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New-for-2014 Thule 819 Portage Canoe Rack Now Available

june 9, 2014 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

New-for-2014 Thule 819 Portage Canoe Rack Now Available
New-for-2014 Thule 819 Portage Canoe Rack Now Available

The introduction of the latest generation car roof canoe carrier, the 819 Thule Portage canoe rack, marks significant new standards in intelligent design and engineering, easy functionality, high-performance features, universal compatibility, and slick, modern good looks. The Thule 819 Portage is arguably the vehicle car roof canoe rack industry's most user-friendly carrier to date, thanks to impressive new technological innovations such as the proprietary FlipFit universal mounts, enabling the Portage to install and mount quick and simple onto both factory racks and after-market base rack cross bars (also called car rack cross rails), including square and round crossbars from Thule, SportRack, ProRack, Malone, Inno, Yakima, as well as today's modern designed noiseless, aerodynamic roof rack cross bars. The durable, curved gunwales make sliding the canoe up and over the cross bar brackets easier than ever. Plus, the included quick-adjust, heavy-duty canoe straps and bow-stern tie-downs create multiple points of contact between boat, roofrack, and vehicle for super-secure and very safe transport. The Portage is also an excellent attachment for trailer receiver hitch mounted canoe trailers, a superb solution for super easy canoe loading / unloading, superior fuel economy compared to roof canoe carrier configurations, and more.

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tags: 819 thule portage canoe carrier for car roof tops - fits aeroblade bars, xsporter truck rack, round-square yakima, sportrack, prorack, inno, malone, thule cross rails, factory racks, etc.

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New-for-2014 Thule SUP Shuttle Stand-Up Paddleboard, Surfboards Rack Now Available

june 8, 2014 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

New-for-2014 Thule SUP Shuttle Stand-Up Paddleboard, Surfboards Rack Now Available
New-for-2014 Thule SUP Shuttle Stand-Up Paddleboard, Surfboards Rack Now Available

With so many beautiful warm days to spend on the water, there couldn't be a better time to announce the release and purchase availability of the 'new for the 2014 summer season' 811 Thule SUP Shuttle stand-up paddleboards rack (also serves double-duty as an equally fine car roof surfboard carrier.) The outstanding 811 SUP Shuttle is equipped to carry up to 2 SUPs, surfboards (and you can combine carrying stand-up paddleboards and surfboards at the same time). Features cushioned surfboard / SUP board pads with telescope-style adjustment along the length of the vehicle base rack cross bars to custom fit the width of any size and style SUP, surfboard, while also greatly enhancing equipment protection and snug,secure stability. Includes pair of heavy-duty surf strap with adjustable padding for lashing down the board(s) snug and slip-free. The revolutionary, proprietary Thule reversible FlipFit mounting brackets make the 811 SUP Shuttle compatible with classic style square and round crossbars (from leading brands such as Thule, Yakima, Malone, Inno, ProRack, SportRack, etc.), technologically advanced, noiseless aerodynamic-elliptical cross bars, and factory rack cross rails. The 811 SUP Shuttle also serves as a superb surfboard-SUP board attachment for trailer receiver hitch mounted sport trailers, an excellent solution for hassle-free stand-up paddleboards and surfboards loading / unloading, greater fuel savings compared to car roof SUP carrier configurations, and more.

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tags: 811 thule sup shuttle stand-up paddleboard carrier-surfboard rack for car rooftop - fits aeroblade load bars, xsporter truck rack, square-round cross rails by inno, sportrack, prorack, malone, thule, yakima, factory racks, etc.

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All-New 527 Thule Paceline Bike Racks Now Shipping

may 1, 2014 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

All-New 527 Thule Paceline Bike Racks Now Shipping
All-New 527 Thule Paceline Bike Racks Now Shipping

With the roads free of snow and the trails drying up nice and buff, it is our pleasure to announce, with perfect timing, the arrival of Thule Racks all-new 527 Paceline fork-mount bike carrier. In-stock and now shipping, the outstanding performance and feature packed 527 Paceline continues Thule’s surging trend development of easy-to-use technologies. Highlights include the patented auto-clamp precision dial, which lets you load and secure your bicycle one-handed, delivering the precise amount of pressure on the bike fork; Elevated rear wheel cradle and ratchet strap for improved bike fit; vehicle car roof mount bike rack industry leading installation brackets that universally mount to factory racks, and aftermarket multi-purpose base rack system cross rails (also called cross bars) from leading brands such as Thule, Yakima, Whispbar, RockyMounts, ProRack, SportRack, Malone, Inno crossbars and more; best-in-class bike tray that delivers super-strength and lightweight aluminum construction, durability, weather-resistance, along with modern, low-profile design styling. Lockable using the Thule One-Key-System lock solution. The 527 Paceline bike rack also serves as a superb attachment for trailer receiver hitch mounted bike trailers, an excellent option for hassle-free bicycle loading / unloading, greater fuel savings compared to car roof bike carrier configurations, and more.

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tags: 527 thule paceline fork mount bicycle carrier for car rooftop - fits factory racks, xsporter pickup truck rack, aeroblade load bars, square-round cross rails by yakima, sportrack, prorack, malone, thule, inno, etc.

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SportRack Trailer Hitch Basket, Cargo Box, Luggage Bag for Roof Rack Cross Bars

november 19, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

SportRack Trailer Hitch Basket, Cargo Box, Luggage Bag for Roof Rack Cross Bars
SportRack Trailer Hitch Basket, Cargo Box, Luggage Bag for Roof Rack Cross Bars

ALL-NEW SPORTRACK ROOFTOP AND TRAILER HITCH BASKETS, ROOF CROSS RAIL BOXES, AND CAR RACK CARGO BAGS

Check out the complete selection of SportRack cargo roof boxes, rooftop luggage bags, roof cross bar baskets, and trailer hitch receiver gear baskets -- all new for 2013! As a division of the Thule Group, SportRack products deliver trusted, name-brand quality, performance and wallet-friendly economy in one. And their terrific new product line of luggage car rack systems guarantees a safe and convenient way to transport your gear no matter what carrying configuration you’ve got; from cargo roof boxes, cartop luggage bags, roof and trailer hitch baskets. The roof rack crossbar mounting luggage gear boxes, baskets and bags are all designed for universal versatility, compatible with factory installed racks and also aftermarket roof rack cross rails from all the leading brands in the business. SportRack cargo bags even work with just factory side rails (no cross rails required). The SportRack basket for mounting to a vehicle receiver hitch is a leader in the trailer hitch mount cargo basket category. Plus, accessories for SportRack cargo carriers are also available.

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SportRack Hitch-Mount Cargo Basket & Bag Category
One handy solution for transporting gear in an easy-to-install and easy-to-pack system is the SportRack SR9850 Folding Hitch Basket. This heavy-duty and durable steel basket connects directly into a 2” trailer hitch (not compatible with 1-1/4” hitches), providing a simple way to transport all kinds of gear—and only requires you to lift your belongings to the height of your vehicle hitch to load. The SR9850 also folds vertically when not in use, improving vehicle clearance while providing clever on-vehicle storage of the basket rack. And there’s good news for anyone who has trouble deciding what to leave at home when they pack for vacation: the SR9850 has a 500 lb. weight limit. The SportRack SR8120 hitch basket bag is also available to fit into the basket.

SportRack Roof-Mount Cargo Baskets & Luggage Bags Category
Roof cross bar mounting cargo bags and baskets favorites are the SR9030 roof basket; SR8107 15 cubic-foot cargo bag; and the SR8106 13 cubic-foot cargo bag.

SportRack Roof-Mount Cargo Boxes Category
Popular models in the roof cross bar mounting hardshell cargo boxes are the SR7018 Vista 18 cubic-foot rear-opening cargo box; SR7095 Skyline 18 cubic-foot cargo box; and the SR7011 Horizon 11 cubic-foot, SR7016 Horizon 16 cubic-foot, and SR7017 Horizon 17 cubic-foot cargo boxes.

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tags: sportrack car rooftop cross bars mount basket, luggage bag, hard-shell waterproof box, trailer hitch basket

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SportRack Kayak Racks-Canoe Holders and Rooftop Foam Blocks-Straps Kits

november 18, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

SportRack Kayak Racks-Canoe Holders and Rooftop Foam Blocks-Straps Kits
SportRack Kayak Racks-Canoe Holders and Rooftop Foam Blocks-Straps Kits

ALL-NEW SPORTRACK WATERSPORT KAYAK & CANOE CARRIERS FOR CAR RACKS OR VEHICLES WITH BARE ROOFTOPS

SportRack has come out with an exciting new line of watersport carriers for 2013. And because SportRack is owned by the Thule Group, these kayak rack and canoe carrier products are trusted, reliable, high-quality and economical alternatives to most name brand kayak and canoe rack systems. SportRack canoe and kayak mounts are available for multiple vehicle rack configurations, including factory rack cross bars and aftermarket cross bars from SportRack, Thule, Yakima, Whispbar, Inno, Malone, etc. – and even for vehicles with no roof rack system at all, which can be set up with foam block and strap systems. Watersport accessories are also available.

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SportRack Kayak & Canoe Rack Complete Systems for Bare Rooftops Category
One great way to transport a canoe – whether or not your vehicle has a roof rack installed – is with the SportRack SR5528 6” Canoe Foam Blocks and Straps Kit. This all-in-one system includes four foam blocks with gunwale cut-outs and no-skid undersides, which fit onto round, square, or factory cross bars and also mount directly onto a naked vehicle roof; a 15-foot tie-down strap to secure the boat onto the vehicle rooftop; and two bow-stern tie-downs with buckles. This system, designed for one canoe, is versatile and easy to use. Other complete kayak & canoe block and strap system favorites are the SR5531 18” kayak carrier; SR5530 14” kayak carrier; SR5526 16” kayak carrier; SR5525 12” kayak carrier; SR5527 adjustable kayak carrier; and SR5529 8” canoe carrier.

SportRack Kayak Racks for Roof Cross Bars Category
Roof cross bar mounting kayak rack favorites are the SR5513 folding kayak carrier; SR5511 J-stacking kayak carrier; SR5523 side-stacking kayak carrier; and SR5512 saddle kayak carrier.

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tags: sportrack cartop cross bars clamping kayak j-cradles-saddles, canoe racks, foam blocks + straps kits

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SportRack Ski Racks-Snowboard Holders and Ski Boxes for Car Rooftop Cross Bars

november 17, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

SportRack Ski Racks-Snowboard Holders and Ski Boxes for Car Rooftop Cross Bars
SportRack Ski Racks-Snowboard Holders and Ski Boxes for Car Rooftop Cross Bars

ALL-NEW SPORTRACK SKI-SNOWBOARD ROOF MOUNTS AND HARD-SIDED SKI-SNOWBOARD BOXES

SportRack, a division of the Thule Group, has an entirely new 2013 line-up of high-quality and economical ski racks and snowboard carriers — a great alternative to pricier name brand skis-snowboards carriers. SportRack offers multiple styles of ski-snowboard rack carriers, from cross bar clamps to waterproof rooftop boxes, which fit various vehicle rack configurations, including factory rack cross bars and aftermarket cross bars from SportRack, Thule, Yakima, Whispbar, Inno, Malone, etc. Carriers are available to transport different numbers and combinations of skis, snowboards, and even ski poles.

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SportRack Ski-Snowboard Racks for Roof Cross Bars Category
The SportRack SR6456 ski-snowboard holder for factory or aftermarket car racks accommodates up to six pairs of skis or four snowboards, and comes with universal cross bar clamps for almost any style of rooftop cross rails. Included raiser blocks provide extra binding clearance for added versatility, and locks and keys allow skis or boards to be locked inside the carrier. Install and removal are quick and straightforward, with no drilling required. Other favorite ski-snowboard roof racks are the 2-board / 4-ski SR6454; and the 6-board / 8-ski SR6453.

SportRack Ski-Snowboard Hardshell Boxes for Roof Cross Bars Category
Favorite locking rooftop ski-snowboard boxes are the 11 cu ft. SR7011; 16 cu ft. SR7016; and 17 cu ft. SR7017.

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tags: sportrack cartop cross bars clamp on snowboard-ski carriers, car roof mount cargo boxes for skis-snowboards

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SportRack Bike Racks for Parking-Storage, Receiver Hitch, Roof, Hatchback-Trunk, Spare Tire etc.

november 16, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

SportRack Bike Racks for Parking-Storage, Receiver Hitch, Roof, Hatchback-Trunk, Spare Tire etc.
SportRack Bike Racks for Parking-Storage, Receiver Hitch, Roof, Hatchback-Trunk, Spare Tire etc.

ALL-NEW SPORTRACK RECEIVER HITCH, ROOF, HATCHBACK-TRUNK, SPARE TIRE, AND PARKING-STORAGE BIKE RACKS

A division of the Thule Group, SportRack bike racks are economical, high-quality, and reliable alternatives to more expensive name brand systems. SportRack offers bicycle carriers that fit virtually any style of bike or car rack configuration, from roof bike racks to trailer hitch mount bike racks, rear hatch door or trunk strap racks to rear spare tire mount racks. Storage racks, parking stands, and bike rack accessories are also available. Launched for 2013 is a completely new, updated and enhanced bike rack product line.

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SportRack Trailer Hitch-Mount Bicycle Racks Category
One noteworthy solution for carrying bicycles on a rear of vehicle trailer hitch is the SportRack SR2902LR 4-bike platform receiver hitch rack with locks. This easy to install and easy to operate hitch-mount bike holder carries as many as 4 bicycles on adjustable wheel platforms and secures them with rubberized hooks that clamp over almost any style or size bicycle frame and protect from scratches, too. The platform trays tilt away to open the rear vehicle hatchback door, and also fold vertically to save space when bicycles aren’t being carried. Locks and keys come included to lock bikes onto the trays and to lock the rack into the trailer hitch. This rack fits 2” trailer hitch receivers only. More excellent hitch rack bike mounts in this category include the SR2901 and SR2901LR tilt-away platform hitch bike racks; SR2403 and SR2404 mast-style hitch bike racks; SR2414 towable hitch bike rack; and the SR2512 and SR2513 tow ball mount hitch bike racks.

SportRack Roof Cross Bars Bicycle Racks Category
Great rooftop rack system bike mounts include the ABR622; SR4882; SR4882RP; SR4611; and the SR4622 car rack bike tray.

SportRack Trunk, Hatchback, and Rear Door Bicycle Racks and Rear Spare Tire Bicycle Racks Category
Great rear-mount strap rack and spare tire bike racks include the SR3141 SUV & van bike mount; SR3161, SR3152, and SR3162 hatch/door/trunk bike mounts; and SR2813 spare tire bike mount.

SportRack Parking and Storage Bicycle Racks and Accessories Category
Great storage and parking bike racks and bike rack accessories include the SR0012 adjustable storage stand bike rack; SR0010 parking stand bike rack; SR0500 alternative bike adapter; SR0017 and SR0018 hitch bike rack locking knobs; SR0020 bike cable lock; and SR0022 and SR0901 hitch pin bolts, locking pins, and cable locks.

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tags: sportrack cartop bicycle carriers, rear hatchback-car trunk strap racks, trailer hitch bike rack models, bicycle parking racks-storage stands

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SportRack Car Racks - Carriers for Kayak-Canoe, Bike, Skis-Snowboards, Luggage etc.

november 15, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

SportRack Car Racks - Carriers for Kayak-Canoe, Bike, Skis-Snowboards, Luggage etc.

A division of Thule Racks, the SportRack Car Rack Company offers a complete line of value-priced roof rack systems and gear carrier attachments in all the major categories including SportRack multi-purpose base rack + cross bars complete systems for cars, pickup trucks and vans with bare rooftops, factory installed side rails (both raised rails and flush mount rails, cartop fixed rack attachment points (fix-points), vehicle raingutter / drip rails and even tent trailer-tow camper roof racks; SportRack bike racks for mounting to trailer hitches, rear hatch doors and car trunks, roof rack cross rails, and even bike storage racks, bicycle parking stands etc.; SportRack canoe and kayak carriers for transporting virtually all kayak and canoe styles and designs; SportRack ski-snowboard carriers; SportRack general cargo gear, luggage and sports equipment carriers such as plastic hard-shell, waterproof car roof boxes, soft-sided cargo-luggage cartop bags, roof mount gear baskets and also trailer hitch baskets. All models are high-quality, reliable, economical alternatives to considerably higher priced similar models from other car rack-truck rack brands. SportRack offers well designed and engineered products that universally fit the wide variety of vehicle configurations and types of gear intended for hauling. We invite you to take a look at these exciting new products for 2013...

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tags: sportrack carriers for bikes, canoe-kayaks, snowboard-skis, cargo luggage racks including roof boxes, gear baskets, roof mount luggage bags

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Ford F250 Leer Cap Tracks Rack for Bikes | 2 Yakima HighRoller Bicycle Mounts, Control Towers Car Rack

october 19, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Ford F250 Leer Cap Tracks Rack for Bikes | 2 Yakima HighRoller Bicycle Mounts, Control Towers Car Rack
Ford F250 Leer Cap Tracks Rack for Bikes | 2 Yakima HighRoller Bicycle Mounts, Control Towers Car Rack

Thanks to their new Leer Cap pre-mounted roof tracks, multi-purpose roof rack and 2 bicycle mounts installed on the Ford F-250 Leer pickup bed camper shell, this customer has the convenience of adjustable truck cap cross bars, the performance of Yakima upright bike trays, and even the added benefit of keeping the bed of their pickup free to carry other cargo at the same time. This install begins with four Yakima Landing Pad 1 brackets mounted directly into the pre-installed tracks on this Leer Ford F250 truck bed cap. Four Yakima Control Towers with two 66” round bars are then connected to the landing pads, and a pair of Yakima HighRoller bike carriers are attached at the outer edges of the cross bars for easier loading and unloading. Not only is this a versatile base rack that can be adjusted forward and back along the tracks to achieve the perfect cross bar spread for any cargo and is easy to take on or off the tracks, but the top-quality HighRoller bike racks also hold bicycles upright with no removal of the front wheels required, no frame contact or associated risk of scratches, compatibility with road, mountain, or even most kids’ bikes, and locks included to lock the bike to the rack and the rack to the cross bars. This Yakima Control Tower roof rack and HighRoller bike mount system also works on most other tracks for cartop roofs, tonneau covers, camper shells, and more.

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Ford F-150 Leer Cap Roof Rack + Crossbars Using Artificial Raingutter Brackets

october 15, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Ford F-150 Leer Cap Roof Rack + Crossbars Using Artificial Raingutter Brackets
Ford F-150 Leer Cap Roof Rack + Crossbars Using Artificial Raingutter Brackets

Looking for a simple, multi-purpose rack system to fit over a fiberglass cap on a truck bed? Check out this great Ford F150 Leer pickup truck cap with artificial rain-gutter roof rack. This system creates a reliable, burly, and easy on-off Leer truck topper cross bars option when you want to carry cargo over top of the truck bed, but by mounting on the Leer cap you still have the alternative of an open truck bed without overhead interference when you need it. This install uses two sets of Yakima Bolt Top Loader artificial raingutter brackets drilled directly into the top of the Leer fiberglass truck cap for the Ford F-150 pickup. A Yakima 1A Raingutter complete car rack system, which includes four 1A raingutter towers and two 78” round bars, is then connect to the top-mounted brackets, creating a truck rack that can carry anything from lumber to boats to skis or bicycles. And for added convenience, the 1A gutters and cross bars are easily removable, leaving only the low-profile artificial raingutter brackets permanently attached to the cap.

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Toyota 4Runner 4-Bike Trailer Hitch Rack - Swings Away From Rear Hatch Door

september 18, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Toyota 4Runner 4-Bike Trailer Hitch Rack - Swings Away From Rear Hatch Door
Toyota 4Runner 4-Bike Trailer Hitch Rack - Swings Away From Rear Hatch Door

Don’t sacrifice easily accessible cargo space in the back of your car for an easy to use rear bike rack system. Instead, have both with this Toyota 4Runner swing-away hitch mounted bike holder, featuring the Yakima SwingDaddy receiver hitch bicycle rack. As the name implies, the SwingDaddy swings away from the back of the vehicle (such as the Toyota 4-Runner shown above), allowing you to handily open your rear door or hatch while the bicycles are still mounted on the rack. The cradle arms on the SwingDaddy also fold down for easier parking and clearance when the rack isn’t in use. Hitch rack is stabilized with a RocSteady hitch tongue, while bikes are held snugly in place thanks to anti-sway cradles that keep them from swinging into each other, even on rough roads. A built-in cable lock allows bikes to be locked to the rack and the rack to be locked to the hitch for worry-free excursions, and the narrower bike arm design means this rack will accommodate almost any shape, style, or size bike. The SwingDaddy fits 2” receiver hitches only. Don’t have a hitch installed on your vehicle already? We make it easy to buy a trailer hitch made for your specific vehicle year, make and model. See below for our exclusive CURT Trailer Hitches Fit and Order Guide.

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tags: yakima swingdaddy swinging off to the side bike rack for trailer hitches - toyota 4-runner hitch bicycle carrier that swings away from rear door

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2008 Cadillac SRX Side Rails Roof Rack Luggage Basket and Surf Pads System

september 17, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2008 Cadillac SRX Side Rails Roof Rack Luggage Basket and Surf Pads System
2008 Cadillac SRX Side Rails Roof Rack Luggage Basket and Surf Pads System

How many uses can you find for a Thule roof rack with gear basket and cross bar pads on a 2008 Cadillac SRX? Surfboards, swim and beach gear, bikes, boats, camping supplies, suitcases, baby strollers-baby joggers…the options are endless with this roof cross bars basket rack system. This install uses the 450 Thule CrossRoad roof rack with 50” square bars, the 690XT Thule MOAB luggage basket, and two pairs of 801 Thule cross bar pads. The 450 CrossRoad base rack attaches quickly and easily onto the 2008 Cadillac SRX raised parallel side rails, and also fits on almost any other elevated factory installed cartop side rail design; the 690XT Thule MOAB basket offers durable and flexible rooftop storage and comes with factory rack compatible mounting brackets and integrated cross bars; and the 801 rack pads wrap quickly and securely around the MOAB cross bars for a stable and user-friendly platform to load up surfboards, stand-up paddle boards, canoe, kayaks and more.

» 2008 Cadillac SRX basket roof rack pads system
» view 450 Thule CrossRoad car rack cross rails
» view 690XT Thule MOAB basket for luggage-cargo gear
» view 801 Thule surf pads for rack cross rails
» view all Cadillac SRX racks

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tags: 2008 cadillac srx roof rack cross rails basket + surfboard-standup paddle board pads - 690xt thule moab 450 crossroad 801 surf pads

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Honda CRV Tilt-Down Hitch Bike Rack for 1.25 and 2 inch Trailer Receiver Hitches

september 16, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Honda CRV Tilt-Down Hitch Bike Rack for 1.25 and 2 inch Trailer Receiver Hitches
Honda CRV Tilt-Down Hitch Bike Rack for 1.25 and 2 inch Trailer Receiver Hitches

If you’re looking for a hassle-free way to carry bikes on your vehicle, look no further than this four-bicycle trailer hitch rack for a Honda CRV 1.25” / 2” receiver hitch mount. This easy to use system features the outstanding 9029 Thule Vertex 4 hitch bike rack. The Vertex 4 connects to both 1-1/4” and 2” trailer hitches right out of the box, and carries up to 4 bicycles. Arcing cradle arms hold bicycles at an optimal distance from one another, while Hold Fast cradles and No Sway cages keep bikes snug and stable. Cradle arms drop down with a simple switch for easier parking and on-vehicle storage when not in use, and the 9029 Thule Vertex rear mount bike rack also tilts away from the car for quick access to rear hatch or door. Don’t have a hitch installed on your vehicle already? No sweat, we sell - at discount sale prices - superb, strong, reliable and easy installing receiver hitch options from CURT Hitches. See below for our exclusive CURT Trailer Hitch Fit Guide.

» Honda CR-V trailer hitch bike rack
» view 9029 Thule Vertex 4 bike hitch rack
» view all CURT Hitches & Trailer Hitch Fit Guide
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CURT Trailer Receiver Hitches for Honda CR-V to tow popup camper trailers, canoe-kayak trailers, install hitch bike racks, cargo baskets etc.
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blog post category: customer installation pictures
tags: honda cr-v trailer hitch receiver mount bike rack - fold-down tilting 9029 thule vertex hitch bike rack

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9007XT Thule GateWay 3 Bike Trunk Rack Mounted to Motorboat

september 15, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

9007XT Thule GateWay 3 Bike Trunk Rack Mounted to Motorboat
9007XT Thule GateWay 3 Bike Trunk Rack Mounted to Motorboat

This ingenious customer rigged up a superb bicycle strap rack onto a boat, using the Thule 9007xt Gateway 3 bike rack mounted onto a motorboat. Thanks to the amazing adjustability of the Gateway 3, this trunk rack for three bikes not only fits on most coupes, sedans, hatchbacks, minivans, etc., but it also fits onto the stern of a boat. Install is effortless with a quick-adjust lever, cradles and cages stabilize and protect bicycles, and narrow cradle arms make this rack compatible with virtually any style of bike. And the cradle arms even fold down out of the way when the rack isn't being used. A two-bike version (the 9006XT Thule GateWay 2) is also available.

» motor boat bike rack set-up
» view 9007XT Thule GateWay 3 bike hatch-trunk rack
» view 9006XT Thule GateWay 2 bike hatch-trunk rack
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tags: 9007XT thule gateway 3 bike trunk-hatch door mount strap rack on motorboat stern

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690XT Thule MOAB Gear Basket On Factory Cross Rails for 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

september 14, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

690XT Thule MOAB Gear Basket On Factory Cross Rails for 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
690XT Thule MOAB Gear Basket On Factory Cross Rails for 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Pop quiz: how do you fit a cooler, a tent, a couple of fishing poles, and the entire family in your Jeep Grand Cherokee? With this 690XT Thule MOAB cargo basket with Thule 544 lock-pack, of course! This roof luggage basket with locks mounted on a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo is the perfect solution for any excursion, and is compatible with almost any roof rack cross bar, from OEM/factory models like the ones on this Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo to round, square, or elliptical bars from brands like Thule, Yakima, Whispbar, Inno, SportRack, Malone etc. The addition of a 4-pack of Thule lock cylinders locks the 690XT Thule basket onto the roof rack cross rails. This 44” x 39” x 6.5” roof basket pairs well with any vehicle, from sedans or compact cars to SUVs, wagons, or vans, and additional accessories like a basket extension or cargo net (both sold separately) add convenience and flexibility. A custom wind fairing on the front of the Thule 690XT MOAB basket improves aerodynamics, and integrated, adjustable Thule load bars allow additional carriers for bikes, skis, boats, etc. to be mounted directly onto the basket.

» 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo roof rack basket
» view 690XT Thule MOAB basket for rack cross rails
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tags: 2011 jeep grand cherokee laredo 690xt thule moab luggage-cargo gear roof rack basket for factory cross rails

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Locking 2-Bike Yakima SpareTime Spare Tire Rack for Toyota RAV-4 Rear Door

september 13, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Locking 2-Bike Yakima SpareTime Spare Tire Rack for Toyota RAV-4 Rear Door
Locking 2-Bike Yakima SpareTime Spare Tire Rack for Toyota RAV-4 Rear Door

Here’s a terrific example of how to carry a spare tire and a couple of bicycles at the same time on the back of your car. This customer mounted the Yakima SpareTime 2 bike carrier onto the spare tire on a Toyota RAV4 for a system that’s easy to install and easy to use. The Yakima SpareTime 2 bicycle rack includes a universal mounting plate with extension mounts that allow it to attach to virtually any spare wheel bolt pattern and even fit on off-center spare tires. It carries one or two bicycles safely and securely thanks to SwitchBlade anti-sway cradles that keep the bikes from swinging against one another or the vehicle even on rough roads, and the bike arms also fold down when not in use for improved front-to-back vehicle clearance. Plus, the SpareTime 2 even comes with all locks included: a mounting plate knob to lock the rack onto the vehicle, and a cable lock to lock the bikes onto the rack.

» Toyota RAV4 rear spare tire mount bike rack
» view Yakima SpareTime locking bicycle carrier
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tags: toyota rav4 rear spare wheel bike rack to carry 2 bicycles - yakima sparetime locking carrier for bikes on car rear spare tire

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Whispbar WB400 Slide-Out Folding Kayak Cradles with T-Slot Cross Bar Mounts

september 6, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Whispbar WB400 Slide-Out Folding Kayak Cradles with T-Slot Cross Bar Mounts
Whispbar WB400 Slide-Out Folding Kayak Cradles with T-Slot Cross Bar Mounts

Whispbar is introducing the newest in its line of topnotch roof rack products and accessories: the Whispbar WB400 slide-out kayak rack for T-channel or standard cross bars. Once again Whispbar has incorporated every detail from performance to style in this folding kayak j-cradle with sliding load arms. The WB400 begins with the padded J-shaped cradle design that carries kayaks protected at a stable and secure angle while using minimal space on the cross bars. These cradles also collapse flat when boats aren’t loaded, creating an efficient and low-profile way to store the racks on the vehicle cross bars in between trips to the water—and all tie-down straps for roof rack and bumpers are also included. But what makes these cradles especially unique and accessible is the sliding feature on the lower section of the cradle: the arms pull horizontally out from the car roof, allowing the kayak to be loaded more easily alongside the vehicle, then telescope back into place on the cross bars, positioning the boat simply and quickly in the cradles. The WB400 also comes with patented QuickDock mounting brackets, which insert into the T slot on Whispbar, Thule Aeroblade load bars and XSporter truck racks, or many factory installed roof rack t-slot cross rails with the mere flip of a lever (adapters come as well for use with non-channel cross bars like Yakima round bars or Thule / Inno square bars). Plus, SKS-compatible lock cores and keys are thrown in, too, so that each WB400 kayak cradle can be locked onto the car roof cross rails.

» whispbar wb400 kayak rack page

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tags: wb400 whispar j-cradle kayak carrier - fits thule aeroblade xsporter truck rack votex oem whispbar cross rails with t-slot channels

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All-New 528 Thule Sprint Bike Rack - Rooftop Adjustable Bike Tray

september, 5 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

All-New 528 Thule Sprint Bike Rack - Rooftop Adjustable Bike Tray
All-New 528 Thule Sprint Bike Rack - Rooftop Adjustable Bike Tray

Thule Racks takes quality innovation and design styling to a higher level with the brand new 528 Thule Sprint fork-mount roof bike rack. The Thule Sprint is packed full of features that make this rooftop bike carrier easier to use, more secure, and incredibly good-looking, too. It includes a low-profile shape for a sleek appearance and more aerodynamic ride; SpeedLink mounting clamps that install in seconds and fit on both round and square cross bars or factory-elliptical cross bars alike; a SonicHead front assembly that holds the bike fork snug and secure with an AcuTight Knob that only needs to be set once when using on the same bicycle and audibly clicks when the ideal adjustment has been achieved, allowing you to drive assured that your bike is safely in place on the rack; a telescoping wheel tray with rear wheel cradle and strap that create a customized fit for whatever bike you want to carry, from a narrow-tire road bike to a fat-tire mountain bike (including models with disc brakes); road dampening technology in the rear cradle and strap to absorb vibration on bumpy roads and further protect your bike; and optional locking security with a lock available to lock the bike onto the rack and a lock available to lock the rack onto the car (Thule locks and keys sold separately).

» 528 Thule Sprint bike rack page

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tags: thule racks 528 sprint bike rack - bicycle fork mount design mounts to car roof top cross bars

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Inno INH305 Tire Hold Trailer Hitch Bike Rack for 1.25 inch-2 inch Receiver Hitches and Inno INH306 Add-On

august, 2 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Inno INH305 Tire Hold Trailer Hitch Bike Rack for 1.25 inch-2 inch Receiver Hitches and Inno INH306 Add-On
Inno INH305 Tire Hold Trailer Hitch Bike Rack for 1.25 inch-2 inch Receiver Hitches and Inno INH306 Add-On

Inno Racks has redesigned a popular roof bike rack model into a standout new trailer hitch bicycle carrier: introducing the all-new Inno INH305 Tire Hold two-bike hitch rack and the Inno INH306 Tire Hold one-bike add-on rack. Inspired by the Tire Hold roof bike model, the INH305 Tire Hold adopts the same bike tray design that carries bikes upright and secure in wheel holders, making for effortless loading and unloading at vehicle hitch height, and reducing risks of scratching by not attaching to the bicycle’s frame. Manufactured for use with either 1.25” or 2” receiver hitch mounts, the INH305 is easy to install and can carry 1 or 2 bikes. With an additional purchase of the Inno INH306 Add-On, a 3rd bike can also be carried (INH306 for use with 2” trailer hitches only). The trays and wheel holders are completely adjustable for a contoured fit with any bike, from road bikes with skinny tires to mountain bikes with 29” tires, or even 20” kids’ bikes. Full locking security is included thanks to a hitch pin that locks the Tire Hold rack into the trailer hitch on the car, and a locking cable that locks the bikes onto the Tire Hold rack. A handily-located lever switch enables the rack to fold vertically for on-car storage and improved vehicle clearance when bikes aren’t being carried, and it also allows the rack to tilt away so that you can still open your rear hatch or door when bikes are loaded.

And if your vehicle doesn't have a trailer hitch installed already, we sell - at discount sale prices - easy installing, premium receiver hitch options from CURT Hitches. See below for the ORS Racks Direct exclusive CURT Hitches Fit Guide.

