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Comparing 339-LRUNISETX vs 339LRUNISETA Lockrack Watersport Carriers


Hello, I’m wondering what the difference is between the Lockrack 339 LRUNISETX and the 339 LRUNISETA? Is there a recommended crossbar length that can fit two of these lockracks to carry a 32” wide kayak and a 29.5” wide kayak?


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The biggest difference is that the Lockrack Watersport Carrier # 339LRUNISETA has a single pad that you use to mount your kayak, canoe, or SUP on while the Lockrack Adjustable Watersport Carrier # 339-LRUNISETX has 2 sets of pads that your kayak, canoe, or SUP rests on. The advantage of using the adjustable option is that if your roof rack does not use round bars you can actually ignore the middle black piece and adjust the pads freely from each other on your roof rack. This means that you can use almost any size equipment for this carrier.

Aside from that everything else is the same as far as mounting procedures, arm rotation (when not in use), and lockability goes.

To carry 2 kayaks with the Lockrack carriers you're going to need something in the ballpark of 80" crossbars. While you can use the Yakima TimberLine Towers # Y00147 with 80" CoreBar Crossbars # Y00424, this would almost be like turning your 2019 Subaru Crosstrek into a small airplane with an 80" wingspan.

Instead I recommend using a Lockrack carrier of your choice with the Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier # Y04073 on a Yakima JetStream roof rack with the TimberLine Towers # Y00147 and either the Black # Y00425 or Silver # Y00428 50" JetStream Crossbars. Using a Yakima system allows you to also add the same lock cores to your roof rack and the JayLow with part # Y07206 which helps to eliminate a handful of keys to lock your kayaks on your roof.

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Nicole R.

I have seen a photo where a gentleman removed the cradles from his Thule Hullavator and installed the LockRack. Allowing him to use the hydraulics of the Hullavator to load a paddleboard onto the roof of his 8’ high vehicle. Is this recommended? If not are there any load assist options for paddleboard (s), other than the Yakima Showdown?

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Reply from Chris R.

I can't really recommend doing that since it would void the warranty of both racks and it just hasn't been tested in an official setting to ensure compatibility and safety. The Yakima ShowDown # Y04081 is indeed the only paddle board carrier we have available with a load assist mechanism.

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