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Yakima LoadWarrior Roof Cargo Basket Review

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Review of the Yakima LoadWarrior Roof Cargo Basket


Today we're going to be taking a look at the Yakima Load Warrior Roof Rack Cargo Basket, part number Y07070. The Yakima Load Warrior is great for carrying a wide variety of luggage, sporting goods equipment and camping gear on the top of your vehicle while freeing up space inside your vehicle. The overall dimensions of the cargo basket are going to be 44 inches long by 30 inches wide, by 6 1/2 inches tall. Now the interior dimensions are going to be 38 1/2 inches long by 38 1/2 inches wide. The cargo basket itself has a carrying capacity of 140 pounds, although before you load anything onto your cargo basket, check your vehicle's manual to make sure it can withstand that weight. This basket will accept Load Warrior and Mega Warrior accessories, which includes the high lift jack bracket, part number Y07077, the spare tire carrier, part number Y07076, the light mounting bracket, part number Y07075, and the ax shovel bracket, part number Y07078, which are sold separately.

You can also get bike attachments which are also sold separately, to carry both bike racks as well ski and snowboard carriers. Another nice feature about this cargo basket is you're going to rarely have issues of clearance between your hatch and the cargo basket itself, and notice also with this particular vehicle, we didn't have to worry about removing the antenna either. At the front of our cargo basket, it does come with this faring, which you can install, and that's going to cut down both wind noise and vibration. You can also lock this cargo basket to your roof by replacing the brackets here with the locking brackets, which are sold separately with Yakima's same key system, part number Y07064, and there's also cable locks available to help secure the gear on your cargo basket as well. The basket is made from a sturdy, galvanized steel construction and it does include a powder coat, which does resist corrosion. Right now we have it attached to our arrow bars but this also works with square, round and most factor roof racks. While this cargo basket is designed for smaller vehicles, you can buy an extension for it if you wish, part number Y07074, and this will add 18 inches of length to the basket and increases the capacity of the basket by 40%.

Now when comparing this basket to others, a lot have looked at the Roller roof-mounted cargo basket, part number 59504. Both of these do have their differences, for example, with the Yakima Road Warrior it is designed for smaller vehicles, while the Roller is designed for anything from small to medium vehicles such as SUVs. However, between the two cargo baskets, the Yakima does have more of a versatility to it with all the additions that you can put onto the basket itself. Now that we've gone over some of the features of the roof basket, let's go ahead and show you how it installs. First place it onto our roof rack and make sure it's straight and even at the front. Next we'll start installing our brackets that will wrap around our roof rack.

Take this piece here with the padded end and we'll place that in like so, then we'll take our top bracket, making sure that this portion here goes over the bar, so it will sit down like so. We'll repeat this for our other three attachment points. Next we'll install a bottom bracket and if you notice here, we have one side that is slotted and one side that has a square hole. The square hole will house the round bolt, the slotted version has the slotted bolt. Let's go ahead and install this. Line up our bracket, place our round bolt through first, and to hold it in place we'll take our turn knob, just give it a few turns, like so.

Then we'll take our bolt with the T end and place that in the bracket as well. Now just to show you this on another, different bracket, you see it has the slotted end here so you'll notice, if you put it through like this, it will just go straight through. You actually want to twist it so it catches like that. We'll try to tighten these down evenly as we go so it's not just going to one side or the other. With those tightened, we'll repeat this process for our other brackets as well. Now that we have our cargo basket secured, we can start loading up our gear and hit the road. You can secure these down with whatever straps you may have. Yakima also has straps, which you can find on our website, part number is going to be Y05006. Now we'll just tie off our access, show you how it looks. There you have it for the Yakima Load Warrior Roof Cargo Basket, part number Y07070.


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