Our customer service team knows racks. We asked them to share their knowledge. Here are five smart tips to keep your Yakima snowsports mount working right all winter long…
1. LOCK AFTER YOU LOAD
Every time you put your skis or boards back into the rack, make sure you secure it with the SKS lock. It’s a good habit, and helps deters thieves when you have to leave your gear unattended during pit stops.
2. APRES TRAVEL
Road salt, grit and water are hard on equipment, so it’s always good to rinse and dry your mount after a long trip in bad conditions. And pop it off if you’re not using it for a while. It means less exposure to road grime, and remounting is a chance to make sure your hardware’s tight and secure.
3. RAISE THE ROOF RACK
If tall bindings on your board or skis are hitting the roof of your car, be sure to use your SkiLift. It’s a nifty feature found on all our snowsport mounts. Just flip it up for the clearance you need.
4. ICE IS NOT NICE
Freezing temps can ice up your locks. Bring some deicer so you can easily get your SKS key in there, unlock your mount, and access your gear. Don’t force a frozen lock – this goes for your FatCat and front door – or you could bust the key off inside it, and that’s a major pain.
5. POST SEASON
At the end of snow season, it’s easy to leave your mount on your roof. But if you’re not using it during the spring and summer – you know the FatCat is great for fishing rods, right? – then you’ll want to take it off, clean it up, and store it away.
BONUS FATCAT FUN FACT
Worried that your FatCat won’t feel solid on your rack? Relax. The burly mounting band can be tightened so much that it’ll grip something as thin as a ruler, so don’t be afraid to keep turning that wheel until you get a secure fit.