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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2010
I have had the Q-tower system for a number of years, through three different vehicles. All in all a great rack system, except for two items: The cost of the little parts that you need to convert from one vehicle to the other are stratospheric! I really don't mind Yakima making their money on the big ticket items such as towers, boxes, etc. but the little adapter items should be priced more fairly. It seems to me that once you are locked into a Yakima system they fully intend to hose you on the little things. Too bad. Further, the Yakima website is a mess to try and find the specific little items and accessories that they intend on hosing you with!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
You need 2 sets of these `Yakima Q Clip Sets' and the corresponding `Yakima Roundbars Roof Rack Cross Bars' (check your vehicle dimensions for the proper lengths), if you are planning to install a ski rack or any type of enclosure unit. I had these installed professionally for a little bit more money, and it was worth avoiding the hassle. They come with an extra set of keys and are very strong. They are simple and sleek. Definitely a `must have' for a truck owner.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This Yakima roof rack system works great and I highly recommend it. I bought one for my Mazda 3 and have used it, along with a Yakima roof rack for 2 cross country ski trips (I live a Florida, skiing is far away). The rack hasn't shifted an inch and was relatively easy to install. Yakima has a product guide on their site to make sure you order the right pieces for your model car.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2013
I received an old Yakima sytem previously used on a huge car. I drive a little BMW and really needed a carrier for my mountain bikes, kayaks, etc. I was excited to get the whole system but quickly discoved the clips which secure the system to the car were not going to work. After a bit of research I found these clips on Amazon and ordered them right away. The arrived quickly and are the same durable quality you would expect from Yakima. I was able to assemble the carrier system and mount it securely to the roof of my small BMW 323i. Without these clips the system would have been useless to me and still be sitting on the floor or my garage. In the future when I change cars all I'll need to do is change clips and the Yakima system will stay with me forever. Great product!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2013
Make sure you're getting the right clips at Yakima and buy them cheaper here. It's just one of those 'duh' moves. The vinyl pads that come with them need to be put on a certain way. Make sure you put them on right the first time. It is difficult to restick them once thwy are on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2013
I've owned the Yakima Q-Tower system for almost eight years. I just transferred it to my third vehicle (same bars and Q-Tower, somewhat different clips needed for different vehicles).

I found the installation instructions to be clear.

The installation process was straightforward and eminently "doable" by this "not-so-handy" guy.

The tower itself, and the foot, appears relatively aerodynamically efficient. The lock housing -- not so much (the lock housing is the assembly that holds the clip and the lock and has the cam that locks down the unit to the car).

I also bought the optional fairing, but have never used it. I liked the idea that the fairing would reduce wind noise and slightly increase fuel economy. But I found that I'd have to remove the fairing to attach things to the bars -- and at least some of the things that I wanted to attach were incompatible with the fairing. I don't even use it when I just have the bars up there because -- well -- I usually try to remove the whole mess when I'm not using it to even more surely decrease noise and increase gas mileage.

The round bars have been effective -- can't complain about them. I presume that they are slightly more aerodynamically efficient than Thule's standard square bars, but can't prove it.

The round bars definitely increase wind noise -- I'm even more inclined than usual to keep my speed down with the bars up there -- to keep down noise and minimize fuel efficiency decrease.

Why did I buy Yakima's system instead of Thule's eight years ago? Well, I wanted to ensure that it would fit well on my vehicle. My vehicle's manufacturer offered the Yakima rack as an optional accessory at time of purchase -- so I figured that pretty much guaranteed good compatibility.

If I were buying a system now, I think that I would look into one of the new Aero bars (i.e., with more of a wing-shaped cross-section).

Incidentally, the three vehicles I've used this on were: 2006 Scion xB (the old original boxy version), 2008 Toyota Prius, 2013 Toyota Prius.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2012
First of all, Yakima makes great products, en par (if not better) than Thule. That's why I bought their towers, clips and the corresponding cross bars for my 2005 Ford Focus ZX4 ST, in conjunction with their FatCat 6 ski/snowboard mount.

The only two issues I had were as follows:

1) Both crossbars, when installed according to the exact specifications, display a slight downward warping/sloping between each two towers. I reached out to Yakima's excellent customer service, and after they checked with their fit team, I was assured that this is quite normal for some car models, depending on a variety of installation variables. This put me at ease, and, functionally, there is nothing wrong with them and the sloping doesn't bother me anymore.

2) The recommended distance between the front towers and the rear towers is only 20 inches for my car model. This is quite a short distance, and it makes putting long skis on the ski mount difficult. No problem for snowboards, but skis have been an issue for me. Yakima customer service insisted that I should not deviate from the recommended 20 inch distance, and recommended that I should be using their stretch kit if I require a wider space between the front and rear. This kit costs upwards of 100 dollars and looks a little bit like a kludge to me.

My recommendation is to download the installation and fitting instructions for your car model first to see what the distance between the front and rear towers (and, consequently, the crossbars) will be, to see if it fits your needs. I would say that 20 inches is the absolute minimum, and doesn't work for all purposes.

Hope this helps someone. Rest assured that whatever issue you might be having with Yakima products, their superb customer service will be getting it right for you. At least that was my experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2014
Make sure you order two sets of these to complete four Q Towers. They are well made and the included pads keep them from scratching your vehicle's finish. A little pricey but, necessary to complete two cross bars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2009
The custom Q clips made for a really good fit on my 05 Toyota Prius.
Only complaint is that these didn't come with the same feet as the Q124's that I have on the Rear. The feet on those are half cut so they fit in the rain gutter and are much easier to setup.
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on June 15, 2015
It works, but even with vinyl pads you put on the clips, it still cut into my cars paint (pic), not much, but still damaged my car. Im not sure if the vinyl could have been any thicker to protect against paint damage, but if it was, would it be as strong/safe holding onto my car so the rack doesn't fly off under load...? I installed this system myself, following the instructions to the "T" and im very mechanically inclined. If anything, the clamps may be too tight. Theyre not touching the bar, but are very close. Either way, id rather have a small scratch on my car for doing what i love than for 68 lbs of kayak to come flying off down the interstate. Dont get me wrong, it works, but for Yakima to piece everything out and charge such a ridiculous price for all the pieces, you would think it wouldnt damage the vehicle. Although I dont think Thule makes a rack for Scion tC, it wouldnt matter, theyre just as expensive. Fortunately I lucked out and found the bars, the Q-towers and the fairing at a local Dicks for half off all of them. $14 a lock seems a bit steep to lock your rack on your car, unless you want to continually remove and reset your rack all the time, which is a pain. I recommend two people clamping the rack system at the same time. It can be done by yourself, but i wouldnt recommend it. All in all, i had to get this for my kayak. I personally think its safer than using noodles or the $30 kayak roof mounting kit at dicks (which is pretty much just like using noodles, just way more expensive). You need this clip and Q-99 for 2005 scion tc. The 58" bar is recommended but i used the 48" bars (48" pic), they dont stick out 5" on both sides of the car. You can use either the 44" fairing or the 38" fairing (38" pic). I drove it without it, very low whistle tone, you cant here it over the A/C or radio, but i kept the fairing for looks more or less, it was half off price anyways. Its just for when youre NOT hauling anything, because youll get all kinds of noise form straps when hauling something. Dont open your sunroof while rack is mounted (duh). Now i just need to bite the bullet on those locks... found some by ZeLock for $35.99 or $9 a lock (vs. $55 or $14 a lock), better hurry, only (2) four packs left.
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