» Inno INH305 Tire Hold hitch bike rack page
» Inno INH306 Tire Hold Add-On for 3rd bike page

CURT Trailer Receiver Hitch Mounts for 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch receivers hitches.
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blog post category: news, events & updates
tags: inh-305 inno tire hold platform bike tray rack for trailer hitch receivers + inh-306 add-on for 3 bikes on inh305

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Inno INA392 Multi-Fork Lock Rooftop Bike Mount for Standard Axles and 20mm-15mm Thru-Axles

august, 1 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Inno INA392 Multi-Fork Lock Rooftop Bike Mount for Standard Axles and 20mm-15mm Thru-Axles
Inno INA392 Multi-Fork Lock Rooftop Bike Mount for Standard Axles and 20mm-15mm Thru-Axles

No matter what kind of bike you ride, carrying your bicycle on the roof of your car just got a whole lot more convenient, thanks to the amazing new Inno INA392 Multi-Fork Lock bike tray. The INA392 Multi-Fork Lock boasts a long-awaited industry first: compatibility with standard 9mm quick releases, 15mm thru-axles, and 20mm thru-axles right out of the box—just select the appropriate adapt mechanism for your bike and go! In addition to this revolutionary versatility, the INA392 Multi-Fork Lock also includes Inno’s time-tested security, reliability, and functionality. Universal mounting hardware fits on both elliptical/factory cross bars (a long bolt kit is available separately for especially large bars) or round/square aftermarket cross bars, and install is quick and simple. The generously-sized rear wheel cradle works with virtually any tire width, making this the ideal bike rack for almost any bicycle from road bikes to mountain bikes to hybrids. The oversized quick-release skewer makes using the bike tray easy, and the “set it and forget it” design means the rack only has to be adjusted once for use with the same bicycle. And because you won’t want to lose all these great features, the INA392 Multi-Fork Lock also comes with locks and keys to lock the bike into the rack and the rack onto the vehicle.

» Inno INA392 15mm-20mm thru-axle bike rack page

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tags: ina392 multi-fork lock inno bike rack for 20mm-15mm thru-axles - fits factory rack crossbars whisbpars yakima inno thule

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Water Proof Cargo Roof Box Issue With 625 XL and 626 XXL Thule Force Boxes

july 31, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Water Proof Cargo Roof Box Issue With 625 XL and 626 XXL Thule Force Boxes
Water Proof Cargo Roof Box Issue With 625 XL and 626 XXL Thule Force Boxes

Regarding the 626 Thule XXL Force and 625 Thule Force XL roof boxes, some important information has recently been released by Thule Racks...

With the first generation, original launch of the 625 Force XL and 626 Force XXL cargo boxes, the company learned within the first few months of 2013 that these specific roof rack mount cargo-luggage containers were capable of 'fish mouthing', a term Thule Racks uses to describe the tendency of a cargo roof box lid to open up some in the front (looking kind of like an open mouth fish). This 'fish mouthing' is caused by the lack of reinforcement in the front of the roof box lid to withstand the tremendous wind forces produced when driving.

Once this issue was discovered, Thule Racks immediately removed the Force 625 XL and Force 626 XXL boxes from production and redesigned them using the same front lid reinforcement bar and extra rivets engineering as the premium Thule Sonic series of cargo roof boxes in order to successfully address the issue. For clarity, Thule Racks sent us a couple pictures (see REINFORCEMENT BAR ON FRONT BOX LID INTERIOR and EXTRA REINFORCEMENT RIVETS ON THE NOSE photos above) of what this new reinforcement bar and extra rivets design looks like.

You have our guarantee all Thule Force boxes now shipping by ORS Racks Direct are the current generation versions with included front lid reinforcement bar and extra rivets. Thus remedying the 1st generation roof box issue of rain / water possibly making its way inside the Force boxes.

» 625 Thule Force XL roof rack cargo box
» 626 Thule Force XXL roof rack cargo box

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tags: waterproof car rooftop cargo containers 625 xl 626 xxl thule force roof boxes

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Trailer Hitch, Rolling Kayak Saddles and J Cradles on Roof Side Rail Cross Bars for 2012 Toyota Highlander

july 28, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Trailer Hitch, Rolling Kayak Saddles and J Cradles on Roof Side Rail Cross Bars for 2012 Toyota Highlander
Trailer Hitch, Rolling Kayak Saddles and J Cradles on Roof Side Rail Cross Bars for 2012 Toyota Highlander

This factory side rails car rack with 3-kayak carrier and aftermarket trailer hitch receiver for a 2012 Toyota Highlander demonstrates a handy configuration for getting multiple boats to the water this summer. The setup shown here includes the Yakima RailGrab base system, which attaches directly to the factory side rails on most vehicles and is shown here with 58” cross bars; a set of Yakima Mako kayak saddles mounted on the front cross bar and Yakima Hully Rollers kayak rollers mounted on the rear cross bar; two pairs of Yakima HullRaiser kayak racks also mounted on the cross bars; and a CURT 13534 trailer hitch receiver installed on the back of the 2012 Toyota Highlander. The RailGrab base rack is one of the simplest installs on the market, and provides a versatile car rack that is perfect for any gear carriers needed. The Mako saddle-Hully Roller combination uses a secure, flexible front saddle that grips the hull of the kayak and rolling saddles in the back that make loading and unloading much easier; the J-shaped design on the HullRaiser kayak racks holds boats at an optimal angle that is secure but also uses less space on the cross bars, making it a perfect option when carrying more than one boat; and the CURT 2” receiver hitch gives this customer flexibility with transporting their gear — a kayak trailer or hitch bike rack could easily be installed into the CURT trailer hitch in the future. And if your car doesn’t come equipped with a trailer hitch pre-installed, we sell - at discount sale prices - great easy installing receiver hitch options from CURT Hitches. See below for our exclusive CURT Trailer Hitch Fit Guide.

» 2012 Toyota Highlander kayaks roof rack + trailer hitch
» view Yakima RailGrab Towers-Crossbars car rack kit
» view Yakima Hullraiser j-cradles kayak rack
» view Yakima Hully Roller kayak rollers-saddles
» view Yakima Mako kayak saddles
» view all CURT Hitches & Trailer Hitch Fit Guide
» view all Toyota Highlander racks

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CURT Trailer Receiver Hitches for 2012 Toyota Highlander to tow pop-up campers, trailers, install hitch bike racks, cargo baskets etc.
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blog post category: customer installation pictures
tags: 13534 curt trailer hitch + yakima railgrab roof rack kayak roller saddles-cradles for kayaks on 2012 toyota highlander

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Honda Pilot with Thule Apex Locking Hitch Rack for 5 Bicycles Mounted to 2 inch Trailer Hitch

july 27, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Honda Pilot with Thule Apex Locking Hitch Rack for 5 Bicycles Mounted to 2 inch Trailer Hitch
Honda Pilot with Thule Apex Locking Hitch Rack for 5 Bicycles Mounted to 2 inch Trailer Hitch

Here’s a great customer install that comes to us all the way from Texas. It features a five-bike hitch rack for a 2” receiver hitch on a Honda Pilot, using the Thule 9026 Apex 5 hitch bike rack. The Thule Apex 5 is the perfect way to carry a whole family's or group of friends’ bikes and still be able to fit everyone inside the car. It transports up to 5 bicycles, mounts in a 2” trailer hitch, and comes with all locks included to lock the bikes onto the rack and the rack onto the vehicle. Clever Apex 5 technologies include Hold Fast RDT cradles that grip bikes securely while absorbing road vibrations, No Sway cages to keep bikes from swinging side to side, arms that fold down when not in use, and a tilt-back feature that allows the rear hatch door on the vehicle to be accessed when the rack is installed. And there are even CURT receiver hitch mounts for a Honda Pilot available for those models that don’t come with a trailer hitch pre-installed. We sell - at discount sale prices - great easy installing receiver hitch options from CURT Hitches. See below for our exclusive CURT Hitches Fit Guide. Also available is the 9027 Thule Apex Swing (swings away and off to the side of the car for rear door access) and 9025 Thule Apex (both models hold four bikes).

» Honda Pilot trailer hitch mount 5 bike rack
» view Thule 9026 Apex 5 bike hitch rack
» view Thule 9027 Apex Swing 4 bike hitch rack
» view Thule 9025 Apex 4 bike hitch rack
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» view all Honda Pilot racks

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CURT Trailer Hitches for Honda Pilot 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch receivers to tow trailers and pop-up campers, mount hitch bike racks, cargo baskets etc.
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blog post category: customer installation pictures
tags: thule 9026 apex hitch bike rack for honda pilot 2 inch trailer receiver hitch mount to carry 5 bicycles

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Premium New Whispbar WB200 Fork-Mounted Roof Bicycle Rack

july, 26 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Premium New Whispbar WB200 Fork-Mounted Roof Bicycle Rack
Premium New Whispbar WB200 Fork-Mounted Roof Bicycle Rack

The incredible new Whispbar WB200 bike rack leaves traditional rooftop bicycle carriers in the dust. With clever, high-performance features that other bike trays simply can’t match, the Whispbar WB200 fork bike mount is a must-have this cycling season. The WB200 boasts an all-new SmartMount fork clamp that not only secures the front fork of the bicycle safely and snugly, but also fits both standard 9mm quick release skewers and 15mm thru-axles with just the flip of a switch—no adapters needed (adapters are needed for other sizes of thru axle and the Cannondale Lefty fork). The WB200 also features QuickDock attachment that mounts instantly to the T-slot in the top of Whispbar cross bars, Thule XSporter and AeroBlade bars, and many factory roof rack cross bars. Just open the levers, insert into the channel, and close—and adapters are included for mounting on round/square cross bars from Thule, Yakima, or Inno, too. The rear wheel strap is adjustable for a customized fit, and this exceptional bike rack fits virtually any bicycle, from road bikes to mountain bikes, including those with disc brakes or 29ers. And just to sweeten the setup even more, a Yakima SKS lock core and key come included to simultaneously lock the bike into the rack and the rack onto the vehicle.

» Whispbar WB200 Fork Mount bike rack page

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tags: wb 200 whispar fork mount bicycle holder for car rooftops - wb200 fits whispbar yakima inno thule factory rack cross bars

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Quiet-Lockable Cartop Rack Cargo Pod for Factory Side Rails on 2012 Toyota Highlander

july 25, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Quiet-Lockable Cartop Rack Cargo Pod for Factory Side Rails on 2012 Toyota Highlander
Quiet-Lockable Cartop Rack Cargo Pod for Factory Side Rails on 2012 Toyota Highlander

The sun is shining on this amazing new 2012 Toyota Highlander Whispbar car rack with Thule gear box, and the customer who installed it is probably feeling sunny, too. This premium setup features the Whispbar S47 Rail Bar rooftop rack on the Toyota Highlander raised factory side rails, and the Thule 335B Sonic XL cargo box mounted on the cross bars. The Whispbar base system delivers quality, style, and performance in one incredibly quiet package, with Rail Bar Smart Feet that attach to most elevated side rails, aerodynamic cross bars that eliminate wind noise, and locks and keys to lock the system onto your vehicle. The 17 cubic foot Thule Sonic XL cargo box pairs well beside the Whispbar rack, with a patented AeroNose design that maximizes efficiency, a rear-angled base and added mounting points for improved rear hatch door clearance, AccuTight mounting clamps for a speedy install on either factory or aftermarket cross bars, and locks that ensure the box is properly secured for a no-hassle trip. And to further customize your own setup, the Sonic XL is also available in silver.

» 2012 Toyota Highlander roof box + car rack cross bars
» view Whispbar S47 Rail Bar roof rack crossbars system
» view all Whispbar Rail Bar roof rack systems
» view Thule 635B Sonic XL cargo roof box (black)
» view Thule 635S Sonic XL cargo roof box (silver)
» view all Toyota Highlander racks

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tags: whispbar s47 rail bar roof rack crossbars + 635b thule sonic xl cargo box for 2012 toyota highlander

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2008 Volvo XC70 Hitch Mount Malone Kayak-Canoe Trailer + Roof Cargo Bag for CarTop

july 24, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2008 Volvo XC70 Hitch Mount Malone Kayak-Canoe Trailer +  Roof Cargo Bag for CarTop
2008 Volvo XC70 Hitch Mount Malone Kayak-Canoe Trailer +  Roof Cargo Bag for CarTop

This is a wonderful customer install photo of the whole family before they embark on a kayaking trip, made easier thanks to their rooftop luggage bag and kayak saddles on a tow-behind trailer for a 2008 Volvo XC70 rack setup. This convenient and versatile configuration begins with a Malone MicroSport trailer (MPG460G) with 78” cross bars mounted on the receiver hitch of a 2008 Volvo XC70 wagon. (And by the way, if your XC70 doesn’t come with a receiver hitch pre-installed, there are terrific aftermarket trailer hitch receivers by CURT). The Malone MicroSport trailer is easy to maneuver and install, super burly, and perfect for straightforward loading/unloading of any gear, like kayaks, luggage carriers, bikes, and more. Next, this customer outfitted their Malone trailer with the Malone Spare Tire Kit (MPG465) for worry-free travel and the Malone Storage Trunk (MPG481) for added storage space on the trailer. Then, they rigged up their Malone MicroSport trailer for carrying three kayaks by attaching two pairs of Malone AutoLoader J-cradles (MPG106MD) and a Malone Saddle Up Pro kayak rack (MPG110MD) onto the square cross bars. The AutoLoader J-style carriers hold kayaks at a space-saving and stable angle, while the Saddle Up Pro carries a kayak flat and nests easily between the two sets of J-cradles. Finally, this customer also added a Thule 867 Tahoe soft-sided cargo bag onto their Volvo XC70 factory roof rack, for a handy weather-resistant way to transport additional belongings on the roof of the vehicle. This leaves room for all of the passengers—and the dog, of course—to fit inside the car. If your vehicle needs a trailer hitch receiver mount we sell those too! (see below)

» 2008 Volvo XC70 hitch mount kayak trailer + roof bag
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tags: thule 867 tahoe luggage roof bag + kayak trailer for 2008 volvo xc70 trailer hitch + car rooftop rack

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Toyota Matrix Hatchback Strap Rack for 3 Bicycles Using Yakima QuickBack Trunk Bicycle Carrier

july 23, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Toyota Matrix Hatchback Strap Rack for 3 Bicycles Using Yakima QuickBack Trunk Bicycle Carrier
Toyota Matrix Hatchback Strap Rack for 3 Bicycles Using Yakima QuickBack Trunk Bicycle Carrier

When bike season finally arrives, there’s no time to waste getting to your favorite riding spot. That’s why a system like this folding trunk-mount bike rack for a Toyota Matrix hatchback door is so essential. This configuration uses the Yakima QuickBack 3 (#8002622) bike rack installed directly onto the back of the Toyota Matrix. The Yakima QuickBack 3 carries up to three bicycles (a two-bike version, the QuickBack 2 #8002621, is also available). It features ArchBack quick-adjusting installation that is secure and as simple as turning a knob, six labeled straps that make connecting the rack to the trunk or hatch door easier than ever, and SwitchBlade cradles that keep bicycles snug and stable, eliminating risks of bikes bouncing into each other or the vehicle in transit. A security strap is included to lock the carrier onto the car (locks for the bikes sold separately), and as you can see from these pictures the bike arms even drop down when not in use for improved vehicle clearance. And because Yakima has thought of everything, the QuickBack even has a built-in bottle opener to quench a post-ride thirst.

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Cartop Rack with Wind Fairing and Roof Mount Carriers for Kayaks and Bike on a 2010 Kia Forte Sedan

july 22, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Cartop Rack with Wind Fairing and Roof Mount Carriers for Kayaks and Bike on a 2010 Kia Forte Sedan
Cartop Rack with Wind Fairing and Roof Mount Carriers for Kayaks and Bike on a 2010 Kia Forte Sedan

K.K. from Pennsylvania sent in these great rack install pics of their 2010 Kia Forte with Inno INSU roof rack--Inno Fork Lock bike rack--Malone DownLoader kayak mounts cartop system. First, K.K. mounted the Inno IN-SU base rack onto the 2010 Kia Forte 4-door using K104 fit hooks and B127 50” cross bars. This multi-purpose roof rack is economical, versatile, and straightforward, and even includes locks and keys. Then, K.K. connected the Inno INA391 Fork Lock III bike rack onto the cross bars and added a Malone MPG114MD DownLoader kayak holder on either side of the bike rack. The Fork Lock III fork-mounted bike tray operates with an easy-to-use quick-release skewer, built-in disc brake compatibility, and included locks, while the J-style DownLoader cradles hold kayaks securely at an angle that saves space on the cross bars, and also fold down out of the way for improved efficiency when boats aren’t being carried. Lastly, K.K. completed this great setup by installing an Inno INA262 large wind fairing onto the front cross bar. Not only does the INA262 add a sporty look to the vehicle, but it also deflects air to minimize wind noise during travel. Thanks for the photos, K.K.!

» 2010 Kia Forte bike + kayaks roof rack
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tags: inno roof rack for 2010 kia forte to carry bicycle & 2 kayaks - k104 fit hooks malone kayak cradles fork lock 3 bike tray

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Chevy Trailblazer Roof Channel Car Rack for Carrying 2 Kayaks and 2 Bikes

july 21, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Chevy Trailblazer Roof Channel Car Rack for Carrying 2 Kayaks and 2 Bikes
Chevy Trailblazer Roof Channel Car Rack for Carrying 2 Kayaks and 2 Bikes

K.E. from Keene, New Hampshire knows how to maximize space for their next cycling-paddling adventure. That’s why they installed a two kayak rollers with upright bike trays rooftop rack for Chevy Trailblazer factory tracks. K.E. began by mounting the Yakima Control Tower base rack into the pre-installed roof tracks on their Chevrolet Trailblazer using four Control Towers, two sets of LP1 landing pads, and two 66” cross bars. This multi-purpose roof rack is the versatile, durable platform for whatever K.E. decides to carry, from boats and bikes to luggage, skis, surfboards, etc. K.E. then installed two sets of Yakima Mako kayak saddles onto the front cross bar and two sets of Yakima Hully Rollers kayak saddles onto the rear cross bar. This combination of grippy Mako saddles and articulating, rolling Hully Rollers saddles makes loading a kayak as easy as lifting the nose onto the rear cross bar and rolling into place. Then, K.E. connected a Yakima Raptor Aero bike rack onto either end of the cross bars. The upright-style Raptor Aero doesn’t require removing the front wheel to use—just lift the bike and secure in the tray. Now K.E. can easily carry two kayaks and two bicycles at the same time, without sacrificing precious cargo space inside the car.

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Honda CR-V Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Using Thule Vertex

june 23, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Honda CR-V Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Using Thule Vertex
Honda CR-V Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Using Thule Vertex

Here’s a customer with common sense and an eye for quality. They installed a value-packed trailer hitch-mounted bicycle rack for carrying two bikes on a Honda CR-V receiver using the Thule 9028 Vertex 2 hitch bike rack. The Thule Vertex 2 connects directly into the trailer hitch on this Honda CRV, and is compatible with any 1-1/4” or 2” receiver hitches. It holds up to two bicycles, keeping them upright, stable, and protected thanks to the Hold Fast bike cradles and No-Sway cages. Almost any style of bicycle can fit on the Thule Vertex, and optional locks are available (sold separately) to lock the bikes to the rack and the rack to the car. When the Vertex rack isn’t in use, it can tilt down away from the vehicle for easier rear door / hatch access, and the bike arms also fold down for improved vehicle clearance. And if your car doesn’t come equipped with a trailer hitch pre-installed, we sell - at discount sale prices - great easy installing receiver hitch options for a Honda CRV from CURT Hitches. See below for our exclusive CURT Hitches Fit Guide. Also available is the 9029 Thule Vertex 4, which performs just like the 9028 except that it holds up to four bicycles.

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Honda Accord Trunk-Hatch-Rear Door Mounting Bicycle Rack

june 21, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Honda Accord Trunk-Hatch-Rear Door Mounting Bicycle Rack
Honda Accord Trunk-Hatch-Rear Door Mounting Bicycle Rack

How do you spell convenient, affordable access to summer riding near or far? S-A-R-I-S! This nice customer install photo features the terrific Saris Bones strap rack for carrying two bicycles on the trunk of a Honda Accord sedan, using the Saris 805 Bones 2. As you can see from this picture, the Saris Bones connects safely and securely to this Honda Accord trunk, with six quick-tightening attachment straps, and the arch-shape of the rack fits most vehicles, from SUVs or mini-vans to coupes or sedans. Bike rack even works on cars with trunk mount spoilers. Bike arms fold down when the rack isn’t in use, minimizing space on the vehicle for easier parking, and bicycles are stable and protected in place on the rack thanks to the ratcheting anti-sway straps. Injection-molded, long-lasting materials make this rack lightweight but extremely durable, so there will be plenty of summers of use ahead.

» Honda Accord trunk bike rack for 2 bicycles
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tags: 805 saris bones 2 bike strap rack for honda accord car trunk

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Saris Bike Rack for Trunk of a Ford Contour Four-Door to Carry 2 Bikes

june 21, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Saris Bike Rack for Trunk of a Ford Contour Four-Door to Carry 2 Bikes
Saris Bike Rack for Trunk of a Ford Contour Four-Door to Carry 2 Bikes

Here’s a great install picture of a Ford Contour all jazzed up with a Saris Bones bike rack. This customer mounted a Saris 805 Bones 2 bicycle carrier onto the trunk of a Ford Contour 4-door, for a bike rack that is easy to install, easy to use, and versatile enough to carry multiple bicycles and fit on multiple vehicles. The most unique features about the Saris Bones are the arc-style design, which not only adds a sporty look but also contours to the shape of most vehicle trunks / hatchbacks / rear doors, including many trunks with spoilers, and the injection-molded and rust-free materials, which are both recyclable and able to withstand years of use. Ample rack straps connect to the car, providing a snug, secure fit, and bicycles are held in place with ratcheting anti-sway straps that prevent them from bumping against each other even on rough roads. Bicycle arms fold down when not in use for improved vehicle clearance, and locks are available (sold separately). And if you have more bikes you’re looking to transport, Saris also offers a Bones 3 rack for carrying three bikes.

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tags: 805 saris bones car trunk bike rack for ford contour to hold 2 bicycles

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Saris Bones 2 Rear Trunk-Hatch Door Bike Rack for VW Jetta 4DR Sedan

june 14, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Saris Bones 2 Rear Trunk-Hatch Door Bike Rack for VW Jetta 4DR Sedan
Saris Bones 2 Rear Trunk-Hatch Door Bike Rack for VW Jetta 4DR Sedan

J.G. from Saint Paul, Minnesota has combined function with style in this Volkswagen Jetta sedan trunk rack for two bicycles. J.G. mounted the Saris 805 Bones 2 onto the trunk of their VW Jetta 4-door (a three-bike model is also available: the Saris 801 Bones 3). The Bones 2 connects quickly and simply onto the trunk of this vehicle, and is also compatible with most other cars, including coupes, mini-vans, wagons, SUVs, etc. It features six easy-adjust straps that connect to the top, side, and bottom of the trunk for a secure, stable fit, a unique arcing shape that is compatible with more vehicle styles, like trunks with spoilers, and ratcheting cradle straps that stabilize bikes, preventing them from bouncing into one another or the back of the vehicle. And with the Saris Bones 2 injection-molded, rust-proof construction, this rack will hold up to years of use.

» Volkswagen Jetta 2 bike rack for car trunk
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4 Bike Hitch Rack with Rear Door Access on 2008 Volvo XC70 CURT Trailer Hitch Receiver

june 13, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

4 Bike Hitch Rack with Rear Door Access on 2008 Volvo XC70 CURT Trailer Hitch Receiver
4 Bike Hitch Rack with Rear Door Access on 2008 Volvo XC70 CURT Trailer Hitch Receiver

Check out this phenomenal customer install shot of a 2008 Volvo XC70 with CURT receiver hitch and Thule swing-away hitch bike rack in action! This setup is ideal for families or groups of friends travelling together, because it’s easy to use and also easy to access the inside of the vehicle through the rear hatch door. It features the Thule 9027 Apex Swing 4 hitch bike rack mounted into a CURT 13266 2” trailer hitch receiver, installed on the back of the 2008 Volvo XC70 wagon. The CURT Hitches 13266 receiver mount for the Volvo XC70 is a great DIY solution to make your vehicle compatible with hitch-mount accessories like bicycle carriers, with straightforward installation and dependable quality. The Thule 9027 Apex Swing 4 is designed for use with 2” trailer hitches and carries up to four bicycles. And for ultra-convenient travel, the Apex Swing 4 swings away from the vehicle with the bicycles still loaded on the rack, allowing hatch / door / trunk access without removing bikes first. It also includes Hold Fast RDT cradles to dampen road vibrations, No-Sway cages to keep bikes from swaying into each other or against vehicle on bumpy roads, bike arms that fold to save space on the car when the rack isn't in use, and complete locking security with an integrated cable to lock the bikes to the Apex Swing 4 rack and a hitch lock to lock the entire hitch rack onto the car (in this case the 2008 Volvo XC70). Now it’s time to pack the bikes, pack the lunches, and hit the road. And if your car doesn’t already have a trailer hitch, we sell - at discount sale prices - great DIY receiver hitch options for a Volvo XC 70 from CURT Hitches. See below for our exclusive CURT Hitches Fit Guide. Also available is the 9031 Thule Vertex Swing 4, which functions similarly at a value price (does not include hitch locks etc.)

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Subaru Outback Wagon Strap Rack for 2 Bikes on Hatchback Door

june 12, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Subaru Outback Wagon Strap Rack for 2 Bikes on Hatchback Door
Subaru Outback Wagon Strap Rack for 2 Bikes on Hatchback Door

Here’s a great customer install that combines quality and economy in one nice setup: a Saris Bones bike rack for carrying two bikes on a Subaru Outback wagon. The Saris 805 Bones 2 bike rack shown here carries one or two bicycles (a 3-bike version, the Saris 801 Bones 3, is also available), and is compatible with most styles of vehicle, from wagons and hatchbacks to SUVs, mini-vans, sedans, coupes, and more. The unique shape and injection-molded, rust-proof construction make this rack simple to install or remove, stylish, and durable. Anti-sway cradle straps keep bikes stable and upright, preventing them from swinging against each other in transit. Plus, this rack works well with almost any style of bicycle, and can be used on multiple vehicles, so it's a great option for a family with more than one car.

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Honda Pilot Trailer Hitch Mount 4-Bike Rack - Thule 9027 Apex Swing

june 11, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Honda Pilot Trailer Hitch Mount 4-Bike Rack - Thule 9027 Apex Swing
Honda Pilot Trailer Hitch Mount 4-Bike Rack - Thule 9027 Apex Swing

Customer M.Q. from Vermont has discovered that a receiver hitch-mounting bike rack is one of the most convenient ways to transport bicycles—that’s why they installed a Thule Apex trailer hitch receiver rack for four bikes on a Honda Pilot. M.Q. mounted the Thule 9027 Apex Swing 4 directly into the 2” trailer hitch on their Honda Pilot. The Thule Apex Swing 4 is easy to install or remove, and loading bikes is painless: just set into the cradle arms, secure, and go—no lifting bikes overhead to load onto a tall vehicle roof or struggling with complicated strap systems. And thanks to the ingenious swing-away feature on this bike rack, the entire unit can swing away from the trailer hitch with bikes still loaded, allowing easy access to the rear hatch door. Other impressive design features and technologies on the Apex Swing 4 include Hold Fast RDT cradles and No-Sway Cages, which dampen road vibrations and stabilize bicycles, preventing them from bouncing against each other or the vehicle even on rough roads; folding bike arms for improved rear vehicle clearance when not in use; and complete locking security, including an integrated cable to lock bikes to the rack, and a hitch lock to lock the rack to the back of the car. And if your car doesn’t already have a trailer hitch, we sell - at discount sale prices - great DIY receiver hitch options for a Honda Pilot from CURT Hitches. See below for our exclusive CURT Trailer Hitch Fit Guide...

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Thule SideKick Hardshell Box and Yakima Cross Bars Roof Rack for Ford FreeStyle Parallel Rails

june 10, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule SideKick Hardshell Box and Yakima Cross Bars Roof Rack for Ford FreeStyle Parallel Rails
Thule SideKick Hardshell Box and Yakima Cross Bars Roof Rack for Ford FreeStyle Parallel Rails

This New Hampshire customer is ready for some White Mountain camping or a long weekend at the beach, thanks to their newly-installed cross bars car rack roof box for factory side rails on a Ford FreeStyle. They mounted a Yakima car rack for raised side rails onto the factory rails on their FreeStyle, then attached a Thule 682 SideKick cargo pod onto the cross bars. The Yakima roof rack system shown in this install has been replaced by an upgraded model, the Yakima RailGrab base rack, which includes four towers that connect directly onto the elevated rails on this vehicle, and two cross bars. The Thule SideKick roof box features universally-compatible mounting hardware that fits onto aftermarket square or round cross bars like the ones shown here, but also fits most factory/OEM cross bar styles. The SideKick offers an eight cubic foot capacity in a 54"(L) x 25"(W) x 15.5"(H) shell—perfect for two sets of golf clubs, camping gear, shopping bags, etc. And the durable, waterproof construction and included locks and keys mean this customer will be able to transport their belongings worry-free.

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tags: 682 thule sidekick cargo luggage box on ford freestyle side rails mount roof rack cross rails

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GMC Sierra Pickup Truck with Heavy-Duty Bed Rail-Mounting Truck-Ladder Rack

june 9, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

GMC Sierra Pickup Truck with Heavy-Duty Bed Rail-Mounting Truck-Ladder Rack
GMC Sierra Pickup Truck with Heavy-Duty Bed Rail-Mounting Truck-Ladder Rack

R.S. from Burlington, Vermont has just rigged their GMC Sierra pickup truck up with a great system from one of the finest rack manufacturers on the market. They installed a TracRac T-Rac G2 pickup truck cross bars rack on a GMC Sierra Z71 extended cab. The TracRac T-Rac G2 includes four heavy-duty aluminum upright towers that mount directly onto the bed rails on most pickup trucks—no drilling required; two 70” aluminum cross bars; integrated toolbox mounts (toolboxes sold separately), with shims for compatibility with any brand of toolbox; sliding load stops/tie-downs with quick release clamping knobs to easily arrange and secure any load for transit; and ARC side cleats located on the upright towers, providing even more tie-down options to further customize the setup for what you want to carry. Although this entire T-Rac G2 unit weighs just 55 pounds, it can haul an astonishing 800 pounds, and is perfect for work or play—whether you’re hauling ladders, lumber, or pipe to the building site, or canoes and kayaks to the lake. And it’s even made in the U.S.A.!

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Yakima Super Joe Pro 3 Strap Bike Rack for a VW Jetta 4-Door Car Trunk

june 8, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Yakima Super Joe Pro 3 Strap Bike Rack for a VW Jetta 4-Door Car Trunk
Yakima Super Joe Pro 3 Strap Bike Rack for a VW Jetta 4-Door Car Trunk

With family vacation season just beginning, this customer has found one terrific way to transport everyone’s bikes simply and safely to their destination. This install picture features the Yakima Super Joe Pro three-bike trunk rack on a Volkswagen Jetta TDI sedan. Also available in a two-bike model (the Yakima Super Joe Pro 2), the Yakima Super Joe Pro 3 holds up to three bikes, connects quickly and easily onto the trunk of the VW Jetta, and fits a broad array of other vehicles, from sedans or coupes to mini-vans, wagons, or SUVs, too. The innovative Quick Trigger hub system allows the rack to be adjusted to the correct mounting position for your vehicle (indicated by Yakima’s fit guide), with just one knob. Six-strap attachment with padded buckles and padded frames keeps the rack stable and secure on the vehicle without concern about scratching. Narrow bike arms make the Super Joe Pro compatible with almost any shape or style of bicycle, while Yakima’s Stable Cradles keep each bike in place without bumping against each other or the back of the vehicle. Plus, the steel construction and attractive red finish mean this bike rack is both durable and stylish.

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tags: 8002630 yakima superJoe 3 bike trunk rack for vw jetta tdi rear car trunk - rear hatch door compatible

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Thule 7601, 7602, 7603 AeroBlade Edge Cartop Rack Systems for Flush Rail and Fix Point Roofs

may 22, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule 7601, 7602, 7603 AeroBlade Edge Cartop Rack Systems for Flush Rail and Fix Point Roofs
Thule 7601, 7602, 7603 AeroBlade Edge Cartop Rack Systems for Flush Rail and Fix Point Roofs

The brand new Thule AeroBlade Edge 7601 / 7602 / 7603 rooftop car rack for preset points and flush side rails is a thing of pure beauty. Not only that, but the AeroBlade Edge also combines style with top of the line performance and innovative new technologies. Designed for use on vehicles with fixed-point rooflines or flush factory side rails, the Thule AeroBlade Edge 7601 /7602 / 7603 includes two AeroBlade load bars and four integrated feet, pre-assembled for ultra-quick installation, along with a vehicle-specific Podium Fit Kit. We also suggest a four-pack of Thule lock cores (sold separately) to lock the AeroBlade Edge rack onto the roof for added peace of mind. The low-profile and lightweight aluminum AeroBlade cross bars include WindDiffuser Technology that disrupts air flow, providing an amazingly quiet and efficient ride, and a BoxBeam structure that makes them extremely strong and rigid. T-slots are also included on the top of the cross bars for installing gear carriers, like those designed for use with Thule X-Adapt kits, directly into the channels. The AeroBlade bars are also compatible with almost any roof rack accessory from aftermarket brands like Thule, Yakima, or Inno.

» Thule 7603 7602 7601 AeroBlade Edge roof racks
» Thule 7603 AeroBlade Edge rack compontent
» Thule 7602 AeroBlade Edge rack compontent
» Thule 7601 AeroBlade Edge rack compontent
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tags: thule 7603 7602 7601 aeroblade edge roof racks - fits rooftop flush side rails / fixed-points

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Thule 7501, 7502, 7503 AeroBlade Edge High Performance and Quiet Car Racks for Raised Rails

may 21, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule 7501, 7502, 7503 AeroBlade Edge High Performance and Quiet Car Racks for Raised Rails
Thule 7501, 7502, 7503 AeroBlade Edge High Performance and Quiet Car Racks for Raised Rails

Breaking into impressive new rack system technologies, the Thule Aeroblade Edge 7501 / 7502 / 7503 rooftop car rack for elevated side rails accomplishes feats no single roof rack product has before. The AeroBlade Edge multi-purpose car rack combines superior aerodynamics with industry-leading cargo capacity, meaning you can have a quiet, efficient roof rack that’s also burly enough to transport all your gear. The sleek new Thule AeroBlade Edge 7501 / 7502 / 7503 car racks are designed for use on vehicles with raised factory side rails. It includes two AeroBlade load bars and four integrated feet, pre-assembled for ultra-quick installation. A four-pack of Thule lock cores (sold separately) to lock the rack onto the roof for added peace of mind is also recommended. The low-profile and lightweight aluminum AeroBlade cross bars include WindDiffuser Technology that disrupts air flow, providing an amazingly quiet and efficient ride, and a BoxBeam structure that makes them extremely strong and rigid. T-slots are also included on the top of the cross bars for installing gear carriers, like those designed for use with Thule X-Adapt kits, directly into the channels. The AeroBlade bars are also compatible with almost any roof rack accessory from aftermarket brands like Thule, Yakima, or Inno.

