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Roof Rack and Kayak Carrier Recommendation for a 2004 Ford Explorer and 2008 Subaru Outback  

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Is there a J rack that doenst require a cross roof rack? We have a 2004 Ford Explorer and a 08 subaru outback that only have factory side rails on the roof. Is there a J rack that would be compatible with these cars?

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All of the J-style kayak carriers we offer are going to require the vehicle to have crossbars installed. This is true for the Thule Hull-A-Port Kayak Carrier part # TH834 that you referenced.

For both your 2004 Ford Explorer and your 2008 Subaru Outback you would need the Thule Evo Raised Rail Feet # TH710401 and 53" WingBar Evo Crossbars # TH711420.

The same roof rack fits both of your vehicles (this is rare). What you could do is put the roof rack on whichever vehicle will be carrying the kayaks and switch between the two whenever needed.

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