Racks Gone Rogue–Handmade Crossbars and Cargo Box for 2014 Toyota Matrix

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Yikes! This Racks Gone Rogue picture is for educational purposes only! This is a non-approved, untested, warranty-voiding and potentially unsafe roof rack system. Use of this rack system in this way is not recommended as it could lead to damage to the vehicle and/or cargo, or it could detach from the roof entirely while driving. 

Over the years, we’ve heard lots of different names for rooftop cargo boxes, from reasonable and fairly common names such as “luggage carriers” and “luggage cases” to more vague names like “roof racks” or just plain “racks.” And then there are the more unique names such as “pods” and “clam shells” and even the morbid moniker “coffins.” I always questioned the use of “coffins” until I saw this, which looks more like a coffin than any of those other descriptors.

Handy DIY woodworkers are great and all, but when it comes to carrying cargo on a speeding vehicle, we feel it is best to stick with rack systems that won’t cause splinters!

Whatever you want to call this wooden-coffin-looking-box-bolted-to-a-pair-of-two-by-fours-bolted-to-a-set-of-feet-with-clips-that-sort-of-fit, we would like to offer the following tested and approved rack systems for a 2014 Toyota Matrix. For the base rack system:

Thule 480 Traverse roof rack system

Thule 480R Rapid Traverse roof rack system

Yakima BaseLine roof rack system

And for a cargo box:

Thule cargo boxes

Yakima cargo boxes