Originally Posted by Kayaker
Am wondering what your experience was like installing the Yakima. I found it to be quite time consuming; I was hoping that it wouldn't be a big deal to remove it and put it back on.
But it was such a hassle to install it that I will probably leave up until winter returns. I followed Yakima's instructions exactly...therein lies the hassles. A lot of measuring, placing the towers, measuring, moving them again, measuring etc etc etc. Did you find it to be a pita or were you a bit more casual regarding the placement of the towers?
I have used this rack on multiple cars in the past. (Still don't have the clips for my new one)
My experience is that it is time consuming to set it up/install it the *first time*. After that, I have simple left everything in place (that is, the bike attachments connected to the cross bars, and all the feet in the same place on the bars) and have been able to unlock the towers and lift the latch that locks the feet down, and have been able to lift the entire thing off in one piece.
Obviously, this is much easier to to do with two people.
Reinstalling it again is a snap, just set it in place and lock it down. Again, it is much easier to do it with two people to avoid the sliding back and forth that can happen as you lock the feet down. If you both push the latches down slowly at the same time, it will stay centered.
If you need to switch to skis or kayaks, mark the length/distance apart on the bike bar to reinstall it later.