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Are Yakima roof racks waterproof / rainproof?

Old 09-29-11, 02:04 AM
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Are Yakima roof racks waterproof / rainproof?

I sincerely apologize for making another thread, but searching yielded no results, and hopefully this thread will help someone out in the future.

I have a Yakima roof rack system with Q Towers, Clips, and the millions of other accessories that are needed. I also have a Sprocketrocket mounted on top.

Is this setup rainproof? Or do I need to take the entire setup off before it rains?
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Old 09-29-11, 02:07 AM
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Is this setup rainproof? Or do I need to take the entire setup off before it rains?
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From what I can tell, a lot of people here with racks keep their vehicles in the garage just to be safe. To maximize the longevity of your equipment, be sure to remove your bike from the rack before driving into the garage.
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lolz.
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Did you really think about your question before posting this? Do you think every person who owns a roof rack or even a hitch mount rack would have to dismount every time it rained? You ever see groups of people pulled off to the side of the road under a bridge just waiting for the rain to pass in fear their racks would be ruined by the rain?

come on man, I'm sure you're smarter than this.

Edit: as mentioned below, there ways to help your equipment last longer from rust and wear, but a rack won't be harmed from being in the rain.

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Old 09-29-11, 06:22 AM
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I would like to purchase a roof rack system but want something that is easy to remove. I don't like the noise and looks of the system and want to take it on and off.
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Old 09-29-11, 06:31 AM
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I would like to purchase a roof rack system but want something that is easy to remove. I don't like the noise and looks of the system and want to take it on and off.
You do realize that riding around with a tricked out roof rack gives you instant street cred with the fitness-oriented community, right? Just stick some manufacturer and/or USA Cycling stickers on there and you're golden!
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Old 09-29-11, 06:36 AM
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Yakima bars are NOT rust resistant. Spray the inside of it with some oil or coating (Framesaver etc).

Put antiseize on the threads.
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Old 09-29-11, 07:18 AM
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Originally Posted by bianchi10 View Post
Did you really think about your question before posting this? Do you think every person who owns a roof rack or even a hitch mount rack would have to dismount every time it rained? You ever see groups of people pulled off to the side of the road under a bridge just waiting for the rain to pass in fear their racks would be ruined by the rain?

come on man, I'm sure your smarter than to ask such a question.
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Old 09-29-11, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by teetopkram View Post
You do realize that riding around with a tricked out roof rack gives you instant street cred with the fitness-oriented community, right? Just stick some manufacturer and/or USA Cycling stickers on there and you're golden!
I put Inno racks on my Subie wagon for this reason. I can easily fit three bikes upright in the back of the wagon (remove front wheels, drop seats the full way down) but the roof racks help explain why a single guy with no kids would drive a plane-jane station wagon.
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Old 09-29-11, 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by midgetmaestro View Post
Ironic.
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wow.

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They're not meant to be used outdoors. That's why I only mount them on my indoor car.
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I wonder if those racks are wind proof? Bullet proof? Idiot proof?

I know they're not idiot proof, I've effed up with my old Thule roof rack. After all, it was over my head.
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When installed on a soft top convertible they are not considered weather proof.
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They're not meant to be used outdoors. That's why I only mount them on my indoor car.
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they're not meant to be used outdoors. That's why i only mount them on my indoor car.
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Judging from the responses, the initial question wasn't a bad one at all!

I will be taking it off during the raining season.

Thank you, everyone!
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I leave mine on during the rainy season. I even use it to haul my kayak in the rain. ( You get wet paddling anyway, so it doesn't really matter what the weather is doing. ) I wouldn't have bought the system if I had to take it off the car every year. And yes, mine is a Yakima with the Q towers and all that.
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I also use my Yakima rack to carry skis. WHEN IT SNOWS!!!!!! ZOMG!!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by korean View Post
Judging from the responses, the initial question wasn't a bad one at all!

I will be taking it off during the raining season.

Thank you, everyone!
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Judging from the responses, the initial question wasn't a bad one at all!
It was perfect.
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If people 'round here had to take off their roof racks for the rainy season, they'd be without 'em for half the friggin year.
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Originally Posted by korean View Post
Judging from the responses, the initial question wasn't a bad one at all!

I will be taking it off during the raining season.

Thank you, everyone!
Are you sure you actually read any of the responses?
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Just this year alone, my Yakima rack has been subjected to a harsh New England winter, a hurricane, and we even had an EF-3 Tornado pass through town (though not right through my neighborhood).

And somehow it still carries my bikes just fine.
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