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Old 05-05-2004, 11:08 PM   #31
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Ford (BAT) Rack and Rocky Mounts

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Bat Inc. has a european roof rack that fits like a glove. Very easy to install and remove if necessary. We added two Rocky Mount trays (Pretty blue ones to accent the CD silver). They bolted right up without any adapters etc. The Bat rack is strong and lots cheaper than a Thule or Yakima at 134.50 (trays were extra but Rocky Mounts are cheaper than Thule and Yakima as well)
Geezer:

Your help on the rack was most appreciated. After installing the rack, I managed to get myself turned around and forgot about ordering the Rocky Mounts. I just want to confirm that the basic Rocky Mounts Nomad Long Tray rack fits w/o problems.

http://www.rockymounts.com/longtray....&page=longtray

There is no dealer nearby, so there will be no chance to "try it" and as Rocky Mounts put it, "if it does not fit correctly, the QR does not install and it will be be just an attractive roof adornment."

Thanks.
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Old 05-07-2004, 09:29 AM   #32
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The long tray is what we got. No problems with installation. The hardest part was getting them parallel.... at least for my sometimes brain dead son ....and I've paid for two years of college and he wants two more!!!! He was making it harder than it had to be and was trying to align them visually. Simply establish the center line of the two cross bars and measure from that point. Comes out perfect. I'm sure you'll enjoy the rack and Rocky Mount trays. Make sure to pick a nice accenting color!!!
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Old 05-07-2004, 02:52 PM   #33
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Soooo.
What do you use to cover the holes in the back, when the rack isn't on?
I'd think you'd get some water in the interior if you didn't plug them.
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Old 05-08-2004, 07:33 PM   #34
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Soooo.
What do you use to cover the holes in the back, when the rack isn't on?
I'd think you'd get some water in the interior if you didn't plug them.
i'd pick up a couple of rubber O-rings that fit around the bolts, fit them around the bolts, and put the bolts back in

and an extra bonus -- you know exactly where the bolts are when you want to put the rack back on!
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i'd pick up a couple of rubber O-rings that fit around the bolts, fit them around the bolts, and put the bolts back in
and an extra bonus -- you know exactly where the bolts are when you want to put the rack back on!
Rubber O-rings are a good idea. The rack "kit" from Ford Europe (via BAT Inc.) includes six nylon washers: four (4) for the front and two (2) for the rear. The instructions include graphics about removing the rack. Specifically, plug the holes with the bolts provided, but use the nylon washers when the rack is off the car.
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Old 08-04-2004, 02:06 PM   #36
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I just installed my new Bat Inc roof rack on my ZX3. I want to be able to carry 2 bikes but I donít want to spend a ton of cash to do it. I know what I would need for the Thule setup and thatís going to cost me $150 for the Big Mouth Rack Pack (#899XTR) plus another $90 for the 2nd Big Mouth tray (#599XTR). Can I get something cheaper to carry 2 bikes (upright position, with the wheels on) on my Bat rack?

Does anything mount right up to the (factory type) Bat Rack? Whatís the story with Rocky Mountain Trays like this one?

http://www.rockymounts.com/Lasso.asp?nav=&page=Lasso

That looks like I just need two of those for $90 each.

Someone else was talking about these:

http://www.rockymounts.com/longtray....&page=longtray

That looks like two for $50 each! Is that all I need?

Moving from Detroit to California next week so I need the help! Thanks!


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Old 08-05-2004, 07:31 AM   #37
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Someone else was talking about these http://www.rockymounts.com/longtray...p;page=longtray
That looks like two for $50 each! Is that all I need?
Moving from Detroit to California next week so I need the help! Thanks!
This is a fork mount


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http://www.rockymounts.com/Lasso.as...&page=Lasso

That looks like I just need two of those for $90 each.
Never tried it ...says its not available till fall also...and for 90$ u can get a thule big mouth 599xtr

http://www.carracksdirect.com/item.a...duct_id=599xtr


i havent tried any other products besides thule...i have a velo vise fork mount and as far as having to take the front wheel off it doesnt bother me ...it also gives me a little more piece of mind that my fork it clamped in... it may possibly be a little more stirdy...just my opinion.

note: i'm not fimilar with the BAT system so im not sure why you would need a 899 upright rack system ...unless the standard 599 tray would not fit your BAT cross bars.
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Old 09-10-2004, 12:02 PM   #38
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Hey You all. I got the idea to buy the BAT rack from having seen the posting here, and now that I think of it, I have seen a used Kona Focus for sale with the same rack.

Anyway, It's arrived and I hope to install it soon. Does anyone know whether a thule or yakima bike tray will fit? John, SVT, Alexandria, VA
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my setup

I have the BAT rack and I put two Thule Big Mouth bike racks on it with no problems. Thule sells a "rack pack" version of the Big Mouth that has extra stuff to fit non-thule racks, but you don't need that with the BAT rack - the regular bike rack will work just fine.

I drove with two bikes on my Focus from Detroit to Los Angeles a few weeks ago without any problems.
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Cool. thanks. Jablon. I'm going to install the BAT rack first, then look at bike trays. I'd like to buy a Thule fork mount bike tray. But, I like this RockyMount site that has been referenced on this string. John
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