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Yakima Megawarrior Users.... Inspire Me!

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by daleclough, Oct 14, 2020 at 4:35 PM.

  1. Oct 14, 2020 at 4:35 PM
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    daleclough

    daleclough [OP] New Member

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    so my 2021 Venture delivered with the Yakima Megawarrior basket installed on OEM crossbars and I want to love it. I'm coming from the Tacoma "overlanding/off-roading" crowd and hoping some of you are too, and can show me/inspire me with your effective use of the Yakima basket.

    Images, build links, tip & tricks all appreciated! Thank you!
     
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  2. Oct 14, 2020 at 5:28 PM
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    MeefZah

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    Assholes call travel "overlanding"
    I mean, it's a Loadwarrior with extension, but it's essentially the same thing - a little more narrow and a little longer.

    I put it on as needed for trips. Otherwise it lives in my garage rafters.

    Mods are two Thule fork mount bicycle carriers on the front bar, and a second loadbar in the middle to help separate contents a bit better. The 2 loadbars (you get one with the extension kit, same for the Megawarrior extension kit) compartmentalize stuff and keep it from sliding around; I have it set up for the loads I normally carry on trips, which include 2 camp chairs and a table; 1 6 gallon water can; 2 2.5 gallon gas cans; a waterproof duffel with tools, air compressor, and battery jumper; folding recovery tracks; winch bag. I generally leave some empty space up there for things like firewood and / or other shit that gets acquired on trips. I also have a ditty bag that I tie up there with wet clothes in it so they dry while I'm driving and you don't have stinky wet dirty clothes on the inside of the truck. I also use the topmost round bar as a place to clip a awning to. I also just added a pair of Quickfists to the side to hold a shovel, although realistically I think I'm going to carry a gravel rake instead (stupid as that will look) because I usually end up wanting to rake out the campsite and the shovel doesn't work really well for that task. No pics of the Quickfists as I just got them set up a few months ago and haven't used them yet.

    Basically, with the exception of the chairs and table, and the water, all this stuff is stuff I don't generally use so I don't need it to be in the truck. It's easier to haul it on the roof, thus freeing up space inside. I have it organized so stuff I use a lot (chairs and table) are in the very front and I can access them super easily by just standing on the driver's door sill. Gas cans are at the back so if there is a leak the other stuff in the basket doesn't get coated with gas. The bikes are easy to get down and put up if you have a second person to grab them as you are handing them down.

    For tie downs I use 1" wide "Rok Straps", which are the bomb. For the bikes, I lash down the rear wheels to the basket in two places using ski board elastic straps (the pic shows cam buckle straps but they didn't work out real great).

    For security, if we are away for a while, I have a cable lock that is long enough to run through both bike frames, the Yakima rack, the factory rails, and the handles of the gas cans. You can see it in the pic below on the old pier.

    The last two pics are the current setup. I am using Inno crossbars and I mounted them inside the basket (above the bottom rails of the basket, instead of under the rails with the basket sitting on top of them). This drops the whole basket really low to the roof and still just clears the sharkfin.

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    After MeefZah’s post mine is not that exciting, but here was my set up camping last weekend. The fire wood went in the back of the rack once I got closer to the destination.
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  4. Oct 14, 2020 at 6:52 PM
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    Both a most appreciated! My idea to leave it off unless needing the space is becoming justified! I have a couple essentials inside the rear-most cubbies.

    This is very good stuff!
     
  5. Oct 15, 2020 at 10:16 AM
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    those ikea bags are worth every penny
     
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  6. Oct 15, 2020 at 10:56 AM
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    Agreed. Best $4.99. I keep tarps, spikes, spare poles, other odds and ends plus anything that may have dirt in them when we pick up. I had some spare wood in that trip and I put it in there as well for the return drive. No chance of it falling of the rack in a bump. Many uses. They have gone through light rain without an issue as well.
     
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  7. Oct 15, 2020 at 11:09 AM
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    I don't have a lot of pics but it's def useful. Pics show with and w/o extension. I used it few times before deciding to go with Prinsu.

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