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Heavy duty roof cross bars for Explorer?

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  1. bigmoose

    bigmoose Well-Known Member Established Member

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    I have a '13 explorer sport. I have the factory cross bars but they are light duty. I'm looking for a flat steel bar setup with side ears that will clamp to the factory side rails. I'm looking for something heavy duty to hold a ladder and wood from time to time. Anyone have any suggestions?
     
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    Thule or Yakima.


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    bigmoose Well-Known Member Established Member

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    I already checked them and didn't see what I was looking for.
     
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    VENOM1 6.0MAN Established Member

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    I’m pretty sure their whisper bars are exactly what you’re looking for. Outside of those two brands you’ll be hard pressed to find something of quality


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    Yeah. That's what I'm finding. Problem is what I've seen only support 165#s and I'm not sure I trust the side clamps that use straps.
     
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    IMHO if you need to put more than 165 lbs per bar on top of your Explorer, you need a different vehicle. My recollection is that the Explorer has a roof rack limit of 100 lbs, probably due to roll over stability. You're talking about putting more than 330 lb on the roof if your exceeding the weight limit of a 165 pounds per whisper bar. Remember, the Explorer is essentially a lifted Ford Taurus.
     
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    bigmoose Well-Known Member Established Member

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    You make a good point. If the rating is per bar then I might be good. I was thinking it was 165 for the pair. I prefer some headroom with that limit.
     
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    Pribilof 5,280 Reasons to Mod Established Member

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    I was wrong... Limits are per pair. Whispbar HD says it'll fit your Explorer and these are rated at 220lbs per pair. Whispbar HD Bar
     
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    I hate explorers with roof rails behind me at night. Always think it’s a cop. They’re almost as bad as seeing the amber marker lights of a crown vic.


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