Saturday, 30 May 2015

Roof Rack

Today our new roof rack arrived for the Discovery.


It's been a while waiting but it is the exact design I wanted.



It was made by MCB4x4. I paid the deposit at the Peterborough Land Rover show last year and sent them the design about 6 months ago.



It arrived just before mid-day all the way from Huddersfield in a white van. I needed some help from Shelley and some very handy neighbours to lift it on, Lee and his son Sam. The rack is not that heavy but you need someone on each corner to lift it in place.


I designed my own rather than buy one off the shelf because I could not find one I liked. The style I prefer is the type used on the G4 Challenge D2s.


The trouble is they are so low they stop the sunroofs opening. My design has a flat load bed just high enough for both sunroofs to open.





I tried it out and as designed both sunroofs open fully. The rear one fits through a gap between the bars. When fully open the upper edge is lower than the top edge of the rack bars so even fully laden, the sunroofs can be opened.





The rest of it is appearance. The lines of the car follow through to the roof rack making it look just right.



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Edit:

We have been out several times now and so far have not noticed any wind noise. My guess is that because the front is sloped back with a central wind deflector, the air is pushed up the front window and flows over the top.

I expect that will change once the lights are on it.

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