Yakima ShowDown LiftAssist Kayak & SUP Rack- Yakima Kayak Rack

Yakima ShowDown Kayak & SUP Rack
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Rating of 4.5/5 on 4 reviews
Product Code: 204081
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Open Box Price: $359.20 Currently In Stock: 10
Product is complete, in near-mint condition, and comes with a full warranty. Packaging may show signs of wear.

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The Yakima ShowDown Kayak & SUP Rack

Yakima Kayak Rack

The first load-assist mount to both SUPs and kayaks, the ShowDown lifts 45% of your load's weight for you, making loading and unloading heavy boats and boards a breeze.


  • Easily load and unload kayaks and boards at waist level at the side of the vehicle with the easy to use slide and tilt mechanism
  • 80 lb. boat and board capacity easily handles a large kayak or two boards
  • Lightweight materials and construction don’t eat up roof’s carrying capacity
  • Tilts down a lengthy 26" from roof rack height
  • Provides 30-45% weight assistance (depending on boat width)
  • Felt-covered cradles flex to conform to hull for secure transport
  • Folds down flat to reduce drag and noise when not in use
  • Locks to base rack with SKS Lock Cores for added security (sold separately)
  • Vehicle must have a 165lb rack weight rating
  • Can not be used with "clip", or "naked roof" roof racks
  • Minimum crossbar spread is 24"
  • You must have a minimum of 3.5" of crossbar protruding beyond the tower
  • ShowDown should be adjusted on the crossbars so that it clears the vehicle by 4" when deployed


Weight: 34lbs

Length (carton): 47.5"

Width (carton): 14.5"

Height (carton): 10.5"

UPC: 736745040819

Manufacturer: Yakima

Manufacturer Part Number: 8004081

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I'm 81 years old and found the ShowDown helpful in loading my fishing kayak, however, once loaded, I found it difficult to pull the kayak back to unload. Additionally, it takes up most of the roof space, but found it to be well made as are most Yakima products. I'd give it a 3+.


works well


This rack is perfect for my wife, she has a weak upper body but loves kayaking to maintain it. Trying to work above her head is next to impossible - having the dropping rack makes it so much easier to load and unload her kayak. Thank you!!

2000 Subaru Outback 4dr


Be smart and measure your spacing between front & back and you will not have balance problems (alignment when lifting) as some others have noted. A touch of patience for "how" these function and you will LOVE HOW THEY WORK!


Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find a list of the most frequently asked questions for this product. If you need more assistance you can email a rack-install technician, or call us at: 1-877-432-8301

No! Any tools required for installing this rack product come included in the box!

Absolutely. It's the law for a reason, it's the only safe way to carry your boats. Many of our canoe and kayak racks come with tie downs, if not you can buy them separately.

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