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Yakima Roof Rack Review - 2016 Ford Focus

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Review of the Yakima Roof Rack on a 2016 Ford Focus

Today on our 2016 Ford Focus we're going to be test fitting the Yakima JetStream Roof Rack System. Consisting of part numbers Y00426, these are the Yakima JetStream Crossbars 60" long. Part number Y00146, these are the baseline towers for the Yakima Crossbars. And part number Y06135 and Y06105 and these are the BaseClip Kits for the Ford Focus. The Yakima JetStream Roof Rack system is great for carrying a wide variety of accessories on your roof and also freeing up space inside your vehicle for you and your family. It has a weight capacity of 165 pounds with both bars, although you always want to double check with your vehicle's manual to make sure your roof can withstand that weight. If we move our end cap you can see it has a rubber strip along the center here and that coupled the aerodynamic shape of the bars will cut down wind noise and drag while you're driving.

Also because it has that strip you can use this roof rack system with T-track accessories. You don't have to cut or remove the strip as you do with other roof rack systems. Instead you just push this down and slide your T-track accessory in. Also all the end caps here do have these knockouts which you can replace with Yakima Same Key System Locks. Once you place this onto your roof you can secure it to your roof as well. Now that we've gone over some of the features of the roof rack system let's go ahead and show you how it installs.

We have our rear bar partially assembled on our table here. Our first step is to install our plastic piece here. It just snaps into place in the top of our baseline kit, like so. You can see this open slot here. That's where this metal bracket will be installed.

You flip it up upside down and see that it's blocked off so we'll have to take this gray tab, pull it out like so, and now we're able to get to our screw to tighten this down. We use our included tighten tool to do so. We'll line it up at the top here, flip it upside down. And we're just going to loosely install it for now because we need to be able to slide this onto our bar. We'll flip our bar upside down like so. You'll see this area here, this strip at the bottom.

Normally there would be a rubber strip in this area and you would cut it to length and put it back in place. For today's purposes we just went ahead and removed it. We also noticed, and it's kind of hard to see, along this area here you'll see a line of measurements. This is how you actually get the proper spread in between your feet. Look at the instructions to check that measurement and then set it to that. Next we'll slide this portion here with our bracket into the T-slot on the bottom of the bar. This might be a little tight when you first get it. There we go. Then find the corresponding number. Then we can finish tightening down our bolt. One of the nice things about this tightening tool is once it's completely torqued where it needs to be it will click so you don't over-tighten it. All right. Now we can push that gray tab shut again. Now our next setting is going to be this one here. Now you see it has three notches. It's going to go more towards one side, the center, or the other. Now, this is set by your instructions so double check and see if it has to go back or forward a certain degree amount. Right now we do have it set in the right section and we'll just tighten it down to make sure it doesn't move. There we go. Next we'll take a rubber paddle that comes with our clips and we'll push it into place on the bottom noting that the arrow is going to be facing away from the vehicle. Our final step, we'll install our end cap here like so. When the bar is set in place, I'm not setting it at any place in particular. Now once we have it on top of our roof we'll take our crossbar spread which is going to be center of the bar to center of the bar. You can find this measurement in your instructions. We'll do this on the other side as well. Next step we'll open this gray piece here. We'll be able to get to our connection point for our clip. We'll lift that up slightly and we'll just kind of push it into place like so. You'll see that they clip is actually kind of hovering above the door here. To bring it down you tighten up this screw and it'll lower on the door. You could do this on the other side as well. Next we'll tighten up this screw here. We'll get it snug on both sides and give about five or six turns each side until it's tightened down. Again, waiting for the click from our tightening tool. Then we'll shut our gray piece there. Our final step is to install our end caps. On the inside here you can see they have these hooks which will fit onto the connection point on our clip. We'll do this on the other side as well. With everything installed now we're ready to load up our accessories and hit the road. There you have it for the Yakima JetStream Roof Rack system on our 2016 Ford Focus.

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