Yakima Roof Rack Review - 2017 Ford F-150

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Today on our 2017 Ford F150 we're going to test fitting the Yakima Jet Stream Crossbar Roof Rack System. This is going to be consisting of part numbers Y00426, these are the Jet Stream Crossbars, 60" long. These are also available in silver, part number Y00429. We'll also be using part number Y00146, these are the baseline towers for the Yakima Crossbars, and part number Y06122. You're going to have two kits of these, and this is the base clip fit kit for the F150. The Yakima Jet Stream Roof Rack System is great for carrying a wide variety of objects up on the top of your roof while freeing up space both inside your vehicle and in the bed of the truck. It can also serve as an extension for your ladder rack if you have one on your truck for carrying loads such as ladder, lumber, or whatever it is you're hauling.

Opening up the end cap here you can see it has the rubber strip in the center, and that couple with the aerodynamic shape of the bar is going to cut down wind noise and drag while you drive. Unlike the other roof rack systems where you would actually have to remove the rubber strip and cut it to length this one just pushes down so you can slide your T-track accessories in that way without having to alter your roof rack at all. When you're done with that you just put the end cap back into place and you're good to go. The two bars have a combined carry capacity of 165 pounds, although you always want to double check with your vehicle's manual to make sure it 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 rear bar partially assembled on our table here and we'll finish it up by placing our other tower on the other end.

We'll start by taking our tower and placing this plastic piece from our kit that comes with the bar, this is the adapter for this particular bar. We'll set that in place. Then you'll see that it has a screw in the center, we'll take our metal piece here, fit that in there. Then we'll take our included tightening tool and start to tighten it down with the screw in the bottom here, but not all the way as this still needs to slide into our bar. Now you see that it has this little lip here, that's actually going to fit into the T-slot at the end of our bar. All right, once we have this pushed into place we'll go by our measurements here on our actual bar to get the spread between our towers correct. You can see the numbers here, and you can find these numbers in your instructions as to where you're going to have these set.

Then we'll finish completely tightening this down to the actual bar. Right now we can't get to our screw because it's blocked off by this plastic piece. To loosen that up we'll pull out on the end like that, and we'll be able to tighten it down. Now the nice thing about this tool is once it's completely torqued it'll make a couple snaps like that, and you know it's torqued down properly. Next is going to be our adjustments here, which you'll see these three notches. Now according to the instructions we're going to have to have this set back so it's already exactly where it's supposed to be.

So we'll tighten that screw down as well. Our final step is we're going to take our end cap, push that in place, then we'll take our pad from our fit kit and push that on the end as well. Now we're ready to set this on the roof of our vehicle. Let's set these on top. No place in particular, we're just getting it set down, and then we'll go refer to our instructions again and get our cross bar spread measurement from center of the bar to center of the bar. We'll open up our rear door, open up this door as well, then we'll take our clamp which is included with our fit kit, kind of push that in place. You can see it kind of floats above where it needs to be right now and to fix that we'll come to this screw up at the top, turn it to the right, and that'll lower it to where it needs to be. Then we'll also snug it up a little bit, not tighten it, just get it to the place where it goes right against the door edge here. Then we'll repeat this process for the passenger side. Now a nice thing about this is we didn't have to put the clamp on it until we actually had the roof rack itself sitting on top of the vehicle. A lot of the time you'll have other roof rack systems where that clamp is just going to be hanging down, and the chance of scratching your car is just a little bit greater with that. Now we'll tighten them down completely. You'll know it's tightened after that clicks. We'll close that up, and our final step is going to be to install our end caps here. They have these catches on the end which go into these points here, and just push into place. There you have it for the Yakima Jet Stream Crossbar Roof Rack System on our 2017 Ford F150.

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