roof rack for Focus

I drove a 1983 Fairmount for the last 10 years. I need to haul a 4x8 sheet of plywood and some 8 foot 2x4's every month or two because I'm gradually remodeling my house. I can put a 4x8 sheet of plywood on top of the
Fairmount's flat roof and tie the rope to the front and rear bumpers. I slide 2x4's in the front passenger window. They rest on the back of the rear seat and stick out the passenger window a bit. It's kind of rough on the finish and the upholstry, but doesn't hurt the mechanical integrity of the car.
Now I bought a 2002 Focus with almost new paint and upholstery. I want to preserve this car as long as possible. And also, the Focus has a rounded roof and you can't tie a rope to the bumpers. I think I will invent some things with nylon straps that I can attach under the front and rear of the car, and put carabiners on the ends to tie a rope to. I will need a roof rack for the top of the car. A very wide one - I think. I'm anticipating the problems of putting a rack on. How are they attached? Any 'through' holes needed to fasten it could leak rain water. Also, how do you do it without messing up the headliner? Maybe they don't make any holes when they do it - I don't know anything about roof racks. Does anybody here know anything about doing a roof rack? Anybody got suggestions about tie-down fixtures for the front and rear of the car?
Thanks. Bill S.
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On Wed, 29 Dec 2004 03:32:14 GMT, "Mr. Correct"

Check with Yakima or Thule for roof racks for your application. I imagine they both offer ones that can be used on the Focus and probably don't require any holes be drilled. (Probably clamp in at the top of the doorjambs.)
As for drilling into the roof, I know there are blind fasteners that can be used that would prevent having to touch the headliner on the inside. Usually a big dab of silicone around the fastener will keep it from leaking.
Sorry I don't have any specific info for you....... my Focus wagon has a factory installed roof rack.
Matt
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says...

I've carried a 2x1.6m mattress plus the packed up bed frame on the Ford supplied roof rack of my Focus Hatchback at speeds of 70+mph. I don't think you'll need a wide roof rack, just fasten the stuff on properly and you'll be fine. Ratchet webbing stuff is good for this.
The roof rack bolts into two holes under the door seal rubbers. So open the doors and gently prise back the rubber at the top and you'll see the two holes for fitting it. As supplied it should be able to take 50kg.
Cheers
D.
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