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Yesterday I got Volvo Roof Box. This is how it looks like if anybody wondered:



Very nice quality. It has net and straps included to secure cargo. Also there is a small battery powered LED light, which is nice when it is dark. Big plus for sound deadening mats inside the box. No any rattles etc.
 

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Looks slick, but it doesn't seem like it could hold much. I'm assuming it's a better fit for loose items, hanging clothes, etc.
It holds the majority of my camping gear and leaves the rear for my Golden Retriever. 3 sleeping bags, 3 mattresses, 6 person tent, small folding table, and 4 camping chairs with room to spare.
 

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Looks slick, but it doesn't seem like it could hold much. I'm assuming it's a better fit for loose items, hanging clothes, etc.
I got it primarily for my snowboard, skis and boots. For this space is enough.
For me it was important that the car will fit my garage with the roof box. Unfortunately that means box has to be quite low.
Box is wide so no problem to put stuff next to each other. But for bulky items space might be not enough due to limited height.

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Some more photos showing how it is installed to the roof.



Clamps are controlled by a lever. It takes 10 minutes tops to remove/install the box.

LED light:



And this is how it looks like on XC90

Just checked if the car will fit in my garage. Entrance is 205 cm and remaining gap is +/- 5 cm.
I have air suspension and car was in comfort mode. In dynamic I should gain extra 2 cm gap.



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Do you or anyone know if this roof top box will fit older Volvo models? The clamp looks like it will clamp onto just about any type of aerobar. I just don't know the range of which the clamps can be adjusted. Does anyone know the maximum and minimum range of the mounting clamps? I would like to fit this box onto my Volvos and/or minivan.
 

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I would bet a dollar, yes.
@Bartosz - Width is awesome and low profile slick like @Farm says, but I should take a pic of what I just jammed into my Thule that looks a lot like the one @Veritas99 has. It was sick, and THEN I added the snowboard on top with the bindings down, and the lid shut fine. While I'd love this, it never would work for my use.
Do you or anyone know if this roof top box will fit older Volvo models? The clamp looks like it will clamp onto just about any type of aerobar. I just don't know the range of which the clamps can be adjusted. Does anyone know the maximum and minimum range of the mounting clamps? I would like to fit this box onto my Volvos and/or minivan.
 

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I would bet a dollar, yes.
@Bartosz - Width is awesome and low profile slick like @Farm says, but I should take a pic of what I just jammed into my Thule that looks a lot like the one @Veritas99 has. It was sick, and THEN I added the snowboard on top with the bindings down, and the lid shut fine. While I'd love this, it never would work for my use.
I need a more solid confirmation because I will be betting $950 to $1000 on one of these boxes. I just called a Volvo parts store to ask about the box and the representative says that the mounting clamps are not adjustable. Can someone confirm that? I find that hard to believe... does that mean all the SPA cars have the same distance apart for cross bars? Does anyone know how far apart their cross bars are on their SPA vehicle? I'm fairly certain the box will work for my 2006 XC70 and XC90 as the cross bars can move up and down along the roof rail, but it would be more comforting to know the exact distance apart. And will it work for crossbars that are 27in apart (for Pacifica) I would love to use this on our minivan for beach trips.
 

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Why do that when a fraction of the cost can provide for a really nice used Yakima or Thule? I paid 200 bucks for a nice one, with keys. Maronha paid similar and it came with load bars he sold to offset the cost even more. Two pretty OREs in your signature - I'm sure the cash would be mice to save for USE at the beach! Bethany? VA Beach? Outer Banks?

This one is about 10 minutes away from me at 200 bucks.

This one's in Merrifield (north of Fair Oaks) at 450 bucks:
 

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For comparison, while they are a bit more expensive, you will not find anything with better construction than Packasport. I have the Journeyer on my XC60 and, imo, looks far better than anything else I've seen. Especially with a nice coat of wax on it. Marine-grade fiberglass, which does not photo-degrade and can be patched is one of its biggest selling points. Most of the others on the market don't have the same level of durability and repairability.
 

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I need a more solid confirmation because I will be betting $950 to $1000 on one of these boxes. I just called a Volvo parts store to ask about the box and the representative says that the mounting clamps are not adjustable. Can someone confirm that? I find that hard to believe... does that mean all the SPA cars have the same distance apart for cross bars? Does anyone know how far apart their cross bars are on their SPA vehicle? I'm fairly certain the box will work for my 2006 XC70 and XC90 as the cross bars can move up and down along the roof rail, but it would be more comforting to know the exact distance apart. And will it work for crossbars that are 27in apart (for Pacifica) I would love to use this on our minivan for beach trips.
Most parts people know near nothing about the parts they sell. So take anything you might hear from one of them with a grain of salt.

The clamps can be adjusted forward and backward. See my photos below of the same box in Volvo Ocean Race coloring.

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The box is manufactured by Calix, an off-shoot of Autoform, a Swedish roof box manufacturer. The top of the clamshell is unique to Volvo, but the bottom of the clamshell is shared with other Calix/Autoform roof box models.
 

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Most parts people know near nothing about the parts they sell. So take anything you might hear from one of them with a grain of salt.

The clamps can be adjusted forward and backward. See my photos below of the same box in Volvo Ocean Race coloring.

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The box is manufactured by Calix, an off-shoot of Autoform, a Swedish roof box manufacturer. The top of the clamshell is unique to Volvo, but the bottom of the clamshell is shared with other Calix/Autoform roof box models.
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So it can be adjusted for just about any flat aero type crossbars that are around 27" apart?

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