Aluminium Roof Rack
All the accessories and modifications for a 4WD are designed to be both practical and safe. This is for a good reason. It is all to easy to make alterations without realizing the potential risks. Legal requirements and safety regulations tend to be closely aligned.
There are a few things to watch when outfitting your vehicle.
- Suspension lift – This is the raising of the height of the vehicle off the ground. There is usually a limit of 50mm (2 inches), though a few vehicles are occasionally permitted to have more.
- Diesel Particle Filter – These cannot be removed.
- Overloading the roof Rack. There is usually a 100kg limit, and this includes the rack itself! An aluminium roof rack is light and strong, so it allows a heavy load.
- A heavy load on top will make the vehicle unstable, changing the centre of gravity.
- Having wheels that are too wide is an issue. A 50mm increase over factory standard is usually the limit.
- Do not remove rear mud flaps. These prevent a lot of flying gravel on some road conditions.
- Do not modify the chassis
- Fishing rod holders must not be mounted in front of the bull bar.
- Combining different brand accessories, a different bull-bar and scrub-bar, there can be legal issues.
- Changing halogen lights to LED. The reflectors behind these lights are different, so the LED light will scatter and blind oncoming traffic.
- Installing too many front lights. The maximum is 4 in most states.
- Having a Ute tray that is too long. The general tool is 60% of the vehicle length.
4WD and Tradesman Roof Racks
The roof rack is usually limited to 2.5 meters total, and cannot be 150mm wider than the vehicle.
A custom roof rack will always be the optimal solution, and fully compliant.
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