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Yakima OverHaul HD Adjustable Truck Bed Ladder Rack Installation - 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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How to Install the Yakima OverHaul HD Adjustable Truck Bed Ladder Rack on a 2020 Ford F-250 Super D


John: Hey guys, John here for etrailer.com. And today I'd like to talk to you about the Yakima OverHaul HD ladder rack system on our 2020 Ford F-250. This is a great way to get extra cargo or maybe longer cargo to our destination and still maintain full access to our truck bed. The OverHaul HD has a 500 pound weight capacity, which is great for a lot of things we'll be using this truck for. We have an 8 ft ladder loaded up right now to give you an idea of, you know, what kind of cargo you can carry with this. The ladder comes about to our rear bumper.

So we're not going to have to load it, you know, sideways into our, into our truck bed. We don't have to have it on top of the tailgate. We have plenty of room to load other stuff into our truck bed. Plus, we can use this for other things, maybe like a canoe or a kayak. We can also install bike racks or cargo carriers with this type of crossbar system.This ladder rack has a lot of different tie-down points.

We have a loop here at both ends of the crossbar. We also have loops on the inside of the legs like you see, we have our tie-down mounted here. There's a hook under that as well. You can use this as a tie-down point part of the leg, just multiple options for different kinds of loads we're going to be carrying. I really like the overall look of this ladder rack system.

Yakima designed the legs here to have some curve on this portion where it's next to our crossbar. And so it actually matches the contour of our cab. So we chose the height of 25. We can adjust the height of the legs.We adjusted the height to 25, which is right in line with the path of our cabin. I think it takes it from just being a ladder rack and makes it look a little more sporty, a little more high quality than some of the other ladder rack systems out there.

