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    Light hitch rack?

    I bought a 1-1/4" receiver hitch so I could carry two fat-tired 29ers (or road bikes) with a Mazda Miata (yes, I know it's a girl's car). I'm looking for a light rack, will probably need to be a wheel tray type, due to sloping top tubes. Any recommendations?
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    I have a 1.25 receiver on the back of my honda civic pull 29ers and road bikes both. I just got rid of my hang style rack and ordered a tray style with the over the tire attachment. I of course looked at the thule t2 and the yakima hold up and stick up both made of steel and come with the backing of great companies that have been around a while. Both about $400 and weighing in at about 50 lbs. However with the Thule you have to spend an extra 50 to get the lock for the rack/receiver and another 20 for lock cores. The yakima has a cable lock included, but is a few dollars more expensive to start with. Then I looked at the Kuat racks that have similar features but are made of aluminum. The Kuat Sherpa is a 1.25 receiver friendly tray style (over the tire mount) rack with a rack/receiver lock and bike security cable included. Also they have a tensioning system that prevents the rack from rattling. And it comes in at $399 and only weighs 22 lbs. I went with the Kuat but it has not come in yet so I can not speak to the overall quality or fit and finish compared to my old Thule rack. Hope this helps.

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    check out the saris racks. They have a rear rack that is super light weight. Think it is called the Thelma.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fallzboater
    I bought a 1-1/4" receiver hitch so I could carry two fat-tired 29ers (or road bikes) with a Mazda Miata (yes, I know it's a girl's car). I'm looking for a light rack, will probably need to be a wheel tray type, due to sloping top tubes. Any recommendations?
    I'm happy with it. Performance Bike backs their stuff up. I exchanged mine once with no receipt when the hold down hooks started creeping up. Turns out there was some wear of the plastic grips under the hooks, and the plastic dust was keeping the hooks from gripping well. It's easy to fix, but Performance just wanted to swap me out.

    Anyway, I got mine for $120 out the door when on sale and with a 20% off coupon. I think the price has gone up since then, but every now and again it goes on sale for $150.

    Also, keep in mind that the 29er bike is longer than your car is wide by a bit. The wheels are going to stick out past your car. You'll see them in your mirrors... especially if you drive a Miata.

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    On my old car....

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    I got my 1upusa rack last summer. It's all aluminum also, and I've been happy with it:

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    I'm happy with it. Performance Bike backs their stuff up. I exchanged mine once with no receipt when the hold down hooks started creeping up. Turns out there was some wear of the plastic grips under the hooks, and the plastic dust was keeping the hooks from gripping well. It's easy to fix, but Performance just wanted to swap me out.

    Anyway, I got mine for $120 out the door when on sale and with a 20% off coupon. I think the price has gone up since then, but every now and again it goes on sale for $150.

    Also, keep in mind that the 29er bike is longer than your car is wide by a bit. The wheels are going to stick out past your car. You'll see them in your mirrors... especially if you drive a Miata.

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    On my old car....

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    2ND this rack by Xsport. It's cheap and sturdy. I can also get my tandem bike on it as well.
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    ... anyway....

    this is the item:

    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._400007_400170

    Not on sale ATM, but it usually is...
    Check your local store. Sometimes items are on sale in the store but not on the site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-Live
    check out the saris racks. They have a rear rack that is super light weight. Think it is called the Thelma.
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    I read one review that said it didn't fit 29er tires well. Have you tried it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drevil
    I got my 1upusa rack last summer. It's all aluminum also, and I've been happy with it:
    Nice and light, but $300 for one bike, and $200 for each additional bike tray! I normally would just carry one, so that might work, though.
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    2nd vote for Kuat, and I have mine

    Fit and finish are great, being aluminum, it's easily 20 lbs lighter than my T2, and not only does it fit any 29er tire in existence, it'll fit a Pugsley to boot!

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=589744

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    Quote Originally Posted by fallzboater
    Nice and light, but $300 for one bike, and $200 for each additional bike tray! I normally would just carry one, so that might work, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    this is the item:

    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._400007_400170

    Not on sale ATM, but it usually is...
    Check your local store. Sometimes items are on sale in the store but not on the site.
    this place has the Xport for $160

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-Live
    check out the saris racks. They have a rear rack that is super light weight. Think it is called the Thelma.G
    I won a Thelma last year at a festival. Two bike version. Not overly light and troublesome to get 29ers to fit consistently without jerry-rigging the set-up.

    For the weight differential I'd go with something more robust when hanging $X,XXX off the back of my car. With a light, RWD Miata expect to have really funky handling effects regardless of the weight of the rack.

