Dilling for Landing Pads
Tightening LP 7's to roof
Plus Nut hardwear install
Yakima Landing pad installation: We get quite a few inquiries about how this process is done. We take the Yakima load bars and loosely install the control towers onto the bar. Then you can attach the Landing pad 6 or 7 base’s depending if it’s a metal or fiberglass roof. With the roof clean we then do a mock up where we would like the rack to sit. At Rack Attack we usually mount the front bar about 5-7” from the edge of the front windshield and the bar spread (distance between bars) anywhere from 24”-36”. Ideally it should be between 30-34” as it will fit the most accessories at this spread. Then ideally you want to mount the towers out wards as much as possible about a 1/8-1/4” in from the two rain gutter strips on the roof. Once the rack is all set up where you would like it to be you can use a punch to mark where it is going to be drilled. Use a pilot bit first about 1/8” is good size then use the bit it recommends in the instructions Landing Pad 6/7. We use a Rota bit, which drills a perfectly round hole, but you can also use a normal drill bit. Blow away any metal shavings then use some touch up paint on the bare metal. Proceed to put the Landing Pad 7 insert into the roof. And put a nice bead of silicon around the fastener and into the mounting hard wear. Last step is just tightening the LP6/LP7 bases to the roof then the control towers to the bases. And if you did purchase the locks just pop the plug out and line up the pin with the hole and turn to lock
Frequently asked Questions!
Q) How do I know what base’s to order?
A) If you are drilling into a metal roof use Landing Pad 7’s.
If it is a canopy or camper top (fiberglass) you will want to use Landing Pad 6’s.
Q) What if I hit another layer of metal or a brace?
A) You will want to drill through that as well. (But not the headliner so use tape or a drill stop) If the second layer obstructs the fastener use a punch to push it out of the way of the fastener
Q) Do I have to remove the headliner to install landing pads?
A) No, that’s one advantage of using the LP7’s they use what is called a blind fastener.
Q) Is there anything else I should know before I start?
A) Make sure you read the instructions fully before starting and give Rack Attack a call if you are uncertain about installation. It’s better to do that then be in over your head half way through and we a closed by then.
Q) Any last minute tips before I start?
A) Always measure 3 times and drill once.