» Thule 7501 7502 7503 AeroBlade Edge roof racks
» Thule 7501 AeroBlade Edge rack compontent
» Thule 7502 AeroBlade Edge rack compontent
» Thule 7503 AeroBlade Edge rack compontent

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tags: thule 7503 7502 7501 aeroblade edge side rail car racks

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New Yakima BedRock Bed Rail Mounting Rack for Pickup Trucks

may 20, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

New Yakima BedRock Bed Rail Mounting Rack for Pickup Trucks
New Yakima BedRock Bed Rail Mounting Rack for Pickup Trucks

Yakima Racks has just released the clever and convenient new Yakima BedRock cross bars rack system for pickup truck beds. This rack includes four BedRock quick release mounting clamps that secure quickly and easily onto the bed rails of virtually any pickup truck without any tools required (C-channel adapters are also included for use with trucks with utility channels, like the Toyota Tundra or Tacoma), and locks and keys to lock the BedRock clamps onto the pickup truck bed. A pair of Yakima cross bars is also required (sold separately). The BedRock truck rack is simple to install, adjustable along the bed rails for a customized cross bar spread for any load, and allows gear to be loaded and transported at a convenient height, rather than struggling to load belongings overhead into rooftop rack carriers. This system creates a stable and versatile platform for gear carriers of all types, from bikes to luggage to watersport mounts. Plus, it also leaves the bed of the pickup truck free for hauling twice as much stuff.

» Yakima BedRock truck rack product page

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tags: 8001140 yakima bedrock truck rack for pickup bed rails - holds surfboards, white water kayaks, cargo boxes, bikes, skis, snowboards

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Thule 526 Circuit Fork Mounting Universal Bike Rack Now Available

may 19, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule 526 Circuit Fork Mounting Universal Bike Rack Now Available
Thule 526 Circuit Fork Mounting Universal Bike Rack Now Available

Bike season is here once again, and it’s the perfect time to think about a new bike rack—like this innovative new Thule 526 Circuit fork mount rooftop bike carrier. Replacing the Thule 517 Peloton, the Circuit bike tray delivers convenience, security, and aerodynamics in one great package. The ultra low-profile AeroHead fork mount assembly includes a Front Nose Lever and SecureSkewer mechanism for fast, simple installation and a perfectly snug hold on the bike that only requires setting once for use with the same bicycle. The skewer is also lockable with the purchase of a Thule lock core (sold separately), to lock the bike to the Circuit carrier and the Circuit to the vehicle. Universal mounting hardware is compatible with both aftermarket cross bars like those from Thule, Whispbar, Yakima, or Inno, as well as factory cross bars. The lightweight, super-strong aluminum bike tray is D-shaped, allowing the rear wheel strap to slide along the tray for a customized fit with nearly any style of bicycle, including those with disc brakes.

» Thule 526 Circuit bike rack for factory racks etc.

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tags: 526 thule circuit bicycle carrier for factory rack cross bars aeroblade whispbar yakima round bars thule square load bars

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Yakima TailGate Pad Truck Rack for Boats, Boards, & SUPs Now Available

may 8, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Yakima TailGate Pad Truck Rack for Boats, Boards, & SUPs Now Available
Yakima TailGate Pad Truck Rack for Boats, Boards, & SUPs Now Available

If you’re looking for a good way to transport surfboards, SUPs, kayaks, canoes, or other watersport systems in the back of your pickup truck, check out this excellent new solution: the Yakima SUP TailGate Pad (part # 8004072). This simple, durable, and versatile 30” pad straps around the tailgate of any pickup truck, providing a padded, secure platform for stand-up paddleboards, surfboards, sailboards, kayaks, canoes, and more (plus, the TailGate Pad also works great for other long loads like lumber or ladders). Constructed of durable, heavy-duty and UV-resistant ballistic nylon with ample padding, the TailGate Pad features two integrated, adjustable straps to loop around the tailgate for complete security, and a SupSnap cam fastener to lash board or boat securely in place on the tailgate. A mesh bag is even included for handy, ventilated storage when the pad isn’t in use, proving Yakima has thought of everything—which means all you have to think about is hitting the water on your next day off.

» Yakima SUP TailGate Pad (for SUP, surfboard, boat)

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tags: 8004072 yakima sup tailgate pad for stand up paddle boards, surfboards, kayak, canoe

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NEW Yakima Rooftop Pads for Kayaks, Surfboards, Stand-Up Paddleboards etc.

may 7, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

NEW Yakima Rooftop Pads for Kayaks, Surfboards, Stand-Up Paddleboards etc.
NEW Yakima Rooftop Pads for Kayaks, Surfboards, Stand-Up Paddleboards etc.

Here are some outstanding newly-released secure, simple, and economical roof rack pads for SUPs, surfboards, windsurfers, kayaks, and more: the Yakima Crossbar Pads for round or square cross bars (part # 8004070), and the Yakima Crossbar Pads for factory or elliptical cross bars (part # 8004071). Otherwise identical, the 8004070 SUP Crossbar Pads are compatible with conventional Yakima, Thule, or Inno cross bars, while the 8004071 SUP Aero Crossbar Pads work with factory cross rails and other aerodynamic bar styles like Whispbar or Thule Aeroblade. These Yakima SUP car rack pads are an affordable and easy alternative to other watersport carriers: simply install the pads, load your boat or board, and secure with a set of tie-down straps (sold separately). The cross bar pads are 30” long and feature full-length Velcro along the bottom of the pad for super-fast and secure install or removal. Plus, the cross bar pads are manufactured from a durable, UV-resistant and heavy-duty ballistic black nylon, which means they’ll look and perform great for seasons to come.

» Yakima SUP Pads (fits factory racks, Whispbar, AeroBlade)
» Yakima SUP Pads (fits round bars & square bars)

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tags: 8004070 / 8004071 yakima SUP pads for standup paddleboards, surfboards, sailboards

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Yakima BikerBar 8001141 and 8001143 Two-Bike Racks for Truck Bed Rails

may 6, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Yakima BikerBar 8001141 and 8001143 Two-Bike Racks for Truck Bed Rails
Yakima BikerBar 8001141 and 8001143 Two-Bike Racks for Truck Bed Rails

Yakima Racks has just released an incredibly easy, convenient, and secure way to carry bicycles in the back of a pickup truck: the Yakima BikerBar truck bed bike rack with fork mounts for two bicycles. Available in two models, the Yakima BikerBar bike rack with a 66” cross bar (part # 8001141), or the Yakima BikerBar bike rack with a 78” cross bar (part #8001143), this ingenious bike rack connects directly onto the side rails on a pickup truck bed, providing a simple platform for keeping bikes stable and upright in transit. The BikerBar includes two Yakima BedRock bed rail attachments, two Yakima Boa fork-mount bike rack blocks with locking quick releases (Yakima SKS locks and keys included!), and a Yakima round cross bar in either 66” or 78” length—to determine the appropriate bar size, simply measure the distance from the outside edge of one bed rail to the other on your vehicle. This system is perfect for carrying one or two bicycles in the bed of your truck—just remove the front wheel and secure, eliminating risks of scratching or damage to bike or vehicle. Installation or removal of the BedRock bed rail clamps is quick and painless (no drilling required), the Boa fork blocks are adjustable on the cross rail for ideal placement, and the Boas also work with fork adapters for non-traditional bikes like the Cannondale Lefty or thru-axle models.

» Yakima BikerBar truck bike rack (w/ 78" bar)
» Yakima BikerBar truck bike rack (w/ 66" bar)

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High-Performance NEW Yakima HighRoller Roof Bike Tray in Black

may 3, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

High-Performance NEW Yakima HighRoller Roof Bike Tray in Black
High-Performance NEW Yakima HighRoller Roof Bike Tray in Black

Yakima has just released a redesigned version of their topnotch Yakima HighRoller upright rooftop bike carrier (part 8002107). The updated Yakima HighRoller boasts a sleek new shape and a mirror black finish for enhanced style and long-lasting durability. The HighRoller also features an upright-style mount that doesn’t require removing the front wheel before use (adding convenience and reducing the risk of scratching by eliminating contact with the bike frame), mounting hardware that is compatible with both round or square cross bars and most factory cross bars, a built-in cable to lock the bike onto the rack and the rack onto the vehicle roof, simple tightening or release with oversized adjustment knob to ensure a secure hold on bike wheels, sliding wheel strap for use with multiple bikes/wheel sizes, and compatibility with virtually any style of bike, including kid’s, road, mountain, or even disc brake models.

» Yakima HighRoller car top bike rack

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Improved Yakima SprocketRocket Roof Bike Tray in Glossy Black

may 2, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Improved Yakima SprocketRocket Roof Bike Tray in Glossy Black
Improved Yakima SprocketRocket Roof Bike Tray in Glossy Black

What’s nicer than a premium Yakima fork-mount bike rack? A premium Yakima fork-mount bike rack with added design features and style: Introducing the new Yakima SprocketRocket rooftop bike mount (part 8002106). The updated Yakima SprocketRocket includes a more low-profile shape and a mirror black finish for enhanced looks and added durability. Combine this sleek new look with the topnotch performance the SprocketRocket is known for, and you have an excellent rooftop bike rack option. Other features include mounting hardware that is compatible with both round or square cross bars, locking fork block (lock core sold separately) to lock the bike onto the rack and the rack onto the vehicle roof, extra-fast dial-adjust skewer that only needs to be set once when using with the same bicycle, sliding wheel strap for use with various bike/wheel sizes, and compatibility with virtually any style of bike, including models with disc brakes.

» Yakima SprocketRocket roof mount bike rack

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Redesigned Yakima HoldUp 1.25 and 2 inch Receiver Hitch Mounted Bike Carriers

may 1, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Redesigned Yakima HoldUp 1.25 and 2 inch Receiver Hitch Mounted Bike Carriers
Redesigned Yakima HoldUp 1.25 and 2 inch Receiver Hitch Mounted Bike Carriers

The Yakima HoldUp two-bike hitch rack for 1.25” or 2” receiver mounts couldn’t get any better...wait, it is better! Yakima has just released a new and improved model of the Yakima HoldUp hitch bike carrier for 2” trailer hitches (8002443), and the Yakima HoldUp hitch bike carrier for 1-1/4” trailer hitches (8002445). With even more performance and style features, the new HoldUp includes a super-secure ratcheting StrongArm that holds bikes securely by their wheels and fits anything from 20” kid’s bikes to 29er mountain bikes, individually sliding wheel trays that provide a more customized fit, and a sweet black powdercoat finish. The HoldUp also includes a convenient platform system that only requires lifting bikes a short distance to load in place, a tilting feature to access rear hatch/door and a folding feature to stow the rack vertically on the back of the vehicle when not in use, and complete security with a built-in cable lock to lock bikes on the rack and a hitch pin lock to lock the rack onto the receiver. Plus, the Yakima HoldUp works with virtually any frame style or tire width, meaning you can transport road bikes to a race, mountain bikes to the trailhead, or beach cruisers to the boardwalk worry-free.

» Yakima HoldUp bike rack for 2" trailer hitches
» Yakima HoldUp bike rack for 1-1/4" trailer hitches

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tags: 8002445 / 8002443 yakima holdup platform bike racks for 2" and 1-1/4" hitches

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Yakima Spare Time Rear Mount Bike Rack Part 8890240 Recall Notice

april 4, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Yakima Spare Time Rear Mount Bike Rack Part 8890240 Recall Notice
Yakima Spare Time Rear Mount Bike Rack Part 8890240 Recall Notice

This recall notice has been released by Yakima Racks in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Yakima Products has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists with certain Yakima SpareTime rear spare tire mount bicycle carriers.

IMPORTANT!
Certain Yakima SpareTime rear mount bike racks are being recalled. Those affected can be identified by the lack of distinguishing markings on the mounting bolts (see photo above).

In the interest of ensuring absolute safety using the Yakima SpareTime bike rack, Yakima Racks is asking Spare Time bicycle carrier owners to immediately examine your product to determine if 8890240 defective mounting bolts may be installed. In most cases, the 8890240 mounting bolts will be visible even when installed on a vehicle. If your SpareTime product has bolts without similar markings on the “Good Bolt” as depicted in the photo above, please remove the carrier from your vehicle and discontinue use until it can be upgraded with good bolts to be provided by Yakima Customer Service.

Why is a recall being conducted?
Yakima has determined that two mounting bolts installed on the SpareTime spare tire bike racks manufactured after October of 2011 may not meet minimum strength requirements as specified in Yakima technical documentation. These bolts could break resulting in the bike carrier being ejected, creating a road hazard to other vehicles which could possibly result in a crash or injury to persons outside the vehicle. Yakima SpareTime bike racks without identifying characteristics on each mounting bolt are being recalled. If your SpareTime has markings on the bolt head, it is not affected by this recall (refer to picture above).

What should you do?
If you determine or suspect that the bolts in your product are not correct as noted above, remove the product from your vehicle and call 1-888-925-4621 to speak with customer service.

Who should you contact if you have further questions or concerns?
Call Yakima customer service 1-888-925-4621

» Yakima SpareTime spare tire mount bike rack
» 8890240 Yakima spare part

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2007 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-door with Side-Loading Snowboard Ski Roof Rack on Cross Bars

april 3, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2007 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-door with Side-Loading Snowboard Ski Roof Rack on Cross Bars
2007 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-door with Side-Loading Snowboard Ski Roof Rack on Cross Bars

Day or night, this high-end roof rack with sliding ski and snowboard system for a 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI definitely delivers quality and performance. This California customer began their Subaru cartop ski/snowboard carrier setup by installing the premium Whispbar S16 Through Bar base rack onto their 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX sedan using Fitting Kit K323. The Whispbar S16 roof rack is simple to install, ready to be racked up with accessories for all kinds of gear, and astonishingly quiet thanks to the low-profile cross bars. This customer also mounted a Thule 92726 Universal Pull Top ski and snowboard holder onto the base rack. The innovative Universal Pull Top telescopes out along the side of the vehicle for easier loading of skis and snowboards, and can carry as many as 4 boards or 6 pairs of skis. Plus, it comes with universally-compatible and super-fast mounting clamps that work on factory or aftermarket brand cross bars, and an oversized push-button opening for mitten-friendly use. Both the Whispbar and Thule products shown here even come with locks and keys included for full security, locking gear in the rack, the rack to the cross bars, and the cross bars to the vehicle—which means a worry-free après-ski!

» 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI snowboards-skis roof rack
» view Whispbar car rack cross bars systems
» view Whispbar S16 Through Bar SmartFoot-Crossbars
» view Whispbar 323 Fitting Kit
» view Thule 92726 Universal Pull Out snowboard-ski rack
» view all Subaru Impreza WRX STI racks

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tags: thule 92726 sliding out ski-snowboard carrier + whispbar s16 through bar car rack for 2007 subaru wrx sti - k323 fitting kit

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2012 Mazda 3 with Two Road-Mountain-Kids Bike Racks for Factory Cross Rails

april 2, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2012 Mazda 3 with Two Road-Mountain-Kids Bike Racks for Factory Cross Rails
2012 Mazda 3 with Two Road-Mountain-Kids Bike Racks for Factory Cross Rails

It’s already spring in Virginia, and this customer is ready to start the riding season off right with their new factory rack compatible upright bike racks for a 2012 Mazda 3. They installed a pair of Yakima FrontLoader bike carriers directly onto the OEM cross bars on their 2012 Mazda 3 5-door, and not only is this system easy to install and easy to use, but it also works great on road, hybrid, mountain, or kids’ bikes alike. The Yakima FrontLoader features universal mounting hardware that is compatible not only with factory cross bars like the ones shown here, but also aftermarket bars from Thule, Yakima, Inno, or even elliptical Whispbar or Thule AeroBlade bars. The upright-style trays are effortless: just set bikes in place, secure the wheel bar and strap, and go—no need to remove the front wheel first or fumble with quick release skewers. The front wheel clamp can be adjusted or released with just one dial, and because there isn’t any frame contact there’s no risk of scratching bicycles. This customer also installed a four-pack of Yakima SKS lock cores, allowing them to lock their bikes to the racks and the racks to the vehicle. Now, they can pack up and head out as soon as the trails dry.

» 2012 Mazda 3 5DR OEM rack bike mounts
» view Yakima FrontLoader cartop bicycle holder
» view all Mazda 3 racks

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tags: two yakima frontloader bike racks mounted to factory-oem car rack cross bars on 2012 mazda 3 5DR hatchback

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2003 Honda Civic 3-door with Car Rack and Wind Fairing for Short Roofline

april 1, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2003 Honda Civic 3-door with Car Rack and Wind Fairing for Short Roofline
2003 Honda Civic 3-door with Car Rack and Wind Fairing for Short Roofline

Customer E.F. from Kamuela, Hawaii is happy to report that they no longer have to stuff their surfboard inside their 2-door vehicle every time they want to catch a few waves. Instead, they installed this value-packed Inno roof rack with short roof adapter and wind fairing for a 2003 Honda Civic hatchback. First, E.F. mounted the Inno IN-SU base rack with K195 fit hooks and B117 46” square bars onto their 2003 Honda Civic Si 3-door hatchback, then they added the Inno IN-JK Joint Bars short roof adapter kit. The IN-SU roof rack is a versatile, easy to install base system that can be rigged with rack accessories for any gear, and even comes with locks and keys included. The IN-JK adapter, essential for many compact vehicles like this one, allows the front and rear cross bar to be set farther apart on the rooftop, creating a stable rack platform that is ideal for items like surfboards (or kayaks, canoes, luggage boxes, bikes, and more). Then, E.F. also connected an Inno INA261 size medium wind fairing onto the front cross bar, to reduce wind noise and complete the sporty look. Now, says E.F., there’s no more battling surfboard wax and fins on their car seats; they can just slide their board up onto the Honda Civic Inno roof rack, secure, and go.

» 2003 Honda Civic Si roof rack + fairing
» view Inno IN-SU car rack cross bars system
» view Inno IN-JK Joint Bars short roof kit
» view Inno K195 Fit Hooks
» view Inno rack fairings - wind noise shields
» view all Honda Civic Si racks

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tags: inno wind fairing + in-su & in-jk joint bars car rack for 2003 honda civic Si to carry surfboards - k195 fit hooks

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Low-Profile and Value-Priced Thule 613 Pulse Alpine Cargo-Snowboards-Skis Roof Container

march 22, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Low-Profile and Value-Priced Thule 613 Pulse Alpine Cargo-Snowboards-Skis Roof Container
Low-Profile and Value-Priced Thule 613 Pulse Alpine Cargo-Snowboards-Skis Roof Container

It seems like winter is always either in full swing or creeping up around the corner, and that’s why the brand-new Thule 613 Pulse Alpine rooftop cargo box is such a fantastic car rack accessory. The most narrow and lowest-profile model in Thule Racks new entry-level Pulse series, the Pulse Alpine is perfect for long, slender cargo like snowboards or skis, for use in low-overhang spaces like garages, and for mounting alongside other roof rack accessories. With an 11 cubic foot capacity and dimensions of 88.5”(L) x 25.5”(W) x 12.5”(H), this box is great for transporting up to 5-6 pairs of skis or 2-3 snowboards (as well as luggage, baby strollers, vacation supplies, etc.) and for use with other gear carriers, like bike racks or kayak cradles, installed on the roof rack cross bars. And the economical price tag isn’t too bad, either! The Thule 613 Pulse Alpine roof box also includes universal mounting hardware that not only fits with factory roof rack cross bars, round or square bars like those from Thule, Inno, and Yakima, and even elliptical Whispbar or Thule Aeroblade load bars / XSporter Pro truck rack cross bars, but also features Easy Grip tool-free clamps for painless install and removal; improved aerodynamics to increase fuel efficiency and decrease wind noise; an expanded range of attachment points for better rear car trunk / back hatch door clearance; ABS materials that are aerodynamic, durable, and make the box easy to open and close; single-side opening for safe and speedy access from passenger side of vehicle; locks and keys to simultaneously lock the Pulse Alpine box onto the vehicle rack and also lock gear safely inside the box. And on top of these great features, the Pulse Alpine is also proudly made in the USA. Complete information for the 613 Pulse Alpine box...

» Thule 613 Pulse Alpine cargo-snowboard-ski roof box

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tags: thule 613 pulse alpine narrow roof box for skis snowboards cargo luggage on car racks

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Thule 614 Pulse L Waterproof Hardshell Cargo Box

march 21, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule 614 Pulse L Waterproof Hardshell Cargo Box
Thule 614 Pulse L Waterproof Hardshell Cargo Box

Here’s the high-performing and budget-friendly new Thule 614 Pulse L car rack gear box. The Pulse L offers a 14 cubic foot cargo capacity in a 67”(L) x 35”(W) x 16”(H) waterproof, hard-sided cargo container that is perfect for any modest load of gear or belongings that aren’t excessively long. Fill the Pulse L with beach stuff or camping gear, kid’s skis or snowboards (shorter than 155cm), shopping supplies, baby strollers, and more, and as part of Thule Racks entry-level Pulse series (replacing the Thule Excursion cargo box), this is one cargo-luggage container that delivers function and convenience without breaking the bank. The 614 Pulse L also includes universal mounting hardware that not only fits with factory roof rack cross bars, round or square bars like those from Thule, Inno, and Yakima, and even elliptical Whispbar or Thule XSporter Pro / Aeroblade cross bars, but also features Easy Grip tool-free clamps for painless install and removal; improved aerodynamics to increase fuel efficiency and decrease wind noise; an expanded range of attachment points for better back hatch door / rear trunk clearance; ABS materials that are aerodynamic, durable, and make the box easy to open and close; single-side opening for safe and speedy access from passenger side of vehicle; locks and keys to simultaneously lock the Thule 614 Pulse L box onto the vehicle rack and also lock gear safely inside the box. And on top of these great features, the Pulse L is also proudly made in the USA. See below for full details on the Thule 614 Pulse L rooftop cargo box...

» Thule 614 Pulse L car rack mount gear box

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Thule 615 Pulse XL Economical Rooftop Luggage Box Now Available

march 20, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule 615 Pulse XL Economical Rooftop Luggage Box Now Available
Thule 615 Pulse XL Economical Rooftop Luggage Box Now Available

If you want a multi-purpose roof rack box that gets the job done while keeping your belongings safe, secure, and dry, check out the new Thule 615 Pulse XL gear container. The Pulse XL replaces the Thule Mountaineer, and the 16 cubic foot cargo capacity and reasonable pricing make it a popular choice. This 76”(L) x 33”(W) x 16.5”(H) box is ideal for transporting skis (up to 6-8 pairs) or snowboards (up to 4-6 boards), vacation gear, shopping bags, golf clubs, baby strollers, and more, and because it comes at entry-level cost you’ll still have enough money left to pay for gas on your next road trip. This hard-sided, waterproof cargo pod pairs well with any vehicle, from small sedans to SUVs to pickup trucks. The Thule 615 Pulse XL cargo container also includes universal mounting hardware that not only fits with factory roof rack cross bars, round or square bars like those from Thule, Inno, and Yakima, and even elliptical Whispbar or Thule XSporter Pro / Aeroblade load bars, but also features Easy Grip tool-free clamps for painless install and removal; improved aerodynamics to increase fuel efficiency and decrease wind noise; an expanded range of attachment points for better back hatch door / car trunk clearance; ABS materials that are aerodynamic, durable, and make the box easy to open and close; single-side opening for safe and convenient access from passenger side of vehicle; locks and keys to simultaneously lock the Pulse XL box onto the vehicle rack and also lock gear safely inside the box. And on top of these great features, the Pulse XL is also proudly made in the USA. See below for full details on the 615 Pulse XL box...

» Thule 615 Pulse XL cargo-luggage gear roof box

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Brand-New Thule 623 Force Alpine Rooftop Container for Luggage-Gear-Skis-Snowboards

march 3, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Brand-New Thule 623 Force Alpine Rooftop Container for Luggage-Gear-Skis-Snowboards
Brand-New Thule 623 Force Alpine Rooftop Container for Luggage-Gear-Skis-Snowboards

The all-new Thule 623 Force Alpine cargo box has just been released, and there’s still time to load up your skis and snowboards and head to the mountain with this sleek, high-performance roof box this winter. The Force Alpine, which replaces the Thule Ascent 1500, is a narrow, waterproof, hard-sided cargo container designed specifically for use with long loads like skis and snowboards and for use with other roof rack accessories mounted alongside. With a 12 cubic foot capacity and dimensions of 81.5”(H) x 24.5”(W) x 17”(H), this box is perfect for transporting up to 5-6 pairs of skis or 2-3 snowboards (as well as luggage, shopping bags, road trip supplies, etc.) and for use with other gear carriers, like bike racks or kayak cradles, installed on the roof rack cross bars. The Force Alpine also includes Quick-Grip universal mounting hardware that not only fits with factory roof rack cross bars, round or square bars like those from Thule, Inno, and Yakima, and even elliptical Whispbar or Thule Aeroblade / XSporter Pro bars, but ensures the perfect fit with easy-to-use, tool-free clamps that can be installed or removed from the roof rack cross bars in just minutes; an aerodynamic shape that increases fuel efficiency and decreases wind noise; a wide range of attachment points for better hatch/trunk clearance; a reinforced and diamond-textured AeroSkin lid that improves aerodynamics, adds stiffness for easier opening and closing, and is both durable and attractive; dual-sided opening for convenient access from driver or passenger side of vehicle; and locks and keys to simultaneously lock the Force Alpine box onto the vehicle rack and also lock gear safely inside the box. And on top of these superb features, the Force Alpine is also proudly made in the USA. Check out below for full details on the Thule 623 Force Alpine rooftop box.

» Thule 623 Force Alpine snowboard ski roof box

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Thule 624 Force L Roof Rack Cargo-Luggage Box Now In Stock

march 2, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule 624 Force L Roof Rack Cargo-Luggage Box Now In Stock
Thule 624 Force L Roof Rack Cargo-Luggage Box Now In Stock

Maybe you need a cargo box to carry just the last few items you can’t fit inside the car when your friends and family ride with you. Or maybe you have a small car and are looking for a rooftop luggage box that doesn’t visually overpower your vehicle. In either case, the brand-new Thule 624 Force L hardshell gear container is a wise choice. The shortest in the Thule Rack new Force roof cargo box lineup (replacing the Thule Ascent series), the Force L offers a 13 cubic foot cargo capacity in a 65”(L) x 34.5”(W) x 16”(H) waterproof, hard-sided cargo carrier. This box is ideal for carrying modest loads that aren’t excessively long, like kid’s skis or snowboards under 150cm in length, baby strollers, tents and sleeping bags, vacation supplies, and lots more. Plus, it works great on shorter vehicles like compact sedans or two-door models. The Force L also includes Quick-Grip universal mounting hardware that not only fits with factory roof rack cross bars, round or square bars like those from Thule, Inno, and Yakima, and even elliptical Whispbar or Thule Aeroblade / XSporter Pro bars, but ensures the perfect fit with easy-to-use, tool-free clamps that can be installed or removed from the roof rack cross bars in just minutes; an aerodynamic shape that increases fuel efficiency and decreases wind noise; a wide range of attachment points for improved hatch / trunk clearance; a reinforced and diamond-textured AeroSkin lid that improves aerodynamics, adds stiffness for easier opening and closing, and is both durable and attractive; dual-sided opening for convenient access from driver or passenger side of vehicle; and locks and keys to simultaneously lock the 624 Thule Force L box onto the vehicle rack and also lock gear safely inside the box. And on top of these superb features, the Force L is also proudly made in the USA. See below for full details on the Thule 624 Force L car rooftop box...

» Thule 624 Force L cargo-luggage roof box

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All-New Waterproof, Locking Thule 625 Force XL Roof Cargo Box

march 1, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

All-New Waterproof, Locking Thule 625 Force XL Roof Cargo Box
All-New Waterproof, Locking Thule 625 Force XL Roof Cargo Box

Because it’s the most versatile, the 17 cubic foot cargo box is the most popular size in Thule’s new Force roof luggage box lineup (replacing the Thule Ascent series). Whether you want a gear box to fit all of your belongings, or a gear box to fit on a compact car, this box does it all: the Thule 625 Force XL cargo container. The Force XL offers a 17 cubic foot cargo capacity in a 84”(L) x 34.5”(W) x 17”(H) waterproof, hard-sided cargo container. This box is ideal for transporting skis (up to 6-8 pairs) or snowboards (up to 4-6 boards), camping or beach supplies, shopping bags, and more, and it matches up with any vehicle’s roofline, from small sedans to SUVs to pickup trucks. The Thule Racks 625 Force XL cargo container also includes Quick-Grip universal mounting hardware that not only fits with factory roof rack cross bars, round or square bars like those from Thule, Inno, and Yakima, and even elliptical Whispbar or Thule XSporter Pro / Aeroblade load bars, but ensures the perfect fit with easy-to-use, tool-free clamps that can be installed or removed from the roof rack cross bars in just minutes; an aerodynamic shape that increases fuel efficiency and decreases wind noise; a wide range of attachment points for improved rear hatch door / car trunk clearance; a reinforced and diamond-textured AeroSkin lid that improves aerodynamics, adds stiffness for easier opening and closing, and is both durable and attractive; dual-sided opening for convenient access from driver or passenger side of vehicle; and locks and keys to simultaneously lock the 625 Thule Force XL box onto the vehicle rack and also lock gear safely inside the box. And on top of these superb features, the Force XL is also proudly made in the USA.

» Thule 625 Force XL roof top cargo carrier

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Thule 626 Force XXL Roof Cargo Gear Box Now In

february 28, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule 626 Force XXL Roof Cargo Gear Box Now In
Thule 626 Force XXL Roof Cargo Gear Box Now In

If you want a rooftop luggage box that combines performance with value in one extra-extra-large package, this is the product for you. Thanks to the great new Thule 626 Force XXL cargo box, you won’t have to worry about whether you can fit everything for your next ski trip or family vacation. Part of Thule’s terrific new Force roof box line (replacing the Thule Ascent series), the Force XXL offers a whopping 21 cubic foot cargo capacity in a 92.5”(L) x 36”(W) x 18”(H) waterproof, hard-sided cargo container. This box is ideal for transporting skis (up to 10-12 pairs) or snowboards (up to 6-8 boards), camping or beach supplies, belongings for a move, and plenty more. The Force XXL also includes Quick-Grip universal mounting hardware that not only fits with factory roof rack cross bars, round or square bars like those from Thule, Inno, and Yakima, and even elliptical Whispbar or Thule Aeroblade/XSporter Pro bars, but ensures the perfect fit with easy-to-use, tool-free clamps that can be installed or removed from the roof rack cross bars in just minutes; an aerodynamic shape that increases fuel efficiency and decreases wind noise; a wide range of attachment points for improved hatch/trunk clearance; a reinforced and diamond-textured AeroSkin lid that improves aerodynamics, adds stiffness for easier opening and closing, and is both durable and attractive; dual-sided opening for convenient access from driver or passenger side of vehicle; and locks and keys to simultaneously lock the Force XXL box onto the vehicle rack and also lock gear safely inside the box. And on top of these superb features, the Force XXL is also proudly made in the USA.

» Thule 626 Force XXL car top cargo-luggage container

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The Superior New Thule 612 Hyper XL Cargo Box for Car Roof Racks

february 27, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

The Superior New Thule 612 Hyper XL Cargo Box for Car Roof Racks
The Superior New Thule 612 Hyper XL Cargo Box for Car Roof Racks

You deserve the best…and now you can have it delivered to your door with the ultra-premium and brand-new Thule 612 Hyper XL cargo-luggage rooftop box. This waterproof, hard-shell, locking cargo box features top performance, detail-oriented design and sophisticated styling in one exceptional package. Replacing the Thule 611 Boxter, the 612 Hyper XL offers a 17 cubic foot cargo capacity in a 90”(L) x 34.5”(W) x 16”(H) box, which is perfect for transporting anything from multiple skis and snowboards to camping gear to baby strollers or luggage. The Hyper XL’s innovative, first-class features include AccuTight universal mounting hardware that not only fits with factory roof rack cross bars, round or square bars like those from Thule, Inno, and Yakima, and even elliptical Whispbar or Thule Aeroblade/XSporter Pro bars, but ensures the perfect fit by audibly clicking when the ideal cross bar hold has been achieved; an efficient AeroNose shape that is extremely aerodynamic; a rear-angled base and wider range of attachment points for improved hatch/trunk clearance; a glossy, two-tone black and silver finish that adds a sleek style to the vehicle; reinforced, ultra-thick lid and base construction for utmost durability; dual-sided opening for convenient access from driver or passenger side of vehicle; a handy, built-in light to see inside the box when accessing belongings in the dark; and locks and keys to simultaneously lock the Hyper XL box onto the vehicle rack and also lock gear safely inside the box. And on top of all this, the Hyper XL is also proudly made in the USA. See below for full details on the jaw-dropping new Thule 612 Hyper XL roof box...

