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    Kayak rig for 500X roof?

    Hey yall! I have a 500X and a 10.5 ft (50 lbs) kayak that I'd like to rack on top.
    I don't know if I'll ever do more than 30 mile away excursions.
    Right now I just have a bare roof with no rack or bars of any type. I've seen some setups for Pops and Abarths but not the X. Has anyone done this? Know of a good way of mounting the kayak on there without breaking the bank? Cuz my bank is pretty fragile right now.
    I was even thinking of just using those wedge shaped foam blocks with ratchet straps.
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    From my limited experience with roof racks I'd go with a light weight trailer to haul your boat. When traveling down the road a boat gets a lot of lift under the front. To safely carry it you'll need tie points at the front and rear.

    A few incidents come to mind. One was where straps rubbed the paint. Another was where we ended with a mark in the hood, when a canoe slipped. The last was where my friend lost his canoe. It blew off and by the time he turned around, someone had stolen his boat.

    Update: I just saw a 500X carrying kayaks. They used attachments to the rails that turn the kayak sideways. That might create less lift? (I'm sure he did it to get 2 on the roof, though.)
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    On our 2000 Grand Cherokee, we had a roof rack similar to that red 500X video. We use to carry our 2 mountain bikes to Colorado, and Chicago. Both 1,200 mile Journeys Round trip. We also had a large luggage carrier, connect to the top of it. I dont see why not a 500X, couldnt utilize a rack like that.

    You might want to search eBay, Amazon, for one.

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