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Best Kayak Rack?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by mattd017, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. Jan 4, 2009 at 1:57 PM
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    mattd017

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    I have a Old Town Cayuga 160 (16') and need a rack for it for my new Tacoma. The car roof rack obviously won't work, so I need something new. Anyone using one that they like? Any suggestions? Thanks!
     
  2. Jan 4, 2009 at 2:22 PM
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    Simon's Mom

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    <<-- I have pics in my gallery camera button of my thule system but....

    my kayaks are only 12' Wilderness System Pungos. You could use the goal post that slides into the receiver of your hitch in conjunction with your factory rack no problem. I have seen a few tacomas here and in person with the Thule Xsportster & longer kayaks & canoes.
     
  3. Jan 4, 2009 at 3:38 PM
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    Uhaul-n-azz

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    Get yakima Q Towers have and they work great.
     
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    ERdept

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  5. Jan 4, 2009 at 5:25 PM
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    TheOne

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    I use the Yakima racks and Goal post for my 14' canoe and it works great have had zero issues with that set up
     
  7. Jan 4, 2009 at 7:52 PM
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    That's what I did... works great!

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  8. Jan 14, 2009 at 1:22 PM
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    off road yota

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    rachunter has a homemade setup that is pretty cool. You might take a look at that.:)
     
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    Yes I have them and they are great :D
     
  10. Jan 15, 2009 at 12:15 AM
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    Nice I wanted to know what to do with my 14 ft wilderness system Tsunami now I have some ideas to go on. good thread.
     
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    Forgive my ignorance , are these Thule rack feet a no-drill mount ? I didn't see anything on their website that show exactly how they mount to the roof .
     
  13. Jun 22, 2010 at 8:39 AM
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    dmac11

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    Thule or Yakima have Drill-free mounting options. They both work great. they hook into the door line if you don't have a factory rack.

    You cant go wrong with thule or yakima, both have lifetime warrantees.

    (I sell roof racks and roof rack accessories. But have no Affiliation with either Company)

    Mattd feel free to PM me if you have questions
     
  14. Dec 22, 2011 at 12:17 AM
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    YOU can go wrong with those racks if they are not mounted correct or are not kept in good condition,there are a few pictures on this site of roof damage,saying that i am trying to find a rack system for my truck,i will probably end up with some parts of those two brands.
     
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    i have thule on my camper and USA racks i used when i didnt have the camper
     
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    Here's my rack:

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  18. Dec 22, 2011 at 8:50 AM
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    I used to use a bed extender but this free'd up a lot more room and as you can see you can put all your gear under it. I built it so you can remove the upper frames and still use the trailer with sides for other stuff if not hauling the yaks.
     
  19. Aug 18, 2014 at 4:16 AM
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    I researched the Web for months and ended up buying Trac Rac for my 2012 double cab. Of course had to buy special mounting clamps since the ones that come with it don't work on Tacomas. The racks fit my truck bed just fine but the prow of my Raddison canoe hit the roof of my truck rather than rest on the forward rack. Not adjustable so had to return them. Finally So I talked to some folks at a canoe/kayak shop and ended up with a set of Yakima Q tower roof racks. They fit nicely, go on and off easily and have enough span to support the canoe just fine. Only downside so far is that when I drive it sounds like I am in a wind tunnel. But of course they have "an ap" for that................windscreen accessory!
     
  20. Aug 18, 2014 at 5:15 AM
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    Yakima q towers with a set of kayak stackers on my camper. I have had 8 whitewater boats on my truck with no problems.
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