bing tracking image
  1. Accessories and Parts
  2. Rhino Rack
  3. Roof Rack
  4. Crossbars
  5. Channel Cover
Replacement Vortex Strip for Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars - 15-3/4" Long - Qty 1
Get 25% Cash Back on Rhino Rack Products

Replacement Vortex Strip for Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars - 15-3/4" Long - Qty 1

Item # RRM626
Our Price: $3.03
You Save: 86%
Accessories and Parts

Will this fit?

To see if this custom-fit item will work for you please tell us what vehicle you'll use it with.

Orders above $50 qualify for Free Shipping
Shipping Weight: 0.06 lbs
In Stock
Instant Rebate
Rhino Rack Channel Cover Accessories and Parts - RRM626
zoom in icon
slider vertical icon
zoom out icon
Comment field cannot be left empty.
Name field cannot be left empty.

Thank you! Your comment has been submitted successfully. You should be able to view your question/comment here within a few days.

Error submitting comment. Please try again momentarily.

Product Images

In Use/Installed

Customer Photos


Need help with installation?
Locate installers near me
This replacement rubberized Vortex strip slides into the top channel of any Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero crossbar to reduce drag and wind noise. 15-3/4" Long rubber strip can be cut to accommodate all your channel-mounted carriers and accessories. 1-833-496-1390 to order Rhino Rack accessories and parts part number RRM626 or order online at Free expert support on all Rhino Rack products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Replacement Vortex Strip for Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars - 15-3/4" Long - Qty 1. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
  • All Info
  • Reviews (161)
  • Q & A (0)
  • Videos (1)
  • Photos
  • Why etrailer?

Rhino Rack Accessories and Parts - RRM626

  • Roof Rack
  • Crossbars
  • Channel Cover
  • Rhino Rack

This replacement rubberized Vortex strip slides into the top channel of any Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero crossbar to reduce drag and wind noise. 15-3/4" Long rubber strip can be cut to accommodate all your channel-mounted carriers and accessories.


  • Replaces 1 Vortex generating strip (VGS) for the top channel of your Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero crossbar
  • Dramatically reduces drag and wind noise
  • Keeps dirt and grime out of crossbars
  • Provides cushioning and slip resistance for your cargo
  • 15-3/4" Long

M626 Replacement Vortex Generating Strip (VSG) for Rhino Rack Vortex Aero Cross Bars - 15-3/4 Inches Long - Qty 1

Installation Details RRM626 Installation instructions

Video of Replacement Vortex Strip for Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars - 15-3/4" Long - Qty 1

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars Vortex Strip Replacement Review

Hi, everyone. It's Lily Angeline here at etrailer and today we're are looking at the replacement Vortex Strip for your Rhino Rack Vortex Aero crossbar here at etrailer. When you do get some Rhino Rack Vortex Aero crossbars, they come pre-installed with these strips and you may need to replace them for some different reasons, sometimes you might cut off a little bit too much when you're fitting your accessories in there or they may get damaged from extreme weather conditions, whether it be a lot of sun or a lot of cold, either way it's really easy to replace them, and let's take a look at them. These are made for the Vortex Aero crossbars and they have a unique design here at the top. Now your Aero Crossbars are designed to reduce wind drag and wind noise and these strips just add to that design. You can see how you have grooves as well as how they are shaped to help with that drag and noise.

Now, these are very important, not only to reduce that wind noise and drag when they are on your vehicle but also to protect your crossbars. As I lift this up you can see how the inside is now open to the elements. Water can get in through and grime can get in. You really don't want those inside your crossbars. So if you do find gaps on your strips, please replace them or fill them up as quick as you can.

The Vortex strips are 15 and three quarter inches long. Now that's gonna be a useful measurement for you because these crossbars come with those separate strips. So here we have the 49 inch long crossbar and what that actually means is your crossbar's space or where t-tracks are, are 49 and 5/8th inches long. So we have one, two, three and a small piece of a fourth of these strips on there. So you're gonna have to cut and mix and match according to your crossbar spread.

