Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Rear Loading - Universal Mount

Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Rear Loading - Universal Mount

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  • Kayak
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Thule
  • Saddle-Style
  • Aero Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Rear Loading
  • Clamp On - Standard
  • No Load Assist
  • Non-Locking
The DockGlide lets you carry 1 kayak on your roof rack crossbars. Felt-lined rear saddles allow easily loading from the rear of vehicle. Padded front saddles provide maximum stability and protection. Tie-downs and mounting hardware included. Lowest Prices for the best watersport carriers from Thule. Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Rear Loading - Universal Mount part number TH896 can be ordered online at or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.

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Thule Watersport Carriers - TH896

The DockGlide lets you carry 1 kayak on your roof rack crossbars. Felt-lined rear saddles allow easily loading from the rear of vehicle. Padded front saddles provide maximum stability and protection. Tie-downs and mounting hardware included.


  • Saddle-style carrier lets you carry 1 kayak hull side down on your roof rack crossbars
    • Great for sea, river, recreational, and most fishing kayaks
  • 4 Pivoting saddles provide maximum support for your kayak
    • Adjustment lever allows saddles to conform to the shape of your hull
  • Rear saddles allow kayak to be loaded from the rear of vehicle
    • Felt lining helps kayak slide into position and protects hull from scratches while loading
  • Front saddles have flexible rubber pads that grip your kayak and protect it from scratches and abrasions
  • 2 Load straps with padded buckles secure kayak to your roof rack
  • 2 Ratcheting bow/stern tie-downs anchor kayak to your vehicle
  • Quick and easy installation on most crossbar styles
    • FlipFit mounting brackets secure to crossbars with integrated hand knobs
    • T-track hardware installs directly into the channels on top of your crossbars
  • UV-resistant, glass-reinforced nylon saddles and stainless steel hardware ensure durability


  • Application: round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars
  • Carrying capacity: 1 kayak
  • Weight capacity: 75 lbs
  • Maximum kayak width: 36"
  • Weight: 6.8 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

896 Thule Dock Glide Rooftop Horizontal Kayak Carrier - Rear Loading - Universal Mount

Replaces 875XT, 878XT, and 883

Video of Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Rear Loading - Universal Mount

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

Video Transcript for Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier Review

Today, we're going to be taking a look at the Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier with tie-downs, part number TH896. The Thule DockGlide enables you to carry up to one kayak on your factory or after market roof rack assembly, and it makes loading it up much easier as the rear points have a felt material to them, which enables you to load it from the rear and to slide it into position. This is a saddle-style carrier, and the front saddles have this lever adjustment here which will conform to the hull of your boat for a better fit. To use that, you just push this into the side as you're loading it up, and it'll go right to the shape of your boat. It comes with the tie-downs necessary to secure this to your roof rack, included with a rubber protector here to ensure that the hull of your boat won't get scratched up once it's being installed. This also has two ratcheting bow and stern tie-downs which makes securing those much easier. As I said earlier, this can carry up to one kayak with a weight capacity of 75 pounds. The maximum kayak width is going to be 36 inches, and this does have a limited lifetime warranty. The saddles grip to your crossbars by using this universal mount, and this is also called a flip-fit mount as well.

You can remove it like so, and for smaller crossbars, they'll actually flip around and secure the same way. It secures with these two handles here, and these will fit aero bars as you can see here, as well as elliptical, round, square, and most factory roof racks as well. The saddles are glass reinforced and UV resistant, and have stainless steel hardware to ensure durability. In comparing this to similar products, one that comes up is going to be the Rhino-Rack Nautic Roof Kayak Carrier with tie-downs, part number RR570. The biggest differences between these two kayak carriers, the Rhino Rack does not have any load assist, meaning it doesn't have the felt pads that this one does at the rear to help load them up. And another difference is it loads from the side, as opposed from the rear. Now that we've gone over some of the features of this, let's show you how it installs. We'll first need to assemble our saddles.

We have three of our saddles already finished. To do this, we'll move this rubber piece at the base, lining up these two holes here with these two holes. You know, see the general shape's going to match up as well. We're going to take our round Allen head bolt here and insert that into that hole there, and just start to tighten it down with our provided Allen here. With that done, I'm going to take a square bolt, put that through the top hole, push that all the way through where you can see it here. I'll take our turn knob and tighten that portion down.

