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Exceeding OEM crossbar weight limit; Yakima bar install question
I have an 09 OBW with OEM rails and crossbars. The limit shows 100#. I just purchased a Yakima Skybox Pro 16s cargo box, with weight of 47#. I have thought about eventually upgrading to Yakima 48" or 58" crossbars (most likely will get the 58" for more versatility) but for the time being will use the factory bars. Has any had any issues/problems exceeding the 100# limit on the OEM bars? Also, if I did remove the OEM crossbars and install the Yakima 48" or 58", where place them on the rail system? Are they placed in the smaller holes in the roof rails, or the larger open area? Are they placed more toward the front or the rear? I understand that cargo attachments will determine the spread. For example, it appears that the Skybox Pro 16s has min/max spread of 24"-36". Any help/insight would be appreciated. Thanks.