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

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

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  • Kuat
  • Cargo Basket
  • Medium Capacity
  • Square Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Aero Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Medium Length
  • Steel
  • Black
This stylish cargo basket lets you haul a full load of gear and 2 bikes on your roof rack. The sturdy steel basket includes 2 built-in fork blocks for bikes, a custom fairing to reduce wind noise, and locking mounts to secure it to your crossbars. Lowest Prices for the best roof basket from Kuat. Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket and 2 Bike Carrier - Steel - 52" x 41" - 160 lbs part number VX201 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.

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Kuat Roof Basket - VX201

This stylish cargo basket lets you haul a full load of gear and 2 bikes on your roof rack. The sturdy steel basket includes 2 built-in fork blocks for bikes, a custom fairing to reduce wind noise, and locking mounts to secure it to your crossbars.


  • 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
  • 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
  • Xtender extension piece (VX202 - sold separately) lets you add 21" of length and 2 load bars to basket
  • 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
    • Maximum crossbar dimensions: 4-1/2" wide x 1-3/4" tall
  • Crossbar spread: 15" - 25"
  • Bike carrier:
    • Carrying capacity: 2 bikes
    • Weight capacity: 50 lbs per bike
    • Fork mount hole diameter: 9 mm
    • Fork block width: 4-3/8"
  • Weight capacity: 160 lbs
  • Dimensions: 52" long x 41" wide x 7" tall
  • Inside (usable platform) dimensions: 44-1/2" long x 37-1/2" wide x 4-1/2" tall
  • Front and rear tubing diameter: 1-1/2"
  • Carrier weight: 43 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Kuat VX01 Stylish Appearance

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 black powder coat over solid steel tubing and you've got a basket that's built to last.

Built-In Bike Mounts

Kuat VX01 Bike Mounts

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 Mounting Hardware

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 VX01-02 Mounting HardwareKuat VX01 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.

Versatile, Expandable Design

Kuat VX02 Extender

An extension piece (VX202 - sold separately) is available to add 21" of length to the Vagabond X cargo carrier. This extension piece includes a pair of square load bars that you can use to mount bike, snow sport, or watersport carriers and other accessories to the basket. If you don't have the extension piece - or don't want a basket longer than the Nile on your roof - you can simply attach carriers and accessories to the 1-1/2" diameter front and rear tubes of the basket itself. Note: Mounting accessories to the front tube of the basket may require temporary removal of the fairing.

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

Replaces VX01

VX201 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details VX201 Installation instructions

Video of Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket and 2 Bike Carrier - Steel - 52" 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 Test Course

Here on our test course, we'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action. This simulates turning corners or evasively maneuvering. Once we get to the full speed bumps, we'll see the up and down action. This will be just like driving in and out of a parking lot, parking garage or driveway.

Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (5 Customer Reviews)

This stylish cargo basket lets you haul a full load of gear and 2 bikes on your roof rack. The sturdy steel basket includes 2 built-in fork blocks for bikes, a custom fairing to reduce wind noise, and locking mounts to secure it to your crossbars.

