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    05 Subaru WRX wagon bike carrying options, let you tell me about them.

    I drive a 2005 Saab 9-2X Aero wagon and I'm able to fit a hardtail bike in the car with taking only the front wheel off, it slides right under my rear strut bar which doesn't have to come off.

    But I've started going on more trips with my brother and there's no way two bikes fit in my car without taking apart all wheels and my strut bar. We've been using my dad's 09 Subaru Outback last summer as it fit a 2005 Stinky with both wheels on and I laid my hardtail on top with the front wheel off. But none of this doesn't happen without a lot of frustration trying to make them fit all while trying not to damage the interior or the bikes.

    The Outback has a roof rails rated up to 100 lbs but I never really liked roof mounted racks.

    What are my choices for the Saab? Trailer hitch mounted racks or is there any other kind I can mount? What's the best setup without breaking the bank?

    Thanks!

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    I would take a roof rack any day? Why would you not want a roof rack? I've got an older Saris rack on my WRX and it works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockhound
    I would take a roof rack any day? Why would you not want a roof rack? I've got an older Saris rack on my WRX and it works great.
    I prefer the railless look of the 9-2X. Much cleaner.

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    Trailer hitch or the kind that hangs off the back hatch

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    I've got a 07 wrx wagon with curt hitch and I run a thule t2. I know the 92x bumper is a bit of a different shape so I'm not sure if/how well they would fit. I really like this set up because it also allows me to rent a trailer when needed. I originally had a yakima roof rack set up but I felt the bikes moved around way to much. This was with a kona coiler (probably 38lbs at the time).

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    ^ Running stock exhaust?

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    I have a 2004 wrx wagon with a hitch rack. I got the OEM towbar, which has a "cutout" for the exhaust, it also makes running aftermarket exhaust easier, which sometimes requires longer hangers or won't work at all with towbars that do not have the cutout. Anyways, the towbar lets me run a Thule T2, and it's been great over the years. Easy to get my bike on the rack. Doesn't kill milege. Doesn't create noise. Etc...

    If you want to keep the cost down, get a hitch rack, over time it will save you money. A roof rack on the other hand will cost you money due to the drag, even with bikes removed. A hitch rack can pay for itself in a year or two in this way, a roof rack can continue to cost you more and more in gas. Premium gas is expensive. Why anyone would want a roof rack these days is beyond me. The older generation of hitch-racks sucked, but the newer stuff is so much better it's crazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek
    ^ Running stock exhaust?
    I'm running a maddad turboback set up. I'm using the stock hangers without any rubbing or any other issues

    edit: I've also run the stock muffler with this set up.
    Last edited by 20vturbo; 12-29-2010 at 08:23 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20vturbo
    I'm running a maddad turboback set up. I'm using the stock hangers without any rubbing or any other issues

    edit: I've also run the stock muffler with this set up.
    Good to know. I kinda miss my Maddad Whisper 2.5.

    Yours correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem
    I have a 2004 wrx wagon with a hitch rack. I got the OEM towbar, which has a "cutout" for the exhaust
    Any fitment pics? Stock exhaust you're running?

    And I'm pretty set on getting a hitch mount rack, this way I can transfer it over to my next car within 2 years, a Mini JCW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek
    Good to know. I kinda miss my Maddad Whisper 2.5.

    Yours correct?

    http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...9&postcount=50
    Yea I've debated getting rid of the Maddad but I love the sound. I'm running their stealthbach setup with the whisper axleback. So 3" for most of the way.

    Yup that's my car. I've played around with the carriers and both fit with it folded up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek
    Any fitment pics? Stock exhaust you're running?

    And I'm pretty set on getting a hitch mount rack, this way I can transfer it over to my next car within 2 years, a Mini JCW.
    You should find it if you search this forum (I'm away from home right now though). I run a borla cat-back exhaust (on a cobb dp).
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    Quote Originally Posted by 20vturbo
    Yea I've debated getting rid of the Maddad but I love the sound. I'm running their stealthbach setup with the whisper axleback. So 3" for most of the way.

    Yup that's my car. I've played around with the carriers and both fit with it folded up.
    Don't get rid of it. Unless it's a 2.5" axleback, cause then I would buy it. I've ran the Whisper on my car, 2 Prodrive Ovals and currently an STi axleback mated to a Cobb catted DP and STi midpipe. The drone was getting annoying with the Prodrives, wasn't bad around town, but my commute changed to all highway and the constant cabin buzz around 3,000 rpm was a bit much. The Whisper sounded best, but looked the worst IMO in the 9-2X cutout, can't win them all.

    As for what I'm looking to get is the OEM Subaru hitch and Yakima Hold Up carrier.

    The roof rail look I never cared for, and somehow I think the bikes are much safer in the back than on top of my car, not too mention having the worry of dropping a 40lb. bike on my roof, we all know Subaru sheetmetal is paper thin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek
    Don't get rid of it. Unless it's a 2.5" axleback, cause then I would buy it. I've ran the Whisper on my car, 2 Prodrive Ovals and currently an STi axleback mated to a Cobb catted DP and STi midpipe. The drone was getting annoying with the Prodrives, wasn't bad around town, but my commute changed to all highway and the constant cabin buzz around 3,000 rpm was a bit much. The Whisper sounded best, but looked the worst IMO in the 9-2X cutout, can't win them all.

