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    2001 Honda CR-V rack question

    I'm sorry if it's been posted before but this is my first time with roof racks, I've always had a truck and now I purchased this to be able to travel at a lesser cost. Can these stock racks be trusted? What kind of tray do I need to buy? I don't want to have to remove the wheel. I've seen that crossbars come in all shapes and sizes. Thank you for any information in advance.
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    IMO, the great gift of the older CRVs is the spare tire on the swinging gate. I would get a spare tire mounted rack. You can leave the rack on and it (and the bikes) always swing out of the way when you want to get in the back, no extra steps needed. I never took mine off in the 12 years I had it. No ground clearance issues when I took the car on sketchy fire-roads or needed good departure angles in tight situations.

    I dearly miss this aspect of my 2003 CRV.

    I would not use the stock crossbars on most cars for carrying a bike for two reasons: For one thing, most of them curve, and are not level on the outsides, so the bike leans outward. Second, the bike can put a lot a twisting force on the bars and I have seen reports of them getting bent. Maybe the ones on yours fair better, but they look pretty thin.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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