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Will Yakima SkyBox 18 # Y07336 Fit 2004 Acura MDX Without Interfering with Rear Hatch

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Im looking to purchase a Yakima Skybox for my 2004 Acura MDX and was hoping to get the 18 cubic feet size. Will that fit on my far without sticking off the back so I can open my back hatch! Thanks!

Expert Reply:

In order to determine if you will have rear hatch clearance with the Yakima SkyBox 18, you will need to take a measurement on your roof. Measure rearward from the center of the front crossbar to the seam where the rear hatch meets the vehicle roof. If this distance is at least 57 inches, the cargo box will not interfere with your ability to fully open the rear hatch.

If you do not have crossbars on your roof, you can install a Yakima crossbar system using the following parts:

Yakima 58 Inch Crossbars, part # Y00409
2 Sets of Yakima Q 116 Q clips, part # Y00716 (order two of them)
Q towers, part # Y00124

When installed according to the instructions, the center of the front crossbar would sit about 9-3/4 inches rearward of the seam between the roof and the top of the windshield. So you would measure 9-3/4 inches back along the roof from the top of the windshield, and place a small piece of tape there for reference. From that point, measure back to the seam between the roof and the top of the hatch. As mentioned above, if this distance is 57 inches or greater, the SkyBox 18, part # Y07336 will fit just fine.

To make accessing your roof mounted cargo easier (not to mention safer!) you might also be interested in a tire mounted step like part # TH2100.

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