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Rhino-Rack Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Clamp On

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

Yes, if you:

  • Own more than one type of kayak and want the ability to adjust how the carrier sits to accommodate your different boats
  • Have a hard time figuring out where to stash your paddle when you're on the road and would rather get it out of your car

No, if you:

  • Have a roof rack with square bars and would rather not have to buy an adapter
  • Worry about the rack getting snatched if you leave it on your roof while you’re out paddling
This J-style kayak carrier allows you to transport 1 kayak safely and securely on your roof rack. The space-saving cradle system mounts to most crossbar styles and folds down for storage. Expandable to carry 2 kayaks. Includes tie-down straps. Great Prices for the best watersport carriers from Rhino Rack. Rhino-Rack Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Clamp On part number S512 can be ordered online at or call 1-636-306-4830 for expert service.
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Rhino Rack Watersport Carriers - S512

  • Kayak
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Factory Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • J-Style
  • Folding
  • Rhino Rack
  • Clamp On
  • Side Loading
  • No Load Assist

This J-style kayak carrier allows you to transport 1 kayak safely and securely on your roof rack. The space-saving cradle system mounts to most crossbar styles and folds down for storage. Expandable to carry 2 kayaks. Includes tie-down straps.


  • Folding, J-style cradles carry 1 kayak on its side safely and securely
    • Accommodates a variety of watercraft styles and sizes
    • Takes up minimal space on your roof rack so you can carry more gear
    • Folds down for overhead clearance when not in use and for convenient storage
  • Built-in holders with rubber straps let you carry a kayak paddle on the upright arms of the J-cradles
  • Extension arms (RRS512X - sold separately) enable you to carry 2 kayaks side by side on your crossbars
  • Rubber padding on the cradle arms cushions the kayak during transport
  • 2 Specially designed tie-down straps secure the watercraft to your roof-rack crossbars
    • Padded buckles won't scratch your kayak
  • 2 Tie-down straps anchor the watercraft's bow and stern to your vehicle
  • Brackets and hand knobs let you mount the carrier to most crossbar configurations
    • Requires special adapters (KC-FK10 - sold separately) to mount on Rhino Rack Euro bars, Inno square bars, or Thule square bars
    • Requires special adapters (KC-FK8 - sold separately) to mount on Rhino Rack Heavy Duty bars
  • Steel tube construction with black powder coat finish resists corrosion


  • Carrying capacity: 1 kayak
  • Application: round, aero/elliptical, and most factory crossbars
    • Requires special adapters (sold separately) to mount on Rhino Rack Euro bars, Inno square bars, Thule square bars, or Rhino Rack Heavy Duty bars
  • Required crossbar space when deployed: 14"
  • Weight capacity: 99 lbs
  • 2-Year limited warranty

Length of cradles

S512 Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier - Folding - Universal Mount

Installation Details S512 Installation instructions

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Rhino-Rack Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Clamp On - S512

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (116 Customer Reviews)

This J-style kayak carrier allows you to transport 1 kayak safely and securely on your roof rack. The space-saving cradle system mounts to most crossbar styles and folds down for storage. Expandable to carry 2 kayaks. Includes tie-down straps.


We purchased two sets of the Rhino Rack J Style Kayak Carrier since we have two kayaks. They work great and were easy to install. We were particularly impressed with the quality of the tie down straps. We bought them a year ago and used them quite a bit since then with no problems.


These racks are so great! The option to fold them down means I can leave them on the car for a few days between kayak trips. They’re very sturdy and we love that they come with the tie down straps, but I wish the hood/trunk anchors were included. Just another order I guess!


Sturdy cradle and easy to install. Difficult to keep tie down strap looped over top of "U" bar while trying to get it over the kayak, keeps slipping down. We made a channel out of foam to keep the strap in place and now it is easy.

