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The 2015 Outback isnt officially supported by Yakima yet, and the Landing Pad 12 & 13 doesnt fit. But I was able to squeeze a set of Rail Grab mounts with Crossbars onto the stock rack. I rotated the tie-downs 180 degrees and used a small RailGrab claw up front, medium claw in the rear.

I now have a 38" bar spread with 66" wide Crossbars for a SkyBox 16, ARB awning, and a bike.





 

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more photos here
Interesting solution! By the way, this "more photos" seems to be not a clickable link for me??

So did your setup compress the existing large "rail" when it clamped onto the outside lip?
How solid is this setup, i.e. is it going to flex the existing rail? Is it going to be rock solid and not cause vibration/noise/movement of the bars?
 

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The 2015 Outback isnt officially supported by Yakima yet, and the Landing Pad 12 & 13 doesnt fit. But I was able to squeeze a set of Rail Grab mounts with Crossbars onto the stock rack. I rotated the tie-downs 180 degrees and used a small RailGrab claw up front, medium claw in the rear.

I now have a 38" bar spread with 66" wide Crossbars for a SkyBox 16, ARB awning, and a bike.

So the railgrabs grab the tie downs? Ingenious! Was it hard to remove the factory bars?
 

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That does look great. How's it working? What have you carried so far? I'm curious about how bikes and an 18" canoe would work on that setup.
 

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Fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

Though wouldn't take much to improve upon current set up for bikes using Yak HighRollers with Subaru branded adapters (which only seem to fit with the bolts to the rear, but that doesn't work as tray not sitting on bars and extends too far back) on OEM bars. My bike rocks -- not in a good way -- horribly on the flexi OEM bars.

And, it all whistles without a way to use my Yak fairing...

If only I knew 2 wks ago when leaving for CO and had to choose between bikes or box -- I chose bikes and most everything fit in back, but woulda been nice not to sweat it.

Really like this over the landing pad approach as its lower and cleaner. And Yak isn't there yet anyway for 15s ("we will have a fit for your vehicle in the near future").

I'm going to pick up a set tonight and slap em on. Will post up this weekend.

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That does look great. How's it working? What have you carried so far? I'm curious about how bikes and an 18" canoe would work on that setup.
Updated second post with photos of all the crap I fit up top for a recent trip. Working great.

So did your setup compress the existing large "rail" when it clamped onto the outside lip?
How solid is this setup, i.e. is it going to flex the existing rail? Is it going to be rock solid and not cause vibration/noise/movement of the bars?
Compressed a little bit, not much. Id say its pretty solid, check the updated photos.


So the railgrabs grab the tie downs? Ingenious! Was it hard to remove the factory bars?
Just need two star bits that fit the factory crossbars. Cant remember the sizes.
 

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creso, et al-

Really, really great solution. Elegant.

I did the install this am. BUT haven't driven or actually used rack (sorry, didn't think I'd have time to writer this later...). I did easily rock the car with either Yak bar -- was very solid. Here are my notes. Haven't posted crappy pix yet to link:

- For 1 OEM bar and tie downs, used T27 torx, T20 for other bar (I think)
- I used a drill/driver to remove bars and tie downs and replace tie downs -- (I know, I know..) careful not to strip tie down bolts, which I did to just one, but it was in place
- Front bars with small claws went on easily - careful not to tighten the horizontal bolt any more than necessary as it can lift the outside of the OEM 'rail' and gap the longitudinal gasket [real interface is claw and tie down so plastic 'rail' isn't doing too much anyway]
- Rear bars with med claws were a total PIA. What worked for me eventually was to put the RailGrabs on the tie downs, then run the crossbar through them, using lube on the 'far' side. The angle of the claws leaves both RailGrabs angled up to the inside so it's a real struggle to get a level crossbar through the 'far' RailGrab. I used a hammer and block of wood with spray lube and it went pretty well.
- I put the OEM bar bolts back in their respective holes - they stick up but at least fill the holes. If noise is a problem, I'll revisit
- Probably took 60 min or so because of struggles with rear bar, but front was quick. Then there was the disassembly of old bars and OEM with high rollers and reattaching high rollers [plus the underside cladding beneath drivers side rear door that popped off after I stepped on it, which was its own PIA...]















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I need to carry a duck skiff for hunting trips to Canada. This option looks a lot more solid than the stock crossbars. Does this increase the 150 lbs. carrying weight limit?
 

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Not qualified to say. But, each tie down is rated for 150 lbs...
If that's true then the marketing material is not correct:

"With its roof rails and crossbar system, the Outback can carry up to 150 pounds of equipment."
 

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This almost appears too easy. I wonder why yakima didn't think of it! Perhaps they would not want to modify the tiedown position for liability reasons. I already own all of this stuff and have an OB on order. It's tempting....
Now that the system has experienced some miles and jiggling weight on the roof how do the plastic sections that face right and left look when the rack is removed?

Overall, it looks good and appears to be a solid solution.
 

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Tie downs are each 150 lb -- that's different than the OEM crossbars, the latch ends (opposite bolted pivot) of which are "anchored" to hollow sections of the rail. Tie downs would appear to support more than the OEM set up.
 

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Nice, thanks for posting the detailed instructions ssorgs. The rear was a pita, and I used the same method you described.
 

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Good idea. I wondered if something like that might be possible when I was looking at my Rail grabs as an option back in 2010.

Yackima is in the business to make $$ so creating a special foot and mount for a vehicle with a very high % of owners who do use if you will advanced higher quality racks would be a smart move on Yakima's part. Vs a simple adapter plate they would offer for an existing foot.
 

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What a great idea!
I'm wondering if SSORGS and CRESO can comment on any deformation (with use and rocking) of the OB plastic cover that the railgrabs sit on. Curious if it will be an obvious defect there after taking the railgrabs off in the future. Also, can the factory bars stay on if they are left in the "open" position and latched? Thanks for the help!
 
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