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So i’ve searched, reached out to vendors, and looked for possible solutions for my problem. I never really found a solution nor got feedback from the vendors they would produce an item. What i was looking for was a single front cross bar i could attach to the hard top to transport a canoe in the summer time. Welp, couldn’t find one.
So i started looking for “Universal” ones online. I found this badboy from Spring Creek Manufacturing. Spring Creek cross bar
It’s pricey but seems Very well/overbuilt and very solid. Price is a but much but i really have no other options for the front. First report on effectiveness and if the suctions hold well to the hard top to come in a month on our first camping excursion but thought i’d share what i found as ive seen some other recent threads on the topic.

edit: just to clarify. There is also a strap that goes through the cab to secure it down.

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So i’ve searched, reached out to vendors, and looked for possible solutions for my problem. I never really found a solution nor got feedback from the vendors they would produce an item. What i was looking for was a single front cross bar i could attach to the hard top to transport a canoe in the summer time. Welp, couldn’t find one.
So i started looking for “Universal” ones online. I found this badboy from Spring Creek Manufacturing. Spring Creek cross bar
It’s pricey but seems Very well/overbuilt and very solid. Price is a but much but i really have no other options for the front. First report on effectiveness and if the suctions hold well to the hard top to come in a month on our first camping excursion but thought i’d share what i found as ive seen some other recent threads on the topic.

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I've been looking for a crossbar that would attach to my front windshield, to support a long board or a kayak that is principly attached to the half rack on my rear cap. What you show, by itself, it seems like it would blow right off without a mechanical fastener or a second attachment to the. Also, I don't believe that the removable front panels are designed to be weight bearing, only the rear cap and front windshield have capacity.

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So i started looking for “Universal” ones online. I found this badboy from Spring Creek Manufacturing. Spring Creek cross bar
It’s pricey but seems Very well/overbuilt and very solid. Price is a but much but i really have no other options for the front. First report on effectiveness and if the suctions hold well to the hard top to come in a month on our first camping excursion but thought i’d share what i found as ive seen some other recent threads on the topic.
Based on the first photo, it appears there should be a strap of some type running through the grommet below the side/edges of the rack. Possibly w/ a hook to hold it to the roof?
 

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Hmm.

Most would get the rack that bolts onto the front rack mount (those mounting points right above the windshield). Now, those rails run along the length of the Bronco, but the cross bars just go on that rack wherever you want to put them. It does make pulling the top off more of a chore though.

But - it sounds like what you got is working - nice find. And you can still pop the top relatively easily. I guess if you strap the canoe down, even though it's just suction cups it really isn't going to go anywhere. Don't know if I'd trust it without something strapping it down though.

I am looking for a way to haul a canoe on mine, but have been lazy. With the tires and lift, I don't relish the thought of hauling the thing up on the roof, which is the biggest reason I haven't went and done anything yet. I have a small flatbed trailer I can tow them around on now, which is probably what I'll keep doing .
 
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I've been looking for a crossbar that would attach to my front windshield, to support a long board or a kayak that is principly attached to the half rack on my rear cap. What you show, by itself, it seems like it would blow right off without a mechanical fastener or a second attachment to the. Also, I don't believe that the removable front panels are designed to be weight bearing, only the rear cap and front windshield have capacity.

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Sorry i should’ve clarified. It also has a steap that runs through the cab. So not just suction cups.
im not too worried about weight as the cups are close to the cage and my canoe is 52 lbs. & also supported by a 1/2 rack. nothing more will ever be strapped to it.
 

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One potential solution is to get a light bar mount and mount a T track on it.
 
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One potential solution is to get a light bar mount and mount a T track on it.
I actually considered this. Zroadz has a blank light bar that mounts to the windshield. As well as a fee other companies, but my biggest concern was the angle they make those brackets. They’re meant for 5 lbs in lights, not 50 lbs of canoe. I’m sure it would’ve been fine but i thought perhaps the sheering pressure on the bar would be too much. It was also more exspensive.
I think this will work out well and I can remove when I’m done. We’ll see how it works and lines up in a dew weeks after I install my 1/2 rack.
 

