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Malone J-Pro2 Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - J-Style - Fixed Arms - Side Loading

Malone J-Pro2 Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - J-Style - Fixed Arms - Side Loading

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These J-style cradles let you transport 1 kayak on your roof rack. Adjustable rear foam pads protect the boat's finish. Clamp-on installation to most crossbars. Tie-downs included. Lowest Prices for the best watersport carriers from Malone. Malone J-Pro2 Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - J-Style - Fixed Arms - Side Loading part number MPG117MD can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Malone Watersport Carriers

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

These J-style cradles let you transport 1 kayak on your roof rack. Adjustable rear foam pads protect the boat's finish. Clamp-on installation to most crossbars. Tie-downs included.


  • J-style cradles makes it easy to transport a 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
  • Upright arms stabilize your kayak
  • Padded bases and arms cushion your kayak and protect the hull from scuffs and scratches
  • 2 Load straps with cam buckles secure kayak to your roof rack
  • 2 Bow/stern tie-downs anchor kayak to your vehicle
  • Quick and easy installation on most crossbar styles - no tools required
    • Universal Jawz brackets secure to crossbars with integrated hand knobs
    • T-slot hardware kit available for aerobars (MPG6604 - sold separately) and truck racks (MPG8287 - sold separately)
  • Lightweight corrosion resistant frame
  • Made in the USA


  • Application: round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars
  • Minimum crossbar spread: 24"
  • Carrying capacity: 1 kayak
  • Weight capacity: 75 lbs
  • Dimensions: 16-1/2" tall x 16" long x 6" wide
  • Strap length: 11' long
  • Weight: 11.5 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

MPG117MD Malone J-Pro2 Kayak Carrier - J-Style - Fixed Arms - Roof Mount - Universal Clamp On

Item # MPG117MD

Installation Details MPG117MD Installation instructions

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Video of Malone J-Pro2 Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - J-Style - Fixed Arms - Side Loading

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

Video Transcript for Malone J-Pro2 Kayak Carrier Review

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the Malone J-Pro 2 Kayak Carrier with tie downs, part MPJ117MD. The Malone J-Pro 2 Kayak Carrier enables you to carry up to one kayak on your roof with ease. And doesn't take up so much space, that you can actually put bike racks, or maybe a slim cargo carrier on the other side to utilize all your roof rack.And this carrier will fit most sit inside, or sit on top kayaks. It has advanced foam padding, and polyester sleeves on the backside of it to help protect the hull of your kayak from any scratches of abrasions while transporting. We also have pads up at the front here, as well as the base of our kayak carrier. So, pretty much any place where your kayak would make contact it is going to be protected from scratches and abrasions.Now with the bow and stern tie downs installed, obviously we can't open up our hatch.

However, before we put those on, in this case, we will make contact with our kayak. So just keep that in mind when you have it loaded. We went ahead and took the kayak off to show you off a couple other features here. And here are the pads that we talked about earlier, that the kayak was going to be sitting on, or did sit on.And the tubing here is made from a solid steel construction with a powder coat finish on it to make it corrosion resistant. And since we used the Jaws Universal Clamps here, this'll fit the aero bars that you see here, as well as square, round, elliptical, and most factory roof racks as well.This has an overall dimensions of 16 inches long, by six inches wide, by 16-1/2 inches tall, with a load capacity of 75 pounds, and a lifetime warranty.

When comparing the J-Pro to the other kayak carriers, two that come up are going to be the Thule Hull-a-port Kayak Carrier, part number TH834, and the Swagman Contour Kayak Carrier, part number S65148.Out of these three choices, the most economical is going to be the Swagman Contour, with the Thule being the more premium end. As far as ease of use, all these are pretty much on par with each other. However, with flexibility, both the Swagman and Malone are going to be taking this one, as with the Thule you do require an adaptor when mounting onto aero blade bars. And this will not work with Rhino Roof Racks. And as far as aesthetics are concerned with your vehicle, all three of these would be pretty much equal with each other.Now that we've gone over some of the features of the J-Pro 2, let's go ahead and show you how it installs.

We have everything set up that you'll find in the box once you get it. We have our two bases, or cradles. Then we have our two bow and stern tie downs, our two kayak tie downs, our Jaws universal clamps, two sets of bolts to choose from, and two turn knobs to tighten them down to your roof rack.As far as the bolts are concerned, the smaller bolts here, or shorter bolts, that's going to be for your round bars, your square bars, and some factory style roof racks that are a little bit thinner. But since we're using aero bars today, I'm going to use the longer bolts. Our bolts are going to fitting through these points here, right now they're covered up, with these covers on our actual pads.So what we'll do is we'll flip it upside down, take our bolt, push it through.

