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Adam Benson

Adam Benson

Adam Benson

Adam Bensonwrote a review of on June 21, 2011

4 5

These are the right fit for the 1998 Subaru Forester; any other size and I'd risk knocking myself or my passengers out!

These appear to be very well made. The heavy and stout feel should equal longevity and security. The bars are also coated to keep weather from wearing away at the metal.

Since the end caps aren't included with the bars (God knows why not) you also need to purchase those. They're surprisingly important to keep moisture out to keep your wonderful bars from rusting over time. I've considered putting pvc tape or Loctite on the cap inserts to assure no elements infiltrate the bars.

If you're not sure if this is the size you need visit the Yakima.com website, choose the "fit my car" feature and search for your vehicle make and model. It will suggest exactly what's right for you. Likewise, it is also important to consider what you are planning to transport (especially if it is a boat) and make sure the width of the item will fit on these bars securely.

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Adam Benson

Adam Bensonwrote a review of on June 21, 2011

4 5

Getting a canoe as a wedding gift meant it was time to invest in a roof rack. I weighed my options between Thule and Yakima and eventually went with the Yakima RailGrab due to the ability to switch vehicles in the future if necessary (as long as it has side rails). The multiple claw sets that come with the system allow for a fit more geared towards your specific vehicle.

After a couple weeks of use I can say the RailGrab tower set works great on my 1998 Subaru Forester. The towers feel solid and haven't shown any sign of moving or sliding even after transporting my 80+ lb. canoe down the highway at 70 mph.

The initial set-up wasn't too bad. Once I understood the instructions and how the individual components came together it went pretty quick. It took me a little bit longer to get it dialed in just how I wanted it but now that it's on I shouldn't have to move it ever.

I'm a little disappointed that the locks are sold separately. It seems that if they are such an integral part-- which if your living anywhere where your rack is in danger of being stolen or you want that extra security-- they are, then they should come as a kit. However, one advantage of buying locks separately is that you can buy enough to lock the rack as well as accessories without having multiple keys-- just make sure you buy enough.

If you're looking into a rack system I would definitely recommend the RailGrab for anyone who has side rails on their vehicle, especially if you want the ability to transfer it to another vehicle in the future.

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