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Rhino-Rack Vortex StealthBar Roof Rack - Raised, Factory Side Rails - Aluminum - Black

Rhino-Rack Vortex StealthBar Roof Rack - Raised, Factory Side Rails - Aluminum - Black

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These quiet, aerodynamic crossbars strap to your vehicle's raised, factory side rails to create a super-strong roof rack. Sturdy, lightweight aluminum crossbars include top channels with noise-reducing Vortex strips. Integrated locks deter theft. Lowest Prices for the best roof rack from Rhino Rack. Rhino-Rack Vortex StealthBar Roof Rack - Raised, Factory Side Rails - Aluminum - Black part number JA7972 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Rhino Rack Roof Rack - JA7972

  • Complete Roof Systems
  • Aero Bars
  • 2 Bars
  • 30 In Bar Space
  • Rhino Rack
  • Black
  • Locks Included
  • Aluminum

These quiet, aerodynamic crossbars strap to your vehicle's raised, factory side rails to create a super-strong roof rack. Sturdy, lightweight aluminum crossbars include top channels with noise-reducing Vortex strips. Integrated locks deter theft.


Features:

  • Quiet, low-profile roof rack lets you mount carriers and accessories on the roof of your vehicle with raised, factory side rails
  • Slim, elliptical crossbars create an extremely aerodynamic system
  • Flush design - bars sit between side rails to create an ultra-low-profile roof rack
    • Crossbars only raise roof rack profile 1-3/8" above factory side rails
  • Top channel lets you add channel-mounted carriers and accessories
    • Clamp-on accessories can also be mounted to bars
  • Rubberized Vortex strips in top channel dramatically reduces drag and wind noise
    • Keep dirt and grime out of crossbars
    • Provide cushioning and slip resistance for your cargo
  • Versatile bars have 3-15/16" of side to side adjustability
    • Lets you reposition bars to accommodate carriers and accessories that require different crossbar spreads
  • Arched design complements the curves and lines of your roof
  • Lightweight, structural-grade anodized aluminum bars are rustproof
    • Internal H-shaped extrusion provides exceptional bar strength
  • UV-treated, glass-reinforced nylon legs are weather resistant
  • Built-in locks secure crossbars to roof and secure channel-mounted carriers to crossbars
  • Simple, solid installation with rubber-coated stainless steel straps
    • Straps wrap completely around raised roof rails for maximum contact and security
  • Complete system includes 2 crossbars, 4 legs, and fit kit
  • Matte black finish


Specs:

  • Rack weight capacity: 176 lbs
  • Minimum crossbar spread: 27-9/16"
  • Crossbar dimensions:
    • Front: 30-7/8" long x 3-1/8" wide x 1-3/16" tall
    • Rear: 30-7/8" long x 3-1/8" wide x 1-3/16" tall
  • Limited lifetime warranty


rhino rack stealth bar

The low-profile, aerodynamic Rhino-Rack Vortex StealthBar roof rack lets you carry gear and accessories on your vehicle's roof quietly and with little wind drag. The crossbars mounts directly to your vehicle's raised, factory side rails. The Vortex StealthBars have built-in rubber strips that disrupt airflow for a quiet ride, and the bar is constructed of aluminum so it won't rust. These bars blend seamlessly with the support legs to provide a from-the-factory look, and they are custom cut to your specific vehicle. The legs also include built-in locks that protect your gear and the rack from theft.


Aerodynamic Design

aerodynamic

The rubberized Vortex strips in the crossbar's top channel disrupt airflow with evenly spaced, wave-shaped grooves. This carefully controlled turbulence minimizes wind noise and whistling, so you won't need to add a fairing to your roof rack. And the slim, elliptical Vortex StealthBar cuts through the air with minimal drag - even at highway speeds.


The Vortex StealthBar roof rack has a flush-mount design so the crossbar terminates at the legs with no overhang. This provides the rack with a seamless, from-the-factory look, and it also helps to improve aerodynamics by reducing drag and wind noise.


