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Re: I installed same Yakima on my touring (archive)

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Posted by sdull on October 17, 2001 at 10:30:10:

In Reply to: I installed same Yakima on my touring posted by Chris Rose on October 17, 2001 at 06:36:21:

The square sliding nuts are NOT part of the touring rail rack. The first pack of rail-riders I bought did not have all the hardware (no nuts). I took them back and got another set which did have the nuts. Both packages were sealed so I don't know if there's a different part-number for with/without hardware, or if Yakima is having a little quality control problems.
You'll have to use a bench grinder or dremel to grind the width of the nuts down just a little. Took be 1 to 1-1/2 hour to install since I had to grind down the nuts.

I want to buy the Yakima rail rider #1 like you have. However, according to the directions with the product, there should be the slider/washer type things in the rail on the car for proper installation. I popped out the rubber pieces on my rails and I don't have these square/rectangular pieces to screw the rack in place. I am trying to figure out if this is something I need, or don't need to properly install the rack before buying it. Did you have these already? Or did you have to buy them? Do I need them? Hopefully you know what I am talking about.

Any help you can offer on this one is greatly appreciated.

Michi - I recently put a rack on my touring, was going to go with the Yakima but found the Oris racks built for a mercedes 124 coupe will fit with small mods. They are very custom looking - no bar "overhang" at ends. Were also less $ than Yakima , but excellent quality.

There is also another solution to the Yakima "square nut" problem. If you are near a windsurfing store go and get the "fin nuts" for the older "chinook" style fin box. These are small rectangular stainless nuts that fit perfectly into touring tracks. All you need to do is drill and tap existing hole (usually 10-32) to the Yakima bolt size - much easier than changing the outer dimensions of the nut.

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