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Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket and 2 Bike Carrier - Steel - 73" x 41" - 160 lbs

Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket and 2 Bike Carrier - Steel - 73" x 41" - 160 lbs

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This stylish cargo basket lets you transport gear and 2 bikes on your roof rack. Includes 2 built-in fork blocks for bikes, a custom fairing to reduce wind noise, and locking mounts. Removable section reduces length by 21" for smaller loads. Lowest Prices for the best roof basket from Kuat. Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket and 2 Bike Carrier - Steel - 73" x 41" - 160 lbs part number VX201-VX202 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Kuat Roof Basket - VX201-VX202

  • Kuat
  • Large Capacity
  • Square Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Aero Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Cargo Basket
  • Long Length
  • Steel
  • Gray

This stylish cargo basket lets you transport gear and 2 bikes on your roof rack. Includes 2 built-in fork blocks for bikes, a custom fairing to reduce wind noise, and locking mounts. Removable section reduces length by 21" for smaller loads.


  • Cargo carrier with built-in bike fork blocks lets you transport gear on your vehicle's roof rack
    • Provides space for bicycles and a full load of helmets, shoes, and other accessories
  • 2 Fork mounts with stainless steel skewers secure bikes to cargo basket
    • Requires that your bikes have 9-mm, quick-release front-wheel skewers
    • Hold bikes that have standard or disc brakes
  • Custom fairing attaches to front of basket to reduce wind noise and drag
  • Removable extension reduces length of basket by 21"
  • 2 Heavy-duty steel, square load bars let you mount bike, snow, or watersport accessories to the basket
  • Universal mounting hardware clamps onto most crossbar styles
    • Hand knobs tighten over U-bolts to secure basket to roof rack
    • Rubber coating on U-bolts protects crossbars from scratches and abrasions
  • 2 Locking covers help to secure basket to crossbars
    • Deny access to the mounting hardware, preventing removal of basket
  • Undercut rear of basket provides clearance for hatches and roof spoilers
  • Highly stylized brushed silver logos give basket a rugged yet sophisticated appearance
  • Sturdy steel tubing with black powder coat finish ensures durability and rust resistance


  • Application: round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars
  • Crossbar spread:
    • Without extension: 15" - 25"
    • With extension: 15" - 46"
  • Dimensions:
    • Without extension: 52" long x 41" wide x 7" tall
    • With extension: 73" long x 41" wide x 7" tall
  • Load bar dimensions: 43" long x 1-1/4" wide x 3/4" tall
  • Weight capacity: 160 lbs
  • Carrier weight:
    • Without extension: 26 lbs
    • With extension: 43 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Kuat VX01-02

The Kuat Vagabond X combines ultimate functionality with striking good looks to form a unique and stylish way to transport your gear. This rooftop cargo carrier features real brushed silver logos on the front and sides that - left unpolished - will collect a patina over time and actually look better with age. Add a gray powder coat over solid steel tubing and you've got a basket that's built to last.

Built-In Bike Mounts

Kuat VX201-VX202 with mounted bicycle

The Vagabond X has built-in fork mounts for transporting 2 bikes. The fork mounts have 9-mm-diameter, stainless steel skewers to secure your bikes in place. These fork mounts work only with bikes that have quick-release skewers on the front wheels. And they will accommodate bikes with standard or disc brakes.

Custom Fairing

Kuat VX201-VX202 Custom Fairing

The cargo basket includes a custom fairing that reduces drag and wind noise. The fairing features a stylish brushed silver Kuat logo that's sure to grab attention. And it's easy to connect to the basket with the included clamps and screws.

Hatch Clearance

Kuat VX01-02 Mounting Hardware

The Vagabond X has an undercut rear that provides plenty of clearance for your vehicle's trunk door or hatch. This means that you don't have to go through the aggravation of removing the basket just to access gear in your rear cargo area.

Universal Mounting Hardware with Locking Covers

Kuat VX201-VX20202 Mounting HardwareKuat VX201-VX202 Kuat Mounting hardware Locking design

This cargo basket is designed to work with just about every crossbar on the planet. The U-bolts and hand knobs secure the basket to your roof rack, and 2 of the 4 mounting assemblies include locking covers. These covers prevent would-be thieves from accessing the mounting hardware and removing the basket from your crossbars. And these locking covers use the same key as the cable lock, so you don't have to keep track of multiple keys.

