Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Used in conjunction withYakima Control Tower and Yakima SKS Lock Cores. I gave this as a gift to my Dad and he fit it on a Leer topper for his Chevrolet truck. He strictly buys Yakima products and has been buying them for years, truly swearing by their reliability and great value. The rack system is rock solid at top speed with bikes and he also uses a rocketbox along with it.
They make it so i can mount stuff on the roof of my car, which is what they should do. Pro tip: Get the longest version and cut them down to the size you need, and then keep the scrap as a perfect breaker bar for your toolbox!
I have an '02 Chevy Trailblazer and need a set of crossbars to carry two canoes/kayaks. It has a standard roof rack on it. What accessories do I need to attach the round bars to the existing roof rack?
That's a bit of an open ended question and would take a lot for a full answer here in the community. If you give us a call then one of our reps can go through all the details with you and we can narrow down exactly what you are going to need.
Otherwise if you click on the Yakima Car Rack Configurator banner on this page it will pull you over to the Yakima site and with your vehicle specs imputed it you can select everything you need and then they will transpose those parts into your backcountry.com cart.
I have a 2009 Scion XB that has no type of factory rails on the roof, nothing. I am getting into kayaking and want to be able to transport using this vehicle. How do I mount these and what do I need to order so I can use them, or should I order something else?
You'll need what are called "towers," and they vary vehicle to vehicle. Luckily, both Backcountry and Yakima have web apps that'll walk you through exactly what will fit your specific car. Go here (http://yakima.com/fit/partner/?partnerId=10&showWhispbar=true&location=http://www.backcountry.com/Store/catalog/search.jsp?q=yakima&s=u) to figure it out.
I think these are the strongest crossbars on the market. Much more durable than manufacturer cross bars and a much more universal design than Thule and some other companies out there. Need I also say Yakima made in the USA which is another bonus. Thule is swedish and are there really any other companies than that.
I installed the 58" bar on my Subaru Outback. The length sticks out a few inches past the side of the car, but never seems to get in the way. The extra length was perfect for carrying two touring kayaks side by side.
Not sure how to review a roof rack bar but these are great. I have had every length of these made on all sorts of vehicles. They have held bikes, kayaks, mattresses, mother in laws and everything else in between.
I have a Mazda 3 and decided to go with the 58" which is a bit longer than the recommended. You can fit two racks on there easily only problem is you have to worry about getting out of the car and hitting your head.
Absolutely. I would measure twice and cut once though:). I believe it's always better to get longer bars just in case. Once you have them on your car, you can determine if they are too long. The only recommendation from Yakima is that the weight limit of your rack system hasn't been exceeded. You can have as long a bar as you want. Obviously if the bar is too long, it may cause people exiting the vehicle to hit their heads.
Also, the other thing to watch out for is that you do want some extra on each side of the towers. I don't remember if it said 1 inch or 2 but when I installed my rack it did say to ensure there was a certain amount of extra on each side.