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Test fit for the Yakima Hullraiser Aero J-Cradles for a kayak. I am using the first version of the factory crossbars. I just snuggged the fasteners for now. Everything seems fine and sturdy. The final test will be in May when we head down to Key West again this year. I just purchased one set for now from ebay (new). I am purchasing another set for my other kayak. Last year, I just tied them down to the factory crossbars. At every rest stop we had to tighten down all the straps due to the shifting. We should not have that problem again.
 

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I'm trying to figure out how to make Yakima crossbars work with the factory rails. There is nothing listed on their website at last check.

Right now we carry 2 10' touring Kayaks on Stackers and one 14 MadRiver canoe on our XJ (Cherokee) but there is not enough interior room in the XJ for our gear and we would rather use the XK.
 

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Here's a PM from GoingCOmmando that describes how he made the Yakima bars fit onto the roof channels:

Sorry for the delay. I did find the part numbers though. So you want to get the Yakima Landing Pad #5 (2 pairs), and the Yakima Control Towers. Yakima makes a few different Landing Pads, and these are the parts that actually bolt to different makes and model cars. The Control towers are all the same and just attach to the Landing Pads and the Cross Bars ( I went with the 66" cross bars).

So the trick to all of this is...

Go online and get 1/4"id x 1.5"od XT Fender Washers. The XT part is important, it stands for Extra Thick, and these guys are about 1/8" thick. Then take the socket bolts from the Landing Pad kits and get longer ones from Home Depot (with the same thread).

Now all you have to do is insert the XT washer into the factory rail, put the Yakima nut under it and install the Landing Pads. I used a little Loc-Tight on the threads.

I hope this all makes sense. Good luck, and let me know if you have any questions.


Hope this helps.
 

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Yakima Even Keel for Kayaks

Just purchased the Yakima Even Keel.....cheaper than the Yakima J Cradles on Amazon. Easy install, security, and fit very solid. My confidence level increased for driving 70+mph down the interstate.....just wanted to share this with my fellow paddlers.
 
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