Strong, Durable Construction

construction

The Vortex StealthBar is made of structural-grade anodized aluminum with an H-shaped internal extrusion. This extrusion strengthens the bar without adding significant amount of weight. And the aluminum bar wont rust so you can leave it on your roof year-round.


The rack's durable, glass-reinforced nylon legs are designed to stand up to cargo loads and weather extremes. They're also UV treated to withstand long-term exposure to sunlight.


Custom Fit for Easy Installation

stealth bar design

The roof rack arrives at your doorstep almost completely assembled. The crossbar is already mounted into the nylon legs, and the bar is pre-cut to match the width of your vehicle's roof. The few remaining assembly steps are straightforward and only require the strap and lock fit kit.


The fit kit includes co-molded, rubber-coated stainless steel straps designed to fit around your raised, factory side rails. To install, remove the leg covers and simply attach the straps to the bottom of each leg. Then wrap the straps around your vehicle's side rails. Lastly, secure the straps to the top of each leg and replace the cover.


Channel-Mounted and Clamp-On Accessories

c channel

Each crossbar has a built-in C-channel so you can carry channel-mounted accessories such as bike racks, watersports carriers, and ski racks. The Vortex strips in the top channel come in 3 pieces, so theyre easier to adjust than a single long, continuous strip. You can remove, trim, and re-insert the Vortex strips around the mounting hardware of your accessories to keep the channel capped and quiet. Replacement strips (sold separately) are also available if you remove your accessories or switch to clamp-on accessories.


You can also attach most clamp-on accessories to the bars, and the Vortex strips provide a shock-absorbing, no-slip cushion for any accessories that rest on them.


Built-In Security

crossbar security

Locking covers on each support leg let you secure accessories mounted in the crossbar's top channel. These sturdy nylon covers give the rack a finished look and also secure the rack to your vehicle's roof. The cover locks are keyed a like, so a single key opens all locks.



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Installation Details JA7972 Installation instructionsAlternate Instructions JA7972 Installation instructions

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Customer Reviews

Rhino-Rack Vortex StealthBar Roof Rack - Raised, Factory Side Rails - Aluminum - Black - JA7972

Average Customer Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars   (31 Customer Reviews)

These quiet, aerodynamic crossbars strap to your vehicle's raised, factory side rails to create a super-strong roof rack. Sturdy, lightweight aluminum crossbars include top channels with noise-reducing Vortex strips. Integrated locks deter theft.

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Fit is good



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2015 Jeep Cherokee

Great design. Best racks for the Cherokee on the market today.



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Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack


Great product, and great service. It not only works well for our thule top box, but looks good on the flex too. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a dependable set of rails.


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Great product
Bob S - 05/11/2021

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Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack


When I ordered this product I was excited to see the reviews said how fast it shipped. I was not so lucky. The item was back ordered and the website did not indicate that. I received an email saying it would ship in a week so I thought it would arrive in a week. I was wrong. When I called about compatibility with attachments they told me it was back ordered and I wouldn't receive it until mid July. That whole ship in a week meant ship from the distributor to etrailer. Then it would ship to me.

Once it arrived we immediately opened it up and started assembling it. When we got to the part in the directions about attaching it to the car the directions said to go to Rhino-Racks website to find out what hole in the y-straps to use for my particular vehicle. Their website does not have an area with a fitment guide as the directions indicate so I had to call. I spoke with Jeff at Rhino-Rack and he said hole number 3. That was impossibly tight and the strap would not reach. I called back to see if hole 2 two would be acceptable and he said it should be hole 3. Well, we went with hole 2 because there was NO way hole 3 would reach the bolt since steel does not stretch.

Upon attaching the strap around the raised roof rails the strap slipped and I quickly found out the steel loop is as sharp as a kitchen knife as it sliced the tip of my finger. It was cut so deeply and cleanly it took over an hour to stop the bleeding. I called Jeff back to let him know about this problem. Aside from thanking me for letting him know, he did nothing to better the situation. I will say, now that my finger isn't gushing blood and the cross bars are securely attached to my 2015 Hyundai Tucson in hole number 2 on all four of the y-straps, I am pleased with the appearance and how quiet they are when driving.

