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Old 09-07-2013, 01:23 PM   #21
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This is with my Thule rack, maybe it will help out a bit

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Old 03-14-2014, 01:32 AM   #22
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Reviving the old thread.
I have OEM profile 2000 rack, looks a little different and more squarer than OPs bars. I have two Thule echelon's mounted with help of xadapt 9 kit. I do have my old yakima fairing(same as OP has) that would like to add to reduce the wind noise.

Now, how did OP manage to drill a hole and use a ratchet? I believe OEM rack has two plates that runs along the length of the bars. One running at the bottom and one within the cavity in the middle of the cross bars. Did OP drill through both bars?

Jake, I believe you used self tapping screws, from the looks of the post you linked above. Can you give me the size of the drill bit and screw? And did you drill through both plates?
Also, did you use spring washers(not sure if thats what its called)?
How stable is it?
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Extremely stable even with winds gusting 40 mph from the rear (I work at an airport and it's windy)

The screw and washer size I do not recall. The drill bit size I don't remember as well but it wasn't that big, just enough to guide the screw in. Only drilled through the first plate.
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Old 03-14-2014, 11:03 PM   #24
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DIY: mounting Yakima fairing to OEM rack.

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Extremely stable even with winds gusting 40 mph from the rear (I work at an airport and it's windy)

The screw and washer size I do not recall. The drill bit size I don't remember as well but it wasn't that big, just enough to guide the screw in. Only drilled through the first plate.

So, you used short self tapping metal screws, correct?
I will get some screws and get working on it.
I only use the rack when I put my bikes on. So I want the fairing to be held strong when I remove the rack and store it, leaving the fairing on.

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Old 03-27-2014, 05:52 PM   #25
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Finally installed yakima fairing.
Drilled 4 holes, used nuts, bolts and washers. Didn't cut the mounting rods.
I still have round yakima bars and didn't want to hack them unusable.
Not easiest to install but wasn't that bad.

Now, the fairing mounting feets are not touching the roof. Hence looks like it will wiggle/flip over?
I see the picture in OP that the feet don't touch the roof as well.

Not sure if it will cause the issue, but want hear the consensus first before drilling another hole on the fairing mounts to angle it further down to make the feet touch the roof.
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