Whether you have a Truck, Jeep, SUV, Minivan, Car, or just wish you had a bigger vehicle, a custom rack solution will allow you to carry more gear.
Rack systems help you secure and store items safely on top of your vehicle, in the truck bed, or above a truck canopy. North Shore Off-road have many custom rack solutions that will ensure you can pack everything for your next trip. Let’s review some of the most popular rack fitments available:
Cargo Boxes are our number #1 selling rack attachment, and can be fitted to most vehicle. First off, your vehicle will need a roof rack with crossbars.
- Your vehicle may come equipped from the factory with any of the following:
Depending on the roof style of your vehicle, you may need to add Feet, Crossbars, and Rails. Many of our customers with factory equipped Crossbars prefer to replace them with more rigid crossbars from Thule or Yakima, allowing for higher load ratings and a more vibration-free attachment for your gear.
Cargo Boxes (aka Ski Box / Roof Box / Roof Pod)
Cargo Boxes are our most popular selling rack attachment. They mount directly to the Crossbars of the rack and come in many shapes and sizes. Short, Wide, Long, and even Low-profile designs are available that help to clear your garage door height.
Depending on your rack configuration, Cargo boxes can be mounted over the roof, truck canopy or even a truck bed:
Some popular FAQ’s we receive at our stores about roof mounted Cargo Boxes are:
HOW DO I FIT A CARGO BOX ON MY VEHICLE?
As long as you have crossbars, almost all cargo boxes will fit your vehicle.
Don’t have crossbars, no problem, they are usually very easy to fit to existing roof rails.
Don’t have roof rails, then it’s time to build a rack specifically for your vehicle using our Vehicle Lookup at the top of the page. After entering your Year/Make/Model, select the rack package that works on your vehicle’s roof style.
WHAT SIZE CARGO BOX IS BEST SUITED FOR MY NEEDS, AND MY VEHICLE?
Determine the maximum length and width of the items you plan to put in the cargo box. Example: Skis, Snowboards, luggage, etc…
You can now compare to the dimensions of the cargo box and determine if it will work for your needs.
The ideal length of a cargo box that works on your vehicle is also easy to determine. If you have a hatch on your vehicle (SUV, Minivan or station wagon), open the hatch to the upright position and measure from back of the roofline to the top of the windshield. The cargo box can typically overhang the windshiled up to approximately 12″, if need be.
Better yet, call us or email us with the year/make/model of your vehicle…we try to return emails within 1 hour of receiving them on a business day.
WHAT ABOUT CLEARANCE WITH THE CARGO BOX FITTED, WILL MY VEHICLE STILL FIT IN MY GARAGE OR UNDERGROUND PARKING?
An easy way to accurately measure clearance is by placing something long and flat (a wood 2×4 works) across the width of the vehicle. Place it on the CrossBars (you need these to mount your Cargo Box…if you don’t have them we can help you with the right fitment). You can now measure your estimated clearance to the top of the garage opening. For low profile Cargo boxes, enter “low profile” in the Search box at the top of the page. The Thule “Flow”, Thule “Sonic Alpine”, Thule “Force Alpine”, and Thule “Pulse Alpine” are some of our most popular options.
WHICH CARGO BOX WILL LOOK BEST ON MY VEHICLE? YES, YOU CAN HAVE LOOKS AND FUNCTIONALITY!
Why not enhance the look of your vehicle when you have a Cargo Box installed. The glossy finish and two-tone (Thule “Hyper XL”) is often considered the most desirable looking…but it’s up to you! Check out the gloss black, silver and grey finishes available.
So if you’re looking to make your next trip more enjoyable by freeing up space inside your vehicle, contact us and we’ll help you secure your gear safely outside of your vehicle with a custom rack solution.