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Old 09-25-2008, 07:04 PM   #1
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yakima track question

finally got a smb, need to carry kayaks, ect on top. when those of you who added the yakima track system, did y'all install them where the bolts come through inside of the penthouse or in that space outside of the tent fabric and the edge of the top? i am not sure what is worse, the bolts where the fabric bunches when the top is down, or a bunch of holes and nuts in my penthouse headliner. thanks in advance for any input. frank
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Ours are installed outside the canvas.

Also, they are not mounted parallel, and that is on purpose because the penthouse top is not square either... ...or something like that. This means that to move the towers forward or back that the tower to bar connection needs to be loosen to allow travel.

This is our second vehicle with Yakima tracks, and the have worked wonderfully well.

The first set of tracks were installed by a chucklehead that said he was qualified and trained to install when he was not.

The tracks do not use your normal hardware, but rather a special rivet like fastener.
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:17 PM   #3
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Mine are outside toward the edge. As with other holes I have drilled (i.e. for wiring for lights) I keep it on the outside.

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See if this post helps

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I followed John's detailed instructions and my rack is still on the roof!!! oclv
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Old 09-26-2008, 01:13 PM   #6
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thank you for the insight! i'll be putting new holes in a perfectly good top very soon! frank
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Shameless plug:

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Boy, I'm thinking about complaining to a site administrator about all this inappropriate advertising but ...

Just kidding

Actually if I was closer to a Kayak purchase (next year) I would buy them. Step one, buy the Yak rails.
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