Jim - 08/24/2019


etrailer has now become my go-to source for my RV needs. My contact person was Chelsea and how lucky I was to get her. She corrected a major shipping error and had my package rerouted to me in record time! All the products I've ordered have been accurate and arrived in great shape.
Thanks again, Chelsea


Product is as it says it is. Fast, free shipping from too! Haven't had chance yet to take the kayaks on a trip yet but don't expect any problem as these are meant for wide and heavy kayaks. Also before i forget, did answer my question before purchase online...basically confirming they'd hold my wide fishing kayaks and its max weight limit of 99lbs.

I've attached pictures to show my setup...sweet looking with two pair of these J-Carriers, my Yakima rack and roll 78 trailer plus the Thule Medium Sonic Carrier in between the J-Carriers. Looks nice!


I have used a few brands (Thule, Malone) and like the Rhino racks as much if not better. They have holders for paddles and the big selling point is the wide range of angles you can place them at. I have some larger boats where I used them almost flat. My only nit pick is they don't have a bracket on top to thread the straps through and hold them in place. It is surprisingly annoying on a larger SUV where it's harder to reach the top of the rack and the straps kept sliding off to one side, but I had no issues on a car or our old Ford Escape.

I rigged a bracket that kept my straps in place but it is worth mentioning.

Overall though I like the rack and own four of them.


Purchased these alongside a Rhino Rack roof rack system and love them. The paddle holders are great, and I enjoy how these fold up and down and can be calibrated to the width of the vehicle. These feel very sturdy. I recommend Rhino Rack!


I bought these folding-J racks to accommodate two kayaks on my ‘15 Honda Accord. I mount the sit-on upside down on the Rhino Rack roof rack and the touring sit-in on the folding J-racks. With it having folding capability, I’m able to set at proper angle to accommodate both yaks. When traveling home with the new sit-in, I had to pull over on the side of highway to re-tighten the straps since a strong side wind caused it to move. I over tightened because that caused indentation on the bottom of the yak from the cross bars. That was remedied by putting in the sun and they pulled out, per seller’s advice. Yeah, freaked me out a bit being my first yak! I use bonnet straps on the ends now, too. Lesson learned. The folding J-rack prevents any possibility of indentation on the bottom of the sit-in yak. These folding J-racks are well made and I recommend them.


Excellent product only issue is that it is very heavy. I’m using it on Yakima bars with a skybox. Yakima says load limit just over 110lbs on my Toyota Camry. So that doesn’t leave much room for cargo after loading camp stuff after. A double sea kayak or two singles.


Great equipment! Easy to install, secure is transporting. Love them!


Hold on to my kayaks very tightly. Took them all the way to Florida and back from Atlanta. Solid.


These mounts are great! I bought two of them to mount on the Rhino-Rack RS 2500 Roof Rack for Naked Roofs - Vortex Aero Crossbars (RRRS118B) along with one set of Anchor Straps (RRRBAS-2). I really like that the angle is adjustable with markers to be consistent. It makes mounting your paddle on the upright bars before placing the kayak a piece of cake. I dont normally leave them on if not in use because it wouldn't take much to steal them and the added drag isn't necessary. I considered only getting one and buying the extension piece (RRS512X). However, I was concerned about where I would put the second paddle and having the ability to mount 2 kayaks at angles less than vertical seemed like a bonus. Considering the small price difference it was worth it to me to get two. The straps that come with are more than sufficient for any car and probably most trucks. The blue ones are a bit long for my application. I had an issue keeping the excess length contained on the freeway, probably going to cut them. All together, these mounts are very sturdy and give a great deal of confidence even with a crosswind on the freeway. Note on the photos: I have a hitch on my car with chain loops so I only needed the anchors for the front.


Does what I needed it to do: carry my kayaks on my car! Website is great for installation information, too.