Next, we'll take our universal mount and unscrew one end completely. Insert that into the closed end; this is a closed end, and an open end, and loosely tighten this back. Now we're ready to install these on a roof. Now the two portions that you're going to be doing this, as far as the cradles are concerned, you want this portion here with the felt side on it to go to the rear, while this will go towards the front. Now when mounting these, you have to figure out which side you're going to use to mount this with. Then just begin tightening it down to our bar.

You can repeat this for our other mounts. As we continue to install these into the front, we just want to make sure that they line up with our rear mounts as well. Now that we have our mounts attached to our roof rack, we can install our kayak. One of the benefits of this is being able to just load it from the rear, and pushing it up these felt pads onto our front mounts. I went ahead and removed the antenna from the rear of the vehicle just so it doesn't get in the way. Now we can start strapping it down. We'll take our strap here, the cam buckle with the rubber protector here; we'll toss it over to one side, leave this hanging like so. We'll take this end that we just tossed over, wrap it around underneath the crossbar, and then we'll take this end, toss it back over as well. Wrap this underneath the crossbar as well, and connect our ends here at the cam buckle. Get it tight. Then with the excess, tie it off, and we'll repeat this for our front bar as well. Now we'll move on to our bow and stern tie-downs. We'll first need to install our hook end to one end of our tie-down, bring it through like so, making a loop on the other side. We'll wrap it around that loop, and pull it tight. Now we can attach this end to this attachment point here, then these will attach to the handles of the bow and stern of our kayak. We'll feed our one end through, and we'll pull this through. Now we can go to our bow and stern handles. We have another strap here, and you can see that it's a loop. We'll pass it through our handle, then we'll thread it in through itself to create another loop. This is where that snap hook's going to connect to from our bow and stern tie-down. Next, we'll go underneath the vehicle and find a tow hook point where we can attach our hook to, just keeping it taut as we bring it back up. Come to our end here, we pull that tight. Then we'll tie up the excess and repeat this process for the rear. Now that we have everything tightened down, let's go ahead and show you how it looks. There you have it for the Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier with tie-downs, part number TH896.

Customer Reviews

Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Rear Loading - Universal Mount - TH896

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

The DockGlide lets you carry 1 kayak on your roof rack crossbars. Felt-lined rear saddles allow easily loading from the rear of vehicle. Padded front saddles provide maximum stability and protection. Tie-downs and mounting hardware included.

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I have not installed the product yet, however it is exactly as described. The entire contact with was super easy and delivery very fast. 524872

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Works great 554686

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Work great!! 546867

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Works great!! 546865

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Completely satisfied with my purchase. Price,customer service, and shipping were all excellent. I would recommend etailer without hesitation. 463180