Another purpose for these strips are they do give a little bit of a rise to your crossbar, that way if you do have your kayak, your canoe, your surf board straight on the bars, and you're not using a kayak here, you don't have to worry too much about it having contact with the crossbar. You have a little bit of cushion just to prevent those extra scuffs and scratches during transport. Now I have here the old strip and you can see how it maintains its shape, it's not as flexible as it was before and it's slightly brittle, it's still gonna be effective and it still works, but compare it to the flexibility of this other strip, you can see why I wanted to change it. So for install, what you need to do is just take off the end cap first, so that you have it in an open space, so use your key, unlock that end cap and pop it off. You then have two options for installing your replacement strip.

The first one is you can feed it through the t-tracks here at the bottom or the second one which I like to do a lot more is just place it right where you want it to go and pop it in. One thing to make sure is that it's lined up with the other strip on the bar and that you push it in to make sure there are no gaps between the two strips. Once you have all your missing or damaged Vortex strips replaced, you can then pop your end cap back on and then lock it into place and then you are good to go. My final thoughts about these Vortex strips is it is a good idea just to check on your own current Rhino Rack system if they're good and if they're brittle or if they need replacing, they're still gonna work great but if you want them to work greater, I recommend replacing them since it's a really quick and easy process. Again, these are just for Rhino Rack Vortex Aero crossbars. If you have other types of crossbars, check them out on our each trailer site to get the right replacement for you..

Customer Satisfaction Score:

Customer Reviews

Replacement Vortex Strip for Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars - 15-3/4" Long - Qty 1 - RRM626

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (161 Customer Reviews)

This replacement rubberized Vortex strip slides into the top channel of any Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero crossbar to reduce drag and wind noise. 15-3/4" Long rubber strip can be cut to accommodate all your channel-mounted carriers and accessories.


I recently ordered and added to my vehicle a rhino roof rack. I love it! Looks good on the car and can easily be removed if necessary.
I ordered more rubber pieces for the top so when I'm not transporting something I won't hear the wind whistling through the opening. The pieces I ordered came quick and I'm overall very happy with the Rhino Roof Rack. Customer service was great as well!


I actually bought these to install on Mazda (CX-50)OEM crossbars (made by Yakima I believe) that were terribly noisy. These reduced wind noise by up to 80%, especially at highway speeds. Very happy with the results and they fit perfectly despite not being designed specifically for my crossbars


Arrived on time and had the best prices. Not specific for the Model 3 roof rack but it worked using three strips for front and rear.


Ordered these for the OEM roof racks on a 2017 Land Rover Discovery that I’d bought used, which were missing them for some reason. The grooves in the crossbars that these fit into were just empty on mine, and this was causing the roof racks to whistle very loudly when driving at more than about 20mph. These fit the Discovery roof racks perfectly, and now they’re totally silent even at highway speeds.


I ordered and received 4 Rhino Rack replacement generating strips for my aero bars. Good price and good customer service.


Big LockRack fan here!

I actually
have 5 of these racks, set across 3 vehicles (multiple setups on a mid size SUV, and carriers for SUPs on a Mini Cooper and BMW M4) . For board sports, these are hard to beat - quick load/unload, great at speeds well above posted legal limits. In the last month, I've travelled roughly 5000 miles with 4 SUPs and mounted in two LockRack racks side by side (using longer arms then this model - this one is for single boards) - I can unload and be in the water with the family in just a couple of minutes. Much faster and easier than competing strap based systems - at half the price!


Worked great to reduce air noise and howling on my crossbars on the 2023 Mazda CX-50, definitely worth the money!


I ordered and received replacement strips for my Vortex.Aero bars. They’re perfect and I got them for a good price.


these replaced the strips in my mazda cx-50 factory crossbars and seriously reduced the wind noise to the point that I can actually open my sunroof above 20 mph and even at highway speed. you'll need 3 for each bar.


