Once you find the right roof rack for your ride, it’s only natural to provide it with all the bells and whistles to make it even more functional. Boost your roof rack’s utility with high-quality roof rack accessories. Our roof rack accessories are custom-made for your rack, so you don’t have to stress about finding the perfect fit. Once you have your desired roof rack cross bars, you can configure them to carry specific gear. Whether you’re looking to secure bikes, kayaks, surfboards, snowboards, extra luggage or loose gear, AutoAnything has all the roof rack accessories and attachments you need. Enjoy our Free Shipping nationwide and 1-Year, Lower Price Guarantee anytime you order from us.
Tie-down straps, kayak lifters, cargo nets … there are numerous roof rack accessories designed to ensure hassle-free loading. Once you find the right roof rack to meet your needs, you can configure those cross bars to easily transport your:
Skis and Snowboards
Kayaks and Canoes
Depending on your lifestyle and activities, you may want to choose one or more configurations for your roof rack through adding the right accessories.
Ready to purchase your roof rack? Click here to shop our Base Roof Rack Systems or our Roof Rack Accessories or find the roof rack addition you need in the above list. Need additional information? Read on…
Other Things to Consider
Don’t let a hefty price tag scare you away from purchasing a particular accessory. First impressions are hard to forget, but our accessories come in a variety of materials and styles that can impact their cost. Before you completely disregard a costly accessory, consider its function, look and fabric. For example, those rack awnings might exceed your intended budget, but since the awnings are constructed from rip-stop, UV-, water- and mold-resistant canvas, you can bet on a long shelf life. Some of the higher-priced accessories are constructed from expensive materials that ensure durability or boast enhanced style and design. A more expensive accessory may be worth it depending on how often it gets used.
For detailed installation instructions, please visit our How to Install a Roof Rack and Attach Accessories article.
How to Load a Bike Rack
Change up the scenery and take your favorite two-wheeler on new trails. Thanks to our trustworthy bike racks, transporting your bikes is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Here are some tips to keep in mind when loading up the bikes for your next outdoor adventure. Read More
How to Load a Kayak Rack
Cruise the waves with a kayak, stand-up paddleboard or canoe, and transport your favorite beach toys in stealthy, secure fashion with one of our roof racks. Check out these simple tips to get your boat where it belongs. Installation will depend on your vehicle and the size of your water toy. Read More
1. Position your boat at least two feet away from your vehicle.
2. Open the hold-downs and clear the roof rack of straps.
3. Pull out rack extensions to their full length.
4. For small kayaks, lift from the cockpit until you set the craft into the J-style kayak carrier.
5. Lift the bow or stern of larger crafts until it rests on one of the extensions or canoe rollers.
6. Support one end and lift the opposite end to slide the boat into its cradle.
7. Securely lock your watercraft in place.
How to Load a Surfboard Rack
When loaded correctly, your surfboard can act like an airplane’s wing when it’s on top of your roof rack. However, if improperly installed, it can be as deadly as a missile when it flies off your vehicle. Here are some tips to keep in mind when prepping for your next surf session.
1. Securely attach your roof rack to your vehicle.
2. Inspect the straps and buckles for damage or worn spots.
3. Load your surfboard with the fin up and facing forward on the rack. This prevents the surfboard from sliding backwards off the roof rack.
4. Secure your board. Wrap the straps around the crossbars (through side rails) of the rack and over the top of the surfboard, then around the crossbars on the other side. Repeat for the other crossbar.
5. Make sure your surfboard is secure by shaking the roof rack enough to make your car move.
6. Tie off excess strap, but avoid surfboard damage that results from over-tightening the strips.
How to Load a Ski/Snowboard Rack
Whether you’re loading a single pair of skis or multiple pairs, these durable ski roof racks have you covered. You can hit the slopes in no time once you take these installation tips into consideration.
1. Don’t load skis with tips facing forward because they increase wind resistance.
2. If you’re only loading one or two pairs of skis, keep them in the middle of the ski rack to maintain balance.
3. Open the top bars of the ski rack.
4. Slide one set of skis to the middle of the roof rack. Make sure the bindings are between the front and back bar. The tips should be facing the back and the tails of the skis should be facing forward.
5. Put your second pair of skis next to the first pair, positioned the same way.
6. Go to the driver’s side of the car. Pull the first set of skis close to the rack’s hinge.
7. Push the second pair of skis toward the first set. Leave about an inch between the two pairs.
8. Load any additional pairs of skis, following the same procedure.
9. Close and lock the top bar.
How to Load a Cargo Carrier
Your roof rack should include side rails (stationary parallel bars that run front-to-back along your car’s roof) and crossbars (removable parallel bars that ride perpendicular to the side rails). Roof-mounted cargo carriers often include cargo boxes—hard-shell, enclosed containers—luggage baskets, which can carry bikes, kayaks, luggage and other large items; and cargo bags, which are similar to cargo boxes but aren’t constructed from plastic.
No matter what accessory you have, make the most of its width by sliding the crossbars apart to stabilize the carrier. Box or rack carriers are often installed with screws and brackets that create a clamp so you can secure the crossbars to the carrier. Make sure you securely load your carrier to prevent shifting during a long trip.
When searching for a brand-new roof rack, you need to know the length you’re looking for. A bigger rack may carry more gear, but it also takes up more roof space and comes with a heftier price tag.
It’s essential to choose a rack that adequately carries your gear and fits your vehicle to a tee. Refer to the guide below to figure out what roof rack size is best for your vehicle. These are absolute maximums.
Your vehicle can carry the following if your crossbars measure:
- 1-4 bikes
- 1-2 kayaks
- 2-4 surfboards
- 1-8 pairs of skis
- 1 cargo box that’s small enough to fit 1 bike beside it
- 1-5 bikes
- 1-2 kayaks
- 2-4 surfboards
- 1-10 pairs of skis
- 1 cargo box that’s small enough to fit 2 bikes beside it
- 1-6 bikes
- 1-2 kayaks
- 2-4 surfboards
- 1-12 pairs of skis
- 1 cargo box that’s small enough to fit 1 kayak beside it
Besides the roof rack’s crossbars, there are several other factors you need to consider when searching for the right roof rack — your vehicle’s weight limitations and roof type. Each roof rack has a different weight, and you want to be sure that your vehicle can support your desired rooftop accessory. To determine the maximum weight your roof can carry, refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
You can pick your base rack style based on the type of roof you have. Your ride’s roof will fall into one of the following categories, making it simple to find the perfect roof rack: naked roof, factory mount roof rack or rail-mount roof rack.