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2021 Ford Explorer ST Roof Rack Kayak Carrier Combo

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I purchased this vehicle with the understanding the dealer would supply a roof rack. The vehicle has a full length factory moon roof. There are no factory installed rails and the dealership has recommended that an after market solution could be had, suggesting Yakima or Thule? Can you recommend a rail and crossbar solution that will allow safe transport of a 10ft long 85 lb Kayak?

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I like Thule much more than Yakima, I just think they look much better. I recommend getting the Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars - Aluminum - Black - 60" Long - Qty 2 # TH711520 and the Rapid Crossroad Feet for Thule Crossbars - Raised Railing - Qty 4 # TH450R. These are really nice and simple to use. They will just wrap around your raised side rails of your 2021 Ford Explorer.

For your kayaks, I really like the crossbar pads # TH846000 much better especially for larger capacity kayaks. The pads keep the center of gravity a lot lower than a J-Style carrier and are much easier to install
This system will be safe to haul your 10 foot 85 lb kayak no problem!

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