This Roof Rack Buying Guide comes directly from our friends over at YAKIMA.
ROOF RACKS 101- BUILDING YOUR FOUNDATION
THE FOUNDATION OF ALL GEAR-HAULING SOLUTIONS IS OUR BASE RACK SYSTEM.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR SETUP
WHERE YOU CAN CARRY YOUR GEAR
CARRY GEAR UP TOP
Streamlined and efficient, our secure top-of-car rack systems let you create a personalized, versatile gear-hauling strategy for just about any–or all—activities.
CARRY GEAR IN THE REAR
Our rear-of-car racks are super easy to install and load up plus they offer improved aerodynamics, and a less noisy ride quality.
CARRY YOUR GEAR ON TRUCKS
Take everything and anything you want by racking multiple types of gear above the bed, while leaving open access to both the bed and the tailgate.
BUILDING YOUR BASE RACK SYSTEM
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
We have racks to fit just about every vehicle on the road. Just answer a few questions about your vehicle and our handy fit guide will help you find the base rack hardware you need.
YAKIMA COMPLETE SYSTEM
GET MORE GEAR ON YOUR ROOF AND MORE PEOPLE IN YOUR CAR WITH A YAKIMA BASE RACK SYSTEM. YAKIMA RACK SYSTEMS PROVIDE THE GREATEST NUMBER OF OPTIONS FOR ALL TYPES OF GEAR. AND OUR BASE RACKS ARE RATED TO CARRY MORE WEIGHT THAN MOST FACTORY RACKS.
Our bike, cargo, boat, and boxes all mount to the crossbars – and most do so easily, quickly, and without needing any special tools.
Built to carry big loads, our crossbars are available in multiple styles and 5 different sizes so you can maximize the gear hauling capacity for you and your friends.
It all begins here, with our towers. These attach to your vehicle, using Clips or LandingPads, and serve as the foundation of the entire system. Your roof type determines what type of tower you’ll need.
Fairings make for a more comfortable and quiet ride by reducing wind noise. Optional but highly recommended.
LOCKS – SAME KEY SYSTEM (SKS)
Our Same Key System features lock cores that allow you to have one key for all of your Yakima gear. Available in sets of 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12; optional but highly recommended.
INSTALLING YOUR RACK SYSTEM
JUST A FEW SIMPLE STEPS
Find your product page for install videos and/or downloadable instructions.