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Old 03-23-2006, 08:48 AM   #1
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hey guys, I just got my TJ a few months ago and love it... however the warmer weather is coming up and I am itching to get my kayak in the water. Anyone have any advice for carriers for the 'yak? I have a softtop so normal roof racks are out. And I know a safari rack would work, but want to hear if someone has other options.
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Old 03-23-2006, 12:38 PM   #2
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The Top Five rack is set up for Thule or Yakima.

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Old 03-27-2006, 11:28 AM   #3
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I haul my canoe tall the time with out a rackto go fishing. I just take the soft top down flip the canoe upside down and set it on top of the roll bar and wind shield frame(using a towel to keep it from rubbing the windshield frame paint) and then ratchet strap it down to my front bumper and spare tire. Haven't had any problem yet and been doing it for three years. just make sure you got it tight so it don't shift on you or slide off.
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Old 03-27-2006, 08:02 PM   #4
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I have a YJ friend with 3" long pieces of tube welded vertically to the ends of his bumpers front and rear. When he needs to haul his canoe he has racks (kind of like upside-down U's) that slide into the tubes on the bumpers. Cotter pins keep them from bouncing out when he hits bumps.

I have 2" receiver boxes on both my front and rear bumpers so I am thinking of fabbing a removeable T-bar type assembly that fit those for hauling a canoe this summer.
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Old 04-30-2006, 10:16 PM   #5
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I bought a bed extender from Harbour Freight. then added pool noodles as cushion on my cage. Strap down my yak and drive. Yak on top really eats up your gas mileage but it travels nice that way. Easy to load and easy to secure.
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Old 04-20-2007, 06:49 AM   #6
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My friend just got his truck bed extender.. It added 2 feet of extra storage room to his truck bed... He can even load his scooter in it and I heard that he did not pay a single cent for the shipping... I forgot though where purchased it..
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Old 04-20-2007, 07:35 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by bspeckchaser View Post
I bought a bed extender from Harbour Freight. then added pool noodles as cushion on my cage. Strap down my yak and drive. Yak on top really eats up your gas mileage but it travels nice that way. Easy to load and easy to secure.
Lol we used pool noodles to carry our canoe, wonderful things pool noodles .
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:14 AM   #8
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I just strap her to the top by the carry handles- front bumper and spare, and a ratchet strap over the middle. If its gonna rain you can do this over a bikini top as well, but Ive never been a fan of paddling in the rain. Ive gotten my jeep up to 75 without it moving too much- its very stable if done right.
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:37 AM   #9
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Spend $250 at home depot and get one of those cheap fold up trailers. More useful than a dedicated yak rack...
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What kind of boat do you have? If its a smaller whitewater boat you can just hang it out the back window. Ive done this several times and it works. Also just strap it on top. It shouldnt go anywhere if you do it tight enough.

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