» Thule 612 Hyper XL cargo container for roof racks

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Thule 633B and Thule 633S Sonic Alpine Roof Cargo Boxes Just Released

february 26, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule 633B and Thule 633S Sonic Alpine Roof Cargo Boxes Just Released
Thule 633B and Thule 633S Sonic Alpine Roof Cargo Boxes Just Released

The incredible new Thule Sonic Alpine cargo-luggage box has all the bases covered, from aerodynamics to height clearance to performance and style. The Thule Sonic Alpine, which replaces the Thule Atlantis 1200 cargo box, is available in either the 633B with glossy black finish or the 633S with glossy silver finish (the two models are otherwise identical). This ultra-premium waterproof, lockable, hard-sided cargo container offers an outstanding list of features and upgrades, beginning with the super low-profile and narrow design. With a 10 cubic foot carrying capacity and dimensions of 96”(L) x 27.5”(W) x 11”(H), this box is perfect for use with other roof rack accessories mounted beside it, and ideal for clearance in low-hanging entrances like garages. Use the Sonic Alpine to transport skis or snowboards, camping gear, luggage, shopping bags, etc. The AcuTight universal mounting hardware not only fits with factory roof rack cross bars, round/square bars like those from Thule, Inno, and Yakima, and even elliptical-style Whispbar or Thule Aeroblade/XSporter Pro bars, but also ensures the perfect fit by audibly clicking when the ideal cross bar hold is achieved. Not only is the patented AeroNose shape efficient, but thanks to ingenious dimples integrated into the AeroNose design, aerodynamics are improved by an additional 10% on this box. The Sonic Alpine also includes a rear-angled base and wider range of attachment points for improved hatch/trunk clearance; reinforced, ultra-thick lid and base construction for utmost durability; dual-sided opening for convenient access from driver or passenger side of vehicle; and locks and keys to simultaneously lock the box onto the vehicle rack and also lock gear safely inside the box. And on top of all these phenomenal details, the Sonic Alpine is proudly made in the USA. See below for more detailed info and all features on the new Thule 633B Sonic Alpine and Thule 633S Sonic Alpine rooftop boxes...

» Thule 633B Sonic Alpine cartop roof box
» Thule 633S Sonic Alpine cartop roof box

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Just In Are the Thule 634B and Thule 634S Sonic L Roof Cargo Boxes

february 25, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Just In Are the Thule 634B and Thule 634S Sonic L Roof Cargo Boxes
Just In Are the Thule 634B and Thule 634S Sonic L Roof Cargo Boxes

The premium, long-running Thule Atlantis 1600 has been replaced by something even better: the Thule Sonic L cargo box. Available in either the Thule 634B with glossy black finish or the Thule 634S with glossy silver finish, the topnotch Sonic L waterproof, lockable, hard-sided cargo-luggage-gear box offers a terrific collection of features and upgrades, including a 13 cubic foot carrying capacity in a 73”(L) x 34.5”(W) x 16”(H) box, which is ideal for smaller vehicles or for transporting modest loads of gear, skis/snowboards (155cm in length or less), luggage, etc.; AcuTight universal mounting hardware that not only fits with factory roof rack cross bars, round/square bars like those from Thule, Inno, and Yakima, and even elliptical-style Whispbar or Thule Aeroblade/XSporter Pro bars, but also ensures the perfect fit by audibly clicking when the ideal cross bar hold is achieved; an efficient AeroNose shape that is extremely aerodynamic; a rear-angled base and wider range of attachment points for improved hatch/trunk clearance; reinforced, ultra-thick lid and base construction for utmost durability; dual-sided opening for convenient access from driver or passenger side of vehicle; waterproof design; and locks and keys to simultaneously lock the Sonic L box onto the vehicle rack and also lock gear safely inside the box. And on top of all of these amazing features, the Sonic L is also proudly made in the USA. See below for further details / information and full features on the great new Thule 634B Sonic L and Thule 634S Sonic L rooftop box...

» Thule 634B Sonic L cargo luggage box
» Thule 634S Sonic L cargo luggage box

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Introducing the Thule 635B and 635S Sonic XL Rooftop Cargo Boxes

february 24, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Introducing the Thule 635B and 635S Sonic XL Rooftop Cargo Boxes
Introducing the Thule 635B and 635S Sonic XL Rooftop Cargo Boxes

If you’re looking for a sleek, high-quality, durable, and multi-purpose cargo-luggage box, look no further. The brand new Thule 635B Sonic XL cargo box with glossy black finish and Thule 635S Sonic XL cargo box with glossy silver finish, part of Thule’s premium new Sonic roof box line (replacing the Thule Atlantis series), are now available. The 635B and 635S Sonic XL are identical except for color. Both feature a 17 cubic foot cargo capacity in a 90”(L) x 34.5(W) x 16”(H) box, which is ideal for transporting anything from skis and snowboards to camping gear to baby strollers or luggage. The Sonic XL also includes AcuTight universal mounting hardware that not only fits with factory roof rack cross bars, round or square bars like those from Thule, Inno, and Yakima, and even elliptical Whispbar or Thule Aeroblade/XSporter Pro bars, but ensures the perfect fit by audibly clicking when the ideal cross bar hold has been achieved; an efficient AeroNose shape that is extremely aerodynamic; a rear-angled base and wider range of attachment points for improved hatch/trunk clearance; reinforced, ultra-thick lid and base construction for utmost durability; dual-sided opening for convenient access from driver or passenger side of vehicle; waterproof design; and locks and keys to simultaneously lock the Sonic XL box onto the vehicle rack and also lock gear safely inside the box. And on top of all of these amazing features, the Sonic XL is also proudly made in the USA. See below for accessing full details on the incredible new Thule 635B Sonic XL rooftop box and Thule 635S Sonic XL rooftop box...

» Thule 635B Sonic XXL roof rack cargo box
» Thule 635S Sonic XXL roof rack cargo box

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Thule Racks 636S 636B Sonic XXL Cargo Roof Boxes Now Available

february 23, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule Racks 636S 636B Sonic XXL Cargo Roof Boxes Now Available
Thule Racks 636S 636B Sonic XXL Cargo Roof Boxes Now Available

Thule Racks - long known for their legendary, quality, durable, easy-to-use and cool looking roof rack cargo boxes - has just released their latest top-of-the-line, premium roof box series called the Sonic Series. Replacing the previous generation Atlantis roof boxes, the new Sonic cargo-luggage containers deliver impressive new updates and a list of latest innovative all-new features. Pictured here are the Thule 636S Sonic XXL box and the Thule Sonic 636B Sonic XXL box. Both are exactly the same except the 636S features a glossy metallic silver finish, while the 636B is finished in glossy metallic black. They replace the Atlantis 2100 roof boxes. The 636S Sonic XXL and 636B Sonic XXL are the largest cargo roof boxes in the series. 22 cu/ft cargo carrying capacity; Dimensions: 100.5”(L) x 37.5”(W) x 17”(H); Weight: 63 lbs. Includes locks and keys. Highlighted features include AcuTight universal mounting hardware for compatibility with virtually all factory rack cross bars, any aftermarket base rack system cross bars from Thule (including AeroBlade and Xsporter Pro crossbars), Yakima, Whispbar, Inno roof rack cross bars etc.; patented AeroNose design; rear-angled base and very wide range of adjustability for mounting to roof rack cross bars, allowing for trunk or rear hatch door to open fully without contacting the back of the cargo box. For all full list of features and complete Thule 636S Sonic XXL and 636B Sonic XXL roof boxes details see below...

» Thule 636B Sonic XXL cargo roof box
» Thule 636S Sonic XXL cargo roof box

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2009 VW GTI with Locking Ski and Snowboard Holder and Wind Fairing on Factory Car Rack

january 23, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2009 VW GTI with Locking Ski and Snowboard Holder and Wind Fairing on Factory Car Rack
2009 VW GTI with Locking Ski and Snowboard Holder and Wind Fairing on Factory Car Rack

It may be raining in Hoboken, New Jersey, but in the mountains of Vermont where this customer is headed there’s plenty of snow. They sent these install photos of their new Thule Flat Top ski-snowboard rack with flush mount adapters and wind fairing on OEM cross bars for a 2009 Volkswagen GTI. They attached the Thule 92725 Universal Flat Top ski and snowboard carrier directly onto their GTI factory roof rack cross rails using Thule’s Ski Rack Flush Mount Adapter Kit. The flush mount kit replaces the existing Flat Top attachment hardware, allowing the rack to fit directly into the T channel on the top of this VW cross bar for a more integrated and sleek look. The 92725 Flat Top holds 6 pairs of skis or 4 snowboards, and even includes locks and keys to lock gear in the carrier and the carrier onto the roof rack. This customer also connected a Thule 872xt 44” large wind fairing onto the front cross bar to minimize air noise and complete the sporty package. Now they’re ready to head for the slopes with style and performance.

» 2009 VW GTI snowboards-skis mount for factory cross bars
» view Thule 92725 Universal Flat Top snowboard-ski rack
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2012 Ford F-150 with Yakima Permanent Tracks and Boa Bike Racks Over Top of ReTrax Tonneau Cover

january 22, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2012 Ford F-150 with Yakima Permanent Tracks and Boa Bike Racks Over Top of ReTrax Tonneau Cover
2012 Ford F-150 with Yakima Permanent Tracks and Boa Bike Racks Over Top of ReTrax Tonneau Cover

Here’s a brilliant solution to carry bikes on adjustable cross bars for a 2012 Ford F150 truck bed retractable tonneau cover. This customer has a ReTrax retractable tonneau cover on their 2012 Ford F-150, and wanted to keep the cover functional while still enjoying the convenience of transporting their bicycles in the bed of their pickup truck. They created the perfect system, using Yakima 54” tracks for metal surfaces, a Yakima Control Tower complete base rack (with LP1 Landing Pads and 78” cross bars), and a pair of Yakima Boa bike mounts. First, this customer drilled the 54” tracks into their truck bed rails, purchasing longer bolts and nylock nuts separately. Then, they installed the LP1 pads and Control Towers into the tracks, and the 78” round bars over top of the tonneau cover. Finally, they attached the Boa bike racks, and added a 6-pack of Yakima SKS lock cores to lock the bikes into the fork mounts and the rack onto the vehicle. This configuration is easy to use and quick to remove, only the tracks remain permanently on the bed rails, and because the cross bars slide forward and back, the optimal bar spread is achieved for carrying any load. Plus, the tonneau cover remains fully operational, so this customer gets everything they want in one great package.

» 2012 Ford F150 ReTrax tonneau cover rack for bikes
» view 54 inch Yakima tracks rails
» view Yakima Control Towers rack + cross bars
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Custom Roof Rack for Removable Hardtop Roof Panels on a 2013 Jeep Wrangler JK Rubicon

january 21, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Custom Roof Rack for Removable Hardtop Roof Panels on a 2013 Jeep Wrangler JK Rubicon
Custom Roof Rack for Removable Hardtop Roof Panels on a 2013 Jeep Wrangler JK Rubicon

H.D. from Mesa, Arizona found a great way to customize their roof rack with this permanent track cartop rack for a 2013 Jeep Rubicon JK 2-door roof. H.D.’s setup begins with the Yakima Jeep Wrangler Hardtop Roof Rack Tracks Kit, which includes a pair of 54” tracks, four LP 1 landing pads designed to mount into the tracks, four Yakima Control Towers, and two 58” round bars. Because H.D.’s Wrangler is a two-door model and the roofline is shorter, the next step was to cut each of the tracks in half, effectively creating four shorter tracks. This allowed H.D. to drill one pair of the shorter tracks into the rear hardtop roof, and the second pair of shorter tracks into the removable front roof panel so that the convertible-style roof could be fully operational. Once H.D. had their tracks in place, they installed the Control Tower base system and cross bars, and added a Yakima SKS 4 lock-pack to lock the rack onto the vehicle. Not only is this Yakima Control Tower in tracks for a Jeep Wrangler rack system easy to use and quick to remove, leaving just the low-profile tracks in place on the roof, but it’s also ready to be racked up with anything from bikes to boats to skis.

» 2013 Jeep Rubicon JK roof rack & tracks for hardtop
» view Yakima Jeep Wrangler roof rack cross bars complete kit
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tags: yakima rooftop tracks + roof rack cross bars for 2013 Jeep Rubicon JK Hardtop - Yakima Jeep Wrangler Kit

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Thule Universal Pull Top Ski & Snowboard Rack on Factory Cross Rails for a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee

january 20, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule Universal Pull Top Ski & Snowboard Rack on Factory Cross Rails for a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Thule Universal Pull Top Ski & Snowboard Rack on Factory Cross Rails for a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Customer A.E. from Far Rockaway, New York just sent in photos of their great new 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee ski/snowboard holder for factory roof rack cross bars. A.E. mounted a Thule 92726 Universal Pull Top ski-snowboard rack directly onto the MOPAR cross bars on their Jeep Grand Cherokee. Because the Universal Pull Top comes with Speed-Link attachment clamps, it's incredibly quick and simple to install, and fits both factory and aftermarket cross bars. It holds up to six pairs of skis or four snowboards, and includes an oversized push-button opening that is easy to operate even with mittens or gloves on. But the standout feature on the Universal Pull Top is the telescoping arms which slide horizontally away from the vehicle for dramatically easier loading and unloading. This telescoping design is ideal for tall vehicles like this Jeep, and also means there's no need to lean up against a slush-covered car to get your skis or boards in or out. Simply slide out, place skis/snowboards in the carrier, and slide back into place. That means A.E. will be able to hit the slopes a whole lot more conveniently this winter.

» 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee factory rack ski carrier
» view Thule 92726 Universal Pull Top ski-snowboard rack
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tags: thule 92726 skis carrier-snowboards carrier for 2013 jeep grand cherokee mopar roof rack cross bars

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2008 Ford F250 Truck Cab Roof Rack with Luggage Basket

january 19, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2008 Ford F250 Truck Cab Roof Rack with Luggage Basket
2008 Ford F250 Truck Cab Roof Rack with Luggage Basket

Here’s a rig that’s geared up for serious back road adventure, and all set to carry the coolers and camping equipment—thanks to the new heavy duty rooftop rack with cargo basket on this 2008 Ford F-250. This setup includes the superior WhispBar T18 HD Bar roof rack with HD XBAR 1500 and Fitting Kit K469, and the Yakima MegaWarrior gear basket mounted onto the cross bars. The WhispBar rack system is a quick-install and a great-looking addition to any vehicle, but it’s also a high-performance base system that can be configured with gear carriers for any outing and offers an increased weight limit of 220 pounds with the heavy-duty cross bars. It also comes with locks and keys to lock the rack onto the truck roof. And because the Yakima MegaWarrior cargo basket comes with universal mounting hardware, it fits on both traditional round/square cross bars and elliptical cross bars like those on factory racks or the WhispBar system featured here. The basket-style rack is perfect for loading gear of any shape or size, and the included Yakima cross bars attached to the basket allow additional gear mounts like ski or bike carriers to be installed over top of the basket. A front wind fairing is even included to reduce wind noise and add style.

» 2008 Ford F250 roof rack gear basket
» view Whispbar T18 HD Bar roof rack cross bars
» view Whispbar Fitting Kit K469
» view Yakima MegaWarrior cargo roof basket
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tags: whispbar hd bar roof rack cross bars + yakima megawarrior gear basket for 2008 ford f-250 - fitting kit 469

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2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Locking Bike Rack for 2 inch Trailer Hitch Receiver

january 18, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Locking Bike Rack for 2 inch Trailer Hitch Receiver
2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Locking Bike Rack for 2 inch Trailer Hitch Receiver

S.A. from San Dimas, California found a lightweight, stable, and easy to use two-bike hitch rack for a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with 2” trailer hitch, selecting the premium Thule 9042 Helium Aero hitch bike rack. This sturdy but very light aluminum bike rack is easy to install, and compatible with 1-1/4” or 2” receiver hitches. It features shock-absorbing cradles and cages that dampen road vibrations and keep bikes upright and stabilized, support arms that drop down when not in use, a tilting mast for easier access to the rear door/hatch on the vehicle, and even full security with a cable lock to lock bikes on the rack and a hitch lock to lock the rack onto the receiver. But what if you have a Jeep without a trailer hitch? We’ve also got some terrific CURT receiver hitch mounts for a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (see below) to make your vehicle hitch bike rack-ready!

» 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited hitch bike rack
» view 9042 Thule Helium Aero 2 bike hitch rack
» view 9043 Thule Helium Aero 3 bike hitch rack
» view all CURT Hitches & Trailer Hitch Fit Guide
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CURT Hitches 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited trailer hitch receivers for trailers, hitch bike racks, cargo baskets, pop-up campers etc.
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tags: locking thule helium aero hitch bike rack for 2012 jeep wrangler unlimited trailer receiver hitch mount

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2004 Mazda 3 Roof Points Cartop Rack and Hardshell Gear Container

january 17, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2004 Mazda 3 Roof Points Cartop Rack and Hardshell Gear Container
2004 Mazda 3 Roof Points Cartop Rack and Hardshell Gear Container

In these install pictures, it looks like the whole family is piled in the car and ready for a road trip. This customer opted for a superb car rack with gear pod for preset mounting points on a 2004 Mazda 3, installing the Thule 460 Podium roof rack directly into the fixed-point roof on this Mazda 3 with Fit Kit 3069 and 50” load bars, and mounting a Thule 687xt Atlantis 1800 cargo box onto the Podium roof rack. The 460 Podium car rack is a versatile base system for any type of rack accessory, and because it connects into factory roof points it also creates a clean, finished look. The Atlantis 1800 luggage box provides ample room for gear of any shape and size, from camping supplies to baby strollers to skis or snowboards. The waterproof, locking hard-sided box keeps belongings dry and safe, and a four-pack of Thule 544 lock cores can be added to the Podium base rack to lock the whole system onto the vehicle. Now this family is all set for many great adventures to come.

» 2004 Mazda 3 car rack cargo box
» view Thule 460 Podium roof rack cross bars system
» view Thule Fit Kit 3069
» view Thule Atlantis 1800 luggage gear pod
» view all Mazda 3 racks

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tags: thule 460 podium roof rack cargo-luggage gear pod for 2004 mazda 3 - fit kit 3069

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2011 Ford Fiesta with Aerodynamic Cross Bars Vehicle Rack and Snowboard-Ski Mount

january 16, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2011 Ford Fiesta with Aerodynamic Cross Bars Vehicle Rack and Snowboard-Ski Mount
2011 Ford Fiesta with Aerodynamic Cross Bars Vehicle Rack and Snowboard-Ski Mount

A compact car is great on gas mileage, but not so great for stuffing your skis or snowboards in. That’s why a setup like this Thule Rapid Traverse roof rack with universal ski carrier on a 2011 Ford Fiesta is so essential. This install begins with the Thule 480R Rapid Traverse base system mounted on a 2011 Ford Fiesta using a 1503 Fit Kit and two 47” AeroBlade load bars. The base rack is simple to install, rugged and versatile, and amazingly quiet, even at high speeds. And with a Thule 544 4-pack of lock cores inserted in the Traverse feet, the rack can also be locked onto the vehicle for added security. Then, a Thule 92725 Universal Flat Top ski-snowboard rack is attached to the AeroBlade bars. The 92725 transports up to 4 snowboards or 6 pairs of skis, comes with super-easy and fast mounting hardware for round, square, or elliptical cross bars, and even features a mitten-friendly push-button opening. Plus, it also includes lock cores to lock the skis to the carrier and the carrier to the roof rack, which means that the driver of this Ford Fiesta with rooftop ski rack won’t have to worry about gas money or potential thieves.

» 2011 Ford Fiesta snowboard-ski roof rack
» view Thule 480R Rapid Traverse car rack Aeroblade bars
» view Thule Fit Kit 1503
» view Thule 92725 Flat Top ski-snowboard rack
» view all Ford Fiesta racks

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tags: thule 480r rapid traverse-aeroblade car roof rack snowboards-skis holder for 2011 ford fiesta - fit kit 1503

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Fixed-Point Rooftop Ski and Snowboard System with Wind Deflector on a 2012 Subaru WRX

january 15, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Fixed-Point Rooftop Ski and Snowboard System with Wind Deflector on a 2012 Subaru WRX
Fixed-Point Rooftop Ski and Snowboard System with Wind Deflector on a 2012 Subaru WRX

Direct from New York State, here are some nice photos of a value-packed ski rack wind fairing system on rooftop cross bars for a 2012 Subaru WRX with preset rack points. This customer opted for the high-performance and budget-friendly Inno car rack system, installing an Inno IN-XR roof rack with 46” B117 cross bars and TR127 Fit Hooks into the fixed-point roofline on their 2012 Subaru WRX, creating a rack that’s easy to install and integrated into the vehicle roof. This customer also added an Inno INA261 medium wind fairing and INA927 ski-snowboard rack onto the cross bars. The INA261 wind fairing deflects wind for a quieter ride, and the INA927 ski-snowboard rack can carry up to six pairs of skis or four snowboards. The INA927 also features generous binding clearance, factory-compatible attachment hardware, and locks and keys to lock boards/skis in the carrier and the carrier on the roof rack. And to top it off, the IN-XR roof rack also includes locks and keys, allowing the entire unit to be locked onto the car roof for complete peace of mind.

» 2012 Subaru WRX snowboard-ski roof rack
» view Inno IN-XR Stays car rack cross bars
» view Inno TR127 Fit Hooks
» view Inno Gravity INA-927 ski-snowboard rack
» view Inno car rack fairings-wind deflectors
» view all Subaru WRX racks

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tags: inno inxr car roof rack snowboards-skis holder + wind fairing for 2012 subaru wrx - tr127 fit hooks

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Inno Racks INA391 Fork Lock III Locking Bike Rack

january 14, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Inno Racks INA391 Fork Lock III Locking Bike Rack
Inno Racks INA391 Fork Lock III Locking Bike Rack

Inno Racks does it again (and no wonder, 'Inno' is short for innovation!) with the release of the awesome new Inno INA391 Fork Lock III bike rack. Replacing the previous generation INA381 Fork Lock, this new model includes several new upgrades and enhanced features. The simple to use bike fork block attachment design is incredibly quick and easy to use. Simply open the cover and place bike fork on the axle with oversize quick release lever that provides superior leverage when closing. Adjust the quick release tension for securing the bike fork just the first time. Thereafter all you have to do is throw the bike up onto the axle and close the quick release lever, no additional adjustment necessary if carrying the same bicycle. Then close the cover and lock with the included lock and keys for locking the bicycle to the bike rack and the INA391 Fork Lock III itself to the automobile roof rack cross bars. Includes universal mounting hardware for direct attachment to factory racks, Inno, Yakima, Whispbar, Thule cross bars etc. Also features a sleek low-profile design combined with ultra-strong and lightweight construction.

» INA391 Inno Fork Lock III bike rack

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tags: INA391 inno fork lock III locking bicycle carrier - fits factory cross bars thule yakima whispbar

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RockyMounts DriveShaft HM 15mm and 20mm Thru-Axle Bolt On Truck Bike Mount

january 13, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

RockyMounts DriveShaft HM 15mm and 20mm Thru-Axle Bolt On Truck Bike Mount
RockyMounts DriveShaft HM 15mm and 20mm Thru-Axle Bolt On Truck Bike Mount

For the ultimate in 15mm thru-axle and 20mm thru-axle bike mount economical and all-purpose applications, look no further than the new RockyMounts DriveShaft HM. Universal compatibility with any 20mm and 15mm thru-axles (includes snap on shims to convert the Rocky Mounts DriveShaft HM for 15mm thru-axle use.) This is a general-purpose, 'do-it-yourself' permanent bolt-on bike mount, ideal as a truck bike rack, mounting to a trailer etc. Also great for mounting to 2 x 4 wooden lengths to serve as a storage bike rack mounted to any wall or a convenient bike rack inside any SUV, van, minivan, camper RV and more. Includes lock and keys for total theft prevention. Super easy to use T-bolt tightening adjustment for a solid, secure and tight grip at all times during transit. 6mm mounting hole size. Does not include mounting hardware due to the variety of mounting applications possible. All mounting hardware can be obtained at any local hardware store for your specific mounting application.

» RockyMounts DriveShaft HM thru-axle bike rack

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tags: RockyMounts DriveShaft HM 15mm / 20mm Thru-Axle Permanent Bolt On Truck Bike Mount

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Locking Thule Bike Rack for Back Hatch Door on a 2001 Acura MDX

january 12, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Locking Thule Bike Rack for Back Hatch Door on a 2001 Acura MDX
Locking Thule Bike Rack for Back Hatch Door on a 2001 Acura MDX

Feast your eyes on the ultimate bike-vacation-mobile. This 3-bike trunk rack and rooftop luggage container on a 2001 Acura MDX conveniently carries all the bikes and gear outside the car, leaving plenty of space inside for the whole family. This install features the Thule 9002 Raceway bike rack mounted to the Acura MDX rear hatch door, and a Thule cargo box mounted on the MDX cross bars. The Thule 9002 Raceway premium trunk rack carries up to 3 bicycles, and works with virtually any size or style of bike. It improves on standard strap-style models, instead connecting to the car with high-strength ratcheting cables and precise, easy-to-use adjustment dials that ensure a secure fit on the vehicle—and even come with locks to lock the rack in place, and also a cable lock to lock the bikes to the rack. Cradles and no-sway cages keep bikes still and stable during travel, and narrow support arms make for easier loading and unloading of bicycles. And a Thule cargo box is a great choice for carrying any type of gear in a waterproof, lockable container. It includes universal mounting hardware that fits factory cross bars or round/square bars, making it a versatile choice for installing on multiple vehicles. Now all this family has to do is get in the car and go!

» 2001 Acura MDX rear hatch door bike rack
» view Thule 9002 RaceWay 3 bike trunk rack
» view Thule roof mount cargo boxes
» view all Acura MDX racks

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tags: 9002 thule raceway trunk bike rack for 2001 acura mdx rear hatch door to carry 3 bikes

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Adjustable and Locking Utility Truck Bed Rack for a 2012 Ford F-250 Pickup

january 11, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Adjustable and Locking Utility Truck Bed Rack for a 2012 Ford F-250 Pickup
Adjustable and Locking Utility Truck Bed Rack for a 2012 Ford F-250 Pickup

Hot off the press—here are some nice photos of a premium new Thule truck rack for a great new pickup truck. This install features the 2012 Ford F250 Crew Cab with a height-adjustable cross bar truck rack for bed rails, using the Thule 500 XSporter Pro pickup truck rack. The XSporter Pro redesigns an earlier version of Thule’s XSporter, making a great truck rack even better. It mounts directly onto the bed rails on this F-250, though adapters are also available for compatibility with utility tracks on Nissan or Toyota models, and comes with four aluminum upright towers and two 72” cross bars that can carry up to 450 pounds. But what sets this XSporter Pro truck rack apart from the rest is its ultimate versatility—with the new CustomAdjust Bar Height feature, the cross bars can be raised or lowered anywhere along the uprights. Set the bars low for stowing out of the way or using with short, easily-accessible gear like bikes or cargo boxes. Or, set the bars high for roof clearance when carrying long loads like boats or ladders. The XSporter Pro also includes technologies that improve aerodynamics and minimize wind noise, cross bar channels for more gear mount options, and locks and keys to lock the rack onto the vehicle. XSporter Pro load stops are also available (sold separately). Now this customer has a good-looking Ford F-250 truck rack that’s ready for superior performance.

» 2012 Ford F-250 truck rack-ladder rack
» view Thule 500 Xsporter Pro truck rack cross bars system
» view all Ford F-250 racks

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tags: thule 500 xsporter pro ladder rack-truck rack for 2012 ford f250 pickup cargo bed rails

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Surfboard-SUP-Kayak-Canoe Locking Strap Rack for Cross Bars on a 1997 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck

january 10, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Surfboard-SUP-Kayak-Canoe Locking Strap Rack for Cross Bars on a 1997 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck
Surfboard-SUP-Kayak-Canoe Locking Strap Rack for Cross Bars on a 1997 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck

Customer T.C. from Kansas City, Missouri discovered an excellent SUP carrier for a truck bed ladder rack on a 1997 Ford F-150, using the Inno INA446 canoe/kayak/SUP locker and the Inno ISF722 long bolt adapter kit. T.C.’s Ford F-150 truck rack includes extra-wide 2” cross bars, but T.C. is able to mount the INA446 onto these cross bars by replacing the original mounting hardware with the ISF722 long bolts. This Inno INA446 locker with ISF722 adapter kit is easy to install, and great for stand-up paddleboards (as shown here), surfboards, kayaks, canoes, or anything else that can sit flat on the cross bar pads and be strapped in place—even utility items like ladders. The INA446 features universal rack pads that fit on both factory or aftermarket cross bars, and ratcheting, rubber-coated steel straps that lock in place (locks and keys included), keeping boards or boats secure, safe from scratching, and locked onto the car rack. Now, thanks to his Inno stand-up paddleboard truck rack, T.C. is ready to hit the water on a beautiful day.

» 1997 Ford F-150 truck rack SUP carrier
» view Inno INA446 stand-up paddleboards carrier
» view Inno ISF722 Long Bolts Kit
» view all Ford F-150 racks

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tags: inno ina446 stand up paddle boards sup carrier for 1997 ford f150 truck rack

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2012 Subaru Outback 5-Door with Luggage Box Car Rack for Factory Side Rails

january 9, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2012 Subaru Outback 5-Door with Luggage Box Car Rack for Factory Side Rails
2012 Subaru Outback 5-Door with Luggage Box Car Rack for Factory Side Rails

Many of us have experienced the frustration of installing a rooftop luggage box and then discovering the rear hatch on our vehicle doesn’t open fully with the box in place. Well, here’s an install that avoids this headache by using a rear hatch-compatible cargo box on rooftop cross bars for a 2012 Subaru Outback wagon. This customer selected a Thule cargo box, and though they could mount it directly onto their Outback factory cross bars, they soon discovered the rear hatch couldn’t open all the way with this setup. Instead, they attached a Yakima Control Tower roof rack with 58” round bars and LP12 Landing Pads on the 2012 Subaru Outback factory side rails by removing the original Subaru cross bars. Then, they added their Thule luggage container onto the Yakima base rack, and voila, the Outback rear hatch could be raised fully. They also inserted a Yakima SKS 4 lock-pack into the Control Towers to lock the base rack to the vehicle (the Thule cargo box comes with locks included to lock the box to the cross bars and to lock gear safely closed inside the box). This configuration is quick to install, and a hard-sided waterproof gear box like the one featured here is great for carrying anything you want to keep safe and dry, from skis or snowboards to sleeping bags or shopping bags.

» 2012 Subaru Outback roof rack to replace factory bars
» view Yakima Control Towers car rack cross bars system
» view Yakima LP12 Landing Pad 12
» view all Thule cargo-luggage roof boxes
» view all Subaru Outback racks

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tags: yakima control towers roof rack to replace 2012 subaru outback factory cross bars - lp12 landing pad 12

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2002 Ford Explorer Window-Mount Fishing Pole Carrier for Inside of Vehicle

january 8, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2002 Ford Explorer Window-Mount Fishing Pole Carrier for Inside of Vehicle
2002 Ford Explorer Window-Mount Fishing Pole Carrier for Inside of Vehicle

It doesn’t get much better than saltwater fishing in Florida, but for this customer a road trip to the ocean is even easier now that they’ve found a painless solution for fitting all of their fishing rods inside their car. They installed a terrific Inno rack for carrying multiple fishing poles on 2002 Ford Explorer interior windows, using the Inno ZR356 First Strike fishing rod rack. The ZR356 carries up to 8 rods at a time, and mounts with included adhesive pads to the inside of these Ford Explorer rear windows—and because the ZR356 frame is adjustable, this rack fits the interior of most vehicles. Rods are held securely in place overhead, and a front guide moves rod tips toward the center of the car, leaving room for a full load of passengers. Rods can be removed instantly with the push of a button, and the rack itself is also easy to remove from the adhesive mounts, leaving just the discreet window pads in place for a quick re-install as needed. And because the ZR356 fits inside the vehicle, valuable fishing gear is also safe and protected from inclement weather or potential thieves.

» 2002 Ford Explorer fishing rod rack
» view Inno ZR356 interior fishing poles carrier
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Yakima Control Tower Base Rack in 2007 Hummer H3 Rooftop Tracks

january 7, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Yakima Control Tower Base Rack in 2007 Hummer H3 Rooftop Tracks
Yakima Control Tower Base Rack in 2007 Hummer H3 Rooftop Tracks

R.A. from Pickering, Ohio recently sent in these install photos of their excellent new sliding roof rack in factory tracks for a Hummer H3, and this is one versatile, rugged system. R.A. selected the Yakima Control Tower car rack for a 2007 Hummer H3, mounting the rack directly into this vehicle’s rooftop tracks using two sets of LP4 Landing Pads and two 58” cross bars. Then, R.A. also inserted a 4-pack of Yakima SKS lock cores into the Control Towers to lock the entire rack onto the H3 roof. Not only is this bomber Yakima roof rack—which boasts a 165 pound weight capacity—great for any gear or rack accessories, but because the rack can slide forward or back along the tracks, it also allows R.A. to create the perfect bar spread for any load. Slide the cross bars closer together for things like bike racks or luggage boxes, or move them farther apart for long loads like boats or lumber. The Control Tower system can be quickly removed and re-installed, too, leaving just the low-profile landing pads in place on the tracks. And it even adds a stylish touch to R.A.’s sporty vehicle.

