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

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

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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. Lowest Prices for the best watersport carriers from Rhino Rack. Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier - Folding - Universal Mount part number S512 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Rhino Rack Watersport Carriers - S512

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

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.


Features:

  • 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
    • Special adaptors (KC-FK8 - sold separately) required to mount on Rhino Rack Heavy Duty Bars
  • Steel tube construction with black powder coat finish resists corrosion


Specs:

  • Carrying capacity: 1 kayak
  • Application: round, aero/elliptical and most factory crossbars
    • Requires special adapters (sold separately) to mount on Rhino-Rack Heavy-Duty and Thule square crossbars
  • Weight capacity: 99 lbs
  • 2-Year limited warranty


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

Installation Details S512 Installation instructions



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Video Transcript for Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier Review

Today, we'll be taking a look at the Rhino Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier, part number: S512. The folding J-style kayak carrier lets you carry one kayak of varying sizes and styles on your vehicle's roof. The carrier only takes up a small portion of your roof-rack system, so you can use the remainder of your system for additional gear. The built-in holders on the back of our kayak carriers allow you to carry a paddle along with your kayak. The padding on our carrier is going to cushion our kayak during transport and prevent any scratches or abrasions. Our carrier kit is going to include four straps, two tie-down straps to secure our kayak to our crossbars and two anchor straps, one for the bow and one for the stern. The Rhino Rack Kayak carrier has a carrying capacity of one kayak, with a weight capacity of 99 pounds. Now, you can opt for the extension arms, part number: RRS512X.

This is going to enable you to carry two kayaks, side-by-side, on your crossbars. For better clearance from pulling into your garage, or whenever you're not using your carrier, these can easily be folded down by opening up our levers on each side, folding our carrier down, lining up the grooves and closing up our levers. The Rhino Rack Kayak Carrier is made out of steel-tooth construction with a black-powder coat corrosion-resistant finish. To begin our install, we already have the rear carrier installed, we're going to show you how to put on the front. Take it out of our box, and we're going to remove the thumbscrew here on this side, rotate our bracket to the opposite side and then we can bring it around. We'll make sure our bolt goes through the hole on our bracket, and we'll start to tighten down. Once we've got that partially tightened down, we can move it so that our carrier is even with the back carrier.

Now, we're ready to open up our J-hooks. We're going to come to the sides and open up our levers. Next, we can load up our paddle. We're going to move our cradle tool back, just rotating it. We want to place it into our cradles and secure the straps. Next, we can load up our kayak, and adjust it so that it sits into our carrier. Next, we're ready to tie our kayak down.

We're going to start with our middle straps, holding our kayak in place on our carrier. We're just going to toss that over to the other side. We'll come to the back, and we're going to feed our strap underneath and we'll throw it back on the other side of our vehicle. We're then going to take our strap between our carrier, but underneath our crossbar. We'll put it through our cam buckle.

Once we have that nice and secure, we can tie off our excess and secure that with our hook-and-loop strap keeper. Next, we'll secure our bow and stern tie downs. Today, we are using part number: RRRBAS-2, these are going to be the Rhino Rack Anchor Straps. This will just give us a good, solid place to secure our bow and stern straps. We're going to first feed them through the anchor strap and through the strap on the end of our kayak, just going to feed that through our cam buckle and tighten up our strap. Once we have that completely tight, we can secure up our excess using the hook-and-loop strap at the top. Now, we'll repeat the same process for our other strap. That's going to be our completed look at the Rhino Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier, part number: S512.


Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (46 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.

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These have been excellent. I snap them onto my pickup Rhino Rack roof carrier to carry the extra kayak when my wife want's to come along on a kayak adventure. 717359



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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. 557577


Comments
Excellent
Jim - 08/24/2019

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Love the roof rack! Works great for kayaks! They fold down when not in use..perfect! 516525



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I RECIEVED MY ORDER IN ABOUT THREE WEEKS. WICH I UNDERSTAND IT WAS ON BACK ORDER. PACKAGE WAS IN GOOD CONDITION. I AM VERY HAPPY WITH THE RACKS. EASY INSTALL.I WOULD RECOMEND THESE RACKS. TO A FRIEND. 193490


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racks are holding up pretty well easy to put and take off when needed. I would recommend these racks to anybody
RICH G - 05/26/2016

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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. 519828



