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Old 03-18-2011, 10:54 AM   #1
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Cross bar above windsheild

Hello, new jeep owner here looking for my best option to carry kayaks. I've read all previous threads I could find with this subject, and decided I'd like to stay away from a full roof rack. I also don't want a rack relying on a hard top. I have a Thule Goalpost which I've used to carry both my kayaks on my old Tundra.

I'm looking for a cross bar (maybe a light bar) I can install for the front of my 2011 4-door, which I'll use as a front support for the kayaks. I mention light bars, because I'm not sure if they can handle the weight of two 10' kayaks.

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Old 03-18-2011, 11:34 AM   #2
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Don't know if the weight is as big a factor as the combined aerodynamic load at speed. Static weight is magnified by wind pressure in hauling such loads. I know pickups in this part of the country frequently carry largish boats on similar postions....but they have very secure attachment points.

Probably there's ways to research that.

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Old 03-18-2011, 12:07 PM   #3
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I have a couple of kayaks, and my 11' Wilderness weighs in at 48#, my wife's 10' Walden is only 40#. So you aren't going to have any weight up there to speak of...but a lot of 'mass' for the wind to hit. You are going to want to STRAP them down in addition to tying the prows down. Can't do too much tie down...you don't want to see your kayak bouncing behind you in the rear view mirror! We did talk to a wrangler TJ owner a year ago-he had permanent racks bolted onto his hardtop and a couple of 'yaks up there and said they rode just fine-no problems. I think he had Thule upright holders on the bars.
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Old 03-18-2011, 12:15 PM   #4
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I cheat-if it is nice enough to Kayak, top is off the jeep!!! I have a 38# Old Towne that rides just fine laying across the roll bar and front windshield. Total 4 straps two around Kayak body front (over the front seats) and rear (back seat area) and roll bars. One to front bumper/light bar and one to rear bumper. IDK how I would do though if hauling 2-maybe small utility trailer? Not sure could fit 2 side by side.
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:38 PM   #5
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I saw someone selling a setup like that a few weeks ago on ebay. Here's the picture from their rig. I went with a full rack instead.
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:01 PM   #6
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Is your jeep 2 or 4 door? If its a 4 door, you boats might not be long enough to rest on the light bar and the goal post. I have a 4 door JK and use the goal post and foam boat block above the windshield and my 13 foot malibu pro-explorer boat is barely long enough to rest on both. I am considering a light bar as well for added stability.
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Old 03-20-2011, 03:46 PM   #7
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I put a hitch on both front and rear bumpers and have a "t-bar" for each hitch. the t-bars are adjustable to match the light bar from rugged ridge which is just a little higher than the windshield frame. the weather is too crummy for pictures but here is part of the light bar. it is quite stout and the top half can be removed to reduce wind noise and keep the mpg`s up when not in use. (sorry cin-bar in texas, not real easy to load yak)
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the light bar from rugged ridge which is just a little higher than the windshield frame.
I have a used RR light bar if you want to drive down to PA and pick it up for $20...
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Old 03-20-2011, 07:29 PM   #9
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I`d drive down but i don`t need 2 light bars.
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I`d drive down but i don`t need 2 light bars.
Directed @ OP just quoted for reference but hey why not have 2 or 3 or even 4.......

Truth be told the RR bar is a noisy POS that gets rusty water all down the sides of the jeep from inside the bar but would work for this application.
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:11 PM   #11
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Noisy yes, i take the top half off when not in use. Guess i could use lower posts for flag pole holders.
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SF kilo, Where in PA r u?
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:45 PM   #14
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I was looking into options for light bars (listed below). I see a couple of you feel RR is noisy, but has anyone used the Olympic? It is by far the cheapest option out there, so wondering if the quality is representative of the price?

Olympic Folding Maxi Light Bar -http://www.quadratec.com/products/12110_040X_PG.htm
Rugged ridge - http://www.quadratec.com/products/12110_5202_07.htm
CARR XRS Rota Light Bar - http://www.quadratec.com/products/12110_4000_07.htm
Warrior Front Light Bar - http://www.quadratec.com/products/12110_040X_PG.htm

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