» 2007 Hummer H3 roof tracks rack cross bars
» view Yakima Control Towers roof rack crossbars system
» view Yakima LP4 Landing Pad 4
» view all Hummer H3 racks

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tags: yakima control towers roof rack cross bars for 2007 hummer h3 side rail tracks - landing pad 4

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Locking Ladder Rack with Sliding Cross Bars on a 2010 Nissan Titan Crew Cab

january 6, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Locking Ladder Rack with Sliding Cross Bars on a 2010 Nissan Titan Crew Cab
Locking Ladder Rack with Sliding Cross Bars on a 2010 Nissan Titan Crew Cab

J.P. of Cookeville, Tennessee had so many nice things to say about his recent purchase experience that we almost blushed. But J.P. was especially happy with the performance of his Nissan Titan truck bed sliding ladder rack, and sent along these great install pictures. J.P. was able to mount the TracRac G2 Sliding Truck Rack System and Locking TracKnobs onto his 2010 Nissan Titan Crew Cab with just one simple modification. First, he cut out the plastic inserts in his Titan bed liner to expose the stake pockets, then he installed the TracRac G2 sliding base rails and overhead component with upright masts and cross bars. Finally, he connected the TracRac Locking TracKnobs into the G2 system, which allows the overhead to be locked to the base rail and the base rail locked to the pickup bed for full security. Not only does J.P.’s G2 sliding truck rack lock, but it is also adjustable along the length of the bed rails, meaning cross bars can be moved forward or back to achieve the perfect bar spread for any load. The G2 sliding rack system also features sliding aluminum load stops and side cleats for convenient tie-down and securing options for any cargo, and a whopping 1,250-lb weight capacity. So whether J.P. ends up carrying heavy supplies for work or light-weight gear for play, it’s easy to see why he’s so happy with this TracRac cross bars system on the Nissan Titan.

» 2010 Nissan Titan truck rack-ladder rack
» view TracRac G2 sliding truck rack cross bars system
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tags: tracrac g2 sliding truck-ladder rack for 2010 nissan titan crew cab bed rails

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Yakima HullRaiser Kayak Mount on Q Tower Base Rack for a 2007 Honda Fit

january 5, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Yakima HullRaiser Kayak Mount on Q Tower Base Rack for a 2007 Honda Fit
Yakima HullRaiser Kayak Mount on Q Tower Base Rack for a 2007 Honda Fit

These recent install photos illustrate an optimal way to carry a kayak in J cradles for a 2007 Honda Fit car rack. This setup uses the Yakima Q Tower base rack mounted on the 2007 Honda Fit rooftop with two pairs of Q Clip 5 and 48” cross bars, and the Yakima HullRaiser kayak rack connected to the cross bars. The Q Tower rack is ready to be set up with any gear carriers, and the J-style HullRaiser kayak cradles maximize real estate on the cross bars by angling the boat, leaving plenty of space for using other roof rack accessories at the same time. The HullRaiser also comes with bow/stern and cross bar tie-down straps, and is compatible with virtually any style of kayak. It fits both round and square cross bars, and is an excellent choice for a kayak cradle that is both reliable and price-friendly. Finally, this install also includes a Yakima SKS 4-pack of locks, which allows the Q Tower rack to be locked onto the vehicle’s roof for a little extra peace of mind.

» 2007 Honda Fit kayak roof rack
» view Yakima Q Towers car rack cross bars
» view Yakima Q 5 Clips
» view Yakima HullRaiser j-cradles kayak carrier
» view all Honda Fit racks

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tags: j-cradles kayak carrier car rack for 2007 honda fit - yakima q 5 clips

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2010 Honda CRV with Malone Kayak Racks on Yakima Cross Bars for Preset Roof Points

january 4, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2010 Honda CRV with Malone Kayak Racks on Yakima Cross Bars for Preset Roof Points
2010 Honda CRV with Malone Kayak Racks on Yakima Cross Bars for Preset Roof Points

If you’re interested in a fine, US-made product, or if you just want a terrific set of kayak cradles for a car rack on 2010 Honda CR-V roof mounts, check out this customer install recently sent to us. This configuration uses the Yakima Control Tower base rack connected to the fixed mounting points on this CRV roofline, with two sets of Landing Pad 10 and 48” cross bars. This Honda CRV Control Tower system is a great base rack for carrying all kinds of accessories, it’s easy to install, and because it fits into preset points it also creates an attractive, integrated look. And with the Yakima SKS 4 lock-pack installed, the rack can be locked onto the vehicle for added protection. Once they had their roof rack in place, this customer attached two pairs of Malone AutoLoader kayak carriers onto the cross bars. The Malone AutoLoader is packed with design and performance features, and proudly crafted in the USA. It offers flexible J-cradles that hold kayaks at an angle, allowing two boats to sit side-by-side, and contour to the shape of the boat. These cradles also have built-in strap slots for looping tie-down straps, and a ramping design for easier loading of boats. And they come with Thule / Yakima / Inno or factory-compatible mounting hardware, cross bar straps, and bow-stern straps, which means everything is included for getting your boat safely and conveniently to the water.

» 2010 Honda CR-V kayaks roof rack
» view Yakima Control Towers car rack cross bars
» view Yakima Landing Pad 10
» view Malone AutoLoader kayak j-cradles
» view all Honda CRV racks

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tags: car roof rack kayak cradles for 2010 honda cr-v fixpoints - yakima landing pad 10 malone autoloader

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2011 Nissan XTerra with Fork Mounted Bike Carriers on a Factory Car Rack

january 3, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2011 Nissan XTerra with Fork Mounted Bike Carriers on a Factory Car Rack
2011 Nissan XTerra with Fork Mounted Bike Carriers on a Factory Car Rack

Here’s a fantastic two-bike rack system for OEM roof rack cross rails on a 2011 Nissan XTerra, featuring the RockyMounts TieRod bike trays. This RockyMounts TieRod for a Nissan XTerra combines value, performance, and fun in one great package. The TieRod includes universally-compatible mounting brackets that fit directly onto most factory cross bars (like the ones on this XTerra), or work equally well with aftermarket options from Thule, Yakima, or Inno. The durable but low-profile metal tray and fork head are sleek and stylish, but also hold bikes securely by the front fork—just remove the front bicycle wheel to use the bike rack—and keep bikes upright and stable even on bumpy roads. The quick-release skewer and ratcheting wheel strap are painless to operate and compatible with road or mountain bikes, including disc brake models, and the TieRod even comes in a whole rainbow of color options. This wise customer also installed a four-pack of RockyMounts locks, allowing them to lock their bikes onto the racks and the racks onto the rooftop.

» 2011 Nissan Xterra roof bike racks
» view RockyMounts TieRod fork mount bike rack
» view all Nissan XTerra racks

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tags: rocky mounts tierod bike racks for 2011 nissan xterra factory rack cross bars

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2009 Nissan Cube with Inno Rooftop Rack Wind Fairing Two Kayak System

january 2, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2009 Nissan Cube with Inno Rooftop Rack Wind Fairing Two Kayak System
2009 Nissan Cube with Inno Rooftop Rack Wind Fairing Two Kayak System

It looks like a beautiful, sunny day in Texas, and this customer is ready to make the most of it thanks to their new folding kayak stacker with car rack and wind fairing on a 2009 Nissan Cube. This value-packed install begins with the Inno IN-SU roof rack mounted onto the ’09 Cube using four IN-SU stays, a set of K370 Fit Hooks, and two B147 58” cross bars. The IN-SU roof rack is simple to put together, works as a great base system for any gear carrier, and even comes with locks and keys included to lock the rack onto the vehicle. Next, an Inno INA450 kayak rack is attached to the cross bars. The clever design of the INA450 saves space on the cross bars by “stacking” boats on their sides, making it a great system for transporting multiple kayaks or using other rack accessories at the same time. It features padded upright masts that fold down when not in use, rounded cross bar cradles that keep boats stable while loading, universal hardware for use with both factory or round/square cross bars, and a pair of tie-down straps for securing the boats on the bars. Finally, an Inno INA262 large wind fairing is installed on the front cross bar to simultaneously minimize wind noise and add an attractive finishing touch.

» 2009 Nissan Cube kayaks roof rack
» view Inno IN-SU car rack cross bars
» view Inno K370 Fit Hooks
» view INA 450 Inno Two Kayak Carrier
» view Inno rack fairings
» view all Nissan Cube racks

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tags: 2 kayak carrier roof rack for 2009 nissan cube to carry two kayaks - inno k370 fit hooks

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Yakima Car Rack Pads and Straps for SUPs on a 2002 VW Eurovan

january 1, 2013 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Yakima Car Rack Pads and Straps for SUPs on a 2002 VW Eurovan
Yakima Car Rack Pads and Straps for SUPs on a 2002 VW Eurovan

D.N. from Columbus, Ohio has the perfect adventure rig with this 2002 Volkswagen Eurovan with SUP surfboard pads and straps on rooftop cross bars. They installed the Q Tower base system with 58” cross bars and two pairs of Q Clip 12 onto their 2002 VW Eurovan roofline, inserted a 4-pack of Yakima SKS lock cores into the towers for added security, and attached a set of Yakima Cross Bar Pads onto the base rack. This Q Tower system is simple to install and versatile enough to be mounted with accessories for almost any gear out there. The cross bar pads work great for surfboards, SUPs, kayaks, canoes, sailboards, or anything else that can be positioned flat on the cross bars with ample padding. D.N. used their Yakima pads in combination with a couple of 16-foot Yakima Heavy Duty Straps to tie down their stand-up paddleboards. D.N. tells us they’re quite pleased with how this configuration has performed on recent road trips. They’ve packed the whole crew—including seven passengers and a dog—into their van for several paddling outings.

» 2002 VW Eurovan stand-up paddleboards roof rack
» view Yakima Q Towers car rack cross bars
» view Yakima Q 12 Clips
» view Yakima rack pads for SUP, surfboards etc.
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tags: yakima roof rack crossbar pads for standup paddleboards on 2002 volkswagen eurovan - q 12 clips

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Thule Racks Spare Parts and Yakima Replacement Parts Now Available

december 31, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule Racks Spare Parts and Yakima Replacement Parts Now Available

ORS Racks Direct is proud to announce the availability of virtually all Thule spare parts and Yakima spare parts directly through our website. The result of ongoing in-house technical engineering and collaboration with Thule Racks and Yakima Racks, the new replacement parts applications located on our website now allow our customers to easily search and find the specific Thule spare parts and Yakima spare parts they need for their existing Thule and Yakima products. Multiple options are available for finding the components needed as well. A search box allows you to seek specific parts if you know the part numbers etc. A drop down box allows you to choose the Thule or Yakima product you own and then select your spare parts listed on that product page. Additionally, all current products listed on our website include an easy click through option for all of that product's spare parts.

» Thule Racks spare parts-replacement parts
» Yakima Racks spare parts-replacement parts

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tags: thule rack spare parts - yakima replacement parts for carriers - bike ski snowboard kayak canoe surfboard sup cargo boxes roof racks

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All-New 9043 and 9042 Thule Helium Aero Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Racks

december 30, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

All-New 9043 and 9042 Thule Helium Aero Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Racks
All-New 9043 and 9042 Thule Helium Aero Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Racks

Just announced by Thule Racks are the all-new 9043 Helium Aero 3 bike hitch rack and the 9042 Helium Aero 2 bike hitch rack. Both replace the previous generation 971XT Helium and the 970XT Helium with significant improvements and newly added features. Both models fit 2 inch and 1-1/4 inch trailer receiver hitches without the need for any additional adapters. No tools necessary for installation either. The Snug-Tite Stinger allows for easy and quick attachment to trailer hitch and prevents any possible hitch rack wobble while driving. Full system hitch bike rack locks are also included for locking bicycles to the carrier and the Helium Aero itself to the vehicle. The 9042 Helium Aero and the 9043 Helium Aero also now include the premium Hold Fast Cradles and No-Sway Cages, both with RDT Road Dampening Technology to ensure bicycles are cradled snugly and there is no swinging or swaying of bikes either. Hitch Switch technology allows the hitch bike rack to tilt down fully for rear of vehicle access, as well as the bike cradle arms folding down when not in use. No other trailer hitch bike racks compare to the amazing, sleek design styling and ultra lightweight construction of the 9042 Helium Aero and 9043 Helium Aero hitch bike racks either. Complete product details below...

» Thule 9043 Helium Aero 3 bike hitch rack
» Thule 9042 Helium Aero 2 bike hitch rack

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tags: 9043 9042 thule helium aero hitch bike racks - fit 2" and 1-1/4" hitches

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2011 BMW 335xi Universal OEM Roof Rack with Folding Kayak Cradles

december 29, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2011 BMW 335xi Universal OEM Roof Rack with Folding Kayak Cradles
2011 BMW 335xi Universal OEM Roof Rack with Folding Kayak Cradles

Customer D.C. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has already taken their new Thule kayak rack system on factory cross rails for a 2011 BMW 335xi several hundred miles, and they’re quite pleased with its performance. D.C. installed the Thule 835Pro Hull-a-Port kayak rack directly onto the cross bars on their 2011 BMW 335xi factory roof rack. The 835Pro includes universally-compatible hardware that fits most OEM and aftermarket cross bars, cargo straps and bow/stern tie-down straps, and two padded J-shaped cradles that fold down when not in use for easier roof clearance and aerodynamics. These cradles are angled conveniently to save space on the roof rack while keeping boats stabilized. Now D.C. has a BMW 335xi rooftop kayak mount that looks and performs great, with plenty of room leftover for another kayak if D.C. decides to bring a friend.

» 2011 BMW 335Xi roof kayak racks
» view Thule 835PRO Hull-a-Port j-cradles
» view all BMW 335Xi racks

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tags: thule 835pro hull-a-port j-cradle kayak racks on 2011 bmw 335xi oem factory crossbars

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Car Roof Rack Cross Bars and Hitch Bike Rack for 2013 BMW X3 Trailer Hitch and Flush Side Rails

december 28, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Car Roof Rack Cross Bars and Hitch Bike Rack for 2013 BMW X3 Trailer Hitch and Flush Side Rails
Car Roof Rack Cross Bars and Hitch Bike Rack for 2013 BMW X3 Trailer Hitch and Flush Side Rails

Sporting the latest, most technologically advanced engineering in both trailer hitch mount bike rack and vehicle roof rack cross bars from Thule Racks is this 2013 BMW X3 hitch bike rack and car rack crossbars complete system. Featured in the configuration is the all-new Thule 9043 Helium Aero hitch bike rack for 3 bicycles (also available is the Thule 9042 Helium Aero hitch bike rack for 2 bicycles), while on the BMW X3 cartop is the premium Thule 460R Rapid Podium roof rack AeroBlade load bars multi-purpose base system that provides the foundation for then attaching any roof mount gear carriers for transporting equipment such as kayaks, canoe, SUP stand-up paddleboards, surfboards, skis and snowboards, bikes, luggage and camping gear etc. The 460R Rapid Podium system connects to the 2013 BMW X3 factory installed flush side rails using the 4023 Fit Kit brackets (included along with the ARB47 AeroBlade bars, which are the correct length for the 2013 BMW X3 cartop. The 9043 Thule Helium Aero hitch bike rack blends ultra-sleek, lightweight and super strong construction and design styling. All hitch locks are included for locking the Helium Aero to the trailer hitch and all bicycles to the carrier. No tools required for attaching the hitch bike rack, and it is compatible with both 2 inch and 1.25 inch hitches. Premium Hold Fast Cradles and No-Sway Cages, both with integrated RDT Road Dampening Technology) included.

» 2013 BMW X3 hitch bike rack + roof rack
» view Thule 460R Rapid Podium car rack AeroBlade load bars
» view 9043 Thule Helium Aero 3 bike trailer hitch rack
» view 9042 Thule Helium Aero 2 bike trailer hitch rack
» view Thule 4023 Podium Fit Kit
» view all BMW X3 racks

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tags: thule 460r rapid podium roof rack aeroblade load bars + 9043 helium aero hitch bike rack for 2013 bmw x3 - fit kit 4023

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Thule Racks 963PRO Spare Me Bike Rack for Rear Mount Spare Tires

december 27, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule Racks 963PRO Spare Me Bike Rack for Rear Mount Spare Tires
Thule Racks 963PRO Spare Me Bike Rack for Rear Mount Spare Tires

Just released by Thule Racks and now available from us at discount pricing is the all-new 963PRO Thule Spare Me bike rack for vehicles with rear mount spare wheels. Replaces the previous generation 963XTR Spare Me with upgraded features. Now ships with two different adapter base plates for compatibility with more rear spare tire mount vehicles than ever. Compatible with Toyota RAV4, FJ Cruiser, Jeep Wrangler and so much more! Locking Knob for securing the bike rack to the vehicle, as well as an integrated bicycle cable lock are now included. The Stay Put Cradles and Anti-Sway Cages deliver premium performance and ease of use when loading the bicycles and ensuring they stay fully stabilized during transit at all times. The Thule 963PRO Spare Me bike rack carries up to 2 bikes of just about any style, size or shape - kid's and bmx bikes, women's and hybrid bikes with down sloping top tubes, road bikes and mountain bikes, freestyle / downhill bikes and more. Full details and information below...

» Thule 963PRO Spare Me bike rack

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tags: 963pro thule spare me bike rack for rear spare wheels on jeep wrangler , toyota rav4, fj cruiser etc.

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BMW X5 with Two Upright Bike Mounts on a Factory Cartop Rack

december 26, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

BMW X5 with Two Upright Bike Mounts on a Factory Cartop Rack
BMW X5 with Two Upright Bike Mounts on a Factory Cartop Rack

Judging from these install photos, it looks like a great day for autumn riding, and this is a great system to get you to the trailhead: two Inno bike racks for factory cross bars on a BMW X5. This customer mounted a pair of Inno INA388 Tire Hold bike racks directly onto the OEM roof rack cross bars on their X5, thanks to the included universal attachment hardware on the INA388, which fits most factory cross rails as well as aftermarket round and square bar racks. The INA388 is convenient and quick to use—simply load the bike into the tray (no need to remove the front wheel first) and slide the ratcheting wheel arms over the tires. Bikes are stable and secure, and because they aren't connected by the downtube there’s no need to worry about scratching. This versatile rack works with road or mountain bikes alike, and wheel sizes from 20”-29”. And to top it off, the INA388 even features full locking security, with a cable lock to lock the bike to the rack, and a ratchet lever lock to lock the rack to the cross bars.

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» view Inno INA388 Tire Hold bike rack
» view all BMW X5 racks

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tags: inno ina388 tire hold bike racks for bmw x5 factory rack cross rails

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Stand Up Paddleboard Cross Bars Rack for 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser Cartop Basket

december 25, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Stand Up Paddleboard Cross Bars Rack for 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser Cartop Basket
Stand Up Paddleboard Cross Bars Rack for 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser Cartop Basket

Here’s a rig that’s ready for year-round fun, in a place known for year-round adventure: Park City, Utah. This customer installed a terrific Thule SUP carrier roof rack for factory basket rails on a 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser. First, they mounted the Thule 450 Crossroad base system with LB65 load bars directly onto the side rails on their FJ Cruiser rooftop basket rack, and then they attached two Thule 810 SUP Taxi racks onto the load bars. The Thule 450 Crossroad rack system fits most elevated factory side rails, which makes it a great option for use on multiple vehicles, and it’s versatile enough to be racked with gear carriers for any season or sport—like these stand-up paddleboard holders. Each Thule 810 SUP Taxi rack comes with universal mounting hardware that fits factory or Thule/Yakima/Inno cross bars, padded cradles that adjust to match the width of the SUP, and steel-reinforced locking straps and lock cores to lock the boards in the rack and the rack on the vehicle. Plus, the 810 SUP Taxi is designed to carry one or two boards, so you can bring along a friend and an extra set of gear. This rack is also super fast to install and remove, so this customer could easily take it off for winter and mount a ski carrier on the 450 Crossroad rack instead to hit the slopes!

» 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser roof standup paddleboards rack
» view Thule 450 CrossRoad car rack load bars
» view Thule 810 SUP Taxi stand-up paddleboards carrier
» view all Toyota FJ Cruiser racks

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tags: thule 450 crossroad roof rack + standup paddleboards 810 sup taxi for 2010 toyota fj cruiser side rails

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Square Cross Bars Cartop Rack for a 2012 Kia Soul

december 24, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Square Cross Bars Cartop Rack for a 2012 Kia Soul
Square Cross Bars Cartop Rack for a 2012 Kia Soul

Whether you’re looking for a car rack to carry all your gear or simply to function as a sporty vehicle accessory, here’s a great option from Thule. This customer installed a Thule Traverse roof rack on a 2012 Kia Soul naked roof, using the Thule 480 Traverse complete base system. This Thule 480 Traverse configuration includes four 480 Traverse feet, two LB50 (50”) load bars, and Fit Kit 1524, designed specifically to fit the 2012 Kia Soul roofline. A Thule 544 lock-pack is installed in the Traverse feet to lock the rack onto the vehicle. This system is easy to assemble and remove, and rugged enough to be racked with carriers for all kinds of gear, from snowboards to bikes to luggage boxes and more. But we think it also looks quite stylish all on its own, as you can see from these pictures.

» 2012 Kia Soul roof rack cross rails
» view Thule 480 Traverse car rack load bars
» view Thule 1524 Traverse Fit Kit clips
» view all Kia Soul racks

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tags: thule 480 traverse car rack square cross bars for 2012 kia soul - fit kit 1524

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Nissan XTerra with Two Factory Rack Compatible Rooftop Bike Trays

december 23, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Nissan XTerra with Two Factory Rack Compatible Rooftop Bike Trays
Nissan XTerra with Two Factory Rack Compatible Rooftop Bike Trays

Want a dependable, high-performance roof bike rack system for Nissan XTerra cross rails that also blends into the vehicle when it’s not in use? Along with these nice installation photos, this customer sent us a note remarking that not only is their new Yakima Forklift bike racks setup on a Nissan XTerra roofline easy to use, but it also looks discreet as a vehicle accessory when bikes aren’t being carried. This customer mounted a pair of Yakima Forklifts directly onto their XTerra factory cross bars using the Forklifts’ included universal mounting brackets that work with OEM or aftermarket cross bars alike. The Forklift also features an ergonomic fork-mount skewer and adjustment knob that make this rack especially easy to use: just remove the front wheel, set the bike in the tray, and secure with one hand, no adjustment needed after the first use. This rack works with road or mountain bikes (including disc brake models) and with a Yakima SKS 2 lock-pack both of these Forklift racks are fully secure, locking bikes in the racks and the racks on the vehicle.

» Nissan Xterra roof bike racks
» view Yakima ForkLift bike rack
» view all Nissan Xterra racks

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tags: yakima fork lift bike racks for factory roof rack crossbars on nissan xterra

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2003 GMC Sierra Pickup Truck Canoe Rack Using Yakima Outdoorsman and Q Tower Roof Rack

december 22, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2003 GMC Sierra Pickup Truck Canoe Rack Using Yakima Outdoorsman and Q Tower Roof Rack
2003 GMC Sierra Pickup Truck Canoe Rack Using Yakima Outdoorsman and Q Tower Roof Rack

There may be only a sliver of water in sight in this install pic, but here’s a customer ready to seek it out with their new truck bed and rooftop cross bars canoe rack for a 2003 GMC Sierra. This configuration uses the Yakima Outdoorsman 300 Full-Size truck bed rack with two uprights attached on the pickup bed rails and a 66” cross bar; the Yakima Q Tower half rack with two Q Towers mounted on the cab using Q Clip 109 and a 58” cross bar; and a Yakima Gunwale Brackets canoe carrier installed on the two bars. The Outdoorsman truck bed rack and Q Tower cab roof rack are a great combination for carrying long loads that require a wide, stable platform, and because the Outdoorsman can be mounted forward or back along the bed rails, it’s easy to achieve the ideal bar spread between these two racks. The Gunwale Brackets are great for canoes, but also double as a handy rack for other long items like lumber or ladders. They include four L-shaped brackets that prevent loads from shifting side to side on the bars, and two sixteen foot cargo straps with padded buckles. That means this customer’s canoe will be safe and secure whether they’re only driving a couple of miles to hit the water, or driving through a couple of states.

» 2003 GMC Sierra canoe truck rack
» view Yakima Q Towers roof rack half pack
» view Yakima Q 109 Clips
» view Yakima Outdoorsman 300 pickup truck-ladder rack
» view Yakima Gunwale Brackets canoe carrier
» view all GMC Sierra racks

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tags: yakima q towers q109 clips outdoorsman 300 gunwale brackets canoe truck rack for 2003 gmc sierra

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New Thule Racks Fit Kits - 1721 1720 1719 1718 1695 1691 Traverse Fit Kit Clips

december 21, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

New Thule Racks Fit Kits - 1721 1720 1719 1718 1695 1691 Traverse Fit Kit Clips
New Thule Racks Fit Kits - 1721 1720 1719 1718 1695 1691 Traverse Fit Kit Clips

The Thule Racks Fit Viking has once again been up to his conquering ways and racking up new model vehicle fits with Traverse Fit Kits. Now available are several new Traverse Fit Kit clips models. The list includes the Honda CRV 1691 Fit Kit; Hyundai Elantra GT 1695 Fit Kit; Honda Civic 4-door 1718 Fit Kit; Honda Accord 2-door 1719 Fit Kit; Honda Accord 4-door 1720 Fit Kit; Mazda CX-5 1721 Fit Kit. All mount to bare rooftops (nothing whatsoever on the rooftop currently). The Traverse Fit Kits are for use with the Thule 480 Traverse Foot Pack and 480R Rapid Traverse Foot Pack, as well as a pair of square load bars or AeroBlade bars. See below for more details and ordering a set for your automobile...

» Thule 1721 Fit Kit - Mazda CX-5 racks
» Thule 1720 Fit Kit - Honda Accord 4DR sedan racks
» Thule 1719 Fit Kit - Honda Accord 2DR racks
» Thule 1718 Fit Kit - Honda Civic 4DR sedan racks
» Thule 1695 Fit Kit - Hyundai Elantra GT racks
» Thule 1691 Fit Kit - Honda CR-V racks

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Thule SideKick Locking Gear Box for Factory Cross Bars on a 2010 Mini Cooper S

december 20, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule SideKick Locking Gear Box for Factory Cross Bars on a 2010 Mini Cooper S
Thule SideKick Locking Gear Box for Factory Cross Bars on a 2010 Mini Cooper S

A luggage box is essential for a small car like this one. These install pictures feature a Thule Sidekick cargo container on a 2010 Mini Cooper S roof rack. The Thule 682 Sidekick cargo box connects directly onto the factory car rack on this Mini Cooper S, thanks to universal mounting hardware that fits on most OEM cross bars as well as aftermarket brands like Thule or Yakima. The compact-sized (8 cubic foot) Sidekick box pairs especially well with compact vehicles, and holds up to two sets of golf clubs, but is also perfect for luggage, camping supplies, shopping bags, and much more. The Sidekick includes locks and keys, keeping gear safe as well as dry in any conditions.

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Yakima Gear Bag and Bike Rack on Rooftop Cross Bars System for a 2008 Honda Civic 4-Door

december 19, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Yakima Gear Bag and Bike Rack on Rooftop Cross Bars System for a 2008 Honda Civic 4-Door
Yakima Gear Bag and Bike Rack on Rooftop Cross Bars System for a 2008 Honda Civic 4-Door

Whether you’re planning a cycling road trip or a move across the country, here’s a great system to consider. This customer installed a vehicle cross bars bike rack with cargo bag on a 2008 Honda Civic sedan, using the Yakima Q Tower roof rack with 58” cross bars, Q131 Clips, and Q99 Clips; the Yakima CopperHead bike carrier, and the Yakima FarOut Pro luggage bag. The Q Tower base rack pairs well with any rack accessories, and the CopperHead bike racks are easy to install and easy to use: just remove the front wheel and secure the bike in the quick-release skewer. The FarOut Pro luggage bag works on vehicles with cross bars, side rails, or even bare rooftops, expands from 9 to 12 feet of cargo capacity, and is constructed from a heavy-duty waterproof fabric. Now this customer can load up all their biking gear in their cargo bag and be ready to ride in a jiffy.

» 2008 Honda Civic bike roof rack + cargo bag
» view Yakima Q Towers car rack cross bars
» view Yakima Q 99 clips
» view Yakima Q 131 clips
» view Yakima FarOut Pro cargo roof bag
» view Yakima CopperHead bike rack
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tags: yakima roof rack bike mount + cargo-luggage bag for 2008 honda civic - yakima q 131 q 99 clips farout pro copperhead

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen with Aerodynamic Car Rack for Bikes on Raised Side Rails

december 18, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen with Aerodynamic Car Rack for Bikes on Raised Side Rails
2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen with Aerodynamic Car Rack for Bikes on Raised Side Rails

Superior rack products know no bounds, and that’s why this customer from the Maritimes of Canada has discovered a superior rooftop bike rack system for parallel rails on a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta. They installed the unbeatable Whispbar S53 Rail Bar roof rack onto the raised factory side rails on their 2011 VW Jetta Sportwagen, and mounted a pair of RockyMounts TieRod bike trays onto the base rack. The Whispbar Rail Bar system comes with Rail Bar SmartFeet that connect quickly and easily onto the side rails on this vehicle, aerodynamic and low-profile cross bars that eliminate wind noise, and lock cores to lock the rack onto the rooftop. The RockyMounts TieRod bike racks feature universal mounting hardware that attaches onto Thule / Yakima / Inno aftermarket cross bars as well as most factory roof bars. Simply remove the front wheel to load the bike into the tray, and secure with the sturdy quick-release skewer and ratcheting wheel strap. The TieRod is available in a rainbow of fun colors, and with its sleek design features, this is a rack that adds style to this vehicle, too.

» 2011 VW Jetta Sportwagen roof bike rack system
» view Whispbar S53 roof rack cross rails
» view RockyMounts TieRod bike rack
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tags: whispbar s53 roof rack cross bars + 2 rockymounts tierod bicycle holders for 2011 vw jetta sportwagen factory side rails

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Thule Transporter Waterproof Cargo Container for 1.25 inch or 2 inchTrailer Hitch on a 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon

december 17, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule Transporter Waterproof Cargo Container for 1.25 inch or 2 inchTrailer Hitch on a 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon
Thule Transporter Waterproof Cargo Container for 1.25 inch or 2 inchTrailer Hitch on a 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon

Well, no, this isn’t a box for transporting children…but it is a box so versatile it can double as a diaper-changing station on a family road trip! This customer sent install photos of his Thule Transporter hard-shell gear box on a 2011 Subaru Outback receiver hitch, and as you can see he’s discovered that when there’s nowhere else to change his daughter, the Transporter will make do. This Thule 665C Transporter combi box works with 1-1/4” or 2” trailer hitches, connects quickly and easily, and keeps gear safe and dry inside the waterproof and lockable shell. It includes pre-wired tail-lights, a plug and valve for fast cleaning, and a tilt-down feature that allows rear vehicle access while the box is installed. With a 13 cubic foot capacity, the Thule Transporter is a great option for gear you want to easily access but don’t want to stow inside the car. And if these photos are any indication, the uses for this Subaru Outback trailer hitch pod are only limited by your imagination.

» 2011 Subaru Outback trailer hitch cargo-luggage container
» view Thule 665c Transporter cargo container for hitches
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tags: thule 665c transporter waterproof cargo luggage container for 2011 subaru outback trailer hitch

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Yakima RailGrab Towers Cartop Rack for Elevated Parallel Rails on a 2011 Honda Pilot

december 16, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Yakima RailGrab Towers Cartop Rack for Elevated Parallel Rails on a 2011 Honda Pilot
Yakima RailGrab Towers Cartop Rack for Elevated Parallel Rails on a 2011 Honda Pilot

Customer F.R. from Collierville, Tennessee sent these install pictures along with a note letting us know how happy they are with their new Yakima RailGrab Roof Kit car rack system on 2011 Honda Pilot factory side rails. The all-star Yakima RailGrab Roof Rack Kit comes with four RailGrab towers that attach directly onto the raised side rails on this vehicle, and two 58” cross bars. Not only is the RailGrab base rack a quick and painless install, but it’s also incredibly versatile—both for what you want to carry, and what you want to carry it on. This roof rack is ready to be mounted with gear accessories for any sport or season, from luggage containers to snowboard holders to surfboard racks, and the multiple RailGrab claws make these towers compatible with almost any factory side rail, raised or flush, so there’s a good chance it will fit on your vehicle if you buy a new car in the future. But this Honda Pilot RailGrab roof rack kit isn’t just functional—F.R. says they couldn’t be happier with how the rack looks, too.

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Factory Side Rail Compatible Roof Rack for Kayaks on a 2006 Honda Odyssey

december 15, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Factory Side Rail Compatible Roof Rack for Kayaks on a 2006 Honda Odyssey
Factory Side Rail Compatible Roof Rack for Kayaks on a 2006 Honda Odyssey

Want a price-friendly and reliable way to transport your boats to the water? Here’s a great option from a customer in Enumclaw, Washington. They installed an Inno kayak stacker with cross bars on 2006 Honda Odyssey parallel rails, for a rack system that’s easy to use, versatile, and works well for a single kayak or several kayaks at once. This install includes an Inno IN-FR base rack, with four IN-FR stays that connect directly onto the raised factory side rails on the vehicle, and two 50” B127 cross bars. This system fits most raised rails, is simple to install, and as a nice bonus, it also comes with locks and keys to lock the rack to the vehicle. An Inno INA450 kayak holder is then connected onto the base rack. The INA450, which comes with padded upright masts, cross bar cradles, and tie-down straps, uses a stacker-style design that transports kayaks on their sides, saving considerable space on the roof rack. As you can see from the pictures, it’s great for just one boat, but also allows several kayaks to be stacked securely side-by-side. Now this customer is all set for a day on the water, whether it’s a solo trip or an outing with friends.

» 2006 Honda Odyssey kayak roof rack
» view Inno INFR side rails roof rack crossbars
» view Inno INA450 kayak stacker for multiple kayaks
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tags: factory side rails compatible roof rack for kayaks on 2006 honda odyssey - inno infr stays b127 cross bars ina450 kayak stacker

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2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Roof Rack Tracks, Bike Mounts and Wind Fairing on Hard Top

december 14, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Roof Rack Tracks, Bike Mounts and Wind Fairing on Hard Top
2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Roof Rack Tracks, Bike Mounts and Wind Fairing on Hard Top

While there are multiple ways to rack up a Jeep Wrangler these days, we think nothing beats this set up. Featured here is a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon roof bike racks and wind fairing mounted to tracks on the Hard Top. Permanently installed on the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hardtop is the Yakima Jeep Wrangler Hardtop roof rack tracks complete kit that includes a pair of 54 inch length tracks, four Control Towers, two pairs of Landing Pads 1 and a pair of 58" long cross bars. A 50 inch length Yakima rack fairing-wind noise deflector shield and two Yakima FrontLoader bike racks are connected to the cross bars. The system is finished off with an eight-pack of Yakima locks to secure everything and prevent theft of the roof rack and bicycles when left unattended.

