VauxhallVauxhall Vectra estate (2003 to 2008) with fixpoints
also known as - Vauxhall Vectra C estate
Prorack roof bars package - S16 bars with K461...
Whispbar roof bars are, without any doubt, the most advanced roof bar system on the planet. They are easy to fit, almost silent in use, have a negligible impact on fuel consumption and, because they look superb, you're likely to leave them in place semi-permanently.
With an excellent level of adjustment (420mm), a Smart-Foot™ (which allows the same feet to be used for all fixing systems from Fixpoints to roof rails) and fitting kits only £25 a pop - Whispbar are also your best choice for long term value.
Whispbar roof bars are surely the most stylish, best designed, best engineered and arguably best value quality roof bars on the worldwide market. They are certainly the quietest. The big deal is the cross bar, an aluminium wing-shaped blade which removes almost all the irritating whistle normally associated with exposed roof bars. Not only are Whispbar roof racks whisper quiet but they create so little drag (69% less than the leading competitor's aerobars in test conditions) that they can be left in place without any apparent effect on fuel consumption. This is a serious benefit, especially if you use roof bars frequently and can't always be bothered to remove them when not in use (modern roof bar fixings are very safe but can be fiddly to fit and remove). "Whispbars" can even enhance the look of your car and many customers will keep them mounted all year round.
These aren’t cheap bars, so what’s the “best value” claim? Part of the genius of the Whispbar system is that the same “Smart-Foot” is used for every type of roof type, including raised roof rails, flush mounted roof rails, T-tracks, Fixpoints, clamp on systems and even cars with gutters – it’s just a question of which adapter kit you use. Unless you move e.g. from a wide vehicle to a narrow one, you'll only need to buy a new adapter kit when you change car. No other roof bar system provides such flexibility. You pay a bit more to start with, but the ongoing costs should be considerably less.
Other features and specifications of the Whispbar system:
Whispbar is a major player in the global car rack systems sector, already making roof bars as original equipment for several major car manufacturers. Whispbar is the culmination of many years of design and innovation, with their chief designer transferring his aeronautical design experience and know how to the roof rack sector, working closely with the engineering school at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
To summarise, Whispbar is the bells and whistles system without the whistles!
But don’t just take our word for it – hear it for yourself. Whispbar engineers built a mini wind tunnel especially for the Frankfurt Automechanika trade fair in September 2008. Turn up the speaker volume and be blown away!
As an arm twister, a thank you for buying from us, and to show off these incredibly useful products, we'll include one free Fasty HANDY with every set of bars you buy, while stocks last - see pop up link for details. 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.
Please click here or on the pdf symbol below to see the fitting instructions:
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.