Great for skis
I bought this for a new Subaru Crosstrek (to fit the old Button-down 6 ski rack), since Yakima no longer makes vehicle-specific Mighty Mounts. Took a while to install the first time, just because of being unfamiliar with the procedure, and getting the fit just right. It's easy once you understand the steps though. They fit snugly to the factory aero crossbar using the smaller bail and small bolts. One drawback is the inability to lock the mounts, as they are designed to be unscrewed by hand. However, since the ski rack itself is lockable, a thief would need to steal the entire assembly, skis and all if the rack is locked. I actually bought a set of common hex nuts and washers for about a dollar at the hardware store, and installed these on the extra threading below the thumb wheel screws, and tightened them with a wrench. Now a thief would need at least an adjustable wrench to remove the hex nuts, so while it's still not theft-proof, it can't be stolen in a "crime of opportunity" by someone just walking by, if they aren't carrying tools.
Good option for factory crossbars
I have a pair of these on my 2004 Pontiac Vibe. They're fairly easy to install - the most time consuming part was replacing the bar clamps on my bike racks.Taking them off temporarily takes long enough that I just leave the racks on all the time. You have to run the hand-tightened nut all the way off the clamping screw for each of the Mighty Mounts, so that's three for each bike rack.On the Vibe the factory bars are so flimsy and close to the roof that the clamping bolt on the Mighty Mount can potentially scratch the roof panel if you don't position the mounts right. I've been using mine for half a year with no problems, although they don't clamp as tight as a standard Yakima rack.
I bought these with the Powderhorn SE ski rack, and everything went together fairly easily. I found that I had to undo what I'd put together twice or so, but generally it went together and attached to my roof rack with no trouble. Very secure and well made. I haven't actually put the skis on and headed up the mountain, but, compared to another rack that I gave up even mounting to my truck, the Mighty Mounts with the rack is a great system.
Great great way to add yakima Racks to factory crossbars
If you are looking for a way to make Yakima products fit your factory rack these adapters work well. Get the benefit of not being required to buy an aftermarket roof rack system while at the same time take advantage of Yakima’s life time warranty. I would suggest Yakima products to anyone looking for racks or accessories in part based on their great costumer service.
Great Option for Factory Racks
Have these on our 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Solid system for attaching Yakima accessories to a factory rack. As mentioned in another review, you will probably need 2 sets for each Yakima accessory you want to mount. Use Yakima's fit my car utility to find out what you need for your application. It can be found on Yakima's site at http://www.yakima.com/dealers/?fitmycar
Solid as a rock
The only downside of this product was that I only needed qty. 6 and they come in qty. 4 boxes so I ended up with two extra's.
I was able to not only carry my wife and I's bike but also managed to clamp on my daughters as well. This is one tough clamping system.
Get a grip.
I used these with a Raptor bike mount on my 2005 Subaru factory bars to bring my sister's road bike from DC to MA. Totally functional, easy to use, and WAAYYY cheaper than buying a whole new rack set. If you have wide, flat cross-bars on your car, this will work for you.
moosejaw kicks ass!!!
as usual, the buying experience was AWSOME with moosejaw! i haven't actually used the racks yet (its not ski season in chicago) but i look forward to getting them ready to go.
Used for Ski Rack on Factory Bars
Fits my factory car rack. Only used to mount ski racks. Carried combination of 4 boards/2 boards and skis for two seasons without any issues. Mounts seem stable.
Great fix for our Pacifica that is hard to fit. Its great to see that a 15 year old basket gets a new life with new hardware.