Yakima Roof Rack Review - 2011 Honda Sonata

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Review of the Yakima Roof Rack on a 2011 Honda Sonata


Speaker 1: Today, on our 2011 Hyundai Sonata, we'll be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Yakima roof-rack system. This is going to consist of part numbers: Y00426. Those are going to be our Yakima Jet Stream Crossbars; part number: Y00146, those are going to be our baseline towers; and part numbers: Y06144 and Y06153, those are going to be our base clip fit kits for our Hyundai Sonata.The Yakima Roof-Rack System is going to be the perfect solution for carrying your vehicle accessories on your roof, whether those are bike racks, cargo baskets, skis and snowboard carriers or kayak carriers. The crossbars, themselves, are going to be an aerodynamic tear-drop shape. It's going to help to reduce wind, noise and drag. On the inside, it's going to have a weatherstrip to prevent any dirt, debris or liquid from getting inside our crossbar.

It's also going to have that weatherstrip that can be pushed down so you can insert channel-mounted accessories.The baseline towers do have the option to remove this plastic core here and insert the Yakima Same-Key System Lock Core, which will help to prevent theft and tampering. If we remove our end cap, you'll see that we have a bolt to secure down and give us a nice secure fit for our fit kit. The fit kit is going to give us a custom-fit to our vehicle. It's going to have rubber portions protecting any place that is going to touch your vehicle to prevent any scratches or abrasions.The whole roof-rack system has a 165-pound weight capacity, though you do want to check your vehicle's owner's manual to make sure it can withstand that much weight. We'll show you how to install that now.We're going to have our covers for our towers.

We'll get four baseline towers. Our fit kit here in the center with four pads for the bottom and four clamps. We're going to have four adapters to attach our towers to our crossbar. Our included torque tool to tighten everything down. We've provided our own flat tape measure.

We'll get two crossbars and four end caps.To start the installation, we've gone ahead and removed the weatherstrip underneath our crossbar. This can be cut down or replaced back in your crossbar strip at the bottom. That's going to help to reduce wind, noise and drag and any dirt, debris or liquid from getting underneath your crossbar. We're not going to do that just for demonstration purposes today, but you can cut this down.We're going to start off with our tower and our adapters that are included with our crossbar. We're going to start at the top here, placing in the black plastic piece just inside the tower on the top.

We'll set the adapter right in the center there, on top of that bolt. We're going to come underneath our tower here, we're going to tighten down this bolt on the inside. That's going to tighten up our adapter so that we can slide it onto our crossbar. We want it so that this piece is completely flush here on the bottom so we can slide it easily into our crossbar.We'll flip our tower over one more time. We'll take the pad for the bottom, making sure that the arrow is facing towards the outside of our tower. We're just going to snap it into place.Now, we're ready to line this up and put it onto our crossbar. We're going to take our tower, line up the bottom and slide it into the channel.There are numbers along the bottom of our crossbar, we're going to put it at 36, as per the Yakima instructions, sliding our tower down until it's just at the 36 mark. The last thing we do before we load this up onto our vehicle is take our crossbar end cap and slide it into place.To attach our crossbar to our vehicle, we're going to start by gently setting our crossbar in place on the roof of our vehicle and adjusting it so that it's sitting in the same spot on each side.Next, we'll measure out our crossbar spread. This is going to give us the appropriate placement for our back bar. We're going to measure from the center of the front bar to the center of the back bar. That's going to be 32 inches. We'll do the same thing on the other side.To load up our clamps, we're going to open up the gray door here on the front of our tower. We're going to feed our clamp underneath this metal portion here. We'll secure it to the nut on our foot pack. Now, we'll repeat that same process for the other side.Now, we'll take our included tool and we're going to start to tighten down our bolt here. That's going to tighten up our clamp. Want to make sure we do this evenly on both sides. We're going to tighten it up until we hear a couple clicks from our tool, that's when we know we have enough torque behind our bolt.We've got both sides completely tightened down. We've gone ahead and closed up the doors on our vehicle. We're ready to place on our covers. They just snap into place. Now, we're ready to hit the road.That's going to be our completed look at the Yakima Roof-Rack System on our 2011 Hyundai Sonata.


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