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    Roof basket setup for '99 4Runner

    A while back I considered a hitch mount rack, but the wife nixed that. Now, we're really in need of storage space (damn dog takes up a LOT of space!) as well as spot for bikes and bike trailer (for the kid). I need to set up my 4runner with a roof basket and eventually two bike racks. The factory roof rack states 165 max. load capacity, which sounds decent. Looking at the Thule M.O.A.B. or Yak Loadwarrior. I've gotten two opinions from REI and Rack n Road as to what will work.

    1. Both companies say I can mount their baskets to the factory crossbars, but can I use the factory crossbars with both roof basket and two bikes mounted to it, or do I have to go with the Thule/Yak tower/crossbar setup?

    2. The age old question...Thule or Yakima. Thule's bike trays seemed less flexy than the Yakima (Viper) and they're fork mount mechanism seems pretty slick, but the Rack n Road guy said they're getting a lot of Thules back for warranty. Anyone else having Tule troubles?

    3. Any reason to pick the MOAB over the Roadwarrior, or vise versa, other than looks?

    Thanks mucho!

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    I occasionally use a Loadwarrior on the shell of my Frontier. I use mounts for the front fork only, and use old toe clip straps to secure the back tires wherever they happen to line up. If you try to mount your bike to racks beside the basket it would probably be easier to use Yak or Thule crossbars. I know Yak makes adapters for most every OEM rack.

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    I've got a MOAB on my truck... pretty handy so far. With the 50" load bars (Thule towers/bars set-up), there's enough room for a bike tray on each side of the basket; however, I haven't done this yet, but I plan on mounting the bike trays in the near future.
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    Anybody try a Megawarrior?

    Anyone ever put a megawarrior on a 4Runner size SUV? If so, did it look too big?

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    Yakima says no

    I spoke with Yakima yesterday about the Roadwarrior with two bikes and they said if I put much weight in the basket, I'd be over the limit...even though the rack says 165lbs, Yakima rates it down to 100lbs. :-((
    Last edited by RobS10; 08-01-2007 at 08:27 AM.

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