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  • How to Open Yakima SkyBox 18 When Keys Are Lost
  • If you do not know the key number, your best alternative is to have a locksmith open the lock for you. I do not recommend trying to drill the lock out, as it is highly likely that the box would be damaged. Once the lock is unlocked, you can use your control key to remove the lock core. If you no longer have the control key, we offer them as part # Y8007835. The key number will be engraved on the side of the lock cylinder. Once the key number is known, you can order a replacement key. I...
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  • Differences Between a Class II Trailer Hitch and a Class III Trailer Hitch for use of a Bike Rack
  • The bike rack you have selected will fit in a 2 inch by 2 inch hitch. The Class II only disclaimer is for the 1-1/4 by 1-1/4 inch hitch model, # Y02445. The differences between class II and class III are the size of the hitch opening, 1 1/4 inch square as opposed to the class III 2 inch square opening, and the weight capacity of the hitches. This bike rack will fit your class III hitch (see instructions link below). We have an article that explains the differences between hitch Classes...
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  • How to Replace Lost Keys and Locks for a Yakima Space Case Cargo Carrier
  • The part that you referenced, Yakima Control Key # Y8007835, is used to remove an unlocked lock core from a Yakima cargo box or roof rack. If you still have your control key you can use it to remove the current lock cores from your Space Case cargo box to obtain the lock code. With the lock code you can then order the appropriate replacement keys. If you do not have the control key you have the option of ordering a replacement control key by itself or with two new lock cylinders. We...
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  • Comparing Thule Vertex # TH9029XT and Yakima RidgeBack # Y02458 4-Bike Hitch-Mount Racks
  • The two 4-bike hitch-mount racks you referenced, the Thule Vertex # TH9029XT and Yakima RidgeBack # Y02458, both share many similarities. Both weigh about 35-lbs, both will fit both 1-1/4-inch and 2-inch hitch sizes, and both have a total loaded bike weight capacity of 140-to-150-lbs. Neither rack includes locks. Both carry a limited lifetime warranty and the Thule Vertex is USA-made. One important difference between them is that the Yakima will not fit into a Class I hitch. It will...
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  • Comparing the Yakima FullSwing and Thule Vertex Trailer Hitch Mount Swinging Bike Racks
  • I have been a big fan of the Thule Vertex, # TH9031XT, since it came out a couple years back. But the new Yakima FullSwing, # Y02465, might have it beat. I find the new ZipStrips a great improvement over rubber straps for the cradles and that should make installing/removing the bikes a little faster and easier. Yakima has updated the design of this rack and it now looks better than ever with a black finish and red accents. Even the swing-out mechanism and procedure has been improved....
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  • Yakima Roof Rack Components Needed to Install Roof Rack in Pace Tonneau
  • I spoke with my contact at Yakima and he told me that you will need the part numbers # Y00221 (quantity of 2), and part # Y8890027 (quantity 4) for the feet and then crossbars # Y00409 to complete a rack in the Pace rails of your tonneau.
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  • Best Way to Stabilize the Front Wheel when Carrying Bikes on the Yakima DoubleDown 4 Bike Rack
  • I would use a hook and loop strap, like the Softride Soft Velcro Tie Down for Bike Racks, # SR18679, to stabilize the front wheel of my bikes on a hanging rack like the Yakima DoubleDown 4 Bike Rack. These are also available in a 4 pack, # SR26260. You would just need to run the strap through the bikes front wheel and secure it around the bike frame. I illustrated this in a photo for you, see link.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for 2 Adult and 2 Kids Bikes on a 2004 Ford Explorer
  • We have everything that you will need to carry your 2 adult and 2 kids bikes on your husbands 2004 Ford Explorer. I will start off with a few bike rack recommendations. For a Yakima bike rack, my personal favorite is the RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack, # Y02458. This bike rack is a great value for the quality and features that it has and it includes an integrated locking cable. For a Thule bike rack, I recommend looking at either the Vertex 4 Bike Rack, # TH9029XT, or the Apex 4 Bike Rack,...
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  • Recommended Crossbars for the Pace Edwards UltraGroove Tonneau Covers
  • For your 2017 Ford F-350 with the 6-3/4' bed, there are currently three different Pace Edwards UltraGroove Tonneau Covers available. There is an all metal powered version part # 311-KEFA18A44, all metal manual version part # 311-KMFA18A44, and metal/vinyl manual version part # 311-KRFA18A44. For the Thule Square Bar System I recommend using part # THLB65 for the crossbars, part # TH460 for the feet, and part # THKIT3101 for the fit kit. For the Yakima Round Bar system I recommend using...
