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nebc100
 


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LR roof rack with a roof box.??

Hello all,

I am posting here even though I have a D5 because more experience here and the problem is not specific to a D5. I just hope someone can help/advise.

I have the original LR roof rack (came with D5 with spots mounted to it).

Can I still fit a roof box to it?

I want to buy a Thule roof boox from a friend, but not sure it will fit.

Thanks for comments.

Nick
  
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Iguana
 


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Not the exact match, but i have a LR roof box, that i use on top of a prospeed rack.

The key thing are the cross bars and if these can line up with the clamps/fittings inside the box. Too dark to take pics now, but its currently on the disco so will take pics in morning for you Thumbs Up
 Iggy/Ieuan

Current LR = 2005 Disco 3 'S' & Sankey Camping Trailer
- Gone but not forgotten:
MY14 FL2 HSE manual in Blue
MY15 Disco 4 HSE Lux in Santorini Black
MY08 Disco 3 SE manual in Buck Blue
1960 Series 2 88" (No idea why I sold it!) 
 
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Red Merle
 


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Which fittings does the Thule box come with?:

Is it the kind with a rotary knob inside the box and rubber tipped “claws” in the underside?
Does it have protruding bolts that are intended to engage with a recessed track in the top of the roof bar?
Is it the kind that simply has U bolts that you need to tighten from inside the box, with a spanner?

Alternatively, are you aware of the model name and number of the box?
 2011 FL2 TD4 XS Kosrae Green
2012 FL2 TD4 HSE Firenze Red
2013 FL2 SD4 HSE Firenze Red
2015 D4 SDV6 HSE Firenze Red
2015 D4 SDV6 HSE Lux Aintree Green
2017 FFRR SDV8 AB Aintree Green 
 
Post #20665606th Jul 2019 11:14 pm
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nebc100
 


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It has the claws on the bottom.

Here is a photo of the bottom of the box.



And here is a photo of the roof rack on my D5. I know I will have to take off the two middle spots. That isn't a problem. I just don't think that the claps will reach bars because of the other bars that will be in the way.


  
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Red Merle
 


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I’ve used two different Thule roof boxes, both using that clamp design, on a lot of different cars, including the FL2, D4 and Fatty.

You’ll need to check that the tips of the clamps open up wide enough to clear the front and back to the bars (which they almost certainly will). However, the boxes are designed to fit on just two bars, with the bars sitting up in recessed groves in the bottom of the box (to maximise load space, keep the weight as low as possible and keep the bars out of the airflow to keep it all quiet (these boxes are exceptionally quiet). Unfortunately, you’ll need to remove all of the other bars to give the box space to stop down and allow the clamps to grip, although you might be able to leave the light bar one in place, depending on the length of the box, as the base of the box tapers up rapidly at the front.

This is a high quality box and it’s worth the time and effort to overcome this minor problem Thumbs Up

The photos below show the largest Thule roof box available on the roof of the Fatty (Motion XXL - now sold Sad ). Your box will be shorter and the roof a fair bit longer, so there’s a chance you’ll be able to leave the lights in place, even if the rest of the bars will have to go.



 2011 FL2 TD4 XS Kosrae Green
2012 FL2 TD4 HSE Firenze Red
2013 FL2 SD4 HSE Firenze Red
2015 D4 SDV6 HSE Firenze Red
2015 D4 SDV6 HSE Lux Aintree Green
2017 FFRR SDV8 AB Aintree Green 
 
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Smaller box is shown here together with an MTR spare......handy for lighter stuff like chairs etc

pre-Morrocco expedition photo

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on tour Cool

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Iguana
 


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Here's mine, I have clamps though not teeth
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 Iggy/Ieuan

Current LR = 2005 Disco 3 'S' & Sankey Camping Trailer
- Gone but not forgotten:
MY14 FL2 HSE manual in Blue
MY15 Disco 4 HSE Lux in Santorini Black
MY08 Disco 3 SE manual in Buck Blue
1960 Series 2 88" (No idea why I sold it!) 
 
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nebc100
 


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Well... thanks for your replies, but I have just been out and tried.

It WON'T fit!!!

This is really annoying!! I have used this same box on my RRS, my D3 and on my FFRR albeit with standard roof bars.

When I bought the D5, I specifically asked if the roofrack will take a roofrack, and I was told "yes... you can disconnect the spots, and then if will fit". I have just measured, and even if I disconnect the lights, either I don't have enough space at the front, or I don't have enough space at the back. I should point out that transverse bars are not actually movable more than about 3-5 cms.

Oh well... summer holiday will now have to be cancelled Wink because I cannot get 5 people, 3 dogs and baggage in the car.

I will also be have "a word" with LR because they have basically sold something that is of very little use!!

so... on to next questions:

1. Is anyone interested in the roof rack? I will be posting it on the D5 site!!
2. Does anyone know of a nice lightbar that fits the D5?
  
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Red Merle
 


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I gave up on roof boxes after 22 years or so and went the trailer route, which has been a breath of fresh air!

Don’t cancel the holiday - hire a trailer and see how you get on Thumbs Up





Much easier to load and unload, lots more space and very little concern about weight. They don’t need to cramp your adventures either; the bottom photo was taken several miles off road, up in the welsh mountains, over 500 metres and it needed low range and both diff locks (and the farmer’s permission!) to get there Very Happy
 2011 FL2 TD4 XS Kosrae Green
2012 FL2 TD4 HSE Firenze Red
2013 FL2 SD4 HSE Firenze Red
2015 D4 SDV6 HSE Firenze Red
2015 D4 SDV6 HSE Lux Aintree Green
2017 FFRR SDV8 AB Aintree Green 
 
Post #20666357th Jul 2019 1:28 pm
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nebc100
 


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I am not canceling the holiday, but it is a thought.... 😉

I don't want a trailer because officially I would be speed limited if I had a trailer.

I am going to ask LR to take the whole lot off and to put the roof rails back on.

I will then get the roof bars for the summer, and will get a light bar fitted like on the photos of the SVX pictures. Does anyone know where I can get that type of light bar?
  
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nebc100
 


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Well... I took car to LR this morning, and they were shocked and horrified at the design on the roof rack.

They have found a roof box that should fit, and they will lend it to me for my holidays.

When I am back, they will probably take the rack off, but the roof rails back on, and will then sort out a light bar that fits between the roof rails.

So... A solution will be found!! It will just take time.
  
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