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  1. #1
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    "Rigid" trunk mount

    So, I have a roof rack already(Yakima, was on my Civic), but looking to squeeze every last bit of MPG(and would also need to purchase clips and a tray). I do not want to purchase a hitch and hitch rack(the hitch itself is $170), plus the car is my beater; 1992 Honda Accord coupe.

    I was thinking, bolting a trunk mount rack to the trunk instead of using the straps? Just wondering if anyone has done something similar? Maybe something like 4 U-bolts or pipe clamps/muffler clamps, with a reinforcement plate, and also an eye-socket to run a lock? Any other ideas on how to make it secure(both in creating a solid mount and theft-prevention)?

    The rack in question is a Thule 962XT


  2. #2
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    I saw a car on the freeway once that had trays attached to the rear crossbar of the rack and then to the top of the trunk. Made for a mounting of the bikes at roughly a 45 degree angle. I've always wondered why they don't make a rack like that from the factory...

  3. #3
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    I thought of that actually; I wonder if Yakima has clips that would fit the trunk lid? Though; opening and closing the trunk sounds like it would be a pain.

    Anyways, hopefully I make it to the hardware store before work and see what I can come up with.

  4. #4
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    A rack on the back of the car with the bikes facing left-right will create more drag than on top facing forward. The only time a rear mount rack gets better mpgs is when you have a big SUV or similar vehicle blocking airflow over the rack and bike.
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