» 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon roof bike racks
» view Jeep Wrangler Hardtop roof rack tracks kit
» view Yakima fairings
» view Yakima FrontLoader bike rack
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tags: roof rack tracks + bicycle carriers for 2011 jeep wrangler unlimited rubicon hard top - yakima front loader

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Inno Bike Racks for 2004 Pontiac GTO Roof Rack Cross Bars

december 13, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Inno Bike Racks for 2004 Pontiac GTO Roof Rack Cross Bars
Inno Bike Racks for 2004 Pontiac GTO Roof Rack Cross Bars

Our first Pontiac GTO rack customer install! And what an awesome set up to behold... featured is a 2004 Pontiac GTO roof bike racks system that is configured with the general-purpose Inno IN-SU base rack cross bars mounted to the edges of the roof top (components included: four IN-SU Stays, four K548 Fit Hooks, pair of B127 crossbars and 4-pack locks). The Inno IN-JK Joint Bars short roof adapter kit is required for use with the IN-SU system. The IN-JK Joint Bars are a clever mechanism that stretches out the distance between the front and rear cross bars. The result is a very stable, safe and reliable cross bars platform for connecting gear carriers on automobiles with short roofs such as this 2004 Pontiac GTO 2-door model. Attached to the cross bars are two Inno INA382 upright mount locking bike racks (locks are included with each INA382).

» 2004 Pontiac GTO roof bike racks system
» view Inno IN-SU car rack cross bars
» view Inno K548 Fit Hooks
» view Inno INA382 bike rack
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tags: two bike racks for 2004 pontiac gto roof rack cross bars - inno ina382 k548 fit hooks insu stays b127 crossbars injk joint bars short roof adapter kit

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Thule AeroBlade Cross Bars Roof Rack for 2011 Subaru WRX Fixed-Points

december 12, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule AeroBlade Cross Bars Roof Rack for 2011 Subaru WRX Fixed-Points
Thule AeroBlade Cross Bars Roof Rack for 2011 Subaru WRX Fixed-Points

Kaboom! is the only noise you'll hear from this system when your mind explodes from the awesome good looks of this 2011 Subaru WRX car roof rack cross bars system featuring the ultra-quiet Thule AeroBlade bars. The other components featured in this multi-purpose base rack are the Thule 460R Rapid Podium Foot Pack and the Thule 3068 Fit Kit brackets that connect to the 2011 Subaru WRX 5DR hatchback cartop factory pre-installed fixed rack attachment points. A 4-pack of locks and keys is also used to lock the Podium Feet to the vehicle. The ARB47 AeroBlade load bars are the length of choice for this 2011 Subaru WRX roof rack set up.

» 2011 Subaru WRX car rack cross bars
» view Thule 460R Rapid Podium roof rack
» view Thule 3068 Podium Fit Kit brackets
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tags: thule 460r rapid podium aeroblade cross bars roof rack for 2011 subaru wrx 5dr hatchback fix-points - thule 3068 fit kit

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Canoe Roof Rack for Rain Gutters On 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Hard Top

december 11, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Canoe Roof Rack for Rain Gutters On 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Hard Top
Canoe Roof Rack for Rain Gutters On 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Hard Top

Dubbed the 'Moo Canoe', this boat not only looks fantastic on this set up but will transport solidly, securely and worry free. Pictured is a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara canoe roof rack installed on the Jeep Wrangler rain gutters. Specific components used in this configuration are the general-purpose Thule 300 Gutter Foot roof rack cross bars system (includes a 300 Gutter Foot Pack and pair of 58 inch LB58 load bars) attached to the Jeep Wrangler Sahara hard top raingutters. The Thule 579XT canoe rack is then mounted to the cross bars. The 579XT includes four L-brackets for the canoe gunwales to rest on, as well as a pair of canoe straps and pair of bow / stern tie-downs.

» 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara canoe roof rack
» view Thule 300 rain gutter roof rack
» view Thule 579XT canoe rack
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tags: thule 300 rain gutter roof rack + canoe brackets for 2011 jeep wrangler sahara hard top

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2007 Toyota Yaris 3-Door HatchBack Roof Rack Bike Mounts, Wheel Holders and Wind Fairing

december 10, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2007 Toyota Yaris 3-Door HatchBack Roof Rack Bike Mounts, Wheel Holders and Wind Fairing
2007 Toyota Yaris 3-Door HatchBack Roof Rack Bike Mounts, Wheel Holders and Wind Fairing

Does your car, pickup truck or other automobile have a short roof line just like the 2-door Toyota Yaris hatchback shown in the picture above? No worries! You still have great options for roof rack systems to transport all your favorite gear and equipment. Featured here is a 2007 Toyota Yaris roof bike racks system with bicycle wheel holders and a wind fairing also. The key to this set up is the Thule 477 Short Roof Adapter Kit, which is used in combination with the Thule 400XT Aero roof rack cross bars system on the 2007 Toyota Yaris 2-door hatchback short rooftop. The 477 Adapter effectively increases the distance between the two base rack cross bars, providing a solid and safe foundation for attaching any roof mount gear carriers and hauling equipment such as the bicycles shown in the photo above. Included with the 400XT Aero multi-purpose base rack system is a 400XT Aero Foot Pack, 2196 Fit Kit clips and pair of 50" length LB50 load bars. The Thule 871XT wind fairing is connected to the front cross bar, while two Thule 516 Prologue bike racks and two Thule 593 Wheel-On bike wheel holders are connected to the cross bars.

» 2007 Toyota Yaris bike roof rack system
» view Thule 400XT Aero car rack cross bars
» view Thule 477 Short Roof Adapter Kit
» view Thule 871XT rack fairing-wind noise deflector
» view Thule 516 Prologue bike rack
» view Thule 593 Wheel-On bicycle wheel holder
» view all Toyota Yaris racks

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tags: bicycle wheel holders + bike racks for 2007 toyota yaris 2-door car rack cross bars - thule 2196 fit kit 400xt aero foot pack lb50 load bars 477 short roof adapter 516 prologue 593 wheel-on 871xt wind fairing

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Yakima Front Wheel Holder and RockyMounts Bike Rack for BMW Motorcycle

december 9, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Yakima Front Wheel Holder and RockyMounts Bike Rack for BMW Motorcycle
Yakima Front Wheel Holder and RockyMounts Bike Rack for BMW Motorcycle

A superb and creative entry in our growing list of customer installs is what you see in the photo above. Featured is a custom-built bike rack for a motorcycle. The customer says he is using some bike stems and cut-to-length Yakima cross bars to provide the foundation that allows for the attachment of the RockyMounts bike rack and the Yakima WheelFork bicycle wheel holder. This BMW motorcycle bike rack is just an outstanding example of how thinking outside the box can yield fantastic new systems previously unavailable on the market. The customer even says this motorcycle bike rack stays fully stable and secure at highway speeds of up to 100mph+ 'hypothetically speaking of course!' And he also says he now gets 50mpg compared to 15mpg when he previously transported his bike around in a pickup truck.

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» view Yakima WheelFork bicycle wheel holder

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tags: yakima wheelfork bicycle wheel holder + rockymounts bike rack for bmw motorcycle

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2002 Chevrolet Tahoe Cargo-Luggage Gear Basket On Roof Rack Cross Bars

december 8, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2002 Chevrolet Tahoe Cargo-Luggage Gear Basket On Roof Rack Cross Bars
2002 Chevrolet Tahoe Cargo-Luggage Gear Basket On Roof Rack Cross Bars

There's not much this set up can't handle! Pictured is a 2002 Chevy Tahoe roof basket rack system that is configured with the Yakima RailGrab Towers roof rack complete kit attached to the Chevy Tahoe factory side rails (includes a pair of 58" cross bars) and the Yakima MegaWarrior basket connected to the cross bars. Also optionally available for use with the MegaWarrior basket are several basket accessories such as a spare tire wheel holder mount, axe and shovel brackets, hi-lift jack brackets, basket locks to secure the MegaWarrior to the vehicle, cargo stretch net to cover all the contents and keep everything safely in place during transport. There's even a MegaWarrior basket extension that increases the cargo volume substantially. Another great idea is to attach a soft-sided luggage roof bag to the basket and stow everything inside the roof bag to protect from rain etc. Finally, a pair of cross bars are also integrated into the basket, allowing you to attach roof mount gear carriers directly to the basket cross bars.

» 2002 Chevy Tahoe roof basket rack system
» view Yakima RailGrab Towers car rack crossbars kit
» view Yakima MegaWarrior basket
» view Yakima MegaWarrior basket accessories
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tags: yakima railgrab roof rack cross bars + megawarrior cargo luggage basket for 2002 chevy tahoe factory side rails

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Two Pink RockyMounts TieRod Bike Racks for 2006 Chevy Aveo Genuine OEM Roof Rack Crossbars

december 7, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Two Pink RockyMounts TieRod Bike Racks for 2006 Chevy Aveo Genuine OEM Roof Rack Crossbars
Two Pink RockyMounts TieRod Bike Racks for 2006 Chevy Aveo Genuine OEM Roof Rack Crossbars

This really cool customer install picture sent to us by D.S. of Brooklyn, New York features a 2006 Chevy Aveo roof bike racks system using two pink RockyMounts TieRod bike racks mounted to 2006 Chevrolet Aveo genuine OEM roof rack cross bars. The TieRods come in a whole spectrum of color choices, include universal mounting hardware for attaching to virtually all factory racks as well as any aftermarket car rack cross bars from Thule, Yakima, Inno, Rhino and more. Two RockyMounts locks can also be optionally used with each TieRod to lock the bicycle to the carrier and the bike rack itself to the roofrack crossbars. Complete details on this install and the TieRod below...

» 2006 Chevy Aveo roof bike racks
» view RockyMounts TieRod bike rack
» view all Chevrolet Aveo racks

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tags: pink rockymounts tierod bike racks for 2006 chevy aveo factory genuine oem car rack cross bars

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Yakima RACKandROLL Trailer and Bike, Canoe Mounts for Honda Accord Hitch Receiver

december 6, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Yakima RACKandROLL Trailer and Bike, Canoe Mounts for Honda Accord Hitch Receiver
Yakima RACKandROLL Trailer and Bike, Canoe Mounts for Honda Accord Hitch Receiver

Often times much easier and convenient than other methods of transporting gear and equipment on your vehicle, a tow trailer is a superb option for hauling canoe, kayaks, bikes, luggage and camping equipment and so much more. Featured in the picture above is a customer's Honda Accord receiver hitch mount trailer for a bike and boat. He is using the Yakima RACKandROLL trailer (this model includes the 66 inch length cross bars, also available is the RACKandROLL 78 version with longer 78 inch crossbars). Attached to the trailer cross bars are the Yakima KeelOver canoe rack and the yakima FrontLoader bike rack. If your automobile does not already have a trailer hitch installed, you'll be glad to know we carry the entire line of CURT Hitches, the industry's leader in trailer hitches and towing system product accessories. See below to visit our CURT Hitches fit and order guide.

» Honda Accord hitch mount bike-canoe-kayak trailer
» view Yakima RACKandROLL 66 trailer
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» view Yakima KeelOver canoe carrier
» view Yakima Frontloader bicycle carrier
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tags: yakima rack and roll trailer for bikes canoe kayaks on honda accord receiver hitch - keelover frontloader

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Bike Mounts and Cargo Gear Basket for 2008 Toyota Tundra Double Cab Tonneau Cover Rack

december 5, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Bike Mounts and Cargo Gear Basket for 2008 Toyota Tundra Double Cab Tonneau Cover Rack
Bike Mounts and Cargo Gear Basket for 2008 Toyota Tundra Double Cab Tonneau Cover Rack

We are big fans of pickup truck bed cover racks, and this customer installation is a perfect example of what makes bed cover rack / tonneau cover rack systems so cool! Pictured here is a 2008 Toyota Tundra tonneau cover rack installed on the cargo bed rails with a gear basket and two bicycle carriers connected to the base rack cross bars. The components used in this configuration are the Yakima Control Towers base rack (mounted to the 2008 Toyota Tundra pickup truck bed rails and includes Control Towers, Landing Pads 1 and 78 inch length cross bars); Yakima LoadWarrior basket and LoadWarrior basket extension (increases the cargo volume of the basket); two Yakima High Roller bike racks. For security the Basket Locks keep the LoadWarrior safe on the cross bars, while a couple Yakima Accessory Lock Housings ensure the bike racks are safe. Yakima SKS Locks are used with the Accessory Lock Housing units and to secure the four Control Towers to the pickup truck bed rails.

» 2008 Toyota Tundra tonneau cover rack system
» view Yakima Control Towers base rack cross bars
» view Yakima High Roller bike rack
» view Yakima LoadWarrior basket
» view Yakima Accessory Lock Housing
» view all Toyota Tundra racks

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tags: yakima loadwarrior basket + high roller bike racks for 2008 toyota tundra double cab bed rail tonneau cover rack cross bars

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Thule Rapid CrossRoad AeroBlade Car Rack and Echelon Bike Rack for 2008 BMW X3 Factory Side Rails

december 4, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule Rapid CrossRoad AeroBlade Car Rack and Echelon Bike Rack for 2008 BMW X3 Factory Side Rails
Thule Rapid CrossRoad AeroBlade Car Rack and Echelon Bike Rack for 2008 BMW X3 Factory Side Rails

Next up is a 2008 BMW X3 bike roof rack cross bars and bicycle wheel holder customer installation picture recently sent to us from Sarasota, Florida. The system is configured using the Thule 450R Rapid CrossRoad roof rack - AeroBlade cross rails mounted to the 2008 BMW X3 factory raised side rails. This provides the all-purpose foundation for attaching the Thule 518 Echelon bike rack and the Thule 593 Wheel-On bike wheel holder to the AeroBlade cross rails. The Thule Xadapt 9 Kit is required for connecting the 518 Echelon bicycle carrier to the AeroBlades. The 593 Wheel-On is a superb accessory for conveniently transporting a bike wheel up on the cartop, getting it out of the vehicle interior where it takes up room and can possibly leave grease marks etc. Thule locks and keys are also available for locking all components.

» 2008 BMW X3 roof bike rack system
» view Thule 450R Rapid CrossRoad car rack-AeroBlade bars
» view Thule 518 Echelon bike rack
» view Thule Xadapt 9 Kit
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tags: thule 450r rapid crossroad aeroblade roof rack cross bars + echelon bike tray mount for 2008 bmw x3 factory side rails

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Thule Passage Car Trunk Mount Bike Rack for 2010 Mercedes-Benz E350

december 3, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule Passage Car Trunk Mount Bike Rack for 2010 Mercedes-Benz E350
Thule Passage Car Trunk Mount Bike Rack for 2010 Mercedes-Benz E350

For many cyclists a rear car trunk mount bike rack is the ideal solution for their needs. Maybe you only need to transport your bikes occasionally, and you want a system that installs easily, is easy to operate, and removes hassle-free when not needed. This is exactly why this customer chose the Thule 911XT Passage car trunk bike rack as a 2010 Mercedes-Benz E350 trunk bike rack solution. The 911XT Passage holds up to 3 bicycles (also available is the Thule 910XT Passage 2 bike car trunk rack). The Passage strap racks include many premium features for easy installation, convenient bicycle loading and worry-free, safe transport of bicycles.

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tags: thule 911xt passage car trunk bike rack for 2010 mercedes e350 4-door sedan rear trunk

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Garage Wall Mount Cargo-Luggage Box Storage Rack for Thule Atlantis 1600 Roof Box

december 2, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Garage Wall Mount Cargo-Luggage Box Storage Rack for Thule Atlantis 1600 Roof Box
Garage Wall Mount Cargo-Luggage Box Storage Rack for Thule Atlantis 1600 Roof Box

Cargo roof boxes for vehicle roof racks are incredibly popular and useful for a variety of applications such as transporting luggage gear, camping equipment, ski and snowboards and so much more. The only drawback is how to store the roof box when taking it off the car top. The picture above, sent to us recently by a customer, demonstrates a very clever and economical way to store your cargo container. This is a do-it-yourself custom-built garage wall mount storage rack for hanging a cargo box. Shown here is the Thule 686BXT Atlantis 1600 luggage roof box stored on the garage wall mount storage rack. Looks to be a very straight forward and cheap way of building a wall mount storage rack in the garage for hanging a cargo box, and all materials can be purchased at a local hardware store. Now, instead of the luggage container laying on the floor and otherwise taking up a lot of space in the garage, it is up off the floor and taking up very little room stored upright on its side and against the garage wall.

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tags: thule 686bxt atlantis 1600 luggage roof box on garage wall mount storage rack

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Yakima Hold Up Hitch Bike Rack Mounted to 2011 Honda CR-V 2 inch Trailer Receiver Hitch

december 1, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Yakima Hold Up Hitch Bike Rack Mounted to 2011 Honda CR-V 2 inch Trailer Receiver Hitch
Yakima Hold Up Hitch Bike Rack Mounted to 2011 Honda CR-V 2 inch Trailer Receiver Hitch

There's no easier or more convenient way to load up the bicycles and hit the road for adventure than with a trailer hitch mount bike rack. They are located at a much lower level than roof mount bike racks and quicker to install and use compared to rear trunk bike racks and hatch door mount bike racks. Shown in the photo above is a 2011 Honda CRV trailer hitch bike rack that features the premium Yakima Hold Up platform bike tray model. This version fits any 2" trailer hitches, while there is another Hold Up model that specifically works on 1-1/4" hitches. All locks are included with this carrier for securing the bicycles to the Hold Up and the bike rack itself to the trailer receiver hitch. And if your Honda CR-V (or any other vehicle) doesn't already have a receiver hitch installed, you can use our handy CURT Hitches fit guide to select and order one that specifically meets your needs and vehicle specifications. See below to get started.

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tags: yakima hold up hitch bike rack for 2011 honda crv class 3 2 inch trailer receiver hitch

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Thule Xsporter Ladder Rack for 2012 Ford F-250 Pickup Truck Bed Rails

november 30, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule Xsporter Ladder Rack for 2012 Ford F-250 Pickup Truck Bed Rails
Thule Xsporter Ladder Rack for 2012 Ford F-250 Pickup Truck Bed Rails

This customer installation features the Thule Xsporter truck rack-ladder rack attached to 2012 Ford F-250 pickup truck bed rails. Absolutely no drilling or otherwise permanent install steps required. This multi-height adjustable system allows for just the right height setting for whatever your current cargo load is. Locks are also included for securing the truck rack to the vehicle. Featured in the 2012 Ford F250 photo above is the 422XT model. This is an older generation model and the new generation Thule 500 Xsporter PRO ladder rack-truck rack has been released to replace the 422XT. The 500 PRO features a much broader range of height adjustability, as well as other key upgraded features and design modifications.

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tags: 422xt thule xsporter truck rack-ladder rack for 2012 ford f-250 pickup truck bed rails

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Thule Helium 2 Bike Hitch Rack for 2011 Chevy Silverado Trailer Receiver Hitch

november 29, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule Helium 2 Bike Hitch Rack for 2011 Chevy Silverado Trailer Receiver Hitch
Thule Helium 2 Bike Hitch Rack for 2011 Chevy Silverado Trailer Receiver Hitch

While there are multiple ways of transporting bikes on a pickup truck, there is no easier or convenient method than the use of a trailer hitch mount bike rack. That is exactly what this customer decided on for hauling up to 2 bicycles. Pictured is a 2011 Chevy Silverado trailer hitch bike rack using the 970XT Thule Helium hitch bike rack for two bikes (also available is the 971XT Helium for three bicycles). All locks are included with the Helium for locking the bike rack to the trailer receiver hitch and the bicycles to the Helium. This is an ultra-lightweight yet very solid and sturdily constructed carrier. Represents the current state of advanced technology, design and materials for hitch bike racks.

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tags: 970xt thule helium 2 bike hitch rack mounted to 2011 chevy silverado pickup truck trailer receiver hitch mount

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Cargo-Luggage Roof Box for 2010 Honda Insight Roof Rack Cross Bars

november 28, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Cargo-Luggage Roof Box for 2010 Honda Insight Roof Rack Cross Bars
Cargo-Luggage Roof Box for 2010 Honda Insight Roof Rack Cross Bars

This 2010 Honda Insight cargo roof box and roof rack cross bars system is the perfect solution for hauling all kinds of gear and equipment, including skis and snowboards, camping equipment, luggage gear and so much more. The multi-purpose base rack system is configured using the Yakima Q Towers car rack cross bars that includes four Q towers, two pairs of Q 99 clips and a pair of 48" long crossbars (the 48 inch bars are the recommended length for the 2010 Honda Insight cartop). Any cargo box (in this case it is a Thule Racks roof box) can then be connected to the Q Tower cross bars. Virtually all cargo boxes include locks for securing everything inside the container. A four-pack of Yakima locks and keys is optionally available for locking the base rack to the Honda Insight rooftop.

» 2010 Honda Insight cargo-luggage gear roof box system
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tags: yakima q towers roof rack cross rails + luggage-skis-snowboards box for 2010 honda insight

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2003 Subaru Forester Kayak Racks for Carrying 2 Kayaks on Genuine OEM Roof Rack Crossbars

november 27, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2003 Subaru Forester Kayak Racks for Carrying 2 Kayaks on Genuine OEM Roof Rack Crossbars
2003 Subaru Forester Kayak Racks for Carrying 2 Kayaks on Genuine OEM Roof Rack Crossbars

This customer wanted a secure, sturdy and easy way to carry 2 kayaks on 2003 Subaru Forester genuine OEM roof rack cross bars. The photo above illustrates his success. Installed on the cross bars are two sets of Yakima HullRaiser Aero kayaks racks. This carrier includes universal mounting clamps for compatibility with most factory racks, as well as any aftermarket roof rack crossbars from Yakima, Whispbar, Thule, Inno, Malone and more. This 2003 Subaru Forester kayak racks set up shows how two of these will fit onto factory cross bars for transporting 2 kayaks without having to invest in an aftermarket multi-purpose base rack system with longer cross bars to replace the factory / genuine OEM roof rack crossbars.

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tags: two yakima hullraiser aero kayak racks for 2003 subaru forester genuine oem roof rack cross bars

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2011 Toyota Prius Car Roof Rowing Shell Rack using Thule 887XT SlipStream Kayak Roller-Saddles and 480 Traverse System

november 26, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2011 Toyota Prius Car Roof Rowing Shell Rack using Thule 887XT SlipStream Kayak Roller-Saddles and 480 Traverse System
2011 Toyota Prius Car Roof Rowing Shell Rack using Thule 887XT SlipStream Kayak Roller-Saddles and 480 Traverse System

This customer was seeking a 2011 Toyota Prius rowing shell roof rack system, and the picture above features the stellar results... For the general-purpose base system, the Thule 480 Traverse car rack cross bars is installed. This system includes the 480 Traverse Foot Pack, set of 1566 Fit Kit clips and pair of 50 inch long LB50 load bars (the LB50 is the recommended length for the 2011 Toyota Prius cartop). The Thule 887XT SlipStream kayak roller-saddles is then mounted to the Traverse load bars. Besides carrying kayaks of all styles, shapes and sizes, the SlipStream also is ideal for rowing shells etc. The rear roller easily extends out over the back of the car for easy loading / unloading of rowing shell or kayak, then retracts back into position for transport.

» 2011 Toyota Prius rowing shell roof rack
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tags: thule 480 traverse roof rack cross rails + 887xt slipstream saddles-roller for 2011 toyota prius rowing shell rack - 1566 fit kit clips

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2005 Lexus ES330 Roof Rack and Locking Surfboards-Standup Paddleboards Carrier System

november 25, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2005 Lexus ES330 Roof Rack and Locking Surfboards-Standup Paddleboards Carrier System
2005 Lexus ES330 Roof Rack and Locking Surfboards-Standup Paddleboards Carrier System

Inno Racks delivers again... this time serving as a theft-proof, lockable roof mount surfboards and stand-up paddleboards carrier system for a 2005 Lexus ES330. The components used in this configuration are the Inno IN-SU Stays, K227 Fit Hooks and B127 cross bars (Stays, Fit Hooks and crossbars install on the cartop and work as the general-purpose base system that allows for the attachment of gear carriers to the cross bars). The all-purpose Inno INA446 locking carrier mounts to the INSU cross bars and is ideal for securely transporting SUP stand-up paddleboards, long boards, canoe, kayak, ladders and more. The INA446 features an integrated locking system for securing equipment to the carrier, while the INSU base rack includes a four-pack of locks for locking the roof rack to the Lexus ES330 cartop.

» 2005 Lexus ES330 roof rack SUP-surfboard carrier
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tags: inno insu roof rack cross rails + locking surfboard sup rack for 2005 lexus es330 - k227 fit hooks

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Whispbar S6 Flush Bar Roof Rack Crossbars and Yakima SkyBox LoPro Cargo Box for 2011 BMW 335i X-Drive Fixpoints

november 24, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Whispbar S6 Flush Bar Roof Rack Crossbars and Yakima SkyBox LoPro Cargo Box for 2011 BMW 335i X-Drive Fixpoints
Whispbar S6 Flush Bar Roof Rack Crossbars and Yakima SkyBox LoPro Cargo Box for 2011 BMW 335i X-Drive Fixpoints

Purchased from us and shipped just down the road to Middlebury, Vermont are all the components featured in this fantastic 2011 BMW 335i x-drive car rack cargo roof box set up. Mounted to the factory integrated fixed rack attachment points (also called fixpoints) is the Whispbar Flush Bar roof rack cross rails multi-purpose base system (includes S6 Flush Bar SmartFeet and Cross Rails, K380 Fitting Kit and 4-pack of locks). Attached to the Whispbar cross rails is the Yakima SkyBox LoPro cargo container for transporting luggage gear, camping equipment, skis, snowboards and so much more. The LoPro also includes locks for securing all contents inside the roof box.

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tags: whispbar s6 flush bar car rack + yakima skybox lopro ski-snowboard roof box for 2011 bmw 335i x-drive - k380 fitting kit

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Whispbar S53 Rail Bar Roof Rack and RockyMounts Bike Racks for 2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Factory Side Rails

november 23, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Whispbar S53 Rail Bar Roof Rack and RockyMounts Bike Racks for 2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Factory Side Rails
Whispbar S53 Rail Bar Roof Rack and RockyMounts Bike Racks for 2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Factory Side Rails

A great picture recently sent to us by a happy customer is what you see featured here. This 2012 VW Jetta TDI roof bike racks system is configured using the following componentry from Whispbar Racks and RockyMounts -- Whispbar S53 Rail Bar roof rack cross rails mounted to the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI factory side rails; two RockyMounts Euro PitchFork bike racks attached to the t-slot channels running the length of the Rail Bar cross rails. A four pack of locks is included with the Rail Bar to lock it to the vehicle, while a four pack of Rocky Mounts locks is available for purchase separately to secure the bicycles to each Euro PitchFork and the bike racks themselves to the cross rails.

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tags: whispbar s53 roof rack cross rails + rockymounts euro pitchfork bike racks for 2012 vw jetta tdi factory side rails

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Roof Rack Cross Rails and Cargo-Luggage Box for 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser Factory Side Rails

november 22, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Roof Rack Cross Rails and Cargo-Luggage Box for 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser Factory Side Rails
Roof Rack Cross Rails and Cargo-Luggage Box for 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser Factory Side Rails

Featured here is a customer installation that includes the Thule 45050 CrossRoad roof rack cross bars multi-purpose base system and premium Thule 686BXT Atlantis 1600 roof box installed on 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser factory side rails. The 45050 CrossRoad is a complete all-purpose foundation that mounts to the side rails, allowing for the attachment of any gear carriers to the cross bars (in this case the Thule 686BXT Atlantis 1600 cargo-luggage container is mounted to the crossbars). The 45050 CrossRoad includes a 450 Foot Pack, pair of 50 inch length LB50 cross bars and 4-pack of locks. The Atlantis 1600 also includes locks and delivers a lengthy list of all-star features. See below for complete details on this installation and all components.

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tags: thule 45050 crossroad roof rack cross rails + 686bxt atlantis 1600 cargo box for 2012 toyota fj cruiser factory side rails

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Yakima RailGrab Towers, LoadWarrior Basket and King Pin Trailer Hitch Bike Rack for 2008 Acura MDX

november 21, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Yakima RailGrab Towers, LoadWarrior Basket and King Pin Trailer Hitch Bike Rack for 2008 Acura MDX
Yakima RailGrab Towers, LoadWarrior Basket and King Pin Trailer Hitch Bike Rack for 2008 Acura MDX

Featured in the photos above is a complete gear transport system on a 2008 Acura MDX trailer hitch receiver and factory side rails on the cartop. For transporting up to four bicycles, the Yakima King Pin 4 bike hitch rack is installed on the 2008 Acura MDX receiver hitch mount. For hauling all kinds of luggage, camping equipment and cargo gear the Yakima LoadWarrior basket is connected to the Yakima RailGrab roof rack cross bars system, which is mounted to the 2008 Acura MDX factory side rails on the rooftop. This customer is also using the Yakima LoadWarrior stretch net to secure all basket contents. The Yakima King Pin 4 bike hitch rack fits both 1-1/4" and 2" hitches.

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tags: yakima king pin 4 trailer hitch bike rack + railgrab towers - loadwarrior roof basket for 2008 acura mdx

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2012 Nissan Juke Car Rack Wind Fairing System - Yakima Q Towers, Q 6 Clips and 38 inch Fairing

november 20, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2012 Nissan Juke Car Rack Wind Fairing System - Yakima Q Towers, Q 6 Clips and 38 inch Fairing
2012 Nissan Juke Car Rack Wind Fairing System - Yakima Q Towers, Q 6 Clips and 38 inch Fairing

Tricked out for bonus style points is this 2012 Nissan Juke with a Yakima Q Towers roof rack cross bars system and wind fairing installed. The configuration of this 2012 Nissan Juke car rack fairing system includes Yakima Q 6 Clips, Q Towers, pair of 48 inch length cross bars and 38 inch Yakima rack fairing-wind noise deflector shield. A four pack of Yakima Racks SKS locks and keys is also used to lock the Q Towers to the 2012 Nissan Juke cartop. With this multi-purpose base rack system installed, it is now possible to connect a broad range of gear carrier attachments to the cross rails for transporting bikes, SUP and surfboards, canoe and kayaks, luggage gear, skis and snowboards etc.

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tags: wind fairing + yakima q towers roof rack 2012 nissan juke cartop - q 6 clips

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Yakima MegaWarrior Basket Mounted to 2004 Ford Excursion Roof Rack Cross Bars

november 19, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Yakima MegaWarrior Basket Mounted to 2004 Ford Excursion Roof Rack Cross Bars
Yakima MegaWarrior Basket Mounted to 2004 Ford Excursion Roof Rack Cross Bars

Pictured above are great shots of the Yakima MegaWarrior basket mounted directly to 2004 Ford Excursion factory roof rack cross bars. Attached to the MegaWarrior roof basket are the Yakima Spare Tire mounting kit and the Yakima Axe & Shovel brackets mounting kit. As this 2004 Ford Excursion roof rack basket installation demonstrates, the MegaWarrior features a universal design for compatibility with most factory cross bars and any aftermarket cross bars from Yakima, Whispbar, Thule, Inno and more. Several other optional accessories are also available for use with the Mega Warrior basket, including locks, lift-jack mounting brackets, basket extension, cargo net etc.

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tags: yakima megawarrior cargo roof basket for 2004 ford excursion factory rack cross bars - axe shovel spare tire mounts

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2011 Subaru Outback Kayak Racks Mounted to the Factory Rack Cross Bars

november 18, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2011 Subaru Outback Kayak Racks Mounted to the Factory Rack Cross Bars
2011 Subaru Outback Kayak Racks Mounted to the Factory Rack Cross Bars

Pictured above are two sets of the Thule 835PRO Hull-a-Port folding j-cradles serving as 2011 Subaru Outback kayak racks. Mounted directly to the Subaru Outback factory rack cross bars, the 835PRO features universal mounting hardware for attachment to virtually all factory racks, as well as any aftermarket cross bars from Thule (square, AeroBlade, Xsporter etc.) Yakima, Whispbar, Inno and others. Also features j-cradles that can fold down flat when not in use, providing enhanced aerodynamics, superior low-profile looks, better clearance for garages etc. Kayak straps and bow-stern tie-downs are also included.

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tags: thule 835pro hull a port kayak racks for 2011 subaru outback factory car rack cross bars to carry 2 kayaks

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Yakima Hitch Bike Rack for 2009 Subaru Forester Trailer Hitch from CURT Hitches

november 17, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Yakima Hitch Bike Rack for 2009 Subaru Forester Trailer Hitch from CURT Hitches
Yakima Hitch Bike Rack for 2009 Subaru Forester Trailer Hitch from CURT Hitches

Shown in the pictures above is the Yakima Racks King Pin 4 bike hitch mount rack installed on a 2009 Subaru Forester 2 inch trailer receiver hitch using the CURT Hitches 13147 class III 2" trailer hitch receiver mount. This is a fantastic set up for easily and conveniently loading / unloading all bicycles and transporting them securely and worry free. Additionally, when the hitch bike rack isn't installed the trailer hitch receiver can be used for a myriad of other purposes such as towing a boat trailer and other trailer applications. A hitch mount cargo-luggage box or gear basket are other great options to consider. The Yakima King Pin 4 bike rack fits both 2" and 1-1/4" hitches.