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  • Recommended Load Assist And 2 Kayak Carrier For 2017 Subaru Outback
  • For 2 Kayaks, it will be difficult to fit a load assist along with J cradles. I really like the Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Rear Loading - Universal Mount # TH896 that replaceced the TH883 you mentioned and it may fit along with the Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier w/Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Side Loading # TH848. This is a great combination that most likely will fit, but doesn't help with all the aspects of load assist as you still need to get...
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  • Can the Thule Roof Rack from a 2014 Subaru Outback be Used on a 2019 Subaru Outback
  • The Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier part # TH898 and what looks to be the Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs part # TH896 that you had on your 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon can still be used on your 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon assuming space permits. However, the 2014 Subaru Outback (non-sport) has raised side rails and the 2019 Subaru Outback (non-touring) has flush side rails so the mounting feet and fit kit cannot be carried over. Instead, you will need to swap these out for the...
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  • Roof Rack and Kayak Carrier Recommendation for 2019 Honda Pilot with Flush Rails
  • For your 2019 Honda Pilot with flush mounted roof rails you'll want to install a roof rack with longer crossbars like the Thule Aeroblade kit part numbers # TH711420, # TH460R, and # THKIT3132 so that you have plenty of room for the two kayaks. Then you could use the rear loading Thule DockGrip part # TH896 which would work well for you. The rear pads are designed to let the kayak slide forward easily but does not use rollers.
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  • Do the Thule DockGlide and DockGrip Kayak/SUP Carriers Fit Directly in Top Slot on Aero Bars
  • The DockGlide # TH896 and DockGrip # TH895 do come with hardware to fit the top channel in Thule Aero bars.
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  • Thule Kayak Carriers That Will Fit into Crossbar Channels
  • The Thule kayak carriers that will fit into crossbar channels are: Hullavator Pro # TH898 DockGrip # TH895 DockGlide # TH896 Between the three of them the Hullavator Pro is the most popular. It features a built-in lift assist to help load and unload the kayak.
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  • Will Thule Kayak Carriers fit On Adarac Access Ladder Rack Crossbars
  • The square crossbars of the Adarac Access Ladder Racks like the part # A90190 are the same dimensions as the Thule crossbars as they are 1-1/2 inch by 1-1/2 inch. We don't carry a K-Guard as that's a South African Thule product but the Thule carriers we do carry will fit these bars. Probably the most similar setup we offer would be the Thule DockGlide part # TH896 which does fit square bars as well.
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  • Comparing Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier to the Thule DockGrip Saddle Style Kayak and SUP Carrier
  • For your Thule truck rack aero bars, the Thule DockGlide # TH896 is better if you want to slide your kayak from the back and utilizes felt pads to protect your boat and ease loading. I've attached a video to assist. The contrast is the Thule DockGrip # TH895 which has rear feet that grip. This is helpful for Stand Up Paddleboard use as well. I've attached that video for you to see the contrast. I recommend the Thule DockGlide for Kayak applications as the preferred easier product.
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  • Roof Rack Recommendation for Carrying Kayak on 2018 Ford F-150 with Cap
  • There would most likely be a way to piece together a single crossbar for the roof of your truck and one for the cap but it most likely won't work out like you would like it to. The bar heights would be at different heights which means the kayaks might be held at a less than ideal angle and since you want to use a dock glide system that loads from the rear it would be really hard to get the kayak onto the back load bar. Best option is crossbars for the cap like the Thule TracRac CapRac...
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  • Recommended Roof Rack And Kayak Carrier For 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport With Flush Roof Siderails
  • For a nice clean look on your 2014 Santa Fe I like the Thule AeroBlade roof rack system. The system features ultra-quiet aerodynamic black aluminum crossbars and feet that mount to the siderails on your roof. This roof rack has a 165-lb weight capacity but you need to make sure you do not exceed the roof weight capacity of your vehicle. To order this roof rack you will need part # TH7602B-TH7603B, and part # THKIT4029. To secure the roof rack on your vehicle I recommend using the...
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  • Recommended Kayak Carrier For 2014 Ford Edge SEL With Factory Roof Rack
  • The kayak carrier I recommend for your 2014 Edge is the Thule DockGlide Rooftop Kayak Carrier System, part # TH896. Per Thule, this system will work with your crossbars on the roof of your Edge. This is a hull-mounted carrier makes loading and unloading much easier. This carrier has a weight capacity of 75-lbs.
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  • How can a PortaBote be Locked to a Roof Rack
