Yakima Roof Basket Installation on a Naked Roof.
Vehicle: 2014 Jeep Grand Chrerokee V8 Limited 4x4 (WK2)
Roof: OEM Roof Rack Rails – no crossbars.
Skyline Tower (Streamline System): PN 8000148
Landing Pad 18: PN 00244
(Available June 1, 2016)
I’ve used Yakima’s products for many years, and recently, they have released a line of new aero bars in their lineup (https://www.yakima.com/product-type/cross-bar
). They have the Jetstream in black or silver, the Corebar, and the traditional Roundbar. In this installation, we’re using the Corebar. There’s there’s also the Whispar lineup as well, which is at the top of the food chain.
From Yakima: “The new CoreBar is the first aero bar built with roll-formed steel’s strength, utility and durability. The JetFlow™ design is wind-tunnel tested to reduce drag for less wind noise and better fuel economy, and the galvanized steel delivers proven load-bearing performance.”
The bars are beefy, as I tried bending them and couldn’t. The new shape is designed such that you don’t need a fairing anymore – so it’s nice and quiet with the new teardrop shape.
And the best part with the Skyline towers? It takes all of 5 minutes to remove from the roof. No tools necessary. So, if you need to take it to a car wash, going to a low clearance parking garage, you can strip the roof down in no time. You’ll see in the photos below how that happens.
The new Landing Pad is an awesome new product, and makes installing the bars a piece of cake. All you do is remove 4 of the OEM roof rack bolts, put the Landing Pad base on top, and refasten the base down with a new bolt. Note – you will need a Torx bit to remove the OEM bolts. And a step ladder.
Pro-tip: Get a baggy to keep the OEM fasteners when you return the Jeep to stock:
Be gentle with the landing pads, as you don’t want to overtorque them. It bend in when overtorqued, making the Skyline Towers a challenge to install.
Next, grab the Towers, and prep them for installation.
You will need to install the bar clamps and the clamp base onto the Tower.
And when it’s done, this is what it looks like:
Back on the step ladder, this is the ingenious way the Skyline Tower attaches to the Landing Pad. You open the clamshell front cover, and it retracts the Frankstein style “neck bolts” (or pins) into the Tower.
Slide it into the Landing Pad, and close the clamshell – which deploys the pins into the Landing Pad. Close it up, and it looks like this:
After mounting the remainder of the Towers, grab the bars with the end caps off, and slid them through the bar anchors. Grab a tape measure and your calculator to make sure that it’s centered up. When it’s dialed in, put the end cap on, and grab the Yakima calibrated torque wrench/screwdriver, and tighten down the mount. This locks the crossbar in place:
When it’s done, close the cover, and you’ve nearly completed the cross bar installation. You can add SKS lock cores during this time. (https://www.yakima.com/sks-lock-cores
Next, unbox the Yakima Load Warrior.
You get all these nice parts for your installation.
Assemble it per the instructions – but to be honest, it’s so intuitive you don’t even need them. You know what it looks like.
Use the mounting brackets and hardware, and mount it off the roof.
Pro Tip 2: Immediately go out and use it.