Some cons, aside from the aforementioned:
-The rubber strip caved in when I strapped one kayak just to the cross bars. I will need to order a new one to prevent water from getting inside and to prevent noise. It is very disappointing when you have something for less than a week and you need to replace parts on it.
-The locks are super cheap and it wouldn't take much for someone to break them if they really wanted my cross bars.
-The options for attachments are very limited. In fact, I almost sent these back because I was having a hard time finding kayak attachments that I liked.

I wouldn't order these again knowing the hassle I've gone through with them.



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Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack


First of all, this review is on the actual product not etrailer. They were awesome as always on this purchase (more on that later). Sorry for the long review, but I feel the need….

2014 Jetta Sportwagen

These are not silent. At ~45 mph and less there is a high pitched whistle. At lower highway speeds there is a low level hum, like a monk chant. After that just regular wind/turbulence noise.

On to the install… etrailer website confirmed fitment. In the instructions (step 8) there is a need to go to the manufactures website to find a vehicle specific info. My vehicle came back as not supported. So called etrailer and as always, awesome. Took her a bit – I offered to end call while she searched – but she did send me a supplemental sheet and even had taken the time to read them and suggests the proper fitment. Kudos to Cathryn B.

Step 1 and 2 are misleading in a way. Step 3 should be step 1. Step 2 shows just the bar with no ends, which is never needed during the install and you would have had to complete steps 4&5 to get to that point.

In step 1, inserting the rubber fully is not going to happen with just your hand. I used a chopstick to push the nipple fully into the hole. Could use the (provided) allen wrench but that could tear the rubber.

There are two different crossbar lengths provided and the install location is not specified until step 10. Kinda should be mentioned up front as the install location is specific due to this.….

Step 4/5 – even after loosening the bolt it still had a catch when adjusting length. I thought it was at the end of the road but when it was still too short while attempting to connect to my rails I looked over and saw that I had another inch or so, took a bit of muscle to get past that position.

Step 6 – the crossbars on one had apparently fallen out during shipping – took a few minutes to hunt down in the box/packing material.

***Step 11 – HEED THE WARNING. I’VE GOT OLD MAN LEATHER FINGERS AND STILL WAS BLEEDING LIKE A STUCK PIG. I WOULD RECOMMEND PUTTING BANDAIDS ON YOUR INDEX FINDER PRIOR TO THIS STEP. Also make sure you have the t-bolt just barely on the threads as it will give you maximum slack to complete te step, hopefully without causing injury.

Step 13 – please define ‘overtighten’. Lots of room for interpretation there.

Step 15 - I would truly like to see a video of someone successfully completing this step. If all other factors of the install are done correctly, I don’t feel this is needed anyway so I gave up after about five minutes.

Final, and biggest issue, is the sunroof. I don’t use it often so not sure if this will cause me to return the product, but a ‘guaranteed fitment’ means this should not be an issue.

First issue is that it rubs when the sunroof is open. Second is apparently my sunroof has a sensor that keeps it from closing if it sense too much pressure. Third is to compensate for this I had to move from my preferred rearward location to all the way forward. It rubs in both positions however at the forward location the sensor (so far) has not picked up on it despite having a longer time / area rubbing when opening and closing. I did push down on the crossbar as much as I could (and I’m semi fat) to simulate a load and still opens / closes. Now, because of the forward location I have a nice wide black bar blocking the center of my sunroof.


Comments
Thank you for your review! Since you mentioned the sound of the wind, I wanted to suggest a fairing to help cut down on the sound. I attached a link below to our ion. Also, if you take a look at the instructions, there is a warning that you may not be able to use the sunroof while the crossbars are installed because of the clearance between the bottom of the bars and top of the window when its opened. Hopefully this helps!
Brooke M - 06/04/2021

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Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack


Appears to be a well made product. I wanted a low profile rail. I would have preferred a clamp style cross bar, like the Yakiima Whispbar, but they were to wide for my Thule Evolution (ski box), mounting brackets.
You need to be careful when attaching the straps when attaching to the bracket and mounting to the rail. The exposed metal portion is very sharp.
The only con is see to this product is the strap mounting system, its more of a hassle to adjust.



