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Will Yakima King Cobra Bike Racks Fit a Thule Roof Mount Cargo Basket

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I currently have a 2011 Subaru Outback with the factory rails and crossbars and have two older Yakima King Cobra racks mounted. I was wondering if I could mount the Yakima bike racks onto the Thule roof mounted cargo carrier basket. I would be using the round mounts that would typically mount the bike racks to a Yakima round bar/load warrior. It appears that the mount has room to make up for the slight curve at the front and rear of the Thule product. My biggest question would be if the Yakima mount fits the front and back top cross bars on the top of the THule product the diameter of the steel pipe would have to be the same or within a couple of mm of the Yakima round bar. If this does not seem like it will work I will likely order the Yakima Load Warrior Although I like the appearance of the THule better. Thanks for the assistance. I purchased a trailer hitch for the same vehicle and was thrilled with the product as well as the installation instructions. Several of my acquaintances recommended e-trailer and I have done the same.

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The Yakima King Cobra bike racks fit on bars that are 1-1/8 inches in diameter. The smaller bars on the Rola cargo basket, # TH859XT, are 3/4 inches in diameter, then there is a 1 inch diameter bar, and a 1-1/2 inch diameter bar. The bars that are larger will not accept the mounting hardware. On the smaller bars the hardware will be too loose.

I would go with the LoadWarrior, # Y07070, but the LoadWarrior instructions, linked, indicate that the crossbar spread will need to be 24 to 29 inches. You may also need 2 Loadbars, # 8870042, to clamp onto the basket to mount the bike racks too.

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