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Yakima Roof Rack Review - 2018 Chevrolet Malibu

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How to Install a Yakima Roof Rack on a 2018 Chevrolet Malibu


Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Chevrolet Malibu we're gonna be test-fitting the Yakima jet stream roof rack system, consisting of part numbers Y00426, these are the Yakima jet stream crossbars in black, 60 inches long. These also come in silver. We'll also be using part number Y00146. These are the baseline towers for the Yakima crossbars, particularly for naked roofs, and finally part number Y006123. You're gonna need two of these kits. This is gonna be the base clip fit kit for the baseline roof rack system and for the Chevrolet Malibu.The Yakima jet stream roof rack system is great for carrying a wide variety of accessories on your Malibu while freeing up space inside your vehicle.

This can carry anything from bike racks to cargo baskets to cargo boxes. The system itself is very easy to install, taking a lot of the guesswork out of trying to figure out the measurements from here on out or in between the towers as well, and it also simply clamps around your doorframe to hold it in place, and it is padded to make sure that the doorframe does not get damaged once this is installed.The bars themselves have an aerodynamic shape to them, and that, coupled with the rubber strip up at the top and the one that you will cut to length underneath, that's gonna cut down the wind noise and drag while you drive, which eliminates need for a fairing, which you do need for the square and round bars. As you can see, with the end cap removed, it does accept T-track accessories, but unlike the other roof rack systems that are out there, you don't have to remove the strip, cut it to length, and then put it back into place. Instead, with this one, you simply push down the rubber strip at the top and slide your T-track accessory into place and tighten it down.Opening our end cap here, you can see how it clamps into place. We'll lift up the door here and you tighten it up with this screw here.

Very easy to install. And then looking at the end here, there's a plastic knockout which you can have replaced with the Yakima same key system which is sold separately so you can make it not only secure to your roof, but make a key to like with the accessories that you're hauling.Next I'd like to give you a couple of quick measurements. From the center of the roof to the bottom of the bar is gonna be about 2 3/4 inches. From the center to the top is gonna be about four inches, so there's plenty of space in between the bar and the roof itself to install your accessories that wrap around the bars as opposed to using the T-track. However, if you do have a sunroof on your car, I would not recommend using it once your roof rack and accessories are installed.

Also, with both bars combined, we're gonna have a carrying capacity of 165 pounds, but you also wanna 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 our front bar already installed onto the front part of our vehicle, and we have our rear bar partially assembled on our table here. In front of us we have the clips, the base pads, the adapter kit so you can attach the tower to the bar, and our end cap, and of course our tightening tool. So our next step is we're gonna start making attachments to our tower to put onto our bar. So we'll take our plastic piece here.

That's gonna be pushed into place into this divet on our tower. Push it until you hear a little bit of a click, like that. You'll see that there's a screw on the inside, and we'll take this portion here and attach it to the screw. We'll first pull this gray portion out and flip it upside down and take our included tightening tool, and we're just gonna loosely install this for now, like so.Now we can start sliding it onto our bar, so we'll put this end into the small T-slot at the bottom. Slide into place just like you see there. And we'll start pushing it in. Next we'll flip the bar upside down and start making some adjustments. With the bar flipped upside down, I wanna make a little comment here. You'll see that it has a track on the bottom. There was a rubber strip that we removed so we can install our towers. Normally what you would do is you would install the towers as they need to be installed, then you would take the rubber strip and cut it to length and put it back into place. For demonstration purposes we're gonna be leaving that out for now, though.Next we'll slide our tower into position. You'll see that there are these series of numbers on the bottom of the bar here and that's gonna tell you which measurement you're gonna be using for your crossbar spread or the spread between the towers. You'll refer to your instructions for this, and when you find them you'll simply slide the tower where it needs to go. And once we get to our point where we need to be, we'll come back to that screw where we loosely tightened it and then we'll finish tightening up until you hear two or three audible clicks from our tightening tool.Our next step is we're gonna go to this screw here and make any adjustments we need to, and that's gonna control the angle of how the pad will sit on the roof of your vehicle. How this works is you move the knob in the center here to the right or to the left and you can see how that affects the angle here. For these purposes you want it pushed all the way towards the rear of the vehicle, and again you wanna tighten this down so you hear those clicks. Next we'll take the pad from our rear clip, push that into place, and it just snaps in like so. And then we can finally install our end cap to our bar, and now we'll set this on our roof.So we'll set our roof rack into a general vicinity here, and then we'll measure up from center to center on both sides to make sure it's even. And again this measurement is gonna be in your instructions. And we'll open up our rear door, and then we'll come to our tower and start attaching our clip. We'll first open up the top portion of our door here, then our clip just kinda pushes into place at the bottom like so. Now you'll notice that it's raised above our door sill here. To lower it, you would either turn to the right to lower it down or the left to open it up. We'll repeat this process on the driver's side. So we'll turn our screw on the right here to lower that into place to be tightened to our door. Tighten it up by tightening this bolt here evenly on both sides till you hear those audible clicks from the tightening tool. Then we'll close our little door here, and our final step is to take our end caps, hook in, and push into place like so. Now we're ready to go.And there you have it for the Yakima jet stream roof rack system on our 2018 Chevrolet Malibu.


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