Thule, Rhino Rack, or... Yakima? (gutter mounted crossbars)

  1. TrailJoy

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    For various reasons, I've decided to go with an exposed rack over backbone (at least for now), but I'm finding it overwhelming and could use some help regarding security of the mounts.

    For ease of ordering, I'm not interested in Mopar.

    So far I'm looking at: Thule Aeroblade or Wingbar Evo, Rhino Rack (if this is your recommendation please be specific of model), and I've read Yakima is also good, but I can't seem to find much information on the mounts. I definitely want a flat aerodynamic (not square) bar though, and mounts that could comfortably hold an average 50 lbs. (I recognize that all of the mentioned would do just fine, but I'm hoping for personal opinions on quality, etc.)

    Could someone give me a hand?
     
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    I'm currently using a Rhino Vortex SG. It's a great rack which is very sleek and priced competitively.

    The mounts clamp down onto the rain gutters and although they don't have any provisions for a lock, they at least use a security torx bit. I've used it to carry a canoe throughout last summer.

    My only regret is it's limited carrying space since the cross bars do not extend beyond the towers. The bars are wide enough for most applications but I realized that I can't mount two kayaks side by side.

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    In case you're wondering, I've since moved the front rack off of the Freedom panels.
     
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    Thank you. I should have mentioned that I DO want them to extent the mounts, and I will also NOT be mounting them to the freedom panels (which will soon be replaced with the bestop sunrider).

    That's good to know about the torx though. I'll keep that (and security) in mind!
     
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    If you want security Thule and Yakima have lock cores. As you may have read we use Yakima round bars that are extremely robust with zero flex. Each component is lockable and can be keyed alike. Towers - box - ski/SB rack. We have 3 different Yakima round bar systems on various vehicles. Even after 20+ years all the locking mechanisms still work perfect.

    Unfortunately we have never used aero bars - as we have been extremely happy with the load capacity and durability of the round ones. The link is for the longest bar version. Have also looked at Thule systems but ended up staying with Yakima. For the JL use the 1A Raingutter mount. Mount is simple and on there rock solid.

    https://www.yakima.com/roundbar

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    I was shopping for one today. The Thule one comes with a standard flathead screwdriver "lock", but you can buy a key lock for $75. It's a nice option I guess, but it brings the price upwards of $700 CAD. Which is a lot to swallow for crossbars...
     
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    Yep Thule and Yakima roof racks and boxes are generally top tier quality. But you mentioned you were considering both so there you go insofar as the answer for locks. I think Yakima has a lifetime warranty on most components.
     
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