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Yakima ShowDown Kayak or SUP Carrier and Lift Assist w/ Tie-Downs - Side Loading - Clamp On

Yakima ShowDown Kayak or SUP Carrier and Lift Assist w/ Tie-Downs - Side Loading - Clamp On

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Lightweight watersport carrier with lift assist lets you easily load 1 kayak or 2 SUPs onto your roof rack. Sliding arms let you load and secure gear at waist level, and then easily lift it onto your roof. Tie-downs included. Clamp-on installation. Lowest Prices for the best watersport carriers from Yakima. Yakima ShowDown Kayak or SUP Carrier and Lift Assist w/ Tie-Downs - Side Loading - Clamp On part number Y04081 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Yakima Watersport Carriers

  • Kayak
  • Paddle Board
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Yakima
  • Saddle-Style
  • Aero Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Clamp On
  • Side Loading
  • Load Assist
  • Locks Not Included

Lightweight watersport carrier with lift assist lets you easily load 1 kayak or 2 SUPs onto your roof rack. Sliding arms let you load and secure gear at waist level, and then easily lift it onto your roof. Tie-downs included. Clamp-on installation.


  • Carrier with lift assist lets you easily load 1 kayak or 2 SUPs onto your roof from the side of your vehicle
  • Sliding arms pull down 26" from roof so you can load and secure kayak at waist level
    • Push arms back up onto roof with boat loaded and secure with safety pins
    • Provides 30-45% lift assistance - eliminates strain of lifting boat onto roof
  • Interchangeable saddles let you easily switch from carrying a kayak to SUPs
    • Adjustable saddles flex to accommodate your hull's shape and size
    • Felt pads and support hoops with rubberized coating protect your gear from scuffs and scratches
  • 2 Load straps with padded cam buckles secure kayak to your roof rack
  • 2 Bow/stern tie-downs anchor kayak to your vehicle
  • Easy, clamp-on installation to most crossbars - no tools required
    • Hand knobs tighten clamps to crossbars
  • Available holder brackets (Y04086 - sold separately) secure 1 paddle directly to the carrier
  • Same Key System (SKS) cores (Y07202 - sold separately) secure carrier to crossbars
  • Lightweight aluminum construction is corrosion resistant


  • Application: round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars
    • Note: Not compatible with roof racks that clamp to vehicle doorjambs
  • Minimum crossbar spread: 24"
  • Carrying capacity: 1 kayak or 2 SUPs
  • Weight capacity: 80 lbs
  • Carrier dimensions (each): 42" long x 9" tall x 9" wide
  • Carrier weight: 21 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

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8004081 Yakima Show Down Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board Carrier and Lift Assist with Tie-Downs - Side Loading

Item # Y04081

Installation Details Y04081 Installation instructions

Customer Reviews

Yakima ShowDown Kayak or SUP Carrier and Lift Assist w/ Tie-Downs - Side Loading - Clamp On - Y04081

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (3 Customer Reviews)

Lightweight watersport carrier with lift assist lets you easily load 1 kayak or 2 SUPs onto your roof rack. Sliding arms let you load and secure gear at waist level, and then easily lift it onto your roof. Tie-downs included. Clamp-on installation.

- Y04081

The ShowDown was easy to install and is easy to use. I am sorry I didn't get this Lift Assist sooner.

- Y04081

Building a van conversion on our 2015 Ford Transit wagon. My wife required one thing above all else, and that was a means to transport her kayak on our trips. Since the inside of the van will be set up as a mini-RV, the only place for a Kayak is on the roof... along with the Solar panel array, and the MaxxFan (also purchased from eTrailer). Somehow, I made it work after being told by some folks there wasn't enough room. You can see from the pic, it all does fit, and nicely I might add. What made it possible is the use of the Yakima Showdown kayak mounting system. The van is 8'2" tall. The only way to make this happen is with the Showdown, (or Hullavator) mounts. I like the idea of the Hullavator with the gas filled struts, but I don't like the price, or Thule engineering in general. I believe Yakima is far superior in all respects. Admittedly, it's a bit more challenging to raise and lower the Yakima Showdown. Since my wife and I are tall people, the use of a small step stool makes it an easy task. The kayak is at chest height and very easy to load and secure with the straps. The only part that's a bit difficult is raising it up level with the slide. Once it locks into the slide, the rollers make it a snap to slide it home. You then secure it with the attached pins that slip through the mechanism locking it into place. Done! Lowering it is actually easier. The thing to remember is to pull it all the way out until you feel is stop, only then will it lower with ease. This is an easy trade off. I don't think the Hullavator is worth the money. I've used a friends and it's not really that much easier to raise and lower. Yes, the struts offset most of the weight, but it looks clunky with the lower bar always stuck up in the air. Just don't like it's looks. Yakima Showdown was a no-brainer for us.

