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Yakima Roof Rack Review - 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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Review of the Yakima Roof Rack on a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited


Carla: Hey guys, Carla here with etrailer.com. Today we're going to be taking a look at the Yakima RoundBar Gutter Mount Roof Rack System on our 2020 Jeep Wrangler. This roof rack right here, if you're going for more of a rugged look, this is definitely the way to go with the round bars. A lot of customers are used to that look and it looks pretty cool on a Jeep. Let's go ahead and take a closer look at it.One thing I want to point out, as per the instructions, you do want to install both bars on the non-removable portion of your top. As you can see, this right here divides the front portion that is removable.

So you can leave your hard top on, but remove this portion. You don't want to put the bars on the front.All right. Basically what we have right here is an outer clip. As you can see it as rubberized, so you don't have to worry about any scratches.On the inside we have sort of what looks like a wedge that's going to fit right inside your rain gutter, and it does have these nice pads. Again, rubberized to avoid any damage or scratching to your rain gutters on your top.What we've got right here in the center is an actual knob.

How it works is as you're tightening this down, it's pushing the two together, pinching your rain gutter and securing it to your roof.Right in the center here, what we've got is a spot where you can use the Yakima Same Key System. Not only will that secure your roof rack to your top, but it also allows you to use the same key if you've got other Yakima accessories.Right up here, we've got our 58 inch round bar. It's a steel bar, so it's very, very sturdy. As you can see, it adds a really cool, rugged look to the Jeep. There is one bolt in the center here that I can show you here in a little bit, and that's going to tighten down and make sure that your bars are not going to be able to slide once you have them set in place.All right, right in here, we've got our bolt and that's the bolt that I was talking to you about earlier.

The first step to get this on there would be to use this tool. Even though it is included, you can see it's kind of hard to get in there. Especially if you're coming from the bottom, you don't really have a step stool, it's kind of hard to get in there. If you are looking for something that's a little bit easier to install, if you plan on putting it on and off quite a bit, then Thule does have one that doesn't require any tools and you can just adjust it from the outside.That being said, let me go ahead and give you some measurements that you may be wondering about for this system. If you have RoundBar accessories already, or you plan on getting those, you're going to want to know your clearance right here from the bottom of the round bar to the top of your Jeep top.

From right here to this portion, we're right at about three inches. That's the space you have, so really good amount of space to be able to put any kind of accessory. Other than that, these bars do have a weight capacity of 165 pounds, but you do want to double check and make sure you're not exceeding the capacity of your top.Now that we've gone over some of the details, let's go ahead and show you how to put this on. I'm going to show you how to assemble your rain gutter foot right here. We have it partly assembled on this side. What you're going to want to do with the first step is go ahead and put these rubber pieces on the inside right here of this foot, just like this. Might need to stretch them out a little bit to get them up and over, and push them all the way in. Just like that. What this is going to do is going to prevent anything from scratching the rain gutter on your top. This piece right here is already rubberized, so these two, make sure that there's no contact that's not rubberized, all right.The next thing we want to do before we want to slide our foot on the bar, we got to loosen the bolt, which is right in here. This bolt right here, we're going to loosen it up so we can get this on the bar. This is an included tool that comes with it. So we're just going to go ahead and loosen it up. Now we can do it with our hand. As you can see, this piece moves and allows that hole to open up to accept our bar, just like that.All right, with that in place, we want to make sure that we insert it with this clamp or clip on the outside and it slides right over. Then you want to get it started with your hand too, so that it's a little bit easier to work with. I'm going to go ahead and start tightening it down here a little bit. But not too tight because you still want it to slide.All right, what you want to do is go ahead and put your end caps in now, just so that when we go up there to fit it on, you don't have the feet sliding off of the bar. I'll go ahead and throw them on. And with that on there we'll go ahead and throw this on top.All right. What you want to make sure is that your rain gutter right here is going be in between these two, in between the foot and the clip, just like this. Once that's on there, you can see, I can still adjust the bar. I'm going to go on the other side and make sure that we have it in the exact same position. Now you do want to measure your overhang, and that's going to be the overhang of the bar coming out of these legs to make sure that they're the same on both sides.At this point, before you tighten anything down, you want to go ahead and also measure your crossbar spread, and that's going to be dependent on your accessory. So whatever your accessory requires, you want to go ahead and measure from the center of the bar to the center of the other bar. Now there is a maximum crossbar spread of 60 inches on this one, and there's really not a minimum one, but we tend to recommend not going anything smaller than 24 inches, as most accessories are going to require a little bit longer than that. With that in place, we'll go ahead and use the included tool to tighten down our bar.At this point, if you do have access to a ratchet, it's probably the best time to pull it out so that you can save time doing this. Otherwise, you can keep using this tool, just take a little bit longer time. While you're tightening this, you want to make sure you push on the clip on the outside so that it doesn't touch, so that there's still a gap between it and your top.As we're tightening this bolt down, you may notice your metal piece on the foot starting to come apart from this. What you want to do is go ahead and pull this to this position so that when it's tightening down, it goes down smoothly.Even after turning this a couple of times, I could tell that it was still quite loose, so I found an easier way of going about it. Again, while you pull this up, I'm going to go ahead and use my fingers on both sides to just turn the nut on here. Once you can't turn it anymore with your fingers, then you can go ahead and finish using the tool here. Just finish up tightening this where your bar is secure on the foot. We'll go ahead and repeat the process on the other side.All right. So our next step is going to be to thread our tool right here, our nut. What you want to do is push up on this to make sure that it is making full contact with the bottom of this rail. When you do that, it pulls the clamp together. If you can see right in here, we still have a gap. We're really not touching the edge of our top.In some applications, when you do tighten this all the way down, you get close to it and you may have some contact. If that is the case, if it's still touching when you're pressing down on this and trying to keep it straight, Yakima does provide this protective plastic piece. What that would look like is you would just clamp it on the inside here, but like I said, we don't need it for this cheap application.We'll go ahead and tighten and you do want to alternate, on the other side, tightening. So I'll leave this, not all the way tightened, I'll go on the other side, and then come back and finish it up.So we'll finish tightening this up. Real quick, if you can see right down here, there's a screw. That screw does have to be pushed all the way in flush with this, to be able to allow you to turn this all the way in. You don't want to overtighten this, just turn it by hand. If you feel like there's not enough for one whole turn, you can stop right there. As you can see, it's very secure.Now that we've installed our roof rack, I will go ahead and give it a good shake. You can see how the entire car is moving, so it's on there very well. And now we can throw our skis or boards up there and hit the road.


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