Christopher - 07/20/2020


I've mounted both the Rhino-Rack RS 2500 Roof Rack and these S512 J-style Folding Kayak Carriers that I purchased from etrailer. Everything was easy to install, fits well, looks and works great! I am extremely happy with the products, the deliveries and the customer service rep was friendly and helpful when I had a question about the fit of the kayak carriers. I own a 2009 Honda Ridgeline and the carrier rack looks great with very little wind noise while driving. I'm taking the kayak out for a trip tomorrow morning.


This is a great rack! It comes with two sets of ties for over the top and end tying down that are easy to use and secure.


The Rhino Rack is excellent. Solid and sturdy and comes with quality ropes and tie downs and clips that won't ruin your car during tie down. A great buy that will last and will keep the driver without worries.


Carrying kayaks with these J racks (I bought 2 carrier sets). They fit on well and were sturdy once they were attached. The adjustable / folding style is great also.


The rhino kayak carrier is super easy to install. It is made very well. It is sturdy and love the paddle holder.


Very easy to install on my Rhino rack cross bars. Easy to adjust cradle angle. Kayaks fit nicely. Also purchased extension bar for second kayak.


I liked it very easy to install. I appreciate the attention and I will definitely recommend my friends. Thank you very much


Thank you. The Rhino is assembled and in place and carrying my beautiful brand new kayak. I am very satisfied with this purchase and was able to easily follow the instructions.


Using these as an additional support for the kayak/ motorcycle trailer!
Well built and should work out well!


Very happy with this rack.

Very Happy. In fact, I am buying another one.
R. - 07/27/2022


Got my kayak racks today. Easy installation, easy to operate and they look great too!
I'd recommend them!


This is an excellent product. Easy installation, fits wide load bars. Folding mechanism works easily and is very secure. Tie-down straps provided are top quality.

One year later, I still love the product. It has gotten plenty of use and it has held up very well.
Brian - 06/21/2021

