Yakima Roof Rack Installation - 2019 Infiniti QX80

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How to Install a Yakima Roof Rack on a 2019 Infiniti QX80

Colin: Hey everyone, it's Colin here at etrailer. And today we have a 2019 Infiniti QX80. And we're going to be doing a test fit of the Yakima JetStream Roof Rack System. Now, this is designed to mount to your raised side rails that you have on your Infiniti and it's going to allow you to get some of your favorite roof top accessories loaded up here, whether you want to get a cargo box loaded so you can get some extra luggage and extra cargo up and inside and help make more space inside the vehicle for more elbow and leg room.You could get a couple of kayaks up here because we know that you're not going to be able to fit two or even one kayak inside this SUV, maybe even just a couple of bikes so you don't have to worry about throwing those in your Infiniti either. Now, this roof rack system does consist of a couple of different parts. Up top, we have our 60 inch long JetStream Crossbars, these have a nice aerodynamic shape, helps cut down on wind noise and drag while you're traveling.Now, you can see we haven't been black right now, but if you think that silver would look better with your Infiniti, and in my opinion, I think that might look better with our silver Infiniti right here.

You can check that out on our website, it'll be the same features, just different color crossbar. And We have this nice rubber strip up top, in this channel, that's going to allow us to utilize T-slot accessories for our crossbar. All we do is pull this end cap off like that. All we got to do is push down on the rubber strip and slide our accessory to the desired location, tighten it down, and we're good to go. Then we just put that end cap right back on.Now, below, we have these Yakima Timberline Towers, these are for the raised side rails, these are going to kind of be the middle man between your crossbars and the raised side rails, what connects it.

We have this nice rubber-coated steel strap that comes underneath, I'll just pull this end cap off so you can get a better look at it. It comes right underneath, hooks in right here, we use this bolt to tighten it down and that gives us a really nice, secure fit. You see when I'm trying to move it and shake it around, it's not budging at all, we know we've got a really nice hold on it.We also got nice rubber padding all underneath the tower with that rubber-coated steel strap so we don't have to worry about our side rail getting more and more scratched. Now, up top, you can see we have this plastic lock core. This can be replaced with the same key system from Yakima, that'll provide just some more security for your roof rack, and if you have other Yakima accessories that you can put lock cores on, you can key all alike with that same key system.Now, I do you want to go over a few measurements for you guys.

First, from the top of our roof to the bottom of our JetStream bar, it's going to be about two and seven eighths of an inch, that should be plenty of space to be able to get your clamp-on accessories underneath of your crossbar without risking damaging the top of your Infiniti. Now, if I measure from the top of the raised side rail to the top of the crossbar, it's just about three inches. So that's something to keep in mind, that you have that added height to your Infiniti, so maybe parking in your garage, just any other low clearance situation, you want to make sure you'll clear before you pull it in there.We do have a weight capacity of 165 pounds on this roof rack setup, but obviously you do want to double check with your Infiniti's owner's manual, make sure your roof can handle that weight before we load it up. Now that I've shown you guys some of those features, I'll go ahead and walk you through how easy it is to get this installed on your QX80.Now, like I said, it's very easy to get it installed. What we're going to do first is flip over our cross bar, you can see we already got one of our Timberline Towers on the crossbar, all we're doing is inserting it into this bottom channel.

We've got to get the tower assembled first, so what we're going to do is take this black plastic piece and push that in there. There's a little bolt on the inside right there, what we need to do is take this silver piece and thread it onto there, so we're just going to get it lined up.The opposite side of it is right in there, we need to push the strap forward, and the head is in that hole, so we're just going to take our tool, get it on there and you can see kind of when I start spinning the tool, that silver piece is getting threaded on and it's coming down closer towards the bracket, you want to get it kind of lined up like that. From there, we can slide this piece into this bottom track.So we'll just kind of line it up right there, slide it into the track, might be a little difficult. If it feels tight, then you may need to loosen up that bolt on the inside. Let's see, if I look down here, get it situated, we'll just loosen it up a little bit. There we go, now it's slides very easily. Now what we can do is just throw our end cap on and then get it onto our roof.Now we're just raising it over our rooftop, make sure you get those straps underneath of the raised side rails, just like that. Now, I do want to point out that you can see this line in the center of our Timberline Tower, that needs to sit in the center of our raised side rail, so make sure you get all of that lined up. Once we do that, we can just feed our strap up and in that slot right there. Now, from here, we can just tighten down our strap with the included tool. Now, this tool is actually going to let you know when it's fully torqued by giving you some loud audible clicks, just like that.So what we can do is grab our end cap and then, before we put that on, what we want to do is tighten up the bolt that's inside here, where my finger is, that's going to lock our Timberline Tower in the bottom track of our crossbar. So that's tight as well, go ahead and get that end cap on there and repeat this for the other side. Now, at the end, I always like to grab ahold of the crossbars and give the roof rack a really good shake, just make sure everything is secure, nothing's moving around.You can see that the entire SUV is moving, so we know that the thing's not going anywhere, but now we're ready to load up our favorite roof top accessories and then hit the road. Well, thank you all for watching, and I hope this information helped you out, but that'll do it for our test fit of the Yakima JetStream Roof Rack System on our 2019 Infiniti QX80.

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