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10.07.2015
I would stay away from a trunk rack - it's the least secure way to attach a bike to your vehicle. Put the money into a hitch install, get a locking pin, and get a used rack on your local CL - you'll have a great, secure setup for $350 or less!
I don't agree, it's even more leverage and weight on the trunk, which is bad, plus it isn't exactly cheap either.
You will have better luck having a welding shop do the work as they do custom fab stuff all day long, most car shops (not race shops) don't hardly ever do it and don't have the people that have any experience doing this kind of work.
BUT, I think the damage would have been MUCH worse had I had a foot of hitch rack sticking out of the back of my car and my multi-thousand dollar bike on it. Also, even when you use a Thule or Yak bar set, you can also buy similar budget roof trays as you did for your trunk.
But it's not the same, just like you said, it's like throwing a few dollars out the window each time when you use the roof-rack (or just drive around, but maybe not as much on every drive obviously). It's not the price for a variety of cars including BMW, because that's what I have and the cost is significantly more than that - the last quote I got about 6 weeks ago was $300-350 installed for a butt ugly receiver that requires drilling into the bumper. Either way, the cost of having a rack on the top or as a hitch rack is immaterial and about the same.
I tell you what - you go ahead and spend that extra $200-400 on a hitch receiver installed for an 8 year payback. Just for grins, we once had a problem with a hitch rack on a trip and had to move all 4 bikes to the top of the SUV. If you have a car that already has cross bars or if you keep bars on your car already for other things, then the roof rack comes out way ahead and the incremental gasoline usage is probably not measurable.
If you're buying a rack for either front or back, the aerodynamics are not such a big deal.
I put a hitch receiver on my car for less than 150.00, of course that was installing it myself. So around 330.00 for a quality setup, I doubt you could do a nice roof rack for that and that doesn't even factor in gas.
Using the rack you list there, would not match the roof racks quality that is being discussed here (i.e. This is the price (excluding shipping and handling fees) a seller has provided at which the same item, or one that is nearly identical to it, is being offered for sale or has been offered for sale in the recent past.
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You coul buy the hitch online between 140 and 160 and install it yourself - most bolt right on. I could have gone with a roof rack for less money, but after putting on a hitch, I haven't regretted it once. Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your 4Runner, and have a great time with other 4Runner fans. He said that he was always worried when he had an after market rack, and would always be paranoid that someone might steal something from the rack since it's mostly roped in.


He suggest to go with a "cargo box" like Thule, this way you can lock it and don't have to worry about it. I have been thinking about getting that thing (don't know what it's called) in the second picture. The roof load carring capicity is determined by the roof supports, not the rack, so no matter which you choose, you're still limited to 300#. The volume of gear I can stack on the Gobi is much greater than you'd be able to get in a roof box. Toyslug: I've thought about the hitch box too, but think we'll be using the hitch for the bike carrier.
Gotta take it one further here, since I upgraded my crossbars after researching some of this. I also have a hitch basket, but I use it mainly for holding a cooler when we go to the lake or the beach so the food and drinks are easy access but if it leaks it's outside the vehicle.
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You only hear about random roof rack incidents because they are rather dramatic and people feel stupid and angry with themselves, so they talk about it more. On the other hand, rear end accidents are the most common kind of accident, the odds are not good and it's out of your control (not to mention blocking your brake lights with bikes doesn't help), even a light tap could destroy your bike. I've used a roof rack for nearly 20 years and never crashed into anything, but I have been rear ended 3 times. I don't think anyone "officially" makes a Miata rack but there's a tone of solutions for that problem.
When I have just the Scott Addict on my 20 year old Del Sol it dwarfs the car in value pretty much. I've been rear ended more often than I have driven my bikes into a low overhang - and I have been using roof racks for over 30 years.
Bought the hannibal at p'borugh last year, only thing I've done since is remove the side rails as this allows an 8 be 4 to fit on better as for noise i can't hear anything from it at all. I started with roof bars the 1.4 tent and extension kit, I recently swapped the roof bars for the full roof rack - the awning will be added later this year. You cant compare brownchurch to the frontrunner less wind noise etc ,but the my only gripe is the you can see the brownchurch =s the price eg you can see it cost that to make and make profit for the company. I have to say that the cost is the only point that I have against the Hannibal - It is somewhat over the top. Fair comparisions between products based on value quality and price like in the ride motorcyle mag.
Instead in lro s mag it seems to be based on what supplier has given to the mag and employees.
I must admit I still haven't bought the rack, because I ended up getting a small trailer, which is great for camping. Contact the seller- opens in a new window or tab and request a shipping method to your location.


I tried a Thule trunk rack and had to use one of the frame bars cuz my bike is full suspension..
If the vehicle didn't come with a roof rack installed by the manufacturer - there is little to nothing to properly support the weight or keep it from ripping giant holes out of the top of your car when it blows away on the highway or gets ripped off by a local thief. That first one is making me think you could fit two side-by-side, as long as there's only light stuff up there. You have read and agree to the Global Shipping Program terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab. Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount.
Normally I would not pay attention to such a thing but it struck me as odd because the bikes dwarfed the car. I have never driven into a garage, drive through, tree branch, etc with bikes on the roof in those 30 years. Unfortunately, with there being no 2" hitches for my 07 Fit, I can't use it on my car.
You do realize you lose a few mpg with a roof rack in the first place?, then a bike makes it go down a few more. I put the canoe, quad, bikes and all the camping gear on the trailer, so i guess what I'm saying is forget the racks altogether and get a trailer. The "off" amount and percentage simply signifies the calculated difference between the seller-provided price for the item elsewhere and the seller's price on eBay.
If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable. Also with some cars, you'll have to hope to god that the installer doesn't accidentally drill into electrical wires, airbags, etc while installing. The only reason not to go with the platform style rack is if you have a driveway or some other road transition that's steep enough that a platform rack would drag on the ground when you go over it. Roof racks have been used for decades and there are perhaps millions of them out there, if people were crashing into low hanging structures in droves they never would have become so popular. I even tried to rationalize that we could put the Xmass Tree and tow the golf card around on it. There really is no option that is ideal but thankfully there are many options that get the job done.
I can carry 2 bikes in there, though depending on what those two bikes are, placement might need to be a little creative. A number of enthusiasts use the hitch to pull a small trailer of 4 race tires to the track. But you'll have the same problem with that you did with with the trunk rack in terms of fitting a bike on it.
Also, if I were to get an upgraded roof rack, would I not need to get some sort of a cargo box anyway? I am 6'2" so I am not vertically challenged but taking off my 30lb 29er would be a chore especially as I get older.
Any one had luck with a different brand of trunk rack or recommend a good rack system for my Mitsubishi Lancer?



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