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Can Roof-Mount Bike Racks Attach to Rooftop Cargo Basket on 2010 Kia Soul with Thule Rack Installed

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Hi - can a Thule pro ride bike rack be mounted to this basket? Can it be attached to a yakima load warrior basket? Im looking for a rooftop basket that allows for bike and kayak mounting hardware. Thanks! 2010 Kia Soul w/Thule square bar roof rack

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As a starting point I suggest a check of your Soul's owner's manual to verify the vehicle's roof weight bearing capacity. There should be a maximum rooftop cargo weight figure in your manual or at the very least available from your local Kia dealership. I suggest this since you are considering a combination of rooftop cargo items that could present a significant load on the vehicle.

A roof rack like the Thule square bar system for your Soul, part # TH45050, does not weigh too much on its own (about 8-lbs) but when you add a cargo basket like the Curt # C18115 (about 25-lbs), the ProRide bike carrier # TH598004 (about 11-lbs) you are at 44-lbs before you load any cargo! Before investing in these items you'll want to make certain that they and your intended cargo load will be compatible with your vehicle.

Please note that the Curt cargo basket # C18115 is not compatible with the crossbar spacing of the Thule rack referenced above - but we can help you find another that will fit. Thule offers their Canyon cargo basket # TH859 that will fit the rack's crossbar spacing.

Sorry for more not-so-great news but the narrow width of the Soul's roof will likely prevent installing both a cargo basket and a kayak carrier on the car at the same time. The Canyon basket will take up a bit over 40-inches of the available crossbar space. Although you may be able to attach a kayak carrier to the remaining space on the bars, it is likely that your kayak itself would then extend beyond the sides of the roof. This is not advisable for safety reasons and might also get you a ticket.

Fear not! We can offer you a better overall solution to handle all your cargo requirements.

If you were to install a trailer hitch like Draw-Tite Class I hitch # 24839 you could carry up to 2 bikes on it by installing a compatible Class I bike rack. The link provided will show you all Class I 2-bike racks that would fit such a hitch. A bonus - the hitch also allows you to use a Class I hitch cargo carrier, such as # C18110 from Curt. This carrier would let you load up to 170-lbs of cargo as long as your owner's manual does not otherwise limit the Soul's tongue weight capacity. The hitch bike rack and hitch cargo carrier cannot be used at the same time, however.

This strategy gives you the advantage of not increasing the vehicle's overall height nearly so much as if you placed the bikes on the roof. It also takes a lot of the weight burden off the roof and puts it on the strongest part of the car - its frame. Getting the bikes off the roof will also reduce wind noise at highway speeds.

For your kayak by far the best and most cost-effective option is a foam block carrier like the adjustable SportRack # SR5527. Foam block kayak carriers weigh just about nothing, and this means you lose almost none of the roof's weight capacity to the carrier. These foam carriers can slip over your square crossbars or they can be used without any roof rack at all. Given that you are driving a light-duty passenger vehicle I urge you to go for this type of kayak carrier.

Finally, I have linked for you several articles on hitch racks, cargo carriers and watersport carriers. These will help you consider your best options based on the characteristics of your particular bikes and kayaks.

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