roof racks

Gamiviti roof racks fall into two main categories: roof channel racks and rain gutter racks, the difference being the tower style used to attach the rack to your vehicle. To fully understand all of the options available and place an order, there are specific pages here for your to review, each with its own intended outcome. To get get familiar with the options available, please read through the information below.  Then to get started on your custom Gamiviti rack, just fill out a few fields on the contact page and we'll be in touch, or use one of the ordering pages to place your order on line.

Vehicle-specific: Click on the images below to see photos of trucks similar to your own, and get an idea for what options are on each, including understanding if your vehicle takes a roof channel or rain gutter rack.

Roof channel racks: Read through this page for a more in-depth explanation of all the features that are unique to roof channel racks.

Rain gutter racks: Read through this page for a more in-depth explanation of all the features that are unique to rain gutter racks.

Roof channel rack ordering: Use this page to select from the available options, see prices, and place your order for a roof channel rack.

Rain gutter rack ordering: Use this page to select from the available options, see prices, and place your order for a rain gutter rack.

There are essentially two ways to order… one is to work through the “ordering” pages linked above, and add features to your shopping cart. Once you submit your order, you’ll receive back a confirming quote and drawing to make sure we’re on the same page, with ample time to make changes. The second and most common method is we skip the ordering pages and instead engage in a simple dialog, and work out the configuration you want manually. This is done outside the website, and once we have it complete you return here to place your order by clicking the pay now button below… usually a deposit to start, then final payment when your rack is complete.

To learn more about main features of Gamiviti racks, please continue to browse the content below.

The images above are just a sample of some of our recent installs.   Many more pictures can be found gallery page, and the individual product pages.  Racks are built to order, starting with the basic template then adding the right combination of options for you.  While we may occasionally have an extra rack on hand, we do not typically stock racks.  So if you contact us asking if you can pick one up tomorrow, or have one shipped this weekend, odds are fairly good that answer will be no.   This is not a buy it now, impulsive, reactive purchase decision, but rather those who choose a Gamiviti rack enjoy the build process and customization opportunity, and appreciate being able to contribute to the process, knowing this is a modification they'll be reminded of every time they walk up to their vehicle.

This what you can expect from every Gamiviti roof rack.  

  • 1" OD .065" wall hot rolled electric welded tubing.

  • Slotted mounting plates- not only allowing for multiple install positions, but providing additional accessory mounting locations as well.

  • Professionally welded seams and joints. We guarantee the welds on your rack, forever.

  • Internal sleeves at every butt joint. We prefer to keep the diameter of the tubing small, consistent, and not draw attention to the joining of pieces.

  • Priority on low profile- our goal is to always keep the main plane of your rack low and flat, so your rack is as useful driving home from Ikea or the Home Depot, as it is headed down to Canyonlands.

After you have confirmed all of your rack details, you can use this button to make your payment.  

Rack features common to all racks

Here we highlight most of the common features available on all Gamiviti racks, regardless of tower style. Some features have more vehicle-specific limitations, for example running an Expo bar down on a rain gutter rack, so we go more in depth on those rack-specific details on the rain gutter rack and roof channel rack pages. Below are some explanations more common to all racks, including the sunroof opening, grid floors and baskets, light tabs and gussets, and wind fairings.

Sunroof opening

One of the more difficult decisions of the entire build- do you want a sunroof cutout?  Before you answer, know first that if you have a factory installed sunroof your Gamiviti rack allows for full operation of that, including tilt mode, without any extra cutout whatsoever.   So if you want to have that additional cross bar on your rack to hold gear, and you don't plan on using your sunroof as an escape hatch, or if you don't have a sunroof, then you could probably skip this one.   But if you'd prefer to leave that area over the sunroof unobstructed, the sunroof cutout option is for you.

sunroof opening fillers

One surprise people find with their racks with sunroof openings is once the RTT is bolted up, there went the rack… and nowhere left to store gear. So if you’ve chosen to create an opening above the sunroof, you also get to choose if you’d like to cover it back up again. For that we offer three options…

  • Grid sunroof filler: this is a welded frame made of 1” angle and the same 1/4” solid round stock we use for the grid floors. It has custom holes around the perimeter, through which stainless bolts pass into threaded nuts welded to light tabs. Installation takes just minutes, and it’s strong enough to stand on, even strap gear to, plus it looks great

  • Panel style sunroof filler: This is a bent sheet metal piece, designed to match the 80 and 100 series sunroof openings. It’s solid so you can’t see through it, and it shades the interior from sunlight, it’s also strong enough to stand on. You can also make this a flip-up escape hatch, giving your rack a very unique feature.

  • Plastic grid panel: This is the same grid panel sold as a general rack accessory, which mounts on top of the rack. It will span the sunroof opening, providing some support for smaller gear, but it’s not robust enough to stand on or strap gear to.

