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Old 03-22-2014, 03:22 PM   #1
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Kayaking and Jeeps

I have a Tj and I am about to get a kayak. Anyone have any tips about securing it to the top of my jeep? Thanks

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Old 03-25-2014, 11:01 AM   #2
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Yeah. Get a rack. lol ;-)
This is Steve wood from the Creek Freaks and Roanoke Area Paddlers.

Really is no easy way to strap it on a soft top without either the top down or a rack.

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Old 03-25-2014, 11:07 AM   #3
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Not to argue but a different perspective....when I had a half top I ran with Kayaks on top...but there is no "framework". That is the key, not having framework. So....

For me Bikini or safari top or Halftop or Frameless NX are the options, and I do 2 side by side with 2 ratchet straps around the Kayak and the Rollbar
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Old 03-25-2014, 11:10 AM   #4
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Here is my TJ with my Smittybuilt SRC rack I got for Christmass on it. I left the center bar off the rack and covered the bars with pipe insalation from Lowes. Works great. Getting a Thule paddle carryer for it soon. $299 free shipping just about everywhere. So equivalent to a Thule or Yakima setup price wise.

Easy to install. Less than an hour with two people.

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Old 03-25-2014, 11:29 AM   #5
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Picked these two up at Walmart last night to lock the boat on the rack. There are some thieving people out there!

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Old 03-28-2014, 11:47 AM   #6
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My playboat fits on a hitch cargo tray on the back. I either put it inside or on he back until I get a rack over my soft top. But that'll only work with short boats. I think it's not supposed to extend beyond the widest points (mirrors).
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:18 AM   #7
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Thanks for the advice. I finally got my kayak a few days ago and used ratchet straps with the top down. I just don't like the looks of racks on jeeps.
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Disclaimer: I don't own a kayak but I do have the tow pkg on my JKURX.

What about something hitch mounted?

http://m.autoanything.com/roof-racks/69A6612A0A0.aspx

Again that was just a google search so is do some checking. Just trying to help!
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Old 04-04-2014, 05:45 AM   #9
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That or equivalent would work with one of the windshield mounted light bars for the front. I have seen the non name brand rear hitch mounted bars like this much cheeper though.

If it is a whitewater boat it ( the boat ) may be too short though.
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:02 AM   #10
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Or a trailer.

The Yakima trailers start at $ 2,149.00

But you can get a heavier duty boat trailer at Harbor freight for $399.00.

http://m.harborfreight.com/interests...ires-5002.html

I would take off the bow and keel guide wheels and the hull skids. Then bolt two pieces of square metal tubing on the frame and you have the same thing but heavier for < $500.00
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:20 AM   #11
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I am trying to figure how I can get a longer tongue for this one. If I can affordably, I might buy it and put bars on it. The basket would allow carrying paddling gear easily .

http://www.lowes.com/pd_253168-15476...les_dollar%7C1
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:29 AM   #12
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Just saw this trailer at Harbor freight's site. 1 3/4 ton rating . You could strap quite a few kayaks to it as is and it folds up. $299.99
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:31 AM   #13
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Sorry. Here is the link
And sorry it is just over a half ton rating.

http://m.harborfreight.com/1195-lb-c...els-90154.html
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Really great options but trailer storage is a problem for me. For now the ratchet strap method is working great.
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:59 AM   #16
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Great setup
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Old 04-09-2014, 01:52 PM   #17
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I have an 05 LJ and put two kayaks on with my top down and secure them to the front bumper (Stinger) and back bumper (Tow Hooks) and one ratchet strap across the center and never have a problem. I'll try to post a picture later!
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I have an 05 LJ and put two kayaks on with my top down and secure them to the front bumper (Stinger) and back bumper (Tow Hooks) and one ratchet strap across the center and never have a problem. I'll try to post a picture later!
I run a similar setup on my Tj. I have a stinger too
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I saw a TJ on the road a few weeks back near Alexander Springs with Four Kayaks mounted on top. Two above two, on a roof rack system, coming at me on the two lane road I could not tell what it was until it got close......lol.

As we passed we both gave the Jeep wave......they were smiling and having a good time........all is good in Jeep land!
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Old 04-13-2014, 10:39 PM   #20
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Got out to do a little Yaking on the river with some friends yesterday. Snapped this pic of my Tj with the SRC rack and boat in the putin parking lot . Made a note to self to keep a jacket in the console for cool early spring evening rides home with the top off while wearing wet swim trunks. lol :-)

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Old 04-19-2014, 06:49 AM   #21
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Friend of mine built this carrier for his jeep yesterday with aluminum tubing from home depot. He says all materials were about $60

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Old 05-07-2014, 09:14 PM   #22
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I have an 8 foot sit on top that I just run through the rear window. It rests on the spare and is just strapped to the roll bar on the inside.

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