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Rated 3 out of 5 by from What's up with NO end caps? I just received my new 58 inch bars. I decided to replace my 8 year old 48 inch bars. I was quite surprised they did not come with end caps. So, I had to struggle to get the old ones off and they are now not in good shape. I found out the end caps only come with towers. I certainly thought the end caps would go on the ends of the bars, not on the towers. What are they thinking? It appears you can't even buy end caps. Do they really think I'll buy new towers, too. I don't think so. Very disappointed. However, I'll vote to recommend these but warn you to not expect end caps if you only purchase the bars. Stupid idea.
Date published: 2014-08-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from too expensive. so I've had a set of q-towers for about 10 years and the towers have gone from car to car (on my 4th car). I use this to mount a solar panel, ski, and bicycle mounts. The bars are well made, but they are welded hrew steel, which by itself isn't bad for the application, but they are a weird size, and because the q-towers must have a plastic coating to bit into, I had to buy these bars. for the cost, they should be made out of stainless steel. after breaking off the end caps of my old bars getting the q-towers off, I noticed rust. I think that if these bars were half the money they would be great, but I give them 1 star because they don't hold up for a long time, are too expensive, and should be stainless steel for the money paid.
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Needs to be More Rust Resistent I've had a number of sets of Yakima bars over the past couple of decades. And the RUSTING, and decomposition of the crossbars, is the number one problem I have with this rack system. Eventhough, the steel tubing that the bars are made of is galvanized tubing, they still RUST... When they use a chop saw to cut the lengths of tubing the cut ends are exposed and this vulnerable area of the tube end rusts, and destroys the bar. And the cheap plastic end caps actually contribute to the rusting problems. The least Yakima could do is use integrated bar ends. I wish they would make the anodized aluminum bars again. But it's been about 20 years since I've seen them around.
Date published: 2008-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yakima has great products I was surprised that the bars did not include the plastic end caps, especially as the image shows the end caps.
Date published: 2013-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from They Are Metal Bars Well, what can you say about metal bars? They are long and black. I do not regret purchasing these bars. They do not come with the plastic end plugs. You have to purchase them seperately. They are $10. That's overpriced. I went to local hardware store and bought rubber chair leg ends for $4. It works just as good.
Date published: 2013-01-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed with durability This was my second set of bars+Skybox. My first set was used with a Tahoe and was always on the vehicle. Other than a bit of rust on bar ends it survived for ten years without any problem. My second set for a Denali XL was used only for two trips and was stored in the garage. Pulling them out for the next, I was disappointed to discover the plastic coating cracked at the attachment points for the Skybox. Exposed to weather they will soon begin to rust and fail. Yakima either needs to improve the plastic to metal bond for coating or better yet switch to stainless steel.
Date published: 2015-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not a Single Problem I have been using these bars on control towers on my camper shell for a few years now, mainly for ladders everyday for work and occassionally for surfboards and kayaks. I have a 2009 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab and these bars are the perfect width (exactly the same width as the widest part of the truck). They are strong, they have not shown a single sign of rust or damage, and they seem as though they will continue to work for me for many years.
Date published: 2012-09-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from These are heavy..... and heavy duty. These bars haven't changed in design since the Ice Age. That's somewhat of a good thing, because I don't have to get new fittings for my canoe. What irritates us as consumers is that the price keeps going up. It's just vinyl covered steel. I don't know what kind of steel, but it's not chrome molybdenum like what they used to make good bike frames. And these are really heavy, 8.5 lb for the pair. I don't know why they couldn't use 6061 aluminum which would weigh about 2.2 lb. I priced some 6061--two 60" X 1.125" tubes cost about 30% less, shipping included. I read reviews with complaints about rust and about Yakima not including the end caps. It amazes me that no one has emerged to compete with Yakima or Thule, considering the expense of their systems. Well, we gotta haul our toys, so we pay the ransom.
Date published: 2016-02-18
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Questions & Answers

What is the load rating when used with the Yakima rail grab tower

Asked by: dongib
The load rating varies based on the vehicle. If you send us an email with your vehicle information, we can look it up for you.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20
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