bars on vehicles with a smooth, “naked” roof. They rest on the surface of the roof and are secured to the vehicle at the door frames with custom, vehicle specific Q clips...
    $109.00 - $195.00
  • Rhino-Rack® Vortex Load Bars
    (29 reviews)
    # sp10385
    Vortex Load Bars by Rhino-Rack®. The Rhino-Rack Vortex bars can be purchased in black or silver and is cut to 7 different predefined lengths to suit different vehicles. All bars include the VGS rubber strip which has been designed...
    $76.50 - $144.00
  • Weather Guard® EZGLIDE2™ Drop-down Ladder Rack
    (0 reviews)
    # sp13169
    Designed to make getting ladders on and off your van almost effortless, EZGLIDE2™ is the easiest, lightest, and safest drop-down ladder rack system available for compact size vans. The Model EZGLIDE2™ drop-down roof rack comes...
    $650.25 - $998.75
  • Weather Guard® Quick Clamp Rack
    (0 reviews)
    # sp13170
    Quick Clamp Racks are engineered to make loading and unloading your ladder an easy, one-person operation. Provides a single clamp on the curb side for vans with roof top mounting. Lean the front of the ladder against the front hook...
    $542.30 - $705.50
  • Weather Guard® Rack System
    (0 reviews)
    # sp13168
    All-Purpose Racks create a space to carry long equipment. Designed with a mounting leg that fully adjusts to the contour of the van, cross-member rack for compact vans. Stainless steel hardware and a ARMOR-TUF® Powder Coat finish...
    $238.85 - $480.25
  • Rhino-Rack® Vortex RS 2500 Roof Rack System
    (6 reviews)
    # sp10386
    Vortex RS 2500 Roof Rack System by Rhino-Rack®. The Rhino-Rack Vortex RS 2500 roof rack is super quiet and has no bar over hang, offering a slim, flush look that will compliment any vehicle. It offers a simple do it yourself...
    $377.10
  • Bestop® HighRock 4x4™ Cargo Rack
    (0 reviews)
    # sp6185
    HighRock 4x4™ Cargo Rack by Bestop®. If you thought carrying cargo on the roof of your soft top equipped Wrangler was impossible, think again! The rugged 6061 T6 aviation grade aluminum tubing of this rack attaches to rails that...
    $98.99 - $119.99
  • MBRP® Roof Rack System
    (0 reviews)
    # sp9619
    Roof Rack System by MBRP®. Jeep JK Wranglers are kinda short on trunk space, so MBRP has developed this very cool roof rack system. Any weight carried on the rack is transferred to the Jeep’s tub through reinforcements inside the...
    $259.99 - $1,099.99
  • Spec-D® Roof Rack
    (5 reviews)
    # sp9618
    Black Roof Rack by Spec-D®. Spec-D figuratively has their finger on the pulse of the automotive aftermarket, so they can bring you the latest style and best performing parts and accessories. No matter whether you want your car or...
    $71.20 - $382.70


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For cars with bare roofs that aren't equipped with any form of rain gutter edging at all, the Thule® Traverse Footpack offers cushioned foot pads with simple installation that provide a tight, secure fit. Crossbars then lock into the footpads to give you rack carrying ability. Rhino Rack® also offers their Fixed Mounts that fit almost any vehicle roof, that are designed for small two-doors where traditional racks cannot be positioned far enough apart.

For vehicles equipped with rain gutters along the roof edges, we offer foot clamps shaped and designed just for them. On and off installation is easy, with an easy-grip round knob that adjusts and fine-tunes the level of clamp tightness. For sport utilities with bump-up roof sections or a vertical rise towards the center, Thule® Gutter High Foot Pack and Super High Foot Pack kits let you mount your cross rails higher up with 5-, 8-, and 11-inch height sizings. If your vehicle is equipped with OEM raised side rails or flush rails from the factory, you're halfway there already. Cross rail adapters are available to fit the shape, size, and height of any factory side rails.

Should you need a roof rack with heavy-duty carrying capacity, we offer kits that come with not two, but THREE CROSSBAR setups. Gutter mounts or foot pad mounts will fit a wide array of vehicles with or without rain gutters - If it's necessary for tracks to be installed on your specific vehicle to support the foot pads, they are included also. Heavy-duty cross bars are typically made from aluminum for maximum strength-to-weight, and footings are crafted from strong glass-reinforced nylon. And if you already have a factory roof rack and find its performance disappointing, we offer replacement rack applications also. Many newer cars and trucks already come with pre-drilled installation points to allow dealer installation if customers select it after the vehicle is manufactured. However, since many dealers overprice these items, your best bet will be found right here in this section.

Once you've got your cross rails installed, your base rack is in place and a whole world of new load carrying possibilities opens up for you. CARiD offers roof racks that attach to your crossrails specifically designed to hold skis, snowboards, surfboards, boogie boards, bicycles, luggage, cargo trays, and hard shell cargo boxes. Each type of rack comes with the ability to lock your load for theft protection, and all mounting clamps, braces, bars and cover pieces are made from either aluminum, ABS material, powder coated steel or glass-reinforced nylon for strength and resistance to corrosion. Roof rack fairing pieces are also available that attach either in front of your finished rack or on the sides of it to reduce wind resistance and buffeting that causes noise and reduces fuel economy.

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I put the framing and tube deck together on my granite island top in my kitchen. What impressed me was the trueness and flatness of the product while laying on the island even after all of the factory welded connections came into play. The install followed suit. Layout directions were right on so bolting on the pre assembled rack to my Jeep hard top was just a matter of fact. The look is rugged which is what I imagined. I'll use the rack when needed which may not be that often but it doesn't matter because the look was really my objective. Thanks to Garvin and CARiD for improving my ride. Scott from Troy, NY.
DPosted by D Scott (Troy, NY) /
2011 Jeep Wrangler
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