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  I have a 2012 Outback...
  Posted by: johnysmoke on Mar-24-13 9:30 PM (EST)

-- Last Updated: Mar-24-13 9:36 PM EST --

And installed the Yakima landing pads and control towers. The factory rack was pretty good for lighter boats, and does neatly fold out of the way to increase gas mileage, but I don't feel it was suitable for heavier\longer boats. The Yakima setup is pretty solid, I put wider bars on to help get my long heavy Foster Shadow up there more easily. I've carried two long heavy boats up there on j-cradles for multi-day drives and they were rock solid.

When I was using the factory bars I just used foam blocks, seemed to work ok. If I was going to stick with the factory bars, I would just use a Yakima Bigstack and foam blocks or surf pads...

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