We we're talking about adjusting the height of the ladder rack system. There are two bolts here on the outside of the leg and two bolts on the inside that will loosen up that allows us to raise and lower it. We did adjust this to 25, which actually means from our side rails to the top of the crossbar is about 25 inches. So it's not just the number that you're like, okay, that adjusts. You can actually see where you're going to adjust it and then take a tape measure to see exactly where that's going to be, which is going to be helpful for determining what kind of cargo you're going to be carrying.Our HD crossbars are kind of a mix of a regular roof rack system that you'd see on a passenger vehicle as well as a ladder rack system. So a little beefier than just a regular crossbar system. But if we remove the cap, we have access to a T channel that matches what we would see on a roof rack system. So we're still able to use some accessories like a bike rack or something like that, that you would use on a regular roof rack system with this. One of the unique things about this ladder rack system is that we do have the ability to lock it. So this bolt here allows us to attach this locking cap, which comes with the ladder rack. So it helps to keep people from tampering with our ladder rack system. The advantage of this is that we can actually get this key to lock with other Yakima accessories.So if we plan on using this with maybe a cargo basket or a bike rack or something like that, we can actually get them all keyed alike, so we're only using one key for our entire system. In addition to this, just being used as a regular ladder rack Yakima has really geared the OverHaul HD for outdoor use, for recreational use. So there are a lot of different accessories here at etrailer.com that are designed to fit with this. One of them would be the sidebar, which there's some bolts on the side of each of our legs. You install the sidebar, which allows us to carry different kinds of cargo, there eye bolts we can install up here. There's just a whole lot of different applications for this ladder rack aside from just loading up lumber or ladders or that kind of stuff. Now let's get our ladder rack installed.We already have the front crossbar installed. We'll go ahead and show you how to install the rear one. It'll be the same process either way. The first thing I recommend doing is getting all of your hardware, opening all the boxes, everything out, lay everything out, look at it, make sure that it's all accounted for. And plus by laying it out and kind of organizing it, it'll make your installation a lot quicker. The first thing we need to install is the base. Now there are two holes on the base. They have a smaller one and a larger one. The smaller one is always going to face towards the center of our truck bed. So if we we're installing this on the driver's side, this would be towards the front. So we'd want the small part of the back here on the rear. It's going to be our rear passenger side because this hole needs to be facing the middle of our truck bed.So let's grab our hardware and get them installed. Well, we're here on the driver's side, so we have the base that has the small hole pointing towards the center of our bed. When we put the base down, this flat part will be on our bed. This part that hangs a little lower, it's going to hang over our bed rail. Place it like that. Next, we will take our long bolt, our spacer, and the J style clamp. Put the long bolt through the spacer and then we will drop it through the long hole. And then the part of our J clamp here, the part that has the rubber that is going to go up and under our bed rail.So just start the bolt into the J clamp and all we're going to do is loosely install this because the next step after we get this installed, we're installed with the one on the passenger side. But then, we need to line them up and make sure that they are on the same location, according to the bed rails on either side, so that way the crossbar system is all level and squared out. All right, we have this loosely installed. Let's repeat the same process for the other side. Now that we have our hardware loosely installed, it's time to take some measurements. I like to pick a point on the truck that's kind of fixed and I know it's going to match on the other side. So I'm going to measure from this line here on the rear stake pocket, out to this line here on my base, so that way I know I have these two fixed points. I can have the same measurement on the other side, make sure we're all lined up.So here we're going to move up to 7 inches. All right. We'll tighten down this hardware, so I know it's going to set and it won't move anywhere. And then I will repeat the same process for the other side, using those same two lines, one for the stake pocket, one for the base system, so that I know everything is going to be lined up when we install the legs and the crossbar. We've got our bases measured out to the same spot. All the hardware is tightened down. Now we need to grab these two tools and our legs. So the legs, they have a longer end and that longer end, just like the short hole, the longer end is going to be facing towards the center of our pickup. No matter where you place it, this end needs to be facing towards the center. So before we put this in place, we need to use our tool to loosen up this bolt. We'll slide it in, lift this door up, and tighten down this hardware. You can go ahead and tighten this down a little tight. You can use your hand and then get it snugged up with one of these tools. We'll repeat the same process for the other side. And then we're ready to adjust the height of our legs.To adjust the height of our leg, there's two bolts here we're going to loosen up and then two matching bolts on the opposite side of the leg that we're going to loosen up. You don't need to take them out completely. Just give them a few turns. And basically there's like a washer on the inside that's threaded. So when we loosen these up, it disconnects with that threaded washer and allows us to adjust the height of the leg.Now that's free to move. So we'll adjust the height, get it where we want it and tighten these bolts down. If you're on the underside of our leg, Yakima has tick marks so that we can make sure all of our legs are adjusted to the same height, makes it a whole lot easier than just trying to guess or take different measurements. We found at 25, we really liked this height with this truck bed or with this truck. You can adjust it to whatever height you want to, but I really like the way it looks at 25 because it is basically in line with the height of the cab and he makes it look really sleek, tighten down these. That'll hold in place enough for us to tighten down the bolts on the back side.And again, we'll repeat the same process for the other leg. With everything in place, remove the cap off of our crossbar and now I have these two brackets. They're going to insert into the lower T bolt slot. We install our cap. Put the screw into the cap. Put the brackets on the underside, just try to kind of match them up with where our legs are going to sit. We have the corresponding holes on the tops of the legs here. Just line them up best you can. Get the crossbar in place and now we're ready to loosely install the hardware for the crossbar, because we'll also want to measure the sides to make sure that the crossbar is centered on our base systems.For the hardware, we're going to use the smaller bolt. We're going to place the lock washer onto the bolt and our regular washer on top of that. And we're just going to get it started in the bracket just enough so that it's loosely installed. You might have to move the bar up and down like I just did just to make sure everything's lined up. Not an exact science to it, just kind of trial and error. You will need to probably move the leg back and forth like I just did just to get the crossbar sitting flush. Looks like that is almost lined up, and we're going to grab the larger of these tools. I'm going to loosely install this bolt. And then we'll loosely install the hardware on the other leg as well.With the hardware loosely installed for the crossbar, we'll do the same thing like we did with the base system. We're just going to take some measurements. I find these two points here to be useful. I'll take that measurement. So we're sitting at about 13 3/4. I'll take the same measurement over here on the other side, which are like 14 1/4. So we need to move the entire crossbar that way just a little bit. I'll just kind of inch it over there until we know that those measurements are the same. We'll tighten everything down.The last step to our install is to add the locks to it. So these bolts here are a little longer, a little skinnier than the other ones. Let's take our locked cap here and that helps prevent people from tampering with our equipment. Now that the installation is complete, that's going to finish our look at the Yakima OverHaul HD ladder rack system on our 2020 Ford F-250. Thanks for watching.


Tim A.

6/28/2020

We’re those the 68 or 78 inch cross bars?

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Chris R.

7/1/2020

The Yakima OverHaul shown in the video is part # Y01151-58 , which features the 68" bars.

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