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Yakima - WK2 New Product Installation - Landing Pad, Corebar, Skyline Tower

Yakima Roof Basket Installation on a Naked Roof.
Vehicle: 2014 Jeep Grand Chrerokee V8 Limited 4x4 (WK2)
Roof: OEM Roof Rack Rails – no crossbars.

Yakima Parts:
Skyline Tower (Streamline System): PN 8000148
https://www.yakima.com/skyline-towers-4-pack



Landing Pad 18: PN 00244
(Available June 1, 2016)


Load Warrior
https://www.yakima.com/loadwarrior



Corebar
https://www.yakima.com/core-bar


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.


Start here:


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.

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Old 05-13-2016, 01:26 PM
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Re: Yakima - WK2 New Product Installation - Landing Pad, Corebar, Skyline Tower

Check out the link for more installation photos:

https://dennyhao.smugmug.com/Yakima-...ation-Landing/
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Re: Yakima - WK2 New Product Installation - Landing Pad, Corebar, Skyline Tower

Nice. Those rims look great by the way. Are you running a lift or leveling kit?
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Nice. Those rims look great by the way. Are you running a lift or leveling kit?
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Re: Yakima - WK2 New Product Installation - Landing Pad, Corebar, Skyline Tower

Nice write-up and pics. I have used Yakima products for over 20 years on three cars and have been happy with them.

Nice rig too, with wheels and lift. Looks great.
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Re: Yakima - WK2 New Product Installation - Landing Pad, Corebar, Skyline Tower

Thanks for the great write-up....

I am conflicted between the Whispbar and the new Jetstream. Price now on amazon is actual a bit cheaper for the Whipsaw:

Whispbar ($463.11 with locks)
Whispbar S17 Through Bar Roof-Rack System - 1340mm, $383.20
Yakima 8051624 K624 Fitting Kit by Yakima: $79.91


Jetstream ($476 without locks))
Yakima SkyLine (4 Pack) by Yakima $185.95
Yakima 18 Landing Pad (4 Set) by Yakima $96.00
Yakima JetStream, 50", Black by Yakima $195.00

From Etrailer: "The Whispbar crossbar measures 3-5/8 inches wide and 1 inch tall while the Yakima Jetstream crossbar measures 3-1/8 inches wide and 1 inch tall. That can make a difference when attaching any accessories. The Whispbar system also comes with locks that secure the roof rack to the roof of your car. Locks are not included with the Yakima roof rack, but are available separately"


Advice anyone? I am looking for QUIET!
Favoring Whispbar, seems like the top-of-the-line
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Re: Yakima - WK2 New Product Installation - Landing Pad, Corebar, Skyline Tower

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Thanks for the great write-up....

I am conflicted between the Whispbar and the new Jetstream. Price now on amazon is actual a bit cheaper for the Whipsaw:

Joe,

That's tough, you would have to find someone (or more likely, a rack company) to have tested all three products to give you objective feedback.

In my case, I'm coming from Yakima's core product of years past - the round bar, to the Corebar. I know it works, because I installed it facing the wrong way after a car wash one day, and it was howling!

between the Whispar and the Jetstream, it's how you like your end cap - rounded and rolled into the rack (L Shaped), or extending past it (T shaped). That's going to be driven by what you are carrying. For canoes, I'd go with Jetstreams/Corebars to get you more room on the rack. For skies, go wtih Whispars for a cleaner look.
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Re: Yakima - WK2 New Product Installation - Landing Pad, Corebar, Skyline Tower

@DrSpeed, thats a sweet set up,
Do you have any overhead shots of the racks on? curious if it covers any of the drivers sun roof? assuming it blocks most of the 2nd sunroof. Was hoping to keep that nice out the top of the sunroof.
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@DrSpeed, thats a sweet set up,
Do you have any overhead shots of the racks on? curious if it covers any of the drivers sun roof? assuming it blocks most of the 2nd sunroof. Was hoping to keep that nice out the top of the sunroof.
Take a look - I'll snap some photos outside to see where the crossbars sit.

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@DrSpeed, thats a sweet set up,
Do you have any overhead shots of the racks on? curious if it covers any of the drivers sun roof? assuming it blocks most of the 2nd sunroof. Was hoping to keep that nice out the top of the sunroof.
The front cross bar goes across the end of the front glass/start of the rear glass. Then it's a function of where you want to mount your roof basket.
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