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Old 09-30-2009   #11
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All you need are one set of stacker bars for mounting up to 4 easily and more with some creative strapping.

If you do buy Yakima and need a stretch kit, PM me as I have a stretch kit I no longer use that I could sell off.

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Old 09-30-2009   #12
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i use the yakima stacker with the hooks on the end, they take up very little bar space and can be rotated down very easily to make room for other mounts and allow me to get into parking garages. i am not a fan of the "loop type" stackers, they take up more bar space and just seem inefficient to me.

i have put up to 3 kayaks on one side of the stacker as shown in the other picture attached with no problems. i have figured out a way to cross the straps up to keep the stackers from spreading out at the ends due to the shorter boats (you can kind of see it happening in the picture), but my diesel doesn't have that problem if it is on the rack alone because it is a longer boat. later.
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Old 10-01-2009   #13
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you know my first thought i had when i saw this thread was "tell me he's trying to carry a raft up there" just thought it would look like driving a mushroom...
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Old 10-01-2009   #14
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Originally Posted by NoCo View Post
you know my first thought i had when i saw this thread was "tell me he's trying to carry a raft up there" just thought it would look like driving a mushroom...
I carry my 13' raft on my corrola, and yes it looks funny its a foot shorter than my car and just as wide.
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Old 10-01-2009   #15
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Ive always installed artificial gutter mounts on my small cars. I do this by removing the headboard and drilling holes the roof. The gutter mounts are only $40 or so and the gutter "feet" are cheaper. This allows a longer distance between bars on a compact car than with the factory feet and is much cheaper and more secure... Yakima or thule...i dont think it makes much difference, as all of the attachments fit both round and square bars now anyway. The bit about more aerodynamics from round bars is a little far fetched....
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Old 10-01-2009   #16
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try McGukins in Boulder, I think they give 20% off on their yakima racks, I have one for my civic and got a great deal new! fits no leaks and I sometimes put the rocket box on too and fits nicely with a kayak or my raft frame- I have the longer bars.

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