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#1 Old 08-30-2011, 11:55 AM
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How should I carry 2 kayaks on an 01?

I've been looking and the options I see are very expensive. What is the most cost effect way for me to safely transport 2 kayaks on my roof rack?

I've seen a couple people that just say pads others say a rack system. I'd really appreciate some help! I am looking for purchase a pair of kayaks this weekend.
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#2 Old 08-30-2011, 12:13 PM
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guess it depends on how often you plan to carry them, how far, and what size/type.

For the occasional trip, not too far, yeah, pads a and strap them up there good and tight. If you plan on taking them with you often or for long trips invest in a quality carrier that will hold them securely without having to worry about them sliping around on pads.

Keep in mind the people travelling behind you, if a kayak comes off at freeway speeds you could cause quite a bit of mayhem behind you, and you would be liable for all of it.
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what kayak rack fits on the stock crossbars? Will the thule j racks fit? Anyone know?
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I use the Yakima Hullraiser aero's been good to me so far. Pretty. Bad picture as I only have one rack installed. But I do have two and mount them side by side.

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Thanks for the info - So it does fit on the stop crossbars?
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Yeah they fit the stock rack right from the box. Universal by design. Make sure you get the hullraiser aero and not just the plain hullraiser. The aero contains the universal mounts. When I get home I'll snap you a few pictures so you can see how they work.
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Well did some digging here is another that shows how they work. Just clamps around the roof rails.



Kinda nice that they are so universal. They will fit pretty much anything with rails. Its nice the J racks hold them high. The rear hatch opens fully and around town you don't even notice them up there. If your short you might have to bring a step stool as I'm 6.3 and its right at the limit of reach for me I am lifted though. Comes with all the straps and stuff you need. I don't use the bow and stern straps just the ones on the racks. I took them offroad up steep hills and battered them with trees its really solid.

If you don't want to go the j rack route you could go with hully rollers. Pretty much the kit contains wheels which mount to the rear cross rail. A rubber hull block attaches to the front rail. This allows you to push your kayak on to the roof from the back which is easier then lifting the kayak over the truck. Not positive you could fit two side by side though. I know it would work if you did one j rack and one roller.
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Thanks for all the info! I ended up getting hull-a-port pros on craigslist for a really good price. All they needed were longer carriage bolts and they worked out great!
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Got them mounted. Stock bolts didn't work so I got longer carriage bolts.. worked like a charm!

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