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quattrosteph

What is the best roof box available for RS4 B5 ??

Hi chaps,

Since my little boy birth I am struggling for space with the car ....I just can't beleve the amount of gear a kid need when you go away on holiday !!! So , I have roof bars on my car and it is may be about time to use them.

 I am looking for nice looking pair of bars and box. Would like something quite nice . Not just a cheap looking plastic box Even thought about having it spray in Avus Silver , what ? Why not !!! What is available on the market ? Cheers, Steph
lynchy

Ask Stumpy he has a smart roof box
quattrosteph

Stumpy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
StumpyRS4

Did someone call...???  


Whispbar roof bars - lowest profile you can buy:



Thule Pacific 600 Roofbox - nice and low but still get a massive amount of stuff in there:








 
amanda

I have audi lockable bars and a thule polar 100 roof box for my 6 both are very good and i would recomend them
StumpyRS4





quattrosteph

Thanks   Looks really cool.
StumpyRS4

The bars are silent, even at speed.  On their own they do not affect fuel consumption either.

With the roofbox, there is some noise although not intrusive, above 80mph.

The roofbox fixings (to the roof rails) are good for at least 120
GDS968

Have a look at these also, very good box!!

http://www.roofbox.co.uk/news/200...ra-AutoExpress-Best-Buy-2009B.php
Searider

I bought a Thule roof box and aluminium rails on e-bay for just over £150.

Just the job for when our little one came along.
Travel cot
High chair
Steriliser
Surf boards
Beach chairs
Windbreak


Use the fitting guide on www.roofbox.com to see which bars / feet will fit your car.

New the boxes are not cheap!
andream88

Stumpy's bars won't fit sunroof equipped cars!
Well, they will fit....but you could risk destroying your sunroof if opened by mistake....
StumpyRS4

andream88 wrote:
Stumpy's bars won't fit sunroof equipped cars!
Well, they will fit....but you could risk destroying your sunroof if opened by mistake....


Just dont use the sunroof!
Don't like them anyway,...

sparkyvw

mine and the other 1 i drive





all depends on how big of a box you want
Paintguy

Stumpy - Sorry for bumping an old topic, but I'm looking at roof bar / box options at the minute, and am fancying the same Whispbars you have.

Do you know the maximum usable width of them, as I can't seem to find that info anywhere? I want to be able to fit a cycle carrier at the side of the box, but I'm not sure they'll be wide enough, even if I get a narrower box.

I know Whispbar also do a longer version that overlaps the factory roof rails to give more width, but they don't look anywhere near as good as the ones you have.

Cheers,
Andy.
StumpyRS4

Cant recall.  HAve to check with whispbar website and suppliers.  I know with that Thule 600 box, I should get at least one bike, but possibly even two on at the same time.

The projecting bars are not as low profile. This is what was most important to my purchase.

I will be selling the roofbars once I have sold the car.
Paintguy

As long as I can get at least one bike on, that's fine. Thanks.

StumpyRS4 wrote:

I will be selling the roofbars once I have sold the car.


I'll keep an eye on the classifieds  
Hamski

The Whispbar site doesn't show the B5 - are the roofbars the same as an A4?
StumpyRS4

If I remember I'll dig out the Part Nr. tonight.
Hamski

That'd be great - thanks
Aragorn

They're listed under A4.
Paintguy

Hamski wrote:
The Whispbar site doesn't show the B5 - are the roofbars the same as an A4?

Which site are you looking at?

Whispbar.co.uk have a model selector, and my car comes up Audi > S4 > 1999 > Avant 1997 - 2002 With Rails

The part numbers listed on their site are S53 for the type of bar Stumpy has, and S16 bar with K328 fitting kit for the longer bars that sit higher and overlap the roof rails.
StumpyRS4

S43 are the bars I have.
Paintguy

StumpyRS4 wrote:
S43 are the bars I have.

I'm STILL awaiting a reply from Whispbar    but from what I can determine, either the S43 or S53 will fit our cars, with the latter just having a bit more length adjustment available if it were to be swapped to another vehicle.

I'm still interested if and when you come to sell them  
Jonmurgie

Paintguy wrote:
StumpyRS4 wrote:
S43 are the bars I have.

I'm STILL awaiting a reply from Whispbar    but from what I can determine, either the S43 or S53 will fit our cars, with the latter just having a bit more length adjustment available if it were to be swapped to another vehicle.

I'm still interested if and when you come to sell them  


Not sure if you ever sorted yourself a set mate but have just fitted mine from www.roofbox.co.uk and you need the PRS53 kit with an S43 for the rear and S44 for the front:

http://www.roofbox.co.uk/scripts/.../Qx%40w%2C6M4PHS%2CZGenkQvENtVz8X

I read their description and got the tape measure out, the S43 will not fit at the front of the car IMO.

They have just received stock of these

I also picked up a set of these T-Track fixings - makes the roofbox attachment very neat indeed:

http://www.roofbox.co.uk/scripts/.../Qx%40w%2C6M4PHS%2CZGenkQvENLdj9Q
Paintguy

Cheers Jon, but I've gone for a different option.

Bought the wife a Seat Altea TDI instead!

A little bit more expensive than the roof bar/box option, but at least I haven't got to lug stuff around on top of my S4 for family holidays
Jonmurgie

LOL - nice solution
Paintguy

Aye, it's a win win really.

Plus, she was very grateful    
StumpyRS4

To correct my earlier PM - I do indeed have the S53 kit, one longer than the other, having just double-checked the packing box...

I also have the same T Track fittings.
StumpyRS4

Does anyone know the width (difference) between the roof rails on a B5 and a B6?

If the S53 kit cannot be used on a B6, then I will be selling them (it's ok, you know who you are).  If they do fit a B6, I'm tempted to keep them...
RS4Jules

These rails do look good  
StumpyRS4

Just checked and the S53 kit does in fact also fit the B6 Avant...
StumpyRS4

Am advertising these bars for sale tonight.  

RS4Jules wanted them originally, but not sure that's the case any more...?
Hamski

How much do you want for them?
StumpyRS4

Ad posted.

£125 + postage.
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