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Roof Rack Width?

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9 years 6 months ago #17018 by Swimmer
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If you've got a towbar on your car, you can put a T bar on it which provides another adjustable height rack at the rear of the car. You don't need to use the sling part, just the rack.

www.rhinorack.com.au/AccSubCategory_Kaya...ling-kit_534_78.aspx

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9 years 6 months ago #17019 by sAsLEX
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Swimmer wrote: If you've got a towbar on your car, you can put a T bar on it which provides another adjustable height rack at the rear of the car. You don't need to use the sling part, just the rack.

www.rhinorack.com.au/AccSubCategory_Kaya...ling-kit_534_78.aspx


Mine cost a bottle of rum to the welder, the rhino option is rather pricey!

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9 years 6 months ago #17020 by Swimmer
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That's alright if you happen to know a welder, I didn't, so I kept the rum for myself! :)

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9 years 6 months ago - 9 years 6 months ago #17021 by Kocho
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Looks good! Mine is very similar, except it is made of a pair of 6"x5'x1" hardwood boards (weather-proofed) to which I have attached Yakima Mako saddles. The boards are attached to the roof rack bars (round Yakima in my case) with regular Yakima plastic clips and hardware, only using longer bolts through the boards. My setup keeps the boats lower than yours or other V-rack systems.

www.pbase.com/kocho/image/106907342/original.jpg
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9 years 6 months ago #17022 by Swimmer
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Kocho wrote: Looks good! Mine is very similar, except it is made of a pair of 6"x5'x1" hardwood boards (weather-proofed) to which I have attached Yakima Mako saddles. The boards are attached to the roof rack bars (round Yakima in my case) with regular Yakima plastic clips and hardware, only using longer bolts through the boards. My setup keeps the boats lower than yours or other V-rack systems.

www.pbase.com/kocho/image/106907342.jpg


Good job! Nice boat as well!

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9 years 6 months ago - 9 years 6 months ago #17023 by Kocho
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Thanks! Old photo... Boat is Current Designs Nomad (aka Extreme). Both the boat and the old Prius are gone now, but the rack lives on my newer vehicle and continues to carry surfskis and kayaks.

Here is a slightly bigger version: www.pbase.com/kocho/image/106907342/original.jpg

It is also more versatile than a 1-rail system. I can, without tools, slide one side of the rack as wide as needed to accomodate different widths boats. From a surf ski to a 3-foot wide recreational canoe fit just fine. Long white water boats also fit on top of the saddles, where short ones just lay on the wood part (both without mods compared to carrying a ski or kayak on the rack). So, very convenient.

The attachment is also removable by hand (just remove the Yakima wing nuts). So I can replace the boat carrier with a ski carrier or a bike carrier or just leave the bars bare to cary wood stock for home improvement projects...
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9 years 6 months ago #17027 by JML
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Pic 6 is how it attaches to standard roof racks.

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9 years 6 months ago - 9 years 6 months ago #17046 by Rod Thomas
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Before and after. I made a rack out of light steel girders and 2 spare roof rack bars.
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9 years 5 months ago #17240 by jean pierre
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9 years 5 months ago #17256 by Bill L
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I don't think this will work; there is no place to carry your paddle.

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9 years 5 months ago #17257 by jean pierre
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i knew i forgot something !!!

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9 years 5 months ago #17342 by Physio
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I had some aluminium box and channel welded up and clamped to cross bars to give wider support.


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9 years 5 months ago #17351 by Kocho
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Here are more ideas (one is more realistic :) )

vimeo.com/39500327

www.oceankayak.com/fishing/blog/the_side_kayak_car/

jean pierre wrote:

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