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tags: yakima king pin 4 bike hitch rack for 2009 subaru forester trailer hitch - curt hitches 13147 2" receiver mount

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2007 Nissan Murano S Roof Rack Kayak Carrier System

november 16, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2007 Nissan Murano S Roof Rack Kayak Carrier System
2007 Nissan Murano S Roof Rack Kayak Carrier System

Mounted to the rooftop of this 2007 Nissan Murano S is a complete kayak carrier transport system using Inno Racks and Yakima Racks components. The multi-purpose Inno INSU roof rack cross bars base system provides the foundation that allows for attachment of the Yakima HullRaiser j-kayak cradles on the crossbars. The INSU system includes a set of four Stays, four K312 Fit Hooks and pair of 54 inch length B137 cross bars (the recommended length for the 2007 Nissan Murano S cartop). A four-pack of locks is also included for locking the system to the vehicle. The HullRaiser kayak rack attaches directly to the Inno INSU cross bars and includes a pair of kayak straps and pair of bow and stern tie-downs. A large size Inno rack fairing is also connected to the front cross bar for design styling, enhanced aerodynamics and prevention of car rack wind noise, whistling or humming.

» 2007 Nissan Murano S kayak roof rack
» view Inno IN-SU car rack cross bars
» view Inno K312 Fit Hooks
» view Inno rack fairing
» view Yakima HullRaiser j-cradles kayak carrier
» view all Nissan Murano racks

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tags: inno insu car rack cross bars + yakima hullraiser kayak carrier j-cradles for 2007 nissan murano s - k312 fit hooks

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Thule 9001 RaceWay 2 Bike Trunk Mount Rack On Acura TL 4DR Sedan

november 15, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule 9001 RaceWay 2 Bike Trunk Mount Rack On Acura TL 4DR Sedan
Thule 9001 RaceWay 2 Bike Trunk Mount Rack On Acura TL 4DR Sedan

Mounted to the rear trunk of this Acura 3.1 TL is the Thule 9001 RaceWay 2 bike trunk rack (also available is the Thule 9002 RaceWay for 3 bicycles). This is a premium, top-of-the-line bicycle carrier that even includes full system locking security to lock the bikes to the carrier and the RaceWay itself to the car. Fits a broad range of vehicles, from convertible cars, 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan models, to SUV and station wagon models and more. Even fits cars with rear spoilers. Bike cradle arms fold down when not in use. Delivers premium design styling along with best-in-class performance and ease of use.

» Acura TL trunk bike rack
» view Thule 9001 RaceWay 2 bike trunk mount rack
» view all Acura TL racks

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tags: thule 9001 raceway trunk bike rack for acura 3.1 tl to carry two bicycles

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2006 Winnebago View Motor Home with Custom Rain Gutter Cross Bars Kayak System and Rear Rollers

november 14, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2006 Winnebago View Motor Home with Custom Rain Gutter Cross Bars Kayak System and Rear Rollers
2006 Winnebago View Motor Home with Custom Rain Gutter Cross Bars Kayak System and Rear Rollers

C.R. of West Chazy, New York has devised a customized rook rack system for two kayaks on a 2006 Winnebago View RV, and we think it deserves some major genius points. C.R. was able to install a rooftop rack over the side awnings on the Winnebago View, and even used the rear ladder for kayak rollers to assist in loading his boats onto the roof. C.R. selected a Thule 387 High Gutter Foot roof rack with 96” cross bars, and mounted this into the rain gutters on his Winnebago View, positioning the rear towers and cross bar about 43” from the back of the vehicle and the front towers and cross bar about 12” from the top of the rear sliding awning. To install the front towers and bar, C.R. cut slits in the awnings to fit the tower bolts through, and removed the awning until installation was finished—complete details on this process are available on the installation page. Now, with a multi-purpose base rack on top of his RV, C.R. connected two sets of Thule 883 Glide and Set kayak carriers onto the cross bars. The 883 Glide and Set racks come with two Set to Go front saddles that provide traction and stability on the boat hull, and two Hydro-Glide rear saddles with felt lining that allow the hull to slide more easily when loading and unloading, plus tie-down and bow/stern straps. And to make positioning the kayaks on the roof easier, C.R. also attached a half-set of Yakima Hully Rollers kayak mounts onto the Winnebago View rear roof ladder using modified hardware and an aluminum backstop. The Hully Rollers provide a rolling surface along which the boat hull can be slid for easier placement in the kayak cradles, and installing these articulating rollers onto the vehicle’s ladder allows C.R. to achieve the necessary angle to get his kayaks onto the tall roof. Now C.R. has the ultimate adventure rig, whether he’s just heading out for a weekend on the lake or planning a long-term paddling road trip.

» 2006 Winnebago View rv camper roof rack for kayaks
» view Thule 387 RainGutter roof rack cross bars
» view Thule 883 Glide & Set kayak rack saddles
» view Yakima HullyRollers
» view all rv camper racks

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tags: thule raingutters roof rack cross bars + kayak mounts for 2006 winnebago view rv camper - 883 glide and set yakima hully rollers

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2012 Toyota Prius V with Locking Car Rack for SUP-Kayak-Canoe

november 13, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2012 Toyota Prius V with Locking Car Rack for SUP-Kayak-Canoe
2012 Toyota Prius V with Locking Car Rack for SUP-Kayak-Canoe

It looks like the perfect day to take a stand up paddleboard out on the water in Sedona, Arizona, and this customer won’t have to worry about time or hassle thanks to their new Inno SUP rack on rooftop cross bars for a 2012 Toyota Prius V. They installed the Inno IN-SU base rack onto their 2012 Toyota Prius using four IN-SU stays, two B127 50” square bars, and a set of K406 Fit Hooks, and then they mounted an Inno INA446 Canoe-Kayak-SUP Locker onto the base system. The IN-SU roof rack is easy to install and super versatile: rack it up with boats, surfboards, bikes, luggage carriers, skis, and more. Plus, it even includes locks and keys to lock the rack onto the vehicle. And the Inno INA446 is a terrific locking rack for canoes, kayaks, SUPs, surfboards, and more. It comes with premium rack pads and rubber-coated steel straps that ratchet down for a snug, protective fit, locks and keys for added security, and factory-compatible mounting hardware that works with Inno, Thule, Yakima, and most OEM cross bars alike. For this customer, an Inno SUP roof rack for the Toyota Prius adds up to more time on the water and more time to enjoy the southwest sunshine.

» 2012 Toyota Prius V roof rack for SUP
» view Inno INSU car rack cross bars system
» view Inno K406 Fit Hooks
» view Inno INA446 locking kayak-canoe-SUP rack
» view all Toyota Prius racks

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tags: inno roof rack cross bars + stand up paddleboard-sup carrier for 2012 toyota prius v - k406 ina446

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Wind Fairing with Car Rack Cross Bars for Parallel Rails on a 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon

november 12, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Wind Fairing with Car Rack Cross Bars for Parallel Rails on a 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon
Wind Fairing with Car Rack Cross Bars for Parallel Rails on a 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon

Feast your eyes on this blazing car rack for factory side rails on a Subaru Impreza WRX. Here’s an install that uses a Yakima RailGrab roof rack with small wind fairing on 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX SportWagon raised rails. This Yakima RailGrab system includes four RailGrab towers connected directly to the elevated factory side rails on this vehicle, and 48” cross bars mounted in the towers. This rack is simple to take on and off, and the versatile towers fit almost any style of parallel car rails, so it’s a great option for use on multiple vehicles, too. It’s ready to be racked with gear carriers for everything from skis to bikes to surfboards, and can haul 150 pounds. And with this Yakima 32” small wind fairing attached to the front cross bar, wind noise is dramatically reduced and styling is enhanced, so it’s a rack system that looks as good as it performs.

» 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX Sportwagen car rack fairing
» view Yakima RailGrab roof rack cross bars system
» view all Yakima rack fairings
» view all Subaru Impreza WRX Sportwagen racks

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tags: yakima railgrab towers roof rack cross bars + wind noise deflector for 2005 subaru wrx factory side rails

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2004 Buick Regal Two Bike Cartop Rack with Wind Deflector

november 11, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2004 Buick Regal Two Bike Cartop Rack with Wind Deflector
2004 Buick Regal Two Bike Cartop Rack with Wind Deflector

Looking for a great way to carry bikes on rooftop cross bars for a 2004 Buick Regal? Here are install photos of a nice option featuring an Inno roof rack wind fairing with Thule bike trays on a Buick Regal. This customer installed the Inno IN-SU base rack onto their ’04 Regal roofline using four IN-SU stays, two B117 46” square bars, and K214 Fit Hooks, and then mounted two Thule 598 Criterium bike racks and an Inno INA 261 medium wind fairing onto the cross bars. The IN-SU base system is simple to install, versatile enough to transport anything from skis to cargo boxes to kayaks to bikes (as shown here), and even comes with locks to lock the rack onto the car roof. The Thule 598 Criterium upright bike mounts are simple to use: just load the bike into the tray and secure the frame clamp and wheel straps—no need to remove the front wheel first. The adjustment dial and push-button release mean bikes are stable and secure in transit, but also super fast to remove when it’s time to get pedaling, and the Criterium wheel tray fits mountain and road bikes alike. This setup is completed with an Inno INA261 size medium wind fairing connected to the front cross bar. The fairing deflects wind and minimizes air noise, but also adds a sleek finishing touch.

» 2004 Buick Regal roof rack for bikes
» view Inno IN-SU rack cross bars system
» view Inno K214 Fit Hooks
» view Thule 598 Criterium bike rack
» view Inno rack fairings
» view all Buick Regal racks

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tags: inno roof rack cross bars + bike mounts for 2004 buick regal - k214 fit hooks thule criterium

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2012 Ford F-150 Lariat Pickup Truck with Height-Adjustable Bed Rails Rack for Two Kayaks

november 10, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2012 Ford F-150 Lariat Pickup Truck with Height-Adjustable Bed Rails Rack for Two Kayaks
2012 Ford F-150 Lariat Pickup Truck with Height-Adjustable Bed Rails Rack for Two Kayaks

W.A. of Watertown, New York has field tested their new Thule XSporter truck bed rack with kayak cradles on a 2012 Ford F150 pickup, and they have nothing but positive feedback to report. W.A.’s install begins with the Thule 422xt XSporter rack installed onto the bed rails on his 2012 Ford F-150 Lariat truck. This system is simple to install, and incredibly versatile. It features height-adjustable 72” cross bars, which can be set high for carrying long loads (like these boats), or low for easily loading short loads (like bikes or cargo boxes); lock cores and keys to lock the rack onto the truck for added security; XStop load stops that prevent loads like lumber or canoes from sliding side to side on the bars; and a whopping 450-lb. weight limit. Then, W.A. installed two sets of Thule 835Pro Hull-a-Port kayak racks onto the XSporter load bars. The 835Pro comes with universal mounting brackets that work with almost any cross bar shape, from factory bars to aftermarket options from Thule, Yakima, or Inno. It also includes J-style cradles that hold kayaks at an ideal angle—comfortable for loading while still dramatically saving space on the cross bars, so that setting two kayaks side-by-side is a breeze—and all straps needed for tying the boat to the rack and the truck’s bumpers. Plus, the 835Pro kayak cradles fold down when not in use for improved efficiency and easier garage clearance. W.A. tells us that he’s used this Ford F150 truck bed kayak rack on several paddling adventures recently, and he couldn’t be happier with the results.

» 2012 Ford F-150 Lariat kayaks truck rack
» view Thule Xsporter pickup truck bed rack
» view Thule 835PRO Hull-a-Port kayak rack j-cradles
» view all Ford F-150 Lariat racks

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tags: thule xsporter truck rack cross bars + kayak mounts for 2012 ford f150 lariat - 835pro hull-a-port j-cradles

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2006 Scion xA with Locking Rooftop Rack System and Wind Deflector

november 9, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2006 Scion xA with Locking Rooftop Rack System and Wind Deflector
2006 Scion xA with Locking Rooftop Rack System and Wind Deflector

This Tennessee customer writes to let us know that they have now installed Inno systems on both of their vehicles because they like the look of these racks so much. We can’t blame them—whether you’re looking for performance or style, Inno car racks deliver both in a quality and price-friendly package. Here are some pictures of one of this customer’s vehicles, a 2006 Scion xA with Inno INSU roof rack cross bars and wind fairing. This Inno IN-SU for a 2006 Scion xA uses four IN-SU stays, two B117 46” square bars, and a set of K234 fit hooks. The rack is easy to install, ready to be mounted with gear carriers for anything from bikes to luggage to snowboards, and also looks great as a stand-alone accessory for a car roof. This Inno rack setup also comes with locks and keys included, and can carry up to 140 pounds. Plus, with the INA 261 Medium wind fairing attached to the front cross bar, as shown here, wind noise is dramatically reduced and the styling is complete.

» 2006 Scion xA car rack fairing system
» view Inno IN-SU roof rack cross bars
» view Inno K234 Fit Hooks
» view Inno rack fairings
» view all Scion xA racks

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tags: inno insu roof rack cross bars + wind fairing for 2006 scion xa - k234 fit hooks

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Bike Roof Rack Tracks System to Carry Bicycles on 1999 Coleman Utah Pop-Up Camper Rooftop

november 8, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Bike Roof Rack Tracks System to Carry Bicycles on 1999 Coleman Utah Pop-Up Camper Rooftop
Bike Roof Rack Tracks System to Carry Bicycles on 1999 Coleman Utah Pop-Up Camper Rooftop

All loaded up for vacation is what you get with this set up! Installing a multi-purpose base rack cross bars system to any tent trailer / pop-up camper is a superb solution for anyone wanting to bring along bikes, kayaks, canoe and so much more. Featured in the picture above is a 1999 Coleman Utah pop-up camper roof tracks rack system with bicycle carriers attached to the cross bars. The specific components include a pair of 60 inch length Thule TB60 Tracks that permanently install on the Coleman Utah camper roof top. The Thule 460 Podium roof rack cross bars system then attaches to the TB60 Tracks. Included with the 460 Podium system are the 460 Podium Foot Pack, 3101 Fit Kit mounting brackets that connect to the Tracks, and a pair of extra long 96 inch length LB96 cross bars for spanning across the extra wide rooftops of pop-up campers / tent trailers. Several Thule 599XTR Big Mouth bike racks are connected to the cross bars. All kinds of other gear attachments such as canoe and kayak carriers will also connect to the cross bars.

» 1999 Coleman Utah camper roof rack for bikes
» view Thule TB60 Roof Tracks
» view Thule 460 Podium roof rack cross bars system
» view Thule 3101 Fit Kit brackets
» view Thule 599XTR Big Mouth bike rack
» view all pop-up camper / tent trailer racks

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tags: thule 460 podium roof rack cross bars + 599xtr big mouth bike mounts for 1999 coleman utah camper tracks

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Car Rack AeroBlade Cross Bars for 2005 Toyota Matrix Roof Tracks

november 7, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Car Rack AeroBlade Cross Bars for 2005 Toyota Matrix Roof Tracks
Car Rack AeroBlade Cross Bars for 2005 Toyota Matrix Roof Tracks

This customer wanted the flexible adjustability to position his roof rack cross bars at any distance from each other depending on what he was carrying (shown in the photo above is a kayak). He can also easily remove the roof rack when he isn't using it. The components used in this 2005 Toyota Matrix roof tracks rack configuration are the Thule TP54 top tracks for permanently installing on metal surfaces such as the Toyota Matrix rooftop; the Thule 460R Rapid Podium car rack cross bars system is then attached to the tracks using the included Thule 3101 Podium Fit Kit mounting brackets (also included are a pair of ARB53 AeroBlade load bars and 460R Rapid Podium Foot Pack). A four-pack of Thule locks and keys are also used to lock the car rack system to the vehicle.

» 2005 Toyota Matrix roof tracks rack
» view Thule TP54 roof tracks
» view Thule 460R Rapid Podium car rack - AeroBlade bars
» view Thule 3101 Fit Kit brackets
» view Thule ARB53 AeroBlade load bars
» view all Toyota Matrix racks

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tags: thule 460r rapid podium car rack aeroblade cross bars for 2005 toyota matrix roof tracks

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2008 Dodge Caliber Roof Rack Luggage Gear Box and Two Bicycle Carriers

november 6, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2008 Dodge Caliber Roof Rack Luggage Gear Box and Two Bicycle Carriers
2008 Dodge Caliber Roof Rack Luggage Gear Box and Two Bicycle Carriers

This customer says he searched long and far before finally finding the perfect solution for a general-purpose base rack system on a 2008 Dodge Caliber that would allow him to attach his existing Thule gear carriers (Thule 668ES Frontier cargo roof box and two Thule 516 Prologue bicycle carriers). The 2008 Dodge Caliber roof rack cross bars system is the Inno IN-SU roof rack and includes a set of IN-SU Stays, K555 Fit Hooks, pair of cross bars and locks. With the base rack installed the Thule bike racks and cargo box will connect directly to the cross bars.

» 2008 Dodge Caliber car rack cargo box + bike trays
» view Inno IN-SU roof rack cross bars system
» view Thule Frontier cargo-luggage gear roof box
» view Thule 516 Prologue bike rack
» view all Dodge Caliber racks

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tags: inno insu roof rack cross bars + bike mounts & cargo gear box for 2008 dodge caliber

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Thule and RockyMounts Bike Tray Mounts for 2008 Toyota Matrix Roof Rack Crossbars

november 5, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule and RockyMounts Bike Tray Mounts for 2008 Toyota Matrix Roof Rack Crossbars
Thule and RockyMounts Bike Tray Mounts for 2008 Toyota Matrix Roof Rack Crossbars

The photo above is from a customer that visited Humboldt Redwoods State Park, camping and biking the Avenue of the Giants (the famous road lined with redwood trees). Besides the absolutely humongous Redwood tree, also featured in the picture is the silver color Inno IN-SU car rack cross bars complete multi-purpose base system installed on a 2008 Toyota Matrix. Included are the silver IN-SU Stays, K501 Fit Hooks, silver cross bars (B127 50 inch length) and locks. Attached to the cross bars are two yellow color RockyMounts PitchFork bike racks and one Thule 518 Echelon bike rack. All connect directly to the Inno cross bars, no additional adapters necessary. The Rocky Mounts PitchFork and Thule Echelon are also lockable using respective RockyMounts locks and Thule locks.

» 2008 Toyota Matrix roof bike racks system
» view silver Inno IN-SU car rack cross bars
» view all Inno IN-SU K-Hooks
» view Thule 518 Echelon bike rack
» view Rocky Mounts PitchFork bike rack
» view all Toyota Matrix racks

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tags: inno insu roof rack cross bars + rockymounts pitchfork thule 518 echelon bike trays for 2008 toyota matrix

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2009 Toyota Prius Tandem Bike Rack On Roof Rack Cross Bars

november 4, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2009 Toyota Prius Tandem Bike Rack On Roof Rack Cross Bars
2009 Toyota Prius Tandem Bike Rack On Roof Rack Cross Bars

Pictured here is a 2009 Toyota Prius tandem bike rack system that is configured using the very affordable Inno INSU roof rack cross bars as the multi-purpose foundation that allows this customer to then attach the ultra-cool RockyMounts R4 tandem bike rack. The specific Inno IN-SU system used here as a 2009 Toyota Prius car rack includes the IN-SU Stays, K108 Fit Hooks (that attach to the edges of the rooftop), pair of cross bars and a 4-pack of locks with keys to secure the system to the Toyota Prius. The Rocky Mounts R4 tandem bike rack is feature packed and designed to offer convenient and easy loading / unloading of the tandem bicycle. Also featured on this Toyota Prius set up is a trailer hitch mount bike rack. ORS Racks Direct offers a complete selection of hitch bike racks from leading manufacturers. Also available is the complete line of CURT Hitches for installing on virtually any vehicle year, make and model.

» 2009 Toyota Prius tandem bike roof rack
» view Inno IN-SU roof rack crossbars
» view all Inno Fit Hooks
» view RockyMounts R4 tandem bike rack
» view all hitch bike racks
» view all CURT Hitches trailer hitch receivers
» view all Toyota Prius racks

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tags: inno roof rack cross bars + rockymounts r4 tandem bike rack for 2009 toyota prius - k108 fit hooks

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2010 Mazda 6 Roof Rack Kayak Cradles With Thule AeroBlade Crossbars and 835PRO Hull-a-Port

november 3, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2010 Mazda 6 Roof Rack Kayak Cradles With Thule AeroBlade Crossbars and 835PRO Hull-a-Port
2010 Mazda 6 Roof Rack Kayak Cradles With Thule AeroBlade Crossbars and 835PRO Hull-a-Port

So much to say about this slick set up for transporting a kayak on a 2010 Mazda 6... the foundation of the system is the premium Thule 480R Rapid Traverse roof rack cross bars system that includes the ultra-quiet, aerodynamic AeroBlade load bars, as well as the Thule 1553 Fit Kit clips for attaching to the 2010 Mazda 6 cartop. Attached to the AeroBlade load bars is the awesome Thule 835PRO Hull-a-Port kayak rack with folding j-cradles. When not carrying a kayak, the cradles can fold down flat for enhanced fuel efficiency and a more low-profile, streamlined look.

» 2010 Mazda 6 kayak roof rack
» view Thule 480R Rapid Traverse car rack - AeroBlade bars
» view Thule 1553 Fit Kit clips
» view Thule 835PRO Hull-a-Port kayak rack
» view all Mazda 6 racks

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tags: thule 480r rapid traverse roof rack aeroblade cross bars + 835pro hull-a-port kayak cradle mounts for 2010 Mazda 6

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Whispbar Roof Rack and Yakima Kayak Cradles for 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen Factory Side Rails

november 2, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Whispbar Roof Rack and Yakima Kayak Cradles for 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen Factory Side Rails
Whispbar Roof Rack and Yakima Kayak Cradles for 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen Factory Side Rails

Kayak roof rack perfection is certainly achieved with this set up. Featured is the Whispbar S23 Flush Bar roof rack cross bars system installed on 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen raised factory side rails using the included Whispbar K328 Fitting Kit. The top-of-the-line Yakima BowDown folding j-cradles kayak carrier is then attached directly to the Whispbar cross bars. The S23 Flush Bar system also includes a set of four Yakima SKS locks and keys for locking the car rack to the VW Jetta Sportwagen side rails. The BowDown carrier is also lockable using 2 Yakima locks. You can always contact us to request that all your locks are keyed alike (meaning that you can use the same keys with all locks).

» 2012 VW Jetta Sportwagen kayak roof rack
» view Whispbar S23 Flush Bar roof rack crossbars
» view Whispbar K328 Fitting Kit
» view Yakima BowDown j-cradles kayak rack
» view all Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen racks

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tags: whispbar roof rack cross bars + yakima bowdown kayak carrier for 2012 volkswagen jetta sportwagen side rails - whispbar s23 flush bar k328 fitting kit

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Thule T2 Platform Hitch Bike Rack for 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Trailer Hitch

november 1, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule T2 Platform Hitch Bike Rack for 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Trailer Hitch
Thule T2 Platform Hitch Bike Rack for 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Trailer Hitch

Featured here is the premium Thule Racks 916XTR T2 platform bike tray hitch mount rack installed on a 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser 2 inch trailer receiver hitch. The T2 offers the easiest, most convenient way to quickly load up your bicycles and be on your way. Includes all locking security features as well. The T2 holds 2 bicycles. However, also available is the Thule 918XTR T2 two bike add-on that connects to the 916XTR and allows you to carry an extra two bicycles. The 916XTR T2 fits any 2" trailer hitches. For 1-1/4" hitches the 917XTR T2 hitch bike rack is available. And if your Toyota FJ Cruiser doesn't already have a trailer hitch installed, see below for some excellent hitch mounts available from CURT Hitches...

» 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser trailer hitch bike rack
» view Thule 916XTR T2 hitch bike rack
» view Thule 918XTR T2 2 Bike Add-On
» view all Toyota FJ Cruiser racks

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CURT Hitches 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser trailer hitch receivers for trailers, hitch bike racks, cargo baskets, pop-up campers etc.
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tags: thule t2 platform bike tray rack for 2011 toyota fj cruiser trailer hitch to carry 2 bikes

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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Car Roof Rack Fairing System for Cartop Fixpoints

october 31, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Car Roof Rack Fairing System for Cartop Fixpoints
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Car Roof Rack Fairing System for Cartop Fixpoints

Pictured here is a fantastic factory integrated look for this 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-door sedan using the Yakima Control Towers roof rack cross bars system. It mounts to the fixed rack attachment points located on the cartop using the included Yakima LP11 Landing Pads 11. The crossbars used in this configuration are 48 inches in length. For design styling, enhanced aerodynamics and drastically reduced wind noise, a 44 inch Yakima roof fairing-wind noise deflector shield is connected to the front cross bar. A 4-pack of locks is used to lock the Control Tower car rack system to the Subaru Impreza WRX cartop.

» 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX roof rack fairing system
» view Yakima Control Towers car rack crossbars
» view Yakima LP11 Landing Pads 11
» view Yakima rack fairings
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tags: car rack cross bars for 2012 toyota prius solar roof top - yakima car roof fairing + control towers roof rack cross bars for 2011 subaru impreza wrx sedan fixpoints - landing pad 11

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Thule T2 Platform Hitch Bike Rack with 2 Bike Add-On for Trailer Hitch on 2012 Toyota Tundra

october 30, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule T2 Platform Hitch Bike Rack with 2 Bike Add-On for Trailer Hitch on 2012 Toyota Tundra
Thule T2 Platform Hitch Bike Rack with 2 Bike Add-On for Trailer Hitch on 2012 Toyota Tundra

It looks like a beautiful fall day for a ride, and this customer won’t waste any time getting to their destination with their new four bike tray hitch rack on a 2012 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 2” receiver hitch. They installed the Thule 916xtr T2 two-bike hitch rack into their Tundra 2” trailer hitch, and connected the Thule 918xtr two-bike Add-On onto the hitch rack. This combination of Thule T2 hitch racks can carry up to four bikes, and the platform design means bikes only have to be lifted a couple of feet to load and they stay upright and in place, without worry about bike-to-bike or bike-to-vehicle contact. This setup is easy to install, and folds vertically when not in use to save space. The attachment arm and wheel trays/straps secure bikes by their wheels, reducing the risk of scratching, and these racks fit almost any style or size of bicycle. Plus, they also come with integrated cable locks and the STL2 receiver hitch lock, locking bikes onto the rack and the rack onto the truck. And if your Toyota Tundra doesn't have a trailer hitch, here are some excellent hitch mounts available from CURT.

» 2012 Toyota Tundra trailer hitch bike rack for 4 bikes
» view Thule 916XTR T2 hitch bike rack
» view Thule 918XTR T2 2 Bike Add-On
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2007 Subaru Forester SUP-Surfboard Trailer with Luggage Box and Kayak Carriers on Factory Car Rack

october 29, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2007 Subaru Forester SUP-Surfboard Trailer with Luggage Box and Kayak Carriers on Factory Car Rack
2007 Subaru Forester SUP-Surfboard Trailer with Luggage Box and Kayak Carriers on Factory Car Rack

Could there be a better way to transport multiple kayaks, surfboards, and a whole heap of gear to the water for your next vacation or competition? We don’t think so! This customer found the ideal solution, using a Yakima towable trailer and kayak cradles with cargo box on factory cross rails for a 2007 Subaru Forester. First, they installed the Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer with 78” cross bars onto the receiver hitch ball on their Subaru Forester trailer hitch, and attached the Yakima Rack and Roll Spare Wheel and Kickstand accessories onto the trailer. The Rack and Roll trailer delivers convenience, style, and superior performance, and includes shocks, a carry handle for maneuvering the trailer as a cart, and a 250 pound towing capacity. Loading gear only requires lifting a few feet off the ground, and with the spare wheel and kickstand accessories this customer is equipped for emergencies and also able to park their trailer horizontally when it’s not attached to the vehicle. Additionally, this install features two pairs of Yakima Bowdown kayak cradles and a Yakima luggage container on the 2007 Subaru Forester factory roof rack. Both carriers come with universal hardware that connects to factory or round/square cross bars, and the Bowdown kayak rack comes with padded J-cradles that hold boats in a secure, space-saving position and fold down when not in use, ramping design for ease of loading, and all straps for tying down the kayaks. Yakima makes waterproof, locking cargo boxes in various sizes for any configuration. And if your vehicle doesn’t already have a trailer hitch, there are some great aftermarket receiver hitch options for a Subaru Forester from CURT.

» 2007 Subaru Forester trailer + roof box & kayak mounts
» view Yakima RACKandROLL 78 trailer for surfboards & SUP
» view Yakima BowDown kayak j-cradles carrier
» view all Yakima cargo-roof boxes
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tags: car rack cross bars for 2012 toyota prius solar roof top - thule 1566 fit kit 480r foot pack arb53 aeroblade bars

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Cartop Rack for Convertible Roof Tracks on a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Hardtop

october 28, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Cartop Rack for Convertible Roof Tracks on a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Hardtop
Cartop Rack for Convertible Roof Tracks on a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Hardtop

Rooftop tracks are a great way to customize a car rack, but what about when your roof is made up of removable sections? This customer found a terrific solution for their vehicle, mounting modified Thule TB60 tracks with a Whispbar roof rack system onto a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Hardtop. They were able to install the Thule TB60 roof tracks by cutting each of the 60” tracks into two pieces and drilling one length of track on either side of the removable front section of the hardtop Wrangler Unlimited roof and one length of track on either side of the main rear section. Now they have the benefits of a roof rack on permanent tracks, without sacrificing the convertability of their Wrangler Unlimited roofline. Once this customer had their Thule tracks modified and mounted into their roof, they installed a Whispbar T17 HD Bar roof rack into the tracks using Fitting Kit K450. The T17 HD Bar base rack features heavy duty cross bars that are ready for hauling anything from lumber or ladders to kayaks or bikes, and the included four-pack of Yakima SKS locks enables the SmartFeet to lock onto the vehicle for peace of mind. Plus, this rack system also offers Whispbar’s signature design features: sleek styling, superior performance, and a quiet ride without bothersome wind noise. And by mounting this rack into the Thule tracks, the customer is able to move the cross bars forward and back for a perfect fit with any accessories.

» 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited hardtop roof rack tracks
» view Thule TB60 Top Tracks
» view Whispbar T17 HD Bar roof rack crossbars
» view Whispbar K450 Fitting Kit
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Car Rack Luggage Container for Roof Attachment Points on a 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door

october 27, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Car Rack Luggage Container for Roof Attachment Points on a 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
Car Rack Luggage Container for Roof Attachment Points on a 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door

It may be raining in West Virginia, but this customer’s gear is safe and dry thanks to their new locking waterproof cargo box for roof rack with wind deflector on a 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX wagon. This install features the Yakima Control Tower base system connected into the fixed points on this Impreza WRX roofline using two sets of LP11 Landing Pads and a pair of 48” cross bars; a Yakima 44” Large wind fairing mounted on the cross bars; a hardshell cargo box also installed on the cross bars; and a Yakima SKS 4 lock-pack inserted into the Control Towers. The Yakima Control Tower roof rack is a multi-purpose base system that can be racked up with gear accessories for every adventure, and because it attaches into preset roof points on the vehicle, it not only looks seamless, but it is also incredibly easy to take on or off. The large fairing deflects wind to reduce noise and add styling, while hard-sided cargo boxes are available from Yakima or Thule in an array of sizes for transporting anything from skis to golf clubs to sleeping bags—plus, all of these luggage box options are lockable and waterproof, of course. And the addition of the four-pack of locks adds peace of mind for a worry-free trip.

» 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX roof rack cargo box
» view Yakima Control Towers car rack crossbars
» view all Yakima roof boxes
» view Yakima Landing Pad 11
» view Yakima rack fairings-wind noise deflectors
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tags: cargo luggage roof box for car rack cross bars on 2011 subaru impreza wrx-yakima landing pad 11 control towers

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2012 Acura TSX 5-Door with Locking Cartop Rack for Carrying Boats and Surf-Ski

october 26, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2012 Acura TSX 5-Door with Locking Cartop Rack for Carrying Boats and Surf-Ski
2012 Acura TSX 5-Door with Locking Cartop Rack for Carrying Boats and Surf-Ski

From Dunwoody, Georgia, customer L.S. reports that their new low-profile rooftop rack for carrying a surf-ski kayak on 2012 Acura TSX side rails works great in any cross bar configuration, and even allows the sunroof to still open, too. This setup features the fantastic Whispbar S54 Rail Bar car rack mounted onto elevated roof side rails on the 2012 Acura TSX wagon. This system is aerodynamic and incredibly quiet even at high speeds, and it includes a lock pack to lock the SmartFeet towers and cross bars onto the vehicle. The versatile Whispbar rack looks great as an accessory to a new vehicle like this one, but is also ready to perform if you want to add rack accessories for carrying everything from bikes to skis to luggage. This customer mounted a set of surfski kayak cradles onto their Rail Bar system. And as L.S. discovered, the Rail Bar rack is also adjustable along the side rails for maximum customization—shorten the bar spread for accessories with limited connection points, like cargo boxes or bike trays, or widen the distance between the cross bars for long loads such as L.S.’s 21 ½’ boat.

» 2012 Acura TSX roof car rack cross bars
» view Whispbar S54 Rail Bar roof rack crossbars
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tags: whispbar s54 rail bar roof rack cross bars for 2012 acura tsx factory side rails to carry surfski

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2011 GMC Yukon with Thule MOAB Open Basket for Factory Cartop Rack

october 25, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2011 GMC Yukon with Thule MOAB Open Basket for Factory Cartop Rack
2011 GMC Yukon with Thule MOAB Open Basket for Factory Cartop Rack

Customer T.P. from Murfreesboro, Tennessee sent in these install photos of a nice rooftop basket for car rack cross bars on a 2011 GMC Yukon. T.P. chose the always-reliable Thule 690xt MOAB cargo basket, installing it onto the factory cross rails on their GMC Yukon with the included universal mounting hardware, which works well with round, square, or oblong aftermarket or OEM cross bars alike. The MOAB basket also comes with two Thule cross bars mounted onto the basket; these cross bars can be positioned forward and back along the basket for maximum adjustability and convenience, and are ready to be racked up with other gear carriers for items like cargo bags, skis, bikes, and more—or, they can be removed altogether for stacking larger loads in the basket. The MOAB basket features a front fairing to reduce wind noise, and other handy accessories are also available individually, like a basket extension or gear net. Complete the configuration with a Thule 544 lock pack of lock cores and keys to lock the basket onto the roof rack. The weather in Murfreesboro looks great, and now T.P. has a convenient way to fit people and gear in one vehicle for a picnic, a shopping trip, a camping adventure, or a vacation on the road.