I put these on OEM CX-50 cross bars, noise is now negligible you can just barely hear it at all and only if you turn the radio down and AC off can you hear a small howl... they have made the crossbars bearable and I can now keep them on my car instead of having to remove them just due to noise.


its good. used it to replace the original rubber strip on the Tesla Model Y OEM roof rack to cut wind noise. Definitely improved it.


They grip well to keep kayaks from sliding while finishing up loading/strapping down. They will need replaced after a year or two of heavy use


I am very pleassed with our rhino rack serieus 2500 roof rack. It is very sturdy. We also like the idea that it is removeable and very easy to take on and off. We bought 2 sets of Malone J Pro 2 Kayak Carriers from another company that were suppose to fit with the rhino rack but the bolts were too short. Just a warning if you were planning to get those to go with the rhino rack. We were able to contact Malone and they sent us longer bolts so they should fit now.


Once I found the main instructions the install was easy. Just take your time, place thing before putting together and you'll be fine (I know some had problems with install). They mount firmly and hold the Kayak mount just great. Totally satisfied and the items came quickly. The only potential issue was the shipping in that UPS came with an open package but Etrailer had marked the contents (# of boxes inside the main box) so we opened the box completely (you know UPS - just have to partially open many boxes) and verified. All was there so thanks Etrailer for marking the contents and UPS driver for opening to verify.


Looks great; only complaint is the material between the brackets flexes as you drive. This results in the fairing buffeting against the roof of your vehicle as you drive and “rattling”. I fixed this issue by putting some small fabric dots (the kind you put on cabinets) on the edges between the fairing and the roof. Problem solved.


Help fix the wind noise from my crossba rs!


I received these vortex strips yesterday and installed them. They are working great at stopping the whistling noise that the crossbars create without them. The order process was easy, I got a confirmation email when the order shipped and when it arrived. The price was also pretty good!

After a year the strips still look fine & have functioned properly!
Chris - 05/09/2022


it fits very well with my Tesla Model Y roof rack. I didn't have to remove the original rubber in the slot. The true test of this eliminates the whistling sound is tomorrow on a road trip.


These worked great for replacement seals on a 2013 VW golf roof OEM roof rack set. There is a noticeable decrease in wind noise when using these seals as compared to the open slots.


It does fit my OMAC cross bars. Fits better than original strips - I just wish it came in longer strips than the 15 3/4 long


Perfect fit on a Tesla Model 3 bars. Got this to reduce wind noise.


Faster shipping than anybody out there; was surprised when it arrived the next day! Fixed wind noise with Tesla Model Y crossbars. Also cheaper than [online] and anyone else.


#RS299B- Rhino-Rack RS 2500 Roof Rack for Fixed Mounting Points - Vortex Aero Crossbars - Aluminum - Black

Really liked the rack, made well, looks like it will stand-up well.
One problem was the lack of actual instructions for this particular install. Had to pick text items out of 2 guides that were included but neither was for this exact install. Wasted quite a bit of time that could have been better spent. Overall the rack seems to have mounted OK, seems tight and is quiet when driven at higher speeds.
The next real complaint is the four end covers and locking assembly that secure them to the crossbar ends.
After installing these end caps and securing them with the lock, it became apparent that the locked end caps were not actually a security feature since one good pull with your hand from underneath the open bottom edge could rip those end caps, lock included, off the rails in a split second. There is a 3/4" inch gap between the top edge of the rubber foot that sits against the vehicle roof and the bottom edge of the end cap, giving ample space to fit in your four finger and rip those end caps completely off the rails. Once off, the rack can easily be removed with simple tools. At best the locks just give the appearance of a deterrent.
Extending the bottom edge of the end caps inward about 3/4" inch might help alleviate the problem by not letting you get your fingers up and under the end caps as easily.
Aside from those two minor problems I like the rack and hope to get some good kayaking days in this summer.


