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Side Rails Compress with Yakima Timberline Towers on 2015 Ford Explorer

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I just installed Yakima Timberline towers and 60” Jetstream crossbars on my 2015 Ford Explorer Sport using the supplied torque tool. When finished, I noticed that the factory side rails are getting compressed quite a bit. I’m wondering if this is normal or if this could cause a problem.

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It's normal for the raised side rails to compress slightly when installing the Yakima JetStream Crossbar System part # Y00426 and part # Y00147 on a 2015 Ford Explorer. That said, so long as you are using the included torque tool there will be no issues with deformity. The tool only tightens to 2.5 ft. lbs.

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