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Old 04-19-2005, 02:01 AM   #1
shibster
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Lightbulb BAJA owners/mountain bikers - getting your bike in with the tailgate closed

Ever since I got the Baja, I hated hauling my bikes with the tailgate open (no I don't have a bed extender and I don't intend on getting one). I like to keep my gear there and with the bed exteder gaps, stuff is bound to fly out. I particularly like to keep my sweaty/muddy mtb shoes in the bed rather than in the rear seat where it would dirty/stink up the whole cabin. I came up with this as a solution and so far it has worked great.

2 - Yakima 24h adapters
2 - Round bar adapters
1 - round bar cut to my preffered length
2 - 2a fork mounts (boa mounts will work also)

I'm sure this set up can be worked out with Thule gear. Voila, the rear tailgate is closed and my bikes are a snap taking off and on. When I need to lock the bikes, I use a kryptonite chain with two locks connected to the tie down hooks, works like a charm (only locked them up once so far). And finally, all my crap is in the bed, where it belongs!


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Old 04-19-2005, 10:03 AM   #2
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Wow! That is sharp looking. I passed on the subaru in bed rack as you have to screw into the bed to mount it, something like this looks like a decent alternative.

Myself I will probably still grab a hitch mount rack for my bikes though.
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Old 04-19-2005, 04:01 PM   #3
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how much did all of that stuff cost you? --looks great, btw
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Old 04-19-2005, 06:04 PM   #4
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How close are the cranks/pedals to the rear window? do they hit? I can't really see from the picture. thanks.
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Old 04-19-2005, 11:38 PM   #5
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Lets see,

2 - Yakima 24h adapters - $24
2 - Round bar adapters - $20
1 - round bar cut to my preffered length - $20
2 - 2a fork mounts (boa mounts will work also) - $50
A baja that looks and functions the way I want it to - Priceless (Had to plug this line in)

BTW, I picked up the 2a fork mounts and round bar on ebay for like $30, but I gave an estimate of these if you were to buy them at a lbs/online. The cranks are about 3" away from the window, which is why I had to do this setup the way I have. Yakima also sells the ez rider mounts (those go in place of the stock subaru mounts thus enabling you to use their round bars), but doing it this way got the cranks to touch the window (a huge no no). But this way it's fine with no way of touching the window. I do have a drilled rubber mat in my bed (got it at home depot for $20, helps protect the bed from all my abuse) and if I was really worried about the rear wheel hopping around, I could tie it to the mat. I'm happy you guys like it.

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