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Recommended Roof Rack and Kayak Carrier for 2010 Acura RDX and 2013 Acura MDX

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I am looking for a roof rack system that can be used Interchangeable on both a 2010 Acura RDX and a 2013 Acura MDX. Both vehicles have no existing rails or crossbars. The specs seem to be very similar however I wanted to make sure before I make the purchase. Please let me know if this is possible and any recommendations on make and model. The intended use is to carry two Kayaks! Thanks

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Roof Rack options for both the 2010 Acura RDX and the 2013 Acura MDX are similar, but there are slight differences that will require slightly different parts.

For your RDX I recommend going with the Rhino-Rack Roof Rack which consists of the Aero Crossbars, part # RRVA137S-2 for Silver or part # RRVA137B-2 for Black, the 2500 Series Legs # RRRLKVA, and the DK Fit Kit # DK177.

To make this compatible with your MDX you will use the same crossbars and legs but you will need to use the DK Fit Kit # DK176 instead.

This roof rack comes with plastic locks that can be upgraded to metal locks using part # RRVA-LEC4.

The kayak carrier that I recommend going with is the Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier # S512. This carrier is foldable which makes for easy storage and added clearance plus it can be expanded to hold 2 kayaks with part # RRS512X.

You can get additional straps with part # RTD4 for a 13 foot option along with the Strap Anchors # RRRAS. You might also be interested in the Anchor Straps # RRRBAS-2 which will make securing your kayaks much easier.

I have attached some review videos that you can check out.

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