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Unread 03-11-2013, 08:03 PM   #16
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Tried up top - TOO NOISY FOR ME - went trailer

Hello There,

I went through quite a process figuring what works best for me with my 14.5' and 15.5' kayaks.

I started off with a Konga Kage with Yakima hardware up top:





But the darn rack was SO NOISY - I got rid of it and went to an aluminum trailer for kayaks - built kayak bunks:





The trailer can also be used to haul stuff - I built a box for it:





This trailer is only 280 Lbs without spare, so I stay well within towing capacity.

Good luck with your choices!! Joe

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Unread 03-11-2013, 08:14 PM   #17
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Unread 04-02-2013, 02:42 PM   #18
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But the darn rack was SO NOISY - I got rid of it and went to an aluminum trailer for kayaks - built kayak bunks:
Less than 5 bucks I could have cured the noise issue and it doesn't look bad.

I'll post some pics later.
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Unread 04-03-2013, 04:37 AM   #19
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Less than 5 bucks I could have cured the noise issue and it doesn't look bad.

I'll post some pics later.
Please do, we picked up a Kongo rack for free of craigslist because the prior owner complained about the rust dripping on his new soft top. I was planning on welding it to prevent water and rust but the RTV sealant I used seems to be holding up nicely. Although it doesn't look very clean it doesn't have any water issues.

My wife complains about the noise and gas mileage all the time and if I can fix one of the two that would be great.
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Unread 04-17-2013, 01:22 PM   #20
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I see this is a fairly old thread, but this is how I carry mine.


FireMedic,
I like your set-up. How is the back fastened? It looks like it's tied to something in the interior but I can't tell what. I'd like to try that with mine.

I also have an old Thule 45058 roof rack (two 58" bars) which I've heard can serve as a good rack for hauling a kayak on a Wrangler (top down only). I may give that a whirl. Does anyone have any feedback on using the 45058 and foot pads with their Jeep?
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Unread 04-17-2013, 01:37 PM   #21
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Roof Rack

I installed Yakima rails on my hardtop. I have towers and crossbars and I have kayiak mounts that go on the bars.

Got the rails, towers and cross bars from Quadratec.
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Unread 04-17-2013, 01:39 PM   #22
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why bother with a rack? (an oldie, but a goodie)
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I like your set-up. How is the back fastened? It looks like it's tied to something in the interior but I can't tell what. I'd like to try that with mine.

I also have an old Thule 45058 roof rack (two 58" bars) which I've heard can serve as a good rack for hauling a kayak on a Wrangler (top down only). I may give that a whirl. Does anyone have any feedback on using the 45058 and foot pads with their Jeep?
I flipped the back seat up and hooked the draw straps to the lower seat bar. You can also catch the 2 points on the floor, but I just found the bar to be quick and easy
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Easiest way I found. Lots of extra space under them also for gear.
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Unread 04-17-2013, 06:50 PM   #25
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Here's what i do when I don't have the top down for potential rain while I'm out or just feeling lazy. It doesn't look good, but it works.
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I've been kayaking for 25 years and used Thules on a series of Saabs. There's a lot of wind pressure on them, especially at highway speeds so I'd be a little wary of some of the home handyman solutions shown, especially if you have to travel any distance. I'm not sure I trust the strength of the fiberglass rain gutters either. The problem with racks is they make a lot of noise and effect gas mileage even when empty. Then there's the problem of getting the kayaks up on them--Jeeps are pretty tall. I think a trailer is the best solution unless you live on a lake like I do.
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I have yet to see anything on here that is anything close to unsafe. All of the kayaks I've seen are lashed down securely

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I've been kayaking for 25 years and used Thules on a series of Saabs. There's a lot of wind pressure on them, especially at highway speeds so I'd be a little wary of some of the home handyman solutions shown, especially if you have to travel any distance. I'm not sure I trust the strength of the fiberglass rain gutters either. The problem with racks is they make a lot of noise and effect gas mileage even when empty. Then there's the problem of getting the kayaks up on them--Jeeps are pretty tall. I think a trailer is the best solution unless you live on a lake like I do.
I can't speak for your jeep, but as far as gas mileage goes, I would bet that a small rack on top wouldn't affect gas mileage nearly as bad as pulling a trailer. I've never had a rack on top, but I have pulled 4x8 trailers and my i6 doesn't like it too much.
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I've been kayaking for 25 years and used Thules on a series of Saabs. There's a lot of wind pressure on them, especially at highway speeds so I'd be a little wary of some of the home handyman solutions shown, especially if you have to travel any distance. I'm not sure I trust the strength of the fiberglass rain gutters either. The problem with racks is they make a lot of noise and effect gas mileage even when empty. Then there's the problem of getting the kayaks up on them--Jeeps are pretty tall. I think a trailer is the best solution unless you live on a lake like I do.
On mine I used paracord around the roll bars to connect the tow straps. It didn't budge.
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Unread 04-23-2013, 09:33 PM   #30
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I like ratchet tie-downs a lot. I've put light mounts for the front and bolted small handles to the hard top for the back , for this summers extended highway trips I'll be bolting on another pair of handles just behind the doors for a third strap , just to be sure. These are only 10'.
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