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Roof Rack and Kayak Carrier for 2014 Chevy Cruze

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SportRack Semi-Custom Roof Rack for Naked Roofs - Square Crossbars - Steel - 50inch Long - SR1010 This is the roof rack I am interested in buying for my chevy cruze. I want to buy a kayak rack system to attach to it, is this rack pretty universal allowing for any kayak rack to attach or in there specific ones that work with it?

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The SportRack light-duty roof rack # SR1010 is a confirmed fit on your 2014 Chevy Cruze and it will be compatible with almost any roof-rack-mount kayak carrier since it uses square bars. But do please note that this rack has the lowest weight rating of all racks made for your car (90-lbs), so while it is a nice value it may not be the best choice for transporting a kayak.

If, for instance, you are planning to take just one 40 or 50-lb kayak only a short distance on local roads, not on the interstate at 70-mph for long distances, then this rack is fine and will work well with a J-style kayak carrier like Swagman's Contour # S65148.

If you are planning longer distance and higher speed travel with the kayak I recommend investing in a higher-capacity roof rack that will be more stable and secure. Although a good bit higher in cost the Yakima Baseline round bar rack system (parts # Y00408, # Y00146, # Y03536, # Y06137 and # Y06127) offers both a higher weight rating AND it installs with a wider 30-inch bar spacing that means a more stable support for your kayak.

I have included some links to helpful articles on watersports carriers and roof racks that may be useful to you as you consider the available roof rack choices.

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