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Yakima Roof Rack Review - 2017 Toyota Tacoma

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Review of the Yakima Roof Rack on a 2017 Toyota Tacoma

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Toyota Tacoma, we're going to be test fitting the Yakima JetStream roof rack system using the baseline towers. We're using the 50-inch JetStream bars, part number Y00425, baseline tower kit, part number Y00146, and we need two base clip sets, part number Y06145 for the front, and Y06128 for the rear.Now a measurement that we often get requests for is the distance of the crossbar from the roof of the vehicle. This can help you out with garage situations and things like that to make sure you have enough room. Basically from the top of our Tacoma to the top of our crossbar, it's about 4 inches. That's from the lowest point of the roof, not on top of the corrugated part.Now, each of our covers does have a hole for a lock. You can pick up the Yakima same key system, slide it in there and turn it, and turn the basic cover into a locking cover.Something I really like about the Yakima roof rack system here with the baseline feet is that any point of contact we have with our vehicle is going to be rubber coated.

So our foot packs, where they come down and make contact with our truck, we've got that nice rubber pad, and where the clips come around the edge, also completely rubber lined, all the way from this point all the way to the end of the clip. So any worries about damaging paint or scratches will be very minimal, especially if you take the time to clean off your roof before installing the system.You'll notice the design of this style bar is really sturdy. They've got the T-slot blocking piece in there so you can just push that down and slide your item into place. That's going to prevent you cutting this for every accessory that you might have. Also, you can see it's kind of in an H pattern.

That's going to give a superior strength and durability.Not only do we get questions about how it fits and how it looks, but also about how to put it together. We've already got the front crossbar on the vehicle. I've already got one side of our rear crossbar set up. We want to take just a second to look at the assembly process for the foot pack itself. We're going to start with our adapters designed for use with the JetStream bars.

We're going to place those in and push down until we hear the click. You can see that's going to allow a little bit of adjustability there. For our application, we want that to be set right in the middle, so both sides would be even. See the screw right down here That's for that, and then we also need to adjust the toe. See right here we've got a set screw, and for the rear crossbar we need that little tip that sticks up right here to be directly in the middle.

That would be what would be considered a B7.Next we've got our block that's going to slide right in. You see where that bolt comes up. That's going to thread right into the bottom. Going to use our provided tool and start to tighten that up. You can see we've got three notches here in the bottom where that screw is as well. We want this to be in that middle setting. That's where we had that level on the top. Then we're going to tighten that down until that metal portion becomes even with the black portions. You might leave it just a little bit looser than that, but not too much, about like that.Now we'll rotate that over. Typically, you're going to have the rubber gasket that's blocking our T slot there. We'll get that out of the way for now. We're going to slide that right into the T slot. May need to push in a little bit just to get it past that edge. Now we're going to slide it to the appropriate measurement. It's kind of tough to see, probably, on camera, but it's going to give us 1-inch increments right down through here, through the eighth inch. This needs to go to 36 and 7/8.Once we have that in position, we're then going to tighten down our other screw here. Now, the tool has a built-in torque limiter, so as we turn it, you want to have three clicks. It's kind of just like a gas cap there.Something else I want to mention while we're looking at the bottom side of this, it's going to be hard to see later. When we put in our fit clips, there's going to be clips. These come down, grab the roof line of the vehicle, and that's what's going to secure our rack. You can see the rounded portion here. As that goes in, it's going to fit in the gap right here. Between the tab that sticks up and the tab that's flat, there's a little notch for it to slide in. That can be really tough to see when we're doing it underneath the roof rack system, but this will slide in. That's going to come up like that. Then as we tighten that screw, that secures that or pulls that in.We'll make sure that we've got that loosened up, and we're also going to make sure that we have loosened up the other screw we can see right here on the end. That adjusts our bracket up and down, so we'll leave that loose initially, and then we can tighten it down once it's on the roof line.Last thing we're going to put on before we put it on the roof line of the vehicle is going to be the foot pack. You can see the notch there. That's going to go right down on the bar. Slide that in. There's an arrow. You want that arrow facing outward. We'll click it in position. Once your feet are in place here, you want to take the rubber stripping and you want to fill in these gaps. We want a piece on this gap, on the gap between both of our feet, and then also on the opposite end. What this is going to do, it prevents wind from getting in there, which could cause whistling or noise while you're at highway speed.Now we can place our crossbar up on our roof line. Now just for reference on the front measurement, you'll be 7 inches from the back edge of our windshield to the front edge of our foot pack, and we're going to go 32 inches from the center of our front foot pack to the center of the rear. We're going to do this on both sides of the vehicle, just to ensure we have our bars square with one another.Now we'll open both doors. We can open our gray cover. That's going to allow us to slide in our slide clips, just like I showed you on the table there. Let's get that done on both sides.Now we'll start by tightening down the upper screw, and you can see how that lowers this down slightly. We just want that to give us kind of a level clip coming up to the side. Do that on both sides. Now we can switch to the middle screw. You'll notice as we tighten this up, the gap between the clip and the vehicle is going to decrease. We'll just tighten these up so they make contact. We're going to tighten them up from side to side evenly. If we just bring that up so it makes contact here and we do the same thing on the other side, it should keep our bars squared from left to right.As we tighten this down, you'll see our foot pad. It's going to come down and it's going to rest right down there on the roof of the vehicle. And again, just a little bit at a time going side to side.Now, once we have both sides nice and snug, we'll come back to our first bolt. We want to get that tightened down until our wrench clicks. Then we'll do the middle one. Want to just pop that cover closed over the top. Go over to the other side and make sure we have the same tension.Now we've got our covers to go in place. See they've got the two little hooks. We've got one right here, one right here. Those are going to fit right down on the attachment points. Then we'll click our cover right in place there, do the same thing on the other side.Now, to get our end caps in place, just want to get them started. You'll push up on this tab on the bottom. Let me just give it a firm push in, maybe a tap to make sure it goes all the way down into place.Now you're ready to attach your favorite accessory and hit the road, whether that's a roof-mounted bike rack, cargo carrier, maybe even a cargo box.That's going to complete our test fit of the Yakima Roof Rack System with the baseline foot packs on our 2017 Toyota Tacoma.

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