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Kuat Class 4 V2 Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - 1 Kayak - Black

Kuat Class 4 V2 Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - 1 Kayak - Black

Item # KU53VR
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Is this right for you? Product Expert Kathleen M says:

Yes, if you:

  • Have a ride you're proud of and want a kayak rack to match the overall look
  • Prefer to leave the rack installed so you can make a quick getaway to the water
  • Sometimes struggle with that last push to get your kayak in place and appreciate having a built-in ramp to help

No, if you:

  • Have a couple boats you need to transport and would rather spend the money on a rack that can handle more than one boat at time
  • Typically paddle around on a fishing kayak, which tends to be heavier - this rack can only handle up to 75 lbs
  • Need a kayak rack that can also be used for surfboards or paddleboards
These J-style cradles let you transport 1 kayak on your roof rack. Padded arms stabilize your kayak and fold down when not in use. Quick, clamp-on or T-channel installation - no tools required. Lowest Prices for the best watersport carriers from Kuat. Kuat Class 4 V2 Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - 1 Kayak - Black part number KU53VR can be ordered online at or call 1-833-496-1390 for expert service.
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Kuat Watersport Carriers - KU53VR

  • Kayak
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Aero Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • J-Style
  • Folding
  • Kuat
  • Clamp On
  • Side Loading
  • No Load Assist

These J-style cradles let you transport 1 kayak on your roof rack. Padded arms stabilize your kayak and fold down when not in use. Quick, clamp-on or T-channel installation - no tools required.


  • 2 J-style cradles let you transport your kayak on your roof rack crossbars
    • Kayak sits on its side to free up space on roof rack for additional gear
    • Great for sea, river, recreational, and most fishing kayaks
  • Padded upright arms and base keep your kayak stabilized and protected from scratches and scuffs
    • Arms fold down when not in use
  • Tie-down straps and bow/stern tie-downs secure kayak to your roof rack and to your vehicle
    • Hook-and-loop straps prevent loose ends from blowing around
  • Flip Mounts let you install carrier in seconds - no tools required
    • Adjust to keep carrier level if your vehicle's roof line curves
    • Included flush mount kit lets you install carrier on crossbars with T-channels
  • Integrated locks secure rack to your vehicle
  • Lightweight aluminum with black powder coat finish is corrosion resistant


  • Application: round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars
  • Carrying capacity: 1 kayak
  • Weight capacity: 75 lbs
  • Carrier weight: 14 lbs
  • Height folded down: 4"
  • Height folded up: 17"
  • Dimensions: 16-1/4" Long x 5" Wide
  • Cradle width: 5-1/2"
  • T-Slot mounting height: 3-1/2"
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Crossbar Spread

C42R1B Kuat Class 4 V2 J-Style Roof Mounted Kayak Rack - Black

Replaces C4R1B

Installation Details KU53VR Installation instructions

Customer Reviews

Kuat Class 4 V2 Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - 1 Kayak - Black - KU53VR

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (2 Customer Reviews)

These J-style cradles let you transport 1 kayak on your roof rack. Padded arms stabilize your kayak and fold down when not in use. Quick, clamp-on or T-channel installation - no tools required.


I have a Leitner rack system on my truck. It’s top of the line and heavy duty. Before finding the Küat Class 4 V2 I was told nothing would fit my racks. I kayak and paddle board a lot, so this was frustrating. I went through numerous racks, they all wore out from wobbling and what not. Then I found these, they fit amazing even with the metal band. They also offer a T channel mount that would fit my racks if the bands didn’t work. They are quality built and look amazing. I am so happy, I wish I had found these early and not had to buy so many racks over the years. My racks are 2”x2” square racks.


These Kuat kayak racks are excellent. Easier to use than my existing Thule racks which are rubber saddles. I actually have to lift the kayak further with Thule and had broken the rubber saddle previously. The wind noise on the Kuat Class 4 V2 is significantly less than the saddles on the cross bars. I have them mounted on a Subaru Outback Limited factory cross bars. Also, continues to provide excellent service and quick shipping.


See what our Experts say about this Kuat Watersport Carriers

  • Kayak Carrier Fit on 53 Inch Crossbars With Yakima SkyBox 18 Cargo Box
    I did some research and was able to find an option for a kayak carrier you can use on your 53 inch crossbars to fit alongside the Yakima SkyBox 18 Rooftop Cargo Box # Y07336. What you can use is a kayak carrier from Kuat that will fit the T-slot channels of your crossbars, and allow you to position the carrier so that it has enough space to fit next to the SkyBox. The correct part number is the following: - Kuat Class 4 V2 Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs # KU53VR I added a cut out of the...
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  • Folding J-Style Kayak Carriers For a 2019 Lexus N300h With Factory Roof Rack
    The Thule Hull-A-Port Aero Kayak Carrier # TH849000 attaches to T-Slots on roof rack crossbars. While the Thule Hull-A-Port Aero Kayak Carrier # TH849000-97 includes the Thule square bar adapter to attach to Thule SquareBars. We also have a similarly designed Kuat Class 4 V2 Kayak Carrier # KU53VR that will clamp around crossbars up to 2-1/2" tall and 4-1/4" wide if the factory crossbars on your 2019 Lexus N300h does not have the T-Slots for roof accessories.
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  • J-Style Kayak Carrier Recommendation for Thule Xsporter Pro Rack on 2022 Ram 1500
    Since you're wanting to install a J-Style carrier on the Thule Xsporter Pro # TH500XTB full-sized crossbars we need to check out the Kuat kayak carriers as they will be wide enough to fit the larger crossbars on your 2022 Ram 1500. For a standard J-Style carrier we have the Class 2 # C2R1B but if you want to upgrade to something a little nicer and that folds down we have the Class 4 which comes in Black # KU53VR or Gray # KU33VR. I prefer the Class 4 because they look nicer and have an...
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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation to Fit 2 x 2 Square Crossbars
    The Malone SaddleUp Pro Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs # MPG110MD will not fit larger crossbars but we do have a solution with our Kuat kayak carriers. You can use the Class 2 # C2R1B which is a fixed arm carrier or the Class 4 # KU53VR which is a folding carrier. The Class 2 is a simple application while the Class 4 looks a bit more sleek and has the ability to fold so you don't have the arms sticking up when you aren't carrying your kayak. The mounting hardware that comes with these are...
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  • Roof Rack and Kayak Carrier Recommendations for 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon Touring
    Thank you for the information! I recommend using the Thule WingBar Evo roof rack kit for the flush rails on your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon Touring - this system looks really sleek and is easy to use as well as install. Here are the parts you need: 47" WingBar Evo Crossbars - # TH711220 Evo Flush Rail Feet - # TH710601 Fit Kit - # TH186047 Lock Core Kit - # TH450400 (optional) From here we can add a J-Style kayak carrier. For a cost-effective option I recommend the etrailer J-Style Kayak...
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  • J-Style Kayak Carrier Fitment with Thule Xsporter Pro Ladder Rack
    The etrailer J-Style Kayak Carrier # e98878 fit 3-1/8" wide x 1-1/2" tall crossbars while the crossbars for the Thule Xsporter Pro # TH500XTB are slightly larger at 3-1/2" wide x 1-1/2" tall so we need to look at a different kayak carrier for this application. For an alternative J-Style rack you can use one from Malone along with the T-Slot Fit Kit # MPG8287. The J-Pro2 # MPG117MD has fixed arms while the DownLoader # MPG114MD has the folding arms like our etrailer kayak carrier kit. Both...
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