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Time and tape carry weight with GoSee Rola Vortex Luggage Basket fit-up

July 05, 2011
Time and tape carry weight with GoSee Rola Vortex Luggage Basket fit-up

The first experience of mounting the Rola Vortex Luggage Basket on a Rola Heavy Duty Roof Rack requires care and juggling. GoSee found it is essential to work from fixed points on the vehicle, cross bars and luggage tray and take time and care with a tape measure.

First read the Rola Vortex Luggage Tray instructions. Check parts and quantity. Tools required are a Phillips screwdriver and a tape measure. Then fit the Rola air deflector to the front of the luggage tray. Four self-tapping screws and rubber washers do the job. Don't overdo it.

Tighten the screws only until the rubber washers start to compress.There are eight U-bolts provided, but only four will be used depending on the cross bar type (Sports or Heavy Duty) being tackled.

Remember that the top mounting bracket must be carefully fitted onto the two square lugs on the four spacer blocks.

The spacer blocks must be clipped into their position between the basket bars before the brackets and U-bolts can be aligned and tightened down. The spacer blocks should be clear of the curve in the Luggage Tray cross bars to seat properly, and an equal distance from the edge of the tray.

A tape should be used to check the bracket placement is no less than 635mm apart and to check that the basket is centred on the roof rack cross bars.

Because the high-roof GoSee Toyota HJ60 uses the Rola Heavy Duty Roof Rack the cross bars must be adjusted to 953mm centres. GoSee adjusted the front cross bars only using the Allen Key provided and a tape measure.

Do not tighten down the four mounting brackets until the two square lugs in the spacer blocks line-up with the matching square receivers in the top brackets. The U-bolts must be kept horizontal and equal pressure screwed down on the plastic lock knobs.

Before lifting the 17kg Vortex Luggage Tray onto the roof rack cross bars GoSee preset the cross bar centres.

With the Rola Heavy Duty Roof Rack cross bars already in place on the HJ60 GoSee used a tape measure to establish distance on 953mm centre to centre and slid the gutter mounts of the front roof rack cross bars back to within 953mm centres from the rear cross bars.

Then the Vortex Luggage Tray with the spacer blocks already snapped into place went up on the cross bars for adjustment and final fitting.

There are four available cross bar settings. The other three are 857mm, 762mm and the minimum centre to centre 667mm.

Do not tighten down the cross bar/bars until the Vortex Luggage Tray is centred and adjusted. The spacer blocks which snap onto the Vortex Luggage Tray bars must be as far apart as possible. This is determined by vehicle type, but whatever happens 667mm is the minimum distance fore and aft between the spacer blocks.

Rola Vortex Luggage Tray U-bolts must be  horizontal and centred. July 2011 084
Rola Vortex Luggage Tray U-bolts must be horizontal and centred. July 2011 084

The spacer blocks must also be a minimum of 635mm apart. There must be at least 11mm of U-bolt thread in the plastic screw-down knobs when they are tightened.

Do not tighten one more than the other, the object is to keep the U-bolt 'bite' horizontal. Test the result. The Vortex Luggage Tray should not move on the Rola Roof Rack cross bars.

Check the clearance between the Vortex Luggage Tray and the vehicle's rear hatch.

This is something which should be thought through when ordering Rola product as full measurement details are provided on the Rola website. Unfortunately interference may be unavoidable on some vehicles.

If the Vortex Luggage Tray is used to carry longer loads like canoes or kayaks they must be tied down at the front and back of the vehicle. The Rola website has tie down strap options.

There are two sets of four U-bolts supplied with the Rola Vortex Luggage Tray pack. The four U-bolts for Sports Racks have a throat depth of about 55mm. U-bolts for the Heavy Duty Racks which suit 4WD and tradie vehicles have a throat depth of about 71mm.

The Sports Rack version is mounted when the pack arrives. Rola says the maximum Vortex basket content weight capacity is 60kg. The basket itself weighs 17kg. The Vortex Luggage Tray Part LTVX with the universal mounting kit included is $299.

Its exterior measurements are 1400x1020x 120mm. Rola also offers a Vortex Tray Bundle.

Rola Vortex Luggage Tray with spacer block centred. The square lugs must line-up
Rola Vortex Luggage Tray with spacer block centred. The square lugs must line-up

This includes the Rola Platypus Bag for cargo (59100). This Bundle is priced at $399. As a stand alone purchase the 1040mmx880mmx500mm/600mm Platypus Bag is listed on the Rola website at $199.

www.rola.com.au

Editors Note: A GoSee evaluation of the Rola expandable rooftop cargo Platypus Bag is the next Information Article in this series on Rola products. This is the third in a series of Information Articles on the Rola Heavy Duty Roof Rack system and its options.

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Rola Vortex Luggage Tray centered at 935mm on roof rack bars.
Rola Vortex Luggage Tray centered at 935mm on roof rack bars.
Fitting wind deflector to Rola Vortex  Luggage Tray
Fitting wind deflector to Rola Vortex Luggage Tray
Rola Vortex Luggage Tray. Bigger clamp fits Heavy Duty Roof Racks.
Rola Vortex Luggage Tray. Bigger clamp fits Heavy Duty Roof Racks.
Rola Vortex Luggage Tray extended  brackets.
Rola Vortex Luggage Tray extended brackets.
Rola Vortex Luggage Tray U-bolts  must be horizontal.
Rola Vortex Luggage Tray U-bolts must be horizontal.
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