    As for what I'm looking to get is the OEM Subaru hitch and Yakima Hold Up carrier.

    The roof rail look I never cared for, and somehow I think the bikes are much safer in the back than on top of my car, not too mention having the worry of dropping a 40lb. bike on my roof, we all know Subaru sheetmetal is paper thin.

    it is a 2.5 although driving through boston the other night going through the tunnels with the windows down and going 1 - 3 wot there is no way in the world I am even thinking about getting rid of it anymore. If you like the whisper so much maybe it would be worth having the hangers on it repositioned/welded so it "fit" better.

    How come you want the OEM subaru hitch? At least when I was looking the curt from etrailer and tail light module - soldered into the harness plug was much cheaper unless prices have changed.

    I agree I never felt very comfortable with my coiler up on the roof, after a day of riding I was always worried I was going to drop it. Although I would have no problem carrying my road bike or stumpjumper up there.

    either way good luck with the decision

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20vturbo

    How come you want the OEM subaru hitch?
    Whenever possible, I go with OEM fitment ftw. The wiring and harness I couldn't care less about, never planning on using the 9-2X as a proper tow vehicle.

    Here's some fitment pics of a fellow 9-2X'er with a OEM Impreza hitch. I'm going this route soon. His exhaust is on Kartboy regular hangers which I have now. Everything else posted on our little forum, people had to use a combination of regular and long hangers, ultimately resulting in a bad angled muffler.






    And a Hidden Hitch for comparison





    Stock exhaust and his left hanger had to be modified, leaves little fitment for the slightly bigger STi axleback which I'm running now.

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    There are three catalytic converters on these cars...you could probably just run a straight pipe from the axle back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem
    I have a 2004 wrx wagon with a hitch rack. I got the OEM towbar, which has a "cutout" for the exhaust, it also makes running aftermarket exhaust easier, which sometimes requires longer hangers or won't work at all with towbars that do not have the cutout. Anyways, the towbar lets me run a Thule T2, and it's been great over the years. Easy to get my bike on the rack. Doesn't kill milege. Doesn't create noise. Etc...

    If you want to keep the cost down, get a hitch rack, over time it will save you money. A roof rack on the other hand will cost you money due to the drag, even with bikes removed. A hitch rack can pay for itself in a year or two in this way, a roof rack can continue to cost you more and more in gas. Premium gas is expensive. Why anyone would want a roof rack these days is beyond me. The older generation of hitch-racks sucked, but the newer stuff is so much better it's crazy.
    You can get a gear box for a roof rack. If you get bumped in a parking lot or at a light, your bike isn't in the mix.

    When I was a shop rat only Fred's had hitch racks... I guess that stigma isn't true anymore?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockhound
    There are three catalytic converters on these cars...you could probably just run a straight pipe from the axle back.
    And how would eliminating the cats help with hitch clearance? 2 of them are in the DP, far from the hitch, the other in the UP, even farther.

    I'm already missing 2 of the 3 lol. Cobb catted DP in place of stock DP and STi catless OEM uppipe. Plus no straight pipes. I'm over the loud exhaust stage of my life.
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    Curt hitch on another Saabaru. This may look like a winner. I really don't feel like spending $200+ on the OEM hitch so I can look at it every day. It sits so low.






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    Ended up buying a Curt hitch, model 11318 tonight directly from Amazon.com for $103.31 shipped. Prime shipping ftw.

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    So I recently got a curt hitch (same one as eurospek) & thule T2 rack for my saabaru wagon (along with a 2" lift ), and am looking at how to secure the rack/bikes to the hitch/car. Anyone know how strong/cut resistant those security chain loops on the curt hitch are? There don't seem to be any other convenient tie down points on the car to lock a chain to. Don't want to buy a really expensive chain if the weak point is gonna be those chain loops on the hitch itself...

    How else do you guys secure your bikes? thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfshop
    So I recently got a curt hitch (same one as eurospek) & thule T2 rack for my saabaru wagon (along with a 2" lift ), and am looking at how to secure the rack/bikes to the hitch/car. Anyone know how strong/cut resistant those security chain loops on the curt hitch are? There don't seem to be any other convenient tie down points on the car to lock a chain to. Don't want to buy a really expensive chain if the weak point is gonna be those chain loops on the hitch itself...

    How else do you guys secure your bikes? thanks!
    I'd love to see some pics of the hitch installed. Stock exhaust? How are you liking the T2?

    BTW, are you on www.saab92x.com?

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    I just got the T2, so haven't had a chance to use it other than around the block. But it's solid, doesn't wobble. Folded up, there's about 1" clearance with the wheel tray & bumper, but I don't think it'll ever rub.

    The only pics I have, with stock exhaust.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5477539463/" title="IMGP2852 by mfshop, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.static.flickr.com/5015/5477539463_c2dbb65974.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="IMGP2852" /></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5477538457/" title="IMGP2828 by mfshop, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.static.flickr.com/5295/5477538457_7b674f19c8.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="IMGP2828" /></a>

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    Thanks for the pics. Looks like there's a lot of clearance for non-oem axlebacks.

    Any fitment issues during the install?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek
    Thanks for the pics. Looks like there's a lot of clearance for non-oem axlebacks.

    Any fitment issues during the install?
    I don't think so, but then again I didn't install it . Had the shop put it on while they were mounting some new tires for me.

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