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Old 01-30-2012, 09:43 AM   #1
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Roof Rack Thule vs. Over the Bed Thule: What’s More Practical?

Hey all.

I'm looking to ditch my stock roof rack for a set up that will actually be of some real use. Out of local Craig's List ads, I found opportunities to go with a Thule XSporter set up or Thule base and cross 54" rail arrow bars with the 44" fairing, both for the same price (btw a WICKED good deal!!!).

I'm in a bit of a quandary as to what would be more practical. Using the roof keeps the bed clear and allows for use of my tonneau cover to keep things locked up and out of sight, but using the Thule XSporter allows for a larger load...

I'm looking to hook 2 sets of Thule's "J" kayak to transport 2 kayaks. I also tow a pop up camper and mt. bikes at times.

What do you guys use? Prefer? Thoughts???
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:16 PM   #2
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bump, looking for info on this
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It would be for transporting 2 kayaks 90% of the time. I have a 16' aluminum flat stern canoe that would go up there once in a while (duck season) but most of the time just kayaks. Skis in the winter occasionally too.

On a side note, I rigged my Thule J racks up onto the stock roof rack just for s&g's and it not going to work I don't think. They wiggle around and flop fwd and aft real bad. You might be able to get away by tie/securing them through the cargo loops on the rack itself, but with the wind resistance, bumps, flex, whatever, I think you would be pushing the 100lb weight limit and asking for an accident.

Thoughts? Seems the stock Toyota rack is just for looks!
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i was looking for info on this as well. From what i have seen, guys who expo their trucks usually go for the bed basket as it will provide 2 layer storage
example http://ttora.com/forum/showthread.ph...ght=bed+basket

now for what you are thinking the roof will probably be better unless you want to let the boats hang out the back of the truck

this guy is transporting to kayaks
http://ttora.com/forum/showthread.ph...roof+rack+boat


Personally i was thinking about this (see link below), as it owuld be easier to take on and off, no holes in the roof (chances of leaking), and dont have to worry about weight on the bed as much as you would on the roof. Plus this rack just looks sick...love this guys build
http://ttora.com/forum/showthread.ph...ght=bed+basket

hope this helps.
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It would be for transporting 2 kayaks 90% of the time. I have a 16' aluminum flat stern canoe that would go up there once in a while (duck season) but most of the time just kayaks. Skis in the winter occasionally too.

On a side note, I rigged my Thule J racks up onto the stock roof rack just for s&g's and it not going to work I don't think. They wiggle around and flop fwd and aft real bad. You might be able to get away by tie/securing them through the cargo loops on the rack itself, but with the wind resistance, bumps, flex, whatever, I think you would be pushing the 100lb weight limit and asking for an accident.

Thoughts? Seems the stock Toyota rack is just for looks!

here you go op...http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...ml#post4759897
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If you have a 5' bed get the roof rack, if a 6' bed get the bed rack.....or do what i did. I use the front roof bar, and the back bed bar. It gives me a nice long span for strapping down either a 17' canoe or Kayak. One strap around each bar is all i need to hold the boat solid. I need neither a bow or stern tether. I have used this for many years and it has worked brilliantly. The shorter your span between bars the more suseptible your load will be to shifting in windy conditions.
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