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hi there,I recently got a 2019 Ridgeline. so far I am loving it. I picked up a Yakima Overhaul HD adjustable lumber rack (site and shop said it would fit). however the clamps it came with do not fit. has anyone tried this rack? how did you get it to fit. I think my options are1. Dremel out the plastic on the bed liner so the clamps can grab the metal bed underneath
2. find other adapter clamps for the Overhaul HD (I sent an inquiry to Yakima)
3. get some other rack...…. would rather not. I like the looks and adjustability of the Overhaul HD
thanks for any help or suggestions
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Steve, How easy is it to remove the Vantech uprights when you are not using?
Thinking about going the same route for carrying Kayaks but don't want it on all year long.
 

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Steve, How easy is it to remove the Vantech uprights when you are not using?
Thinking about going the same route for carrying Kayaks but don't want it on all year long.
its pretty easy. there is a knob at the base of each upright. you loosen it then have to slide it to the end.


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thanks. Have been debating making my own or buying something. Sticker shock says "make it" - time says "buy it".
 

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Nice setup Steve. I had the OEM roof rails put on this week so I’m not having any luck finding a crossbar setup to carry a mountain bike on the roof where I can easily remove the crossbars and mountain bike rack easily. I like the look of the Yakima wind deflector I have seen on other vehicles. And I want to be able to still use the moonroof without a bunch of noise when I’m not carrying the bike. So a solid removable crossbar and bike rack for the OEM rails. I spent hours searching threads last night on here to no avail.

Glad you got a setup that works for you.
 

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thanks. Have been debating making my own or buying something. Sticker shock says "make it" - time says "buy it".
ya. i wanted the yakima one to work, but it was expensive and wouldnt work. the vantech is a lil spendy too,but cheaper than the yakima. i like it though. the adjustable height is nice, but you have to loosen the bolts each time you wanna adjust it.
 

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Nice setup Steve. I had the OEM roof rails put on this week so I’m not having any luck finding a crossbar setup to carry a mountain bike on the roof where I can easily remove the crossbars and mountain bike rack easily. I like the look of the Yakima wind deflector I have seen on other vehicles. And I want to be able to still use the moonroof without a bunch of noise when I’m not carrying the bike. So a solid removable crossbar and bike rack for the OEM rails. I spent hours searching threads last night on here to no avail.

Glad you got a setup that works for you.
the OEM crossbars are somewhat adjustable (i think). and you can slap on bike, boat, ski/snowboard carriers as you like. only downside is the vantesh is flatacross the top and the OEM roof rack has a slight arch to it. but its not so bad.
 

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Question for those that have installed the Vantech rack system. Instructions say to mark the plastic bed rail caps before removing them to drill the through holes.

My question is this: Could the plastic caps be marked and drilled in place on the truck? Assuming you used something like a forstner bit to get a flat cut?
I have a tonneau installed and I'd prefer to not remove it to pull the plastic caps. It occurred to me that they may be drill-able in place and wanted to get some first hand feedback on the idea. Pressure would need to be controlled so the threads do not get nicked.
 

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Ya I think you could if you are careful. I think there’s maybe 1/2” or less gap between plastic and the metal of the bed. When you install you can pop off the oval cover at the back of the bed and lightly screw the rail in.
 

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OK thanks for the input, will give it a go and report back.

The nice thing about having the tonneau cover on to reference the edges with is that I know the two tracks will be parallel when I'm done.
 

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Can anyone measure the crossbar length from outside bolt to outside bolt? I am curious if I can cut the crossbars down enough to store in the trunk.
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the bars are 65.5" with the rubber ends on them. i have mine adjusted to be even with the factory roof rack so there are 4 holes above the set button. the width between the tower at that height is 58.5" keep in mind you have to loosen the bolts towers to raise and lower them (which i dislike a ton) so that might change the length between towers
 

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the bars are 65.5" with the rubber ends on them. i have mine adjusted to be even with the factory roof rack so there are 4 holes above the set button. the width between the tower at that height is 58.5" keep in mind you have to loosen the bolts towers to raise and lower them (which i dislike a ton) so that might change the length between towers
Thanks man, I appreciate you getting. The measurements.
 

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Did you have any luck with this?
A likely solution to get it to fit would be to install a 48” x 1-5/8 x 1-5/8 unistrut under the bed rail to mimic a Tacoma accessory deck rail, and then use clamps like these for the connections to the unistrut.
 

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Finished installing the Yakima Overhaul HD racks on my 2017 RTL. It's not absolutely perfect but it will do.

I picked up one 10ft 1and 5/8" galvanised superstrut from Lowes for about $25. Cut it right there in the parking lot into two 4ft sections with a hacksaw. Took it home, drilled, painted with bed liner and installed using the existing bed screws with added fender washers. Drilled one hole in each 4ft strut right in the middle to accommodate the middle bed bolt location. The preexisting holes in the strut lined up with the other two bolt locations.

Fire away with any questions. I hope this helps.

The trunk opens almost 100%. No issues there.

There is a slight gap but in my opinion not enough to be a problem.

I purchased from rackwarehouse.com GREAT PRICE!

 

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