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When Installing Yakima FullBack On 2013 Honda Accord Sport Why is Anchor Mode Required

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Hi! The instructions for my 2013 Honda Accord Sport indicate that the top hooks need to be used in the anchor mode. I understand how the anchor mode works, and I see how its necessary for hatchbacks and SUVs. What is the reason for the anchor mode requirement on a sedan like Honda Accord though? It appears to me that the default hook mode would be perfectly safe, and the hooks could be latched onto the upper edge of the trunk without any difficulties. Could you, please, confirm for me whether it is safe to use the upper straps in the default hook mode on a 2013 Honda Accord, or otherwise explain to me why you would advise not to do it? Thank you!

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I checked with Yakima and for the sedan versions of the 2013 Honda Accord they do require that the upper hooks get put into anchor mode. This isn't the case for the coupes but since you have a sedan and we have to recommend sticking with what Yakima determined as the safest fit we also recommend anchor mode. Most likely the issue with the hooks is that the trunk lid of your vehicle has a curve that the hooks would put extra pressure on.

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Jameson C

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In response to your answer, I did indeed suspect that it might be because of the curve on the trunk lid. However, when I used the straps in the anchor mode, I observed that the hooks ("inverted" for the anchor mode) rested on the inner trunk padding (which is not very tough) on one side of the gap and the weatherstrip on the other side. I am afraid these will get damaged, and/or they will give in to the pressure and the rack's straps will get loose while driving. Is this the case with all sedans that are required to use the anchor mode, and should I thus not be worried about it?

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You shouldn't have to worry about it. Most of the weight of the rack will be on the lower support of the rack that rests on the vehicle. Yakima is very diligent with the fits of their racks so you can feel secure knowing that their recommended method will be safe now and over time.

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