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Looking for Kayak Carrier Recommendations

I've got an Artec industries roof rack..the cross rails are fairly wide. Looking for recommendations on a good universal kayak mount that I can put up there.

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Before I had anything fancy, I just strapped em down to the factory rails and cross bars. Now we use Yakima Jay-lows.

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Check this thread out, it has a some more pics. Canoes and Kayaks on roof
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I can't remember the model but I have Malone J hooks that fold flat. They are great.

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Before I had anything fancy, I just strapped em down to the factory rails and cross bars. Now we use Yakima Jay-lows.

Was initially considering strapping them down..seems like the simplest solution, but I started looking at those jay-lows..couldn't figure out whether they would work with these cross bars and artec has not been responsive..
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Was initially considering strapping them down..seems like the simplest solution, but I started looking at those jay-lows..couldn't figure out whether they would work with these cross bars and artec has not been responsive..
We did a 6hr trip with them just strapped to the OE cross bars before getting the J Lows. Both strapped to the rails, not each other.

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We did a 6hr trip with them just strapped to the OE cross bars before getting the J Lows. Both strapped to the rails, not each other.

yeah, I figured the crossbars wouldn't have any trouble..just trying to find something that would make it easier..
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Depends on what kind of kayak? Sea kayak, recreational, whitewater? The shape of hull or the deck would determine what you need. i.e Kayak stackers, J bars, or rollers.


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I bet the Thule big mouth clamps would fit over those.

I put my Thule crossbars from my E46 wagon on mine last summer. Problem is with about 3" of lift and a fairly heavy tandem kayak it's tough to get it on-off. If I had one of those setups that swung down over the side it would be WAY better. But they are really expensive for the 2-3 times a season I seem to get out these days. Was way easier when I had single boats and a tacoma.
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I bet the Thule big mouth clamps would fit over those.

I put my Thule crossbars from my E46 wagon on mine last summer. Problem is with about 3" of lift and a fairly heavy tandem kayak it's tough to get it on-off. If I had one of those setups that swung down over the side it would be WAY better. But they are really expensive for the 2-3 times a season I seem to get out these days. Was way easier when I had single boats and a tacoma.
Thanks, I'll take a look at those.

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Depends on what kind of kayak? Sea kayak, recreational, whitewater? The shape of hull or the deck would determine what you need. i.e Kayak stackers, J bars, or rollers.


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I'm just looking at a basic recreational sit on top kayak..something to use in the creeks and river around my house, maybe a little fishing..nothing fancy.
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Thanks, I'll take a look at those.




I'm just looking at a basic recreational sit on top kayak..something to use in the creeks and river around my house, maybe a little fishing..nothing fancy.


If you are just strapping on a basic rec. kayak then get whatever rack your wallet allows you to. Don't worry about the kayak as it'll strap on OEM rack or any Thule/ yakima rack you add. It'll even strap up on any of those expensive full rack.
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