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  • Does Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier S512 Fit 2021 Toyota RAV4 OEM Roof Rack?
    The Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier # S512 should fit your 2021 Toyota RAV4 roof rack just fine, but make sure the crossbars are no wider than 3-1/8" and no taller than 1-1/4" to verify fitment. You can install 2 of these kayak carriers, or you can just install the 2-kayak version # S512-S512X to save room on your roof for other accessories.
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  • Can You Use Just the Rhino-Rack Extension # S512X to Transport a Kayak?
    I have an answer for you. Unfortunately, you need both the Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier - Folding - Universal Mount # S512 and the extension # S512X to carry more than 1 kayak. The extension only comes with the platform (not the side arm that allows you to safely attach and transport a kayak).
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  • Fitment of Rhino-Rack # S512-S512X on 2003 Volkswagen Passat with OEM Aero Bars
    In order to determine whether Rhino-Rack 2 Kayak Carrier # S512-S512X fits around your factory crossbars on your 2003 Volkswagen Passat wagon, you need to make sure that your crossbars do not exceed 3-1/8" wide x 1-3/16" tall. I recommend making these measurements to make sure your crossbars fit within these parameters.
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  • Recommendation to Carry 2 Kayaks with Factory Rack on 2009 Honda CRV
    On your 2009 Honda CR-V with OEM crossbars, I recommend using the Rhino-Rack 2 Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style # S512-S512X. The great thing about this carrier is that it already comes with all the straps you need to carry 2 kayaks. Many other carriers do not include all these straps. In order to make sure that the carrier fits your crossbars, I recommend measuring your crossbars to make sure they do not exceed 3-1/8" wide x 1-3/16" tall. Check out the review video I attached for...
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  • Will Rhino-Rack 2 Kayak Carrier Fit My 2012 Honda CR-V Factory bars
    Most aftermarket aerodynamic bars are a little over 3 inches wide, so it sounds like the Honda's factory roof rack bars are a bit thinner compared to standard bars at 5/8 of an inch. Since the Rhino Rack Carrier part # S512-S512X uses the U-bolt style attachment with hand knobs to tighten the carrier, it will fit well around your thinner cross bars to carry 2 kayaks.
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  • Will Rhino-Rack 2 Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs # S512-S512X Fit Factory Crossbars 2005 Nissan Armada
    Yes, the Rhino-Rack 2 Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs # S512-S512X will fit the factory crossbars of your 2005 Nissan Armada.
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  • Recommended Kayak Carrier for 2 Kayaks on 2015 Toyota Sienna
    Yes. The Rhino-Rack kayak carrier S512-S512X will fit on the factory crossbars on your 2015 Toyota Sienna. This comes with both the front and back carrier, as well as tie down straps, so it's got everything you need.
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  • Will the Rhino Rack J-Style Kayak Carriers Fit on Factory Crossbars of 2018 Nissan Rogue
    Yes, the RhinoRack # S512-S512X will fit on factory crossbars, as well as a number of other styles of crossbars. We've seen these work on a number of other Nissan factory crossbars, so there's nothing to worry about!
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  • Can Rhino-Rack 2 Kayak Carrier # S512-S512X Carry Two 13 Foot Kayaks
    As long as the combined weight of your two kayaks is less than 165 lbs the Rhino-Rack 2 Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs # S512-S512X it can carry two 13 foot long kayaks.
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  • Will Rhino-Rack 2 Kayak Carrier S512-S512X Fit OEM Roof Rack On 2015 Toyota 4Runner?
    The Rhino-Rack 2 Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Side Loading # S512-S512X is designed to work with most factory crossbars, and will work just fine on the OEM roof rack on your 2015 Toyota 4Runner. The # S512-S512X will allow you to carry two kayaks weighing up to 165lbs combined, but you will want to confirm the weight capacity of your factory roof rack and make sure the weight of the carrier and kayaks do not exceed that limit.
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  • Can The Rhino-Rack 2 Kayak Carrier S512-S512X Fit Onto Round Crossbars?
    Yes, the Rhino-Rack 2 Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs # S512-S512X will have no issues attaching to round crossbars on your roof. This kayak carrier can fit onto many different styles of roof racks, so if you have multiple vehicles with roof racks then this would be easily-transferable among them. The weight capacity for this carrier is 165lbs, but make sure you check your owner's manual to ensure that you are not exceeding the weight capacity of your vehicle's roof when loading two kayaks....
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  • Clearance Needed Under Crossbar For Rhino-Rack 2-Kayak Carrier
    Let's start with the clearance needed under the crossbar, and you won't need much, just about 1-3/8 inches for the knobs to clear when mounting the Rhino-Rack 2-Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs # S512-S512X. As for fitting to round 1 inch electrical metal tube, that's a bit trickier. Yes, technically it likely could, but has never been tested with this type of tube; it often has coating so I can't say for certain whether or not this could slide on the tube. I recommend going with a traditional...
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  • Carrying Kayks On A 2016 Toyota Sienna
