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Roof Rack and Kayak Carrier Recommended for 2013 Mini Countryman

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looking for a roof rack for my 4 foot 9 inch daughter who wants to kyack. the mini does have the flush mount silver bars on the top

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You'd begin with a roof rack. I'd recommend a Yakima CoreBar rack constructed of the following parts:

• Yakima 50 Inch CoreBars, part # Y00421
• Yakima RidgeLine Towers, part # Y00145
• Vehicle Specific Fit Kit, part # Y06009

Yakima roof racks are easy to install, easy to use and quite durable. The aero-style crossbars are aerodynamic and won't create a ton of wind noise at highway speed like square or round profile bars do.

With the roof rack in place, you'll need a kayak carrier. I'd recommend the # e98878 etrailer brand carrier, which includes the straps for securing the kayak to the carrier, the bow and stern tie-downs and the anchor straps that can be closed in the hood and rear hatch to provide a convenient and scratch-free location to attach the bow/stern tie downs.

Since your daughter isn't very tall, she might also appreciate a door step like part # RL100660 which would attach to the door striker and provide a safe and easy way to access the vehicle roof.

I've linked to demonstration videos for the products mentioned above.

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Mike L

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