- Y04081

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Ask the Experts about this Yakima Watersport Carriers

  • Does The Thule Hullavator Kayak Carrier Or The Yakima ShowDown Make It Easier To Load Kayaks
    It is correct you will need at least 4" of bar overhang to use the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier # TH898 or Yakima ShowDown Kayak # Y04081 so that the lift assist does not touch the vehicle during the loading process. For the roof rack on the 2019 Toyota RAV4 I recommend the Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack # MPG216 which are aerodynamic bars that attach to the raised side rails of the Toyota and measure 58" long so will provide plenty enough overhang for the lift assist features. The...
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  • Bar Length for Carrying two Yakima ShowDown Kayak Carriers
    Since the Yakima Showdown part # Y04081 hangs over the crossbars quite a bit when installed and they are 42 inches long the best bar length for two of them would be 60 inch like you mentioned. So for that you'd want the # Y00426 if you had the Jetstream bar setup or the # Y00422 for the CoreBar since these are the only two bar styles from Yakima that are available in 50 inch and 60 inch.
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  • Solution to Carry 2 Kayaks/SUPs on 2015 Toyota Tundra with Truck Bed Cap
    After doing a bit of research, I've come with a couple of options for you. To install a roof rack on top of your truck bed cap or camper shell, I recommend the Thule TracRac CapRac # TH29200XT. This will provide the crossbars needed to attach a roof mounted kayak or SUP carrier. This system has a capacity of 500 lbs but your limiting factor will be the capacity of whichever bed cap you end up going with. Your best option for a kayak carrier with load assist is the Malone DownLoader...
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  • How Far Down Does Yakima ShowDown Kayak Carrier Hang From Top of Crossbars
    According to Yakima, the Yakima ShowDown Kayak or SUP Carrier and Lift Assist # Y04081 will hang down 26 inches from the top of the crossbars. I do recommend adding the Yakima SKS Lock Cores # Y07202 to lock the ShowDown to your rack and help protect your investment. I have added a link to a video review for you to check out as well of the Yakima ShowDown # Y04081.
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  • Can 2 Yakima ShowDown Carriers be Used on a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    To use the Yakima ShowDown # Y04081 you would need a roof rack where the crossbars extend past the legs at least 3-1/2". From what I can tell, the Mopar roof rack for your 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee has crossbars that end where the legs fit. I do have a solution for you to carry your kayaks but when I reached out to my contact at Yakima she said you would need to at least use their 70" crossbar and that 2 of the ShowDown carriers will be at least 80" wide when placed side by side. Because...
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  • Using 2 Yakima ShowDown Kayak Carriers on a 78 Inch Thule Square Bar on a 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan
    This will be an extremely tight fit, but you should be able to put two Yakima ShowDowns, part # Y04081 on a pair of Thule 78 inch crossbars equipped to your 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan. If you actually have a set of 80 inch bars, you won't have any trouble. Prior to installing, be sure to verify your vehicle's roof capacity with your owner's manual or manufacturer. This capacity will include the weight of the rack, both carriers and the kayaks you are planning on carrying. Based on my...
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  • How Wide of a Boat Can Be Used with the Yakima ShowDown Y04081
    The Yakima ShowDown Kayak or SUP Carrier and Lift Assist w/ Tie-Downs part # Y04081 can accommodate boats up to 28" wide with the kayak saddles and boats up to 36" wide with the paddle board saddles, both saddles are included. In order to secure your paddles you can use the Yakima TopGrip Paddle, Shovel, or Axe Holder Bracket part # Y04086. We also have an option to add locks, the Yakima Same Key System part # Y07202. For a roof rack that is a fit for your 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Unlimited...
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  • Kayak Carrier With Lift Assist for 2018 Honda CR-V With Factory Roof Rack
    While there is a way to use a lift assist to carry kayaks on your 2018 Honda CR-V with a factory roof rack, I checked with Yakima and their Yakima ShowDown Kayak or SUP Carrier and Lift Assist # Y04081 will not work. Instead, I strongly recommend the Malone DownLoader Kayak Carrier and TelosXL Load Assist w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style - Side Loading # MPG114MD-351XL. The reason this will work is because the load assist actually attaches to the carrier as opposed to the roof rack of your...
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  • How To Load a Heavy Hobie Mirage Eclipse SUP Onto the Roof of a Vehicle with Raised Side Rails
    The best option I have for you to easily load the Hobie Mirage Eclipse SUP on your 2018 Toyota RAV4 would be with the Yakima ShowDown Kayak or SUP Carrier part # Y04081. The ShowDown is a very popular option for heavy kayaks and SUPs because it has a set of arms that extend down to about waist level and make for loading and unloading your watercraft very manageable. Please note that in order to use the ShowDown you will need a set of crossbars with at least 4" of overhang past the mounting...
