I have a rack. Someone gave it to me for free.
I don't have a garage. I have nowhere to keep the rack... except the top of the car!
Holy ****. I came back a few hours later and we're three pages deep.
I guess I should have clarified: what's the deal with roof racks added to cars that don't have factory rails? For instance, I had a TrailBlazer a long time ago and that had factory rails and cross bars. I left it alone, because it came that way. However, my MK7.5 R doesn't have rails and I'd never add them just for the look. They look goofy (subjective, of course) when not in use and just mounted to the car for no reason. As I said, having them mounted and using them is one thing. Buying them just for the look and never using them is what I'm talking about.
Last edited by idriveastick; 08-13-2019 at 03:25 PM.
Reason #1 - finding cheap/free **** and needing to get it home. I have found a free canoe, two free 12' transom windows, a bar at a yardsale for $10, couch & loveseat cheap, etc.
Reason #2 - On extended work trips I sometimes need the space from my roof box so I can easily mount that and load up. Having to space out the bars each time and then mount the box would be time consuming.
So - probably 325 days a year I have crossbars on with no attachments or load. It has nothing to do with the look in fact I like the look better without.
I wasn't being technical at all.
I was more so under the impression you were talking about just normal cars. Using myself as an example, I don't take my factory rails off because that's nuts. I leave the crossbars on because they impact nothing, and I'd rather always have them up there, than have to store them somewhere and remember to put them on whenever I put things on my roof (or have to go get them). And, outside of winter, my bike rack is on the hitch, but I probably only drive to go biking like 2% of the time I'm actually driving, so you're exponentially more likely to see me driving w/o my bike on the rack. And, taking it out is a PITA compared to leaving it in for the season.
Since you're speaking specifically about show cars, or stanced cars for that matter, it's more than likely for an athletic or aesthetic look. Just like their wheels, super low suspension, and any other mod. You know this. And, if their trunk is full of subs and nitrous, they can also store their backup vape batteries up there.
To be fair, like the guy who posted the Mini on page 1, there are times when I would like to carry more than two bags of Chinese takeout.
That said, I bought the rack and it lasted on the roof "for looks" for one week. I don't have a wind fairing for it so it is QUITE noisy, and it disables the ability to peel back the roof. But the main purpose for me getting it is to also pair it with a small cargo box for which I can load up my photography equipment whenever I go out on shoots, and leaves the hatch open for a small cooler or car wash stuffs.
We are on the verge of moving to a house that actually has a garage so I will have a place to store said cargo box/rack when it isn't in use.
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Cue the defensive, snarky, "I'm an OG here" replies...
...yeah, now I'm trolling.
Last edited by idriveastick; 08-14-2019 at 08:07 AM.
They can mar the roof paint where the feet and faring sit. When I ran mine before repainting the car I had the faring rest on the windshield rubber trim and used painters tape under the feet.
After repainting the car I refuse to use a rack. I’d rather install a hitch and get a small teardrop trailer.
I'm a self-confessed moron who leaves his rooftop basket on my Highlander. I'm just too lazy to take it off as I sprayed some junk on the threads to keep them from rusting and now the knobs are hard to turn. It is so noisy and annoying though. I really need to pull it together and just remove it. Sometimes I use it to move stuff like all this darkroom equipment for my wife. Most of the time it just makes noise and hurts my fuel economy.