    Your roof racks factory weight limit is 150lbs. You should not have any problems carrying kayaks on the roof of your 2016 Toyota Sienna due to their weight. Your kayak carriers will need to be able to attach to a factory rack. I recommend the Rhino-Rack 2 Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Side Loading, part # S512-S512X. It is a j-style carrier that can be adjusted to carry to kayaks like a stacker, or to a more traditional j-style rack if you need to carry just one kayak...
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  • Which Kayak Carrier Should I Use To Transport 2 Kayaks On A 2021 RAV4 With Aero Bars?
    I recommend going with the Rhino-Rack 2 Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs # S512-S512X. This can hold 1 or 2 kayaks and will take up much less room than using 2 individual kayak carriers, so you will have more spare room on your roof rack for other accessories. The weight capacity is 165lbs total, but you will want to make sure you do not exceed the weight limit of your roof and roof rack. Everything is included for installing this onto your aero crossbars and using it with 2 kayaks. I attached...
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  • 2 Kayak Carrier for 2006 Hyundai Tuscon with OEM Crossbars
    I did some checking and the factory crossbars of a 2006 Hyundai Tucson and it can carry kayak carriers like the Rhino Rack 2-Kayak Carrier part # S512-S512X that you referenced so this would be a great solution to carry 2 kayaks. Due to it's design it can carry two kayaks without taking up too much crossbar width.
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  • Will 2 Rhino-Rack 2 Kayak Carrier Fit 2004 Ford Expedition w/ Factory Roof Rack
    The Rhino-Rack 2 Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs # S512-S512X will install on your 2004 Ford Expedition OEM crossbars just fine without adapters. Each set will take up roughly 20" of your roof rack (since you can have overhang with the outer cradles) so as long as you have at least 40" of crossbars space (which I believe you should have) you'll be able to use 2 of these on your Expedition.
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  • What 2-Kayak Carrier do You Recommend for Yukon Angler 116 75-Pound Kayaks?
    While you most likely can use your factory crossbars for transporting 2 75 pound kayaks, we do not currently carry an aftermarket crossbar option to replace the factory bars you have mounted. This is because roof rack manufacturers do not test their crossbar systems with vehicles that already have factory crossbars. With that factor, there is no way to confirm if the aftermarket bars fit. With that being said, I have a solution that not only provides you with the weight capacity you need...
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  • Will Rhino Rack 2-Kayak Carrier Fit OEM Crossbars of 2008 Honda Ridgeline
    Yes, the Rhino-Rack 2 Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs # S512-S512X is a confirmed fit for the factory crossbars of your 2008 Honda Ridgeline and will give you ability to carry two kayaks.
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  • How Can I Carry 4 Kayaks With 2 Rhino-Rack 2 Kayak Carriers On A Jeep Grand Cherokee
    More than likely, you can carry four kayaks on your Jeep Grand Cherokee if it has an aftermarket roof rack with long enough crossbars. It will depend on the maximum dynamic weight your roof rack can carry. This weight will consist of the weight of the roof rack, the kayak carrier, and the kayaks. The maximum dynamic weight you can carry on the roof of a passenger vehicle is 165 lbs, which would be more than enough weight. If you provide me with the year, make, model, and if you have flush...
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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation for 2 Hobie Mirage Lynx Kayaks on a Gobi Stealth Rack
    To haul you kayaks side by side I recommend picking up the Rhino-Rack 2 Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs # S512-S512X. This will fit around standard crossbars and from what I can tell it looks like the Gobi Stealth Rack you have on your 2000 Toyota 4Runner has some round bars you'll be attaching this carrier to. I like this setup because it gives you more stability and the parts touching your kayaks are padded so you don't have to worry about any kind of scratches. Please note that you might...
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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation for a 2013 Lincoln MKZ
    As long as you have a factory roof rack with crossbars that run from left to right on your 2013 Lincoln MKZ you could use the Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier # S512 you referenced. You do need to consult the owners manual of your vehicle to be certain you do no exceed any weight limits or other restrictions by using a kayak carrier. Especially if you have the glass roof model MKZ's. If you do not have a factory roof rack with crossbars I do not have an option for you as none of the roof...
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  • Are C-Channel Brackets Available To Mount Rhino Rack Kayak Carrier To Aero Crossbars
    The universal mount that is on the Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier, part # S512, is designed for strength and stability. We do not offer any kayak carriers that have a T-bolt attachment for the channels in the Aero crossbars you said you have. The # S512 will fit round, aero or elliptical and most factory crossbars and has a weight capacity of 55 lbs. I have attached a link to a product review video for this carrier you can check out.
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  • Will a 32 Inch Wide Kayak Fit Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier
    Your 32 inch wide kayak will fit great in the Rhino-Rack J-Style carrier # S512. In addition to resting on the carrier the kayak will also be secured using straps at each of the J-cradles as well as at the box and stern so it will be safe and secure. Take a look at the video I have included that shows the safe and secure mounting of a kayak on this carrier.
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