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Tips on attaching my old Yakima rack?

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Tips on attaching my old Yakima rack?

Post by wrybread » Sun May 12, 2019 7:25 pm

Tomorrow I plan to attach my old Yakima rack to my 2000 s70, I was wondering if anyone has any tips?

It looks like the mounting point requires a slightly different shaped bracket than the one currently on my rack. I was thinking about grinding the current one down and drilling a hole to use the screw holes in the side of the vehicle, at least temporarily. If so, does anyone happen to know the screw size?

And is there a different Yakima bracket to adapt this rack to the Volvo shape?

And in a perfect world I'd be using a longer crossbars than the stock one. Has anyone ever changed that? And any tips on what to use as a replacement, ideally one that doesn't require a heavy tax paid to Yakima?

Pics attached (and yes I see some touch up paint in my future).

Edit: found this post about extending the cross-bars with parts from Lowes:

https://forums.mtbr.com/cars-bike-racks ... 62905.html

And some notes about the screw:

https://volvoforums.com/forum/volvo-850 ... ecs-45387/

From that post, the screws are M6 X 1.00. He got 16MM long.
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Re: Tips on attaching my old Yakima rack?

Post by wrybread » Mon May 13, 2019 5:44 pm

Well that didn't work out... The bracket on the Yakima rack would take quite a bit of bending to make it work, and they're not exactly maleable, which is a compliment to their construction but outside my abilities as a metal forger...

After some more research I found that it's the Yakima Q51 clip:

https://www.rerack.com/yakima-q51-clips-w-a-pads-new/

And I'm also wondering about OEM racks.... Anyone know where I might get one of those?

I contacted FCP Euro about this rack:

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo- ... UwQAvD_BwE

Personally I like the cross bar style more. Does anyone happen to know which Thule rack fits it?



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Re: Tips on attaching my old Yakima rack?

Post by abscate » Tue May 14, 2019 5:26 am

Hank on Cape Cod has a good selection of Volvo racks at good prices.


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Re: Tips on attaching my old Yakima rack?

Post by wrybread » Wed May 22, 2019 2:59 am

Well I managed to mount my old Yakima rack on my S70, thought I'd post the deets in case anyone else comes down this road.

My rack, which was probably 5 years old, used Yakima's discontinued "Q-Tower" mounting system. Yakima has a range of brackets for attaching these Q-Towers to the car, for the S70 I needed Yakima's Q51 bracket. There's tons of them on eBay, I got a set of 4 for $20. They fit perfectly. They don't screw into the rack holes, but they have a pin that goes in there. Very sturdy. Pasting in someone's else's pic:

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My cross-bars were 48", which is a bit short. Yakima recommends their 58" bars for the S70. I was able to make my 48" bars fit but one of the bars (I think the front one) is really pushing it, the bar only goes half way through the Q-Tower. But I think it has plenty of bite, and it hauled it's first kayak on the highway during a windy storm this weekend with no problems.

I'd love to have bars as long as that pic above, so I might try to figure out how to make my own. I gather Yakima uses non standard pipes to prevent this, ha, but there's lots of posts around the intertubes with methods people have worked out.

But! I got a little bit of water leaking into the car where those brackets enter the car. So I'm still in the market for Volvo factory racks, if anyone knows of anything.

And if anyone happens to have a solution to this kind of leak, I'm interested.



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