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Old 05-24-10, 11:24 AM
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Someone tried to steal my Yakima roof rack!

I drive a hatchback and have a Yakima roof rack on top with attachments for the tandem and single bikes. I use locks at each of the four tower attachments. I live in Oakland. Want to guess how this story ends?

On Saturday night, apparently someone tried to steal my roof rack. All four locks had been jimmied or picked and were on the ground. The clips that go from the rack towers to the inside of the car (picture an "L" shape that hooks on the inside of the car above the door to hold it on. Those clips were gone (as in taken) and the roof rack was moved a little bit on the car. But by some miracle, the rack and its attachment (some of which are not locked) were still there! It was completely detached from the car (you could have just lifted it off).

So I have to buy the new clips, but I still have my rack. I think that someone was going to steal it and either got spooked and took off or was going to come back with a truck and for some reason didn't make it back. Or maybe he found Jesus, who knows. But that is a fair amount of work to pick four locks (they looked like someone took a screwdriver to them) and get the clips out without opening the car doors (or maybe the broke into the car too, but I don't think so).

All in all, I'm pissed that some lowlife almost stole my rack and picked all four locks, but I'm glad that for some reason I still have the rack. I took it off and put it inside for now, because I'm worried that the thief might come back and try again.

I know the rack components are expensive, but it seems like they would be very hard to sell and you wouldn't get much money. Are you really going to mess around with trying to sell and ship on eBay? Why go to this much trouble?
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Old 05-24-10, 11:33 AM
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I know the rack components are expensive, but it seems like they would be very hard to sell and you wouldn't get much money. Are you really going to mess around with trying to sell and ship on eBay? Why go to this much trouble?
that's the difference in our mentality vs these low lifes. what cost us a lot, they will pawn off for $10-50 - whatever they can get for their next hit. as for trouble, as long as they don't get caught, what else do they have to do in between fixes.
i visited the police auction a few weeks ago, and there were unclaimed stolen property. and there were so many items there that i was questioning - who the hell would steal these? but there they were in the auction pile.
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Old 05-24-10, 11:34 AM
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Maybe they tried to put it on their own car and decided it didn't fit.
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Every time I have my bikes on my Yakima, even though they lock on, I'm nervous. I try to never leave them out of site more than a few seconds.
The rack also locks on, but we all know that a determined thief thinks of things we honest folk never consider.

Glad you you saved a bit of it.
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Old 05-24-10, 12:47 PM
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seems these thiefs get spooked off somehow. Someone tried to steal my catalytic converter, they actually cut both sides and the rubber hanger and it was just sitting on a cross member of the cars frame. Amazing it stayed there on my drive to the welder, when the mechanic took all of five seconds to wiggle the Cat out. In the end it cost me $40 to weld it back on, better than the $500 which it would've cost for a replacement/labor.
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Is your car a popular brand? I'm thinking that they thought it would be an easy sell because there are so many of your cars around. Honda's are one of the most popular cars to rip off because many of the parts are interchangeable.
This thread makes me nervous to travel with bikes on the car if I can't bring them inside the hotel room. Now, I will always arrange to park outside my room so I can hear what is going on outside.
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Old 05-24-10, 06:07 PM
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Is your car a popular brand? I'm thinking that they thought it would be an easy sell because there are so many of your cars around. Honda's are one of the most popular cars to rip off because many of the parts are interchangeable.
This thread makes me nervous to travel with bikes on the car if I can't bring them inside the hotel room. Now, I will always arrange to park outside my room so I can hear what is going on in the parking lot.
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Old 05-25-10, 01:45 PM
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I have a Yakima rack and

Even though I can lock the towers, it's tough to lock down everything, such as the fairing which is pretty expensive in and of itself. Because I don't like to drive a car to start a ride, I rarely use the rack anyway, so it sits in the garage anyways.

BTW I hear that airbags are a popular theft items. They get sold to unscrupulous body shops. Since they are activated by gunpowder they are dangerous to steal.
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It would probably have ended up at the flea market on Saturday or Sunday. Someone tried to get into my locking gas cap years ago, and messed up the lock. I barely got it off, so now I don't use a locking one.
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I know the rack components are expensive, but it seems like they would be very hard to sell and you wouldn't get much money. Are you really going to mess around with trying to sell and ship on eBay? Why go to this much trouble?
I've sold used Yakima components on ebay before. I had a couple of steelhead mounts, which cost around $100 each. I sold them for around $65 each. Since this stuff is so expensive when new, and the used stuff often works perfectly fine, I think there are a lot of people looking to buy this stuff used. Those tandem mounts retail for $360+. Someone could sell a used one for $200 easy.
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I have a hitch mounted rack on my Jeep. I'm still waiting to watch it disappear. I know they make locks for those too, but it's sooooo heavy and such a pain in the ass to take it off, I'll let THEM deal with it if they want it.
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