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podric
Posted: Sep 13, 2022 - 07:40 pm


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I just picked up an 83lb 34" wide "fishing" kayak, it is the second one.
The other one is on a small trailer as it is a beast as far as weight goes.

I like the idea of car topping this one sometimes as I don't always want to tow a trailer.
I also want to put a cargo carrier on top.
I have Malone J racks but their max weight capacity is 75lbs.
What are others doing for heavier kayak transportation without breaking the bank?


thanks.

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Furlong
Posted: Sep 13, 2022 - 08:15 pm


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I just used some velcro rack pads for my 85 pounder (on aero bars). Held well, but I made sure I always had front and rear straps to prevent movement. Would like to get some proper saddles in the future, but still unsure which are suitable. So expensive!!!

I figure these would interfere with a cargo rack, but the price is right, so you could "modify" them to make your situation work

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0852823MX...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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mamona
Posted: Sep 14, 2022 - 08:43 am


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I mounted Thule Squarebars, I think they are 60'' long.

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Posted: Sep 14, 2022 - 03:02 pm


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QUOTE (Furlong @ Sep 13, 2022 - 08:15 pm)
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0852823MX...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1

these things look nice.

question: how well are they staying on the bars? in the process of loading the kayak (from side of car, nose first then turn 90) there will be quite a bit of shifting and i need them to stay still and not roll around the bar, e.g. to the point where the soft side turns under the bar.


i for one am using a pool noodle split lengthwise and taped to the bar. it is both cheap and "cheap". cad 3 / year but looks not that nice although the blue color let me see my car easy in a parking lot

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Furlong
Posted: Sep 15, 2022 - 03:54 pm


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I have aero bars, so those pads stay quite sturdy due to the oblong shape. If you have square bars there should be a pad designed for them.

Can't overstress the importance of front and rear straps, though

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Posted: Sep 16, 2022 - 02:31 pm


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i have the OEM bars, thin enough almost bands not bars so this is not a problem. but i in my experience, when i shift the kayak back and forth to center it on the bars sometimes the padding would roll under the bar because is not slippery enough or just catches on something.


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