- VX201

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

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

Excellent. great quality and looks gre at. 122747


Still looks great. Well made. No rust. Highly recommend this product

Alex R - 03/28/2015


- VX201-VX202

Review from a similar Kuat Vagabond X in Roof Basket

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

- 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


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  • Adding Two Bikes to a 2010 Subaru Forester with a Roof Basket and Hitch Mounted Bike Rack
  • The Yakima ForkChop, part # Y02117, does work with a roof cargo basket because it clamps around the bars in the bottom of the basket. I wish I had a picture or video of this but unfortunately we don't right now. Depending on your Rola basket this may be a great option for you. The ForkChop requires a crossbar spread of 32 to 50 inches. Another option is to replace the Rola basket altogether with the Kuat Vagabond X, part # VX201. It's a roof basket that includes two built-in fork...
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  • Recommended Cargo Net Compatible with Kuat Vagabond X and Xtender
  • I reached out to my contact at Kuat and the Spider Cargo Net for Kuat Vagabond and Vagabond X Roof Cargo Baskets - 41" x 34" # ANET0B is only large enough for use without the extender. With the Kuat Vagabond X # VX201 along with the 21 inch Xtender # VX202 give you overall dimensions of 73" long x 41" wide x 7" tall. For this application, I recommend the Curt Stretchable Cargo Net - 38" Wide x 65" Long # C18201.
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  • How Far Crossbars Should be With Kuat Vagabond X With Xtender
  • The recommended crossbar spread for your Kuat Vagabond X, # VX201, is between 15 and 25 inches. I spoke with Kuat about the spread when using the Xtender, # VX202, and they said that while you probably want to expand beyond the minimum of 15 inches, you should be fine at 25 inches, and can expand the spread if necessary.
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  • Does the Kuat Vagabond X Include the Crossbars?
  • The crossbars you see on top of the Kuat Vagabond # VX201 are used and included with the Xtender Extension Piece # VX202. This Xtender # VX202 will add 21 inches of length to your Kuat Vagabond X rooftop cargo basket. The Xtender includes all hardware required for attaching it to the Vagabond X, and it comes with 2 load bars for mounting accessories to the basket. If you are instead talking about the crossbars on the vehicle that the basket mounts to, these would need to be purchased...
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  • Total Height Once Installed of the Kuat Vagabond Cargo Basket Part # VX201
  • The distance from the top of the crossbar to the highest point on the Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket and 2 Bike Carrier part # VX201 is 6-3/8". This measurement includes the mounting hardware. There is an extender available for this basket using part # VX202. The above basket has built in fork mounts that will allow you to attach two bikes, a custom wind fairing for noise reduction, and universal mounting hardware that fit most aftermarket/factory roof racks. It comes with a lifetime...
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  • Using Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket/2-Bike Carrier VX201 with Thru-Axle Bikes
  • Kuat does not offer through-axle bike adapters for their Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket and 2 Bike Carrier # VX201 because they have found that anther company, Hurricane Components, makes a whole range of adapters whose quality they fully endorse. Neither Kuat nor etrailer.com sells this brand but when one manufacturer enthusiastically endorses another's products, that's saying something. The product you want is called the Fork Up.
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  • Can Kuat Vagabond X2 Fit Thule Roof Rack on 2016 Toyota Highlander
  • From the information we have on your 2016 Toyota Highlander the spread between the crossbars would right at 28 inches. In order to use the Kuat Vagabond part # VX201 on the roof of your vehicle you would need to use the part # VX202 which will make the basket 21 inches longer and able to fit your Highlander.
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  • Would Kuat Vagabond VX201 Fit Factory Crossbars of 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Most likely yes the Kuat Vagabond part # VX201 would fit the factory crossbars of your 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee but you would need to measure first to be sure. This will fit crossbars that are up to 4-12 inches wide and spaced between 15 and 25 inches apart.
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  • Is Strap of Kuat Vagabond X Adequate for Securing Rear Wheel of Bike
  • The back wheel of a bike installed in the bike rack portion of the Kuat Vagabond X part # VX201 that you have would be adequately secured with the included strap. The fork mount of the rack will do nearly all of the securing of the bike. The strap would just keep the back wheel from potentially bouncing to one side or the other. The strap wouldn't be relied on for anything other than that.
