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Old 04-20-2014, 06:45 PM   #1
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Yakima Roof Rack

Picked up my Yakima Roof Rack yesterday so put it on last night. Install was super easy once you get over drilling holes in your top. Kit was nice and came with everything needed. I installed it while it was on my hoist to make it easier.


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Didn't leave much clearance for garage.



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Old 04-20-2014, 06:51 PM   #2
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Is that product number 8001616? We are putting the same rack on in a couple of weeks, we have two tandem kayaks and this seems to be the best option. Terrified about drilling through my hardtop, worried about future leaks, keep us posted on how it holds up.

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Yes that's the item number.

It comes with sealant for the holes plus washers. I think it will be fine but we will see. It's only 12 holes lol
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What's the load capacity? Can it handle a rocket box with tent/bags and other camping necessities?
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Old 04-20-2014, 08:00 PM   #5
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The racks capacity will be much more than what the roof can hold. I am not sure what the roofs capacity is. Most I will have on it is 2 20lb bikes.
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I will let you know how ours holds up. We are putting to tandem kayaks up there, each weighing 65 pounds.
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Thx. Not so worried about supporting the weight, more concerned with the stress caused by going down the road at highway speeds.
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Old 04-22-2014, 02:54 PM   #8
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As long as your not loading it down I wouldn't be to concerned. The tracks spread the weight and stress over a fairly large area.
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12 HOLES!!!!!! AGGGGHHHH!!!!

This is what I need to do for a roof rack for my '14 JKU but the 12 holes are holding me back. I just want to carry a couple of paddle boards. Total weight will be around 70 lbs max. The rain gutter mounts I think are only rated for around 40 lbs. Guess I just need to suck it up! Let us know how everything works out with your new rack.

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12 HOLES!!!!!! AGGGGHHHH!!!!
Once you drill the first one the other 11 come easy lol
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Old 04-22-2014, 05:48 PM   #11
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That looks really great! you did a very nice install job.
This is going to be one of my first mods as well. So it was nice to see your install.
Looks like the rails were made for this top.
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Old 04-22-2014, 07:53 PM   #12
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looks nice and great write-up. i just couldnt do roof rack on jeep/suv. WAY too tall. kayaks would be one thing, but what is the ground to seat height for your bike? just watch out for low hanging branches..
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I have the same setup but only 8 holes... Are you worries at all about the bolts pulling through the roof at speed with the kayaks? I am gonna use it for my big tandem kayak as well, and want to be sure the lift created by the kayak doesn't put upward stress on the holes. I'm thinking of adding oversized washers for insurance.
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I have the same setup but only 8 holes... Are you worries at all about the bolts pulling through the roof at speed with the kayaks? I am gonna use it for my big tandem kayak as well, and want to be sure the lift created by the kayak doesn't put upward stress on the holes. I'm thinking of adding oversized washers for insurance.
Fender washers could never hurt. I have fender washers on my roof racks to distribute the load a bit more
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I have the same setup but only 8 holes... Are you worries at all about the bolts pulling through the roof at speed with the kayaks? I am gonna use it for my big tandem kayak as well, and want to be sure the lift created by the kayak doesn't put upward stress on the holes. I'm thinking of adding oversized washers for insurance.
Did you use just nuts or the ones like I used in the one picture.

If you just used regular nuts then ya I would use some fender washers.

Curious as to why only 8 holes also. Are your rails shorter?
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Fender washers could never hurt. I have fender washers on my roof racks to distribute the load a bit more
I have the same concern, that is why we bought the Yakima Bow Stern tiedowns. This way we can secure the front of the kayak to the hood, and the back to the rear bumper. I am still extremely nervous about it, but we are putting the rack on next week and taking our first trip with the kayaks memorial day weekend. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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Fender washers could never hurt. I have fender washers on my roof racks to distribute the load a bit more
Here's another option. 3/16"x2" aluminum bar stock. And upgraded attachments at the tub.
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I have a slightly different setup from Yakima. It has only four mounting points with eight thru bolts. The rack is rated for 160 pounds but their Megabasket that goes on it weighs 30 so the net capacity is 130 pounds. I have had it for about a year and have done a lot overland use with camping gear up to the full 130 pounds in the basket. It was installed by a shop.

My guess is that your set up is even more secure than mine, due to more holes spread over a larger area. In my case, the Freedom Top has held up under plenty of maximum load use.
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I see. Before I found the complete kit I ordered we looked at building a set similar.

It looks good, I like the basket but need the bike racks on mine.
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We finally got ours installed, looks great and works awesome. Sits up a little higher from the hardtop then I expected, but there is no additional noise when driving. Love it so far.
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I used washer as well, I just always prefer to overbuild everything because I don't want issues 3,4,5 years+down the road with the top. I will look into the aluminum stock, that looks pretty beefy, good suggestion
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We finally got ours installed, looks great and works awesome. Sits up a little higher from the hardtop then I expected, but there is no additional noise when driving. Love it so far.
Ya was higher than I expected also. Thought I could do a leveling kit and still fit in the garage but doubt it now.
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Ya was higher than I expected also. Thought I could do a leveling kit and still fit in the garage but doubt it now.
This was my problem which is why I went with the rhino-rack low-profile setup with racks set between the roof ridges rather than on top. More complicated install due to having to shim the legs though.
Rhino-rack roof system install
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Ya was higher than I expected also. Thought I could do a leveling kit and still fit in the garage but doubt it now.
Yep, I have the same garage door clearance issues with my 2.5 inch lift and 35's.

So I just remove the Yakima except when on trips where I need it. A little bit of a pain but slightly better MPG for the DD.

Also, it's better to remove the garage door opener once we put on the rack that is taller than the opening. Ask me later how I know this…...
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I know why. I almost ripped a bike off my roof already lol

Added the Yakima Fairing today see if it cuts down some of the wind noise.

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This was my problem which is why I went with the rhino-rack low-profile setup with racks set between the roof ridges rather than on top. More complicated install due to having to shim the legs though. Rhino-rack roof system install
Mines more of a issue with the bike racks I have on top of the racks. It's very close to being able to add a leveling kit depending on how much it actually raises the back.
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I know why. I almost ripped a bike off my roof already lol

Added the Yakima Fairing today see if it cuts down some of the wind noise.
Looking forward to reading your opinion on adding the fairing.
I had one on a car, and it seemed to help.
Was considering the same for the Jeep.
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Looking forward to reading your opinion on adding the fairing. I had one on a car, and it seemed to help. Was considering the same for the Jeep.
Short test today at 75 to 80 and seemed to get rid of most all the extra wind noise the bars created. Got a couple hour trip this weekend so that will be a better test.
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Short test today at 75 to 80 and seemed to get rid of most all the extra wind noise the bars created. Got a couple hour trip this weekend so that will be a better test.
Sounds promising!

Will look forward to your "test drive" report.
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I would love to add this yakima rack for the mountain bikes, but I'm concerned with drilling into the hard top...

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