And that'll pop over the cover. Pull the bolt back out. Stick our bolt in place, and push the cover back on top. We'll repeat this for the other side. Then we'll flip our cradle back over, placing one of our Jaws clamps in place, then loosely installing our turn knob.And now we're ready to set this on the roof of our vehicle. Then we'll take our clamp here, spin it around underneath. Loosely install our turn knob there. Make sure it's where we want it. Then we can start tightening it down, tightly around our aero bar. Just a note here, you want to make sure you keeping this as vertical as possible. Alright, let's repeat this for our other cradle.Now, try to keep this even with the cradle we have at the front. And once everything is in line, we can completely tighten it down. And now we're ready to get our cradles ready to receive our kayak. Our first step in getting our cradles ready for our kayak, is we're going to pre install our load straps. We'll take the end with the buckle, wrap it around the top, like so, and put it off to the side, let it hang down. We're going to do this for the front as well. Want to make sure it goes around the top, because you don't want to be fishing this around later when you have the kayak in place.Now, we can load up our kayak into our cradles, and make some adjustments back and forth, make sure it's sitting on there evenly. And you also want to make sure, when it's sitting on the cradles, that it's touching the pads it's supposed to. Looks like it is, which is awesome for us. So, our next step, we're going to take the straps that we laid out here, and drape them over our kayak on both sides.So, we'll take our free end of our strap now, wrap it underneath our roof rack system, bring it back up to our strap here. Put the free end, go through our little eyelet there, and go through our buckle. Pull tight. And repeat this for the front side.Once we have our access tied off, now we'll move on to our bow and stern tie downs. With our bow and stern tie downs, the first thing we do is attach our hook to the line. So we'll thread our rope through the eyelet of our hook, just tie a basic know, like so. Then do the same on the outside. Pull nice and tight. And there you go. Next, we'll go to the vehicle.We'll first go underneath the vehicle, find a tow hook point at the front. If there was no tow hook point, or any attachment point underneath the car, you'll pop the hood, and there's an adaptor point you would get to have your bow and stern tie down go to the front of the boat.Keeping the rope tight, bring it up to our first tie down point. Thread it through. Coming back about 12 or 14 inches, making a loop, then making a second loop, wrapping it around and pulling it through the first loop. And take our open end, put it through that, pull it tight. And then tie it off. And we'll repeat this for our rear tie down as well.And there you have it for the Malone J-Pro 2 Kayak Carrier, with tie downs. Part number NPG117MD.

Customer Reviews

Malone J-Pro2 Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - J-Style - Fixed Arms - Side Loading - MPG117MD

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (8 Customer Reviews)

These J-style cradles let you transport 1 kayak on your roof rack. Adjustable rear foam pads protect the boat's finish. Clamp-on installation to most crossbars. Tie-downs included.

- MPG117MD

The Malone J Racks Work perfectly and fit my kayak well. They are well made and I would highly recommend them. 680404

- MPG116MD

Review from a similar J-Pro in Watersport Carriers

These were exactly what I needed. Wanted something that had the ability to use the t-slot as the VW cross bars don't fit the universal adapters easily. With the Malone t-slot adapter kit these fit perfectly. 653487

- MPG116MD

Review from a similar J-Pro in Watersport Carriers

Very cool system. I put these on an atv trailer and now I can safely transport 4 kayaks. Installed in about one hour and thirty minutes. I highly recommend this product. 669091

- MPG116MD

Review from a similar J-Pro in Watersport Carriers

The product was just what I ordered. I'm expanding my kayak trailer to hold up to 4, so I ordered wider cross bars and another carrier. A little frustrating to find it was not really in stock, however, communication from the etrailer team was outstanding. 686538

- MPG116MD

Review from a similar J-Pro in Watersport Carriers

Already had two sets of these that I purchased locally and love them. 514146

- MPG116MD

Review from a similar J-Pro in Watersport Carriers

Was exactly what I was looking for. Easy to install, fits perfect. 782357

- MPG116MD

Review from a similar J-Pro in Watersport Carriers

Haven’t used it yet but looks like it has quality construction. Shipping is unbelievably fast. 748992

- MPG116MD

Review from a similar J-Pro in Watersport Carriers

I've owned several different kayak j-hooks, but the Malone racks are definitely made with superior quality. I would definitely purchase them again and highly recommend them to anyone looking for kayak racks. 705530


