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Yakima Whisperbar in Factory Rails

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by honduraz10, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. Mar 29, 2012 at 3:14 PM
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    honduraz10

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    I'm looking into installing a Yakima Whispbar system in the factory rails on my 07 DC. I've found the Whispbar Fit kit 500, which uses only one screw per foot so there shouldn't be any issues with hole spacing.

    Here are the instructions for the mounting kit- http://www.rackattack.com/product-pages/product-pdf/yakima-whispbar-fit-kit-500-instructions.pdf

    It looks like both the oem roof rack and this fit kit use m6 screws, so I think it should work pretty seamlessly.

    Before I actually put money down on my experiment, does anyone have any input on whether or not they think this will work?
     
  2. Mar 29, 2012 at 3:25 PM
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    keep in mind how far apart the factory rack mounts are. I was going to go this route so I could use my roof box on occasion but the bars to too far apart for the accessory to fit on it. If you just want to carry a canoe or something then its not an issue
     
  3. Mar 29, 2012 at 3:28 PM
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    I'm planning on using it for kayaks so I should be good. How far apart are the factory mounting holes?
     
  4. Mar 30, 2012 at 3:38 PM
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    I forget now but it was several inches wider then the max width on a Thule 1100 roof box. you can pull the strip out of the gutter pretty quick to look, it just pressure fits in there
     
  5. Mar 31, 2012 at 11:05 AM
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    What are you using to cradle the Kayaks with?

    I just purchased a Snugtop Xtra Vision canopy (with the optional rail/track system) for my 07 DC and have been contemplating which rack and kayak cradle to go with.

    Provided that Yakima makes a Whispbar in the right width of crossbar, I've been considering installing that in favor of the standard roundbars or square bars. I like the fact that the whispbar looks like nice flush OEM rack system and from what I can tell, can carry the same weight.
     
  6. Mar 31, 2012 at 2:22 PM
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    I'm interested in this. I'm gonna stay tuned to see what develops. I have been thinking about doing something similar to this for a while.
     
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    Thread resurrection!

    Any updates on this?

    1. Does the Yakima Whispbar fit kit K500 (towers) work with the factory double-cab holes?
    2. Is there a crossbar (Whispbar HD) that is long enough to span two of these towers?

    The Whispbar HD system says it holds 220lbs. That is the reason for my interest. And I want a system that can match the system on my Snugtop.
     
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