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