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Old 11-17-2011, 03:17 PM   #1
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Default Yakima Fairing on Aero Rails (08+) DIY Write Up

So after getting around 100 pm's asking how to do this i figured i would do
a write up so I can keep my inbox clear.

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4-3/4" long bolts 1/4" diameter and nuts w/ lock washers to match
1-Yakima Fairing
2-9"x1.5" Metal Straps (can be found in the lumber section of home depot)Normally used for bracing when you do framing in a house
1-Package of weather stripping tape used to seal doors from wind

Time: Depends on your abilities but it took me 20 minutes


The first thing you will need is your Yakima fairing


The first step will be to modify the brackets that are attached to the fairing and would normally connect to the yakima round crossbars. Here is how you do that.

The top one is un modified, the second one show RED you cut and Green you grind out or dremel. The third shows where you will need to drill a hole


I dont have a picture of it but you will need to cut the circular ends off of the two center supports or completelly remove them from the fairing. It will not rattle without them on there and the fairing does not flex very much without them there either. You could get two more of the end type brackets and modify them the same as the other two but in the long run its just more work more money and completelly unnecessary.


Here is what seems to be the tricky part for people. You will need to bend the metal straps around the aero crossbar so that you will be able to bolt it to the modified bracket on the fairing. This can be done by hand. Next you will want to drill 2 holes in the metal bracket to matche the size and distance of the holes in the modified yakima bracket. here is a rough drawing of what i am talking about.



The weather stripping will go on the inside of the bent strap to provide padding and grip so that the brackets do not slide or scratch up the areo rails. It can be purchased in 10' rolls which is way more than you need but only about 3$ so its not a big deal.


This is what it will look like on the car, you can paint them if you wish but they are not noticeable once on the car especially with a roof basket or snowboard attachment. As you can see in the picture you can do it with one bolt per side and it will work but since taking this picture i added a second bolt for rigidity.





In this picture you can see the weather stripping as described. The fairing does not more or slide or rattle at all with this in there.


Finished product

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Old 11-17-2011, 04:17 PM   #2
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I like that fairing design you did there, unique and not too flashy. Looks good!
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Old 11-17-2011, 04:31 PM   #3
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Nice write up! I love the fairing, do you have a picture of the whole car with that setup on it?
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Old 11-17-2011, 04:41 PM   #4
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i dont have any daytime ones on my work computer with the basket on it but i have some from when i originally did this that have my snowboard rack on.




Ill take some when i go outside in a little bit with my slr. It currently has the basket on it, i havent switched it out for winter but depending on how it ends up being i might drill holes and mount my snowboard attachment to the basket and leave it on there.
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Old 11-17-2011, 05:07 PM   #5
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Nice write up! I love the fairing, do you have a picture of the whole car with that setup on it?
Here you go.



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Old 11-17-2011, 06:00 PM   #6
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Wow looks nice!
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:42 PM   #7
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Looks amazing
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:44 PM   #8
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The whole setup looks great! I am loving the plate too

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Old 11-17-2011, 10:48 PM   #9
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Looks good!!! Wheel and tire specs???
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:24 AM   #10
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Enkei rpf1 17x8.5 +40 satin black from enkei
245/45/17 eagle gt tires

Apparently you cannot find them in this size and finish with 5x100 lug pattern they were made as part of a group buy on a tC forum. I just happend to buy them off a guy on craigslist who had them on his tC
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Old 11-19-2011, 11:50 AM   #11
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Enkei rpf1 17x8.5 +40 satin black from enkei
245/45/17 eagle gt tires

Apparently you cannot find them in this size and finish with 5x100 lug pattern they were made as part of a group buy on a tC forum. I just happend to buy them off a guy on craigslist who had them on his tC
Nice! That was a good buy there!! Cause man they look great on the car!! Good fitment too! Thanks for the info.

-josh
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Old 12-03-2011, 04:02 PM   #12
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im at home depot right now buying stuff to install my yakima fairing!

thanks for the write up!

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Old 12-04-2011, 11:35 AM   #13
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So here it is...






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Old 12-04-2011, 12:15 PM   #14
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Great write up and awesome pics. Thanks for putting this together for those wanting to do something other than the Inno.
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Old 12-04-2011, 02:43 PM   #15
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+1 for the weighted companion cube
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:05 AM   #16
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Great Writeup!

I'm really glad I happened upon this threat, because I just bought a Yakima fairing with hopes to fab it to my aero bars.

Thanks!
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:17 PM   #17
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the funny thing is i made the thread so i would stop getting 2-3 pm's a week about how to do it/ how i did my digi camo / what size fairing i used and now i get 3-5 pm's a week asking about it lol.

To Answer those questions somewhere other than pm's

My digi camo is not a sticker or a series of stickers. I hand drew and cutout stencils for a week before i painted it using 4 different colors and 5 layers of stencils. you can find more info on what i followed

The fairing i used is a 38" i personally think it is too small and i should have used a 44". That is entirely at your discretion and you can feel free to use whichever one will get you the look you want.
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Old 12-21-2011, 03:19 PM   #18
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i still keep getting pm's about this so bump up it goes
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Old 12-29-2011, 05:15 PM   #19
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Awesome write-up! Just mounted up my Yakima fairing. I actually modified the middle two mounts as well (little dremel work and drilling) and added some straps there. I'm a little OCD and wanted to make sure it was extra secure
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:34 PM   #20
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Awesome write-up! Just mounted up my Yakima fairing. I actually modified the middle two mounts as well (little dremel work and drilling) and added some straps there. I'm a little OCD and wanted to make sure it was extra secure
I did the same, I did not want it flying off on a speedy drive...lol
Do you guys worry that the bolts will rust and then drip rust on the roof?






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Old 02-08-2012, 06:43 PM   #21
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Thanks so much for the excellent write up man. Just got my fairing this afternoon and was all bummed when I went to install it and the brackets wouldn't work. Looks like I'll be stopping by Home Depot on the way home so I can install this tonight.

Thanks again!
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:38 PM   #22
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Wow, I can't bend these metal strips to fit to save my life! Is there some trick to it?
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:47 PM   #23
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For people who have had this on for a while... How has it held up to car washes?

I go to a touchless place, but I am worried the "blow dry" portion of the cycle will rip this off and/or damage the rack and car.

What do you guys do? Clean by hand? Remove before the wash?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:03 AM   #24
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For people who have had this on for a while... How has it held up to car washes?

I go to a touchless place, but I am worried the "blow dry" portion of the cycle will rip this off and/or damage the rack and car.

What do you guys do? Clean by hand? Remove before the wash?

Thanks in advance!

I've gone to the touchless probably about a dozen times since this install. It's held up fine.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:06 AM   #25
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great DIY! thanks for the pics & info
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