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Old 03-30-2015, 08:52 AM   #1
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Favorite trunk mounted bicycle carrier?

One thing I miss about my previous ride (2010 Suzuki SX4 Crossover) is the roof rack for bikes, boats, plywood, etc. I'm wondering if anyone has a favorite trunk-mounted bike carrier for their E46 vert.

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Old 03-30-2015, 10:35 AM   #2
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Can't say I have a favorite. But a word of caution, don't try to open your trunk with the bike rack attached. It will crack the trim on your convertible lie. Still need to get mine fixed.
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Old 03-30-2015, 01:54 PM   #3
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I tried my trunk mounted rack once and it caused some small scratches at the top edge of the trunk. If you don't care about that it is a thule and is very secure with the straps on top of the trunk lid and two rubber pads resting under the license plate on the bottom of the trunk. It also has a tie down strap that I attached to the rear tow hook. Very secure at speed.
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Old 03-31-2015, 05:31 AM   #4
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:16 AM   #5
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Thanks, everyone. I have heard good things about the Saris models. Also the Yakima. Especially grateful for the "don't open your trunk with this thing mounted" advice. E46fanatics to the rescue!
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Body Color: Titansilber Metallic (354)
Upholstery: Standardleder/hellbeige 2 (arbeitsn (N6HC)
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:11 AM   #6
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Don't use a trunk mount. Bad for your car and bad for your bike. Do it right, install a hitch receiver and get a hitch mount bike rack.

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Old 04-08-2015, 05:39 AM   #7
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Don't use a trunk mount. Bad for your car and bad for your bike. Do it right, install a hitch receiver and get a hitch mount bike rack.
Properly mounted, a trunk rack poses no danger to either your car or your bike.
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Old 04-17-2015, 05:50 PM   #8
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I want the hitch mount too, but hard to justify when still have a truck. Btw, are you sure that bike is safe? I've never seen a stack like that under the stem...
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Old 04-21-2015, 02:51 PM   #9
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I want the hitch mount too, but hard to justify when still have a truck. Btw, are you sure that bike is safe? I've never seen a stack like that under the stem...
Yeah it had a stem extender on it for a little while. That was my setup for an Ironman race, I was having lower back issues at the time so I needed it higher to avoid back spasms. Has since been lowered quite a bit now that I am not on that bike for 112 miles at a time.
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