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Can anyone recommend a cargo carrier that utilizes the cross-bars on the 2002 EX roof rack? I used the fitting guides on Thule and Yakima sites but they don't have product for the 2002. Also, it looks like you have to buy their cross-bars for the earlier model years. Are the Honda cross-bars good for anything?
 

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Honda cross-bars are a waste of $$$. Sorry!
It will only work with honda accessories.

I trade my 2001 GG EX for a 2002 MB EXL-RES. I was able to use my Double-Cross crossbars from Yakima (They lock) and I installed a Yakima RocketBox.

BTW Honda nor Yakima assume no responsiblity for the use of Honda's crossbars acessories.

I would try to return it or sell it.
 

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There was considerable discussion on this topic. Look up "honda crossbars may be unsafe". Neither Thule, Yakima, or Sears have a setup using the Honda crossbars. I tried resolving this problem with Honda but their representative, (a "Charisma Justis") did not return my calls, and the on-line dealer I bought the crossbars from did not return my e-mail when I requested authorization to return the crossbars for a refund. Good Luck.

Al
 

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i have used a cargo box with the honda roof rack and cross rails on my 2000lx with no problems.
 

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I used my old Sears X-Cargo from my previous van with the Honda crossbars for my 2,500 mile round trip from NJ to FL.

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After following up on the lenghty discussion on another topic about how "Honda crossbars may be unsafe," I decided to go with this set-up and just continously checked on the stability of the X-Cargo and the crossbars during each gas and rest stops. Also have my fingers crossed
during the first leg of my trip. Luckily, I have no incident to report except that only average about 22-24 mpg on the highway.

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I have the same setup as MarioB. In fact I have had that same car top carrier on my (old) 88' Accord and my 96' Odyssey (and now on my recent 1,800 mile journey in my 2002' Odyssey).

I have put way more that 100 pounds in it. I was a bit uneasy about not having the side straps "hooked into" the gutter (top of side door on the 96" Odyssey) for the 2002'. I just shortened the straps and wrapped them around the outside roof rack bars. I take turns and stops easy knowing there is a load that could shift on top.

I have had no problems. I drive 80m.p.h. at times and just weathered and amazing amount of road salt on this last trip. I have read all that has been said about the crossbars but I do not see any problem and I have used the same setup now for over five years.

In fact, I loaded close to 300 lbs. of lumber on the roof rack of my 96' Ody once! (or whatever 10 sheets of 3/4 inch plywood weigh) I know, 100 lb. limit. But I was in a bind. Nice to know it will hold if needed.

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I think some of you are missing the point on the Honda crossbars. It is not the weight you carry that is of concern, it is the lift forces put on the bars caused by wind and the design of the boxes, and the ability of the the two screws on each bar to handle those forces. Weight in the box will counteract lift forces. The Honda setup did not pass Thules or Yakimas tests. They will not accept responsibilty if the bars break loose and cause an accident etc. Neither will Honda. When I spoke to the Honda rep, he said that Honda did not approve use of cargo boxes with their crossbars and would not warrant them or accept liability in case of failure if used for that purpose. What was even more amazing, the rep. said he did not believe cargo boxes were a legitimate use for the bars and that he did not recall seeing them used in that capacity on any vehicles. Makes you wonder how often he gets out on the road!

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I failed to mention that offest point in my reply. Obviously an empty car top carrier generates an uplift "at hurricane speed winds".

My point was to show a real life example. I have overloaded both the carrier and at cross bars (beyond mfg. recommendations) before and have had no ill effects. I just though a real world example might help ease fears. Between my two Odysseys I have logged coutless miles over six years with two types of crossbars. Just thought I would mention it. I am not saying the other mfg.'s are wrong.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by 1ODY2NV:

I trade my 2001 GG EX for a 2002 MB EXL-RES. I was able to use my Double-Cross crossbars from Yakima (They lock) and I installed a Yakima RocketBox.

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I'm considering the Yakima setup you have for my 2002 SS EX-LRES. Question about the Rocketbox. Is it suitable for luggage and coolers?

We used a soft top on our 96 DGC with no problem but I hesitate to use it with the cheesy rails on the Honda (my only complaint by the way).
 

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As far as recommendations go... I have and use the factory cross-bars with a Yakima Space Cadet cargo box on my 2001 EX. This set-up is low profile and looks sharp on the Ody. I've been on two large trips... just got back from a 2,500 mile trip using this cargo box. I too load more than 100 lbs. in the box and have had no problems. I set the box as far back on the roof rails as possible... avoiding as much wind as possible coming off the windshield. This driving is all highway, cruise set at 80 mph and through some pretty harsh weather. Both the Ody and the Yakima have performed perfectly.

I also have driven quite a few miles with the box empty at high speeds (70-80 mph). This would cause the greatest uplift forces possible. The box has even started vibrating as it attempts to lift off. It has not flown off and the contact points have remained tight (I recommend checking at every stop, though). I am not disputing the above remarks... I'm simply providing my experience with the cross-bars. Also, I have not read or heard of ANY cargo carrier flying off an Ody. Once again, I'm not stating they are safe... I'm just pointing out that we probably would have heard about this by now. Can you say, "litigation lawyer"?

Side Note: I averaged 24 mpg the whole trip using 87 octane gas only (I track mpg VERY closely
). This is as good as this vehicle will do loaded with hundreds of pounds of people and luggage. So much for the "need" to use high octane fuel. By the way, now that I'm back I need another vacation!
 

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HMMM....As far back as possible....sounds like a good plan, CMT4. I think I'll move mine back.

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