Best 2 kayak rack

Discussion in '2016 + Toyota Tacoma' started by ATXTacoma, Sep 19, 2018.

  1. ATXTacoma

    ATXTacoma New Member

    I just got a 2018 Tacoma with 5 foot bed and my first purchase for it will be a kayak rack. I’m looking at the Thule Xsporter 500. Anyone have any racks they love?
     
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  3. m(a)ce

    m(a)ce Member

    I haven’t used any of their bed racks like but their cradles and J style racks are solid. Both types worked well for my Wilderness fishing yak.
     
  4. jdr3366

    jdr3366 Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the group.

    I just throw my Traverse in the back and tie it down.
     
  5. bumpedmyhead

    bumpedmyhead Well-Known Member

    Our yaks are 12 and 13 feet. Now that the topper is on, Im using Yakima. But before, I used an extender. T-bone Boondox. 20180812_182151.jpeg
     
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  6. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum. Picture after you have it set up.
     
  7. Bogunn

    Bogunn Well-Known Member

    Welcome and congrats on the Tacoma.
    I don’t use a rack for my kayak, just use the bed and bungee cords.
     
  8. mcklovin77

    mcklovin77 Well-Known Member

    Made my own and kayak paddle attachment. My kayak is 12ft long. 20180518_203747.jpeg
     
  9. mcklovin77

    mcklovin77 Well-Known Member

    Well I didn't completely make it, just bought a cheap ladder rack and cut about 8inches of height and made a bracket for my headache rack. Cost a whole whopping 80$ for the ladder rack set and 100$ for the kayak attachments. Saved about 400$ instead of buying a thule.
     
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  10. Scott Wyman

    Scott Wyman Well-Known Member

    Ain't nothing line some good old back-yard engineering. Nice work.
     
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  11. manual tacoma

    manual tacoma Member

    I have a 14’ canoe and that’s what I’ve been looking for.
     
  12. danwray

    danwray New Member

    Is that the 60 dollar rack on amazon? I was wondering how easily it could be cut down for reduction in height.
     
  13. mcklovin77

    mcklovin77 Well-Known Member

    Yep, you can only cut down a couple inches before the bend, there is a plug that goes inside the tubes that connect the tubes together. You have to cut them out so you can reuse them.(there only spot welded in). It only took about an hour to re-fab. Pretty easy.
     
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