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Will Yakima J-Style Kayak Carrier Fit Rhino-Rack Vortex Crossbars on 2017 Ford C-Max

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Hi- We currently have a 2017 Ford C-max no existing rails or crossbars and are considering getting the Rhino Aero Bar Roof rack system. We currently have Yakima J-style kayak carriers that we used with square Thule cross bars on the Toyota Matrix we used to own. Do you know if these Yakima J-style carriers will work with the Rhino Aero bar? We would like to try to make use of them if at all possible. And if they wont work with the Rhino Aero bars, would they be okay with the Rhino Heavy Duty Square Bar Roof Rack? Thanks for any input you can give.

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The Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Roof Rack System, which consists of # RRVA137B-2 for the two 54 Inch Vortex Crossbars, # RRRLKVA for the 2500 Series Legs, and # DK357 for the Custom DK Fit Kit, is confirmed to fit your 2017 Ford C-Max and is a great choice.

With these bars installed, you can indeed use your existing Yakima J-Style Carrier like the JayLow # Y04073. These are compatible with crossbars that are up to 3-1/2 inches wide. The Rhino-Rack Aero Crossbars measure 3-1/8 inches wide so there won't be any fit issues.

I have attached a short video demonstration on this roof rack that you can also check out.

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