Ask the Experts about this Malone Watersport Carriers

  • Comparing Malone J-Style Kayak Carriers
    You're correct the J-Pro2, part # MPG117MD, is a newer model of the J-Pro, part # MPG116MD. The difference between the two is the J-Pro2 has more padding to protect the kayaks. Other than that and the color they're basically the same. The J-Loader, part # MPG118MD, goes a little further to add the ramps which help with loading. You slide the kayak up and over the ramps helping to guide it in place instead of having to lift it over the ends of the carrier like with the J-Pro and J-Pro2....
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  • Kayak Carrier for Fishing Kayak on 2011 Ford Escape with OEM Crossbars
    I've seen factory aero-shaped bars have a slant to them like you're describing and it can make items that only fit to one bar sit crooked. Accessories that attach to both bars, like a cargo box, are okay because when they grab both bars they sit level. In my opinion your best option is to replace your factory crossbars, especially since you already have the Malone J-Pro2, part # MPG117MD. The AirFlow2, part # MPG215, is a great economical option that fits both the Escape and the J-Pro2....
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  • What Size Crossbars Does the Malone TopTier Load Bar Kit for Utility Trailers Come With
    The Malone TopTier Load Bar Kit for Utility Trailers part # MPG493 comes with 78" long crossbars. I confirmed this by measuring for you. In order to secure the kayaks on the crossbars you can then use the Malone J-Pro2 Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs part # MPG117MD.
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  • How to Carry Two Kayaks on a 2018 Toyota 4Runner with Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack
    The Malone J-Pro2 Kayak Carrier part # MPG117MD is going to be your best option to carry two kayaks on the roof of your 2018 Toyota 4Runner. The J-Pro2 has a weight capacity of 75 lbs but you will need to make sure the weight of the two kayaks, roof rack, and carriers do not exceed the weight capacity of the vehicle's roof which is often different (less) than that of a roof rack like your Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack part # MPG216. The J-Pro2 has padded uprights to protect the kayak's finish,...
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  • Can Malone MicroSport Trailer Be Used to Transport 40" Wide Canoe and Kayak
    The Malone MicroSport Trailer # MPG460G that you referenced is perfect for transporting both your 40" wide canoe and an additional kayak. This trailer can support up to 500 pounds of weight with the integrated crossbars and offers plenty of width for both your watercrafts. To secure the canoe to the crossbars I recommend the Malone BigFoot Pro Canoe Carrier # MPG112MD, and for the kayak the Malone J-Pro # MPG117MD will work perfectly. Both carriers include the needed tie-down straps...
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  • Transporting Two 68-lb Sit-on-Top Fishing Kayaks on 2017 Honda Ridgeline
    Since your fishing kayaks are fairly heavy at 68-lbs each you could be above the total weight capacity for the roof on your 2017 Honda Ridgeline by the time you add the weight of the Yakima roof rack and the two Malone J-style kayak carriers. Their Downloader # MPG114MD and J-Pro # MPG117MD carriers weigh 12-lbs each so two of these is another 25-lbs or so in addition to the 18-lb weight of the Yakima roof rack. The kayaks and these items total about 179-lbs and that is more than most vehicle...
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  • Kayak Carrier That Fits on Thule TracRac Crossbars
    I have a solution for you, and the reason you're having such trouble is that the crossbars on the Thule TracRac Ladder Racks, similar to the # TH43002XT-501, are slightly larger than normal crossbars that are used on roof racks. Because of this, you won't be able to use any kayak carriers that mount with clamps or U bolts around the bars. With that being said, you will be able to use the Aero Style Crossbar T-Slot Fit Kit # MPG6604 to mount the Malone J-Pro MPG116MD or J-Pro 2 # MPG117MD...
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  • Kayak Rack Compatibility with Roof Rack Square Crossbars
    The Malone SteelTop Roof Rack - Square Crossbars # MPG202 will allow a variety of kayak roof rack options. I've linked the page to all your options, but there are 3 that have been tested with this roof rack by the manufacturer and designed for compatibility. They are the MaloneJ-Loader Kayak Carrier # MPG118MD, the Malone J-Pro2 # MPG117MD, and the J-Pro # MPG116MD. There are other styles that are also compatible but the J-style carrier is by far the most popular.
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  • How Tall Are the Malone J-Pro2 Kayak Carriers
    The Malone J-Pro2 Kayak Carrier part # MPG117MD which comes with the Malone MicroSport Trailer part # MPG461G2 are 16-1/2" tall. If you need more clearance then you may consider swapping out the Malone J-Pro2 Kayak Carrier with the Malone DownLoader Kayak Carrier part # MPG114MD which are only 5" tall while folded. I have attached a review video of the Malone DownLoader Kayak Carrier for you.
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