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All of the metal parts for this product appeared to be well made. Some plastic canoe scratch prevention pads were glued on poorly and fell off before I unpacked the item, but they didn't seem to be critical anyway. The instructions needed updating, but they were "good enough."
My SUV has a spare tire mounted on the back door, so the adapter plate that they provided was very useful. That is, I used it to make the hitch longer (by turning it away from the SUV) and help the vertical bar clear the spare tire. Unfortunately, I won't be able to use the ball hitch to tow which was the purpose for the adapter plate.
They don't provide all of the straps that you need to tie the canoe securely to your vehicle. I used the adjustable straps from my old car-top carrier to tie down the middle and front of the canoe. I also used non-skid foam blocks from the old car-top carrier because I don't have crossbars installed.
It's a good product, but you may want to purchase a car-top carrier kit (about $25) if you don't already have one.
The canoe loader solved the problem. With very little effort, I can now get the canoe on the top of my SUV in less than 5 minutes. Taking it off is even easier and faster.
The one exception to what would otherwise be a 100% satisfactory review is that I have a heavy duty hitch. Affixing the canoe loader to the car, requires removing the hitch ball, inserting the ball's threads through a steel plate, and then reattaching the ball to the hitch. Unfortunately, the hole in the steel plate supplied by the canoe loader's manufacturer is too small to accommodate the threads of the heavy duty hitch ball and there is no mention in specifications (at least that I found) of this problem. There was an easy work around. I just took the steel plate to a local welding shop and had the shop weld the plate to the hitch.
The loader came in a nice carrier bag which I threw away because I just leave the loader assembled in my garage with trailer hitch attached. I threw away the very robust plate provided because I don't tow either.
Once adjusted to the right extension for my 4Runner and Expedition canoe (and thus assembled it shall remain in my garage or on the 4Runner) the thing worked perfectly with no "modification". There is a pretty substantial piece of red webbing for the loading walk around (which is effortless compared to my previous method of lifting the canoe and throwing it onto the roof or getting my neighbor to help). Once on the roof you switch over to the longer webbing shown in the picture. Of course I strapped the canoe twice amidships and tied down the front. Two additional touches - 1/ I pushed the T forward and secured it to the roof rack with a strap so it could not wiggle forward and back. I shoved the canoe backward into the T so it couldn't wiggle either before strapping everything down. 2/ I attached a bright red rag so people didn't walk into it when I was parked. I drove 330 miles to a remote lake and was a very happy camper.