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Roof Rack vs Hitch Rack

April 14, 2014, 1:40 p.m.
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Just because it can doesn't mean it should. Look at your rear suspension. Try going over a speed bump with 4 bikes and 4 people in the car.

there were 3 people in there waiting for me to take the pic…

As for speed bumps, the key is to not slow down too much. and teamwork.

April 14, 2014, 1:51 p.m.
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I agree with the other replies. I find a hitch rack is cleaner an very secure.I have had 3 hitches done by Burnaby Hitch and have been pleased with the service. I bought a Swagman Semi2.0 last year and I am very happy with it. One of the things I like about Swagman racks is that the come with adapter plates to go from 1.25" to 2.00" receiver. I had a 1.25" on my Mazda but have a 2" on my Subie so I just added the adapters.

http://www.swagman.net/#

Quoting this post as it was sitting in the mod queue since yesterday.

April 14, 2014, 1:53 p.m.
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BAH! Mazdas can hack it!

Your car a victim of this?
http://jalopnik.com/230083/watch-your-doors-security-snafu-puts-mazda3-models-at-risk

April 14, 2014, 2:28 p.m.
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As a matter of fact, it was, but that was years ago.

The damage in the pic was the result of some less than skillful reversing by a guy in a panel van.

April 14, 2014, 6:39 p.m.
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After digging around online, it seems that due to the location of the muffler, the hitch ends up sitting really low on this car, so much so that people report scraping it all the time even with nothing attached. With a couple of DH bikes hanging off the back I'm sure it would be even worst.

Looks like I'm going roof rack. I'll have bikes on it all summer and skis in the winter, so investing in the whispbars are probably with the money.

April 15, 2014, 2:02 p.m.
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FYI _ there are no more over height charges on the BC ferries anymore.

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