  • You could use something as simple as the Soft Tie extension with combination lock # LS901 to secure the PortaBote to the roof rack of the vehicle. The strap has a steel cable that runs through the inside so it couldn't just be cut off. There is also a longer version, # LS301. And another option is the traditional cable lock such as # CAB-10.
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  • What Size T-Slot Works with the T-Bolt Mounting Feature of the Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier
  • The T-bolts that come with the Thule DockGlide kayak carrier # TH896 are designed to fit a channel that has a top opening of 7/16 inches and bottom width of 7/8 inches. If the slots in your roof rack crossbars match then you can use the T-bolt mounting feature of the DockGlide. There are no carriers that will clamp around bars that are 4 inches wide.
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  • Fit of Thule TH896 Dock Glide Kayak Carrier on 2015 Subaru Outback w/ Factory Crossbars
  • The Thule # TH896 Dock Glide will fit on round, square or elliptical crossbars up to 3-5/8 inches wide by 1-1/4 inches tall. If your Outback's crossbars meet that parameter, they'll work great for you. The kit includes the straps and tie downs. I'd also recommend the Thule Quick Loops, part # TH530. The Quick Loops can be shut into the hood and rear hatch, and will provide a tie-off spot for the tie downs without scratching the vehicle. I've linked you to a video showing how they work.
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  • What Type Of Roof Rack System Will Haul A Folded 12 Foot Porta-Bote On A 1997 Subaru Legacy Outback
  • If your 1997 Subaru Legacy Outback has the factory roof rack with the crossbars that run from side to side you can use the Thule DockGlide Rooftop Kayak Carrier System, part # TH896. This system will accommodate a kayak or boat that is up to 34 inches wide and weighs 75 lbs or less. Another choice is the Thule Hull-A-Port J-Style Rooftop Kayak Carrier, part # TH834. This would hold your boat in an upright position and when it is not being used the J-style racks would fold-down and lay...
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  • Roof Rack and Kayak Carriers for a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport with Panoramic Roof
  • The Rola roof rack # 59779 is a fit for your 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport with panoramic roof. And kayak carrier # TH896 will fit the roof rack. You could get two of the kayak carriers on the rack but a lot depends on the width of the kayaks. However, I am confident that you would not have issues getting two kayaks on the roof using the Rola roof rack and kayak carriers. The roof rack has a capacity of 110 pounds. Please consult Hyundai for the roof capacity of the vehicle. It is...
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  • Can Thule DockGlide and Compass Fit Together on Roof of 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Thule DockGlide part # TH896 is a confirmed fit for the factory crossbars of your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon and could easily fit with the Thule Compass # TH890000 as long as the width of your kayaks would allow the two to fit. The max kayak width the DockGlide can fit is 36 inches so you might use that as a guide to determine how much room you'd have with a kayak loaded in the Compass.
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  • Recommended Kayak Carrier for 2014 Honda CR-V w/ Factory Roof Rack
  • If your crossbars are less than 3-7/8 inch wide and 1-3/8 inch tall (which they should be), we have a reasonably-priced solution for carrying your kayak. I'd recommend the Rhino Rack Nautic Side Loading Kayak Carrier, part # RR570. The carrier includes 2 straps to secure the kayak to the crossbars and two bow/stern tie downs. I'd also recommend getting two of the Rhino Rack Anchor Straps, part # RRRBAS. The anchors would be shut in the hood and rear hatch opening, and would provide a good...
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  • Will Thule DockGlide Rooftop Kayak Carrier Hold 10-Foot Portaboat On Nissan Maxima
  • After speaking with my contact at Thule, I can tell you the Thule DockGlide Rooftop Kayak Carrier System # TH896 is a good fit for your 10-foot Portaboat on your Nissan Maxima. Prior to such a long trip, you will need to consult your vehicles owners guide to ensure your roof can hold the 75 lb weight capacity of the boat along with the weight of the carrier system itself. This carrier does require a roof rack system to be installed on your vehicle. It will fit all Thule roof racks, Yakima...
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  • Glide On Style of Kayak Carrier Recommendation for 2006 Nissan Xterra with Factory Crossbars
  • I checked with Thule and for your 2006 Nissan Xterra with factory crossbars they list their Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - Saddle Style Carrier part # TH896 as a confirmed fit. This is a glide-on style of kayak carrier that would fit and work well for you. Check out the review video I attached for more info as well.
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  • Tips on Securing the Tie Down Ropes For a Kayak Carrier on a Cadillac SRX
  • You will need to secure the bow and stern of the kayak when it is mounted to the roof of the vehicle. The Thule Glide and Set Rooftop Kayak Carrier System, # TH896, comes with tie downs for this purpose. But like you have found out, finding a good tie down location can be difficult. I would look for any holes in the frame at the front and rear of the vehicle you can loop the tie downs through. The ratcheting hooks should provide an easy on/off functionality once you locate a good tie...
