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Old 07-28-2012, 07:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Bike rack for 7th gen 2005 Impala w/spoiler

After a few searches, I'm surprised I didn't see a thread on this.

Is there a recommended bike rack for a 7th Gen Impala with the factory spoiler shown below?
Looking to hold 3 bikes.

I'm even considering a hitch type setup.

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Old 07-28-2012, 05:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've never seen a bike rack for these cars, I think the hitch is going to be the best, headache free way of doing this.

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I use a hitch mount for all my cars.

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Old 08-02-2012, 05:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I just bought this one, will let you know when it gets here how well it works
Amazon.com: Saris Sentinel 3-Bike Trunk Mount Rack: Sports & Outdoors Amazon.com: Saris Sentinel 3-Bike Trunk Mount Rack: Sports & Outdoors

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I found it. The SeaSucker Mini-Bomber, ordered from ProEdgeBiker.com Friday.

I'll post info up on arrival
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So it's just suction mount? Crazy.

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So it's just suction mount? Crazy.
That doesn't sound or look safe at all

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That doesn't sound or look safe at all
Why not? Each vaccum cup is rated @ 200+ lbs. They've been at this for quite a while. Not one sign of failure online anywhere.

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There are some really nice suction cup bike racks that I've seen when browsing, nissan 350Z guys use expensive suction cup bike racks and swear by them

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There are some really nice suction cup bike racks that I've seen when browsing, nissan 350Z guys use expensive suction cup bike racks and swear by them
While I was looking, once you add the cost of a hitch and a good hitch type bike rack you'll spend as much as this system. It arrived last night, hope to try things out this weekend.

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Finally used the new rack today, very nice! Tried two configurations;

First allowed the sunroof to open open 100% but limited access to the trunk.

Second allowed the sunroof to be 'up' but not slide back.








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The sunroof slides over the roof? Not into it?

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The sunroof slides over the roof? Not into it?
Correct.

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I have had great luck with the Saris 3 bike rack. It clears the rear spoiler with about 8-12mm to spare, but is absolutely rock solid. The legs of the rack rest on the bumper and on the trunk lid, near (but not touching the rear window). You can adjust the bones rack to fit many different cars, and It holds down incredibly tightly. Sometimes I set it up to attach to the bottom of the trunk (so the trunk CAN be opened - requires extra support - don't hit your head). Sometimes I attach the straps under the bumper (a tiny bit more solid - but the trunk cannot be opened). I also sometimes run a cable through the rack and through the bumper - locking the rack to the car.

http://www.saris.com/en/bike-racks/v...es-3-bike.html

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Here's what I ended up doing with mine. I ordered a hidden hitch (Curt) which ran about $120 and was installed by me. Then I got a VERY gently used (likely display model or return) Yakima Highlite 2 hitch rack for $200. I love this set up since it has the locking hitch knob and, albeit it cheesy, cable lock built into the mast of the rack. It's a good setup for the $ I spent on it and the time I spend biking. I've used this setup on average once every week or two this summer.
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