there work great for any accessory you're putting up top. I've had longer bars when driving a smaller vehicle so I could fit a Yakima Rocket Box and two Yakima Front Loaders for bikes. Now I'm in a Jeep I wanted shorter bars that don't stick out as far. on my old bars, I was unable to get the caps off without damaging the bars or destroying the cap. Rust and weather took its toll. Don't forget to buy the end caps when you purchase these!
These have a nice matte polished black color to them, and are very durable/sturdy. The only thing really is the end caps which are a bit cheap and can easily crack. These work great with the Q towers and are easy to install together.
The only thing Yakima should change is the plastic end caps. Super cheap both in appearance and function and these are therefore liable to both crack and fall off your bars after a period of time. The bars themselves are fabulous and super functional!!
The only reason I didn't give this a 5 star rating is because I specifically used the chat function on Back Country to ask if the end caps were included with these bars. I was told that they were included and they're shown in the picture, so even though I know Yakima doesn't generally include the end caps, I though maybe I got luck with Back Country. Nope. It's not a huge deal, but I did have to track down the caps after the rail grabs and bars arrived.
I really like the round bar of the Yakima racks because there are a lot of after-market companies that make compatible accessories and it allows certain accessories like the kayak and front bike wheel holders to be pushed down when not in use. We do not have the faring so it is a little loud but not loud enough to get the faring.
These look great, feel solid, and I know they hold up to time and the elements, as this is my second pair. The first pair is still on my other car, looking great and doing the job worry-free. Synthetic coating is easy to scratch if you're an idiot, and I definitely scratched part of it off during installation. What does that make me?
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.
Bought a set of 48's for the roof rack on my 2010 Hoda Civic that we're using down here in South America. The 48's fit perfect using q-towers with zero overhang. I'd hate to have anything longer sticking outboard of such a small car, lest I should have to wear a helmit all the time getting in and out.
These are the foundation to your Yakima accessories. Fits great on top of my Subaru Outback. I guess I must have bought my rack system before locks were invented as there is no way for me to secure the rack(without spending $150+ on what looks to be a newer mounting system). That is my disappointment with the rack system. In the future I will be purchasing a Thule.