Just got in and actually the longest part this week was getting the overhangs on the crossbars set set right since the distance between gets narrower as they go back. I cut that a bit close, with the weight of a kayak in it the rear one will rest against the car. But I can control that from banging plus add a towel, and every inch further out is another chance to snag the limb of a charming street tree when parking on the charming one way streets in this city. I don’t always want to bother with driving around to the alley to get to the back yard where I park.
Being at a height where I could eyeball the hole made all the difference. I could get it lined up correctly for one side then wiggle things a bit until I saw the tip of the pin on the other side, without having to move off my stool.
Next plan is to fully disassemble and treat the whole thing over the winter, as someone here had advised. Even having stored all of this indoors it was behaving better by adding some lube. But that is for another time.