Removable Extension

Kuat VX201-VX202 Extender

This basket comes with an extension that allows you to customize the length depending on your needs. It includes 2 heavy-duty steel, square load bars that let you mount bike, snow sport, or watersport carriers and accessories to the basket. You can adjust both load bars along the entire length of the basket to accommodate different-size gear.

Kuat VX201-VX202

You can connect all 3 pieces together to create a long basket to carry kayak paddles and other long cargo. To install the extension, use the included Allen wrench to loosen the 4 connector plates and remove the front of the basket. Slide the ends of the extension into the front and rear tubes of the basket and re-tighten the screws on the connector plates.

Kuat VX201-VX202

Or simply connect the front and rear pieces together and leave out the 21" extension to create a standard size basket for bags, camping gear, and other compact cargo.

VX201 Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket and 2 Bike Carrier - Steel - 52" x 41" - 160 lbs

VX202 Kuat Extender Extension Piece and Crossbars for Vagabond X Roof-Top Cargo Carrier Basket - 21" Long

Installation Details VX201-VX202 Installation instructionsAlternate Instructions VX201-VX202 Installation instructions

Video of Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket and 2 Bike Carrier - Steel - 73" x 41" - 160 lbs

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket and 2 Bike Carrier Review

Today well be taking a look at the Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket and Two Bike Carrier, available at 52 inches long and 41 inches wide. Part number VX201. It's also available at 73 inches long and 41 inches wide, part number VX201-VX202. This is the one we'll be working with today. The Kuat Vagabond X rooftop cargo basket makes for one heck of an adventure. This versatile basket is going to allow you to carry cargo, up to two bikes, and a wide variety of other accessories. We've got our skis loaded up today.

Because it has its own load bars, you don't have to worry about losing space on yours. Our bikes are held in place by a 9mm quick release skewer. Our basket features two, and it will work with standard or disc brakes. We've gone ahead and removed the gear so we can go over some additional features. The crossbars feature 37.5 inches of usable space and can be adjusted anywhere along the outer bar here. On our larger basket the center extension can be removed to shorten the basket by 21 inches for smaller loads.

Both baskets feature a stylish fairing here at the front to reduce wind noise and drag. They're also tapered here at the rear to allow for maximum hatch clearance. The open design is going to allow us plenty of places to allow us to strap down our cargo, as well as let dirt and debris fall straight through instead of accumulating within the basket. Both baskets feature a 160lb weight capacity, though you'll want to be sure and check with your vehicle's owner's manual to see if your roof can carry that much. It's made out of a tubular steel construction with a powder coat finish, so it's going to be durable and resist rust and corrosion. It features a limited lifetime warranty.

The universal hardware is going to allow it to fit round, square, arrow, elliptical, and most factory roof rack systems as well. It's a tool free installation. We'll go ahead and show you that now. In order for this to work out you need to be sure you have a crossbar spread between 15 and 46 inches. We've got about 25 here, so it will work out just fine. Another thing is, when putting this on your roof it's not a bad idea to get an extra set of hands because it does weigh 463lbs.