    I'm a fan of the Thule T2 - not light - but secure as [email protected]
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    I was in the same boat and need something light (Scion Xb) that could carry three bikes so I ended up with the Saris Thelma. The biggest hassle is tire width. For my 9er with 2.4 tires someone has to push the wheel while I crank the strap down. The main problem is the straps are not long enough so when I riding solo I connect two together and it's all good. Because of the light weight and all the plastic I was worried about durability in the winter but so far no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soupboy
    With a light, RWD Miata expect to have really funky handling effects regardless of the weight of the rack.
    That will just make it easier to slide the rear end around in corners, which will please the OP immensely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kosmo
    That will just make it easier to slide the rear end around in corners, which will please the OP immensely.
    Actually, I'd expect it to induce understeer/plow and maybe funnycar wheelies!
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    I use a Yakima Holdup 2 myself, but if I was still in the market for a rack, I'd check this one out: http://www.northshoreracks.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by grnamin
    I use a Yakima Holdup 2 myself, but if I was still in the market for a rack, I'd check this one out: http://www.northshoreracks.com/
    Sweet rack, but note that it is not for road bikes. The OP swings both ways.
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    +3 for Kuat

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    raxter rack.

    seriously. my 1 bike rack must only weigh about 25 or 30 pounds and each bike attachment is less than that. heck, my wife (who doesn't ride and only weighs 105 pounds) never complains if she has to remove it. it is that light.

    they are also cheap and flat out work great. and, they have excellent reviews.

    oh....and dicky uses one!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kam
    raxter rack.

    seriously. my 1 bike rack must only weigh about 25 or 30 pounds and each bike attachment is less than that. heck, my wife (who doesn't ride and only weighs 105 pounds) never complains if she has to remove it. it is that light.

    they are also cheap and flat out work great. and, they have excellent reviews.

    oh....and dicky uses one!!!
    Those look nice. Similar to the 1upusa racks except a little cheaper and not all-aluminum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soupboy
    Actually, I'd expect it to induce understeer/plow and maybe funnycar wheelies!
    I'm not an automotive journalist or anything, but I thought it is FWD cars that have a tendency towards understeer, and RWD a tendency towards oversteer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evasive
    I'm not an automotive journalist or anything, but I thought it is FWD cars that have a tendency towards understeer, and RWD a tendency towards oversteer.
    Until you overload the back to cartoonish/humorous effect and start to reduce the weight on the front tires. Think the intro to "The Flintsones" with a bike rack instead of a rib rack.

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    Saris Thelma or Thule Helium.

    Also the Miata isn't a girls car, it's a drivers car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drevil
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    Little spendy, but looking at their website, it looks pretty slick. As easy to install and secure as they claim?

    I have a Trooper, with 3/4 - 1/4 side-opening doors, and I load my dog in it every day. That's kept me from looking too hard at most hitch racks. But if it's either that easy to mount, or folds up that tightly, the dog's access becomes a non-issue. Interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kam
    raxter rack.

    seriously. my 1 bike rack must only weigh about 25 or 30 pounds and each bike attachment is less than that. heck, my wife (who doesn't ride and only weighs 105 pounds) never complains if she has to remove it. it is that light.

    they are also cheap and flat out work great. and, they have excellent reviews.

    oh....and dicky uses one!!!
    I've got the Performass Xport - it's light and has held up well (specially for the price) but I would get a Raxter if I replaced it today..same ~ weight and MUCH better design. Don't know what the 2-bike Raxter goes for but it's prolly twice the price of the Xport.

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    I like the way these fold up, also clear the hatch back when folded up. Very durable construction, and we rarely take it off. It's very secure to the hitch receiver and locking the bike in, although I would cable too if left unattended. Heavy is in the eye of the beholder, but this thing will last for a long time, prolly longer than the car.
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    xport here and it's perfect for me. holds 29ers just as well as 26ers, sturdy, easy to use, cheap, and performance has great service if there are issues (haven't had any on my end with it). you can buy 3 of these for one of those other racks. i hope they go on sale soon because i was able to get mine for $125 or $130 i think.
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    I've picked up a 1upusa rack as well and am very pleased with it. All aluminum and stainless construction, easy to mount/dismount and very stable with no wobbly bikes.

    Here is a very thorough review which sold me... http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...ghlight=1upusa

    Oh yea, the newer versions do drop down so you can open your hatch/trunk unlike the one in the review.

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    I haven't installed mine yet but these really impress me with their size, simplicity, and options for mounting.






    Not cheap, but they're made in Canada (eh?) by a husband/wife team. Gave me the warm fuzzies to send my $$$ their way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKullman
    Hey, I like that one. I was just about sold on the 1usa or raxtor. This one requires removal of the front tire, but that also means the wheels are not sticking out the sides on a smaller car (MINI cooper). Most of the time I use a rack its for longer distances, so I am concerned about fuel efficiency. Hmmm, now I have to reevaluate.

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    The Saris Thelma works fine for 29ers, but you need to have an extra strap, I borrowed mine from a bones rack I'm not using. You just run the strap through the bottom of the front wheel holder and release the back of the front tire tray. I use 2.55 Weirwolf LTs on my 29er without a problem. It holds road bikes pretty well too. The bad part is that it hasn't held up real well. I've had it for about a year now and there are two cracks in the trays and the one set of stops broke off so I have to use the extra strap for any bike. Just keep in mind though my rack never leaves my car and it gets used at least 4 times a week and many times with multiple bikes. Next week I plan to use it to go south (8 hour drive) and I used it to take bikes to Florida last year (20+ hour drive) to ride. It still holds up fine just its seen better days. If you plan on removing it from the car when not in use it will probably be your best bet if you don't mind using an extra strap. If its going to live on your car I'd get an aluminum model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    I haven't installed mine yet but these really impress me with their size, simplicity, and options for mounting.
    Ha. Just ordered my six bike rack from them before seeing this thread.

    Pretty sure the rack I ordered will put the front wheels in the air on a Miata.

    They were super nice to deal with in every way.




    Yeah, something like that mounted on something like this ought to do it.

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    Second the Raxter

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    raxter rack.

    seriously. my 1 bike rack must only weigh about 25 or 30 pounds and each bike attachment is less than that. heck, my wife (who doesn't ride and only weighs 105 pounds) never complains if she has to remove it. it is that light.

    they are also cheap and flat out work great. and, they have excellent reviews.

    oh....and dicky uses one!!!
    They're the lightest ones I found for my small car. They look very minimalist but I've been totally happy with mine in over 2 years of use. They fit 29 inchers great too.

    http://raxterracks.com/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by evasive
    I'm not an automotive journalist or anything, but I thought it is FWD cars that have a tendency towards understeer, and RWD a tendency towards oversteer.
    I'm already running sport springs, adjustable shocks and sway bars with Heim joint end-links, and Spec Miata wheels, so I can pretty well make it handle however I like. Adjustable coil-over perches, a selection of springs, and poly bushings would be the next steps, but not really needed. It's currently extremely neutral in steady-state cornering, but will push a bit on the gas, or rotate on lift-throttle. It's all about weight transfer. The car doesn't have enough torque to powerslide past 2nd gear, but I try. At 6'-3", I had to do several interior modifications to even get in the car, but it's cheap and riotously fun.

    Here's a kind of crappy shot with my daughter driving at her first AutoX event. For some reason she's not highly motivated to get her license, so I've been driving the piss out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by evasive
    I'm not an automotive journalist or anything, but I thought it is FWD cars that have a tendency towards understeer, and RWD a tendency towards oversteer.
    Under power that is a fair generalization. I was merely referring to the extra weight out back redistributing weight off the front of the car and thereby reducing the adhesion - this would be exacerbated by the Miata's already low curb weight.

    Back OT - lots of new/different hitch mounted options post up what you go with and what you think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fallzboater
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    Super cool. I (regrettably) sold my WRX that was destined for Auto/RallyX and have been searching for something cheaper/light/fun to get back into it. The Miata is a great driver's car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTR-33
    Saris Thelma or Thule Helium.

    Also the Miata isn't a girls car, it's a drivers car.
    Yeah, but people that haven't driven one don't know that. I'd love to build another one for track use: gutted, caged, Spec Miata suspension, and boosted.

    I'm a little worried about the Helium or other top-tube racks tending to drag the front wheel on the ground, with the severly sloping top tube of my Sultan. I've read a few comments that the Thelma doesn't work well with 29ers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soupboy
    Super cool. I (regrettably) sold my WRX that was destined for Auto/RallyX and have been searching for something cheaper/light/fun to get back into it. The Miata is a great driver's car.
    There's no other car that hits the cheap, light, fun, easy to wrench on, reliable and economical combo quite like the Miata (let me know if there is, and I'll buy two). The '94 model is the sweet spot, IMO.

    I think I'd like the Saabaru 9-2X as a winter car, but it's a little small for family duties, so I'm probably going to try to keep my tuned but somewhat tired '95.5 S6 Avant going for a while longer (currently 223k miles).
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith
    2nd vote for Kuat, and I have mine
    I met one of the owners at my local trailhead a couple of weeks ago, and the product looks very good. Maybe if I get lucky he'll hook me up with the bro-deal.
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    That is a good idea, but I wouldn't need it to tilt, so it seems like I could have something similar fabbed up for a whole lot less that $425. I'd prefer to not have to remove the front wheel, since it's a PITA with my Manitou 20mm TA, and I gots nowhere to put the front wheel (strap it to the frame, I guess).
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    I've got the T2 on my 4Runner and couldn't be happier. One of the slidders stopped working a couple years ago, and all I gotta say is...Thules customer service rocks.
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    Thule t2

    Or an older model sportsworks, heavy is better for holding my precious.
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    I have had a 1UpUSA rack on my Subaru Outback for 6 months and I simply love it. Much lighter than the Thule T2, beautifully crafted and so quick to load and unload bikes. Fits 29er bikes without any problem. Super easy to mount and unmount, and self locking. Just a bit pricey but it is worth the investment.

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    Yeah, he and my wife were both a bit disappointed with the news. You can only live a lie for so long, though.
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    We have an older version of the Performance Xport 2-bike rig. It's both light and secure, holding my 29'er and my son's 24" together with ease. It's so easy to use and move around that I bought one for Grandma and Grandpa, who use theirs regularly.

    The one criticism I have is that with 60lb on it (squishys), it will rock/bob a little over road undulations. My solution has been to run a strap from the top up to my roof rack and to tension that. Then it's still.

    Great rack for the money. Check to see whether you're gonna cook tires with your exhaust, though!

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    Another plus to the Kuat is that they make their 1.25" racks with a rise in them as they anticipate them going on lower cars. It is a pretty nice feature.

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    It could be the same company

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    Those look nice. Similar to the 1upusa racks except a little cheaper and not all-aluminum.
    1upusa has the Raxters for sale on their website at: http://www.1upusa.com/

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    T2

    yes the Thule T2 is awesome, as others have said. bikes are quick on and off. folds up nicely, and lockable. i did have to trim one of the wheel trays on my bike to make it fit but still works fine. pretty much stays on all summer and even when it's time to remove it only takes about 30 seconds to come off.
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    $188 USD for a 2-man rack and $269 USD for the 4-man.

    I've used a 2-man for a couple of years now and it's been great.
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    I just got the Yakima Holdup2. Not light, but not the heaviest. The fold up feature is easy to work. Holds the bike really well, and doesn't rub the fork tube as much as the T2. Rocks a little more due to poor tolerance on the hinge bolt. It also slants upwards in the back to help with steep driveways.

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    One more vote for the Xport flatbed, and I use it on a Miata with a 29er.

    I really have no major complaints. Probably the biggest issue for some folks is that it does hook over the top tube, so you can get some paint rub over time. The weight doesn't noticeably affect the handling in any way in normal driving (normal including plenty of twisty roads, but at a reasonable pace).

    In addition to the price, one of the best features of the rack is that the tube exiting the receiver has several inches of rise, which is crucial on a Miata, with its low ground clearance. I've managed to touch the Xport down exiting one particular friend's driveway, but it's generally not an issue. Without the rise, that would definitely not be the case.

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    This thread is a little old, but it led me to the purchase of my setup, so I figured I might as well post it up.

    My criteria were:

    -no contact with body of car
    -no contact with the frame of the bike
    -access to trunk
    -lightweight
    -preferably single bike only (if there are two of us I'll take the bimmer)

    Solution:

    Hard dog vertical hitch + 1up USA single bike carrier. I just mounted the hitch the other day, and I've had the rack and bike on the car, but haven't driven it anywhere yet. It has a very one-off engineered sort of look too it, and collapses down nicely for storage. So far I am impressed with the construction and operation of it, but like I say I haven't actually put it through its paces. I had to sacrifice 3/4" of engagement on the vertical receiver to clear the R-pkg lip (by drilling a new hole in the removable receiver). I'm not super happy with that arrangement so I'm going to modify it to get more engagement.





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    Quote Originally Posted by fallzboater
    I'm already running sport springs, adjustable shocks and sway bars with Heim joint end-links, and Spec Miata wheels, so I can pretty well make it handle however I like. Adjustable coil-over perches, a selection of springs, and poly bushings would be the next steps, but not really needed. It's currently extremely neutral in steady-state cornering, but will push a bit on the gas, or rotate on lift-throttle. It's all about weight transfer. The car doesn't have enough torque to powerslide past 2nd gear, but I try. At 6'-3", I had to do several interior modifications to even get in the car, but it's cheap and riotously fun.

    Here's a kind of crappy shot with my daughter driving at her first AutoX event. For some reason she's not highly motivated to get her license, so I've been driving the piss out of it.
    I have built up turbo kits for these & they take to it like a duck to water.

    On a given distance from 3000 rpm in 3rd gear it would get to 6000 rpm in 3rd gear STD when turboed fron that same point from 3000 rpm in 3rd it would get to 7200 rpm in 4th over the same distance.
    I have a 6 Berth & 2 Berth Motorhomes that I rent out . They are based in Tauranga, New Zealand

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    Quote Originally Posted by freebiker
    Or an older model sportsworks, heavy is better for holding my precious.
    Not true, There is no 1 more gay than someone that thinks there car makes them more of a man or not.
    I have a 6 Berth & 2 Berth Motorhomes that I rent out . They are based in Tauranga, New Zealand

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