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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:46 am 
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Hi,

I'm going to be driving 4 hours to purchase a used Outback and a small bass boat from a friend. I have a 2017 Audi Allroad and I have a narrow (~22" wide) ski rack on the Audi crossbars that I actually use for my fly rods. This leaves about 25 more inches of crossbar width to put the Outback on. I really want to keep the fly rod holder up there because it prevents me from breaking them putting them in and our of the vehicle. For this reason, I cannot lay the Outback down on the crossbarsn due to its width of 33 inches.

I was going to use the Yakima JayLow, but the maximum kayak width it accommodates is 32" and I have heard people have issues with that one specific to mounting the wide Outback. Does anyone know of a J-Hook type roof rack that will accommodate the Outback?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:49 am 
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You might get it to fit as is, depends on how wide the spread apart the bars are since. You can always get upgraded Thule X Bars and a fit kit - instead of using the factory rails... then you can go wider. That would be better than a J Cradle on stock bars. We recommend up side down storage and transport for the kayaks - this is so that you don't distort the hull. I bet that setup would cost you less too.. but again - you might get it to fit since the widest point of the boat is only in the middle - so you might get it to fit the stick setup, but my guess is wider X Bars are in your future.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:57 am 
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Thanks. My factory bars are pretty narrow, so maybe wider x bars are the solution so I can lay it down next to the rod holders.

Do you typically recommend laying them straight on the x bars, or getting a saddle product to support the kayak?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:28 am 
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nchiarel4 wrote:
Thanks. My factory bars are pretty narrow, so maybe wider x bars are the solution so I can lay it down next to the rod holders.

Do you typically recommend laying them straight on the x bars, or getting a saddle product to support the kayak?


Flat upside- down onto the x bars is best - not right side up with cradles... the easiest (and least expensive method too.. Bonus!) You can put the pads on the x bars - we offer some nice Hobie ones (we have aero style and regular in two different widths 24" and 36" in our catalog, talk to your Hobie dealer - we also have Hobie cinch straps)

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