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Yakima Roof Rack Installation - 2019 Chevrolet Suburban

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How to Install the Yakima Roof Rack on a 2019 Chevrolet Suburban


Today on our 2019 Chevrolet Suburban, we're gonna be doing a test fit on the Yakima JetStream CrossBar roof rack system. This system is specifically designed to fit your flush-mounted rails on your Suburban. We've already got it in place, as you can see, just to give you a good idea of what it looks like. But it's gonna allow you to carry roof-mounted accessories, things like bike racks, kayak carriers, cargo boxes and much more.It features 60-inch-long aluminum crossbars. You can see how they stretch across the entire roof of our Suburban. So we'll be able to carry a lot more than just one or two accessories.

We can put maybe even three or four bike racks up there if we wanted. Now, these are available in black and silver. If silver is something you're interested in, see etrailer.com, and we can get you set up with that.Now these JetStream crossbars are also very aerodynamic. You can see how they have that shape there. These are gonna be a lot quieter than your traditional round or square bars.

These are gonna work with your standard clamp-on accessories as well as your T-slot accessories. To access that you'll just wanna remove that end cap, and rather than having to remove or trim that rubber strip, all you need to do is press down and slide that T-bolt across to your desired position, and you've got that nice, clean look.Now the crossbars are held in place by four SkyLine towers. These are specifically designed to fit the Yakima landing pads that attach to your flush-mount rails. Now what's unique about this system is, if our roof rack system is not in use, or we wish to take it off, it's easy to do so. We'll open up that cover, and then we can lift them off.

Instead of leaving the landing pad open like that, we can then put on our included cap. That way we've got a nice, clean look, and it protects the inside of our landing pad.To give you a closer look at that landing pad, the bottom is rubber-coated. That way it doesn't harm or scratch that flush-mounted rail. Now it also does use stainless steel hardware, so we don't need to worry about any rust or corrosion to that either.When you're ready to install it, just simply pop off those caps, set it in place, and close up the ends. And then it's nice and solid.

Now if you'd like to add more security, you can pop out the plastic lock core here and add some Yakima metal locking cores. This'll prevent anyone from removing your crossbars from your flush-mounted rails.Now this roof rack system has a weight capacity of 165 pounds. You do, however, wanna check with your Suburban's owner's manual to see if the roof can support that much weight. Now I'm gonna give you some dimensions. This'll give you an idea how much you've added to the roof of your Suburban, and it may help you when clamping on the accessories around the crossbars. But from the top of the roof to the top of the bar is about 4-1/2 inches. From the top of the roof to the underside of the bar is about 3-1/2 inches.Now that we've gone over the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. I've already got the front crossbar in place, mounted to my flush-mount rails on the Suburban. The rear one installs the same way. I've got one of my landing pads installed on this side. Let's do the other side together. So you're gonna need the landing pad here, two bolts and the tool. Now we're gonna be mounting our landing pad right here. That way it's even with the opposite side.But I'd like to point out all of the options that we have on top of our Suburban here. We've got this spot here, here and here. You wanna position out your crossbars to where they're gonna work out best with your accessories. Well with that being said, let's go ahead and take out our two screws here. Now they are just plastic. Could use a coin or a flathead screwdriver. What we can do is just kinda start taking that out and then twist it the rest of way out with our fingers. You can see here they're just kind of a pushpin style, and you can either put those in your glove box or throw them away, whatever you'd like to do. Then we can take that landing pad. You wanna be sure that the rubber is lined up with the holes here, and we'll set it in place and line up our holes on our flush-mount rails.Then we can take our included hardware and go ahead and get those started. Another thing you wanna be sure of is that the rubber padding is not bunched up on one side or the other. Make sure it's seated on there properly. Take our included tool and tighten these down evenly. Perfect. Now let's head back down to the cart and assemble our crossbar.So I have one of my SkyLine towers attached here. We'll just need to assemble and slide on the other side. So let's go ahead and do that. We'll start off by grabbing one of the Skyline towers, and we'll need to put on our plastic clip just so it will attach to our adjusting crossbars. Then we'll wanna take our metal T-nut here, put it down over the top, and we wanna turn it over so we can take our included tool and tighten up the bolt here. Now this one we can go ahead and tighten down all the way. Now one unique thing about our tool is that it will click once we've got it properly torqued down. Just like that. Then we can turn it back over and we're ready to slide it onto our JetStream CrossBar.So we wanna be sure and turn it over, and if you haven't removed your end cap yet, go ahead and do that. And all we need to do is slide it onto the channel here. Now sometimes it likes to get bound up with that rubber portion on the other side, so we can just kinda push that in a little bit and push it on the rest of the way. Now we don't need to worry about setting this to an exact position just yet. We can worry about that when we set the whole thing in place on our Suburban. Let's go ahead and replace our end cap. And then we're ready to bring it up to our roof.Now when we set our crossbar in place, we wanna be sure that the rounded portion is facing towards the front of our Suburban. Now we also wanna be sure that our cover here is opened up. By doing so it's going to draw in the two pegs on either side. That way we can set it into our landing pad. So we'll gently rest it down, making sure that those SkyLine towers set right on top of the landing pads. Now you may have to adjust that tower slightly forward or backward to do so, but it just rests down in place.Now the next thing we need to do is adjust our bar overhang. We need to make sure it's the same on each side. So I can already tell I need to go that way a little bit, so what I'm gonna do is pick up on my Skyline tower just a little bit on the inside and give it a good push. I'd say that actually looks pretty close. Now we can take our included tool and tighten down the bolt right in here. And what that's gonna do is it's going to tighten the JetStream CrossBar to our Skyline tower. Now we're gonna be tightening it down until we hear the click within our tool, same as before. From there we can close up that cover, and it's gonna push those two pegs out, locking it in place. Let's go ahead and do the same for the other side.With everything in place I can give it a good shake test. As you can see, I'm shaking the entire Suburban, and it's not going anywhere. You can rest assure your roof rack system and your accessories are gonna be safe. But with everything installed, you're ready to load up your favorite roof-mounted accessory, or accessories, and hit the road.That's gonna complete our look at the Yakima JetStream CrossBar roof rack system on our 2019 Chevrolet Suburban.


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