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Old 02-27-12, 12:49 PM
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Seasucker vaccum mounted Bike rack

https://www.seasucker.tv/

anybody tried them?

I need a bike rack for this:



Porsche's rack for the 911, isn't available for the new (991) car, and I haven't gotten an answer to when it will be.

Also neither Yakima, or Thule have anything available for the 991.

So short of putting a hitch on it, this seems to be the best answer at the moment.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
https://www.seasucker.tv/

anybody tried them?

I need a bike rack for this:



Porsche's rack for the 911, isn't available for the new (991) car, and I haven't gotten an answer to when it will be.

Also neither Yakima, or Thule have anything available for the 991.

So short of putting a hitch on it, this seems to be the best answer at the moment.
Beautiful car!! I can't say I'd trust my finish to that contraption. If you absolutely have to carry your bike on that car, I'd get a bolt-on hitch... That way, you can remove it on track days.
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Better idea, I'll give you my old 1997 Subaru with 4 roof racks already installed. . .We'll call it an even trade for your car, maybe I can be convinced to even throw in a wheelset.
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i'd worry about potential pressure dents (say a stiff with wind causes your bike to move around at high speeds).

Other than that, seems pretty solid.
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That rack makes me nervous. I'm not so sure I'd trust it, especially at highway speeds.
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Originally Posted by antmeeks View Post
Beautiful car!! I can't say I'd trust my finish to that contraption. If you absolutely have to carry your bike on that car, I'd get a bolt-on hitch... That way, you can remove it on track days.
Plus, you can carry your track wheels along on a small trailer.
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id prefer the 97 subaru.
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My LBS has sold a few of those racks. They would put one on the front window and hang a bike off it all day. It never failed.

Of course, my LBS was targeting the Prius market, as roof racks kill the gas mileage on Priuses.

It's probably your best bet with that car, though will the front wheel fit in the back?
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A bike wheel will fit in the front trunk. It will also fit in the back with the rear seats folded down. Not sure if it will fit in the back with the seats up, but no one in their right mind would sit in the back for more than a 10 minute trip.
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I've got two sets and love them. I also know someone that has a set and they haven't had any problems with them either. For your car I'd put the portion that holds the fork on your back window, that way you don't have to worry about it messing up your paint or body. You could have the one that hold the back tire on the top of your car, as it doen't have nearly the pressure on it that the portion holding the fork does.
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I have done a lot of reading about them and watching youtube videos of them in action. They seem to be extremely confident in the racks.

As for wind, i think this is pretty reassuring:

I'm planning to buy one this summer, since my RDX can't fit any other bike rack without a hitch or something
. why don't you just ask the manufacturer about it?
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Originally Posted by ttusomeone View Post
I've got two sets and love them. I also know someone that has a set and they haven't had any problems with them either. For your car I'd put the portion that holds the fork on your back window, that way you don't have to worry about it messing up your paint or body. You could have the one that hold the back tire on the top of your car, as it doen't have nearly the pressure on it that the portion holding the fork does.
do you clean the windows before attaching it? my only reservation with these things is that dirt on my window could screw up the seal.
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I've got two sets and love them. I also know someone that has a set and they haven't had any problems with them either. For your car I'd put the portion that holds the fork on your back window, that way you don't have to worry about it messing up your paint or body. You could have the one that hold the back tire on the top of your car, as it doen't have nearly the pressure on it that the portion holding the fork does.
No issues with it marking the paint?
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Originally Posted by Inertianinja View Post
do you clean the windows before attaching it? my only reservation with these things is that dirt on my window could screw up the seal.
Yes, I make sure the window and the paint is clean before using them. The company actually recommends you clean the surface and wet the cups before installing to make a better seal. The orange painted on the plungers also makes it easy to see if they don't make a good seal (also it makes it easy to visually check them when you stop).
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you do realize the guy from Boyd wheels is offering you free product?
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
I need a bike rack for this:

You so suck! And, PLEASE DO NOT install a hitch on that. Please.
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will a saris bones rs work? That or their bones 2/3 have a pretty broad spectrum of fits
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Looks pretty cool. They've had one of those at my LBS for months with a bike hanging on the office window. I had no idea what it was, but thanks to this thread now I do.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
No issues with it marking the paint?
A friend is using one on a 5 series BMW with no marking og the paint. He put it on aloan car when the BMW was in service and he forgot to wet the rear wheel holder cup and it came off while driving. Nothing happened to the bike but the chainring gouged the paint on the car when the bike swung around.
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That's why I prefer my 1979 SC - I can use Yakima gutter racks...

Actually I do have some advice. I have driven hundreds, maybe thousands of miles with one or two bikes on that car. A couple of weeks ago, coming around a sharp corner, the forks of a friends bike came out of my Yakima rack. By some miracle, the strap held the rear wheel and the bike came to rest dangling to the side of the car with with no damage to car or bike. (I was sure I owed him a wheel truing at least.)

What the heck?

Post event analysis:
1) Older heavy steel frame so lots of momentum coming around the corner.
2) Older forks so no lawyer lips (!)
3) and probably most important, I was driving the car like a 911. I didn't really think I was pulling big Gs, but apparently you get used to driving a little harder than you do your 'civilian' car.

A word to the wise, don't forget to dial it back for the bikes ;-)

(Oh, BTW, love the Carrara S. Forget all that, "Porsche has lost it's soul, longing for mechanical go cart feel," BS. I dig my old car for what it is, but bike rack challenges and all, that's a lovely bit of kit you have there.)

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Oh snap. I want one.
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Originally Posted by JamieElenbaas View Post
That's why I prefer my 1979 SC - I can use Yakima gutter racks...

Actually I do have some advice. I have driven hundreds, maybe thousands of miles with one or two bikes on that car. A couple of weeks ago, coming around a sharp corner, the forks of a friends bike came out of my Yakima rack. By some miracle, the strap held the rear wheel and the bike came to rest dangling to the side of the car with with no damage to car or bike. (I was sure I owed him a wheel truing at least.)

What the heck?

Post event analysis:
1) Older heavy steel frame so lots of momentum coming around the corner.
2) Older forks so no lawyer lips (!)
3) and probably most important, I was driving the car like a 911. I didn't really think I was pulling big Gs, but apparently you get used to driving a little harder than you do your 'civilian' car.

A word to the wise, don't forget to dial it back for the bikes ;-)
subtle "i have a classic porsche" brag post
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Originally Posted by Inertianinja View Post
subtle "i have a classic porsche" brag post
This

Honestly, not a chance in hell I'd mount a rack to that car. I don't care how reputable the rack, the risk to the paint job/finish on a car of that value isn't worth it. Unless you're burning money in the fireplace to keep warm at night (which you very well may be), find a better option to transport your bike.
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Originally Posted by JamieElenbaas View Post
Actually I do have some advice. I have driven hundreds, maybe thousands of miles with one or two bikes on that car. A couple of weeks ago, coming around a sharp corner, the forks of a friends bike came out of my Yakima rack. By some miracle, the strap held the rear wheel and the bike came to rest dangling to the side of the car with with no damage to car or bike. (I was sure I owed him a wheel truing at least.)

What the heck?

Post event analysis:
1) Older heavy steel frame so lots of momentum coming around the corner.
2) Older forks so no lawyer lips (!)
3) and probably most important, I was driving the car like a 911. I didn't really think I was pulling big Gs, but apparently you get used to driving a little harder than you do your 'civilian' car.
This happened to me once as well, and just during a quick trip in town when I was moving bikes from my old place to the new. I thought it through and realized it was one of the very few times that I did not bother locking the release down (with key) after installing the bike on the rack. Never had a problem aside from that once. May be coincidence but, I don't think it could have physically happened if it were locked that one time.
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-Busted

Weaver, it was locked and tight. I'll never really trust that rack with old style smooth forks. That event was a real eye opener.
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