We'll just lift it up and we're going to center it up with our vehicle. When positioning it on your roof rack you want to be sure you have enough room for your rear hatch clearance. Now let's go ahead and clamp it down. We'll need to be sure and have our u-bolt here, our foot spacer, the top portion of our clamp, and then the cap, and then two thumb screws. I've already got the four foot spacers in place. They need to be on the inside of the bar as you see them here, they just clamp on underneath. They also need to be evenly spaced on our roof rack here. We'll take the top portion of our clamp and set it in place, then we'll take the u-bolt, go underneath our crossbar and come up through the top portion of the clamp here. We can take the two thumb screws and get that started. When tightening this down it's important that you tighten them down evenly, that way it will be a nice snug fit around the whole crossbar. inaudible 00:03:14 in place, let's go ahead and tighten it down. Once we've got those tight we'll take our locking cap, we'll put it down on top, and then lock it up. This is going to prevent anyone from tampering with our hardware. We can repeat the same process for the other three. With everything all tightened down and secure let's go ahead and load up some cargo. Let's start with a bike. We'll need to make sure that our 9mm skewer is opened up and loose enough, ready to receive our forks. We'll of course want to remove our front tire, we'll come up with our bike, and set the fork in place. Make sure it goes all the way in, and then we can rest the back tire and close up our skewer. The idea is to be able to close up the skewer and have a nice snug fit, that way our fork doesn't come back out. We can tighten either side and check it repeatedly until we've got it. That looks pretty good. Here at the rear you'll see that our tire is resting on our crossbar here. That's okay, just think of it as a little wheel stop. We'll go ahead and put on our included rear wheel strap. I'm going to feed it down through here, and then up through the buckle, and pull it nice and tight. That's going to keep our rear wheel from bouncing up and down. We can just bundle up our excess however we want. I've gone ahead and loaded up a ski carrier and some cargo just to show you how versatile this basket really is. This looks like one heck of an adventure. Let's go ahead and take it on our test course and see how it performs. Here on our test course, let's first go into our slalom. This is going to show side to side action such as gong around corners or evasive maneuvering. Then onto our alternating speed bumps. This is going to show a twisting action such as going over potholes or uneven pavement. Finally onto our solid speed bumps. This is going to show an up and down action such as pulling in and out of a driveway or out of a parking lot. That's going to complete our look at the Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket and Two Bike Carrier.

Customer Reviews

Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket and 2 Bike Carrier - Steel - 73" x 41" - 160 lbs - VX201-VX202

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (7 Customer Reviews)

This stylish cargo basket lets you transport gear and 2 bikes on your roof rack. Includes 2 built-in fork blocks for bikes, a custom fairing to reduce wind noise, and locking mounts. Removable section reduces length by 21" for smaller loads.

- VX201-VX202

Great quality rack. I bought mine with the extension because of the ~32" between the base carrier bars on my 2018 Audi Allroad. I expect many years of useful hauling with this rack. It was a perfect companion for hauling family gear to the beach and freeing up space inside the car. 529008

- VX201

Review from a similar Kuat Vagabond X in Roof Basket

The VX201 basket feels sturdy all around and looks great mounted. The halves are joined together by 2 screws with nuts and 2 plates at 4 points. It seems solid when assembled but i am curious to see how vibrarion affects the screws that hold the halves together. The assembly is pretty straight forward. There is plenty of room for 2 mountain bikes and gear in between without looking cramped. Overall pretty satisfied after a few days use. Time will tell how it holds up to the elements. 511682

- VX201

Review from a similar Kuat Vagabond X in Roof Basket

This is a very sturdy rack that has proven to be useful and versatile. It can hold 2 bikes and camping gear simultaneously. This saves a lot of space inside our Toyota rav4. I believe I have found a way to also fit a paddle board rack between the bikes. Great product...especially for the price. 756935

- VX201

Review from a similar Kuat Vagabond X in Roof Basket

Great....so far easy and fast. 749393

- VX201

Review from a similar Kuat Vagabond X in Roof Basket

First, I was surprised at how good this looks. I ordered my rack at a time, I suppose, Kuat changed their offering. This rack used to have a built in bike lock and the bars and decals were different colors. . I thought I was getting that now older vagabond x2, but I think I'm better off with this. I prefer the black powder coating and chromed logos. It looks awesome on our dark metallic gray Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk with black decals and wheels. The sunroof has plenty of clearance room, too. I was able to install by myself with no extra tools beside a tape measurer for placement. I didn't time myself, but assume it wouldn't take long if: a) you are indoors or otherwise shaded; b) you have a step stool or ladder; and c) you're tall and your back is strong enough to lift the rack to your roof. I mounted to Thule aeroblade edge bars with no issue. Instruction diagrams are no nonsense. The visor clamps were annoying but quick work. On the road, there was little added noise at 75 mph. With the sunroof venting, it's loud, but not more so than with crossbars only. I haven't tried mounting a bike yet, but I think it will be more difficult that I first guessed because of the height. I'm 6'3" and I foresee some frustration in lifting a bike over my head to pinpoint fork mounts. I'll probably have to step on the door jam or (like I'll tell my wife) need to get rock bars with a step rail to aid in actually reaching to tighten the included skewers or to reach gear. One concern, though: the instructions say NOT FOR OFF-ROAD USE. That bummed me out, as I had planned on some epic Big Bend Ranch State Park backcountry car camping. If anyone knows why they would warm against that, I'd be happy to know why. 264079

