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VXCL 02-26-2008 02:03 AM

Those with yakima racks
 
I just installed my q tower setup following yakimas measurements and install exactly. My issue is that even with them set as loose as possible without me being bale to move them when pulling on them, the q clips damaged the window frame trim very easily.

I'm thinking yakimas measurements were wrong at 40.5 for front towers and 39.75 rear. that makes the q towers sit almost 100 percent on top of the roof making the q clips pull up and in when locking.

i saw another members car with the towers on the edge of the roof half down the side wich would make the q clips pull just up vs in, which seems to be what messed my window moldings up. i now have to buy new moldings as it looks like someone tried to break into my car at all 4 windows!!:spin:

it also doesnt look like those moldings are easy to replace either.

anyone else have this problem??

a.lim 02-26-2008 03:21 AM

i have mine set pretty tight however there aren't any noticeable marks. sucks to hear the window trim got damaged.. try putting some electric tape on the clips maybe that'll help.

VXCL 02-26-2008 08:13 AM

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Originally Posted by a.lim (Post 1733205)
i have mine set pretty tight however there aren't any noticeable marks. sucks to hear the window trim got damaged.. try putting some electric tape on the clips maybe that'll help.

its not that they scratched the molding, but on the ends of the q clips (q 78) where there is about a 1/4" wide section that touches the molding as its hollow in the middle, basically made flat spots on the edge of the window trim.

would you mind measuring how far apart your mounts are just like yakima does for their m1 and m3 measurments? basically from each inner tip of the tower on the top of the bar.

I'm convinced that if i just open the bars up a little that wouldnt have happened, but the damage is done.

Thanks.

Jim_KT 02-26-2008 09:55 AM

I know that Yakima went from the Q53 to a different set just recently. For the Q53 clips the M1 and M3 measurements are 41.5" and 41" respectively. You could try that with the Q78. Right now, mine are both set to 41".

ronburgandy21 02-26-2008 10:15 AM

I have the Yakima setup on my car. Mine were positioned down on the side, like the car you saw. What size cross bar do you have? Do you have room to move them out? I think my fit kit was a q78, not positive. It did not leave any noticable marks when I took it off for the winter.

VXCL 02-27-2008 01:55 AM

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Originally Posted by ronburgandy21 (Post 1733547)
I have the Yakima setup on my car. Mine were positioned down on the side, like the car you saw. What size cross bar do you have? Do you have room to move them out? I think my fit kit was a q78, not positive. It did not leave any noticable marks when I took it off for the winter.

I have 48" bars so def room to move them around. I'll prob re adj them and see what happens. Another member mattg said the markings went away after some time on his car. But would like to minimalize it if possible.

VXCL 02-27-2008 03:49 PM

I moved the front bars to 41" and added some weather striping to the molding where the clips touch. Def not going to be an issue anymore. I should have just done that in the first place. I thought about, but then gave yakima the benifit of the doubt as everything else was top notch.

Only the passenger front side is bad, the rest seem like they'll be ok.

Cliff notes:

Add some kind of decent protection to moldings before mounting q towers :)

I got the fresh sesh rack with the snow camo graphics and it looks sweet on my swp!

ronburgandy21 02-27-2008 03:53 PM

The weather stripping sounds like a great idea. Although I don't have any damage, this will give me peace of mind.
What weather stripping did you use?

mattg 02-27-2008 03:56 PM

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Originally Posted by VXCL (Post 1737750)

I got the fresh sesh rack with the snow camo graphics and it looks sweet on my swp!

let's see it.

soyboy004 02-28-2008 09:38 AM

i had the markings too, but they just go away eventually.

super.duper.BL6 02-28-2008 01:49 PM

?? I'm using a Q53 setup i purchased a year ago with no problems on the moldings whatsoever. The clips contact the molding flush with no gaps and leaving no marks. Wonder what the difference is between the Q53 and the (new?) Q78? Only concern I have is with the rear connection, since the molding has a higher tendency to pull away from the car as opposed to the front.

Also, my clips came with a little sticky piece of vinyl to place on the contact point to prevent any damage to the moldings.

VXCL 02-28-2008 03:47 PM

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Originally Posted by super.duper.BL6 (Post 1740209)
?? I'm using a Q53 setup i purchased a year ago with no problems on the moldings whatsoever. The clips contact the molding flush with no gaps and leaving no marks. Wonder what the difference is between the Q53 and the (new?) Q78? Only concern I have is with the rear connection, since the molding has a higher tendency to pull away from the car as opposed to the front.

Also, my clips came with a little sticky piece of vinyl to place on the contact point to prevent any damage to the moldings.

yeah the q78 come with the thin vinyl as well but cant really stick it on as the backings are not flush. They have about 1/4" flat spots on each end that touch the moldings and then the rest is hollow in between. If the q53s are complety flush then that would def explain some of the different experiences.

VXCL 02-28-2008 03:48 PM

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Originally Posted by mattg (Post 1737770)
let's see it.

will take pics when at killington vt this weekend!!!

Jim_KT 02-28-2008 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by VXCL (Post 1740540)
yeah the q78 come with the thin vinyl as well but cant really stick it on as the backings are not flush. They have about 1/4" flat spots on each end that touch the moldings and then the rest is hollow in between. If the q53s are complety flush then that would def explain some of the different experiences.

The Q53 and Q78 seem to be similar. I was still able to get the vinyl tape on the Q53s without any issues.

VXCL 02-28-2008 03:50 PM

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Originally Posted by ronburgandy21 (Post 1737763)
The weather stripping sounds like a great idea. Although I don't have any damage, this will give me peace of mind.
What weather stripping did you use?

just average frost king type foam weather stripping found at any hardware store. I used 3/8" size. Also the adhesive works well and is easy to clean up whenever which is why i use this stuff for everything :)


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