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Old 05-28-2010, 02:34 AM   #1
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DIY: mounting Yakima fairing to OEM rack.

Decided to create a little write-up of how I mounted my Yakima Fairing to the OEM roof rack after receiving numerous PM's about it. It's fairly simple to do and all you really need other than the fairing and rack are a set of nuts/bolts(4)

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- OEM BMW bike rack
- 38'' Yakima fairing
- 3/4'' - 1'' length nuts/bolts
- hacksaw (or anything that can cut through plastic)
- drill w/ small bit
- basic screwdriver/sockets

1. Since the Yakima fairing brackets are made to go around the skinnier Yakima rack bars, you will have to hack off the circular parts of the yakima brackets, as close to where the circular part starts as you can. I used a hacksaw.

2. After the hack has been made, drill pilot holes through the plastic brackets close to where you just hacked it, but not too close to the end. This is where you'll bolt it up to the bottom of the oem rack.



Red lines signify where you should hack off, red dots are where pilot holes should be drilled:


3.After hacking and drilling you will need to make sure all the brackets are perpendicular to the fairing and aligned properly. Mark and drill adjacent holes in the bottom of the oem rack. (corresponding to the bracket holes created)

4. Bolt the brackets up to the bottom of the oem rack, with the nuts going up through, and the bolts hidden in the racks deep upper track. tighten and enjoy!




** make sure you use those little padding peices on the bottom of the brackets (under the fairing) they will prevent them from constantly tapping your roof!


The pics show it all! could have just posted these!lol



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Old 05-28-2010, 06:41 PM   #2
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perfect thanks this set up, will it still alow for mounting bike holders and snow board holders
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Old 05-29-2010, 07:32 PM   #3
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perfect thanks this set up, will it still alow for mounting bike holders and snow board holders
Yes, all attachments work with this.
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Old 05-31-2010, 12:24 AM   #4
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Old 05-31-2010, 02:35 PM   #5
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nice write-up chad, looks flawless in person
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Old 09-03-2010, 11:13 AM   #6
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Would this work with a Thule fairing and OEM rack?
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Old 09-03-2010, 01:24 PM   #7
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I used a Thule fairing without any modification on my OEM rack. Here's the only pic I have, I'll take pics of how it mounts up later today.
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Old 09-03-2010, 02:10 PM   #8
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I used a Thule fairing without any modification on my OEM rack. Here's the only pic I have, I'll take pics of how it mounts up later today.

Cool! Which size/model fairing did you use? Look forward to the pics (I also have a titanium ZHP so this will be very helpful)
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Old 09-03-2010, 04:18 PM   #9
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Old 09-03-2010, 04:20 PM   #10
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The fairing is the Thule 871xt. As you can tell, the clips don't fit completely around the OEM bar.
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:08 PM   #12
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The fairing is the Thule 871xt. As you can tell, the clips don't fit completely around the OEM bar.
Have you run into any issues with the fairing mounted like that? Especially at higher speeds, i'd be afraid of it ripping right off.
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Just did this diy but I feel like my fairing is a lot more arched in the middle and doesn't sit low enough. What can I do to fix it? This is the only picture I have of it:

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Just did this diy but I feel like my fairing is a lot more arched in the middle and doesn't sit low enough. What can I do to fix it? This is the only picture I have of it:
I believe two of the attaching pieces are angled differently (see picture) You would need to swap your inner ones to the outside.
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I believe two of the attaching pieces are angled differently (see picture) You would need to swap your inner ones to the outside.
I have it set up the same as yours (the rods with the upper and lower slots are on the outside, and the ones with only a lower slot are on the inside) is that what you mean? Or do you mean switch them left and right?
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Old 10-22-2011, 10:55 PM   #16
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Thanks for the write-up.
Now to find a fairing.
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:16 PM   #17
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Now i can buy a fairing lol. Thanks to you and thanks to rcsummers who sent me the link of this thread!
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:44 PM   #18
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38" Yakima Fairing Installed

I followed the instructions from this thread. Thanks Stanc3. I actually successfully installed the fairing and it looks great. I ended up going with 1 1/4 inch bolts. I couldn't quite thread a 1 inch. Tightening the nuts on the inside of the rack track was a little tricky as a conventional rachet socket does not fit in the track. So I grabbed pliers and a rag (to not scratch the rack) and held the nuts in place while using the rachet on the bolts. With the 1 1/4 inch bolts, I cannot slide an attachment all the way across, but it works for me because I only using racing bike attachments and I can slide each one in far enough on each side of the car. Before that, I mount both of the racing bike front wheel holders in the middle of the back track. Overall, I am happy with the look and also happy that I do not have to worry about the fairing getting ripped off. My only advice to anyone doing this would be saw and drill carefully. And last, thanks again to Stanc3 for providing the instructions.
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Old 09-07-2013, 12:39 PM   #19
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Sorry to revive an old thread... but I'm doing this install now. Did anyone who attached a 38" Yakima fairing to the oem rack end up drilling through / encroaching on the cutout in the bottom of the front rack for the allen-key bolt adjustment area / tower area? The outer fairing mounts are almost right on top of these areas when the fairing is centered. This is an area which looks like I shouldn't be putting a drill bit through. Help?
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I remember that one side came closer to that area than the other. On the side that was really tight, I drilled the hole within I'd say 3-4mm of the allen-key adjustment area. I drilled with extreme caution on that side and did not have an issue; meaning that I had 4 perfect holes without cutting into the adjustment area. When you install the fairing, the 2 arms that attach to the outer bolts will not actually be perpendicular to the bar; you'll have to curve in the outer 2 to reach where the holes were drilled. It looks good when it is done and it does help with the noise. Take your time. It was not the easiest thing to do. I hope that helps.

I just added a photo I took this summer. You can see how the outer 2 fairing arms curve in.
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