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    XPORT Flatbed Pics Folded? Tilted? Etc

    It's on sale for 150+20% off every item. That make its 120 bucks for a brand new swing down two bike carrier.

    So what should I be worried about?

    I just missed out on a deal for Thule T2, but whether I'm driving my Jeep Cherokee or my Escort, I need a rack. Getting real tired of taking bikes apart.
    Last edited by PaintPeelinPbody; 05-12-2008 at 12:38 PM. Reason: XPORT/Performance Flatbed 2-Bike

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    I have one, been using it for over 2 years now.... great rack for the money and I have not expierienced any problems with it thus far.
    Four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul.

    http://www.travbuddy.com/widget_map_...php?id=3291361

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    Just ordered one.

    Reasoning? Would have gone with a cheaper hanging type rack, but was worried that I'd run into problems with different bikes.

    From the way it sounds, the XPORT Flatbed has been modified by different people to suit different needs or fix random problems with it, and I have read no complaints.

    For $120+$20 shipping, its cheaper than even used Thules, without worrying about it not being able to fold up (which I wasn't intending to do anyway).

    We shall see.

    Next up: Hitch!

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    it's a great rack, just a bit heavy. Some have proven wobbly in some hitches when used with adapter for 2", but easily fixed w a shim. Also, take care when you assemble it as it is relatively easy to leave small parts off or put things on backwards, and then you've gotta take it apart and redo it.

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    You can see pics of it folded and tilted here:
    http://www.sportrack.com/a30901

    And there is a video here:
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...38958011169695

    Just so you know, it doesn't tilt down when there are bikes on it, like the T2. That is the one feature I really wish it had.

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    I just got this rack *XPORT Flatbed 2*. I recently owned the Yakima DoubleDown 4, but to find out yesterday my new bike w/ a full sus frame will not work with it. So yea, I got the XPORT Flatbed 2. Sux that I had to pay 150.00 for it, but it seems to have great reviews and money well spent.

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    I just put mine together. The instructions blew, but it was easy to out together. Bikes seem to be very stable. The only thing I do not like is it sticks to far away from the bumper and looks ho-gly w/ the bikes are off. Not sure if I would like to keep it on 24/7










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    Nice!

    When I assembled mine, I used Red Loctite on the main 17mm bolts... just for extra credit security.

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    Been rocking one a few months on my gf's Passat, no issues. It's on there 24-7 and she doesn't mind it. Does stick out a bit far, but it's nice because when I throw it on the Jeep I can JUST squeeze a bike on the inside rack with the spare tire on the tailgate.

    Luckily TC_Shifter already covered pictures, my camera took a crap last week

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    Yea, I can open the trunk w/o any issue even w/ the bikes on back. I really do-not even have to lay the top bar down to put on the bike that is closest to the trunk.

    Two things I really like about it was it is very, very light. Thats a good bouns to have less weight on the rear-end (sag and better gas mileage) and second, I like how it slopes/inclines up higher then the actual hitch. Now I will not have to worry about it scraping going up drive-ways ect, ect. It is lighter then the T2 and even my old Double-Down (4 bike rack).

    Not bad for $150.00. A++

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    When I assembled mine, I used Red Loctite on the main 17mm bolts... just for extra credit security.

    That's a great recommendation! That was one thing as I was saying "HUH" when wrenching on the (2) 17mm bolts. I think I will do the same.

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    Thanks for the pics guys.

    I'm a bit disappointed that I didn't get one of the models that had a ratcheting lockdown system as opposed to the screw-tight knobs. However, I think the ratcheting version are more expensive.

    Buying a rack for me is a lifesaver because my riding buddy just started riding motorcycle, so I doubt I'll be able to get him on the trails much.

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    I see that performance doesn't have the 2-bike Flatbed in anymore. I'm sure they will have it back sometime. But what am I gonna do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GetDirty
    I see that performance doesn't have the 2-bike Flatbed in anymore. I'm sure they will have it back sometime. But what am I gonna do?

    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4411


    Seems to be avaliable to me

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    Well dang, it wasn't available when I posted. Thanks.

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    I have one of those. My only complaint is that the foam J hook must have gotten to dry in the Oklahoma weather and wore a hole into it while a bike was on it. So for part of the ride it had metal to metal contact and rubbed the paint off the bike. So I wrapped the hook with electrical tape (couldn't find the duct tape) and wrap a bandanna around the top tube of the bike to prevent that from happening again.

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    Thats such an easy fix. When or if mine ever has that happen, I can get some pipe foam @ my local lowes for like 2.00

    Example: http://www.pexsupply.com/product_dtl...-Flex&cID=1299

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