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  • Best Kayak Carrier for Carrying 2 Kayaks on a Roof Rack
    If you are asking if the Yakima Showdown Kayak Carrier, part # Y04081, can carry two kayaks, then I'm afraid the answer is no, it cannot. If you are asking if you can install two of these carrier on a roof rack, the answer is maybe. Most roof racks will be able to handle the weight of two of these and two kayaks. Unfortunately, since these are 42" long, most roof racks do not have the space to carry two. Either way, there is a better option for you to carry two kayaks on your roof....
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  • Fitting 2 Yakima ShowDowns on a 2003 Honda Element
    The Yakima ShowDown, part # Y04081 is 42 inches wide, and you'll only be able to fit one on your 2003 Honda Element because of the size. On the other end, you could use a J-Style carrier like the Yakima JayLow, part # Y04073 to carry your other kayak. This doesn't include full load support like the ShowDown but does have loading ramps to help guide the kayak up into the carrier. I've included a video of the JayLow so you can see more about its features in action.
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  • Roof Rack Recommendation for 2011 Ford Flex to Carry Yakima ShowDown Assisted Kayak Carrier
    For your 2011 Ford Flex with a naked roof Yakima does offer a roof rack solution that fits your vehicle that will allow you to use the Yakima Showdown part # Y04081 that you referenced. For that you'd need the part numbers # Y00422, # Y00148, and # Y00233 and you'd be set. This is a custom fit rack that gives you aero shaped bars that will work great with the Showdown.
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  • How to Fit Yakima Show Down Kayak Carrier on 2014 Subaru Outback with Factory Roof Rack
    The Yakima ShowDown kayak carrier part # Y04081 can fit your 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon but would require an aftermarket roof rack as it won't fit the factory bars. So for that Yakima recommends the Jetstream bar roof rack # Y00428 and # Y00147 which is a high quality and aerodynamic roof rack confirmed as a fit for your vehicle.
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  • Can Yakima Showdown Kayak Carrier Fit on Thule Crossbars
    The Yakima ShowDown part # Y04081 can fit Thule crossbars but the rack can't fit on roof racks that use door jambs as the attachment. So if your 2014 Honda has flush mounted roof rack that your Thule rack attaches too the Yakima Showdown part # Y04081 will fit.
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  • Best Paddle Board Carrier Recommendation for Loading Paddle Board on Roof Rack
    I have a great solution for you. Check out the Yakima ShowDown part # Y04081. This is a similar lift-assist paddle board carrier that would work great for you. Check out the install video and picture I attached for more info. Width wise the Thule Hullavator part # TH898 is compatible with paddleboards, but the issue is the vertical height. The J portion of the Hullavator, which is designed for cradling a kayak, would be to tall for a paddleboard as the board would slip right through...
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  • Yakima Showdown Requirements To Carry Two Hobie Compass Kayaks On Honda Crosstour
    We have options to get both of your kayaks up and onto your roof, but both The Yakima Showdown # Y04081 and the Thule Hullavator # TH898 are made to carry one Kayak. Having two of the carriers on top of your vehicle is not ideal because they are extremely long carriers and would require a crossbar longer than the ones that will work for you. I would recommend getting the Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars # TH711420 the Rapid Traverse Feet # TH480R and the Fit Kit # THKIT1588. This system will...
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  • How Far Above Crossbars is Yakima ShowDown on 2020 Subaru Outback Touring
    I reached out to Yakima and they told me that the Yakima ShowDown Kayak or SUP Carrier and Lift Assist with Tie-Downs # Y04081 will be just 9 inches above the roof rack on your 2020 Subaru Outback Touring. If you take a look at the accompanying photo you can see that demonstrated. You will not need anything else to install the ShowDown on your Outback, though you can use Lock Cores # Y07202 to lock it to your Thule roof rack, which consists of: - Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars - 50" # TH711320...
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  • Assisted Kayak Carrier Recommendation to Fit Roof Rack that Attaches to Door Jambs
    The Yakima ShowDown Kayak or SUP Carrier and Lift Assist w/ Tie-Downs # Y04081 does not fit roof racks that attach to door jambs like you have but I have a great solution for a similar rack that will work. For that you'd want the Thule Hullavator part # TH898 which does not have this fit exclusion and does have assisted loading.
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  • Recommended Kayak Lift for 2007 Nissan Xterra Factory OEM Roof Rack
    I have a solution for you, but the Yakima ShowDown Kayak Lift, part # Y04081, is only compatible with roof racks that extend at least 3.5 inches past the tower. The factory roof rack for the 2007 Nissan Xterra is not a compatible fit. If you're looking for load-assist, the next best fit for your goals is to use a roller-style mount, like the Yakima HandRoll, part # Y04082-2. This rack will help you load by providing a set of rollers on the rear of the vehicle to help guide and support...
