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Yakima Towers RoundBar SL Adapter Review

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Review of the Yakima Towers RoundBar SL Adapter


Today we're going to be taking a look at, and showing you how to install, the Yakima RoundBar SL Adapter for the Yakima BaseLine, SkyLine, TimberLine, and RidgeLine Towers, part number Y03536. These adapters allow you to use your new or existing Yakima RoundBars with Yakima's updated towers. This will in turn allow you to continue to use your existing RoundBar accessories. The kit comes with four adapters, and they are easy to install. Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's go ahead and show you how it installs. We have our TimberLine foot here, and how this works .. Take this center piece out.

This plastic piece here will snap onto the top of our TimberLine foot, and this will be the same for the other feet as well. Next, we'll take our RoundBar adapter. Now, you notice at the bottom here, it has a screwed-in end. We'll have the screw in the center here; you're going to just line those up, flip the foot upside-down, and in the center here, we'll have our screw head that we're going to take our tightening tool here and attach it to place. Now, we're not going to tighten this down all the way.

We're going to leave it a little bit loose, because to install this onto our vehicle, it needs to be loose. Go ahead and slide this on here. Then we'll go ahead and put our end caps on, so these don't fall off while we're trying to put them on the roof. Now we'll go ahead and install our TimberLine system on our roof, as you would with the normal instructions. Now with everything installed and secured to our roof, we're ready to hit the road. And there you have it for the Yakima RoundBar SL Adapter for the Yakima BaseLine, SkyLine, TimberLine, and RidgeLine Towers, part number Y03536..


Lisa K.

5/6/2022

I have timberline towers with round bars. I have connected the adapter but it won’t tighten the bar so the tower keeps moving. I tighten until the ratchet sound as per instruction. All equipment is brand new.

David B.

5/9/2022

What vehicle are you trying to attach them too? As long as you have the width set everything should tighten down to the right amount. Let me know the vehicle year make and model so I can look into the specifics of it.

Sherry

1/5/2022

I have an older tower with round bars. One of the bars is loose in the round sleeve. The sleeve is loose and rattles when I drive. I can't figure out how to tighten it down. I tried the alan screw underneath it and the alan screw inside the cover. Nope! Help please. I don't have an alan screw on the side. Thx Sherry :)

Les D.

1/6/2022

@Sherry about how old are they and are they Yamika brand?

Sherry

1/6/2022

@LesD I think I found my answer. I found the tool I needed that came with the Yakama. They are the towers that have the lock to the right on the face. I guess I need to totally remove it to get to the tightning screw underneath. Thx for responding. Luv etrailer! Sherry:)

Les D.

1/6/2022

@Sherry glad it worked out good for you.

Paul C.

5/4/2021

I have Timberline towers for my old car. I recently bought a new car and need to switch to Skyline towers. How do I remove the snap in cradle for the round bar adapter without breaking it?

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Jon G.

5/5/2021

The best way to try to remove that cradle is to take a flathead screwdriver and try to pop one end out via that cutout in the middle of the cradle. It can be pretty difficult to do so if you end up breaking any of the cradles you'll need to replace them. They are available in a set of 4 with the kit in this video or you can get individual cradles and adapters with part # 8880641.

Paul C.

5/7/2021

@JonG Thanks for the suggestion. That worked.
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Jon G.

5/10/2021

@PaulC Awesome! Thanks for the feedback!

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