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Old 09-01-2013, 01:02 PM   #81
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Your rack looks like it's really far back. Does your hatch still open fully? Can you post a picture perpendicular to the side?
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Old 09-01-2013, 01:53 PM   #82
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I thought it was pretty far back as well. The Yakima spec that came with the clips and is found online shows 10" back from the windshield and 30" between bars. I'll get back to a pc here in a few with a shot of exactly what you're looking for.
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I actually had a problem with the FrontLoader rack (why this pic was taken) hitting the rear hatch when fully open. I took the small trim piece out and now it opens fully and misses the FrontLoader by ~1/4". You can see in the background where the rear tire is on my road bike in the fork mount tray with the hatch open.



Here is another full side shot.



Here are the measurements I have the rack currently set at:
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Should I be able to "lock" all of the "handles" in the down position. It seems that they are pulled at an odd angle, and won't allow me to "lock" them down. The part you pull down to latch them on is what I'm calling the handle. This picture shows the gold colored metal piece that the Q-clips are held onto, and how it isn't quite behind the plastic "handle" enough to allow the lock to function properly.



It sure looks like that gold piece should be tucked completely under the handle. Any thoughts?!?!?!
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I can't really speak towards the Yakima or it's locking system, so maybe someone can chime in on it. If not I would shoot the pictures to Yakima to get their advice.

I was curious to see your side shot because the pictures were deceptive as to how level it was. I would probably add the trim pieces and slide everything forward enough to accommodate them plus a little, but that's just me. If the tray is level and you can open/shut your hatch without damage then I wouldn't be overly concerned.
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Here is my custom Stainless Roof Rack that I built















I Built it using Stainless Boat Handles from West Marine and Canvas boat top parts :)
The Handles are mounted through the top of the car in the spot where the black track sits.
I can easily slide around all the bars to accommodate different things from kayaks to bikes
and car toppers. The car can be reverted back to stock if need be :)
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:27 AM   #87
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Did some wind noise testing this morning.

All measurements are with the sound meter app on my phone with it consistently held in its mount near the center stack. Radio and hvac 100% off and all windows up. All measurements were on a low populated stretch of I64 with same pavement type. Sunroof open indicates the sliding moonroof 100% open including the extra little bit from pushing the button a second time. Sunroof closed indicates just the glass closed 100% and the shade open as far as possible. With the shade closed almost 100% of the additional wind noise is gone.

Rack without fairing or frontloader mount
Sunroof open - 89dB
Sunroof closed - 84dB

Rack with fairing without frontloader
Sunroof open - 87dB
Sunroof closed - 83dB

Rack with fairing and with Frontloader
Sunroof open - 107dB
Sunroof closed - 100dB

I'll make some other conclusions when I can type more. Just wanted to get the data posted from my phone.

*edit* I've now forgotten what my other conclusions were going to be. Good thing I at least got the data posted before the Holiday eh?

Overall at this point I'm not 100% happy with the rack. Not sure if the fitment is to blame, or if it's the rack itself. It's an upgrade for carrying the bikes, but I feel it's a bit of a downgrade for my daily driving without the bikes. I'm really second guessing if I should have bought a hitch, and hitch rack instead of the roof rack. I'll give it the rest of this season before I make a decision.

Dislikes:
Blocks +/- 40% of my sunroof view
LOUD on the expressway with the sunroof open, and above 60mph (daily event for me :( )
Deformed the roof under the right rear pad :( :(
Drop of 1.5/2 mpg on the first tank

Like:
The appearance of the car is actually improved a little I think.
Roof rack beats the hatch "strap mount of doom" by 2,000% for carrying the bikes.
Bikes are actually locked to the car
Future upgrade-ability for additional toys or cargo space.

I'm 100% certain I'm going to get another Viper fork mount tray. I'm uncertain if I'm going to sell the Front Loader mount or keep it for when my son starts riding. I also have found my two "wheel forks" that I had lying around from another project years ago (custom rack in the back of my Yukon - Pictures of Yukon rack here Man I miss that truck!). I also found the "Boa" fork mounts that I had for that same Yukon rack. Not sure if those will prove useful or not though.

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Just got this from Amazon.com

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Greetings from Amazon.com.

We have learned of a potential issue regarding certain product(s) that our records indicate you purchased through the Amazon.com website:

Yakima Q5 Clip

For more details on what you should do, please contact Yakima at 1-888-925-4621.

If you purchased this item for someone else, please notify the recipient immediately and provide them with the information concerning these issues.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause you but trust you will understand that the safety and satisfaction of our customers is our highest priority.

Thanks for shopping at Amazon.com.

Sincerely,

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I'll keep you guys posted when I call Yakima to see what they have to say.

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That's pretty sweet of Amazon to be contacting you about another company's recall.
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:04 PM   #90
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I thought so as well.

Talked with Yakima on the drive between the office and school. They said there was a bad batch of Q5 clips that got out and mine might have been one. Linda was the lady I spoke to there and she explained that if the clips fit then they are fine. The only problem was the bad one wont physically fit into the towers. No big deal or safety issue.

Good communication all around. Kudos to both Yakima and Amazon!
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