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Will A Skinny Cargo Box And Skinny Cargo Rack Fit Factory Crossbars On 2020 Subaru Outback?

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Is it possible to fit both a skinny cargo box and skinny cargo rack on a 2020 Outback with the factory standard roof rack?

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A cargo basket and cargo box may fit the factory crossbars of your 2020 Subaru Outback, but first we need to look at a few measurements to verify. The Kuat Mini Skinny Roof Cargo Basket MSR1B that you were looking at is inactive and no longer available, but Yakima SkinnyWarrior Roof Rack Cargo Basket # Y07014 would be a good option to consider; it only measures 23" wide. For a skinny cargo box, I recommend the SportRack Horizon Rooftop Cargo Box # SR7011 which measures 21" wide.

You will want to check what your crossbar spread is on your roof (distance from center of crossbar to center of next crossbar - see photo). My research tells me that your crossbar spread can be adjusted from 30" to 39" which would be compatible with both roof accessories mentioned above. The Yakima basket requires crossbar spread of 24" - 38" while the Sportrack cargo box requires crossbar spread of 23-5/8" - 35".

The next thing you need to look at is the length of your crossbars. You will need a minimum of 44" long crossbars to fit these items, but more than 44" is certainly recommended for best fit. My research says that your factory bars are 50" long which would work, but I recommend verifying this by measuring your crossbar length.

Measuring Crossbar Spread
Measuring Crossbar Spread
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