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  • Fit and Compatibility of Kuat Vagabond X on Factory Roof Rack of 2011 GMC Terrain
  • The best way to determine if the Kuat Vagabond X # VX201 will be a fit for your factory roof rack is to take a few simple measurements. First one is the crossbar dimension. We know that the mounts on the Vagabond will accept crossbars up to 4-1/2 inches wide by 1-3/4 inches tall. Second is the crossbar spread. If your factory rack is adjustable this will be no problem but the Vagabond will mount to crossbar spreads from 15 to 25 inches. If both measurements work for you then...
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  • Roof Cargo Basket Recommendation that Has Fork Mounted Bike Racks Built In
  • I have a great solution for you, but you can't use the Rola # 59904 with the # 59504. Check out the Kuat Vagabond part # VX201. It has two fork mounted bike racks built into the basket already so it would be a great solution.
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  • Will Kuat Vagabond X Cargo Basket and 2 Bike Carrier VX201 Fit Subaru Forester Factory Cross Bars
  • Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket and 2 Bike Carrier # VX201 will mount to almost any vehicle roof rack crossbars, including round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars that are up to 4-1/2-inches wide x 1-3/4-inches tall. Your Subaru factory bars should be within this size range but you can measure the bars to confirm. This combination cargo and bike carrier offers a 160-lb total bike and cargo load rating. Be sure the combined weight of the carrier and your cargo does...
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  • Fit and Security of Kuat Vagabond X on a OEM Factory Roof Rack on a 2013 Subaru Forester
  • To check to see if this Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Carrier # VX201 will fit the OEM aero bars on your 2013 Subaru Forester you will want to measure your crossbar. The # VX201 will fit a maximum crossbar size of 4-1/2 inches wide by 1-3/4 inches tall. Another important thing you may want to check is the crossbar spread. This will be the center to center measurement between aero bars. The Kuat Vagabond will have a crossbar spread of 15 inches to 25 inches. You are correct that there...
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  • 2013 Mazda CX-5 Compatibility withThule Aeroblade Edge with K√ľat Vagabond X
  • For your 2013 Mazda CX-5 the shark fin antenna would not be a problem for both the Thule Aeroblade Edge roof rack part # TH7503-TH7503 and the Kuat Vagabond part # VX201. It would fit easily. If needed you could slide the Thule rack as far forward as possible on the roof rails and the use the rear most rails of the Kuat to attach to those crossbars.
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  • Will Kuat Vagabond X Roof-Mounted Cargo Basket Fit 2013 Toyota 4Runner With OEM Roof Rack
  • In order to find out if the Kuat Vagabond X Roof Mounted Cargo Basket, part # VX201, will fit your 2013 Toyota 4Runner you will need to take a couple of measurements. The # VX201 will fit crossbars that measure up to 4-1/2 inches wide x 1-3/4 inches tall. The crossbars must have a crossbar spread of 15 to 25 inches center-to-center. This carrier weighs 43 lbs and the overall dimension is 52 x 41 x 7 inches tall. It has a weight capacity of 160 lbs. You will want to check your...
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  • Carrying Bikes with a Rooftop Cargo Basket
  • The Rola roof mounted cargo basket, part # 59504, that you referenced isn't designed to carry bikes. It's designed to be mounted onto existing crossbars so you can carry other cargo on the roof. If your vehicle has crossbars and all you want to carry is bikes then you can use a rooftop bike carrier like the RockyMounts TomaHawk, part # RKY1222. If you do want a roof basket that carries bikes Kuat offers the Vagabond X, part # VX201. It includes two built-in fork mounts for bikes...
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  • Locking Fork Skewer Recommendation for Kuat Vagabond X Roof Cargo Basket
  • You could use the Locking Skewer for Rhino-Rack Fork Mount Bike Carriers # RBCA002 since this is a 9 mm locking skewer which is the same size as the skewers that come with the Kuat Vagabond X part # VX201.
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  • Will the Kuat Vagabond Roof Basket Fit a 2014 Nissan Sentra and Does it Lock and Include Bike Mounts
  • The Kuat Vagabond roof basket # VX201 is designed to fit on roof rack crossbars that are spaced 15 to 25 inches apart on center and that are up to but not exceeding 4-1/2 inches wide by 1-3/4 inches tall. Looking at the roof rack options for your 2014 Nissan Sentra the bar spreads are slightly more than 25 inches but that is not a problem provided the bars themselves are narrower than 4-1/2 inches wide. This basket does come with 2 locking covers to secure the basket to the roof rack...
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