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If you want extreme budget a cinch strap and a towel is how alot of surfers carry their boards out here. I've also seen people wrap foam with cloth or tape or both and make a couple of soft "boards" out of em then just strap though the doors. Otherwise I think amazon, and others can find you racks for the roof for around $300. Then there is always DIY stuff for the bed. Anything you can dream of can work back there.
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I saved these to my potential accessory list a while back. They're relatively cheap and I would imagine hold a clamshell well enough. There's a Maverick owner who uploaded a pic with the bars attached in the reviews so it does work with our trucks.

Amazon: MOSTPLUS Universal Roof Rack Cross Bar
 

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it's cool, options are always good. I'm limited thought with the hard trifold cover back there.
This is awesome thread. Watching it.

I think you could still do a bed rack if you DIY a bed slide out tray. You wouldn't need to flip up your tonneau cover.
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I saved these to my potential accessory list a while back. They're relatively cheap and I would imagine hold a clamshell well enough. There's a Maverick owner who uploaded a pic with the bars attached in the reviews so it does work with our trucks.

Amazon: MOSTPLUS Universal Roof Rack Cross Bar
Amazon says it does not fit a Maverick roof, but their site shows a Maverick with Roof Rack installed. I have my Maverick registered with Amazon and user comments say it does not fit a Maverick. But users could be WRONG. I was considering it but Reviews are overall very negative about the supplier.
 
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Amazon says it does not fit a Maverick roof.
Don't know what the deal is, maybe it's not updated, but there's clearly a picture of them installed on a maverick in the review photos /shrug
 
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I ordered this. I’ll circle back with pics and feedback once I use it.

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I ordered this. I’ll circle back with pics and feedback once I use it.

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We have this exact one for or jetta. We bought one for my parents a few years ago for their Outback. Has worked fine countless times for both of us...sucks that they are twice the price they were when we bought.
 

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If you want a really reasonable option (non-locking) I bought this off Ebay ($65) and it fits very well.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/254369960945

Comes with three different sized clamps. I took the smallest ones and straightened them out a bit (clamped in a vise and bent by hand). It fits perfectly on the black channels. Front and rear racks are set about 3/4" different in length.

All in all, a good super cheap solution. I will grab a photo of it on the truck a bit later today.
 
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Here is a photo of the installation. Pretty low profile. Misses the antenna nicely. Fairly minor wind noise (I've added a kayak rack which does up the noise). But the rack fits really nicely and only takes a minute or two to remove or replace once you've set it up. I recommend writing front and rear on the appropriate racks as they are slightly different lengths

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Here is a photo of the installation. Pretty low profile. Misses the antenna nicely. Fairly minor wind noise (I've added a kayak rack which does up the noise). But the rack fits really nicely and only takes a minute or two to remove or replace once you've set it up. I recommend writing front and rear on the appropriate racks as they are slightly different lengths

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At $65 any decrease in mpg is probably worth it compared to an expensive rack system in the bed. Might need to pick these up for the occasional trip with a rooftop box.
 

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At $65 any decrease in mpg is probably worth it compared to an expensive rack system in the bed. Might need to pick these up for the occasional trip with a rooftop box.
Glad I clicked on this thread - I had shopped for some cheap racks months ago but nobody had any experience with any at that time. $65 is cheap for a set of racks. I already have a cheapass cargo basket this will complete the cheapass circle. :ROFLMAO:
 

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If you want a really reasonable option (non-locking) I bought this off Ebay ($65) and it fits very well.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/254369960945

Comes with three different sized clamps. I took the smallest ones and straightened them out a bit (clamped in a vise and bent by hand). It fits perfectly on the black channels. Front and rear racks are set about 3/4" different in length.

All in all, a good super cheap solution. I will grab a photo of it on the truck a bit later today.
Thx for the head's up - looks like a great cheap option!!
 
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Just returned from our vacation. Yes it looks like ass. But it worked perfectly and stayed anchored securely.
Probably won’t be using it again for another year so staying under $200 made sense to me.

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