Yakima Roof Rack Review - 2016 Honda Pilot

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Review of the Yakima Roof Rack on a 2016 Honda Pilot

Speaker 1: Today on our 2016 Honda Pilot we're going to be test fitting the Yakima Jet Stream Roof Rack System consisting of part numbers Y00426. These are the jet stream crossbars, 60" long and these also come in silver. These are going to be connected to the Baseline Tower System here and that's going to be part number Y00146. To connect it to the vehicle we had the Base Clip Fit Kit, part number Y06152, and that's going to be the same for the rear bars as well.This is a great roof rack system that can carry a wide variety of accessories such as bike racks, cargo baskets or cargo boxes. The bars have a nice aerodynamic shape to them and that couple with the rubber strip up at the top as well as the one you'll reinstall on the bottom will help cut down that wind noise and drag while you drive, eliminating the need for any fairings, like you would need with round bars.Removing our end cap here it can use t-track accessories with this system and instead of having to remove the strip like you would with other roof rack systems with this, you simply push down the strip in the center here and slide t-track accessories in place and then tighten them down.Moving to the towers, they do have these plastic knock-out's here that you can take out and replace with the Yakima SKS lock courses to which install separately, so you can secure this to your vehicle, and also make it key to like with the accessories that you are hauling.How it attaches to the roof. We have this clamp here with the Fit Kit, as well as this base pad, and both of these do have the padding as well as the clamp here to help protect the vehicle once it's being installed from any scratches or abrasions.So let's go ahead and show you how the rear bar gets put into place.

We already have it partially assembled on our table here. And our first step is going to be to attach our tower to the other end. Before we even started this though there was this rubber bottom that fit into this channel, we had to remove it to start installing our other tower here in the side and what happens is once you install the second tower, you would cut this strip to length and put it in between the towers and on either side to help take up the gaps to help keep it quiet while you're traveling. For demonstration purposes we're actually going to go ahead and leave that out.So this is one of the easier systems to install with the Yakima Roof Racks. We'll start by taking our plastic piece here that comes with our bar kit and installing it to the top of our tower.

It just snaps into place, you can hear a little bit of a click when you do so. Next we'll take our metal bracket and install it on the top. First we'll come to the inside of the tower and pull that tab out, so we can get to the screw to tighten it down. Place this on top like so, hold it in place and then go to our screw.Now looking at the bottom of our tower here you're going to see two screws. The one on the inside with the three notches is going to be what we call the pitch, and the one on the outside is going to be what we call the toe.

You're going to see these settings in the instructions as well while you're tightening these down. These aren't going to be tightened down quite yet, you do this once you actually have it installed on the bar. Just wanted to show you that out before we put it in place.So we'll take our top portion here, and we'll slide it in to our channel along the bottom, there we go, now looking along the bottom of the bar here, you'll see that it has several measuring lines here. You go by your instructions on how far apart the towers are supposed to be to the corresponding number. Which would be right there.

And now this is when we tighten down the toe, and the pitch portions here. With the three notches, realizing that this is the area that's going to be facing forward toward the vehicle, this is going to be set at B, or the middle notch, so we'll just tighten that down until you hear audible clicks from our tightening tool. It's going to be the same for this portion here, the toe, and that's going to be set at 2, and again you tighten it down until you hear those clicks.With that done, we'll take our end cap and put that back into place, and we'll take the pad from our base kit fit clip and snap that in as well making sure the arrow on the bottom is facing out away from the vehicle. Now we can go to our vehicle and start installing it there.We'll first set it up on our roof, very carefully. Make sure it's sitting evenly and then we'll measure from center to center of the bars and this again, this measurement will be in your instructions. We'll do it on both sides to make sure it's even and then we can start looking at the clamps and getting those tightened down. All right that looks good.We can open up our rear doors, loosen up the screw at the top here, you can see that rising, open up our little hatch there, and slide a clamp into place. Now you can see it's not making contact with the vehicle. Next we'll tighten that bolt that we just loosened and now you can see it resting against the vehicle. Now we'll do this same process on the driver's side.Now it doesn't necessarily have you do it in this order in the instructions. I find it a little bit easier to do it this way just so that we don't have to worry about the clamps falling off or anything like that while we're lifting it into place or by accident making contact with the roof.With that done now we'll loosely get them snug around the doorframe on each side. Then we'll start tightening it down until we here those audible clicks, like so. Also make sure that we close that portion there. Do the same on the other side and now we can put our end caps into place after which I'm going to give you a real quick measurement to give you an idea of how high these sit off the roof.So from the center of the roof to the bottom of the bar is going to be about 3" and from the center to the top is going to be about 4 1/8". So that's more than enough space for those accessories that wrap around your bars as opposed to using the t-track accessories without damaging your roof and you can also still utilize your sunroof as well. But since these do sit particularly high off the vehicle, once you have your bike racks fully loaded, and your cargo baskets fully loaded just keep that in mind when you're pulling back into your garage. These do have a carrying capacity of 165 pounds once installed but you always want to go by your vehicle manuals recommendation for roof ratings.Now you have it for the Yakima Jet Stream Roof Rack System on our 2016 Honda Pilot.

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