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OEM Honda roof rack or aftermark? If you have a Passport and a roof rack, I am looking for any suggestions to help me find the right part. Ideally I could imagine putting ski's/snowboard on-top, but also could put a mattress or XXL metal dog crate (folded). That is how I likely will use.

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I'm assuming you mean the cross bars? I haven't had any problems with my OEM crossbars, they're spaced about 26 inches apart, from front to back, and should fit your normal 3 ft metal dog crate no problem. The only problem I foresee would be that they're "rounded" and the dog crate might not lay completely flat on them. Shouldn't be a huge problem, but some of the aftermarket crossbars seem to be more flat, or maybe they're just thicker.

See pic for reference of what I'm talking about, hope it helps.
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Looks nice. I went with the OEM cross bars also that were actually same as ridgeline. I got them because have surfboard and ski racks made by Honda that also work well on my elements. I would suggest running boards helps with reaching everything.
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I'd avoid metal on metal (scratches)...
 

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Looks nice. I went with the OEM cross bars also that were actually same as ridgeline. I got them because have surfboard and ski racks made by Honda that also work well on my elements. I would suggest running boards helps with reaching everything.
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Good idea P Dog, I have occasionally used the Moki door step (Found on Amazon) for those hard to reach places. I like that it can be stored in the back out of the way. I'm also 6'8 so I don't have too much of a problem reaching around up there :)
 

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I highly recommend the Thule Crossroads and 58" square load bars. Easy to install and remove (I hate wind noise so only leave them up when being used. Lots of accessories. Pretty easy to find a used set on Marketplace or Craigslist. Usable on most SUV's with roof rails. I used mine on an X5, 2015 Pilot, and now the Passport.

OEM Honda roof rack or aftermark? If you have a Passport and a roof rack, I am looking for any suggestions to help me find the right part. Ideally I could imagine putting ski's/snowboard on-top, but also could put a mattress or XXL metal dog crate (folded). That is how I likely will use.

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I'm assuming you mean the cross bars? I haven't had any problems with my OEM crossbars, they're spaced about 26 inches apart, from front to back, and should fit your normal 3 ft metal dog crate no problem. The only problem I foresee would be that they're "rounded" and the dog crate might not lay completely flat on them. Shouldn't be a huge problem, but some of the aftermarket crossbars seem to be more flat, or maybe they're just thicker.

See pic for reference of what I'm talking about, hope it helps
I'm assuming you mean the cross bars? I haven't had any problems with my OEM crossbars, they're spaced about 26 inches apart, from front to back, and should fit your normal 3 ft metal dog crate no problem. The only problem I foresee would be that they're "rounded" and the dog crate might not lay completely flat on them. Shouldn't be a huge problem, but some of the aftermarket crossbars seem to be more flat, or maybe they're just thicker.

See pic for reference of what I'm talking about, hope it helps.
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Thank you very much, very helpful. I am searching for them and hopefully will soon find it. When I mentioned dog crate, this is a collapsible crate that is about 4ft x 6ft and folds into a flat rectangle. The picture helps me very well because it will definitely fit. Great looking car, can tell a lot about a car owner by looking at the wheels/rims.
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Running boards....I saw them as an accessory but didnt think I would need to get them, but you raise an excellent point for the extra height. Thank you!
 

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Just to show you more options, I threw a Yakima rack on mine.

I’ve owned Yakima racks for over 30 years and have never had any issues, but I will say this new rack was an absolute pain in the ass to install. I consider myself pretty mechanically inclined and assumed that this rack would take me ten minutes to install as all of my other Yakima racks, but two hours and numerous cuss words later I finally got it installed. One of my friends had bought the same rack system for his Tacoma, so I called him to bitch about the length of time it took me to install it when he said that when he bought his he thought it would take a couple minutes as well (he’s also owned Yakima for 30years), but he was in the stores parking lot for a couple hours cussing.

I remove the rack during the summer, but when I throw it and my Packasport on this winter I’m going to relocate it farther back so I can get into the box from the back instead of the sides. The Passport has a tall roof line so you might consider looking at a tire step but only if you plan on downsizing your rims to 17-18” so that the step will rest on the tires instead of the rim, unless you don’t care. There are a bunch of different brands out there but they’re all cheaply built in China so brand really doesn’t matter.
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Running boards....I saw them as an accessory but didnt think I would need to get them, but you raise an excellent point for the extra height. Thank you!
I looked into running boards/sliders but most of them I didn’t like the looks of and I didn’t want my buddies leaning against the PP when it’s covered in snow, ice, salt and dirt to load up the Packasport and scratch the paint.

One of the members on here has a set of really nice sliders but I can’t remember his user name or the products name ? Someone will know who or what brand
 

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These are the tire steps I referenced, they’re all pretty much cheaply built in China so there really isn’t a brand better then the others.

I bought the green one on Amazon and the reason I went with that particular one was that I wanted a more aggressive platform since I’d be in the snow loading boards in my box and the bright green helps it stand out so you won’t drive off with it on (hopefully)
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The best cross bar you can get for ski racks is the Whispbar or Yakima RailBar, unfortunately Whispbar got bought out by Yakima a few years ago and the Yakima RailBar is not cheap.
What I have on my vehicle is a knock off of the Whispbar/RailBar that I bought for less than $90, it works great for ski racks because it has a lower profile than most any other. These were available on Ebay and other sites under many different names but now I don't see them at all anymore. I'm assuming since Yakima bought out Whispbar they have threatened these knock off companies with lawsuits.

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Looks nice. I went with the OEM cross bars also that were actually same as ridgeline. I got them because have surfboard and ski racks made by Honda that also work well on my elements. I would suggest running boards helps with reaching everything.
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I am 6'4" and wouldnt be able to reach the tiedown points for my kayaks without the running boards. My 5'4" wife uses them all the time to climb in and out of our PP
 
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