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Bike Carrier for 2008 Camry

Old 06-19-14, 10:09 AM
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Bike Carrier for 2008 Camry

I am looking for a bike carrier for my Camry that doesn't have a hitch. I have looked around a little and am liking the Saris Bones 2. It looks decent and it doesn't sound like it's very hard to install. The only downside I'm hearing is possible scratching of the paint. I think you could get that from all of the trunk mounted racks but I think I can minimize it too. Any others that are below that $140 price?
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Old 06-19-14, 10:25 AM
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I've been using the Saris Bones 2 for a few years on a Nissan Maxima. It's been used, not just for short local drives, but for several nine hour trips on the interstate while exceeding the recommend max speed (55mph) for the carrier. It has scratched my paint, but that's due to the straps rubbing the spoiler on my car. The rubber stops haven't caused any damage at all and I'm sure I've used mine for many more miles than the average owner.

If cosmetic damage is a concern, spend a little more and have a hitch put on your car. A hidden hitch will cost around $100 and then add to that the cost of a hitch rack.
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Old 06-19-14, 10:27 AM
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Put stick-on plastic film where there pads would contact the paint. Auto stores have it.

Alternatively put a hitch on that Camry. Here are some options: http://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2008_Toyota_Camry.htm
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Old 06-19-14, 11:21 AM
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Old 06-19-14, 08:11 PM
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I have used the Bones 2 on my Camry and bunches of trips to Florida and back. I have not had any scratching or marring of the paint. Kindly-Don
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Old 06-20-14, 07:07 AM
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I think I have decided on the Saris Bones 2 after seeing it in a bike shop. I also found it on craigslist for pretty cheap. Thanks for the reassurance.
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I have a Bones 3 rack on my Honda Accord and haven't had any issues with scratching as long as I keep that area clean. In the winter I place small squares of material under the rubber feet, I cut these out of an old piece of chamois, that seems to work just fine for protecting the paint.
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Old 06-20-14, 08:21 PM
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i use this rack on a mazda 6. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 it uses foam pads instead of rubber feet at the touch down points. to avoid potential chipping at the strap hooks, i lined them with chamois using exterior trim adhesive. it works great.
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Old 06-24-14, 04:01 PM
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Saris Bones 2, I am on my 3rd company car and this rack just moves over with me. I have not noticed any scratching, but I clean the surface carefully where the rack rests.


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