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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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Roof Basket Help

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I have a Yakima Loadwarrior and extension I installed on my 2016 Outback. I was a little unsure about the OEM crossbars, but I moved the rear cross bar to the position closest to the back of the car (39 inch spread) and installed it. It seems to be angled a bit, higher in the front and lower in the back. Should I move the back cross bar to the original position (30 inch spread) and move the attachment points so the basket sits forward a few inches?

We leave Saturday for Zion and I'd like to have the most stable load. Help!

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I'm pretty certain either location would work and be sufficiently strong.

Did you check to see if the hatch clears the basket when the basket is in the rear position ?.

As BTW, Yakima has this to say when using a 30 inch front/rear bar spread, which is what you get when you use their adapters for Yak cross bars;

"Q: Is it safe to carry long boats at the 30" crossbar spread?
A: Absolutely. We have rigorously tested the rack system so you can carry any SUP, flat water kayak, or canoe provided they follow the recommended weight limits of the mount and Subaru rack. When properly secured with heavy duty and bow/stern straps, you are good to go."

Thus I'd think a basket is not going to be an issue.

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Thanks! The basket clears the rear hatch when fully opened, but I think I will move the back cross bar to the forward-most position. It seems more level. I'm not putting a lot up there, obviously, because I can't really lift anything super heavy, but some chairs, a tent, and rooftop bag filled with small things that would be loose otherwise and the basket net to tie it all down.

Thanks for the response!
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