The K9 Roof Rack System from Eezi-Awn is a revolutionary advancement in expedition-style racks; it is thinner, lighter, stronger, quieter, more functional, more aerodynamic, more durable, and more aesthetically complimentary to your vehicle than the competition.
The K9 systems for the Toyota 80 Series Land Cruiser (Lexus LX450) come in 1400mm (55") width, and 5 different lengths. Far and away the most popular model is the 2.2M (87") long rack that starts a few inches behind the windshield and finishes an inch in front of the rear hatch. This rack maximizes your roof top capacity. This is the gutter mount rack pioneered by our friends at Expedition 7 in their around the globe adventure. They have taken these racks, and all the gear they can fit on them, all over the world, making it the first roof rack system to visit all seven continents on the planet. The 1.6M (62") version is a great choice if you want to maintain the use of your sunroof. It starts just behind the sunroof and finishes an inch in front of the rear hatch.
The 80 Series Land Cruiser rack utilizes gutter mount legs to attach the K9 Platform to the roof. Our standard height rack measures 7-3/8" high, from top of the gutter above the second row doors.. It allows enough room for options on the bottom of the platform.
Capacity of the K9 roof rack system is broken into two measurements, static weight and dynamic weight. Static is when the vehicle is stationary. Dynamic is when the vehicle is in motion. We have not tested the K9 racks on vehicles to the point of roof failure. We can tell you what we have tested ourselves effectively. A dynamic capacity in the range of 500 pounds is possible. That load included a RTT, awning, dual fuel can holder, aluminum storage case with recovery gear, shovel, axe, under mount table, light bar, etc on a 2.2M long rack. A static capacity of 1000 pounds is possible. An example of static load increase would be adding people in the tent on the roof. Please understand these capacities are on vehicles that have modified suspensions designed to manage this amount of weight. They are not a warrantied or guaranteed capacity. Your load capacity will vary.
The K9 Roof Rack System for the 80 Series Land Cruiser requires no drilling at all for any size rack. Our proprietary gutter mount legs attach to the gutter on the vehicle, with the leg sitting in the gutter and a full width clamp going under the gutter lip.
Installation of this rack system can be done by one person in approximately 1-1/2 hours. Help lifting the platform on the roof would be appreciated. You start by removing the factory roof rack, attach the K9 gutter mount legs to the bottom of the platform, invert and lift on top of the truck roof. Attach clamps and you are good to go. Written instructions are also provided with each rack system. Click Here to Download Instructions.
The components used on the 80 Series Land Cruiser rack systems include a set of K9 gutter mount legs (2 per platform cross brace), and a platform.
The Eezi-Awn K9 Roof Rack System comes with a complete array of bolt on accessories. Jerry Can holders, Axe mounts, Shovel mounts, Hi-Lift Mounts, Max Trax Mounts, Awning Mounts, Under Rack Table mounts, and much more. Take a look at the accessories page to see all our options.
Thule & Yakima Compatible
The K9 Roof Rack is also the only overlanding rack on the market that is easily compatible with your existing Thule or Yakima sports bar mounts for bikes, kayaks, etc. With store-accessible 6mm hardware that attaches to the K9's perimeter, your hobbies won't become obsolete with your "old gear."
Thule Models Podium Foot Pack 460
Fit Kit KIT3101
Yakima Models (1) Skyline Tower
(2) Landing Pad 4
"The K9 Roof Rack System is a welcome alternative to the cage-style racks that once defined the typical overland roof rack. It is sleek, understated, and complimentary to the aesthetics of vehicles new and old. It is most importantly, remarkably robust, an attribute we would naturally expect from the engineers at Eezi-Awn."
-- Christophe Noel, Executive Editor, Expedition Portal