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    yakima roof rack security question

    I just bought a yakima roof rack set. The towers and crossbars seem to be OK as far as begin locked down.

    But, the only thing keeping the bike tray secured is the cable that wraps around the bike frame when it's not wrapped around a crossbar.

    Any of you in that same situation? Do you feel comfortable with the bike tray being secured in that fashion?

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    Pick up one of these Yakima SKS accessory housing locks for each of your trays.

    The lock does away with the wing nuts that come stock with most Yak racks, and replaces it with a conventional nut. The housing threads on behind the nut, then the key is turned to raise the housing and shield the nut from mischievous wrenches.

    Remember, all of these locks are simple deterrents and are easily defeated by even an ill-equipped hack, so don't rely on them to keep your bike safe. At best, they're good for quick stops where you can still keep an eye on them. Set them in the back corner of a crowded parking lot, out on a city street, or even in a residential neighborhood overnight, and you may be severely disappointed when you return to your vehicle.

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    The bike I'm not worried about. I wasn't planning on leaving it on the tray for an extended period of time.

    I'm concerned about the tray itself. Do you think I have to worry about the tray getting ripped even with those sks lock housings?

    Thanks for your input, though. I actually learned about the SKS accessory housings last night after googling for awhile. Funny thing is that when I bought the racks and tray from the bike store, the sales guy told me a few things that I'm still pretty pissed about, actually. He went:

    1.) None of the bike trays lock to the rack.
    2.) No one ever locks their trays to the racks.
    3.) He's never heard of anybody ever getting their trays stolen even though they're not locked.

    What a douche, I says.

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    I'd say #1 is mostly true, unless you're on of the few who uses the accessory housing or wrap the cable around the crossbar. Heck, Yakima includes thumb screws with most of their racks, for easy removal!

    For #2, refer to #1.

    For #3, he's wrong. I haven't had a problem, but have read posts of others where they've had their trays and even cargo boxes stolen off the roofs of cars.
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    Yeah, I feel like a dumbass now for buying the most expensive tray they had. It looks like it's ready to be stolen. Even if a would-be thief is not successful, I'm sure he'll his best to thrash it. All things considered, it doesn't seem like it would be that hard.

    I was going to buy a yakima raptor tray because it's cheaper and is not a fork mount, but the sales guy kept telling me that I was going to have problems fitting mtn bike tires into it. They were out of everything else except for fork mounts and the most expensive one. I guess it's just a matter of time then before someone jacks it.

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    Just pick up the lock housing. Replace thumb screws with nuts. You could even use a bit of safety wire, if you live in a high-crime area... not much, but a little extra deterrent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedub.Nate
    I'd say #1 is mostly true, unless you're on of the few who uses the accessory housing or wrap the cable around the crossbar. Heck, Yakima includes thumb screws with most of their racks, for easy removal!

    For #2, refer to #1.

    For #3, he's wrong. I haven't had a problem, but have read posts of others where they've had their trays and even cargo boxes stolen off the roofs of cars.
    Not sure which Yakima trays you are talking about, but I have the Viper fork mount trays and they do lock to the rack using the skewer. As far as thefts go, depends somewhat on where you live. But I have never personally heard of anyone's racks, or trays, or ski mounts etc being stolen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog
    Not sure which Yakima trays you are talking about, but I have the Viper fork mount trays and they do lock to the rack using the skewer. As far as thefts go, depends somewhat on where you live. But I have never personally heard of anyone's racks, or trays, or ski mounts etc being stolen.
    I suspect he's got either the King Cobra or High Roller, based on his comment about the cable lock.

    And it's true (I've owned both)!

    The King Cobra comes with 3 thumb screws & wing nuts, which all sit exposed. Any joe on the street with any knowledge of this rack could own it in about 30 seconds, without a single tool! the lock is a necessary upgrade.

    The High Roller is a bit better, placing a plastic shroud over two of the thumb screws. In design, the removal of this shroud is difficult if the rack is folded down and locked to the cross bar, or if the wheel hoop is up, holding a bike. I haven't tried, but it appears with a minimal effort, it'll come off in either of those positions. As with the Cobra series, it's possible to remove this rack with no tools. Installing the Accessory Lock Housing will certainly help matters.
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    Yes it's the high roller. I picked up a couple of lock housings and locked it to the bars in two places. Hopefully that will do the trick. thanks for your help.

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    You bet.

    Remember, you can easily replace the thumb screws with castle nuts, drill the bolts, and safety wire or pin the nuts in place. You could also use go with a standard nut, and use high-strength thread lock to secure it (you would need to apply heat to remove it). Or you could just go with nuts, all by themselves.

    I obviously don't know your neighborhood, but I bet you'll be ok with just the accessory lock housing.
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