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Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack


Very well-made and easy to install. As-advertised, these are compatible with a 2021 Subaru Crosstrek. They don't interfere with the operation of the sunroof - this had been a concern but there are no issues at all. They are low-profile and look good on the car. We'll use these to transport a paddleboard and kayak.



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Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack


Product fit well, easy to install. I received a new Ford Expedition at work with an aluminum roof. I have an emergency light with magnetic mounts that will not work on the aluminum roof. Purchased these bars and used them to mount the light without having to put holes in the roof.



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Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack


2021 Subaru Crosstrek,
Website video
for installation was easy to follow, installed to spec, might have to adjust span when I get my roof basket. Cross bar seems solid, and was what
I wanted, a little better than OEM. Look great



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Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack


Excellent service! Definitely will do it again
Thank you etrailer for great communication and fast delivery!



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Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack


I had one problem with my order: one of the cross bars was missing the rubber vortex strips. If you could have someone send these out it would be greatly appreciated.
Other than that, I'm very satisfied with the product.


Comments
Hi Paul, Thanks for your feedback! Our customer service team will be reaching out to you.
-- Etrailer Expert Tyler M - 07/08/2021

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Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack


Looks like good quality product. The only problem was I didn't know what hole to use on locking strap, called Rhinorack.com headquarters. They quickly got info I needed for my vehicle. Wish there was an insert with that info.


Comments
You can find this information in the installation instuructions. For reference we have these linked on the product page.
-- comment by: Rachael H - 03/31/2016


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Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack


The stealth bars are sturdy and low noise. But they are so close to the roof of my 2016 Escort that the knobs for attaching the J-hook kayak carrier rub the roof. I put a eighth inch hard rubber pad between the rails and the crossbars and removed some of the unthreaded portion of the knobs to make them fit to my satisfaction.



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Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack


Second purchase from etrailer and it's every bit as good as the first. Went on great as per instructions. Looks good too



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Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack


Great job etrailer!!!! I received a phone call from etrailer about my credit card. Once all was cleared, I received my crossbars in 2 days. I was surprised how quickly I received them.. Installing the crossbars was pretty simple. The first one always takes a little longer; reading the instructions; going slow, making sure I am doing everything right. The second bar took half the time, if that much. The outside noise that other customers complain about, is none existant unless I am traveling over 70mph.Definitely recommend the product.



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Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack


Good solid product...20 minutes to install. Aussies should send instruction in Inches not Millimeters though... and finding the PDF with the fitment settings on their site is a bit of pain....

But bottom-line....wifey very happy she can take her SUP to the pond now. Me, happy she doesnt have to take my truck to do it.


Comments
Thank you for your review. Here is the link to the instructions: http:vpm.cdn.rhinorack.com.auInstructionsRoofRacksRSBRSB.pdf
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 06/01/2021

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Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack


Thrilled I got quick delivery with standard shipping! The product arrived in good care and took maybe 40 minutes to install. Looks great and is sturdy



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Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack


Pretty simple to install. I did need to adjust the length of the crosssbars to accommodate the diverging rails on my Flex. It worked great. The straps take a little effort to wrap around the rails but that was as difficult as it got.



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Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack


All around excellent experience—5 stars out of 4! Excellent communication of order status and I am pleased with the quality of this product. I will continue purchasing for various needs with etrailer.com!!



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Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack


Fit perfectly, very sturdy. I'm sold on Rhino Rack.



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Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack


An etrailer rep was very helpful in making the decision on which rack to buy, and it was shipped within hours of my order (on a Saturday). It was a great experience, and it was the lowest price that I could find.



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Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack


Everything went as planned and follow up was awesome. I told my rep I needed product by a set date he went and saw they had the product in stock before he took my order and it was delivered as promised. Geoffrey sent a follow up email with his phone number to see if I got the product and needed advice on install. Great customer support.



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Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack


A little expensive for what it does but easy to put on



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Review from a similar Vortex StealthBar in Roof Rack


Rack setup and installation was a breeze. Offers a nice low profile design while being really sturdy. Mounted my extended cargo basket and the pair is rock solid.


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    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.
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