Grid Floors and baskets

We have 3 options for a grid floor or basket, which we call the "half grid," "full grid," and "drop-down basket."  You can even combine them. The half grid is for “3 sections” of rack, and can generally be placed anywhere along the rack, pictured above in back. The full grid is for “6 sections) of rack, and is basically from the back of the rack to the start of the sunroof area. The drop-down basket takes up the same 3-crossbar space as the half grid.  The difference with this option is the basket area sits 1.5" lower than the top plane of the rack, so looser items have a spot to settle in a little better.  This size also fits many rooftop cargo bags. It’s a tough decision, here are the main pros and cons…

Reasons to add a grid floor or basket:

  • contain smaller items, things won’t fall between the cross bars

  • can walk on it, hook straps to it

  • support for gear bags

Reasons to not add a grid floor or basket:

  • Added weight, for something you may not use a lot. A half grid adds about 20 pounds, drop basket and full grid about 40.

  • Can be in the way of other accessories like cargo boxes, ski racks, or bike racks. sometimes you want to put that clamp right where a grid piece is welded.

  • Useless under a RTT- if you plan on running a roof top tent, then you really won’t use the grid below it.

On all of these options, we will verify how you intend to run your rack- either Expo up or Expo down, then weld the 1/4" solid round stock to the other side of the rack, keeping the top plane flat ready for your RTT, other gear, or next Home Depot run.    

Light tabs and gussets

We start this process by including the first 4 light tabs with your rack purchase.   Most folks will opt to run 2 on the front of the main flat rack hoop for a light bar, then 2 near the back corners for reverse lights.   But we can add as many as you want, wherever you want.  Included in this decision are the side gussets for the Expo bar- little triangles with a hole where you can later attach a strap or bolt on a shovel or jack.  Most of the Expo bars have this feature added, as it is very popular and useful, plus they look great.  

Gussets.  If you are getting an Expo bar, particularly if that bar is going to be run down, then definitely consider some side gussets.   These little triangles are welded to the posts that connect your main hoop to the Expo bar, providing another attachment point for straps and bungees, and also a new place to bolt your shovel, jack, or other accessory item.  These work well when combined with QuickFist clamps.  

Small Expo racks can accept 1 per side, medium Expo+ racks get up to 3 per side, and the Expo++ and Expo+++ for the 60, 80, 100, and 200's take up to 4 per side.  We can also mount these elsewhere on the rack if you need a creative way to attach a larger light bar or something.  

Light bar openings

The light bar drop-down feature is another Gamiviti original, and how we "frame in" the 39.5" light bar behind your roof rack.   This setup has multiple advantages, the most noteworthy being  protection of your light bar, complete shadowing of the light inside the vehicle, and ability to add a custom "flip-up" or "snap on" fairing feature.  Light bars on a roof rack is just about everyone's first impulse.. and we're proud to be originators of this feature with these unique set of benefits.   Too often a light bar on the rack can light up the windshield, the dash, and all of the inside passengers- taking a lot of the fun away from being out at night.  But the location of the single row bar recessed into the rack, combined with the lower drop bar of the Gamiviti Expo positioned just right to shield that light, results with the light beginning about midway down the hood, then cast down the road in front of you.  This means you don't get any light inside the cab, but still get all of it down the road.  

Two options for this- we can taper the Expo bar along the side to create the space needed in front, or we can cut out the middle cross bar and jog it down 1".   Advantage of the cut version is the side bars run parallel (for looks) and you get the custom look in front of the framed-in light bar.   Advantage of the tapered version is the side Expo bars are not parallel, as the bottom one follows the roof line of the vehicle a little more (for looks), plus no cutting in front so a more uniform appearance.  

wind fairings

A wind fairing is a fantastic way to reduce the wind noise that often comes with a rack install, also reduce overall drag to help with MPG's, and of course hide that light bar when you're not using it.  Our fairings were designed by us, to bolt to your Gamiviti rack in one of three ways; the first is a simple pipe clamp "bolt on" system that uses standard rubber-lined clamps to secure the fairing.   The second is our exclusive "snap on" system, which when combined with the drop-down feature for the light bar, uses custom designed clips to hold the fairing in place, yet allows for an almost instant removal when you need the fairing removed.   And finally, we offer a variety of custom combinations of mounting, to compliment more custom light bar and Expo bar setups, by request.

 

Now that you are more familiar with the main options available, think about which ones you'd like to see on your custom Gamiviti rack, you’re ready to move onto to either the vehicle-specific pages (links above) or dive into the details of the rain gutter and roof channel racks. Of course if you want us to make the recommendation for you, then just fill out a few fields on the contact page, and we'll be in touch.