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Recommended Locking Roof Rack to Carry Fly Fishing Rod Carrier on 2016 Toyota 4Runner

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I have a 2016 Toyota 4 Runner, Trail Plus with raised roof rails running front to back. Love the Evo Wing Roof cross bars by Thule but the spec says the feet are non-locking. Im mounting a flyrod quiver and need the system to be secure from theft. What are my options? Thank you!

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Instead of the Thule roof rack system you can use the Yakima Roof Rack kit that uses parts # Y00425 and # Y00147, which has aerodynamic bars like the Thule Wing Bar Evo # TH711400. The differences is that the Yakima towers can be locked to your 2016 Toyota 4Runner using the Yakima Same Key System Locks # Y07204. I actually prefer this Yakima system for raised side rails for the reason you've mentioned; the Thule Rapid Crossroads feet can't be locked and really aren't secure, and there's not any difference in quality across Thule to Yakima parts.

Yakima also makes a really cool fly rod carrier called the DoubleHaul # Y04087 that you may want to have a look at. This carrier holds 4 fly rods and is also lockable, so it's a really nice compliment to your Yakima roof rack. Instead of the # Y07204 you'll want to get the # Y07206 so that all of your locks are keyed alike and you'll only need a single key to open everything.

I've linked some review videos of all of these parts for you to check out.

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