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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 or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Yakima Watersport Carriers

  • Kayak
  • Paddle Board
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Saddle-Style
  • Aero Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Yakima
  • 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"
  • Maximum crossbar diameter: 3-1/2"
  • 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:  4.0 out of 5 stars   (4 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

Very disappointed with Yakima on this lift, it is difficult to use and not well made like the other Yakima kayak racks I have.

- Y04081

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

GREAT!! Im currently using it on top of a Jeep Gladiator.
Kathleen - 12/06/2021

- 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 Malone...
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  • How To Carry Two Kayaks On a 2018 Toyota Highlander with Factory Roof Rack and Have Load Assist
    I do have an option for you but there are two issues you are going to run into trying to use the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier part # TH898 or the Yakima ShowDown Kayak or SUP Carrier part # Y04081. The first issues is that these are each over 40" long therefore you would not be able to fit two side by side and they both require there to be an overhang on the crossbars which the factory roof rack for a Toyota Highlander does not have. If you want to go with a trailer like the Malone...
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  • How to Carry a Fishing Kayak on the Roof of a 2019 Toyota RAV4
    Yes you can substitute for longer bars on your 2019 Toyota RAV4. The Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars 47" # TH711200 have a more factory look because they don't stick out too far. I attached a video below with this set on a 2019 Toyota RAV4 and you can see how they don't stick out too far. To go wider you will need to use the Thule Rapid Podium Feet # TH460R and the fit kit for your car # THKIT3177 The 47" bars are recommended but you can go wider as long as you don't extend past your mirrors....
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  • Best Way to Carry Two Kayaks on 2019 Mazda CX-5 With Flush Side Rails
    We do have a solution for you, but for your 2019 Mazda CX-5, the issue isn't only actually the weight capacity of the roof, it is that there is no way to fit a combination of the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier # TH898 with the Yakima ShowDown Kayak Carrier # Y04081 (or two of either carrier) on any roof rack for your 2019 CX-5 because they take up far too much space on your crossbars. Additionally, there isn't enough space on roof rack crossbars for a '19 CX-5 to fit both a Hullavator/ShowDown...
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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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  • Roof Rack Recommendation and Load Assist Kayak Carrier for 2021 Kia Sorento
    The Yakima ShowDown Kayak or SUP Carrier # Y04081 is 42" long so that means your crossbars will need to be at LEAST 84" long to load 2 of these on your vehicle. Unless you plan on taking flight with your 2021 Kia Sorento I don't recommend using wing-sized crossbars, but instead using an alternative load-assist. I recommend checking out the Malone DownLoader and TelosXL Load Assist # MPG114MD-351XL and then picking up an extra DownLoader Set # MPG114MD so you can carry 2 boats. Then for...
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  • Can Yakima ShowDown Fit on Malone Roof Rack for 2020 Subaru Forester with Raised Rails
    Yes, the Yakima Showdown kayak carrier part # Y04081 can be installed on the Malone roof rack part # MPG216 which fits the raised side rails of your 2020 Subaru Forester. I attached a picture that shows this carrier installed on a set of aero shaped crossbars like the Malone set. I attached an install video link for the roof rack on a similar 2019 Subaru Forester as well as a review video for the kayak carrier for you to check out as well.
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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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  • Compatible Rack For 2021 Rubicon With Sky One Touch And Yakima ShowDown Kayak Carrier
    If you want to operate your Sky One-Touch Power Roof on your 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, Thule and Yakima both have a fit. Rhino-Rack does not have an option with the necessary clearance. The Yakima Raingutter Towers are only compatible with their round crossbars. The 58" crossbar length is a good choice because the Yakima ShowDown does require some crossbar to extend beyond the tower. This Yakima rack would consist of the following: Round 58" CrossBars for Yakima Roof Rack System (QTY...
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  • Roof Rack for 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk for Two Yakima Showdown Carriers
    For your 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk the longest crossbar roof rack that fits your vehicle is the Rhino Rack Vortex rack part numbers # RRVA126B-2, # RRRCL4, and # RRRCP27-BK which will give you a crossbar length of 55 inches. Since a good portion of the Yakima Showdown part # Y04081 can hang over the edge of the bars you'd be able to fit two of them on this setup.
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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 Kayak...
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  • Recommended Tonneau Cover with Rails for 2019 Ford Ranger For Kayak or SUP Transport
    For your 2019 Ford Ranger I recommend the Pace Edwards UltraGroove Metal Hard Tonneau Cover - Retractable - Aluminum - Matte Black # 311-KMFA31A62 for a 6 foot bed or # 311-KMFA30A61 for a 5 foot bed. The The T-tracks on the UltraGroove are designed to work with roof rack crossbars and other accessories. To add a set of crossbars to these tracks I recommend the Yakima 60 inch JetStream Bars # Y00425 along with the Landing Pad # Y00221 and Towers # Y00148 to attach them to the tracks. If...
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  • Crossbar Roof Rack Recommendation for 2018 Toyota RAV4 with Raised Side Rails
    For your 2018 Toyota RAV4 with factory raised roof side rails we have crossbar roof racks that are a fit but not from Malone as they recommend the smaller # MPG215. Instead your best option is the Thule Rapid Crossroad Feet # TH450R, 47" WingBar Evo Crossbars # TH711220, as well as locks # TH450400. The Thule crossbars work great with the Yakima Showdown part # Y04081 that you have.
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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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  • How To Mount Both a Cargo Box and Surf Board On a 2020 Subaru Forester
    I have some great roof rack options for a 2020 Subaru Forester. The best size will really come down to what you are looking to carry. I have attached a nice chart below that gives some better insight on this. As you can see, in order to carry both a cargo box and surf board you'll need super long crossbars which is possible but they will extend out from the vehicle very far. The Yakima CoreBar System will allow you to choose the crossbar length so this is what I recommend, part # Y00147...
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  • Thule Hullavator Kayak Carrier Mounting Requirements
    To install Thule's load-assist Hullavator kayak carrier # TH898 on a vehicle's roof rack the ends of the bars must extend out past the roof rack feet by at least 4-inches. You can see this requirement illustrated in the linked diagram. The comparable Yakima ShowDown carrier # Y04081 also has a similar bar space requirement. If your roof rack is a Subaru factory type whose bars do not extend past the rack feet/rails then you can still use the Hullavator but you'll need to add a different...
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  • Recommended Roof Rack to Use the Yakima ShowDown on a 2013 Toyota RAV4 with Raised Rails
    If you are interested in the Malone square bar roof rack then I recommend going with the 58" bars # MPG202 over the 50" bars # MPG201 for your 2013 Toyota RAV4. Reason being that the Yakima ShowDown # Y04081 requires that the crossbars extend at least 3-1/2" beyond the towers and I don't think you will achieve this with the 50" bars. As far as best goes, the Malone roof racks are good but they are entry level roof racks so they aren't quite as nice as other name brand options. In my opinion...
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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 research,...
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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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  • Recommended Roof Rack Carrier for 2 Stand Up Paddleboards SUPs
    We do have carriers that will easily handle your 2 SUPs but the Rhino-Rack Nautic 580 Side Loading Kayak Carrier # RR580 is not ideal for transporting two SUPs since it is primarily intended for use with one kayak. If you want a load-assisted carrier you can use the Yakima ShowDown SUP Carrier and Lift Assist, part # Y04081, which includes tie-downs. This carrier works on all roof rack bar shapes and so long as the roof rack is not the type that mounts to the vehicle door jambs. It also...
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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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  • 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 since...
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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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