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As usual...etrailer shipped out order immediately...we received it in mint condition...and it is mounted to the roof rack on our Jeep. My wife and I recently purchased some sea kayaks...and the Rhino Rack is an awesome carrier. The ability to drop the rack flat when not hauling boats...and the ability to add on additional components to carry more boats is a winning design. The kit comes with a very well made set of straps to secure your craft securely. The rack even secures your paddles if you have one piece...or just don't want to take up room inside the vehicle to store them. Well thought out design...it appears to be very well built. Additional kits are available to adapt to specialty crossbars if that is what you need. 538574


Comments
We are still loving the Rhino-Rack J-Style...recently purchased a Rhino-Rack Universal Load Assist Side Loading. It makes loading 17ft Sea Kayaks on our Jeeps roof rack a piece of cake.
Charlie - 07/06/2019

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Good quality product, a shame my Cobra Tandem is too wide. Item description should contain kayak dimension limits a well as weight limits. 732079



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I am extremely happy with the new Rhino rack to carry my kayak. The product makes it easy to tie down for short or long trips. I just transported my kayak over 10 hours and the tie downs recommended for the front and back worked great. Thank you Lori B for your recommendations and assistance. 680924



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works great and folds easily. 673574



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Does what I needed it to do: carry my kayaks on my car! Website is great for installation information, too. 670050



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My husband loves it 590356



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Great product! No issues 588793



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Great product! I have had no issues 588790



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Beautifully made and easy to install. Included is a picture of how they look on my 2015 Acura TLX. Will probably buy another set of the same so I can haul 2 kayaks. 560870



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I love it! Easy instillation and stirdy. 557237



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wonderful customer service. product arrived when promised. will use again 556715



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The rack mounts quickly and easily to an aero shaped bar. The ability to attach a kayak paddle is pleasant to keep the paddle out of the car. The included straps are of good quality. The system for adjusting the angle is quick, secure and effective. It is easy to lay flat when not in use. The bars have nice padding. It appears to be well built. 550958



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Very easy to install. Great video on your web-site. Product is solid, high quality. Overall very satisfied! Thank you! 550019


Comments
Excellent! Continue to be easy to use and I really enjoy them. I purchased 2 sets, and had a malfunction issue with one of the sets. The product was returned and replaced within 2 weeks! Such a pleasure doing business with you! Thank you!!!
Patricia - 08/05/2019

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Bought this product and was extremely happy with the service I recieved. I recieved the product a day earlier than expected awesome company I figured to buy this same product from another company and was waiting around for two weeks after that they said it would be another 2 weeks so I canceled that order and went with this company great job 547276



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Very nice! Works good! 524882



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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. 518061



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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. 505306



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I have been very happy with my folding kayak carrier! After looking at other brands, I realized that I needed the folding style or I'd never be able to park in my garage again - the vehicle would be too tall. But I was concerned about the stability of the racks once opened. This turned about to be no problem! The cog wheel connection system works great and stays tight until I want to fold them back down. The only issue I've had was that the paddle holders cracked and fell off shortly after installation. Dry rubber, maybe. But since I didn't use them and didn't plan to use them, it was no big deal. No only I know carries their paddle there anyway! Thanks for a good and sturdy product! 485661


Comments
Having this product through 2 summers and winters now, I can recommend it to all. I like that I can remove it during the snowy winter so I can brush snow off the car, then easily put it back in the spring. Ive used it for hauling my 12 foot kayak on my Rav4 for up to 200 miles at 60 miles per hour and it worked perfectly.
Anita T - 03/23/2019

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J Racks arrived in less than a week. Easy installation. Fit my needs exactly. Would prefer to have Ny-loc nuts and washers instead of Thumbnuts. Too easy to remove Thumbnuts and your J Racks while you're out Kayaking. Everybody dosen't play by the rules. P.S. Helen, thank you for all your help. She is why etrailer is great to work with. Thanks again 480432



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Purchased a Rhino Rack custom fit rooftop system, along with the kayak rack to hold two kayaks and the Swagman rv bike rack. Made several trips and they all work great! Included photos to share. 475957


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    When using the expansion # RRS512X with the # S512 you end up losing the ability to carry the paddle on the backside of the carrier since the other kayak would be there. Your math is accurate as long as your roof capacity is 150 lbs like you mentioned. You would need to verify that in the owners manual to be certain. From the research I did it looks like you are correct and you do have a 150 roof capacity on your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon.
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