- VX201

Review from a similar Kuat Vagabond X in Roof Basket

Excellent. great quality and looks gre at. 122747

Still looks great. Well made. No rust. Highly recommend this product
Alex R - 03/28/2015


- VX01

Review from a similar Kuat Vagabond X in Roof Basket

The Kuat Vagabond was perfect for my hunting/camping trip. We had it packed to the max! I was using the extension to create an extra large basket. The rack was pretty solid. This is a super tough rack. With using the extension I did need someone to help me put in on the roof, it would be nearly impossible by yourself. I can't wait to use it again! 103450


Ask the Experts about this Kuat Roof Basket

  • Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket and 2 Bike Carrier Security Features
    The Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket and 2 Bike Carrier - Steel - 73" x 41" - 160 lbs # VX201-VX202 had an older version that had the integrated lock. I reached out to my contact at Kuat and they completely phased out that integrated lock in mid 2016 because they were having issues with moisture and water retention. They recommend simply using a cable lock as a replacement for that feature because it will work better. They did point out that they still have the locking mounts to secure...
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  • Can Kayaks Be Carried on the Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket Part # VX201-VX202
    In order to carry two kayaks on the load bars that are included with the Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket part # VX201-VX202, you will want to use a j-style carrier that is compatible with 1-1/4" diameter crossbars like the Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier part # TH848. You will need two sets in order to carry both kayaks on the basket. The Thule Hull-A-Port XT is an excellent option that comes with 2 tie-down straps and 2 bow/stern tie-downs to secure the kayak to your roof rack...
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  • Roof Rack and Roof Cargo Basket/Bike Carriers for 2015 Nissan Altima 4-Door Sedan
    We can help you with a roof rack for your 2015 Nissan Altima and with a rack-mount roof cargo carrier. The top value in a roof rack comes from Rhino-Rack, their 2500-Series square bar rack made of parts # RREB126B, # RRRLKVA, # RREB-FK1 and # DK381. This rack system includes locks, offers a 165-lb weight capacity and thanks to its square bars it will be compatible with many rooftop accessory carriers. There are costlier racks available - just check the linked page that shows all of the...
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  • Rear Bike Wheel Placement On The Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket and 2 Bike Carrier
    The basket on # VX201-VX202 has two load bars. That way you can feel free to mount your crossbar accessories to your basket. Also, there are two 9mm quick-release skewers, with the purpose of holding your bikes in place. At the rear, the bike tire rests on the crossbar. It is like a wheel stop. In order to keep the bike from bouncing up and down, just attach the included rear wheel strap. The strap will allow you to buckle it and pull it for a nice and tight fit.
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  • Do Crossbars of Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket # VX201-VX202 have to Be Used with Bike Rack
    You do not have to use the crossbars that come with the Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket # VX201-VX202. The bike rack portion of the basket attaches to the main bar of the basket and you do not have to run the rear bar with the bike rack either.
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  • Does Kuat Vagabond X Cargo Basket Fit Factory Crossbars of 2006 Toyota 4Runner
    As long as the crossbars of your 2006 Toyota 4Runner are between 15 inches and 46 inches apart measured on center the Kuat Vagabond X roof cargo basket part # VX201-VX202 is going to fit and work well.
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  • Can Kuat Vagabond X Cargo Basket Fit on Raised Rails of 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
    With the Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket and 2 Bike Carrier # VX201-VX202 you can slide the carrier to the left and right on the available crossbar space or use difference bars on the basket to attach the mounting hardware to let allow it to be positioned forward and back to a certain degree. Since your 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk has raised rails and you installed the Thule Crossroad Kit part numbers # TH711420 and # TH710401 you can adjust the bars forward and back on the raised...
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  • Carrying a Kayak on Roof Rack with a Kuat Vagabond
    The Kuat Vagabond X, part # VX201-VX202, isn't actually designed to carry a kayak on top of it so there's certainly no additional equipment needed. Instead of carrying a kayak on the Vagabond X I recommend using the Kuat Mini Skinny, part # MSR1B-EXB, as a basket and bike carrier. Then adding an actual kayak carrier like the Yakima JayLow, part # Y04073, to carry the kayak. The JayLow includes the tie-downs needed.
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