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Highest Rated Weight Capacity Crossbars for a 2017 Subaru Forester

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Looking for cross bars that will fit 2017 Subaru forester that will have a minimum Dynamic Wgt 220# Any suggestions you guys seem to have all the answers. Thank for you website!

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The highest weight capacity roof rack that we have for your 2017 Subaru Forester comes from Rhino-Rack and includes the Aero Crossbars, part # RRVA126B-2 for Black or part # RRVA126S-2 for Silver, and the SX Series Legs # RRSX100. This roof rack has a weight capacity of 175 lbs and will only fit your Forester is it has factory raised side rails that run front to back.

If you have a naked roof with no existing rails or crossbars then you will need to go with the Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack # TH7602B-TH7602B and Fit Kit # THKIT3079. This kit will install on fixed points of your Forester and will give you a weight capacity of 165 lbs.

Whenever we recommend roof racks to customers we always advise them to check the weight capacity of their roof when using a roof rack because it is almost always the limiting factor. The same things applies to hauling any equipment; you are limited by your least rated component.

I would be surprised to find a roof rack that has a weight capacity of 220 lbs as most crossbars are limited to only 165 lbs depending on the setup. To safely haul your equipment that is at the minimum 220 lbs you will need to install a trailer hitch receiver and use a hitch mounted cargo carrier.

For this setup I recommend the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 75876 along with the Curt Cargo Carrier # C18153. You can use an Anti-Rattle Lock # 63232 and a Cargo Net # RLN1-RTD4 or Bag # 988501 to secure your equipment.

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