Stop hitting your rack on your garage.
- Item #YAK0143
- Q & A
Transport 2 boats on a car with 2 sets
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These have worked well for dozens of days carrying touring and whitewater kayaks to and from the lake and river. They take a little while to mount to your car, but with a little practice it's easy to have them up with boats attached in 15 minutes or so. They attach boats securely, and I thought with relatively minimal road noise, even on the freeway. I have even managed to carry 3 kayaks on the roof of a Subaru Forrester, with one on each rack and the other boat crammed in the middle and attached with straps to the roof racks. Probably not recommended, but it worked.
Not much of a fan. Maybe don't need.
Two issues: first I've come to realize that my whitewater boat and my flat water boat ride fine just on the bars. Any rotomolded boat is tough enough to withstand those stresses. If I had a cedar strip wood sea kayak these would certainly be in play. Second the connection on the round Yakima bar is terrible. To get it right enough not to spin, you end up chewing up the plastic coating of the bar.
I'm not mad.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Easy to use once attached properly.
Low profil when you need them to be.
Won't mark or scuff up your boat.
Whistle while driving.
Slightly cumbersome to attach properly.
They move around on round bars.
Overall I like them and I have no reason to replace them with something else.
wind noise and attachment
I think these racks should have gone through another design iteration before they were released. First, the wind noise. Didn't these guys think to put these on a car and drive around with them? These are the same people who are going on and on about how silent their bars are.
Secondly, in making a rack that will fit anything, they produced clamps that are a pain in the butt to adjust for my factory racks, and which have loose parts that are easy to loose. Really, how much could it cost to supply three different bases? Or even two?
Also seems like a cam clamp to lock the racks up or down would have been a better idea than a knob that you have to turn about 40 times to loosen and tighten.
Other than that, they're good racks that hold my boats solidly and don't mark them up.
So easy to use! Great quality!
Since the truck is usually full of bikes I went with the roof rack to carry the kayak. So far it works great. Only used for short trips around the area. Will have to wait till next summer for the longer trips
Bowdown on G. Cherokee
I bought 2 sets for my BMW 325xi with factory roof bars.
They fit just fine and have no complaints...except for the whistle noise that seems to start as low as 10 mph. The Yakima fairing does wonders for reducing 90% of the noise.
Other than the whistle noise, I love the design, function, ease of installation, and the straps, buckles and hooks that are included with the kits. The bottle opener feature was the reason I went with this one over other manufacturers mounts.
I give it 4 out of 5 due to the whistle noise.
The duct tape on the front was an early attempt to reduce noise caused by turbulence, but the real culprit for the HOWL is where I have the foam blocks stuffed. It is now much quieter.
Noise can be corrected.
I finally quieted these things down today, and realized I have never reviewed them! I've owned them for a year now and other than the annoying whistle/howl I LOVE THEM! I can just fold them down and go about my business without being one of those silly people with their big J hook carriers up in the air devoid of a boat. These are also a god send for SUVs and taller vehicles. The downside? they are noisy. I have a 2000 Grand Cherokee with sun roof. For optimal strength of setup, my forward bar is above my sun roof, making noise more pronounced. It also prevents me from using a wind fairing if I ever want to operate the sun roof. Perhaps a fairing would reduce the noise, but I found the whistling to be coming from the "hole" formed by the clamp forward of the cross bar. Today I cut some squares of foam and put them in that forward area and reclamped. It is now all but silent up to 55-60 when the light turbulence noise you would expect kicks in. Yatta yatta yatta, I really like this carrier, but I question if the design could not have been improved a little (like the doo-dad that holds your strap in place has a slot cut in it for no good reason, which occasionally allows the strap to fall down; a minor annoyance.) and this is why I give it a 4 and not 5.
Works perfectly on 2001 Nissan Xterra
I bought 2 sets for my 2001 Xterra, and they fit perfectly on the factory crossbars right out of the box. No need to purchase longer bolts. The included bolts are just long enough, and I had to squeeze the brackets together to get the bolts started, but then it's not a problem. When folded, I can still enter my 7' garage door with plenty of clearance. With the built-in ramps, I can easily load my 12' Old Town Dirigo by myself, and the racks position two kayaks perfectly and hold them securely. The included straps are very good, too. The entire system seems to be very rugged and a lot of attention obviously went into the details of the design. My only complaint, though minor, is that the racks whistle a little bit driving down the highway while folded and empty. Overall, this is a great product!
Has anyone used the Whispbar with Bowdowns?...
Has anyone used the Whispbar with Bowdowns? The Whispbar goes on fine but mounting the Bowdowns to the Whispbar is the worst design I have seen and I am not certain it is even safe.
I am thinking about returning the Whispbar for something more conventional. I like the Bowdowns I am just concerned about the shoddy mounting.
i have h2. roof rack bars are thicker than...
i have h2.
roof rack bars are thicker than other cars.
i had hard time to install my thule box but it works.
i wonder if this will fit.
Many thanks! : )
I have a 2005 ford explorer with the factory...
I have a 2005 ford explorer with the factory roof rack, will the Yakima bowdown boat rack clamps fit on my cross bars?
Thanks, Bill B.
No these won't fit your factory rails; you would need the Yakima rails... but the Bigstack (Yakima #8004041) should.... see picture of what these look like... In my opinion, Thule makes far superior and more variety of boat setups...
I have a 2007 Nissan Murano with the factory...
I have a 2007 Nissan Murano with the factory rails. The Yakima product configurator does not seem to recognize that in addition to the rails that run parallel to the car, there are also two crossbars. Will the Yakima Bowndown model properly attach to the factory crossbars?
Will the bowdown fit on my '06 jeep grand...
Will the bowdown fit on my '06 jeep grand cherokee? The OEM factory cross bar seems too wide (3")...
Did you try the configurator above?
they should fit, the clamp is setup so that it can grasp round, flat, and I THINK square bars. But I have never tried a square bar with mine. See the picture I posted above and you will note its "universal" crabclaw-like clamp.
I have a Chevrolet Lumina Car and we have...
I have a Chevrolet Lumina Car and we have two kayaks, can you put two of these carrier brackers on the track that attaches to the roof?
Doubt it, you need to have the Yakima cross bars. Check out Yakima.com and see their fitguide so you can tell what you need to use this rack. Or at least it will tell you which racks you can put on your car.