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I've been to the Thule and Yakima websites. However. niether could show me a 2012 Ford Focus wither their rack on.

Has anyone installed a roof rack? Do you have a photo of the instillation?

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I have contacted Yakima about this and they are working on getting their new Whispbar system ready on the 2012 Ford Focus. I am waiting for this. I have their old system (Q-Towers and It is very good and stable but doesn't look right on the Focus. It needs a more refined look, not bulky like the Q-Towers.
 

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For what it's worth I just installed a Thule Raceway3 on my 12 hatch - no issues except Thule Fit guide had no info. Really wasn't hard to figure out anyway.
 

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I bought the one from partscheap.com . It is perfect and made by Thule.
I got 40 mpg (imp) with a huge cargo box and this rack on my 1500 km trip @ 70 mph. Perfect.
 

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So I have a rear mounted bike rack on my hatch. Clips to top and bottom of hatch with rest points on the glass and lower part of the door. Very happy with it except for one thing.

Have to be very careful not to use the wipers when backing up as the rear wiper can't complete a wipe so I'm concerned it will burn out the motor trying to get that one wipe. Forgot Sunday and had to pull over to remove the rack.
 

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So I have a rear mounted bike rack on my hatch. Clips to top and bottom of hatch with rest points on the glass and lower part of the door. Very happy with it except for one thing.

Have to be very careful not to use the wipers when backing up as the rear wiper can't complete a wipe so I'm concerned it will burn out the motor trying to get that one wipe. Forgot Sunday and had to pull over to remove the rack.
would you mind posting a pic of your bike rack??
 

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I have contacted Yakima about this and they are working on getting their new Whispbar system ready on the 2012 Ford Focus. I am waiting for this. I have their old system (Q-Towers and It is very good and stable but doesn't look right on the Focus. It needs a more refined look, not bulky like the Q-Towers.
I got a simple trunk rack from a thrift store for $2 https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/vfzfhn8FY1ONGFDcWNTNiw?feat=directlink

but i hate it! It is so impracticale for a Hatchback and im looking at getting a roof rack. I was wondering if you have used extenders on the Q-towers to extend the rack like a saw on their install video on Yakimas website. See i like the way the Q-towers look over the Whispbar. The wispbar looks too tacky for my taste
 

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here is a better angle of the hatch bike rack
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/9GGpQwGwNZ41kZ3_su9ojA?feat=directlink

and with the hatch up and rack on....plus showing that the hatchback realy does have aloottt of room!
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/HJaw7rKzvK20S_rW05U3yg?feat=directlink

I saw give it a couple of months and with how popular this car is becoming companies will start adding this car to their fit lists and other people will be posting pictures of their racks....hopefuly ; )
 

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Has anyone tried a hitch-mounted bike rack on the hatchback? I have a Thule bike rack I used with my previous car, but I'm wondering if it'd be practical as im afraid it would obstruct use of the hatch door.
 

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Has anyone tried a hitch-mounted bike rack on the hatchback? I have a Thule bike rack I used with my previous car, but I'm wondering if it'd be practical as im afraid it would obstruct use of the hatch door.
Im assuming most hitch racks have this feature. but my dad has a hitch rack for his truck and there is a hing on the rack so you can lower the rack to open his tailgate or say our hatchback.
 

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Has anyone picked up a roof rack lately?

I'm looking at the one from Ford OEM.

http://www.partscheap.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=VCS4Z-7855100-A

It's a thule and it's about $300 from partscheap.com - kinda expensive, IMO but I'll search around to find it cheaper. After that I would get the upright bike carrier that's about $100.

http://www.partscheap.com/2012-Ford-Focus-Bike-Carrier-p/vat4z-7855100-k-f12.htm

hmmm, would love to find some cheaper alternatives for this roof rack + bike carrier combo.
 
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