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  • Roof Rack to Carry Two Yakima ShowDown Kayak Carriers on Roof of 2016 Ford Expedition EL
    The ShowDown part # Y04081 has the weight capacity and is wide enough to carry the kayaks you mentioned so it would work well. Then for a wider bar roof rack that fits your 2016 Ford Expedition EL the Thule Rack part numbers # TH711500 and # TH710401 is our longest option at 60 inches that would work well.
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  • How To Use Yakima ShowDown Kayak or SUP Carrier on a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    In order to use the Yakima ShowDown Kayak or SUP Carrier part # Y04081 on a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited the best option is to utilize the factory rain gutters with the Thule WingBar Evo Crossbar System part # TH711520 and part # TH300R. I am not sure what rails you are referencing but if you can send a photo I would be glad to try and assist further.
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  • Using Yakima Showdown Kayak Rack # Y04081 On 2019 Subaru Forester
    Any crossbar 49 inches or longer will give you at least 4 inches of side clearance. I recommend getting the Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbar kit # RRVA126S-2 # RRSX100 as it will clamp around your factory raised rails on your 2019 Subaru Forester. These will give you at least 4" from the tower so you can use the Yakima ShowDown # Y04081.
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  • Kayak Carrier With Load Assist for Toyota Sienna
    Yes the Yakima ShowDown Kayak Carrier # Y04081 needs a minimum of 3-1/2" but no more than 4" of overhang from the support tower. This is sometimes hard to achieve with roof racks. An alternative is the Lockrack Watersport Carrier # 339LRUNISETA. This is a really easy to use saddle style carrier. Removing one of the arms allows for you to slide your kayak into place. When both arms are in place it reduces the need for straps. It is not required but I highly recommend using a bow and stern...
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  • Recommended Roof Rack to Carry Kayaks and Paddleboards on 2021 Mazda 6
    I recommend using the Rhino Rack Roof for 2021 Mazda 6 that uses parts # RRVA126B-2, # RRRLKVA and # DK387, which will give you a really nice and durable Rhino Rack roof rack. I really like Rhino Rack as an alternative to Thule or Yakima because you're getting comparable quality and looks at a bit more pocketbook friendly price. This will provide a nice base to carry your kayak and paddle boards, which will need carriers. The carrier I recommend is the LockRack XL # LR54FR since it can...
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  • Fit of Yakima Y04081 ShowDown Kayak Carrier With Factory Roof Rack on 2007 Honda Ridgeline
    In order for the Yakima # Y04081 ShowDown kayak carrier/load assist to be compatible, your crossbars would need to extend at least 3-1/2 inches past the outside edge of the roof rack foot as shown in the provided diagram. I looked at online photos of the Honda Roof rack you described, and it appears that the crossbars don't extend past where they attach to the roof side rails, so the ShowDown wouldn't be compatible with your roof as it's currently configured. However, all is not lost....
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  • Mounting Two Yakima ShowDown Kayak Carriers on 1996 Ford F-250 Extended Cab
    The Yakima ShowDown Kayak or SUP Carrier # Y04081 requires at least 3-1/2 inches of crossbar overhang beyond the feet/towers for proper operation. If the existing 58 inch bars on your F-250 overhang by just 1/16 of an inch then you will need bars that are longer by at least 7 inches. For this requirement the Yakima Round 66 Inch Crossbars # Y00410 will work perfectly to mount 1 ShowDown Carrier (this is actually the size Yakima recommends for your F-250 when using the 1A Towers). Now...
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  • Will Yakima CoreBar Roof Rack for 2015 Toyota Highlander Allow fit Yakima Showdown Kayak Carrier
    I checked with Yakima just now and they have their Showdown Assisted Kayak carrier part # Y04081 as a fit with the CoreBar roof rack you also mentioned part numbers # Y00421, # Y00148, and # Y00242. The bars are long enough for the carrier to fit and work well but wouldn't be obnoxiously long. You wouldn't have to worry about hitting your head or anything.
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  • Can Two Yakima ShowDown Kayak Carriers Be Used Together
    The Yakima ShowDown Kayak or SUP Carrier and Lift Assist part # Y04081 requires about 42" of crossbar space. Therefore, you'd wouldn't be able to realistically fit two side by side. I'd suggest using the etrailer J-Style Kayak Carrier part # e98878 for the other kayak.
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  • Will Two Yakima ShowDown Kayak Carriers Work On a 2006 Honda Odyssey with Factory Roof Rack
    The best and really only option to carry two kayaks on a 2006 Honda Odyssey with factory roof rack would be to use a set of j-style carriers, the etrailer J-Style Kayak Carrier part # e98878 is what I recommend. In regards to load assist, you really just don't have any good options. The Yakima ShowDown Kayak won't work on a factory roof rack and you won't have enough room to fit two even if an aftermarket roof rack is used.
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