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Honda CR-V Roof Rack Questions



  • I have a 2009 Honda CR-V. I have the dealer installed roof rack. I am having trouble with the cross rails...are they adjustable? I took the the thing apart and unless I'm missing something the cross rails appear to be fixed. This doesn't help me because my car top carrier doesn't fit where the cross rails are.

    Can someone help? Are the cross rails adjustable and if so, can you tell me how I adjust them?

    Thanks in advance.
  • Cross rails are not adjustable on my 2010. I assume the 2009 is the same way. Kinda goofy, I think, but thats the way it works.
  • I think there may be some aftermarket cross bars that may be adjustable.

    although, normally I think the better car top carriers are usually adjustable or corss bar position.
  • I have read all the posts in this forum and I am still confused about the roof rack. I am buying a 2010 CR-V LX. I was originally going to have the dealership install the crossbars. When I found out that the crossbars only support 75 pounds, I decided to not have the Honda crossbars and to look at Thule. The Thule crossbars (for the CR-V) will hold 150 pounds. Since I use a rooftop carrier a few times a year, I need this accessory.

    I have a few questions. I know that the Honda rails can only hold 75 pounds, can the roof itself support about 150 pounds? I am a bit handy, would I be able to install the Thule crossbars myself or should I have a professional do it? Does the radio antenna on the roof of the 2010 (third generation CR-V) unscrew? My rooftop carrier is a hard shell and I believe it would extend into the antenna space.

    Any feedback would be appreciated.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,798
    The main reason Honda advises 75 lbs capacity is the way weight this high up changes the dynamics of the vehicle. Being that this is a sue happy sciciety and people are not willing to accept consequences of their own actions, any roll over resulting from the changed vehicle dynamics will most likely land Honda in court. Which they don't want to happen.

    I believe the actual roof weight limit is about 5000 lbs, which exceeds the total vehicle capacity, but is required by the DOT for roll over protection.

    So, if you load up more than 75 lbs on the roof, and roll over, don't expect neither Honda, nor your insurance to pay up, since you have exceeded the recommended capacity.

    Good luck.
  • Just installed a Yakima system (Control Tower and Landing Pad #10 only to find that our snowboards do not fit due to the short distance between the bars (front to back). I have all the Yakima attachments from other car set ups. Does anyone know whether there is an alternative to the Control Tower? I can't tell from their site whether the QTower system will work, which would allow me to spread the distance further apart. With the Control Tower system it is obvious that the BOA bike rack won't work, and strapping my 16' canoe or 18' sea kayak will be sketchy. Any comments and suggestions welcome.
  • Would you have considered the QTowers with QClips for door mount? This set up appears to give the flexibility to spread out the bar distance to accomodate longer items, including snowboards.
  • "I went with the Yakima instead of the factory rack because I already have several Yakima attachments (bike rack, ski rack, snow board rack) so it only made sense."

    i'm actually looking for a good rack for our snowboards. was gonna go with rei's till I found your link to orsracksdirect. we're trying to decide between thule (the 91726 universal pull top) or yakima for our boards (w/ the bindings). also regarding the talk about tipping over from the center of gravity changing, that's the first i ever heard of that before. i would think you'd have to be driving somewhat recklessly with a lot of weight up top for that matter.
  • When adding Yakima towers and landing pads to CRV, do the pads fill in the void in the roof caused by removing the plastic trim strips? If not, do the voids fill with rain water, etc?
  • Once roof trim is removed to install the landing pads, does the Yakima base fill the void in the roof left after removing the trim? The factory rack does cover the opening.
  • rocket12rocket12 Posts: 5
    Installing Yakima mounts (assume so with Thule as well) into the CRV mounting units, the Yakima system has a gasket or boot that covers the void where the mounting bolts are located. It is really slick and no water should get in there. PS- I ended up not installing the Yakima towers on the CRV mounts because the distance between the bars was too short for hauling boats, etc. By using the QTowers, I have gained 5 inches spread. Good luck.
  • killgoretroutkillgoretrout Posts: 1
    edited April 2010
    I have a Yakima system on my 2003 CR-V. Will the Control Towers fit on a 2010 CR-V?
  • Thanks. Do you have any problems with rack deforming rubber window seals or scratching roof.
  • rocket12rocket12 Posts: 5
    To date, I have not experienced any problems with the rubber seals. I take extra care with installing the rack each time to minimize the chance of scratches. The Yakima mounting clips come with some protective tape which protects the vehicle paint. I will say that I only put the rack unit on the vehicle when needed. This eliminates the road noise when not in use for everyday driving. Good luck.
  • basspro76basspro76 Posts: 1
    Just installed a roof rack on a 2005 CRV for my canoe, which of course is jjjjjuuustt a hair to wide. It overhangs the edge of the rack by about a half of an inch. My question is are their are options for me to extend the roof rack? If not, do you guys think that if I use two ratcheting straps over the top of the canoe and also use a ratcheting tie down that connects from the front bumper to the back, will that be enough to hold it on a long trip?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    First off, I tie my canoes down front and rear (and side to side). Think rear-ending someone and having the canoe fly forward.

    I wouldn't try to haul the boat with your current set-up. I'd kludge up a wider rack somehow. I have 1x4's attached to the round bars on my Yakima rack for example, because I like a flat surface to rest the gunwales on.

    I think you'd want an inch or so on either side of the gunwale since the straps or ropes may stretch as you cruise down the road, and it's no fun when a canoe slips over the edge and bangs the side of the car (happened to me decades ago when a cheap rack failed).
  • rocket12rocket12 Posts: 5
    I totally agree with Steve. You should invest in wider bars indeed, and I'll bet you can sell you short bars pretty easily. I use the round Yakima bars and have not experienced problems at all with straps from side to side and front and back. I have used the trick of using the foam canoe blocks as padding when loading on my Yakima. This allows me to tie down the canoe with some force, and it also eliminates any shifting at high speeds. It works for me. Good luck.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    My Yakima bars are 78" wide. That lets me tote one canoe over the passenger side of the car and increases the visibility for the driver. And you can carry two canoes side by side (handy for running shuttle).

    But those long bars are dangerous when you forget they are up there and you get out of the car (I'm not that tall and I just miss them on my minivan but on a shorter car, ouch!).

    Even well tied down, it's a good idea to check your ropes and straps every hour or so and readjust as needed.
  • greenmmgreenmm Posts: 1
    I noticed that all the roof racks for the 2010 CRV are two bars that go across the roof. Is there any rack available which also includes side rails that run post to post? My SX4 has raised side rails and cross bars allowing for 4 points of attachment. I'd like to replicate this with my 2010 CRV. Any kits out there? Thanks for any advice.
  • lch77lch77 Posts: 53
    1. There has been a bit of confusion in this thread regarding the weight capacity of the OEM Crossbars. There might have been a typo somewhere, but Honda's literature says 75 kg max. which converts to about 165 lb.

    2. Would someone be kind enough to advise the thickness of the Crossbar for the 2007 through 2011 CR-V? I have an INNO INA940 rack that will accomodate a thickness from 0.6" to 1.2" or if I use their extended Screws, 1" to 2."
  • Just wondering- I have a sears 20 cu. ft. Roof carrier and I think the mounts are 27" on center.

    It looks like the crossbar locations on the 2013 cr-v is 24". Not sure.

    In case it won't actually fit, does anyone have any recommendations?

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