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    Trunk rack for 2005 Acura RSX

    Ok, so I sold my 1994 Integra and got RSX. Car is great with rear seats down I can easily fit two bikes in it. But there is a problem, I need to carpool 3 kids to school in the morning and take my bike with me too. My old trunk rack from Integra (13 years old) does not fit properly I cut the straps and they are short for hatchback. Now I have been looking for trunk/hatch mounted rack for RSX. Thule and Yakima do not recommend using theirs on RSX. Their manual says that rack can not be used if hooks get attached to the glass. Top portion of the hatch is glass over metal with glass part sticking out by 1/3 inch.
    I found performance rack like this one
    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4412
    They do not say if it fits to RSX.
    So here is the questions
    1. If you have RSX what kind of trunk rack do you use, and recommend
    2. How many bikes do you put on it?
    3. Did you ever had glass on hatch crack at hook attachment point, I will be mounting the rack such that weight will be on the metal part of the hatch
    BTW budget on this is <$100, so roof rack is out of question.
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    Saris Bones 2 or 3 rack, 2 bike figure around a $100 3 bike around $140. I recommend the 3 bike rack because it has 4 contact feet for better stability. Stay away from the Perfromance garbage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mulletbike
    Saris Bones 2 or 3 rack, 2 bike figure around a $100 3 bike around $140. I recommend the 3 bike rack because it has 4 contact feet for better stability. Stay away from the Perfromance garbage.
    Well just checked with them, they do not recommend on using it on RSX, only roof rack. Issue is the same hooks must be attached to metal parts of the hatch.
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    Idea! I know, I know but....

    Are you completely opposed to running a roof rack on your RSX? I have an '03 RSX-Type S and the first thing I did when I brought it home from the dealer was slap a roof rack on the thing off of my beater Ford Escort. (yeah, I am one of those guys. I would slap a roof rack on a ferrari if I had the chance.) I will be honest, it took a little bit of fitting because I still wanted the functionality of the sunroof. The other mod that I had to do was trim the bike trays down so when you put the hatch up the glass doesn't smack into the tray. It did take me a while to figure out the right length at which to have because you don't want to trim them so short that the rear tire doesn't hang waaaay out of the tray.

    I will post some pics of it for you if you want. It works really well. I can carry up to three bikes (flip the middle tray around so that the bike is facing backwards) but the downside to that is that you cannot use the sunroof because the tray hangs too low along with the crank arms. But with 2 bikes it works just fine.

    I just noticed now that your budget is <$100. I slapped my yakima rack together (2 trays, bars, towers, clips and extension kit) off of eBay for $137. Getting all of the parts used and separate really does help, especially when you find all of the divorce sales or the "wife won't let me have so many toys" sales. I am willing to throw down the fact that you don't need the extension kit either because it will just make the cross bars closer which they frown upon if you are putting a canoe, kayak or cargo box on the roof. If you don't plan on using it for one of those, you are fine. Plus you can just start out with 1 tray and make it cheaper upfront and add additional ones later. The only thing that I bought outright at the shop was the fairing.
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    I had a 2003 Type S up until this summer. I had a small 1 1/4 class 1 hitch installed. The guy who did it specialized in welding hitches and he did a really nice job of recessing the cross bar up under the rear end. All you could see is the small receiver - and it wasn't sticking out. This (to me) was the ideal setup as I was keeping my bikes away from the car - rack and bikes had zero contact with the car. And the big bonus was that I could get into the hatch with no problems - bikes on or off.

    There's probably no way you're going to do this under $100, but its worth it if you consider you can keep your trunk access and keep the bikes and rack away from your car.

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    Maybe you should sell your acura now and buy a small truck.

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    hey lips3341 can you post pictures of your setup on your car. i too have an RSX and im still debating which bike rack either the fork mounted or upright. thanks

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