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Bike and Kayak Carrier Options for a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

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Four questions: 1 Will the Y03539 adapters allow me to convert my old Mako saddles so they work with Subaru’s factory crossbars? 2 Which kayak rear load assist system works with a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek with spoiler? I don’t want the hull rubbing against the spoiler on the way up or down! I thought I saw add-on rails that extend a crossbar as much as 34 inches which would clear the spoiler? I’m only 5’3 and almost 80 yrs old and usually paddle on a quiet lake by myself so need to be able to continue car-topping my boat by myself! 3 I had a great tie- down system for the old Honda Accord - right and left front and right and left rear. Any suggestions for how to tie down on the Crosstrek? 4 Would also like a 2 bike over the top trunk carrier. From the description, I think you have one that works with the Crosstrek??

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I contacted Yakima who instead recommended the Universal MightyMounts for Yakima Roof Mounted Accessories # Y03590 to fit your Mako saddles to the factory Aero bars on your 2019 Subaru Crosstrek.

IMy recommendation is a side loading carrier as an attractive alternative for hatchbacks, because of the spoiler. The Malone DownLoader Kayak Carrier and TelosXL Load Assist # MPG114MD-351XL are popular options to make the loading process much easier. It comes with the the load assist bars that allow you push the kayak up the side of the vehicle and up onto the roof. One point of note is the weight capacity of your roof is 176lbs so if you were looking to add more roof rack items as well you want to be careful of the roof weight limit. I have included videos for both so you can see how they work.

A great option for straps is our etrailer.com Cam Buckle Cinch Straps w/ Buckle Protectors # E98876-4 paired with the Malone T-Style Hood Loops for Bow/Stern Tie-Downs - Qty 2 #MPG308 to provide you multiple points to secure your kayak and preserve that paint on your 2019 Crosstrek. The Quick Loops also allow you to tie down to points on your car such as the hood latch or hatchback door vs. underneath your car so this makes completing the bow and stern tie downs much simpler.

The Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top 2 Bike Carrier # HRF2 was designed for hatchbacks vehicles with spoilers and is my recommendation.

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