FordFord C-Max (2003 to 2010)
CRUZ 120cm OptiPLUS SX roof bars with kit 5075
CRUZ makes the best value roof bar system in the mid market, no doubt about it. They're well designed, well made, with a very wide range of fitting kits, and these new OptiPLUS bars look superb.
These "Fixpoint" bars are supplied as a combined bars and "foot pack" set and, with fitting kits priced relatively cheaply, this looks like an unbeatable modular system that you should be able to move from car to car with only a new fitting kit - see more information below.
Aluminium aerobars are always available as an option - see the list below.
The new CRUZ OptiPLUS roof bar system is superb - it's good looking, strong (up to 75kg, depending on the vehicle), and very easy to use.
You need to order two components: (1) a pair of CRUZ standard size 32mm x 22mm plastic-covered rustproofed steel bars and (2) a vehicle specific fitting kit which joins the bars to the roof. Both of these items have been pre-ticked in the list below.
We've chosen the longer (120cm) bars for you because these will allow you to carry more on the roof, and make loading easier, but if you want a neater look, and shorter bars are also shown below under Alternative bar length, please untick the 120cm bars and then choose the shorter option.
There's also an aluminium bar option. These fully anodized bars even have aluminium coloured rubber infill for the slot in the bottom of the bar - a really nice touch. To order these, untick the steel bars and choose the aluminium bars - note that you still need to order the fitting kit! As with the steel bars, they may also be available in two lengths.
Locks are available as an accessory.
All CRUZ roof bar systems are fully TÜV approved.
CRUZ works very hard to keep its application list up to date so there's a very good chance that you'll be able to take these bars from vehicle to vehicle with only a new fitting kit (current price £20), unless you move to a car with raised roof rails, or to a car which uses an increasingly unusual "Clamp on" fitting kit rather than a "Fixpoint" fitting kit.
We're also running a Fasty straps HALF PRICE promotion for customers who buy a set of roof bars from us.
The aim of this note is to persuade you that kayaks should always be tied to the carrying vehicle at both bow and stern.
Untied kayaks have, in our experience, the greatest potential for a roof bar or kayak carrier failure. The massive forces that untied kayaks can generate have even been known to snap roof bar fixing bolts with the result that a complete assembly of roof bars and kayaks has ended up on the road. We know that this has happened with almost every brand of roof bar, and regardless of whether the kayaks are on a special carrier or just strapped to the bars.
You need to fix bow and stern lines, probably using the front and rear screw-in towing eyes to get strong and accessible fixing points on the vehicle. Kayak shops should be able to provide suitable 'paracord' for this purpose. It is cheap and readily available online. Alternatively, Thule makes the QuickDraw 838 which we have listed together with every kayak carrier we sell.
Please note that kayaks should be strapped to the roof bars, or to kayak carriers, using straps that are suitable for the purpose, e.g. 25mm polypropylene straps with strong buckles. Bungee cords must never be used.
Please also note that all roof bar instructions point out the dangers of carrying unsecured long items, as of course do all kayak carrier instructions.
If you tie down your kayaks you almost certainly won't experience a product failure. If you don't you may or may not get away with it. If there is a disaster and the kayaks end up on the road, separated from the vehicle, then you were not using tie downs and you have subjected the roof bars to forces for which they were not designed. The costs of sorting this out are yours, not ours, and you may also have difficulties with your insurers.
We're sorry to be so firm about this, but "things coming off the tops of cars" is the stuff of nightmares, and we want to do all we can to prevent accidents of this sort from happening.
Delivery charges and arrangements:
We charge a contribution towards delivery costs, depending on what you order, where you live, and how quickly you want the goods.
For most UK addresses, the charge for our two to three day service is £5.50 (£9.50 for orders including a roof box) and our charge for Next Working Day deliveries is £8.50 (£12.50 for orders involving a roof box). AutoSock, and small spare parts, are charged £3.95 (1st Class post) or £5.50 (express courier, usually Next Working Day).
There are different charges for any delivery including a sea crossing, and deliveries to Skye - we will contact you with a quote on receipt of order.
Orders for Next Working Day delivery need to be received by 4.00pm.
There are no deliveries on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays. Next Working Day orders placed on a Friday will be delivered on the Monday, Next Working Day orders placed on a Saturday will be delivered on the Tuesday.
We are very flexible with our deliveries and will aim to deliver on a day and at an address which suits you. Goods can usually be left without signature - we prefer this with roof boxes. There's a "Special Delivery Instructions" box in the checkout area where we'll ask you to choose a typical instruction and then amend it to suit your particular requirements.
No retailer or courier company can ever "guarantee" a Next Working Day delivery. All courier companies occasionally have the same transport problems as can happen to everyone else, including snow blocked roads, closed roads, traffic jams, mechanical breakdown, an inability to find the delivery address, or to gain access to it if, for example, it's in a block of flats. We work with some of the best couriers in the business, and overall they provide an outstanding service.
I can't see any fixing points on my Ford Focus?
This is a very common question. Ford cover the fitting points on the roof with something; this is usually a mastic sprayed the same colour as your car. We recommend you remove the mastic with a flat headed screwdriver.
Please click here or on the pdf symbol below to see a guide showing how to remove the mastic to find your fixing points: