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Old 04-28-2012, 07:27 PM   #21
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^I love the sleek look of the 48". Ive even had people ask me if they are stock, but they were not car people so its not really saying too much haha
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:48 AM   #22
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Does your 29er fit inside the Focus HB with the front wheel off with the seats down?
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:09 PM   #23
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Does your 29er fit inside the Focus HB with the front wheel off with the seats down?
I can tell you... no. I tried to fit my Raleigh XXIX in mine the day i brought it home. Front wheel had to come off.

I already have a hitch rack from my explorer. I think i might end up getting a hidden hitch to carry mine.
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:06 AM   #24
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Hey, DVolpe, I loved those mud flaps and actually bought a set for myself because they looked so good on your car. I am not worried about installing the front two, those seem pretty straight forward.... Could you possibly post a picture or some details on how you modified the back two mudflaps because there isnt much there to attach them to... Thanks!
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:57 AM   #25
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I got the 48 inch. I wanted the littlest overhang and with the 48 there is pretty much not overhang at all
This is great news. I have the setup with 48" from my '91 Escort GT (Moved to my wife's '95 Countour SE sport to my 2001 Focus wagon.

I'm looking for the clips for my new hatchback, and saw that Yakima was speccing the 52" bars.

Good to know I don't have to buy new bars. I like the minimal overhang, too.
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Am wondering what your experience was like installing the Yakima. I found it to be quite time consuming; I was hoping that it wouldn't be a big deal to remove it and put it back on.
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But it was such a hassle to install it that I will probably leave up until winter returns. I followed Yakima's instructions exactly...therein lies the hassles. A lot of measuring, placing the towers, measuring, moving them again, measuring etc etc etc. Did you find it to be a pita or were you a bit more casual regarding the placement of the towers?



I have used this rack on multiple cars in the past. (Still don't have the clips for my new one)
My experience is that it is time consuming to set it up/install it the *first time*. After that, I have simple left everything in place (that is, the bike attachments connected to the cross bars, and all the feet in the same place on the bars) and have been able to unlock the towers and lift the latch that locks the feet down, and have been able to lift the entire thing off in one piece.

Obviously, this is much easier to to do with two people.

Reinstalling it again is a snap, just set it in place and lock it down. Again, it is much easier to do it with two people to avoid the sliding back and forth that can happen as you lock the feet down. If you both push the latches down slowly at the same time, it will stay centered.

If you need to switch to skis or kayaks, mark the length/distance apart on the bike bar to reinstall it later.

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