NOT A RECOMMENDED FIT FOR A GOOD REASON – Yakima and Thule Roof Rack, Hitch Bike Rack

10 07 2009
400 Raised Rail :(

400 Raised Rail :(

Like anything if you do it for a living you become especially sensitive when ever you see things that should never be – The Rack Experts at Rack Attack become especially tuned to Yakima or Thule product installed in ways it was never intended to be used……ie: the example pictured above.  Roof Racks are not a “one size fits all” application.  The modular pieces Yakima and Thule provide are there for good reason.  There are thousands of applications – and everything needs to attach correctly.  Mis-installed product rarely fails in the driveway……..

You know that's not right, right?

You know that's not right, right?

Most vehicles stopped having raingutters in the late 80’s early 90’s – if your the fella above and people on the freeway are constantly pointing and giving you “the look”  as they drive by – it might be a good idea to stop, step back, and take a fresh look at your rack system.  Like everything mis-installed, it will stay attached until the day if falls off:(

Yakima1CSSTsweetFit

Yakima1CSSTsweetFit

The “hover” system from Yakima definitely NOT a recommended fit.  If this guy is coming to pick up your daughter for the prom – you may reconsider letting her get in the car.

"Hey Ma, Hand me another pad will ya"?

"Hey Ma, Hand me another pad will ya"?

“What do you mean the rack system I purchased over 15 years ago won’t fit?  What kind of Racket are Yakima and Thule running here?  This of course is coming from the customer that took 15 minutes to find us online, using dial up, on his old 256.   Everything is constantly improving in every industry – get over it already!

Ummmmm, yeah, about your rack.......

Ummmmm, yeah, about your rack.......

Your right, Yakima and Thule product is not cheap – but compared to a 5 car pile up because your luggage box and “wood crossbar” system failed and went through the drivers windshield behind you?  Hindsight is always 20/20 (unless your the driver behind).

custom box

custom box

“Dude, my buddy has some sweet wood working tools – I can totally build a luggage box.”!   Well that may be true, but after 40 hrs of labor, lots of gloss lacquer fumes, and couple hundred bucks in wood and hardware – and best of all, a box weighing about 300 lbs.    Then you can have your buddy call some of his buddies to help you lift your custom box onto roof that’s only rated for 150 lbs.  Yakima, Thule, Inno are all manufacturing boxes with the latest technology and materials – all designed to be light (for easy on and off, and leaving more usable load for your gear – not the container itself)  with great security and a stylish aerodynamic look on your vehicle.

The Grinch is stealing Christmas, AGAIN!

The Grinch is stealing Christmas, AGAIN!

The antithesis of aerodynamic above.

Yakima sweet yakima fit

Yakima sweet fit

“I’m definitely not putting my bike on that”?   If this is your friends rack – be honest with them and tell them how you really feel, it’s better for everyone in the long run:)

If any of these vehicles pictured above could be yours – please call the Rack Attack Counselors at 1-888-399-7225 or Email us. We do this everyday – all day long.

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4 responses

2 04 2010
Mark

‘started with a Graber gutter-mount which made me feel like we would lose the bikes after too many of those wicked cork-screw bridges on the Needles Highway – ‘glad to have moved away from that. I bought a number of Thule feet over the years and while it pains me to pay for these, when you amortize it over the life of the car, it is rather inexpensive, particularly because I can use the same bars.

Now, we bought a lightly used, more fuel-efficient car and the previous owner threw in a Yakima rack. Now, I want a box which can fit on both sets of bars. Google sent me here, among other sites. If you are looking for the same information, ‘may want to try Inno.

Also, before criticizing how others attempt to rack their gear improperly (c’mon …. we’ve all engineered an in-hindsight-I-should-not-have-done-that solution to a problem for which there is a company that makes the real tools,) someone should edit this post. The scoffing-at-losers tone becomes a bit comedic when the grammar is so bad.

2 04 2010
rackattackportland

Mark–

Glad you found the post, hope it was entertaining ‘enough’ without being too patronizing. Fun to hear about your experience with Graber and Thule stuff over the years. And I agree to your logic about amortizing the cost of the rack…many people don’t think of it that way and simply get sticker shock when we tell them their rack setup price. Come to think of it, you spend way more on tires over the life of a car than on a rack that never needs replacing.

And for a small Yakima box, check out the RocketBox 15s or the SkyBox 16s…usually good fits on smaller cars.

In posts like these, we’re trying to call attention to the SAFETY issue at hand. Something like 40,000 people die UNNECESSARILY on the highways in the USA every year, mostly due to carelessness, neglect and innattention. What can Rack Attack do to help reduce that number?? We can educate our customers on safe carrying techniques, and we can point to real world examples of folks who have made poor decisions about how they move objects from point A to point B.

I do not feel that anyone has the right to endanger others’ lives. I should be free to travel safely on the roads, and I hate to think about the damage a bike, boat, lumber, or set of golf clubs could do when sailing off a roof at 70mph. Sure, our attitude may be a bit tongue-in-cheek, but I’d rather draw attention to the issue than to just turn a blind eye to it.

As for the grammar issue, I recognize the problem; the guy who wrote that one is long gone so maybe we’ll revisit his posts.

-Scott

16 07 2012
Ninamary Maginnis

I have a 2010 Toyota Camry. I am using an Allen rack that hooks on trunk and under frame of vehicle. The rack seemed OK for short trips on my old SAAB. However there is no hook for the Toyota under the frame. The hook keeps coming loose. The two bikes scratched the paint in my car. I don’t have a hitch. What ate my best options for this vehicle. I just drove 1000 miles from Kentucky to Massachusetts and do not think it is safe.

16 07 2012
rackattackportland

Hi Ninamary–

Check out our trunk rack lineup here: http://www.rackattack.com/trunk-mount-bike-racks.asp

The manufacturer’s fit guides will tell you about compatibility on your car.

Or feel free to give us a call, 888.399.7225

Thanks!

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