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Posted: 5/26/2012

Question: I want to load up and transport 2 kayaks on a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser roof top. The problem is there's no factory rack cross bars, side rails or factory installed cargo basket, just a bare roof. Hoping you can help me out with suggestions.

Answer: As of this writing (5/26/2012), we highly recommend the following roof rack for your 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser to carry kayaks...

Because your 07 FJ Cruiser has a bare rooftop (no factory side rails, cross bars, factory installed luggage basket etc.), you'll need to first install a multi-purpose base rack system. With this general purpose roof rack in place, you can then attach the kayak carriers of your choice to the base rack crossbars. For the 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser we highly recommend the Inno Racks IN-SU roof rack complete base system (includes four Inno IN-SU Stays, set of Inno K580 Fit Hooks and a pair of cross bars with end caps; locks are also included with this system). The B127 50" length cross bars are the default, recommended size for the 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser rooftop, however you can select longer cross bars (see below for the B147 58" length requirement if selecting kayak carriers for hauling your kayaks flat and next to each other on the roof top.) Yakima Racks and Thule Racks have not been able to engineer a multi-purpose base roof rack crossbars system for the 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser model with bare rooftop. The Inno IN-SU system is an ideal solution.

With the Inno IN-SU multi-purpose base rack system installed as a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser roof rack cross bars system, you can then connect any kayak carriers to the cross bars. Virtually all kayak racks are universal mounting, allowing you to choose the model that you like best, independent of whether it is the same manufacturer as the base rack system. In general you have three types of kayak rack options: 1) kayak saddles - carry the kayak laying flat / 2) kayak j-cradles - transport the kayak cradled on its side (great for when you need to carry multiple kayaks because the j-cradles use up less crossbar space than the kayak saddles style) / 3) kayak lift-assisting models - mostly kayak saddles with a rear roller that helps you to more easily load and unload the kayak, however some side-loading options are also available that work with j-cradles etc. PLEASE NOTE: If you decide to go with two sets of kayak saddle style kayak racks then you will need to select the longer 58" length B147 cross bars with the Inno IN-SU base rack system. You can go with the shorter 50" B127 cross bars if you are selecting j-cradles or kayak stacker style kayak racks.

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