I had purchased my Rhino Rack from a different retailer a while ago and it arrived with several of these strips missing. That online retailer did not offer these strips and trying to get them was going to be a pain. I found them on at a great price and I felt because etrailer does such a great job with their video library of how-to videos for all things they sell/offer I didn't hesitate to make this purchase from etrailer. They arrived quickly and at a much better price than I see being offered from other online sellers. etrailer seems to be a very well run company and there staff seem to be a valued part of this business. Thanks etrailer - I will definitely purchase from you again.


Rebuilt an old Rhino Rack with these a couple of years ago. Looked like new. These are really good quality. So much do I have decided to replace the window trim in my Bayliner Trophy when I replace the broken window. It is hard to get replacement window molding for this boat and the Vortex strips are going to look nice.

Show More Reviews

See what our Experts say about this Rhino Rack Accessories and Parts

  • What are the Measurements for the Replacement Vortex Strip for Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars
    I went out to our demo area and measured replacement strip # RRM626. It is 7/8 inches wide at the top, 1/2 inch wide at the bottom, and 3/16 inches tall overall. I have included a picture showing the dimensions for you.
    view full answer...
    Image 1 for
  • Troubleshooting Rhino Rack That Whistles
    If a roof rack is whistling and there is a channel on it that is exposed the solution is adding more of the rubber strip to cover the hole. For that you would want the part # RRM626 which is 15-3/4 inches long but can be cut to size as needed.
    view full answer...
  • Replacement Rubber Strip for Top Channel of Rhino Rack Vortex Crossbar
    The Replacement Vortex Strip for Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars # RRM626 is designed to go on the top crossbar channel of your Rhino Rack Vortex crossbar and would be what you'd need.
    view full answer...
  • Will Rhino Rack Vortex Strip Fix Whistling Sound From Roof Rack
    I don't know what roof rack you have but if you are missing the strip for the crossbars that covers the channels that would be why it's whistling. If you have Rhino Rack Vortex aero bars the part # RRM626 would be what you'd need to cover it.
    view full answer...
  • Channel Cover for Roof Rack on Tesla Model 3
    I may have a solution for you but if you have the Model 3 roof rack by Tesla on your 2020 Tesla Model 3, then we do not have a channel cover specifically designed to fit your roof rack. If the opening in your roof rack is open then it will cause some wind noise. The Replacement Vortex Strip for Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars # RRM626 was designed and tested to work in the top channel of a Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero crossbar. This does not mean that it will not work for you, but you will...
    view full answer...
    Image 1 for
  • Width of Replacement Vortex Strip for Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars
    The Replacement Vortex Strip for Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars part # RRM626 measures 7/8" wide at the top and 1/2" where it installs into the track. I have attached a photo below.
    view full answer...
    Image 1 for
  • Rhino-Rack Roof Rack Feet and Install Kit for a 2010 Toyota Prius
    It looks like the Rhino-Rack bars for the 2009 Subaru Tribeca are either 49 inches long or 54 inches long and the recommended bar length for the 2010 Toyota Prius is 44 inches. Since the bars you have are longer and not shorter than required you can use them on the Prius using leg kit for Vortex bars # RRRLKVA and custom clamp kit # DK195.
    view full answer...
  • Replacement Rubber Strips for Roof Rack Crossbars with Channels
    You'll be able to use almost any replacement strip as they are almost always fit for a 3/8 inch channel. I specifically recommend the Thule Replacement Channel Cover 59 inch, part # 852-5402-005 or the Rhino Rack Vortex 15-3/4, part # RRM626. These are vortex-patterned strips that will fit 3/8 inch channels and replace your existing damaged or cut strips.
    view full answer...
  • Rubber Strip to Fit the Channel on the Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars
    The only thing that we have which has been tested to fit in the Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Bars, like part # RRVA137B-2, is the Replacement Vortex Strip for Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars # RRM626. This strip is 15-3/4 inches long and was created to fit right into the channel on the Vortex bars. This could have happened from the strips possibly getting too much UV exposure. Leaving the crossbars on your vehicle for long periods of time can take its toll on equipment. This could also be the...
    view full answer...
  • Does Replacement Vortex Strip for Rhino-Rack Vortex Crossbars Need Only Needed on Top of Bar
    The bottom of Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero crossbars like the 54 inch # RRVA137B-2 do not require the strip go on the bottom of the bar. The Replacement Vortex Strip for Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars # RRM626 is designed to go on the top crossbar channel.
    view full answer...
  • Reducing Noise From Rhino Rack Vortex Series Roof Rack Crossbar Kits
    Generally, aero bars are as quiet as they can get, but there's a few extra steps you can take to try and reduce the noise from your Rhino Rack SG Roof Rack Kit, part # RRSG59. - If you're experiencing a high pitched whistle that seems to come from near one of the connection points, you may not have a great fit to that particular leg. You can improve performance by repeating the installation of the rack, focusing on alternating tightening down the two legs, doing half of the turns required...
