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Yakima Roof Rack Review - 2016 Subaru Forester

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Review of the Yakima Roof Rack on a 2016 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester we're going to be test fitting the Yakima Jet Stream Roof Rack System. This consists of part numbers Y00425, these are the Yakima Jet Stream Cross Bars which are aluminum, and part number Y00147. These are the Timberline Towers for Yakima cross bars, particularly for raised factory side rails. We already have the front one installed. As you can see it has a nice aerodynamic shape to it and that's going to cut down wind noise and drag while you're driving. It has a rubber coated steel strap that wraps around the cross rail itself and then attaches on the inside.

We have this end cap here with this plastic piece that you can knock out and actually put in a Yakima same key system to secure it to your roof and prevent theft and tampering. With the other bar installed these have a carrying capacity of 165 pounds although you always want to double check with your vehicle manual to make sure that it can withstand that kind of weight on your roof. Let's go ahead and show you how the rear bar installs. We already have it partially assembled here on our table. Well start with the foot pack here. The pieces here that go inside the foot pack will be coming with the bars themselves.

We'll take this black plastic piece here and we'll just snap it on the top of our foot. Then we'll go up underneath the foot here, into this section here, put our tightening tool into the screw on the bottom like so, and then take our metal piece here and put it in the center of our plastic racket. Then we'll just tighten it down loosely until it's about even with these two pieces on either side. Now we'll go to the end of the bar and we'll actually make sure that all of that slides in to the bar. All right, now to determine where exactly these need to be on the bar we did a few test measurements and we found where they need to be. What you would do is you would just measure from the edge of the cross bar, we'll put our end cap on here real quick.

Measure from the edge of the cross bar to our foot pack here and just get it aligned where it needs to be. This kit is going to differ from most vehicles and you always want to double and triple check your measurements before you do this. Then you'll just tighten the foot down into place. With this tool here that's provided once it's tightened enough you're going to hear those clicks three times. That means it's torqued down to where it needs to be. Let's go ahead and set it on our vehicle now.

We'll wrap them around, but before we can start any of the tightening process we're going to go ahead and measure from center to center on each of the bars to get our cross bar spread to make sure they're parallel. With that done now we'll take our rubber coated steel straps, hold them up into place and tighten down this screw. We'll do this on both sides. Once they're tightened down all the way you're going to hear those clicks again, that way you know you're not over-torquing or under-tightening, and you'll have that headache to worry about while you're driving as well. Some items you can put on your roof rack, there's a wide variety of them. You have cargo baskets, enclosed cargo boxes, bike racks, ski carriers, snowboard carriers, and even water sports carriers such as kayaks and canoes. Although you always want to double check and make sure you don't over do it with the weight on the roof of your vehicle as well as the weight capacity for these bars. All right, and once we're done with that we'll go ahead and put our end caps in. If we have the lock cores we can lock them into place, and we're good to go. There you have it for the Yakima Jet Stream Roof Rack System on our 2016 Subaru Forester.

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