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2014 Toyota Highlander Yakima Rack Fit W/ Round Crossbars

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I have a Toyota Highlander 2014 XLE with flush side rails. I also have a fair amount of older Yakima accessories roof bike attachments, kayak stuff as well as Yakima round bars. Trying to decide on a roof rack system. Is there any compatibility between Rhino and the accessories I have? Do I need to forget about the stuff I already own and move on?

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It really depends on the accessory in question. Most rack manufacturers are going with elliptical shaped bars. These bars help with wind noise and fuel efficiency. Oftentimes, these racks will utilize crossbars with t-channels. Now if your accessory does not have the ability to attach to a t-channel it will have to clamp to the crossbars. If your accessory is designed to only clamp round or square crossbars you will need an adapter, but not all accessories are compatible with an adapter. Unfortunately, you will have to address the compatibility issue on a case by case basis. Rhino Rack offerings will come with a rack system that has elliptical crossbars, but Yakima and Thule still have round bar and square bar options that will work with your existing rack accessories.

I recommend putting a rack together that utilizes round bars. It would consist of;

SkyLine Towers for Yakima Crossbars - Fixed Mounting Points, Flush Rails, and Track Systems - Qty 4, part # Y00148,
Round 48" CrossBars for Yakima Roof Rack System (QTY 2), part # Y00408,
RoundBar SL Adapter for Yakima BaseLine, SkyLine, TimberLine, and RidgeLine Towers - Qty 4, part # Y03536,
Landing Pad 16 for Yakima SkyLine and Control Towers - Qty 4, part # Y00242, and the
Yakima Same Key System (SKS) Lock Cores (QTY 4), part # Y07204.

This is just the old Yakima roof rack system with the new towers. This rack will attach to the flush siderails of your 2014 Toyota Highlander.

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