I've used this rack on my 1994 toyota camry and 2013 honda civic.
If you don't really put anything in your trunk, this is perfect for you.
I want to give you guys as much information as possible before you drop $50 on this bike rack. So here it is...
It's more secure if you can hook the bottom hooks underneath your car and not on your trunk. The only problem is that you can't open your trunk. It's quite difficult to keep the rack on and open your trunk. But it's hard to keep the rack secured to the trunk when it's hooked to the trunk and not underneath the car. (At least, for my 94 camry that is. The bottom of the trunk door was square so it didn't stay on good.)
The hooks can damage your trunk, most people like to put cloth between the car and the hooks so it doesn't get damaged. But it's a bit of a chore to do it every time you use it. So I got old inner tubes, cut them up right and glued them to the hooks. I'm pretty sure I don't have to worry about my trunk getting scratched up now.
The weight of the bikes causes the rack to not be as secure as it is when there are no bikes. The straps can get loose and the hooks can come off which is what nobody wants. So I suggest that after you place the top hooks on the trunk, and as you hook on the the bottom hooks to the bottom of your car... pull on the 15" arms (that hold the bikes) downward with alot of force. Putting your body weight on it (maybe not a lot for stronger people, since I'm 130lbs) and tighten the bottom straps as much as possible so that you can have maximum tension in the system. This assumes the weight of the bikes and so when you put the bikes on, you'll know you have nothing to worry about. I'm just not sure I want to do this with my new car though, cause I think all that force will mess up the body.
If you have drop bars with side pull brake levers, BE CAREFUL! The brake levers will SCRATCH your car. There are ways around this, I turn the front wheel so that it's facing 8 o'clock and the wheel is secured by the carrier itself so it won't move and scratch my car. I have yet to think of a better way.
I don't see a way where you can put 3 bikes on there. The spacing between the bikes need to be longer. I've had difficulty putting 2 road bikes on it, but it's doable within 5-10minutes. Maybe if all the bikes were radically different sizes it'd be easy. But the handle bars and the seats get in the way of each other, as well as the pedals, but the pedals aren't too hard to find a sweet spot.
Also, get a yakima security strap, it'll give you a sense of security regarding thieves trying to steal the rack itself. Since it's really easy to take off a car.
I've put my 54cm steel frame bianchi bike (22lbs) on it and there aren't any problems. You have turn the plastic cups inward so you can get it through them though.
Putting a 20" mountain bike is relatively difficult for me. The frame is small so there isn't alot of space and it's hard to push through, I don't feel like buying a crossbar, so idk how that'll work out.
I've probably used it at least 12 times and the rack and bikes are fine. It works, it's just a hassle. I'm thinking about getting the hitch, but that involves cutting the heat shield and dirt cover at the bottom of my car. I'm not sure if I want to do that.
If you still decide to buy this rack, stop. I suggest you get the other 3-bike carrier with side hooks too. These have 4 hooks, there's another one with 6. I'd get that one so I don't have to worry about lateral play.
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