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Largest Roof Rack Recommendation for a 2016 Subaru Outback


Hi, what is the biggest roof rack we can put on a 2016 Subaru Outback? My wife, an artist, wants to transport 6foot by 3foot display panels to art shows. Thank you


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If you install the Yakima SkyLine Towers, # Y00148, along with the Round Bar Adapter, # Y03536, and the Landing Pad, # Y00241, then you can install any length of the Yakima round crossbars that you wish. Yakima has a 78 inch crossbars, # Y00411, 66 inch crossbars, # Y00410, 58 inch crossbars, # Y00409, and 48 inch crossbars, # Y00408. It is okay to cut them down to a custom length as well if you feel like one is too long once it is installed.

There are a few things to keep in mind. First, the crossbars can be an overhead clearance hazard if they hang over the sides of the roof too far, so you will want to watch your head when getting in and out of the car. Also, most states have a law that says the crossbars cannot be wider than the widest part of the vehicle. If the crossbars extend past the side of your car and your sideview mirrors, then you could get a ticket from local or state police. Finally, be sure to check your owners manual for the roof weight capacity before loading any cargo. Be sure you do not exceed the vehicles roof weight capacity.

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