It is modeled after some Thule and Yakima optional setups. However, getting my SUV set up with either a Thule or Yakima system, in order to utilize their loader/lift assist accessory, was going to set me back over $500 when all was said and done. My version: outrageously cheap, just as effective, and more sturdy.
The benefit is that it helps load or unload the kayak without ever lifting more than 50% of the kayak weight.
Here are the materials:
(1) 72" long, 1/2 inch diameter steel pipe
(1) 60" long, 1" diameter steel pipe
(1) Pool noodle
(4) 15" rubber straps with "S" hooks at each end
Existing factory rack “eye pins” that slide and can be tightened down all along the track that runs from front to back.
Existing factory crossbars.
Existing foam blocks or in my case the existing kayak/board padded wrap that cover the crossbars.
These are the “eye pins“. Unfortunately, without these $0.99 cent original “eye pins”, this whole system may not be possible. Space them about 12” apart on each side.
Here is the 72" long 1/2 inch pipe:
Take the pool noodle and cut about a 36” section off, and thread the ½ inch pipe through the noodle all the way thru except for an inch or so., as follows: