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    New bike hauler

    Just some pics of my new bike hauler, or maybe it is an AWD bike rack, the wife and I actually don't know what to call it (well she calls it "stumpy").

    And before you ask how much it hauls (excluding bikes), we did not buy it for hauling, we have a stake bed truck and a Suburban for that. Just another way of toting bikes.

    And before you tell me to "ride to the trailhead", well that would be suicide where I live and there are still too many mountains to climb for this old boy.

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    oh yeah...

    ...and don't forget!!!
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    Very nice. I have a soft spot for those; we had a Brat a long time ago. I know, it's not the same, but similar enough to conjure up some old memories from the climbing days.

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    Nice!

    Quote Originally Posted by screampint
    we had a Brat a long time ago. I know, it's not the same, but similar enough to conjure up some old memories from the climbing days.
    Yeah, I have heard these called "OutBrats", sorta fitting. Better than "Stumpy".

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    The Baja sure looks better all one color.
    I had a BRAT, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    The Baja sure looks better all one color.
    I had a BRAT, too.
    Great PIC! Yeah HAD to go one color, and the baby blue was OUT :-)

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    Aw, c'mon, the two toned plastic look is sooo... well, ugly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnpat
    Just some pics of my new bike hauler, or maybe it is an AWD bike rack, the wife and I actually don't know what to call it (well she calls it "stumpy").

    And before you ask how much it hauls (excluding bikes), we did not buy it for hauling, we have a stake bed truck and a Suburban for that. Just another way of toting bikes.

    And before you tell me to "ride to the trailhead", well that would be suicide where I live and there are still too many mountains to climb for this old boy.

    Enjoy
    Nice, I am looking at getting one as well, but in black, in the next few months. What do you think of the bed mounts for the bikes? Did you look at the turbo as well. Still have lots of decisions to make.
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    Answers

    Quote Originally Posted by gpsser
    What do you think of the bed mounts for the bikes?
    Bike mounting system is a nice unit, comes with a Yakima brand strap for tieing down the rears of the bikes if you like. Note: the popular bed extender cage thingie doesn't fit with a full-sized bike. Mine came with the extender, but I will probably never use it. Oh yeah, skewers could be a tad longer, things are safe and secure, but still seems like they should be a 1/4" longer....they could be replaced too.

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    Did you look at the turbo as well. Still have lots of decisions to make.
    Drove a WRX turbo once...but not a Baja turbo...you have to run premium gas in those, and you lose ~5mpg depending on how heavy your foot is, I could expect it to be more. I am shooting for 30mpg highway with this.

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    Subarus are great. Unstoppable in the snow. Great bike supporters too.

    '02 Forester

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    Tires?

    Quote Originally Posted by endure26
    Subarus are great. Unstoppable in the snow.
    Do you have snow tires on yours, or all-season radials? So far I haven't gotten stuck with the all-seasons, but I can see their limitations and want to by snow/mud tires such as the Winterforce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnpat
    Do you have snow tires on yours, or all-season radials? So far I haven't gotten stuck with the all-seasons, but I can see their limitations and want to by snow/mud tires such as the Winterforce.
    I have not used snow tires on any car in many years. The all seasons have worked fine.
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    mtnpat--

    I've got Michelin all seasons on the Forester. Does very well in ice, snow, and rain. Thinking about one of the new Outbacks though. Turbo!

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