Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What else is needed?
A: You will need Q-Clips and crossbars. Check the Fit List to see which clips and crossbar length is correct for your vehicle.
Q: Is there a way I can make it taller?
A: There is no way to make the towers taller.
Q: How much can I carry?
A: This varies by vehicle, load type and crossbar length. Check the fit list to find out what load types (bikes, skis, boats, etc.) and weight capacity applies to your car. The fit list will also tell you the best crossbar length (48", 58", 66", or 78") to use. You can go up one size if necessary, but duck your head.
Q: I have a factory rack; will the Q-Towers still work?
A: Oftentimes it will. Look up your vehicle in the Fit List. If Q-towers are listed as an option for your vehicle with a factory rack, then it should work. Also check for notes at the end of the listing to see if the factory rack causes any limitations.
Q: What sort of maintenance should I perform?
A: Performing maintenance is always a good idea to protect your car and make your rack system last longer. Lubricate nuts, screws, or bolts with grease. Lubricate locks with graphite. Remove the rack when not in use, or at least periodically to clean the pads and the vehicles roof. Clean the rack periodically, especially in marine environments and where road salt is used.
Q: How can I be sure the system is installed correctly?
A: There is no substitute for following all instructions. You can download instructions here. Be sure to perform both the Clip Safety Check and Tower Safety Check after every installation. The Q-Clip instructions may have additional notes for your vehicle.
Q: Will the rack make a lot of noise?
A: Maybe. Wind noise is hard to predict, but it is more often an issue when the rack has little or no load. We make two products, the Fairing and Windjammer, to help control this situation. Large loads tend to dampen noise also. If you have a sunroof, the fairing is a good way to help control air flow.
Q: Will it damage my car?
A: We take fitting cars very seriously, and do everything we can to minimize any effect our rack may have on your cars. However, anything coming into contact with a car's finish, including our racks, will have some effect over time, and some cars are more prone to these issues than others. So where the possibility of such issues is predictable, we make note of that in the Fit List. When the rack will not be in use for an extended period, it is a good idea to take the rack off of the car. You can also do a lot for yourself by: (1) Making sure the car is clean and well waxed prior to installing the rack, (2) Following all instructions for installation and usage, and (3) avoiding situations, such as car washes, where the rack may be impacted.
Q: Do I need to drill into my car?
A: Nope, and you won't need any duct tape either.
Q: Where did the name "Q Towers" come from?
A: We don't know. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
Q: What tools will I need?
A: A 6mm hex wrench, and it is included with the kit.