Yakima rack towers on 2012 v?

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  1. 2012 Prius v wagon 3

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    I have a 2012 v

    Have many Yakima rack components from my old car and hitch mount system that I'd like to be able to use on my Prius here. Have searched, and not found much info.

    Regarding rack clips that fit the door rails (e.g., Yakima Y-clips for the SST towers, or Q-clips for the Q towers), can anyone confirm what other models / years are the same as my 2012 v? For example, are things different for the v vs. the hatchback? Are 2010 through 2015 all the same? Before and after that generation?

    Ideally, I'd find the proper Y-clips so I can just use everything from my old setup (from a car I just sold), just using new clips. Am willing to modify, etc. What are the best Y-clips for my Prius?

    For others that don't know, the Yakima SST towers and Y-clips were phased out in the mid-90s. So simply looking it up in a compatibility catalog will just say it won't work - but that's only because they did not try to make the correct clip to fit the Prius roof side rails, not because it is impossible. Thanks.

    I would probably not leave the rack permanently installed. Would only use it for road trips as needed. Not concerned at all about MPG, etc.
     
  2. jzchen

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    I wish I could help but I started with Thule, and so kept with it's interchangeable part system.

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    I've been investigating a little. Here's a general question, regardless of the specific rack to be used:

    Feeling the underside of the roof side rails (the part of the body / roof that the top of the door goes up against), following the arch from the front of the car to the back, I can feel two separate, distinct segments in there that are a little deeper than the rest of the rail. That slightly deeper indentation should allow the roof rack clips to grip more securely and give some more space to avoid contact with the door. Their locations appear to be where one might think to attach roof racks.

    So my question is whether anyone has knowledge / information / references about whether those two locations actually are the designed rack attachment points. Are they reinforced structurally, in addition to their indentation?

    My car is a 2012 v. If anyone wants to confirm whether their car has these indentations, that would be helpful too, mainly out of curiosity. You can't really see them, but should be able to feel them. The indentation is maybe 2mm, over a distance of about 20 cm.
     
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    Here's the Thule instructions. It's kind of dark outside for me to check right now. Should help answer your question.

    The Thule Fit Kit 1668 seems to be going out of production. Thinking of getting it and the ARB53 bars to complete a set. Already have the 480R Foot Pack. View attachment 141668.pdf

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  5. 2012 Prius v wagon 3

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    Good info in that Thule PDF. I wish they used more words to go with the diagrams, but I guess most people can't read.

    That has instructions for the 2012+ 5-dr Estate and 2012+ v 5-dr Wagon, both with or without the glass roof.

    The last page there does not specifically mention the indentations I can feel. But the dimensions they give (12.25" from the top edge of the windshield to the front edge of the forward rack tower; 28" crossbar to crossbar spacing) match pretty much exactly with the indentations. Not a coincidence. So I'll infer that those are the preferred locations for the tower clips.

    I think my standard spacing for other cars I use my rocketboxes on is 32" spacing, and would probably try to move the rear bar 4" rearward to allow that. Will keep an eye out for documentation regarding rail reinforcement and whether this is still completely safe.
     
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