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Old 12-26-11, 11:35 AM
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Hatchbacks all have small aero wings on top WT...

Whats up with all the areo wings on hatchback these days, they are in the way of bike racks?
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Old 12-26-11, 12:05 PM
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They create a small high pressure area that helps keep the rear window clean.
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Old 12-26-11, 12:19 PM
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They create a small high pressure area that helps keep the rear window clean.
Also improve aerodynamics - particularly of hatchbacks.
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Old 12-26-11, 12:27 PM
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Hyundai Elantra Touring is more of a wagon than a hatch, but looks like it has no rear spoiler





They kind of look upscale, in a subdued sort of way.



I have an older Elantra hatch (05) and have no complaints.
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Not if the straps are long enough, or you fit a receiver hitch rack.

my 68 Saab 96 had rain gutters , so front rail grabbed onto the rain gutter. back end of the roof,
rear rail grabbed onto the edge of the hatch back , and the bike trays connected them.

Other than the weight, I could still open the hatch back .. roof rack parts from yakima.. circa 1990.
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Old 12-26-11, 06:43 PM
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[QUOTE=Doohickie;13641554]Hyundai Elantra Touring is more of a wagon than a hatch, but looks like it has no rear spoiler


They kind of look upscale, in a subdued sort of way.

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Yeah, but Hyundai has been getting quite a reputation for engineering in the past few years.

And, what happened to Ceiling Cat?
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They are more fashion than function.
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Old 12-27-11, 03:05 AM
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Yeah, sometimes the turtle in the BC comic strip shows up with a spoiler.
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They arose in racing out of function and got adopted by non-racers as fashion. Nowadays, with the focus on reducing drag for improved fuel mileage, the are again functional, and still fashionable.
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Old 12-27-11, 09:00 AM
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I got a wing on my hatchback mainly for fashion (I've never had occasion to find out if it helps at all aerodynamically), and it turns out that it's better for mounting a bike rack than the small OEM spoiler lip. The top straps go through the slot under the wing portion, whereas they would press down pretty hard on the OEM spoiler.

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Yeah, but Hyundai has been getting quite a reputation for engineering in the past few years.

And, what happened to Ceiling Cat?
In the early 2000s, Hyundai took it up a notch. My Elantra has 70k miles and is essentially still a new car.

Ceiling Cat may return. I changed my avatar to my FB picture because jsharr referred to that pic in the Post a Lie about the Member Above thread (post #13820). The Chicken Hat is worn by the member of our pub crawl bike ride who's birthday it might happen to be.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
In the early 2000s, Hyundai took it up a notch. My Elantra has 70k miles and is essentially still a new car.

Ceiling Cat may return. I changed my avatar to my FB picture because jsharr referred to that pic in the Post a Lie about the Member Above thread (post #13820). The Chicken Hat is worn by the member of our pub crawl bike ride who's birthday it might happen to be.
Keep the Chicken Hat, it's more unique (I looked up ceiling cat on Google, it's not unique)

Anyway, I think the OP is referring to what the Air Force calls "Shark Teeth". I have seen the proturberances on late model cars. Sometimes I think they house a GPS antenna .
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Old 12-28-11, 01:57 PM
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I just meant in the way of a rear bike rack, some of these "wings" are not too strong....having to strap over them worries me
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having to strap over them worries me
... run the straps under it then.

or remove them and fill in the holes.

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The manly solution is to put a hitch on it and use a hitch rack. With a hitch, people will assume you use it tow real man toys, like dirtbikes, quads, jet skis, snowmobiles, etc..
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Tow a small trailer and you can lock them inside it.
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Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
The manly solution is to put a hitch on it and use a hitch rack. With a hitch, people will assume you use it tow real man toys, like dirtbikes, quads, jet skis, snowmobiles, etc..
That's really kinda true. There's a 370Z in my neighborhood with aftermarket wheels and a hitch. I like to believe that it's used for a trailer to carry extra wheels with slicks to the track.
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I have a hitch on both my Scion and my Volvo wagon. A rack in it lets the womans style bike to sit too low, and drag the wheel on dips. i ended up getting a trunk mount and it works great! Istill use both cars to pull my bassboat.
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Originally Posted by Pistard View Post
I just meant in the way of a rear bike rack, some of these "wings" are not too strong....having to strap over them worries me
On our Odyssey, I ran the straps under the spoiler - between the spoiler and the hatch - and it worked great. Might be an option on other vehicles as well.
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Originally Posted by VoyagerAl View Post
I have a hitch on both my Scion and my Volvo wagon. A rack in it lets the womans style bike to sit too low, and drag the wheel on dips. i ended up getting a trunk mount and it works great! Istill use both cars to pull my bassboat.
Rather than a rack that holds the bike by the top tubes, perhaps a better solution in one that holds the bikes by the tires/wheels. A Saris Thelma II is one example but there are many others. .
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Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
That's really kinda true. There's a 370Z in my neighborhood with aftermarket wheels and a hitch. I like to believe that it's used for a trailer to carry extra wheels with slicks to the track.
That's the secondary reason a hitch is going under my 5.0L ragtop come Spring (primary reason is 29"ers to the trail )
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