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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 8:04 am    Post subject: Anyone make adapter like Yakima? Reply with quote

I was wondering if anyone has made or knows who might make an adapter like GoWesty makes called the Low Rise Spacer Kit? I am in need of one set BUT they have been sold out for months. This is for the Yakima rain gutter towers.

If anyone has pictures of their set up on how they extended their height on rack, please show them off with pictures. I need some ideas on how to create or find something kinda the same.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 8:57 am    Post subject: Re: Anyone make adapter like Yakima? Reply with quote

Just curious, what is the purpose of raising the height of the crossbars? I have the Yakima towers and they provide plenty of height for the crossbars to clear the arc of the Westy roof without additional spacers.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:05 am    Post subject: Re: Anyone make adapter like Yakima? Reply with quote

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Just curious, what is the purpose of raising the height of the crossbars? I have the Yakima towers and they provide plenty of height for the crossbars to clear the arc of the Westy roof without additional spacers.


I have the Mega Warrior basket 3/4 of the roof length...the attachments that hold it do the bars hit the roof due to the arc. They need to be lifted JUST a bit. Also, I am running the regular height towers, not the extended length (those were to high and would not allow me to fit the van in the garage.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:19 am    Post subject: Re: Anyone make adapter like Yakima? Reply with quote

Just cut down the hi-rise adapters and get your own bolt from home depot.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone make adapter like Yakima? Reply with quote

shagginwagon83 wrote:
Just cut down the hi-rise adapters and get your own bolt from home depot.


Tha's what I did.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 5:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone make adapter like Yakima? Reply with quote

shagginwagon83 wrote:
Just cut down the hi-rise adapters and get your own bolt from home depot.


this is also what I did for my tintop... piece of cake
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 5:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone make adapter like Yakima? Reply with quote

I purchased some square plastic stock from McMaster and cut it down to be the tower-raising height that I needed (2" or so), to fit an awning on the sides of the towers.
https://www.mcmaster.com/9542K662/

The plastic is plenty strong, and was easier to drill & work with than aluminum, for me. I used to have oak blocks instead, but it aged after about 6 years being up there.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 5:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone make adapter like Yakima? Reply with quote

Took some photos:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

I ordered 2 pcs of the 1' length, that was enough to raise all 4 bars (8 spacer blocks total)
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

There's a new plastic block next to old Oaky. Cut them to length with a chop saw. Drilled the holes by hand but a drill press would be nicer.
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This is the view with the awning attached.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:14 am    Post subject: Re: Anyone make adapter like Yakima? Reply with quote

shagginwagon83 wrote:
Just cut down the hi-rise adapters and get your own bolt from home depot.


That is the issue, I do not have the High Rise towers...just the regular ones.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:15 am    Post subject: Re: Anyone make adapter like Yakima? Reply with quote

cawvin wrote:
I purchased some square plastic stock from McMaster and cut it down to be the tower-raising height that I needed (2" or so), to fit an awning on the sides of the towers.
https://www.mcmaster.com/9542K662/

The plastic is plenty strong, and was easier to drill & work with than aluminum, for me. I used to have oak blocks instead, but it aged after about 6 years being up there.


Thank you for this idea. I think this might be the best option for me. I will check out the link or see if I can find it local. Thanks for the pictures as well.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:44 am    Post subject: Re: Anyone make adapter like Yakima? Reply with quote

4mymalamute wrote:
shagginwagon83 wrote:
Just cut down the hi-rise adapters and get your own bolt from home depot.


That is the issue, I do not have the High Rise towers...just the regular ones.


Might be helpful to list the Yakima towers you actually have. If you have the 1A rain gutter towers (which I have and would consider to be the regular ones), you can easily cut down a set of the hi rise spacers to whatever height works best (assuming you can find them of course). All you’d need is new, shorter bolts than what comes w/ the 3 1/2” spacers. The plastic option noted above obviously works too as might a 3D printed option, should one exist. Good luck.
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