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Pelican Technical Article:

Roof Rack Installation

Jared Fenton

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$200 to $600

Talent:

****

Tools:

5mm hex driver, load feet wrench

Applicable Models:

Volvo C30 T5 (2008-13)
Volvo C30 T5 R-Design (2008-13)

Parts Required:

Load bars and accessory carriers

Hot Tip:

Read all the directions and take your time

Performance Gain:

Being able to carry a bicycle or luggage on the roof

Complementary Modification:

None

One nice feature of modern Volvos are the proprietary load bars and accessory carriers that can be installed on your C30. In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with assembling and installing the load bars (commonly known as roof racks) on your C30. Once the load bars are installed, you have the ability to install a variety of accessory carriers for things such as bicycles or surfboards.

The load bars themselves can be a little confusing to install. I've tried to sum things up as clearly as possible in this article. Keep in mind that the two load bars are different lengths. The longer of the two is the front bar and the shorter sits towards the rear.

Take note of the letters (green arrow) stamped into the clamping plate.
Figure 1

Take note of the letters (green arrow) stamped into the clamping plate. These correspond with the corners of the car. You'll want to attach the load feet to the aluminum load bars with this in mind. Once the load bars are fitted, use the supplied tool to tighten the triangle head bolt (yellow arrow). This will secure the load feet to the car's roof.

ThisPicture shows the curvature of the rubber feet that mount to the roof.
Figure 2

This picture shows the curvature of the rubber feet that mount to the roof. Make sure you have these in the correct orientation by checking them against the roofline.

Shown here is one of the feet set on the car's roof.
Figure 3

Shown here is one of the feet set on the car's roof. You'll have the orientation correct when the top of the feet (yellow arrow) is level. When installing the feet, you'll need to carefully pull back the rubber seal around the door edge and slide the edge of the clamping plate (Not shown) in between. Use the supplied tool with the load feet to tighten the clamp down.

Load Feet Assembly, all four corners: Fit the top of the load foot (yellow arrow) under the base of the load bar (red arrow).
Figure 4

Load Feet Assembly, all four corners: Fit the top of the load foot (yellow arrow) under the base of the load bar (red arrow). The support plate (green arrow) fits on top of the load bar.

Load Feet Assembly, all four corners: Thread in the two 5mm hex screws (green arrows) to secure the load foot to the load bar.
Figure 5

Load Feet Assembly, all four corners: Thread in the two 5mm hex screws (green arrows) to secure the load foot to the load bar.

Load Feet Assembly, all four corners: Slide the roof rack securing studs (green arrow) into the channel on the load bar.
Figure 6

Load Feet Assembly, all four corners: Slide the roof rack securing studs (green arrow) into the channel on the load bar.

Load Feet Assembly, all four corners: Slide the rubber strips (green arrows) into the channel on the load bar.
Figure 7

Load Feet Assembly, all four corners: Slide the rubber strips (green arrows) into the channel on the load bar.

Load Feet Assembly, all four corners: If you need to move the clamping plates off the load feet, secure the arms (green arrows) over the securing axle (yellow arrows) when reinstalling.
Figure 8

Load Feet Assembly, all four corners: If you need to move the clamping plates off the load feet, secure the arms (green arrows) over the securing axle (yellow arrows) when reinstalling. The triangle head bolt fits into the barrel nut on the securing axle (red arrow).

Load Feet Assembly, all four corners: Pull the plastic retaining strap (green arrow) out from inside the load bar and attach the end to the load foot cover (yellow arrow).
Figure 9

Load Feet Assembly, all four corners: Pull the plastic retaining strap (green arrow) out from inside the load bar and attach the end to the load foot cover (yellow arrow).

All four corners: Once the load feet are secured to the roof, locate the retaining lug of the load foot cover into the load foot.
Figure 10

All four corners: Once the load feet are secured to the roof, locate the retaining lug of the load foot cover into the load foot. Once seated correctly, turn the retaining lug (green arrow) to lock it in place.

And here's the final result with the load bars assembled, ready to accommodate whatever accessory carrier you need.
Figure 11

And here's the final result with the load bars assembled, ready to accommodate whatever accessory carrier you need. In our case, we're using a set of bicycle carriers.

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