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Yakima Roof Rack Installation - 2018 Toyota RAV4

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How to Install the Yakima Roof Rack on a 2018 Toyota RAV4


Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Toyota RAV4 we're going to be test fitting the Yakima JetStream Roof Rack System. This is going to consist of part numbers Y00425, these are the JetStream crossbars in black, 50" long. These bars also come in silvers, part number Y00428. Also, we'll be installing part number Y00147. These are the Timberline Towers, particularly for the factory raised side rails that will attach to the JetStream crossbars.The Yakima JetStream Roof Rack System is great for carrying a wide variety of accessories on your roof and freeing up space inside your RAV4. This can carry anything from bike racks, to cargo baskets, to kayak carriers.

The JetStream bars have a nice aerodynamic shape to them, which is going to cut down wind noise and drag, partially thanks to the rubber strip up at the top and the one that you would cut and replace at the bottom as well. They are very sturdy. And unlike other roof rack systems, while this can have T-Track accessories, you don't actually have to cut the rubber strip up top at all. Instead, you would push down and install your T-Track accessories that way.Removing our end cap you can see it has a rubber coated steel strap that wraps around your existing side rail and tightens down with the bolts here. And it does come with the tightening tool to do this, which does have an indicator to make sure you don't over tighten it.

It is also padded up on the bottom side here where we'd make contact with your side rail, to make sure that your vehicle doesn't get any scratches while it's being installed.Also, on the end of our end cap here we have this plastic piece that could be taken out and replaced with Yakima SKS Lock Core, which is sold separately. However, not only will it secure it to your factory raised side rail but you can make it key to like with the accessories you're hauling as well.Next, I'd like to give you a couple quick measurements. From the center of the roof to the bottom of the bars is going to be about 4". To the center to the top is going to be about 5". So, that's more than enough space in between the bar and the roof to install your accessories that warp around your bars without making contact with your roof.

Now this does set pretty high off of your roof itself, so once you have your accessories such as bike racks or cargo baskets, once they're fully loaded keep in mind when you're pulling back into your garage because that can make a difference. And both bars have a carrying capacity of 165 pounds. But you always want to double check with your vehicles manual to make sure your roof can withstand those weights.Now that we've goin 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 on our side rails and we a rear bar partially assembled on our table here.So, what we'll do first is we'll flip the bar upside down. And normally there'd be a rubber strip that fits in the bottom side here.

We went ahead and removed that for demonstration purposed but normally you would remove it, cut it to length, and reinstall it.Next, take the plastic bracket and we'll push that into place, until you hear a little click. And then our metal bracket will get put on top to match up with our bolt there. I'll flip this upside down. I'll take our included tool inaudible 00:02:57 screw in the center, you're going to tighten it then until you hear two or three audible clicks from our tightening. And now we can slide this onto the end of our bar. So, it slides into this slot at the bottom, by putting this piece through like so. Push that down. And then, the final step is to put the end cap in place. And now we can set this on our side rails.Set it down in no particular place right now, making sure that the center line right here, is going to be on top of our side rails. And then we'll measure from center to center to make sure that's even on both sides. We'll wrap our strap underneath and then we'll tighten this portion here down. But first, we'll go the inside and tighten the bolts here, to tighten our tower to our bar. Again, until you hear those clicks.And then, we'll get this inaudible 00:04:02 tightened around our factory side rail first. And then go back and forth and tighten the straps down until you hear those clicks again. And our final step is we'll put our end caps onto our JetStream bars, and then we're going to be ready to load up our gear and hit the road. And there you have it for the Yakima JetStream Roof Rack System on our 2018 Toyota RAV4.


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