Yakima HD Crossbars Review - 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Review of the Yakima HD Crossbars on a 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee


What's going on everybody Adam here with etrailer. Today, we're gonna be taking a look at the Yakima HD Bar Roof Rack System on our 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee. If you're going for a really sporty off-road look with your Jeep. This is definitely one of the best-looking racks in my opinion, for the Jeep. I liked them a lot. They really have a cool edgy look and it's not just simple round bars or anything like that.

The nice thing about these is we do have some tie-down points so it's gonna help get some cargo up and out of your vehicle and tied down properly. It's always really hard to figure out where you're gonna tie stuff down on, and with the HD bars, they thought of that. With 55 inches of bar space, we can get a bunch of different accessories up on top of the roof. I always liked the etrailer Cargo Basket on top. It just goes well with the curves of the Jeep, but that's just me.

We do have a lot of space so we can put multiple different kayak carriers up there, haul multiple different bikes, if you don't wanna put it in your hitch. And of course, if you are one that hit the slopes we have a bunch of different types of Ski and Snowboard Carriers that'll fit up on top here as well. We can use T-slot accessories with the HD bars. I really like the end cap when it comes to putting on T-slot accessories, you don't have to remove the cap every single time you wanna do it. There's a little slot up top, which is really nice.

And we do have a nice little weather strip too. So that's gonna help with road noise and stuff like that. But if you already have some wrap-around accessories or if you're planning on getting some, just make sure that they're gonna be able to be compatible with a three-inch wide by an inch and a half bar. The HD bars are made of aluminum so they're extremely light, but they still have a 220 pound weight capacity, which is amazing. Also has a nice powder coated finish which looks really cool as well.

It's gonna resist against rust and corrosion. Let's go ahead and take some measurements. Since these bars are a little bit thicker. We still aren't gonna have any contact with our back antenna if we do put a basket on. But from the top of our roof to the bottom of the bar, it's gonna be about four inches. And we have the sunroof open and that is not an issue either. A couple of things that I would add to the system is this Hitchmate Step, it makes it super easy to get up and load up your cargo, take the bars on and off. And this is just something that I liked just because it has a bunch of adjustments. This is a stock ride height for the Grand Cherokee. But if you have bigger tires or maybe even a little bit of a lift, we have a couple of different adjustments. But also another thing that I would recommend is the locking cores. The towers don't come with locking cores but you can just grab them separately here at etrailer. And the reason why I would suggest them is this is a really cool looking roof rack and it's so easy to take this off. So if someone sees it, they see that you don't have locking cores they could take it off in a matter of seconds. And since they're really quick and easy to take on and off we can go ahead and take our cap here. If we don't wanna have them up there, if we're going on a longer trip and not using our bars, and this is just gonna keep all of that water and stuff outside of our little mount. To prepare our feet, all we need to do is take our tower, and we're gonna take this little piece in here. It's gonna click into place and we'll take our little T-slot and line it up and we'll take our tool and fit it in this little slot and just thread that in just so it doesn't fall out. We don't wanna tighten it just yet. Now we can go ahead and put them on our bars. To do so, take your same tool. There's gonna be a little screw right here. Undo that, grab it out of there. It's usually easiest just to flip it upside down, comes out and then we can take this cap off. We only have to take a one of the caps off. So when we slide them in, we wanna make sure that the cap is gonna be facing the outside. So we'll put the first one on backwards, it looks like. Don't worry, this one's going all the way to the other side. Then we'll take this one and put it on the other way. Then we can go ahead and take our cap and put it back where she was. To take some measurements, what we wanna do is go to the center bolt that mounted our feet here and do it from center to center. So this one's gonna be about 41 and a half inches. And the one up front is gonna be a little bit different. Not much though. And that's gonna be about 43 and a quarter inches. Now we're gonna take those measurements and set our feet length. So I've already done this one. And the nice thing about these bars is we do have some measurements on there. But we're not gonna be doing the measurements from here, it's gonna be from this point there. So go ahead and line it up to where you want and then you can go ahead and tighten them down. Now we can go ahead and put them up onto the roof. Fit it in there, and then close the cap and that's gonna lock it into place. And that'll do it for our look at the Yakima HD Bar Roof Rack System on our 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee..


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