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  • How to Remove Locked Yakima SKS Lock Cores on Roof Rack Without the Key
  • According to our friends at Yakima, the Control Key for the Yakima Same Key System, # Y07204 will only work on lock cores that are already unlocked. If you know the key number, you can order a replacement using the page I have provided a link to. If you do not know the original key number, having a locksmith pick the locks and then using the SKS control key to replace the cores will be your best option. Once the cores are removed, you can order replacements on the page I have provided...
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  • Best Swing Away Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation
  • My honest opinion is that the Thule Apex # TH9027 is a nicer rack with the exception of the anti-rattle device in the shank. There the Yakima FullSwing part # Y02465 has the advantage. So your best option is going to be the Thule Vertex Swing # TH9031XT with the hitch lock part # THSTL2. The Vertex is basically a stripped down version of the Apex, but since it has the older style shank that works better it would be your best option. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative...
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  • How to Mount Bike Carrier Without Obstructing Rear License Plate from View
  • In many states if your rear license plate is obstructed from view by a bike rack, luggage rack or a similar device, a vehicle owner has the option to obtain a temporary license plate. This third license plate is a paper document that is placed on the interior of the vehicle's rear window in a manner clearly visible from the outside of the vehicle, but doesn't obstruct the driver's view out of the rear window. Another option is to use the bike rack you want to use and move the plate to...
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  • Recommended Rack and Roll Trailer for Kayaks and Bikes
  • The Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer - 66" # Y08106 or 78" # Y08107 ride very well at highway speeds on long trips. These 16 inch wheels work very well at any posted highway speed in favorable conditions. Just like any trailer, you want to slow down in conditions with excessive water, snow or ice, and extreme wind. We have had very happy customers with these trailers as you can see in the customer reviews and have not had any issues with the tires. This trailer has been on the market for...
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  • Roof Rack and Kayak Carrier for the Roof of a Pop-Up Camper
  • First you are going to need a roof rack for your pop up camper. You can use the Swagman Roamer, # S80510 which will attach to the top of a camper as long as it is not a plastic, one-piece roof and as long as it has a flat roof. You can then use a carrier such as the stacker, # TH830, to carry both kayaks. I have linked a video review of this carrier for you.
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  • How to Remove a Yakima SKS Lock Core from the Lock Housing
  • This is actually a common issue but it is easily resolved. If the change key comes out but the lock cylinder does not, the first step is to make sure the lock is unlocked. Then insert the change key. You may need to put tension on the key by pushing up or down or to the side while slowly pulling the key back. Once it comes out a little you can grab it and pull it out of the housing. I made a video showing how to do this.
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  • Will Yakima Skybox Cargo Box Fit Thule AeroBlade Crossbars On 2014 Subaru Forester
  • I pulled some Thule AeroBlade crossbars, part # THARB53 along with the mounting hardware for a Yakima Skybox Pro, part # Y90135 to do a test fit for you. I have included a short video that shows how the Skybox should fit with the crossbars. As you can see in the video, there is a small amount of gap but since the Skybox hardware is adjustable, it can be tightened to hold securely to the crossbars you have on your Forester. The Thule Snowboard Rack part # TH575 needs 4-1/2 to 5 inches...
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  • Roof Racks for 2015 Ford Edge with Panoramic Vista Roof
  • We do have plenty of choices in roof racks for your 2015 Ford Edge with Vista roof. Just click on the link provided and select your roof style, flush rails or a bare roof, at the top of the page. You'll then see the options for that roof style. If you happen to have the bare roof you can use Yakima's JetStream bar rack system consisting of parts # Y00425, # Y00146, # Y06102 and # Y06139. If you have the flush rails on your roof then you have several choices of racks from Thule. You...
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  • Bow and Stern Tie-Down Connection Points on a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • A solution for you to connect the bow tie-down on your Yakima SweetRoll # Y04074 is to use Thule Quick Loops # TH530. These provide mounting points in either the front or rear of your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon by installing directly under the hood or rear hatch. I've included a video for you to take a look at.
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  • What Is Bolt Size Of Yakima Replacement Hitch Bolt and Clip for Yakima HoldUp Bike Rack # Y8890200
  • The Yakima Replacement Hitch Bolt and Clip for Yakima HoldUp Hitch Mounted Bike Carrier, part # Y8890200, is a 5/8 inch bolt. The size wrench you would use to install or remove this bolt is 15/16 inch.
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  • Steps for Removing and Reinstalling Yakima Lock Core
  • When using the change key part # Y8007835 to remove and replace a lock cylinder what you have to do is first have the lock in the unlocked position. Next you will insert the change key into the core. With the key in the core you will then be able to slide the core out as one piece. To reinstall the core (or a new one), you have to insert the core with the change key inserted in it and then once in place remove the key. It will then be secured to the rack/accessory.
