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post #1 of 8 Old 03-22-2013, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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crossbars and kayak rack

Anyone have a good setup for carrying two 10' kayaks? Preferably under 300$? I only have the factory side bars on my 08 jeep liberty

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-22-2013, 12:10 PM
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Well, if you want an inexpensive set of crossbars they are easily made with 1" steel square section tubing that you can find at your local Home Depot. Cut to the proper length and fitted with square "U" bolts they are solid and dependable.









Now, working out the vertical parts to slide the kayaks in between will be a bit trickier, but I'm guessing that more steel tubing and clamps would solve that problem too. Or just a crapload of bungee cords. That always works.
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post #3 of 8 Old 03-22-2013, 05:25 PM
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I have a very similar setup to Wearyman's, but I used round bars and twice as many U-bolts. No complaints here either after hauling heavy stuff. Be sure to use lock nuts so they don't loosen down the road. That first pic was just for fit and regular nuts were on there temporarily.






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post #4 of 8 Old 03-23-2013, 07:04 AM
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Has anyone had any issues with bars sliding or gouging the heck out of their side rails?
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post #5 of 8 Old 03-23-2013, 01:26 PM
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No issues. I should mention I put a rubber washer in between the crossbars and the side rails to provide some protection from slipping or gouging. I also didn't torque the heck out of the u-bolt nuts, and stopped when they were good and snug. Some folks have crushed their side rails slightly by cranking down too hard on the u-bolts. The galvanized pipe I used for crossbars is far stronger than the side rails.

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post #6 of 8 Old 03-24-2013, 01:25 AM
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No issues. I should mention I put a rubber washer in between the crossbars and the side rails to provide some protection from slipping or gouging. I also didn't torque the heck out of the u-bolt nuts, and stopped when they were good and snug. Some folks have crushed their side rails slightly by cranking down too hard on the u-bolts. The galvanized pipe I used for crossbars is far stronger than the side rails.
Thanks for the write-ups and feedback. I intend to hit this project soon and looking at all my options.
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post #7 of 8 Old 03-24-2013, 09:50 AM
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You should just get some high quality used gear. I just got a complete Yakima set up for snow sports off Craigslist for a total of $230. Had to find a couple different listings to piece together, but saved a ton of $. Set up would be over $450 new at REI. Included 4 rail grabs, two crossbars (FYI KK's need at least 58"), two board carriers and a set of six locks.
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post #8 of 8 Old 03-24-2013, 03:52 PM
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