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  • Can 2 Kayaks be carried Side by Side on the Roof of a 2002 Oldsmobile Silhouette w/Factory Roof Rack
  • The first thing you are going to want to do is check to see if two kayaks will fit side by side on the factory roof rack of your 2002 Oldsmobile Silhouette. On many vehicles 2 kayaks will just not fit side by side with the available space. If you determine the factory roof rack will offer enough space for 2 kayaks side by side you could use 2 sets of the Thule DockGlide system, # TH896. The cradle style carrier will minimize the amount of space used on the factory roof rack. You...
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  • How to Carry a Kayak on the Roof of a 2004 Ford Mustang
  • The best option to carry a kayak on your 2004 Ford Mustang is to use a foam block set up, # SR5525. That way you will not have to install a roof rack. The only issue with this type of system is that the straps have to run through the interior of the vehicle. This can limit head room and sometimes the straps can act like a wick and let water into the vehicle. Otherwise it is an inexpensive option.
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  • Will Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier Fit a 2010 Toyota RAV4 with Factory Roof Rack
  • Yes, the Thule DockGlide kayak carrier, # TH896, will fit the factory roof rack on your 2010 Toyota RAV4. You will not need to add any other parts.
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  • Is the Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier Compatible with the Rhino Rack Euro 2500 Series
  • Yes, if you have the Rhino Rack 2500 roof rack with euro square crossbars like # RREB137B, they will fit the Thule DockGlide rooftop kayak carrier # TH896. The reason is the mounting clamps will attach easily to existing load bars and roof racks. I would consider getting some Thule Quick Loops # TH530 because they provide mounting points on your Ford Edge for your bow/stern tie downs. When adding a kayak carrier to your roof, it's a good idea to double-check your owners manual and...
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  • Converting Thule DockGrip Kayak Carrier to DockGlide
  • I spoke with my contact at Thule and she said that you can indeed just replace the rear cradles on your DockGrip Kayak Carrier # TH895 with the DockGlide Assemblies # 1500052829 from the DockGlide Kayak Carrier to essentially convert it to this model. The mounting hardware is the same between the two systems so you just need the cradles themselves. They are sold as a quantity of 1 so you will need to order 2 of the assemblies.
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  • Fit and Compatibility of Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier System on a 1999 Honda Accord 4-Door
  • Yes the Thule Rooftop Kayak Carrier # TH896 will work on the proper roof rack system on top of the 1999 Honda Accord. This watersport carrier will mount to a minimum crossbar spread of 24 inches and the Thule roof rack I recommend for you will have a crossbar spread of 24-1/2 inches. The roof rack system I recommend for you is made up of the following pieces: # TH712200 - 47 SquareBar crossbars # TH480R - Rapid Traverse foot pack # THKIT1567 - custom fit clamp kit If you wanted...
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  • Will Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier Fit Kargo Master Congo Cage on 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • At 2 inches those crossbars will be just a little too large for the Thule DockGlide # TH896 to fit with the hardware that is included. You would also need the longer bolts, # THXADAPT3, which are 80mm or 3-1/8 inches long. Using the longer hardware will allow you to use the DockGlide without having to use different crossbars on the Congo Cage.
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  • Recommendation for a 2 Kayak Roof Mount Carrier for a 2011 Cadillac SRX
  • In order to carry 2 kayaks on the roof of your 2011 Cadillac SRX, you will probably need to use a carrier that holds the kayaks upright on the side rather than flat on the bottom. This is because there may not be enough space on the roof to have both kayaks and the carriers side by side. I recommend going with something like the Yakima BigStack Roof Mounted 2 Kayak Carrier System, # Y04041. This carrier is designed to hold 2 kayaks on edge and will fold flat when not in use. It is designed...
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  • Will the Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier Fit a 2014 BMW X1
  • The Thule DockGlide kayak carrier # TH896 does indeed fit the 2014 BMW X1 with factory roof rack that includes crossbars that run side to side. If your X1 does not have a roof rack that includes crossbars then you will first need to add one to use the kayak carrier. Rhino-Rack has a great option that will work. It consists of Vortex bars # RRVA126S-2 and legs # RRSX033 that will clamp onto the factory side rails that run front to back.
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  • Rear Loading Kayak Carrier Recommendation for 2017 Honda Pilot Factory Crossbars
  • Yes, we have the Thule DockGlide part # TH896 which is a confirmed fit for the factory crossbars of your 2017 Honda Pilot. This rack allows you to load the kayaks from the rear of the vehicle like you said you were interested in too. Check out the review video I attached for more info on this as well.
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