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The owners manual for my 2008 clearly states "Do not exceed 54kg (120lb) cargo weight on the roof luggage carrier."
I think this is pretty clear and easy to understand, but I also think it doesn't take into account growing concern regarding ratings for offroad use. For example, Rhino Racks lower the load rating for their products for off-road use to 2/3 of the on-road load rating. The theory is that off-road driving can produce uncontrolled conditions that a manufacturer could not reasonably be expected to account for, or at least without doing extensive extreme testing.
If I were to follow this approach, I would comfortably put 120lbs on my factory roof rack for driving on good condition roads, but only 80lbs if I was on rough off-road trails. If I had removed my factory rails/bars and installed an aftermarket product, I would revise my calcs according to the difference in weight between the two.

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