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Yakima Roof Rack Review - 2016 Toyota Camry

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Review of the Yakima Roof Rack on a 2016 Toyota Camry


Speaker 1: Today on our 2016 Toyota Camry we're going to be test fitting the Yakima Core Bar Roof Rack System. The Yakima Core Bar Roof Rack System is great for carrying a wide variety of accessories on your Camry, such as bike racks, cargo baskets, and cargo boxes. It combines two things. It combines the strength of the round or square bars with the aerodynamics of your aero bars. While it is aerodynamic, it is going to cut down wind noise or drag. However, you cannot use T-track accessories with these bars.

They're very easy to install. They simply clamp around your existing doorframe and tighten down in place with an existing tool that does let you know if you've under-tightened it, or over-tightened it by having audible clicks once it's completely tightened down.With the end caps, they also have these in plastic knock outs which you can replace with the Yakima Same Key System to make it secure to your roof, but also to make a key to like with whatever it is you're hauling. To give you a couple of quick measurements, from the center of the roof to the bottom of the bar is going to be about three inches. From the center of the top is going to be about four and a quarter inches. That's more than enough space for accessories that wrap around your bars to be installed without affecting your roof.

These bars do have a combined carrying capacity of 220 pounds, but you always want to double check with your vehicle's manual to make sure your roof can withstand those weights.Now that we've gone over some of the features of the roof rack system, let's go ahead and show you how it installs. We have a front bar already installed on our vehicle and we'll show you how we got those measurements and where we got it to later. With our rear bar we have it partially assembled on our table here. Our next step is we're going to take our other baseline tower and start attaching it to the other side. First step is we'll take our plastic piece here and that just pushes in.

You'll hear a little bit of a snap. Then we'll take our metal bracket, put that on top. We'll pull this gray portion out. Then we'll flip it underneath. You'll see the screw there and we'll just, using our included tool, just loosely install that for now.

Then we'll slide that bracket onto our bar and then we'll flip it upside down and get everything set up there.Next, we want to make sure that there's the proper spacing in between the towers. You'll find this measurement in your instructions. We'll take our handy dandy measuring tape here, go to the scrap length. All right. Then we can go to that center bolt here and tighten it down. With our part in the center here you'll see three notches and this is going to be our pitch. You want to make sure that it's in the proper setting according to the instructions, which says it needs to be in the center one, or number two, or B. We'll tighten it down until you hear three audible clicks from our tightening tool here. There we go. Then we want to get our toe setting set up as well and that's going to be set to two or the center notch here. Loosen that up. As we move this, you'll see that our base here moves too. This is to better fit the contours of our Camry's roof.Then we'll take our pad from our clip kit and just push that into place. Then we'll install our end caps like so. Then we can set this on the roof of our vehicle and we'll be opening the two rear doors to install this for good. We'll set our rear bar down and next we'll measure from center to center of the bar to get that straightened out. But first, I do want to show you how this got to this position on the front. Once we had everything set, we simply measured from the edge of the glass here back to this point on both sides to keep it even. This measurement will be in your instructions as well. Also, if you have it you want to push in this gray tab at the top and that's going to cover up the bolt that tightens it down to the bar. We'll next open the gray door up at the front here and we'll install our rear clips.Let me just push in at the bottom here. You may have to loosen them up a little bit so they fit properly so it catches in place here. There we go. We'll do this on the other side as well. Next, I'll tighten this bolt down here and that's going to lower our clamp into position so it's around our doorframe. Then we can start tightening up the center bolt here, which is going to bring the clamp up against the doorframe. We'll do this on both sides until it's completely tightened down. Close the door. Our final step is we'll put the caps onto our towers. Then we're ready to load up our gear and hit the road. There you have it for the Yakima Core Bar Roof Rack System on our 2016 Toyota Camry.


Questions and Comments about this Video

Sam L.

I have oval crossbars.

Etrailer Expert
Reply from Les D.

@SamL you can use the Thule TH710501 clamp feet and # TH145082 clamp feet. To attach your existing Thule aerodynamic cross bars.

Sam L.

Looking for baseline towers for a 2021 Toyota Camry- I already have a set of Thule crossbars. Does etrailer sell those parts?

Etrailer Expert
Reply from Les D.

Thule does not have a baseline tower for the 2021 but there are other choices for feet. Do you have square, round, or oval cross bars?

Reply from Sam L.

@LesD I have oval crossbars.

Etrailer Expert
Reply from Les D.

Yes, oval=aerodynamic.

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