Pics: 10ft Kayak with Thule J-Style rack on factory roof rack

deepfriedsushi

Apex? Where?!
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95 Miata, 14 CX5 Touring FWD, 18 CX9 GT FWD
Hi all!

Just another reference thread for those of you who want to see what a 10ft kayak and J-style carrier looks like on the cx5.

The kayak stayed very stable, even on bumpy roads and highway driving. 70mph cruising was fine. Fuel economy took a slight hit as expected, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.











 
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2013 CX-5 Touring FWD; 2013 BMW Z4 35i
I'm sure those things have enough engineering/development in them to make them safe, but I gotta tell ya' when I see a contraption like that on the freeway, my instinct is to stay as far away from it as possible! BTW: Don't they make a cover for the seating area that would close off the interior to wind, thereby minimizing the hit on drag and fuel mileage?
 

deepfriedsushi

Apex? Where?!
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95 Miata, 14 CX5 Touring FWD, 18 CX9 GT FWD
lol. Yeah, I don't blame you for being extra cautious. From it's appearance it doesn't seem too stable, but it's mounted on there pretty securely.

I always give some strong tugs or shakes to anything I mount on the roof before driving off. I wouldn't want to be responsible for having a kayak fly through someone's windshield of the freeway....That would be a bad day indeed.

They do make covers for the seating area, but I just never got around to getting one.
 
Hi all,
Still seems hard to find pics of gen 1 Cx-5s with 10ft kayaks. Just got my kayaks up on factory roof rails with yakima jayhook kayak mounts. Works pretty well.
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Pueblo county CO
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CX-5 Sport 16.5 6M
Looks like you hook it under the hood in the front and just above the rear bumper. How does that work? Is there a special hook or something?
 
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I have a couple questions for those who posted photos.. Or anyone that has experience with a j style rack on here...

There’s a good deal on a new Thule Hull A Port Pro around me and I’d like to get it, but I’m about to pull the trigger on some kayaks too. I’ll mostly be going by myself, but I’ll grab a second kayak for my wife or just to have for a friend.

The factory rails seem kind of short, but would I be able to slide that J Rack far enough over to also wedge/stack a 31” kayak on a majority of the rail?

The deal seems nice and I’d like to buy it, instead of wait for a matching rack at whole price to come in. Or purchase a rack that holds 1/2 Kayaks, which is what I really wanted, they just might not get here for another 12 days...

Dicks has a rack in the style I want by a brand called Field & Stream, but it has really bad reviews regarding hardware and it rusting, so I feel like that could be a waste of money if it isn’t of good quality..
 

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