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    *n00b alert*, do bike racks mess up your paint?

    Sorry if this has been discussed a thousand times before.
    I have a hitch mounted rack for the wife's Mazda, but when I can't take her car, I am looking for a way to get my bike around with my 2008 G35. Do the trunk mounted racks mess up your paint or not???
    Right now I take both wheels off and shove my frame in the back seat, which works, not convenient, and there is no way I could take two bikes (like if my son went with me).

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    Eventually, yes. Especially if you install it wrong or loosely.

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    I use a trunk rack on my 335i and it hasn't done any damage so far. I'm eventually getting a roof rack but I've been using this rack since October and so far, so good. Just be very careful putting it on and taking it off. The metal hooks, even when plastic coated, will scratch the paint of you let them bang around during installation or removal.
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    Thanks for the info guys.
    DJ, I have looked at those hitches for my car before, though I was hoping to find a solution that didn't require me carving up my bumper facia. Ah well, I guess that's the choice I have to make, OR get a different car

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    you have to cut your bumper? wth lol

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    Yes, they do.
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    wow you do, that sucks!

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    Only when installed.

    Well, installed when touching paint.

    Hitch racks are the shiz, my friend, for this exact reason and many others.

    Quote Originally Posted by speedneeder View Post
    Sorry if this has been discussed a thousand times before.
    I have a hitch mounted rack for the wife's Mazda, but when I can't take her car, I am looking for a way to get my bike around with my 2008 G35. Do the trunk mounted racks mess up your paint or not???
    Right now I take both wheels off and shove my frame in the back seat, which works, not convenient, and there is no way I could take two bikes (like if my son went with me).

    Thanks

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    Throwing your bike in the back seat, its only a matter of time before your chainrings rip something, or you scrape a big hole in your headliner.

    I'd prefer some paint off my bike to that.

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    The rhino rack I just bought has nice pads on it, I would imagine that it may eventually get dirt in there or something but I cant imagine that wouldn't be easily fixable with a little buffing. Like ddprocter said, its way cheaper and easier to fix than a ripped seat, or headliner, or worse... a hole in your bumper!

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    Hitch works well on a G37

    I have a G37 and there was no major issue installing a Class I hitch. I don't think you have a solid mounting point for more than a Class I hitch on your G35, but you can check. I have a 1Up and it has been great. I posted some pictures in another thread that you might find useful.

    I would agree that the others that you are asking for trouble relying on your back seat for transport. I think the trunk rack will do in a pinch, but it isn't the way to go for heavy usage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddprocter View Post
    Throwing your bike in the back seat, its only a matter of time before your chainrings rip something, or you scrape a big hole in your headliner.

    I'd prefer some paint off my bike to that.

    ... or get chain grease marks or tire marks on the headliner and seats.

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    G35? Perfect candidate for a Seasucker. No scratched paint. No ripped headliner. Get the two or three bike and take your son or a friend along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot View Post
    ... or get chain grease marks or tire marks on the headliner and seats.
    Wheels go in the trunk!

    what the heck is a sea sucker?????

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    SeaSucker | Vacuum Mounting Systems

    Looks interesting, I love the NASCAR part of the promo video. Not sure I would feel comfortable with it though!

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    I didn't think I would either. Drove an hour and a half to pick up a hardtail 29er from a friend. Loaded it on the Seasucker and drove home, 80-85mph on the highway, in an absolute downpour. I was worried. Got home. Lost absolutely no suction on any of the 4 cups mounted to the car. I was sold after that. I have had no issues with the rack at all.

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    OP - check this thread out. 370Z and G37S owners posted pics on their cars, along with my Mustang, a BMW, Mercedes and others.

    SeaSucker Bike Rack Owners... POST YOUR PICS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    OP - check this thread out. 370Z and G37S owners posted pics on their cars, along with my Mustang, a BMW, Mercedes and others.

    SeaSucker Bike Rack Owners... POST YOUR PICS!
    Cool info, I am tempted. Impressive that I have not read a single uh-oh story about these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedneeder View Post
    Cool info, I am tempted. Impressive that I have not read a single uh-oh story about these.
    Gimme the word when you're ready for a SeaSucker, it's your best option for your type of car. We always take care of out MTBR brothers & sisters of course.

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    I purchased mine from ProEdge. Great communication, fast shipping, great overall experience. Wouldn't hesitate to order from him again.

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