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Since I just found out that the stock roof rack cross bars and NOT adjustable (ridiculous), I wanted to see if anyone has put a roof box on for travel storage purposes.

Are the roof rails on the Armada decorative only? They are spaced at around 30" apart which doesn't really seem wide enough to provide a stable roof mount point for anything.

Anyone used the stock cross bars successfully?
 

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Unfortunately, the OE cross bars become just about decorative when wanting to use a cargo basket or roof box. On my QX80, I installed Rhino Rack Aero cross bars and never bothered putting back the OE cross bars. The first time I mounted a Kuat Vagabond XL cargo basket with no load, the basket was just shaking because the OE cross bars was flexing up/down.
 

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Due to the lack of adjustability, I never got the factory crossbars and also got Rhino Rack crossbars. They came with the Pioneer platform I bought.
 

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Thanks for the input. Glad I asked before I wrestled that box up onto the roof! ..lol

This will be the 3rd vehicle that this Thule box will have been on and the 1st one that the stock crossbars are insufficiently designed to support it. Not what you'd expect from a $60k vehicle.

Found some relatively cheap Malone universal crossbars that I'll be using when travelling. Looks like the stock crossbars will become garage decorations.


So, I have these cross bars installed and the Thule box put on. Easy install and decent fitment with my existing box. Bars are rectangular steel and feel very rigid.The clamping mechanism is easy to use and feel secure.

Had to remove the factory cross bars.

Question: Is the 100lb weight limit for just the cross bars or is it for the roof rails?

Reason I ask is because the bars I bought are rated to hold 165 lbs (which I' will not even get close to). Is the roof weight carrying capability rated by the cross bars or the roof rails?....ie will my new 165lb rated bars be limited by the 100lb capacity of the roof rails?
 
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