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Item # YAK0079

A quick 'n' easy Yakima Rack option.

The Yakima Control Towers in conjunction with Landing Pads will replace Yakima Locking RailRiders as a quick ‘n' easy-to-install rack. Control Towers snap solidly into Landing Pads (required; our item no. YAK0080) which fit into almost every factory track. Throw in crossbars, and voila! you have yourself a Yakima base rack that carries a full load of gear. Secure your Control Towers with SKS locks (sold separately; YAK0018). **FOR SET OF 2, SEE YAK0091.

  • Set of four
  • Landing Pads required
  • Compatible with almost all factory tracks

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Yakima bars
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Manufacturer Warranty:
limited lifetime

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  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Used in conjunction with Yakima 58 Inch Round Bar, 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.

Best fit for...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this in conjunction with Yakima LandingPad 15 (YAK001T) for my 2015 Subaru Outback. One of the best addition for my car that I have ever bought. In my opinion a must have. Makes my car look complete. Easy to install, good looking, holds the bars really tight.

Keep My Gear Secure

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got these and Landing Pads #1 to set up with round bars on my truck camper that has Yakima tracks. They keep the bars more than secure enough for a roof box full of skis and camping gear, and a kayak. I'm a little bummed that the Control Towers don't come with SKS locks, but installing locks is incredibly easy (and recommended so your stuff doesn't disappear on you). Overall solid purchase for the foundation of your rack setup.

Do these come with end caps for the cross bars? I've read that the bars don't come with end caps, but the end caps DO come with the towers. Please let me know? Thanks!

Hey Jeremy,

This is going to be just the towers. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Yakima, the best!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We bought these towers in conjunction with the Landing Pad 1 to install on a Leer shell that sits on our Ford F350. Easy install with instructions, measurements, and most tools necessary for the job. We did have to install rails and had to drill holes in the shell. Measure twice, drill once. Carrying Bikes, SUP's, gear boxes and more is always easy with Yakima racks! Cant go wrong.


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Easy installation on my 2008 Impreza with landing pad #11.
Looks good on the car and very little wind noise. So far it looks like a good base system. Only unknowns are how strong it is (each control tower is held to car by one bolt only), and we'll see about durability.

Unanswered Question

Will these work with the landing pad 6? If so does Backcountry have the landing pad's in stock?

Yakima Control Tower

Don?t neglect your factory tracks or rails any longer. Control Towers are quick and easy to install and remove. Paired with Landing Pads, these instantly make your vehicle ready to carry any gear your heart desires.

Quick Install, Strong Mounting

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Put these on my '12 Mazda 3 5-door and they are great. Quick and simple to install, not to mention they look way better than the Q Towers.

The only negative to the Control Towers is that the cross bar sits pretty high off the roof and can be pretty noisy, especially with the sunroof open. Just a note and definitely wouldn't take a star off for that because Yakima already makes a quieter, more aerodynamic system.


    I had a set on an old ford escort (my first car which I had 13 years until last year). I put these up and had them up there for about 10 of those years. Best rack system ever, easy to install, does not hurt you car and allows you to use Yakima racks the best racks ever. They are made in the USA and They have an incredible customer service department (they really work with you; USE THAT WARRANTY). Other than that I only had to adjust them 1 time in the 10 years I had them up, the do not move around at all. I question Yakima's spacing instructions and have actually found the wider the base the less movement you have, so play around with your cars dimensions and see what works for you.

    Unanswered Question

    Write your question here...I have a truck...

    Write your question here...I have a truck cap with the Yakima tracks. What towers work with this?

    Yakima is the best, always.

      I purchased these for my Toyota Tacoma with a Leer roof rack. They mate with the Land Pad 1 very easily. As with all Yakima products, they went on easy and are sure to last a lifetime. Adjustment rocks and they come will all necessary tools.

      Yakima is the best, always.

      Write your question here...Looking for a...

      Write your question here...Looking for a Yakima roof rack for a 2010 Honda CR-V. Can you tell me what my best bet is please? Also need mounts for two bikes.

      Best Answer

      Get the Control towers, Landing pads option #10 (Yakima Landing Pads work in conjunction with Control Towers), 48" Yakima crossbars, and if you choose to get a fairing (for noise reduction and aerodynamics) get the 38" version.

      As far as mounting you bikes, you could get two Copperheads if you want to fork mount, or two Raptors if you want to leave the front tires on. Other bike racks you could use with your car:

      Go to or and get your car "fitted" for rack options. If your CR-V has factory rails already installed (not factory tracks), you can get Yakima Rail Grab towers or Thule Crossroad towers. Your options for bike racks are basically endless since you'll be going with round (Yakima) or square (Thule) bars. Your decision will be between fork-mounted bike racks, frame-grab bike racks or wheel-grab bike racks. Fork-mounted bike racks are the most stable and solid; however, you have to find somewhere to put the front wheel. The frame and wheel-grab racks are convenient in that you don't have to remove the front wheel of the bike for transport; however, they are less stable. They still work fine, though. Also, with a vehicle of your height, the fork-mounted options are easier to use because they require you to lift the bike less high than the racks that hold the bike with the front wheel still intact. Hope this helps.

      Would these fit onto my 2008 Subaru Imbreza?...

      Would these fit onto my 2008 Subaru Imbreza? Or do I need to buy something besides just the Control Tower to make it fit?

      I don't know about a subaru imbreza, but they will work for a subaru impreza. As long as you get the landing pads (YAK0080) for them to attach to