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The redesigned 2013 Outback roof rack -- with additional attachment point for increased bar spread -- is not compatible with the Landing Pad 12. I called Yakima today and opened a case to track the progress of the redesigned Landing Pad for the new rack.

Fortunately my Yakima SkyBox 16 attaches fine to the factory rails on my 2013, but I can no longer carry two bikes and a box where I could with the Yakima cross bars, as shown in this post.

I'll post updates to this thread as I receive info from Yakima.
 

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Could you not still use it in the original span location?

I understand the new rear position not working but the older span should still work shouldn't it?


Edit: I m not sure if you already own the landing pads, Obviously if you do not then it would be wise to wait.
 

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I tried installing the Landing Pad from my 2012 on the 2013 and the mounts dont match up. The fronts will mount but are not quite the right size. The rear mounts will not install at all.
 

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That was a big disappointment..
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I will need to know this info ASAP as I am greeting my '13 next week and need to be able to carry 4 ww kayaks....
 

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I will need to know this info ASAP as I am greeting my '13 next week and need to be able to carry 4 ww kayaks....
Here's your answer: The Yakima Landing Pad 12 does -not- work on the redesigned 2013 Outback.





 

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So since it will not fit and Yakima will have to re-design it.. The next question is:
Will it blend!?
 

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Now that you have the versatility to change your rack spacing, could you use one of those bars that mounts onto your current bars and makes them longer?

I'm not sure what they are called, but essentially they sister onto your current bars and extend out further, creating a wider bar.
 

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UPDATE:
EVERYONE who has a '13 and is looking for the new landing pads needs to call up yakima and state so. They are taking each caller down and logging it. They have several new 13s that the 'fit team' is working on, and the one with the most need is getting done first. The more people that call and ask about the landing pads for the '13 outbacks, the faster they will get it done.

Call 1-888-925-4621, option 2, option 2

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I just called and talked with one of the techs. He seemed a bit stressed and said that the change of the roof rack on the '13s "left a bad taste in their mouth" since they worked so hard to develop the landing pad 12. He did say that they were working on a new landing pad for the '13 Outback and it would get done but it would be a few months.

Good luck and here's to waiting!
 

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We are looking at the Skybox 16S. Anyone know how bad MPG suffers with a 16S on the roof?
 

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I got this response from Yakima:


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Thank you for contacting Yakima Customer Support.

Our Fit Team and Product Developers are working together to make necessary changes to our current system. These will accommodate the new spacing and hardware adjustments Subaru has made to their factory system. We sincerely understand the demand to fit this popular vehicle and appreciate your patience while the fit is developed. Regrettably, we do not have a time frame for when this will become available. We have logged your interest in the fit and you will receive an email once a fit update has been published.

Again, thank you for your patience.

Thank you for your inquiry!
Yakima Support
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I also suggested/asked if they could make a mount for both rear locations so the end user could move the rear bar to either location based on the load. I think for us '13 owners to be able to use landing pads/control towers and still be able to utilize both rear mounts would be super sweet.
 

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lol. It seems Subaru and 'waiting' go hand in hand.
All us 2013 owners probably should keep in mind that we do have a vehicle that has only been out for about two months, it does take some time for vendors to update their product lines. yakima/weathertech/etc. I am sure the outback isn't the only 2013 model vehicle in the United States that has had some changes. It happens every year across the industry. Patience is a virtue, it comes to those who wait. And I have no patience ;)
 

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I'm considering taking advantage of the GTP to upgrade to a 2013 as the whole roof rack issue on my 2011 is an issue for me as I carry kayaks. I, too, contacted Yakima and here is the response I received...

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Thank you for contacting Yakima Customer Support.

We are in the process of designing new mounting points for the 2013 model but unfortunately we don't anticipate these to be available until the first of 2013. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thank you for your inquiry!
Yakima Support
 

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^ I'm confused by this argument. Don't the landing pads eliminate the roof rails and allow you to use a more versatile set up? As I understand it the 2013 simply allows you to move the roof rail rearward a notch, to the same location as the landing pads would be on a 2011. No doubt a HUGE improvement over the previous OEM setup.

What would you accomplish by trading up to a 2013 for the new roof rails, only to remove them and replace them with landing pads? Now if you want to upgrade, to upgrade that's a different issue. But if the only reason is the roof rack, and you are removing it anyway, I don't see the advantages.
 

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^ I'm confused by this argument. Don't the landing pads eliminate the roof rails and allow you to use a more versatile set up? As I understand it the 2013 simply allows you to move the roof rail rearward a notch, to the same location as the landing pads would be on a 2011. No doubt a HUGE improvement over the previous OEM setup.

What would you accomplish by trading up to a 2013 for the new roof rails, only to remove them and replace them with landing pads? Now if you want to upgrade, to upgrade that's a different issue. But if the only reason is the roof rack, and you are removing it anyway, I don't see the advantages.
I'm not considering an upgrade just for the rack, that would be just dumb. :gasp::D The rack is a factor though. The previous models rack only has a spread of 30 inches. The 2013's have an additional notch to move it back to increase the spread. The hope is that the landing pad will allow me to install the bars further back to increase the spread to that add'l notch. 30in is do-able, but that extra 9 inches (or whatever it is) is better for carrying my kayaks up there safely. Maybe I'm assuming too much, but hopefully Yakima is designing the new LP to fit in either rear notch.
 

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I guess I misunderstand what the landing pad actually does. My understanding was that it expanded the spread to the full extent of the current cross bars (the extra, unusable, notch in the '10-'12). Essentially emulating the same, improved, spread that the '13 OB provides.

I think I'm just completely confused now.. lol
 
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