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Yakima OutPost HD Overland Truck Bed Rack Review - 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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Review of the Yakima OutPost HD Overland Truck Bed Rack on a 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty


John: Hey guys, John here from etrailer.com. And today I'd like to show you the Yakima Outpost HD ladder Rack System. It looks a little bit different than other ones, but it's designed to look a little more sleek, a little more sporty maybe, but it still has the same functions as we'd have with a normal ladder rack system. It allows us to put cargo into our bed and still store some stuff on top of it. The Outpost HD has a 500-pound weight capacity. And Yakima has thought of us when it comes to multiple tie-down points.

So we've tie-down points here at the end of our crossbars, we also have tie-down loops here, hooks here. They really gave us a lot of different options to securing our cargo.Here on the side of our legs, you see each of them have two bolt holes. This is used just to install a sidebar, if we would like to, and really just increases how much cargo we can carry. That will depend on whether we can use it or not depends on where we can locate our legs. During the install, you'll see we have a drop-in bedliner, so we're limited on where we can put these, but that is an option for you.

Our HD bar systems do allow us to carry heavier loads, but at the same time, if we remove the screw underneath the cap, we can remove the cap and we have access to the T-track system. So we are still able to utilize a lot of accessories that we'd normally use on crossbar systems like bike racks, cargo carriers, those kinds of things that we normally put on a roof. We can now fit them on here as well.Our HD crossbars are a little bigger than normal crossbars that we'd find on a roof rack, but if we remove the bolts and the underside of the cap, we can remove the cap, and now we have access to a T-channel, which we would normally use to install T-bolt systems for maybe bike racks or cargo carriers or those kinds of things. So we're still able to utilize those kind of accessories on this crossbar system.Just to give you an idea of what kind of cargo we can carry in our truck bed, we have a drop-in liner. So I'm measuring from the top of one of the ridges.

So from the top of that to the bottom of our crossbar is right at 32 inches. So it gives you a good idea of what kind of cargo we can load under here, coolers, tents, duffel bags, that kind of stuff. But at the same time, we're able to move our crossbars in and out, depending on what our bed rails look like. So here we have them spaced further apart. This is going to be better for longer loads, like maybe lumber or a ladder or something like that.But if we're able to, we could probably move this a little closer.

And then that would allow us to install something, maybe like a bike rack, rooftop, cargo carrier, even a rooftop tent. Rooftop tent would be great for this because it's not going to be sitting up above. We'd still have a somewhat of aerodynamics because this crossbar system sits lower than a regular ladder rack would.One of the things I really like about this ladder rack system is that we have the ability to lock it to our truck bed. So here on this side, the rear passenger side, as well as the front driver's side, we can use this locking cap on our hardware. And so now we actually have a lock instead of just our hardware to help deter people from tampering with our ladder rack system. The great thing about this is that Yakima uses the regular lock cores. So if we have other Yakima accessories that do use those lock cores, we can still get everything keyed the same, so that way we just using one key for all the locks.Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's show you how easy it is to install. Now, we already have the first crossbar installed, the one closer to the cab, but we're going to go over how to install it. It's going to be the same process. We're first going to grab our bases. And there are two holes in the bases. You always want to make sure that the smaller of the two holes is facing towards the middle of the bed. So if we we're installing this for the front bar, we would install it this way on the passenger side. So this is facing towards the back of the vehicle. For the crossbar further towards the back of the pickup, we want the smaller hole facing towards the front of the vehicle.So we place the base on our side rails. This lip is going to overhang. Let's put that there. And the next step is we're going to grab two of the longer bolts, two spacers, and two of these J-clamps and fit them to our base to hold it in place. Put the bolt through the spacer, drop it through here. And then this rubberized part of our clamp is going to go up and under our bedrail. Put it up and under, and then we'll thread our bolt through. You might need to move the base a little bit forward and backwards just depending on what space you have under your bedrail. And then we're just going to install this hardware lightly right now. We're not going to tighten it down yet because when we install the other side, we need to make sure that we have enough room so it lines up together.I'm actually going to have to move this back which is why I'm going to install lately. Move this back a little bit because I only have limited room here under my base rail system. We'll just tighten down the front clamp. And as we we're demonstrating, there's no specific measurements as to where to install these clamps. It's really just what works best for you. This truck has a drop-in bed liner, so I think that's affecting where we have to install this a little bit, but it really just depends on like the load that you're carrying. It depends on what kind of space you have in your truck bed to begin with, that kind of stuff.The nice thing about this is that we do build on the system and so it's really easy to move around if we need to. So we got this one lightly installed. We'll repeat the same process for the other side. With the hardware for our bases loosely installed, we can now take some measurements to make sure we have everything lined up correctly. I like using specific spots on the pickup, so I like using the stake pockets because I know that those are going to be in the exact same spot on either side. From the edge of our rear stake pocket, and we'll just pick a point on the base just to line up the other side. So inaudible 00:06:53 down. I'm just going to go with this line here. We'll go with eight inches. We'll line it up on the other side to match up with this and then tighten down all our hardware.So we have all our hardware tightened down for our bases. Well, now we'll grab these two tools out of our installation kit and the leg portions. Now when we install these, we want the longer end to be facing towards the center of the truck. Just like with the smaller hole on the base, same way with this. We want this part facing the middle. So this will be for our passenger side. This will be for our driver's side, since this is the rear bar. So grab one of the tools. These are two different bolts because one side is going to have a lock on it or we're going to be able to add the lock to it. So you just find the tool that matches the bolt, loosen up this door compartment here, which then allows us to simply place our leg, pull that up and tighten it, and we'll use our tool to snug it down. Repeat the same process for the other side and then we'll be ready to install the crossbar.We'll start by removing the cap. There's a screw on the underside of it. So use a smaller of these tools to loosen up that screw. Let's flip this over real quick to get the screw out, remove the cap, and we'll slide two of these brackets in. So push one towards the other end of the crossbar, and we'll keep on this into the crossbar, put the cap back in place, tighten on this screw, this bolt. And now we're ready to place this on top of our leg system. So these brackets have two holes on them. There's two holes in our legs. So we will try to line these brackets up as best we can.We'll install the hardware. We'll take the smaller bolt, put the lock washer on. Then the washer. Then try to line it up here. It might take you just a few tries to get it started. You might have to lift the bar up and move this bracket back and forth a little bit. Once we get it started, we'll loosely install all of our hardware on either side because then what we have to do is we need to take a tape measure and measure the ends of our crossbars to make sure our crossbar is centered before we tighten everything down.When we take our measurements, we need to measure from the edge of the crossbar to the edge of our leg here. This looks about 10 and a quarter, so I'm going to come over to the other side and that's nine. So I'm going to move our crossbar over a little bit and just play with it until it gets to where you have the same measurement on both sides, then we'll tighten down our hardware. So we've got everything lined up, all our hardware's tightened down. The last step to the installation is to grab our locking cap here or cover, we'll put it over. It's the longer and skinnier bolt. Make sure we have it in the unlocked position, place over the cap, lock it. And now that's going to help prevent people from tampering with our hardware. And that's going to complete our look at the Yakima Outpost HD Ladder Rack System on our 2020 F-250. Thanks for watching.


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