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» view Thule 690XT MOAB roof basket rack
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tags: thule 690xt m.o.a.b. basket for 2011 gmc yukon factory roof rack cross bars

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2012 Toyota Prius with Thule Car Rack for Glass Roof - Solar Rooftop

october 24, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2012 Toyota Prius with Thule Car Rack for Glass Roof - Solar Rooftop
2012 Toyota Prius with Thule Car Rack for Glass Roof - Solar Rooftop

A sleek and efficient car like the Toyota Prius deserves an equally sleek and efficient rack system. That’s why this customer mounted the Thule Rapid Traverse Aeroblade roof rack on their 2012 Toyota Prius with solar roof. This roof rack, featuring the Thule 480R Rapid Traverse footpack, 1566 Fit Kit, and 53” Aeroblade load bars, is designed specifically for the Toyota 2012 Prius, and even works on models with the solar roof. The Rapid Traverse is an attractive, high performance base rack that can be mounted with carriers for skis, luggage, kayaks, surfboards, and more, and the aerodynamic Aeroblade cross bars are efficient and quiet, too. Plus, this customer inserted a four-pack of Thule 544 lock cores into the 480R feet, locking the rack onto the vehicle for a reassuring finishing touch.

» 2012 Toyota Prius solar roof car rack cross bars
» view Thule 480R Rapid Traverse roof rack
» view Thule ARB53 AeroBlade load bars
» view Thule 1566 Traverse Fit Kit clips
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2012 Ford F150 SuperCrew Two Bike Bed Rail Tracks Rack Over Tonneau Cover

october 23, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2012 Ford F150 SuperCrew Two Bike Bed Rail Tracks Rack Over Tonneau Cover
2012 Ford F150 SuperCrew Two Bike Bed Rail Tracks Rack Over Tonneau Cover

If you want to carry bikes on your pickup truck but don’t want to deal with lifting them overhead all the way onto the cab and don’t want to sacrifice your tonneau cover, here’s a fantastic alternative: a sliding cross bars bike rack in permanent tracks for pickup truck bed rails on a 2012 Ford F150 SuperCrew. This install features the Yakima 54” tracks for metal surfaces drilled into the bed rails on this Ford F150, and the Yakima Control Tower base rack with 78” cross bars and two pairs of LP1 Landing Pads connected into the tracks. This rack is easy to install and remove, leaving just the low-profile tracks permanently in place on the vehicle, the cross bars can slide along the tracks for a customized fit with any gear you’re carrying, and the system sits nicely overtop of a tonneau cover. Two Yakima CopperHead bike racks are also attached to the cross bars. The fork-mount CopperHead bike tray simply requires removing the front wheel and securing the bike in the quick release skewer and wheel strap, and it’s as friendly on the budget as it is friendly to operate. And with a 6-pack of Yakima SKS locks, there are enough lock cores to lock the bikes into the trays, the trays onto the cross bars, and the cross bars onto the vehicle.

» 2012 Ford F150 bike racks over tonneau cover
» view 54" Yakima tracks for metal surfaces
» view Yakima Control Towers roof rack cross bars
» view Yakima Copperhead bike rack
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tags: pickup truck tonneau cover bed rails rack + 2 bike mounts for 2012 ford f-150 supercrew

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Whispbar Flush Bar Roof Rack for Surfboards on a 2013 Hyundai Sonata

october 22, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Whispbar Flush Bar Roof Rack for Surfboards on a 2013 Hyundai Sonata
Whispbar Flush Bar Roof Rack for Surfboards on a 2013 Hyundai Sonata

These customer installation photos came to us recently from sunny Orlando, Florida. They feature a premium locking roof rack with aerodynamic cross bars on a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. This customer installed the Whispbar S7 Flush Bar roof rack with K503 Fitting Kit onto their Sonata roofline. This base rack includes SmartFeet, Fitting Kit, cross bars, and even locks and keys to lock the rack onto the vehicle. The S7 Flush Bar system is easy to install and ready to be mounted with gear carriers for any pursuit, though even on its own it adds style and finishing to any car. In this case, this customer has attached a surfboard onto their Whispbar Flush Bar rack. And on their way to the beach, they will definitely turn heads in traffic.

» 2013 Hyundai Sonata car roof rack crossbars
» view Whispbar S7 Flush Bar rack
» view Whispbar K503 Fitting Kit
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Fishing Rod-Ski Mount for Factory Rack Cartop Basket with Four Bike Hitch Rack on a 2006 Hummer H3

october 21, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Fishing Rod-Ski Mount for Factory Rack Cartop Basket with Four Bike Hitch Rack on a 2006 Hummer H3
Fishing Rod-Ski Mount for Factory Rack Cartop Basket with Four Bike Hitch Rack on a 2006 Hummer H3

R.H., now from Poquoson, Virginia, reports that in their recent move from Florida they were able to pack pretty much their entire life into their 2006 Hummer H3 roof basket with ski rack and fishing rod holder on factory cross bars and hitch mount bike carrier. As the pictures R.H. sent show, this system begins with a rooftop basket and ski carrier that can haul gear of all shapes and sizes. R.H. installed a Yakima MegaWarrior cargo basket onto the factory cross bars on their Hummer H3. The MegaWarrior is compatible with both factory and round/square cross bars, is easy to assemble and install, rugged and spacious enough to fit a huge amount of stuff inside the basket, and even includes a pair of Yakima cross bars attached to the rails of the basket for an additional platform for mounting more accessories. R.H. installed a Yakima Powderhound ski-snowboard rack onto the MegaWarrior cross bars, and with some creative thinking R.H. is able to double the mileage on their Powderhound—it works great for carrying up to four pairs of skis or two snowboards, but is also ideal for transporting fishing rods, and it comes with locks to lock the skis/snowboards/fishing rods in the rack and the rack on the cross bars. Then, R.H. also inserted a Yakima BigHorn 4 bike rack onto the 2” dual-hitch adapter on their vehicle (which enables them to tow a trailer at the same time), and carried their bikes using Yakima TubeTop adapters. The BigHorn 4 includes cradles and cages to keep the bikes from swaying or bumping into each other in transit, and a tilt-down feature that enables rear hatch access. The TubeTop adapters clamp onto a bike’s seatpost and handlebars, effortlessly converting any style of bike into a bike with a traditional top tube for mounting on the hitch rack support arms. Now R.H. definitely has one comprehensive and dependable rack system, and if your truck doesn’t come with a trailer hitch already installed, here are some great aftermarket receiver hitches for Hummer H3 from CURT.

» 2006 Hummer H3 trailer hitch bike rack + roof basket mounts
» view Yakima MegaWarrior basket
» view Yakima Powderhound ski rack-fishing rods carrier
» view Yakima BigHorn 4 bike hitch rack for 2" hitches
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tags: roof rack basket fishing rods-skis carrier + 4 bike trailer hitch rack for 2006 hummer h3

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2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD with Kayak and Bike Holders on Roof Rack Tracks for Truck Bed and Cab

october 20, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD with Kayak and Bike Holders on Roof Rack Tracks for Truck Bed and Cab
2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD with Kayak and Bike Holders on Roof Rack Tracks for Truck Bed and Cab

Here’s an install equipped for maximum cycling and paddling performance. This customer managed to fit multiple kayaks and multiple bikes on their pickup truck using kayak cradles and bike mounts on car rack cross bars for permanent tracks on a 2011 Chevy Silverado 2500HD. They installed two sets of Yakima permanent tracks for metal surfaces: a pair of 54” tracks on the Silverado bed rails, which enables the rack system to mount over the truck’s tonneau cover, and a pair of 42” tracks on the cab roof. Then, they installed a Yakima Control Tower base system with 78” cross bars and LP1 Landing Pads into the bed rail tracks, and a second, identical Control Tower system into the roof tracks. At this point the customer has two reliable, multi-purpose roof racks that are easy to install or remove (leaving just the low-profile tracks permanently mounted onto the vehicle) and offer adjustable cross bars that can be moved forward and back along the tracks to achieve the perfect bar spread for any application. Next, the customer installed several sets of Yakima BowDown kayak carriers and Yakima Raptor bike trays onto the two pairs of cross bars. As you can see from the pictures, the J-style BowDown cradles keep boats safe and stable, but take up considerably less room on the roof rack than a traditional hull-side-down cradle system. Plus, the BowDowns fold down for better clearance when not being used, and come with tie-down and bow/stern straps included. And the Raptor upright bike racks don’t even require removing the front wheel to load the bikes—just set the bike wheels in the tray and secure the wheel straps and frame clamp.

» 2011 Chevy Silverado 2500HD bed rail rack & cab rack
» view 54" Yakima Tracks for metal surfaces
» view 42" Yakima Tracks for metal surfaces
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» view Yakima kayak racks
» view Yakima bike racks
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tags: roof rack cross bars and tracks for 2011 chevy silverado 2500hd cab & truck bed rails to carry kayaks bikes

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Leer Truck Cap Tracks with Roof Rack Cross Bars for a Canoe on a 2010 Toyota Tundra

october 19, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Leer Truck Cap Tracks with Roof Rack Cross Bars for a Canoe on a 2010 Toyota Tundra
Leer Truck Cap Tracks with Roof Rack Cross Bars for a Canoe on a 2010 Toyota Tundra

A wide cross bar spread is essential for carrying long loads like canoes on a pickup truck, and here’s a great install option from Yakima that fits the bill: a Control Tower roof rack on sliding tracks for a 2010 Toyota Tundra fiberglass truck bed cover. This install features Yakima 54” tracks drilled into this Toyota Tundra Leer fiberglass camper shell, and a Yakima Control Tower base rack mounted into the tracks using four Control Towers, two sets of Landing Pad 1, and 58” cross bars. This setup is easy to install, and the Control Towers and cross bars can be conveniently removed from the landing pad bases, leaving the low-profile landing pads in place on the tracks for an even simpler re-install or removal that takes just seconds. Because the Control Tower rack is connected into tracks, the cross bars can be moved forward and back for an ideal bar spread: set the bars closer together for shorter loads with preset mounting positions, like cargo boxes or bike carriers, or slide the bars farther apart to create a stable platform for long loads like building supplies or boats. In this case, the customer is using their new Leer camper track rack to carry a 21’ canoe. And don’t forget a 4-pack of Yakima SKS locks to lock the rack onto the truck for added security.

» 2010 Toyota Tundra Leer Cap roof rack tracks
» view 54" Yakima roof tracks
» view Yakima Control Towers roof rack cross bars
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tags: roof rack cross bars and tracks for leer cap-camper shell on 2010 toyota tundra

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Whispbar WB300 Snow Mount Ski Rack-Snowboard Rack

october 18, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Whispbar WB300 Snow Mount Ski Rack-Snowboard Rack
Whispbar WB300 Snow Mount Ski Rack-Snowboard Rack

Looking for the ultimate solution for achieving a super low-profile, flush mounting snowboard-ski carrier on Whispbar racks T-slot cross bars? If so, you'll be glad you just found the all-new 8053002 Whispbar WB300 Snow Mount ski rack-snowboard rack. This premium carrier with features galore easily holds up to 4 snowboards or 6 pairs of skis (and of course you can combine carrying skis and snow boards at the same time). The Whispbar WB300 Snow Mount includes two separate sets of mounting hardware. One set allows you to attach the WB300 directly to the crossbar T-slot channels from Whispbar, Thule AeroBlade and Xsporter, any Votex brand OEM roof rack cross bars with T-slots etc. The other set of mounting hardware includes universal straps for attaching to factory racks, round Yakima bars, square Thule and Inno bars etc. Locks and keys are also included.

» Whispbar WB300 Snow Mount snowboard-ski rack

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2009 Toyota Rav4 two bike carrier for spare wheel and factory roof rack kayak cradles

october 17, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2009 Toyota Rav4 two bike carrier for spare wheel and factory roof rack kayak cradles
2009 Toyota Rav4 two bike carrier for spare wheel and factory roof rack kayak cradles

Customer B.P. of Niantic, Nantucket has pieced together the perfect solution for carrying bikes and kayaks at the same time. They selected factory cross bar compatible kayak racks and a rear door bike holder for a 2009 Toyota Rav4. Two sets of Thule 835Pro Hull-a-Port kayak racks are mounted directly onto the factory roof rack cross bars on this Rav4, and a Thule 963xtr Spare Me bike rack is attached to the spare wheel on the rear door of the vehicle. The 835Pro Hull-a-Port kayak racks come with universal hardware that works on factory or aftermarket cross rails alike, padded J-cradles that keep boats protected and secure at an optimal angle and also fold down when not in use, and straps for tying the boats to the cross bars and the bow and stern to the bumpers. The Thule 963xtr bike rack attaches into the bolt pattern on the rear-mounted spare tire of almost any vehicle, and comes with cradles and no-sway cages that keep bikes from bumping against each other or the back of the car in transit, arms that fold down to save space when not in use, and a cable lock and locking knob to lock the bikes onto the Spare Me rack and the Spare Me rack onto the spare tire. Now B.P. can divide their time between paddling and pedaling, which sounds like the recipe for the perfect vacation.

» 2009 Toyota RAV4 rear bike rack + cartop kayak mounts
» view 963XTR Thule Spare Me bike rack for rear spare wheel
» view 835PRO Thule Hull-a-Port j-kayak rack
» view all Toyota RAV-4 racks

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tags: rooftop kayak carriers + rear mount spare wheel bike rack for 2009 toyota rav4

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Thule Hullaports and Yakima FrontLoader on 2011 Subaru WRX Whispbar Through Bar Roof Rack

october 16, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule Hullaports and Yakima FrontLoader on 2011 Subaru WRX Whispbar Through Bar Roof Rack
Thule Hullaports and Yakima FrontLoader on 2011 Subaru WRX Whispbar Through Bar Roof Rack

Want one versatile and easily adaptable rack system for all of your outdoor activities? Here is a great solution: a two kayak rack and bike mount car roof rack on a 2011 Subaru WRX wagon. This install features a superior Whispbar S16 Through Bar roof rack for the 2011 Subaru WRX, using SmartFeet, cross bars, and Fitting Kit K368. Not only is the Whispbar rack high-quality and high-performance, but the sleek crossbar design eliminates wind noise from this base rack, too. Plus, it comes with locks to lock the rack to the car rooftop. And as you can see from the pictures, here’s where things get customized: one install option is to mount a Yakima FrontLoader bike rack onto the Whispbar system. The FrontLoader upright bike tray is easy to install, fitting both factory and aftermarket cross bar shapes, and easy to use—no need to remove the front wheel, just roll the bike into place and secure. And a Yakima SKS 2 lock set will lock the bike to the rack and the rack to the cross bars. Or, another install option includes a pair of Thule 834 Hull-a-Port kayak racks connected to the Whispbar rack. The Hull-a-Port comes with J-cradles that secure boats at an angle on the cross bars, making loading and tying down your kayaks easier while saving space on the bars. Load straps and bow/stern straps come with the Hull-a-Port for safe and secure transport, and this kayak rack is also compatible with almost any style of kayak and virtually any cross bar. Now this customer has a transferable and easy to operate system that they can switch out for all of their recreational needs.

» 2011 Subaru WRX car rack kayak & bike mounts
» view Whispbar S16 Through Bar roof rack cross rails
» view Whispbar K368 Fitting Kit
» view Yakima FrontLoader bike rack
» view Thule Hull-a-Port kayak carrier
» view all Subaru WRX racks

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tags: whispbar s16 k368 fitting kit roof rack cross rails + kayak cradles & bike trays for 2011 subaru wrx

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2006 Scion xB with Car Rack and Fork Style Bike Holders - Yakima Q Towers, 121 Q Clips, Viper

october 15, 2015 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2006 Scion xB with Car Rack and Fork Style Bike Holders - Yakima Q Towers, 121 Q Clips, Viper
2006 Scion xB with Car Rack and Fork Style Bike Holders - Yakima Q Towers, 121 Q Clips, Viper

Direct from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, these install photos feature a terrific 2006 Scion xB Yakima Q Tower rack with Viper bike trays. This Yakima Q Tower rack for the 2006 Scion xB uses four Q Towers, two pairs of Q Clip 121, and 58” cross bars. It’s quick to install, provides a secure and attractive fit on the vehicle, and is the perfect, versatile base system for racking with luggage boxes, skis, surfboards, kayaks, and more. This install uses two Yakima Viper bike racks mounted directly onto the cross bars. The fork-mount Viper simply requires removing the front bike wheel to load, and the burly skewer and ratcheting rear wheel strap are easy to operate and provide a sure clamp to keep the bike stabilized in transit. And with a Yakima SKS 6 lock pack this entire system can be locked up: two lock cores to lock the bikes to the racks and the racks to the cross bars, and four lock cores to lock the base system onto the rooftop.

» 2006 Scion xB roof rack bike trays
» view Yakima Q Towers car rack cross rails
» view Yakima 121 Q Clips
» view Yakima Viper bike rack
» view all Scion xB racks

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tags: yakima q towers, q 121 clips roof rack cross rails + viper bike mounts for 2006 scion xb

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Surfboard Pickup Truck Rack for 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ

october 14, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Surfboard Pickup Truck Rack for 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ
Surfboard Pickup Truck Rack for 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ

Here’s a customer with big plans for their 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ adjustable cross bars truck bed rack, and they involve surfboards and beer. This customer installed a Thule 500 XSporter Pro ladder rack with surfboard pads on Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ bed rails. The 500 XSporter Pro includes four uprights that connect directly onto the Silverado truck bed rails, two height-adjustable 72” cross bars and a set of lock cores to lock the rack to the vehicle. This rack is easy to install, rugged enough to carry up to 450 pounds, and offers infinite height positions for an optimal setting: position the cross bars over the cab roof for transporting long loads, or set them at the lowest setting to have convenient access to shorter loads. In this install, the customer plans to carry surfboards on their XSporter, so they’ve also mounted two sets of Thule Surf Pads, which provide a protective and versatile cross bar pad for anything from surfboards to stand-up paddleboards to canoes.

» 2009 Chevy Silverado pickup truck SUP-surfboards rack
» view Thule 500 Xsporter Pro truck-ladder rack
» view Thule Surf Pads for rack crossbars
» view all Chevy Silverado racks

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tags: thule 500 xsporter pro truck ladder surfboard sup rack for 2009 chevy silverado 1500 ltz

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2008 Porsche Cayman with Fixed Roof Point Car Rack Bike Trays, Front Wheel Holder, and Fairing

october 13, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

2008 Porsche Cayman with Fixed Roof Point Car Rack Bike Trays, Front Wheel Holder, and Fairing
2008 Porsche Cayman with Fixed Roof Point Car Rack Bike Trays, Front Wheel Holder, and Fairing

With a car this sweet, J.Y. of Hauppauge, New York probably finds every excuse they can to drive their bike to their favorite cycling loop. J.Y. installed a nice system on a particularly nice car: a Yakima roof bike rack with wheel holder and wind fairing on a 2008 Porsche Cayman, featuring the Yakima Control Tower base rack, SprocketRocket bike racks, Wheel Fork, and 38” Medium Fairing. The Yakima Control Tower roof rack mounts directly into the preset roof points on this Cayman using two sets of Landing Pad 11 and 48” cross bars, and a pair of Yakima SprocketRocket bike racks and a Yakima Wheel Fork bike wheel carrier are installed on the cross bars. The Control Tower system is quick and easy to install, and offers rugged versatility and a smooth, integrated look, while the premium SprocketRocket bike racks simply require removing the front wheel of the bike and securing the quick-adjust ergonomic skewer and double-sided wheel strap. The SprocketRocket includes a sliding rear wheel tray for a customized fit, and is compatible with bikes of almost any style, from narrow road bikes to fat tire mountain bikes with disc brakes. Plus, the SprocketRocket is even more convenient when used in combination with the Yakima Wheel Fork, which offers a simple, secure way to carry the bicycle’s front wheel on the roof rack as well. J.Y. added a Yakima 38” Medium fairing onto the front cross bar to reduce wind noise and complete the styling, and a Yakima 6-pack of SKS locks (four lock cores to lock the base rack to the vehicle, and two lock cores to lock the bikes to the bike racks and the bike racks to the cross bars). Now, J.Y. is equipped with a functional rack system that will also turn heads in traffic.

» 2008 Porsche Cayman car rack bike mounts
» view Yakima Control Towers roof rack cross rails
» view Yakima Landing Pads 11
» view 38" Yakima rack fairing-wind noise deflector
» view Yakima SprocketRocket bike rack
» view all Porsche Cayman racks

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tags: yakima control towers, landing pad 11 roof rack cross rails, fairing + sprocketrocket bike mounts for 2008 porsche cayman

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Two Kayak Stacker Car Rack for Raised Side Rails on a 2011 Toyota Highlander

october 12, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Two Kayak Stacker Car Rack for Raised Side Rails on a 2011 Toyota Highlander
Two Kayak Stacker Car Rack for Raised Side Rails on a 2011 Toyota Highlander

These customer install photos show a great way to carry two kayaks on rooftop cross bars for a 2011 Toyota Highlander—with room to spare! This setup includes the Inno INA450 kayak rack and Yakima RailGrab car rack installed on raised factory side rails on this 2011 Toyota Highlander. The INA450 kayak carrier “stacks” boats on their sides, taking up considerably less space on the rack. It comes with upright, padded masts to lash boats securely, and rounded cross bar cradles to keep boats from sliding on the cross bars when loading. Heavy duty straps ensure that you can tie boats down on the rack safely and snugly, and the padded strap buckles protect boats from scratching. The Inno INA450 is compatible with factory cross bars and aftermarket racks alike. Here, it is installed directly onto Yakima cross bars on the Yakima RailGrab base rack. This Yakima RailGrab complete system includes four RailGrab Towers, which mount easily onto the raised side rails on this vehicle, and a pair of 66” cross bars. This system works with almost any style of factory side rail, so it’s a great choice even if you’re thinking of switching vehicles in the future. And with the Yakima SKS 4-pack of lock cores this customer also selected, the roof rack can be locked to the vehicle for added peace of mind.

» 2011 Toyota Highlander car rack kayak mounts
» view Yakima RailGrab Towers roof rack cross bars
» view INA-450 Inno kayak rack for 2 kayaks
» view all Toyota Highlander racks

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tags: yakima railgrab towers roof rack cross rails + inno ina 450 kayak mount for 2011 toyota highlander factory side rails

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Thule 9006XT 9007XT Gateway / 9009XT 9010XT ArchWay Trunk Bike Racks

october 11, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule 9006XT 9007XT Gateway / 9009XT 9010XT ArchWay Trunk Bike Racks
Thule 9006XT 9007XT Gateway / 9009XT 9010XT ArchWay Trunk Bike Racks

Thule Racks has just updated and redesigned their series of ArchWay and GateWay rear mount strap racks for bicycles. The 9010XT and 9009XT ArchWay models replace the older generation 9010 and 9009. Highlighted feature improvements include integrated, patented Thule Racks Road Dampening Technology on the all-new Hold Fast Cradles and No-Sway Cages. The 9007XT and 9006XT GateWay models replace the older generation 9007 and 9006. Highlighted feature improvements include upgraded stability with the Hold Fast Cradles and Anti-Sway Cages. The ArchWay trunk bike racks still include bike cable lock and locking strap for securing the ArchWay to the car. For the GateWay, cable bike lock and locking strap are available as optional accessories. The 9010XT and 9007XT models hold up to three bicycles, while the 9009XT and 9006XT models hold up to 2 bicycles. All are available for shipment now.

» Thule 9010XT ArchWay trunk bike rack
» Thule 9009XT ArchWay trunk bike rack
» Thule 9007XT GateWay trunk bike rack
» Thule 9006XT GateWay trunk bike rack

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tags: 9010xt 9009xt archway 9007xt 9006xt gateway trunk bike racks

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Thule 832 831 Locking Straps for Roof Racks

october 10, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule 832 831 Locking Straps for Roof Racks
Thule 832 831 Locking Straps for Roof Racks

Highly recommended for a wide variety of applications are the all-new Thule 831 Locking rack straps (13 ft. length) and the Thule 832 Locking rack straps (10 ft. length). These all-purpose lockable straps for roof racks are the perfect theft-deterrent when transporting all kinds of loads on your vehicle roof rack. Ideal for locking surfboards, stand-up paddleboards, ladders, canoe, kayaks, cargo luggage gear, bikes and plenty of other equipment. The Thule 831 Locking Straps and Thule 832 Locking Straps include locks and keys. Bomber construction with steel-core cables inside additional theft-deterrent nylon sleeve, delivering dual-layer protection. These lock straps are also great for locking items to plenty of other stuff such as tow trailers, locking equipment inside garage, hitch baskets and hitch bike racks etc.

» Thule 831 Locking Straps (13' length)
» Thule 832 Locking Straps (10' length)

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tags: 831 832 thule locking straps for roof racks

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Thule 9033 Tram Hitch Snowboards-Skis Rack Now Shipping

october 9, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule 9033 Tram Hitch Snowboards-Skis Rack Now Shipping
Thule 9033 Tram Hitch Snowboards-Skis Rack Now Shipping

Just arrived and available for purchase at normal ORS Racks Direct discount pricing is the all new Thule 9033 Tram skis and snowboards carrier attachment for use on most current model Thule Racks trailer receiver hitch mount bike racks -- including the Thule Apex series, Vertex series and ParkWay series hitch bike racks. The 9033 Tram also works on the Thule 963XTR Spare Me spare tire mount bike rack. Easily holds up to 6 pairs of skis and 4 snowboards (and you can combine carrying skis and snow boards at the same time). Locks are also included with the Thule 9033 Tram for locking your equipment to the carrier and protecting from theft when left unattended. Quickly mounts to hitch bike rack and is very easy to operate. More convenient than car roof top ski racks-snowboard racks. Includes many premium features and achieves the highest level of design styling. Highlights include Ultra Soft Rubber Arms, Over-Size Push Buttons and Maximum Carrying Capacity.

» Thule 9033 Tram hitch snowboard-ski rack

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tags: thule 9033 tram skis snowboards carrier for trailer hitch mount bike racks

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Thule 500 Xsporter Pro Truck Rack-Ladder Rack Now Available

october 8, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

Thule 500 Xsporter Pro Truck Rack-Ladder Rack Now Available
Thule 500 Xsporter Pro Truck Rack-Ladder Rack Now Available

Just arrived and available now are the all-new Thule 500 Xsporter Pro truck racks, the latest generation combination sport and work rack system for pickup trucks. Universally compatible with compact pickups as well as full-size models, the 500 Xsporter Pro delivers several new enhancements for improved performance. Featured highlights include CustomAdjust Bar Height, AirTrip Technology, WindDiffuser Technology, SecureLock System, Reinforced Aluminum Design and Quick and Easy Installation. Also optionally available is the Thule XK3 Toyota Tacoma Adapter Kit that allows the 500 Xsporter Pro truck rack to install on 2005+ Toyota Tacoma pickups with channel track system bed rails. The 7533761 Thule Load Stops are another optional accessory for use on the 500 Xsporter Pro truck rack-ladder rack overhead cross bars. The Load Stops are great general-purpose tie-downs that fully secure and stabilize ladders, lumber, canoe, conduit, piping etc. For complete details and information please see below...

» Thule 500 Xsporter Pro truck rack-ladder rack
» Thule XK3 Toyota Tacoma Adapter Kit
» Thule 753-3761 Load Stops for Xsporter Pro truck rack

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tags: thule 500 xsporter pro ladder rack for pickup truck bed rails - xk3 - load stops

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New Thule Racks Fit Kits - 1590 1579 1577 1575 1571 1569 1547 1526 1478 Traverse Fit Kit Clips

october 7, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

New Thule Racks Fit Kits - 1590 1579 1577 1575 1571 1569 1547 1526 1478 Traverse Fit Kit Clips
New Thule Racks Fit Kits - 1590 1579 1577 1575 1571 1569 1547 1526 1478 Traverse Fit Kit Clips

The Thule Racks Fit Viking has once again been up to his conquering ways and racking up new model vehicle fits with Traverse Fit Kits. Now available are several new Traverse Fit Kit clips models. The list includes the Volvo S40 1590 Fit Kit; Kia Forte 1579 Fit Kit; Hyundai Sonata 1577 Fit Kit; VW GLI / Saab 9-5 1575 Fit Kit; Audi S5, Audi A5 and Audi RS5 1571 Fit Kit; Chevrolet Cruze and Chevy Cruze Eco 1569 Fit Kit; Scion IQ 1547 Fit Kit; BMW X6 Sportback 1526 Fit Kit; Hyundai Elantra Touring 1478 Fit Kit. All mount to bare rooftops (nothing whatsoever on the rooftop currently). The Traverse Fit Kits are for use with the Thule 480 Traverse Foot Pack and 480R Rapid Traverse Foot Pack, as well as a pair of square load bars or AeroBlade bars. See below for more details and ordering a set for your automobile...

» Thule 1590 Fit Kit - Volvo S40 racks
» Thule 1579 Fit Kit - Kia Forte racks
» Thule 1577 Fit Kit - Hyundai Sonata racks
» Thule 1575 Fit Kit - Saab 95 racks
» Thule 1571 Fit Kit - Audi RS5, Audi A5 and Audi S5 racks
» Thule 1569 Fit Kit - Chevy Cruze and Chevrolet Cruze Eco racks
» Thule 1547 Fit Kit - Scion IQ racks
» Thule 1526 Fit Kit - BMW X6 Sportback racks
» Thule 1478 Fit Kit - Hyundai Elantra Touring racks

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tags: thule racks 480 480r traverse fit kits - 1590 1579 1577 1575 1571 1569 1547 1526 1478

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New Thule Racks Fit Kits - 1624 1620 1619 1618 1616 1612 1604 1601 1600 1592 Traverse Fit Kit Clips

october 6, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

New Thule Racks Fit Kits - 1624 1620 1619 1618 1616 1612 1604 1601 1600 1592 Traverse Fit Kit Clips
New Thule Racks Fit Kits - 1624 1620 1619 1618 1616 1612 1604 1601 1600 1592 Traverse Fit Kit Clips

The Thule Racks Fit Viking has once again been up to his conquering ways and racking up new model vehicle fits with Traverse Fit Kits. Now available are several new Traverse Fit Kit clips models. The list includes the Honda CR-Z 1624 Fit Kit; Ford Focus 1620 Fit Kit; Nissan Juke 1619 Fit Kit; VW GLI / Volkswagen Jetta 1618 Fit Kit; Dodge Durango 1616 Fit Kit; Volvo S60 1612 Fit Kit; Dodge Charger / Chrysler 300 1604 Fit Kit; Hyundai Tucson 1601 Fit Kit; Volvo V70 1600 Fit Kit; Volkswagen Passat 1592 Fit Kit. All mount to bare rooftops (nothing whatsoever on the rooftop currently). The Traverse Fit Kits are for use with the Thule 480 Traverse Foot Pack and 480R Rapid Traverse Foot Pack, as well as a pair of square load bars or AeroBlade bars. See below for more details and ordering a set for your automobile...

» Thule 1624 Fit Kit - Honda CR-Z racks
» Thule 1620 Fit Kit - Ford Focus racks
» Thule 1619 Fit Kit - Nissan Juke racks
» Thule 1618 Fit Kit - Volkswagen GLI / VW Jetta racks
» Thule 1616 Fit Kit - Dodge Durango racks
» Thule 1612 Fit Kit - Volvo S60 racks
» Thule 1604 Fit Kit - Chrysler 300 / Dodge Charger racks
» Thule 1601 Fit Kit - Hyundai Tucson racks
» Thule 1600 Fit Kit - Volvo V70 racks
» Thule 1592 Fit Kit - VW Passat racks

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New Thule Racks Fit Kits - 1692 1683 1680 1671 1658 1647 1643 1636 1632 1628 Traverse Fit Kit Clips

october 5, 2012 / posted by: ors racks direct crew

New Thule Racks Fit Kits - 1692 1683 1680 1671 1658 1647 1643 1636 1632 1628 Traverse Fit Kit Clips
New Thule Racks Fit Kits - 1692 1683 1680 1671 1658 1647 1643 1636 1632 1628 Traverse Fit Kit Clips

The Thule Racks Fit Viking has once again been up to his conquering ways and racking up new model vehicle fits with Traverse Fit Kits. Now available are several new Traverse Fit Kit clips models. The list includes the Ford Fusion 1692 Fit Kit; Ford C-Max 1683 Fit Kit; Mini Clubman / Min Clubvan 1680 Fit Kit; Ford Escape 1671 Fit Kit; Dodge Journey 1658 Fit Kit; Chevrolet Volt 1647 Fit Kit; Volkswagen Touareg (aka Touareg 2) 1643 Fit Kit; Lexus CT200H / Lexus CT200H F Sport 1636 Fit Kit; Porsche Cayenne 1632 Fit Kit; Nissan Quest 1628 Fit Kit. All mount to bare rooftops (nothing whatsoever on the rooftop currently). The Traverse Fit Kits are for use with the Thule 480 Traverse Foot Pack and 480R Rapid Traverse Foot Pack, as well as a pair of square load bars or AeroBlade bars. See below for more details and ordering a set for your automobile...

» Thule 1692 Fit Kit - Ford Fusion racks
» Thule 1683 Fit Kit - Ford C-Max racks
» Thule 1680 Fit Kit - Mini Clubman / Clubvan racks
» Thule 1671 Fit Kit - Ford Escape racks
» Thule 1658 Fit Kit - Dodge Journey racks
» Thule 1647 Fit Kit - Chevrolet Volt racks
» Thule 1643 Fit Kit - VW Touareg (aka Touareg 2) racks
» Thule 1636 Fit Kit - Lexus CT200H / CT200H F Sport racks
» Thule 1632 Fit Kit - Porsche Cayenne racks
» Thule 1628 Fit Kit - Nissan Quest racks

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