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I actually considered this. Zroadz has a blank light bar that mounts to the windshield. As well as a fee other companies, but my biggest concern was the angle they make those brackets. They’re meant for 5 lbs in lights, not 50 lbs of canoe. I’m sure it would’ve been fine but i thought perhaps the sheering pressure on the bar would be too much. It was also more exspensive.
I think this will work out well and I can remove when I’m done. We’ll see how it works and lines up in a dew weeks after I install my 1/2 rack.
My concern as well. I would love it if the roof rack sellers would sell their mounting parts separately. I could see using the Trailrax full rack (above the windshield) mounts, one of their crossbars, and the wind deflector.

My use case is similar: two 12 ft polypropylene kayaks. I would support them with a half rack and EVA blocks. The front "rack" would help with stability and tie points.

@TrailRax any thoughts on this?
 
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My concern as well. I would love it if the roof rack sellers would sell their mounting parts separately. I could see using the Trailrax full rack (above the windshield) mounts, one of their crossbars, and the wind deflector.

My use case is similar: two 12 ft polypropylene kayaks. I would support them with a half rack and EVA blocks. The front "rack" would help with stability and tie points.

@TrailRax any thoughts on this?
I actually messaged them about this already lol
They had a post a few years ago saying they had a Windshield mounted front cross bar in development. Then radio silence. They said they scrapped it because of wind noise. Which is too bad because for a lot of us that carry “Paddle sport” items the windshield mounted cross bar & rear cap cross bar or 1/2 rack is the Only good solution if you don’t want a full roof rack set up.

if Trailrax developed something or was willing to sell the parts to make this, even with no warranty and no returns, i’d still buy it. There is no option on the market right now to carry surf boards, SUP boards, canoe, kayaks, etc on the top without a full roof rack. The foam blocks work well, but I don’t trust only them and straps going 70 mph.

edit: i also wouldn’t care about wind noise as i would probably remove it when not in use. And i know its gonna be noisy as hell carrying a items on top lol
 

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My concern as well. I would love it if the roof rack sellers would sell their mounting parts separately. I could see using the Trailrax full rack (above the windshield) mounts, one of their crossbars, and the wind deflector.

My use case is similar: two 12 ft polypropylene kayaks. I would support them with a half rack and EVA blocks. The front "rack" would help with stability and tie points.

@TrailRax any thoughts on this?
This is a perfect solution for our full length rack! Due to the weight of the kayaks and the volume in size, wind and other dynamic forces add more to the situation giving the full length rack the best fit for this situation. We understand that you want to do minimal parts but with those minimal parts, you will not get the load bearing capability you need and potentially a lot more wind noise than you would really want.

As much as we would love to sell individual pieces, we cannot because we would not be confident in the load bearing capability with that little of parts protecting your roof and Bronco.
 

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This is a perfect solution for our full length rack!
No it's not. Full racks don't work for those of us with Sunriders (as above) nor does everyone want to spend twice as much for a rack that they are only using a fraction of the space.

I'm thinking about making a front-mounted hitch receiver that will bolt on to the underside of my JCR winch mount. That would allow me to use my canoe support on the front, then a simple half-rack on the back.
 

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yeah, crazy a windshield crossbar option still does not exist on the market. I’ve just committed to using my trailer in the meantime which feels like overkill when I’m only hauling 1 or maybe 2 kayaks
 

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No it's not. Full racks don't work for those of us with Sunriders (as above) nor does everyone want to spend twice as much for a rack that they are only using a fraction of the space.

I'm thinking about making a front-mounted hitch receiver that will bolt on to the underside of my JCR winch mount. That would allow me to use my canoe support on the front, then a simple half-rack on the back.
Make any progress or find parts for this idea? I’ve been hunting for a front windshield bar for canoe hauling, but this may be an even better idea…

What kind of half rack are you running on the back cab?
 

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Make any progress or find parts for this idea? I’ve been hunting for a front windshield bar for canoe hauling, but this may be an even better idea…

What kind of half rack are you running on the back cab?
I have not since I gave the canoe away!

I don't have a rack yet (just posted a question a few minutes ago about an idea!).

It would be easy to do and eventually will, just not a priority for me anymore.
 
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I'm running the Trial Rax 1/2 Rack. Solid build. i like it.
Hauled the canoe a few times already camping. Then a Spring Creek Manufacturing aluminum cross bar for the front.

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