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01/19/2021 05:59PM  
Been a while since I bought one. Was a Yakima rack guy last time around, but that was 15 years ago, not sure where they are at as a company anymore. I just picked up an Isuzu Trooper and was weighing my options as to get a rack or what kind etc. I still have my Yakima equipped GMC pickup, but she’s got 301 on her so it might be time to let er go and rack up the new sled. Googling Yakima got me the sports department parts at Walmart. Any suggestions, I’d like to hear em.

I have a Prism and a Spirit II. I can get them both on my bars I have now, 60” maybe. Hard to get info on Yakima. Are they still an option.

Cheers, scat
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01/19/2021 06:40PM  
When I was trying to sell one of their racks late summer, I was able to find out the current price they were going for at their site. Not sold on short notice and will probably list in the spring.

It is Dodge Minivan or Voyager specific non-gutter rack and will be $100.00 when listed. Anyone going to be in St. Louis, Mo, and wants it, I would meet you for an early sale. Pictures are available on the For Sale/Wanted Forum around August to Sept.
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01/19/2021 06:48PM  
Yes, they are still an option. We have been using Yakima racks for 30 years. We've kept our 2 sets of bars (to carry a single canoe, and also 2 canoes). We just change the towers whenever we get a new vehicle, because of coarse each cars roof is different. We've been happy with them.

Yakima now has some new bars that are flatter, but they also still sell round bars, and towers to match. REI carries them.

You can also try which should take you to the page where you can type in your vehicle info to see which towers etc are the right fit. I think you can order directly from their website.

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01/19/2021 07:02PM  
I have bought my last racks from Rackattack in Minneapolis. They store in several other cities. They carry both Yakima and Thule. Tried to add the link but doesn’t seem to work on my IPad.
01/20/2021 09:10AM  
I've been using Yakima for decades. Yes they're pricey but you get what you pay for. I put them on and don't take it off until I sell my car. You can buy Yakima stuff from a multitude of vendors, not just Walmart. Walmart on line has a lot of high quality items that you would never find in their stores. so don't let that deter you.
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01/20/2021 12:58PM  
Recommend giving Malone racks a look. They have a wide variety of racks and even trailers. Competitive prices and carried by most of the major outdoor retailers.
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01/21/2021 05:33PM  
I have the towers and long enough bars set up on my pickup topper, problem I see is getting it disassembled with the rust and all, but it’s worth a try. I will need new round bars, mine got bent carrying a 6x12x22’ rough sawn cedar timber that I didn’t tie down tight enough and it slid too far to the middle. Don’t do that. Never get that out. One guy told me that you can just get some same diameter black gas pipe with two caps, but that might be too punk rock.

Thanks for the feed back. I will look into taking what I have apart and reusing it and getting a couple new bars.
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01/21/2021 07:28PM  
I have Thule roof racks with two different cross bar options (Evo bars and 78" square bars) for the cab of my truck. I have a Goalpost hitch mount rack also. If I use the hitch mount I only use one roof rack. The install in about 5 minutes per rack and fit like a glove. I have a 2017 and a 2018 F150 SuperCrew and it's nice to have a system that fits both. I went back and forth between Yakima and Thule for about a year before I finally finalized my decision. The cost was relatively the same for either system.
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01/21/2021 09:11PM  
Thule 78" square load bars when I carry two canoes. I've fit side by side wenonah boundary waters, so I guess that means I could fit any two canoes with these. I own a wenonah BW and prism, and as I recall these were the only thule bars that I could reliably fit both up there.

The 78" load bars are pretty darn wide for day to day use. I nearly hit my head each time stepping out of the vw atlas. For routine day to day and single canoe hauling, I also have the wing blade evo bars which are the same width as the top of the vehicle. can't speak for yakima, but both thule sets have rubber on top of the bar so I don't need to pad the canoe or bar at all.

I'd start by figuring out the width you need to haul with those two specific canoes. Then figure out the narrowest system that can hold both. Or if you plan to haul two tandems at some point, go big right away.

I used to go with custom cut/stacked 2x4s with foam on them. I hate canoe hauling. Albeit expensive, I really really appreciate not dealing with those things sliding around anymore.

01/21/2021 11:09PM  
I have Thule square bars for my 2020 Ford 150 pickup.I have had these square bars since the mid 90’s. Wish I had the newer Thule Aeroblades because they are more aerodynamic and make less noise. My bars are 78 inches long so I can carry 2 canoes or sea kayaks side by side. I use Thule Feet with Locks that attach the bar to my roof.

I also use a Thule GOAL POST that attaches to my rear hitch. I like the Goal Post as I can open and close my pickup bed liner or my locking Fiberglass cap. I want to store my packs and equipment in my pickup bed and be able to get to it. The only downside with a Goal Post is that you can’t put the pickup bed gate down when your Goal Post is attached to your hitch.

I really like this setup. Quick and easy to secure and very stable at high speeds going up 600 miles to Quetico.
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01/22/2021 12:46AM  
HistoryDoc: "Recommend giving Malone racks a look..."

Yes. Good stuff. Good prices.
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01/22/2021 08:28PM  

This is my new sled. I think it’s punk rock cool. Might be worthy of a couple bars on top. Preciate the feed back.
I bought this Suzy, next morning was dead on my driveway, not kidding you, bad starter. She’s my honey now, long may she roll.

Cheers, scat
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