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Will Yakima LongArm Work With Hyundai Santa Cruz Wide Tailgate To Carry A Kayak

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Hi: The tailgate extender I have which is similar to ericsen big bed and foldsdoesnt seem to work with my new hyundai santa cruz. Even at the highest setting .. the tailgate is too high and the kayak will not make contact with the extender.. so I need to purchase a different one. Will the yakima longarm work for sure.?? The last picture shows the total height of the arm...approx 20 inches which is NOT high enough... : I think I need an arm that extends 24 - 26 inches high. Thanks

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The Yakima LongArm Truck Bed Load Extender - 2" Hitches - Aluminum - 300 lbs, part # Y01149, may be compatible with your 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz with the addition of a few parts. The LongArm comes with 4 adjustable positions, 29-3/4" is the closest to the 24"-26" you need to carry your kayak, which will probably put to much weight on your bow or stern of your kayak.

Your best option is to install a cross bar on your Hyundai Santa Cruz and carry the kayak over your truck bed on the tailgate extender. You can go with the SeaSucker Monkey Bar for Roof Rack - Vacuum Cup Mount - 48" Long - Black, part # SEA54FR. It installs with vacuum cups on the roof of your vehicle. It is simple to install and you would only have one crossbar on your roof while you are transporting your kayak.

We do have a more traditional roof rack available if that is your preference. This roof rack will consist of the following items:

Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars - Aluminum - Black - 50" Long - Qty 2, part # TH711320
Evo Flush Rail Feet for Thule Crossbars - Flush Side Rails - Qty 4, part # TH710601
Fit Kit for Thule Evo Flush Roof Rack Feet - 186112. part # TH28JQ
Thule One-Key System Lock Cylinders - Qty 4, part # TH450400

This roof rack has a weight limit of 165 lbs. Once this roof rack is installed you can raise the LongArm to its upright position of 46-3/4" to carry your kayak. You can strap your kayak to the crossbars with the Malone Deluxe Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - Foam Block Style - 18" Long, part # MPG152.

I have included product description links and video review links below.

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