Exposed Rack System

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Has anyone carried kayaks on a Exposed Rack system with a hardtop mount? I like the click-in system and low profile solid mount but am worried on uplift with a kayak on the gutter rails.
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Here are pictures for reference. Red is click-in and black is low profile

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I’m not carrying kayaks, but will have an RTT mounted shortly when it’s time for camping. There is no way the rack is going to come off as long as your have it secured properly. Same with kayaks. Make sure they’re tied down well and they’re not coming off.
 
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I’m not carrying kayaks, but will have an RTT mounted shortly when it’s time for camping. There is no way the rack is going to come off as long as your have it secured properly. Same with kayaks. Make sure they’re tied down well and they’re not coming off.
thanks for the reply! I have not seen much bad press on this brand and I like usa made and price seems good for what you get.
 

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thanks for the reply! I have not seen much bad press on this brand and I like usa made and price seems good for what you get.
Agreed. I ended up with them since it’s a fairly easy install and still able to remove hardtop like normal. I had Maximus-3/Rhino Rack combo on my JKU and never removed my hardtop after the install. Too much work to have to remove soundbar etc. to go that route. Plus the click in makes taking RTT off and on so much easier.
 
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This looks fantastic. Do you like the click in system for the kayak racks? I was thinking of the low profile version but I really like your setup.
 

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This looks fantastic. Do you like the click in system for the kayak racks? I was thinking of the low profile version but I really like your setup.
Their click in system is awesome.
 
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Their click in system is awesome.
Quick question for you. I found this youtube video below. It shows at the 3:50 minute mark that the click in system has some play with the kayak mounted. Is yours the same?

 

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Quick question for you. I found this youtube video below. It shows at the 3:50 minute mark that the click in system has some play with the kayak mounted. Is yours the same?

Yeah there is some play. But you wont notice it at all when driving. It is there because of the way the click in mechanism works. Once I put my kayak on though there is almost no play, so that guys kayak must be pretty light.
 

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I've got the gutter mount Yakima System, with the round cross bars. No issues with uplift.

As you seem to know, the #1 rule when you have a kayak up there is TIE DOWN THE FRONT. TIGHT. There is so much upward force with the air it's tough to comprehend.

Of course, I'm strapped to the Kayak rack as well, but the front tiedown is the most important.

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I shot an email off to the company to ask about mounting height differences between the low profile and standard mounting options. I will report back when i get a reply.
 
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From SMS: The standard rack is 2.5" above the roofline and the low profile is 1.5". The square tubing is 1.25" in diameter.
 
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