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  • Rooftop Cargo Box Recommendations for 2017 Subaru Outback
  • All rooftop cargo boxes will generate wind noise and to some degree all will negatively affect mileage but those with the more aerodynamic low-profile shape, such as Thule's Hyper XL # TH612, will tend to be quieter and will have slightly less effect on fuel economy. At 90-inches external length this is the longest box Thule recommends for your Outback. It can handle skis up to 201-cm in length so it may be more than you need. It also weighs 53-lbs empty so keep in mind that what you can...
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  • Thule and Yakima Swinging Hitch Bike Rack Comparison, Which is Best
  • The Yakima FullSwing 4 Bike Rack # Y02465 is basically the fully upgraded version of the Yakima Swingdaddy # Y02464 that you also referenced. It features a nicer frame cradle system that is much easier to adjust and load/unload bikes on as well as locks that lock the bikes to the rack and the rack to the hitch. On such a long road trip where the bikes would be loaded for such a long time it would be worth the peace of mind for me to know the bikes were locked to the rack as well. The...
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  • Yakima Swing Daddy Vs. Full Swing Comparison
  • First, the FullSwing, # Y02465 and the SwingDaddy, # Y02464 have comparable arm spacing of approximately 11 inches on center. The SwingDaddy has been around longer. The FullSwing is a new rack and features several upgrades from the SwingDaddy. The cradles on each rack can be adjusted but on the FullSwing the cradles are on a track type of system on the undersides of the arms. This makes adjusting the spacing between the bikes easy. The SwingDaddy cradles would have to be rotated while...
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  • Which Roof Location Offers the Least Wind Resistance When Installing Yakima Roof Cargo Box # Y07195
  • For the least amount of wind resistance, I would recommend installing a roof cargo box towards the rear of the vehicle. The only problem with moving the cargo box towards the rear on a minivan is you will want to make sure that the cargo box will not get in the way of the rear hatch when it is opened. So you will need to attach the cargo box to your crossbars and adjust the location on your roof by moving the cargo box forwards or backwards to the best location on your vehicle, before tightening...
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  • Difference Between Yakima FullBack and HalfBack 2 Bike and 3 Bike Racks
  • The difference between the Yakima FullBack, part # Y02634 and the HalfBack, part # Y02636 is that the FullBack is fully loaded. The Yakima FullBack includes integrated bike and rack locks, which provide improved security over the HalfBack that does not have these locks. Beyond that, they are identical racks. They are available in 3 Bike variations as well, as part # Y02633 for the FullBack and part # Y02635 for the HalfBack. I've included a video review of both racks so you...
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  • Comparing the Yakima FourTimer Bike Rack # Y02469 with the Swagman Quad 2+2 # S64692
  • Both the Yakima FourTimer # Y02469 and the Swagman Quad 2+2 # S64692 that you referenced are excellent bike racks and would do a great job transporting your bikes. They both have the ability to hold up to 4 bikes that weight 45 lbs each and they are compatible with a 2 inch receiver. They both use the hook to stabilize the bike while it is in the cradles and they also have tilting and folding features. The ability to be adapted to a 2 bike rack is also an option between both of them. Typically...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation and Comparison of Yakima FullBack and HalfBack 2-Bike Trunk Racks
  • Honestly, the best way to prevent scratches to your vehicle's paint is going to get a hitch mounted rack. The difference between the Yakima HalfBack # Y02636 and the FullBack # Y02634 is that the FullBack comes with integrated locks that lock the bikes to rack and rack to vehicle. We typically recommend a fresh wash and wax before installing any trunk rack. It is important that the rack be installed securely to reduce bouncing or movement, which causes scratches. But honestly it...
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  • Instructions for Replacing Handle on a Yakima Skybox 16
  • I attached a picture that shows instructions for replacing the handle of your Skybox 16 part # Y07336 with the part # Y8880348 that you referenced. This handle hasn't changed since 2014. Depending on which Skybox you have and what year it was purchased this could be an updated version.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a Leased 2017 Subaru Impreza 5-Door Hatchback
  • I did some checking and there are some trunk mount bike racks that you can use on your leased 2017 Subaru Impreza 5-door hatchback. For a 2-bike rack you can use either the Yakima HalfBack # Y02636 or the FullBack # Y02634. For 3 bikes the HalfBack model is # Y02635 and the FullBack model is # Y02633. These racks will work even if the vehicle has a rear spoiler at the top of the hatch because the rack is positioned in such a way as to not put any stress on the spoiler. I included a picture...
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  • Can Yakima SkyBox Pro 16s Cargo Box # Y07196 & 2 Roof Bike Carriers Fit 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Yakima SkyBox Pro 16s Cargo Box # Y07196 measures 36-inches wide at its exterior. I checked the specs for your car's factory roof rack but the crossbar side-to-side length is not noted on the Subaru website, only the roof's 150-lb maximum weight capacity. Please take note of this. Odds are pretty good that your 47-lb cargo box plus the weight of your two bikes and their carriers will approach this limit, but once you start loading cargo into the Skybox you will likely exceed the...
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