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Yakima Wheel Fork

    Yakima Wheel Fork

    The new industry standard for wheels aloft--secondary retention tabs mean the wheel won't eject, even if the skewer is not tightened correctly. See details

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    Item # 679452

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    The new industry standard for wheels aloft--secondary retention tabs mean the wheel won't eject, even if the skewer is not tightened correctly.

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    The new industry standard for wheels aloft--secondary retention tabs mean the wheel won't eject, even if the skewer is not tightened correctly.

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    The new industry standard for wheels aloft--secondary retention tabs mean the wheel won't eject, even if the skewer is not tightened correctly.

    • This optional accessory for Yakima's fork-style bike mounts let you attach your bike's removed front wheel to your Yakima rack
    • Holds all 9mm, quick-release skewered wheels, even big 29" mountain bike wheels
    • Anodized, corrosion-resistant aluminum construction provides lasting durability
    • Yakima and Thule compatible; 5/16" hardware is accessory-lock compatible

    Yakima Racks

    Please note: Yakima products can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.

    Imported.

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    Yakima Wheel Fork Specs
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    Yakima Wheel Fork

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    Yakima Wheel Fork is rated 2.5 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great idea....BUT.... The idea behind this is fabulous...keep the dirty wheels out of the car, save space in the trunk for other things. However, this particular design is generally poor. Installation isn't the easiest, and stability is often a problem. A common complaint is about how the mount and wheel eventually come to rest on the rooftop, having spun on the bars. I was able to solve this problem by folding some high grit sandpaper in half and placing it on the inside of the snaparound...grit sides out so that they grab the bar and the inside of the snaparound. Then torque the screws down as tight as you can. Yes, it does roughen both the bar and the snaparound, but it has prevented the mount from rotating on the bar. My biggest complaint is the plastic tab that prevents the wheel from spinning. I found that it causes the wheel to shimmy left and right while driving, because it redirects the wind up and into the back end of the wheel. If the skewers aren't really tight, you will eventually lose a wheel. It's even more pronounced on lightweight, road wheels. Once I removed the tab...yes, the wheel spins as you drive...the entire assembly seems to be more stable. I'd rather the wheel spin than shimmy and eventually shake off. Replacing bearings are certainly cheaper than whole wheels. I also found installation a LOT easier when the plastic wheel tab isn't in the way. The square holes on the main mount still prevent the mounting bolts from turning as you tighten down the wing nuts. You can also hold the bolts in place easier with your fingers while negotiating the snaparounds. All-in-all, a big miss on Yakima's part. I've owned several different tower & rail mounts, as well as bike mounts, and I've generally been happy with Yakima's quality. The wheel mounts, though, leave a lot to be desired.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Fork Is OK, but needs improvement. In all, I like the Yakima product line. The issue I have with the fork is that over time the wind forces the tire to move backward, thereby touching the roof of my car. I do not like this, because it's causing scratches. One quick solution would be to add a "Tire Pad Sticker" to the kit. You could then update the instructions to reflect where to place this on the roof of the automobile so when the tire moves it will not scratch the roof.
    Date published: 2014-03-21

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