i went a little overboard in my exuberance for yakima on this thread last year, must have been bored at work -
as stated in that post, i am yakima for life.
Jen, where are you getting the EMT pipe you referenced? can you get it with a black finish, and is it the same pipe wall thickness as the yakima bars? i tried putting 1" threaded plumbing pipe from home depot in my rack a few years ago, and it was just a little too small (only 1/32" or less difference - the thickness of the plastic coating) for the towers and attachments to clamp on to.