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I bolted my roof rack carrier on today and realized the Yakima is very easy to steal with the stock hardware. It uses wingnuts rather then hex nut. So I replaced the hardware with nylocks and bolted it straight on to my ladder rack. I purchased a new ladder that folds into 5' from 26' so it now fits on the swim step..
Anyway just an idea if your yakima roof carrier uses wingnuts.
 

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Seeing any reduced gas mileage with the roof rack?

I have a Yakima LoadWarrior (Ford No Boundaries edition picked up for a bargain on Ebay) and it is unbelievable to me the amount of gas mileage I lose with it on.

Paul
 

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C&D (or some magazine) did a MPG study awhile back. You even lose some (~.2?) with the stock cross bars always on. I've taken mine off both of my vehicles. I doubt I'll ever use them anyway. I do like the looks of the rails for some odd reason. I think SUVs (Mariners/Escapes/etc.) look nekkid w/o them.
 

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Ours is nekkid :shock: . No bars, no steps, no rails. Nuttin on it except the smile on my face :p knowing it gets around 25 mpg in town and over 30 on the highway doing 80+ mph :pug: . :calvin:
 
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