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What is the Best Roof Rack, Cargo Box and Kayak Carriers for a 2017 Honda HRV?

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Hello. I have a 2017 Honda HR-V with factory-installed rails on the roof. I am looking for recommendations and pricing including installation for whatever system of component are required for the following as well as the following: 1. A roof top cargo box for bulk cargo not skis 2. When the box is not install, a roof top carrier for 2 kayaks. Thank you.

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You have a wide range of options available for roof racks for the 2017 Honda HR-V. I've attached a link to the full line available for your vehicle, but recommend the Thule AeroBlade Edge Aero Roof Rack, consisting of the following parts:

- Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack for Factory Side Rails, Part # TH7602-TH7603
- Thule Roof Rack Fit Kit for Podium Foot Packs, Part # THKIT4067

This, and all kits in the link ,all mount directly to your factory side rails. You will want to make sure your intended load does not exceed your roof's maximum capacity of 165lbs, including the crossbars.

As far as a rooftop cargo box, you'll want to take a measurement to ensure that your box is not too large to open your hatch. You will want to measure the distance from the center of your forward crossbar to the hinge of your hatchback. This distance must be greater than the length of the box in order to allow the rear hatch to open without any trouble.

I recommend the Thule Force Medium Roof Box, part # TH624. at 65 inches long, it should allow for enough room to open the rear hatch on 2017 Honda HR-V.

Finally, I recommend the Thule Stacker, part # TH830. This is a post-style carrier that allows for two kayaks per post to be installed and tied down to the central rack. Pair this with the Thule Water Slide Non-Skid Loading Mat, part # TH854 and you will be good to go.

All of these products can be installed at home, saving you installation costs and valuable time. Installation costs can be difficult to calculate because labor costs vary across the country, but you can see the cost of each item on the linked product pages. I've included video reviews of our experts installing the crossbars, kayak rack and roof box so you can get an idea of how easy it is.

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