Last post on Jul 18, 2009 at 1:20 PM
You are in the Subaru Forester
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Subaru Forester, Subaru Outback, Wagon
#11 of 18 Re: Forrester roof racks/kayak carrier [saxy]
Sep 05, 2006 (4:23 pm)
I have Thule Hullaport kayak carrier.. it's a J-shaped carrier that fits the OEM roof bars on my 2003 Forrester. Works fine.
#12 of 18 Re: Forrester roof racks/kayak carrier [saxy]
Oct 18, 2006 (3:36 pm)
I bought a Yakima HullRaiser Aero w/ straps a couple weeks ago, liked it so much that I just picked up a second. Bought online, about $110, racksforall. This is a J-style, takes 10 minutes to assemble and install on a 2006 Forester. The mount fits just fine, using the shorter bolts. The strap with padded buckle is fine, little hard to thread until you learn to let off on the clamp to help "bend" the strap end around the clamp bar. My Pungo 140 is a little heavy, but I'm able to lift it up into the "J" without much trouble. So long as you can get your yak up to the roof on edge, this is a great rack. I don't bother with front/rear ties, just the two straps. I do see a little more flexing in the factory rack than I like, when loading, but it's OK and saves me $180 for bars.
Also picked up the Yakima 6 pair ski rack, $100, but that will require "mighty-mounts". The Yakima site was a little ambiguous on that, might have been a model change, but th supplied hardware is only round or square, not factory "aero".
#13 of 18 Re: Forrester roof racks/kayak carrier [nhnissaninva]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Oct 24, 2006 (12:50 pm)
I don't bother with front/rear ties, just the two straps
Lots of boaters don't but racks/straps/ropes can fail. Then you have a nice flying projectile. Just takes a minute to add a "fail-safe." link
I got a new Dagger Rival a couple of weeks ago to add to my quiver.
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#14 of 18 Re: Forrester roof racks/kayak carrier [nhnissaninva]
Jul 09, 2007 (5:46 pm)
Ok...I'm old and stupid.
I want to buy a kayak and need a roof rack for my 2006 Forester. I have a factory rack on the car, just the basic rack, nothing fancy.
Will the Yakima "HullRaiser Aero mentioned earlier work, or do I have to buy crossbars.
Thanks for your help. Forgive my ignorance.
#15 of 18 Re: Forrester roof racks/kayak carrier [timacn]
Jul 25, 2007 (11:14 am)
Yes, it fits as is, no bars needed.
#16 of 18 need advice on Forester roof rack
Jan 02, 2009 (9:40 am)
We've never really used the roof rack on our 2005 Forester and now we need to figure out how to secure a big suitcase up there. The two adjustible crossbars are too wide for typical j-hooks that come on tie-down straps. Need to figure out a solution, fast!
#17 of 18 Re: need advice on Forester roof rack [Brae]
Jan 09, 2009 (12:08 pm)
The Outback Sport's rack had 2 little round holes that were perfect for this.
Even my old '98 Forester had these handles at the front and back that worked as tie-downs.
In your case, I would tie a loop on one end, then go around the cross bar and pull the rope through the loop. It's self-tightening - the harder you pull, the tighter it gets.
Maybe some boy scouts here can offer more specific advice? I used bungees, as well, to take up any slack and things shifted.
#18 of 18 Roof Rack-Kayaks
Jul 18, 2009 (1:20 pm)
Put two sit-on-top kayaks(one on top of other) on my cross bars ! Use two rachet type straps,secure tight to each other and cross bars ! Never had a problem ! Two hour round trip going 65 mph.! 08 Forester !