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Old 04-25-2001, 08:45 AM   #1
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Post Yakima roof rack questions????

Ok, hopefully someone here is a fellow mountain biker or skier or someone else who has a Yakima rack. I've had my Yakima rack for years now, a little pricey as you may know, but well worth it, it's been on 3 cars now, about to go onto car number 4.. This is where I run into the problem, do I absolutely need the Yakima "Q Stretch kit" for my 2.5 coupe? Anyone have any experience with this? I've had the rack on other 2-door cars before without it, and everything was fine, but Yakima says that I need it for this car because the roof is so short. If anyone can help me out here, I'd really appreciate it! Thanks..
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Old 04-25-2001, 09:19 AM   #2
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I had an old Acura Integra & got away without the stretch kit for my bike, but needed it for skiing. you will need the full-length trough for the rear wheel, and it must be a fork mount, but it will work.
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Old 04-25-2001, 09:31 AM   #3
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if nothing else try it w/o the streach kit some claim that you don't need it .. but i an skeatchy about putting my 1300.00 bike on a rack that might come off ...
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Old 04-25-2001, 10:41 AM   #4
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$7000 - 2 bikes 6 wheels. 2300 miles MN - NM - MN on top of my '98 RS coupe. Speeds from 0 to 100mph.

No streth kit, Yak, 58" bars, 2 bike 6 wheel. Sun roof wide open.

Please e-mail for pics, instructions or details.

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Old 04-25-2001, 11:11 AM   #5
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<FONT face="Comic Sans MS">I've had mine on an L sedan and now on the RS coupe... you don't need the stretch kit.

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Old 04-25-2001, 11:31 AM   #6
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I had mine on a 98 L sedan and now 01 RS sedan. I don't need the stretch kit, but I had to increase the distance between the rear towers and the front because the sunroof was hitting the rear bar. I also moved the front bars forward so the fairing sits on the windshield trim rather than the paint, and the antenna is zip-tied under the front bar so it doesn't bounce at speed.
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Old 04-25-2001, 01:46 PM   #7
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I was thinking about just giving it a try without the stretch kit, but I'm not going to have a pair of $3000 bikes go sailing off the roof just because I wanted to save $100 on the rack. Sounds like it might work though. Like I said, I've had it on 2 other cars with only 2 doors and it worked fine. If anyone else might be interested in knowing, I'll be trying it without the stretch kit next week when the clips come in at the bike shop.
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Old 04-25-2001, 02:11 PM   #8
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fwiw
92-99 legacy clips are EXACTLY the same as the RS.. i foud out the expensive way..
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Old 04-25-2001, 02:19 PM   #9
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I've got got a Yakima on my RS with two steelheads. I bought the stretch kit not realizing that I could probably get away with it, but I'm glad that I did. I just figured that if something were to happen to the car because of the rack, I probably wouldn't be able to make a claim to Yakima without a "proper" setup. To those that don't have the stretch kit... cool... it works! wish I knew that beforehand

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Old 04-25-2001, 02:44 PM   #10
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Just thought of a question that I forgot to ask... Does the rack play nice with the frameless windows? I've never had it on a car with frameless windows before. Just wondering if everything works ok with that.
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Old 04-25-2001, 09:21 PM   #11
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Anybody have any input on this one???
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