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I just bought a Subaru Yakima Buttondown old and used, I want to see what universal mounting brackets would fit best for my 2008 Mecury Mariner with factory crossbars. I tried to put the ski rack on my vehicle last night and it fits but barely. It is a very tight fit and would like more room higher off my SUV to fit bigger skis. Thank you.

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Expert Reply:

For the regular Yakima ButtonDown you would need to use MightyMounts # Y03590 to attach the carrier to the factory crossbars if they are not larger than 4 inches wide and 1-1/2 inches tall.

If you have the ButtonDown Aero then you can use # Y8860040. This item is a single unit so you would need 4 of them total. This foot will fit crossbars up to 3-7/8 inches wide or 1-1/4 inches tall.

I do have a good solution for raising this rack further away from the vehicle to allow you to fit those bigger skis. The Yakima adapter # 8830017, will fit the ButtonDown models 8003034 and 8003036. If your PowderHound or ButtonDown carrier was manufactured after 2006, you will need # Y8860037 to replace the ski lift kit.

I have linked all the above parts to this page for your convenience.

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Will these work with a mighty mount 10V accessory?

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Expert Reply:

I spoke to my contact at Yakima and the 10 V accessory foot # Y03510 mounts similar to the original foot. Since you have a ButtonDown the lift bracket # 8830017 will be compatible with them.

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