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Old 06-11-12, 07:29 AM   #1
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Any Acura Integra owners here with bike racks?

Looking to get a bike rack for my 1994 Acura Integra GSR 3-door. My wife and I are going on a beach vacation in August and I'm planning to take my bike with me. I'd love to have it on a rack outside the car, but if I can't get one by then I can still throw it in the back of the car with one or both wheels removed. I think we can still fit our luggage in there, I'm planning to pack super light. But it is a 9-hour drive...

I can't really afford to spend $400-$600+ on a Yakima rack at this time, probably not until sometime next year at the earliest. I was thinking a trunk rack might be good as it could be transferred between my Integra hatchback and my wife's Corolla sedan. Are these ones for around $60 on eBay really just terrible?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BLACK-FINISH...c71cf7&vxp=mtr

I saw some old posts on Honda-Tech.com saying the trunk racks can damage the metal fascia piece situated below my car's tail lights, but I was thinking I might be able to brace it in some way, or otherwise spread the load out across the metal.



Suggestions? I may end up just carrying the bike inside the car anyway as I've already spend too much money this year on this bike.

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Old 06-14-12, 10:25 PM   #2
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Carry it inside, if you can fit it. My 64cm Atlantis goes into my Protege with both wheels off and the rear seat folded down. It's out of sight, protected and there's room for luggage.
I also have a Yakima roof rack, which works great if I have to take more than one bike, but you're right--it would be at least $600 now. And we have a Yak trunk-mount rack, I forget the model, that was about $125 at REI. It's carried two bikes easily on both of our Mazdas, a Civic, my son's Corolla and a friend's RAV 4. easy to adjust and secure.
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Have RSX myself and you should be able to put the bikes in. Luggage is different story. Lot of times though, I use Thule Raceway 2 which hasn't marred anything...
http://www.thule.com/en-US/US/Produc...2%84%A2-2-Bike
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Most folks on the Honda forums say the trunk racks can really kill the paint, and the paint on the rear of my car is less than 2 years old. They recommend the hitch bar and hitch rack, which I'll probably go that route eventually, around $200 or so. But yeah for this trip I'll just carry the bike in the back.
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Any strap-on rack can damage the paint due to road grime getting between its pads and the mounting surface and abrading the paint. Applying clear protective plastic film to the areas where the rack rests will prevent that. The same holds true for the finish of the bike where it rests on the rack.

There are many obvious pros and cons between using a strap-on mount, roof rack, hitch rack, etc. My preference is to install a hitch and use hitch mount racks. A hitch costs ~$150 and installation is an easy DIY project. Hitch racks that support the bike by the wheels/tires rather than the frame can be found for around $140 and up.

Check out the Curt hitch website for hitches and also specific installation instructions and videos to get an idea of what's involved. The following site has lots of hitches, accessories, bike racks of all sorts etc. http://www.etrailer.com/dept-pg-Hitc...form_Rack.aspx

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The pads on a rack can dull the paint after a while. Maybe wrapping soft cloth over the pads would help, but I doubt it.

I used to fit my road bike in the (4-door) Integra trunk with the back seat up. I had to remove both wheels and the seatpost. I put a heavy blanket on top of the bike, then the wheels both fit on top of that. I used some chunks of packing foam to keep the wheels from sliding around.

With a trunk or hitch rack, make sure your wheels aren't in front of the exhaust pipe.

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Someone on Honda-Tech recommended this combo:

receiver bar, $105 for Draw-Tite seems like a great deal: http://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitc...hicleid=199513

hitch rack, $89 for Rhode Gear rack: http://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Bike-R...RG8015220.html

$200 for the whole setup sounds like a really good price, but I just can't swing that much right now. Hope that draw-tite bar stays at that $105 price until I can get it.
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$200 for the whole setup sounds like a really good price, but I just can't swing that much right now. Hope that draw-tite bar stays at that $105 price until I can get it.
Can't swing $200? Maybe you should rethink the beach vacation.
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... Maybe wrapping soft cloth over the pads would help, but I doubt it..
No. Soft pads of any sort will only trap road grime and rub it into the finish scuffing it. The only thing that will prevent paint damage is covering it with something that can't move against it... like stick-on plastic film.
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