Yakima roof rack...

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Accessories and Modifications' started by 67tony, Oct 28, 2015.

  1. 67tony

    67tony Junior Member

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    I installed a Yakima system today, with their Q Towers and Q-5 (rear) and Q-99 (front) clips.
    The directions were precise, it went smoothly, and I am impressed with the quality of the Yakima system.

    I plan on carrying two kayaks, 14' long, and wonder if I could spread the fore and aft distance between the two crossbars. Right now the distance is only 32", and I'd like to widen that 3 or 4 inches either way. This will not allow the kayaks to hit the crown of the roof, and it would seem to create more well-spaced attachments for such long kayaks.

    I understand that Yakima has designed their racks to carefully fit each car, but from what I can tell the clips will still work just as well in a new location, and give me more secure mounting points.

    Thanks for any thoughts or opinions!
     
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    Pics, pics, & pics?
     
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    It was dark when I posted, I'll shoot and post some pics tomorrow.
     
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    Grandchild duties...almost waited too long to take pics.
    As an aside, boy do these things hum at highway speeds!
    Anybody try the fairing thing?

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    The faring stops the noise. I always remove mine when not being used. Really impacts your fe with them installed. Only takes about a minute to remove them . H
     
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    Update...picked up two kayaks and drove them for 10 hours, 6 of them in the rain.
    The Yakima rack, with a Malone Stax Pro, did just fine.
    Yup, fuel economy took a big hit - from 50 down to 34.

    Also, with just the racks on the car, wrap a bungee around the front bar.
    It totally eliminated the moaning sound!

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    I am going to try that bungee idea. Thank, H
     
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