    view full answer...
  • Replacement Rubber Inserts for a 2012 Land Rover LR4 Cross Bar
    Most of the strips we carry are sized to fit 3/8 inch channels. I specifically recommend the Thule Replacement Channel Cover 59 inch, part # 852-5402-005 or the Rhino Rack Vortex 15-3/4, part # RRM626. These are vortex-patterned strips that will fit 3/8 inch channels and replace your existing damaged or cut strips. If you have Yakima bars, part # 8880634 is the specific top in fill rubber for the Yakima bars.
    view full answer...
  • Roof Bike Rack to Fit T-Slot Channel in Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars
    RockyMounts' JetLine Fork Roof Mounted Bike Carrier # RKY1320 mounts on any round and square crossbars and also has the ability to install in the T-slot track on top of a roof rack crossbar such as the Rhino-Rack Vortex aero-style bars like # RRRS143. We do offer a replacement Vortex Strip # RRM626 for the Vortex rack bars.
    view full answer...
  • Rhino Rack Vortex Whistle Roof Rack Solution
    The loud whistle you described normally means that the lower crossbar channel cover isn't in use. If you lost yours we have the part # RRM626 for a replacement that can be cut down to the correct length. If you have the strip still install it to cover up as much of the lower channel as possible and the whistle will go away.
    view full answer...
  • How to Decrease Wind Noise When Using Rhino-Rack Vortex Bars
    Yes! The Vortex Strips in your Vortex Aero Bars # RRVA137B-2 help cut down on wind noise when driving. What I've noticed is that without the strips, it's like the bars catch some of the air and send it whistling through the C channels. What will help with that is to cut the rubber strips from your crossbars and fit them around the clamps on your Lockrack Carrier. Even if you're using the T-bolts to mount the carrier, you can still push in the rubber strips after the carrier is installed...
    view full answer...
  • What Replacement Vortex Aero Crossbar Channel Strips Fit My Rhino Rack Crossbars?
    Yes we definitely carry replacement channel strips. From looking up your crossbar order, you purchased the Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars - 54" Long # RRVA137B-2 for your roof rack setup on your 2017 Dodge Durango. For replacement channel strips, you need the Replacement Vortex Strip for Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars - 15-3/4" Long - Qty 1 # RRM626. It is important to note that this only comes with a quantity of one strip. So, if you need more than 15-3/4 inches of replacement strip...
    view full answer...
  • Correct Strip Length for Rhino-Rack Vortex Crossbars on a 2019 Ford Edge
    The Rhino-Rack Vortex crossbars that are designed to fit your 2019 Ford Edge are the 54" Crossbars # RRVA137B-2 (along with the 2500 Series Legs # RRRLKVA and Fit Kit # DK432). For the 54" bars your strip length measurement is 150mm. If you're going to be using longer crossbars than what Rhino-Rack calls for then you'll need to adjust the strip length accordingly. Essentially you'll just want to make sure the crossbars are centered on the 2500 Series Legs. If you need new rubber strips...
    view full answer...
  • Reducing Noise from a Rhino Rack XTray Roof Rack
    The shape of a roof basket like the XTray, part # RMCB01 can make it very loud when travelling, but there are a few things you can do to help it be a little quieter as you're travelling. The first option is to simply remove the roof basket and store it when not in use. This will save the basket from any unnessary damage, but risks it not being available when you want it, or having the style you want for your vehicle. The next option is to replace your vortex strips, part # RRM626 ....
    view full answer...
  • Compatibility of RhinoRack J-Style Kayak Carrier with Rhino Rack RSP Roof Bars
    The RhinoRack J-Style Kayak Carrier, part # S512 is a compatible fit with the Rhino Rack RVP Roof Racks, part # RRRVP27 without any additional parts. The universal mounts will fit up to 3-1/8 x 1-1/4inch crossbars. If you'd like to mount it directly into the C-Channel on the RVP Roof Racks, you'll need the fit kit, part # KC-FK8 to allow it to slip into the rails on top of your vehicle. If you do this, I recommend purchasing a separate set of vortex strips, part # RRM626 to be able to...
    view full answer...
  • Recommended Rubber Strips And Bike Racks For Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars on 2017 Honda Odyssey
    Thank you for purchasing your Rhino-Rack Roof Rack System for your 2017 Honda Odyssey from us! The Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars # RRVA126B-2 you purchased should have come with Vortex Strips to help prevent wind noise. If you need a replacement or additional strips you can use # RRM626. For a bike rack that will work with your crossbars I recommend the Yakima HighRoad Roof Bike Rack # Y02114 due to it allowing you to keep the front wheel installed on the bike. A few other options...
    view full answer...
  • Is There A Third Rail Option Available For The Rhino-Rack RVP Roof Rack On A 2016 Ford Explorer?
    I went ahead and checked to see if a single bar was available for the Rhino-Rack RVP Roof Rack for Fixed Mounting Points # RRRVP45, and unfortunately a single bar kit is not offered for this system. With that being said, to add a third bar you'll need to piece together everything. For the bar you'll need to contact Rhino-Rack as they don't sell singles for this system. However, for the remainder of the kit you'll need a fit kit # RRRCP45-BK, and legs # RRRVH2. As for a keyed alike option,...
    view full answer...

