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Xterra drivers: rack advice needed(9 posts)

Xterra drivers: rack advice neededj-son
Oct 6, 2003 1:03 PM
I drive a Nissan Xterra I'd like to put a roof rack on. In the past, I've carried bikes inside, but the wife and I are planning a cross country move so the interior will be packed.

Any recommendations for a roof rack attachment for the factory rack? I checked with the dealer, but they only offered a Yakima Anklebiter (which attached to the crank with the front wheel still attached). I'd like something where the front wheel comes off. The Anklebiter is also a little expensive.

Thanks for the help.
Kind of expensive and not on the roof...No_sprint
Oct 6, 2003 1:19 PM
however, I've recommended several times.
Kind of expensive and not on the roof...j-son
Oct 6, 2003 1:38 PM
We'll be towing a triler so I need something to go on top. Thanks for the input, though.
Kind of expensive and not on the roof...Suddha
Oct 6, 2003 2:04 PM
Not an Xterra owner, but an ex-REI employee...

If you want fork mount rack, you'll need the Yakima bars to mount to the Xterra's factory rack. RailRiders are the adaptors you need and then a set of bars. Then you can buy the Copperhead or Steelhead bike mounts and you're all set. You're also about $300 poorer, too. Oh, and you'll need a stepladder to climb up and get the bikes on/off.
Any will work.Dropped
Oct 6, 2003 2:15 PM
I used to have an Xterra.

Your dealer will sell you clips that attach to the factory rack and will allow you to use any Yakima roof system you want. The clips aren't that expensive.

One thing to look out for is that the factory rack on the Xterra is pretty narrow because the large plastic pieces on the crossbars substantially cut down on how wide you can space rack attachments. For instance, the roof rack is too narrow to accept two mako kayak mounts. I don't know if this will affect your ability to carry two bikes side by side or not (save your rack receipts).
Oct 6, 2003 2:58 PM
If your car has factory bars, an inexpensive alternative I used on my Outback is to get the Yakima brackets that attach to the bars (4/$20) and then the Yakima fork mount @ $20 each, plus a few stainless steel nuts, bolts, and washers (use the nuts with nylon inserts - they hold well). Space the rear bar so the rear wheel centers on it and tie it down with an old nylon strap from a clip and strap pedal. This is simple and secure in my experience. I think you can get a locking fork mount, but the one I have isn't, so I carry a cable and lock for trips where I'll need it.
Revised Yakima info.jaybird
Oct 7, 2003 9:12 AM
The only way to mount the bike on the roof with the front wheel removed is to use Yakima's "X-Towers" which were made specifically for your truck. The towers that are used on other factory racks will not work because of the size of the Xterra bars. One note, this will add an additonal pair of crossbars to the top of your car.

The towers should cost you about 80-100, the crossbars about 40 and the bike attachment should be between 60 and 130. Dont forget locks either, which should run you about 50 bucks.

Check out or REI also sells a step that rests on one of your truck tires so you have soemthing to stand on while you are working on top of your truck.

One last thought, your bike would be just as secure if you got either the lockjaw or anklebiter attachments and put them on your factory rack...

Good Luck
The only way . . . ?Steve98501
Oct 7, 2003 12:17 PM
Why is that the "only way," with the towers and extra set of cross bars? I described a viable approach in my post, using his existing cross bars, and adding the Yakima adapters (they make them to fit most manufacturers factory cross bars) and the same fork mount that can be bolted to a pickup bed or piece of lumber. I can attest that this works, and I also have a Yakima lockjaw on my car. I bought it before I figured out the less cost, less obtrusive alternative.


Oct 7, 2003 1:50 PM
OK, I understand what you are talking about now... You just want to use the "v" or "h" clips and just bolt the generic fork mount onto them... I guess that would work... do you just strap the rear wheel down to the rear crossbar? interesting...

If the original poster wants to use a steelhead, boa, copperhead or viper, the bike attachments that yakima designed to carry a bike with the fron wheel removed, he will have to get different crossbars.