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Old 02-14-2007, 06:49 AM   #1
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Boxster Bike Racks

Hi all,
I've been looking for a bike rack for the Boxster. Just wondering if any of you have one. If so, which one do you use? Do you like it? Is there an aleternative to the high priced ones that I've seen?
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Old 02-14-2007, 07:14 AM   #2
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There are two options I looked into.
One was by Willwood (I believe try a google) which attached via the license plate area and used a hitch like on a trailer. You then got a bike carrier from Yakima or Thule to "hang" it on the hitch.

The other was by Birdautomotive and attached underneath and came with its own bike carrier. It used straps that hooked onto the top of rear trunk as well.

I went with the Birdautomotive because I was concerned about the toe weight of hanging more than 50 pounds of bike and bike carrier to a hitch that wasn't mounted to the car frame itself. My Bianchi is too expensive to take such a risk.
But many have reported no problems with the WIllwood.
Both systems were over $300.
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Alot of the pics are gone but I like this one... http://986forum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2640
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Old 02-14-2007, 08:00 AM   #4
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I've got the Porsche roof model, and I'm very happy with it. I found it on ebay for around $500, but then I bought another tray so I could carry two bikes. For the second tray, I had to drill a couple of holes and permanently mount it, but this worked out well. It's extremely secure. Doing it this way, the passenger side tray is fixed to the cross members, and I can remove the tray, crossmembers, and passenger side "hoop" as one piece. Then, the other hoop comes off by itself. The whole rack essentially breaks down into two pieces, an I can get it on and off the car by myself in about five minutes. When the weather is good, I'll use it once or twice a week. I've carried all kinds of bikes (XC, road, DH) with no hassles.
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I do kinda like the Bird Automotive bike rack. I had thought it would be nice to get something that goes on the back. The Porsche roof rack looks nice, but it seems to me it might be a little bit of a PITA to install.... AND... if you put it on with the top up, you can't put the top down.

I'd like to be able to take my bike down to Zilker Park... but it's a little tough to cough out $400 to move a bike that cost $130. hahaha!
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Sweet ! I didn't know you could carry a surfboard on a Boxster :

http://www.rahul.net/dennisp/boxster/boxster-rts.shtml

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Old 02-16-2007, 05:44 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the great info. I do like the over the top rack, but too much $$. I think I will go with the Bird Automotive model. I really like that set up.
Thanks again!
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