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Old 01-25-2020, 01:28 AM #31
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Roof bike rack- ugh

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I use a Yakima holdup hitch rack, with the extender so it holds a total of 4 bikes. The whole thing folds up against the car when not in use but probably weighs well over 100lbs and is quite unwieldy to install / remove / manipulate. Plus, it sticks our really, really far. (Gotta be careful not to scrape when backing down things such as . . . I dunno . . . my own driveway, oops . . .)



I attach a flag to it when I have the extender on. It’s also super pricey, but I got a pro deal so it wasn’t as awful.



So there are some cons, but it is super solid, easy to get the bikes on and off of, and holds just about any kind of bike snugly without them banging into each other.



One other thing I added: a gnarly Kryptonite “noose” style chain and “New York” lock. Because I like my bikes.


I have the same rack- 2 bike version. I could buy the extension but just worried about the length/weight when it’s in a 4 bike configuration. How easy is it to take off the 2 bike extension? Cause I wouldn’t need the extra capacity that often. So if it’s easy to take off that could be an option

Thanks


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I have the same rack- 2 bike version. I could buy the extension but just worried about the length/weight when it’s in a 4 bike configuration. How easy is it to take off the 2 bike extension? Cause I wouldn’t need the extra capacity that often. So if it’s easy to take off that could be an option
OK well here's the part where I reveal that dealing with the extension for the first time put me into an absolute RAGE. Everything is better now though.

The issue was that the two parts connect by the center tube of the extender inserting into the center tube of the main part. A threaded hitch pin holds them together. The center tube on the extender was EXTREMELY tight fitting. Like, what is going on here?

I believe there was too much powder coat on it, or the tube was just barely misshapen. Long story short, when I finally got it in, it accidentally slid 1/4" too far (FFFF!!!) and it took literally HOURS to separate them (penetrating oil, rubber mallet, multiple large adults, etc.)

Once we got it off, I used a friend's grinder to shave down the outside of the center tube of the extender a bit and put some oil on it. Now it slides on / off just fine but that was a huge pain. Hopefully it was just a manufacturing fluke.

To attach / detach you screw on a threaded hitch pin and attach a cotter pin. The whole process takes about 2-3 minutes. Easy, but the thing is kind of heavy.

If you do get one, be sure you get the safety flag that screws into it. Mine didn't come with one so I had to get it separately.

Overall I'm pleased once I got over wanting to kill Yakima that day.
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Old 01-26-2020, 01:01 AM #33
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OK well here's the part where I reveal that dealing with the extension for the first time put me into an absolute RAGE. Everything is better now though.



The issue was that the two parts connect by the center tube of the extender inserting into the center tube of the main part. A threaded hitch pin holds them together. The center tube on the extender was EXTREMELY tight fitting. Like, what is going on here?



I believe there was too much powder coat on it, or the tube was just barely misshapen. Long story short, when I finally got it in, it accidentally slid 1/4" too far (FFFF!!!) and it took literally HOURS to separate them (penetrating oil, rubber mallet, multiple large adults, etc.)



Once we got it off, I used a friend's grinder to shave down the outside of the center tube of the extender a bit and put some oil on it. Now it slides on / off just fine but that was a huge pain. Hopefully it was just a manufacturing fluke.



To attach / detach you screw on a threaded hitch pin and attach a cotter pin. The whole process takes about 2-3 minutes. Easy, but the thing is kind of heavy.



If you do get one, be sure you get the safety flag that screws into it. Mine didn't come with one so I had to get it separately.



Overall I'm pleased once I got over wanting to kill Yakima that day.


Good info. Thanks. That does sound like a pain but probably an isolated incident. Hopefully!


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