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Old 06-04-2013, 07:22 AM
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Thule/Yakima Setup on X3

This may not be helpful to many folks here but read enough about racks that I thought I would share this.

We have a tandem and had a full Yakima setup on our CR-V with a Sidewinder Tandem Rack. Yakima does not provide a rail/foot solution today and they suggested I go with Thule. They did have what is called a Mighty Mount for blade/aero type bars but I was told they are not sufficient to hold this heavy tandem rack and bike.

I needed to go with the Thule 460 Podium with square bars (extremely ugly) but will be safe and efficient when we go for an adventure. Here are the shots. Was quite easy to install.

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Old 06-04-2013, 09:47 AM
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Thule/Yakima Setup on X3

Although I have yet to load the tandem on the X3, this gives you an idea of the tandem loaded on the old CR-V. As I said it is quite a nice design, easy for one person to load but "butt ugly".






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What a great bike. Love the pic.
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Did you need any foot packs? Or just the podium 460 and cross bars?

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This may not be helpful to many folks here but read enough about racks that I thought I would share this.

We have a tandem and had a full Yakima setup on our CR-V with a Sidewinder Tandem Rack. Yakima does not provide a rail/foot solution today and they suggested I go with Thule. They did have what is called a Mighty Mount for blade/aero type bars but I was told they are not sufficient to hold this heavy tandem rack and bike.

I needed to go with the Thule 460 Podium with square bars (extremely ugly) but will be safe and efficient when we go for an adventure. Here are the shots. Was quite easy to install.

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Old 03-04-2016, 03:28 AM
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Thule/Yakima Setup on X3

No feet needed. Nothing touches the roof itself. The 460 clamps onto the rail on your X3. Yakima said they were coming out with one but not sure if they ever did. They do have a aero bar setup I believe but Yakima said they couldn't say it would support our tandem. The tandem only weighs 37 pounds but they still told me to go with Thule. The clamp on the Sidewinder tandem rack can be used with both aware or round cross bars.

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FYI - I have a tandem as well and place it on a hitch rack with both wheels on. The wheels do stick out past the body on each side by about 6" (an X5) so you need to be aware in tight situations. Sure beats removing front wheel and lifting to roof.
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FYI - I have a tandem as well and place it on a hitch rack with both wheels on. The wheels do stick out past the body on each side by about 6" (an X5) so you need to be aware in tight situations. Sure beats removing front wheel and lifting to roof.
For sure it will be easier. Much more expensive too. Think I was priced north of a grand pricing out the hitch. I had the rack which is $300 and the rails etc another $250 so I am in for less than $600 bucks. It actually holds quite well but do need a small 2 step stool to load it.
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Draftmaster if you love your bike. My Greenspeed trike was crushed while on the Draftmaster by a tornado (2000 Ringgold, Ga. 27 April 2011) that also totaled the car. My wife's bike on the Draftmaster was untouched, and the car was restored.

Now on this trip we are still using the Draftmaster. Two weeks ago we spent two days in incredible headwinds and buffeting but the now two trikes survived and so did the Draftmaster.

It is not cheap and it is very heavy, all I can do to move it assembled, but I trust it.
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Draftmaster if you love your bike. My Greenspeed trike was crushed while on the Draftmaster by a tornado (2000 Ringgold, Ga. 27 April 2011) that also totaled the car. My wife's bike on the Draftmaster was untouched, and the car was restored.

Now on this trip we are still using the Draftmaster. Two weeks ago we spent two days in incredible headwinds and buffeting but the now two trikes survived and so did the Draftmaster.

It is not cheap and it is very heavy, all I can do to move it assembled, but I trust it.
DraftMaster is a great rack! Considered that when I was thinking hitch way back.
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