Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer Assembly

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Assembly of a Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer


Today we are going to put together Yakima’s Rack and Roll trailer, part number Y08107. The first thing we did is we went ahead and laid out all of our parts that we need to assemble the trailer. We are going to remove some of these parts and just deal with the pieces we need to use on a piece by piece basis. We are going to start off by building the trailer upside down first. So, we took our two frame parts, the fenders, flipped them over to where they would be upside down, and we laid out our front cross rail and our back cross rail. Our back cross rail is going to have just a single black wire attached to it. And our front cross rail will have the molded plugs on the end. We will go ahead and start off with the front rail. And this is going to match up to two threaded holes in the frame here. It is going to be identical on both sides of the trailer. Now, we are going to grab some bolts out of the bag labeled frame bolts. And we are going to pick up the frame member here until it sits up against this cross member and then we are going to install the bolts. It is going to be a bolt itself, a lock washer and a flat washer. And just finger tight for now. And we are going to go over to the other side of the front rail and do the same thing with the other frame member. We are going to move on to the back cross member and do the same thing again. Now, remember when we tighten these down, just finger tight, we still want to be able to move it around a little bit because there is still some more hardware to install. Now the first four bolts we installed actually kind of give the trailer its basic shape now. So, it will be easier to thread the bolts that go into the side of the frame now. Go ahead and repeat the same process again back on the other side. 2:04

OK, with all of the bolts started now, we can go ahead and snug them all down and then torque them down as specified in the instructions. One corner down, let us do it three more times. The wheel blocks are the next thing we are going to install. First, we will lift up the swing arm. Make sure it stands up on its own, just like this. If it does not, you just need to tighten up this bolt right here just a little bit. And our wheel block is going to install just like this. There are two bosses on the end here. This piece is a boss and this piece is a boss here. This will actually go to the wheel and this one will actually go to the suspension component. So we are going to slide this on here, just like that. Also when you slide this on, make sure the lever is pointing up. Alright, I have one side done. Let us go do the same thing back on the other side. Shock pins are the next part to be installed. This is the pin right here and it has this little clip on there that looks like a bow-tie. What is going to happen is this is going to go through the shock absorber and through the swing arm right here. And it would also be a good idea to apply a little bit of grease to the pin to help work it into place. Push it all of the way through and then we will put our clip into place. Alright, and now we can close this black lever right here. This key will fit right into this hole right here and then we will go ahead and lock it into place. Let us go to the other side and do the same thing once more. 3:34

Wheels are the next thing we are going to do. Now on the wheels you have a choice. They are omnidirectional, so you can use them either way. If you want the spokes going one way, great, or if you want them going the other way you can do that too. It does not matter. Now, the axle bolt comes with two washers. There is one that is a little bit bigger than the other. It is really hard to see, but the bigger of the two will stay on the outside. Now, you want to lubricate this bolt first, before you really stick it in the wheel. And our bolt will go through the hub and out the other side. You can see how some of the grease got cleaned out. Now let us go to the back side of the bolt and reapply some more grease. Now we can go ahead and install this into our wheel block with the smaller flat washer, lock washer and a nut. Then we can go ahead and torque these down as specified in the instructions. Let us go ahead and install our hub cap. It just snaps into place. Let us go to the other side of the trailer and do it one more time. The center beam here, with the reflector in the back, will be the next part that we are going to work on. And we are going to install the license plate bracket and the license plate light. The bracket is going to sit on the bottom of the beam here. We actually have the beam sitting upside down, as is the trailer. And these frame mounts here are pointing at the ground right now. So we are going to take four of our brass screws, we are going to install that onto the bracket into the preformed holes that are in here. Alright, we are going to take our light socket here, the black with the ground wire here, and we are going to slip it into the gray base. We are going to put the ground wire over the top. We will align the two screw holes and install the two screws. Because the bracket here is threaded, we will run it right down. Then we will take our light and just line up our pins and snap it into place. And we will install the t-bolts. T-bolts have a square head on them and it looks like a “t.” Put it in the slot here and install two of these for each rail. We are going to do the other cross member too. Just line up our bolts, push the cross member down, put the center bar on top and we will just get the hardware started. 5:55

Wheels are the next thing we are going to do. Now on the wheels you have a choice. They are omnidirectional, so you can use them either way. If you want the spokes going one way, great, or if you want them going the other way you can do that too. It does not matter. Now, the axle bolt comes with two washers. There is one that is a little bit bigger than the other. It is really hard to see, but the bigger of the two will stay on the outside. Now, you want to lubricate this bolt first, before you really stick it in the wheel. And our bolt will go through the hub and out the other side. You can see how some of the grease got cleaned out. Now let us go to the back side of the bolt and reapply some more grease. Now we can go ahead and install this into our wheel block with the smaller flat washer, lock washer and a nut. Then we can go ahead and torque these down as specified in the instructions. Let us go ahead and install our hub cap. It just snaps into place. Let us go to the other side of the trailer and do it one more time. The center beam here, with the reflector in the back, will be the next part that we are going to work on. And we are going to install the license plate bracket and the license plate light. The bracket is going to sit on the bottom of the beam here. We actually have the beam sitting upside down, as is the trailer. And these frame mounts here are pointing at the ground right now. So we are going to take four of our brass screws, we are going to install that onto the bracket into the preformed holes that are in here. Alright, we are going to take our light socket here, the black with the ground wire here, and we are going to slip it into the gray base. We are going to put the ground wire over the top. We will align the two screw holes and install the two screws. Because the bracket here is threaded, we will run it right down. Then we will take our light and just line up our pins and snap it into place. And we will install the t-bolts. T-bolts have a square head on them and it looks like a “t.” Put it in the slot here and install two of these for each rail. We are going to do the other cross member too. Just line up our bolts, push the cross member down, put the center bar on top and we will just get the hardware started. 5:55

We will go ahead and pull out our wire harness, get it out of the way. Then we will install our pin. We will take the 4-pole that was inside the tongue, pull it out a little bit and plug it into this socket right here. And we are going to plug these two white wires together also. This will help carry the ground. The rest of these wires we can actually just go ahead and tuck back inside the tongue. And you can zip-tie them off or whatnot, whatever you prefer. We are just going to leave them there, just like that for now. We will go ahead and reinstall our latch. Push it down and lock it back into position. To install our brackets for our cross bars, we are going to install four more t-bolts. There are going to be four on each side. With the passenger side done, we will go over to our driver side and do the same thing. We have our hardware in the grove, now we are going to install the towers that will hold the cross bars. What is going to happen is these cross bars are going to sit inside right here. We are going to do that on all four corners. Alright, this will be attached with two more flat washers and two more lock nuts. Now you can move these up and down anywhere you want on the frame rail here. Just for our purposes, we are going to line them up with the cross bar. We will take our cross bar and just slide it in. Take a second and make sure you get your cross bars even on here. Then we will go ahead and just tighten it down. We will do the same thing once again for our cross rail going in the back. Again, we will go ahead and torque these bolts down. With the cross bars torqued down, let us go ahead and pop in our plugs. Let us pull the protective film off of the fenders. That will finish our assembly of Y08107 from Yakima, the Rack and Roll.


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