Do you have a question about this Accessories and Part?

  • Why

    At we guarantee:
  • Real product know-how.

    We make sure that the products we sell are what we say they are, and that they work the way they are supposed to work. Get real advice from a real person who has the knowledge and expertise needed to solve your problem.
  • Most detailed, accurate accessories and part information available.

    Because we take providing accurate product information seriously, we take our own detailed product photos, demo videos and installation videos, as well as verify measurements, instructions, and vehicle fit information.
  • Installations, made easy.

    We love helping people and have the most highly-trained customer service, hands-on experience, step by step videos and installation instructions.
  • Fast shipping.

    Your order is automatically routed to get out of our warehouse and to your door as quickly as possible. Receive free shipping on orders over $99.
  • Personalized service for life.

    We provide one-on-one, personalized service from the ordering process through the life of your product.
  • Trusted since 1946.

    We've been serving customers since our parts store first opened in 1946 and continue to be recognized by our customers, our vendors and third parties for exceptional service.
  • Returns Policy

    Need to return an item? No problem. Please read our Returns Policy for more information.

Info for this part was:

Employee Tyler C
Edited by:
Tyler C
Employee Michael H
Expert Research:
Michael H
Employee Jameson C
Expert Research:
Jameson C
Employee Brian B
Written by:
Brian B
Employee Chris R
Video Edited:
Chris R
Employee John S
Video by:
John S
Employee Evangeline M
Installed by:
Evangeline M

At we provide the best information available about the products we sell. We take the quality of our information seriously so that you can get the right part the first time. Let us know if anything is missing or if you have any questions.

Product Experts Available Now!
Call 1-833-496-1390