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Will the Bolts on Front Runner Accessories Fit the T-Slots of the Yakima LockNLoad's Channels?

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Do you know if Front Runner accessories will work with this platform? I read that they use standard M8 Hex Bolts for their accessories. Is that true for the Yakima at all? Will M8 hex bolts be sufficient for mounting stuff in the T-slots? Or does Yakima use proprietary mounting hardware

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I have an answer for you. I reached out to my contact at Yakima and they said that they specially make t-slot hardware for accessories that are designed to fit into LockNLoad Platforms like the # Y05044-39. With that being said, there is no way to confirm whether your Front Runner accessories' M8 hex bolts will work with the LockNLoad channels. This is also the case with all other t-slotted platforms we carry.

However, Yakima does make many compatible accessories that are designed to fit the LockNLoad. If you have an idea of what kind of stuff you wish to attach, I would be happy to assist you if you respond to this answer. I can also confirm what size/parts you need for mounting a LockNLoad if you provide the year/make/model of your vehicle.

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Do you mean the horizontal slats on the LockNLoad or the perimeter bar? Also, can you tell me how/if the slim shady awning can actually mount onto the Off-Grid side rail?

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The LockNLoad platform's perimeter rails (the ones that run front to back on the platform) are only confirmed to mount Yakima accessories only. Also, I confirmed that the Yakima Slim Shady model awnings (like # Y96VR) will fit into the perimeter rails on the sides of the LockNLoad platforms. It will attach to the side rails of your platform.

With that being said, the Slim Shady awnings will not be able to attach to the Yakima OffGrid rooftop baskets.

If you need a recommended fit for which LockNLoad platform you need, I would be happy to recommend one if you provide the year/make/model of your vehicle.

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