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LEXA
02-14-2008, 10:31 AM
Has anybody tried to fit a bike in the fully expanded cargo bay? Does anybody know what the approximate volumetric dimensions of the cargo space might be with rear seats folded down?

I understand the EX does not come equipped with a hitch, but is it capable of receiving one for installation? I would not be using a hitch mount for towing of course, only for accommodating a swingaway rear carrier if sliding my road bike into the cargo bay is not an option.

Transporting my bike is not something I do all the time & perhaps one of the more portable rear/trunk carriers might even be preferable to the hitch mounted Thule I have on my Xterra now ,which I suspect would completely overwhelm & seriously junk up the rear of this vehicle.

The only thing which is not an option for me is a roof-mounted carrier, since I don't have the arm strength & won't always have a pair of biceps to enlist into service whenever I get the spare time to throw on my bike & spontaneously head out somewhere away from home for a ride.

So I just wondered if there are any cyclists on this board who've figured out how to cart their bikes around with this car yet.

Thanks in advance for any input at all from members of this forum which might help me make the decision on whether or not to get the EX. I truly do love it - it almost seems like it was designed specifically for me, in fact & I'm all set to pull the trigger on it. I'm just hesitating until I get this issue settled.

ianq
02-14-2008, 05:24 PM
I have a custom hitch being installed as to date I have not found a company (such as Hidden Hitch) that has one for the EX, or a G35 version that will fit.

I did the same for my G35C, had a custom hitch installed.

I wouldn't want to put a dirty bike in the back of the EX (I mountain bike so they get real dirty.)

The custom hitch will cost me $480 (CAD), but well worth it. An alternative would be to order the crossbars ($250 USD) for the EX, and then get some roof mount bike system from Thule or Yakima. I decided not to go that route as I was worried I would scratch the EX while mounting the bikes on the roof, I am not a very tall person (5'9"), plus I already have a bike rack for a hitch system.

I don't pick up the EX until next week as dealer is getting the hitch (and clear bra and window tint) done this week.

LEXA
02-14-2008, 06:42 PM
OUCH! 480 CD = about 480 USD these days, right?

Thanks for the feedback ianq. That's what I was afraid of. I'd gone to HiddenHitch's corporate site & I think the last Infiniti models other than the Q56 they show fitting were from the nineties!

Doing some more research today about another alternative, the Saris 'Bones' setup which is trunk/hatch mounted unit, was discouraging - people have had issues with their paint jobs being compromised (& even making metal dings on the Audi).

So unless my bike can fit in the hold (I'm a clean cyclist;) & will use a liner) I'm afraid that I'm gonna have to calculate the price of a custom hitch into the bottom line for the EX like you did. It's a major penalty-drawing modification which will also probably rule out the lease option for me, too, right?

Sigh. I reaaaaalllly want this car. Maybe I could take up rollerblading or something else.:confused:

ianq
02-14-2008, 07:04 PM
Yup, give or take 480 Canuck loonies = 480 greenbacks.

The other alternative, crossbars and a roof rack system, for 2 bikes, would probably cost slightly more.

I bicycle 3 times a week 8 months of the year, so the hitch is well worth it to me.

Good luck on your decision

autoaddict
02-19-2008, 01:19 PM
Infiniti does not offer a trailer hitch for the EX and in their manual recommends NOT towing with it. This is a horrible move for Infiniti because my 2006 Subaru Impreza can tow 2000 lbs. I tow a 4 wheeler with it and it does fine with its 172 hp engine. I think the EX and its 300 hp engine could handle the same load as the FX. Oh well, here is hoping the 2009 FX doesn't change too much in size (perfect as it).

LEXA
02-19-2008, 02:22 PM
One of the dealers I am working with pricing on the EX has offered to throw in the installation of a hitch & a rack for about $500. I'm really picky about rack systems though (it has to be rust resistant, loader-friendly & bike-kindly for me to want to use it often) & would prefer to find my own rack.

BTW & FYI FWIW, for those of us (myself included) who have ruled out roof rack systems in the past as too difficult, I just found this really cool system made by Altera (http://www.atera.info/en/30_Products/10_Car-Van/10_Roof/Bike-Carriers/Bike-Lift.php)which is marketed in Europe & the UK. Volvo, Audi , BMW & Saab offer this set-up for their owners as an accessory.



http://www.purnellmotors.com.au/images/images_volvo_v70_bicyclelift.jpeghttp://www.audi-accessories.ie/images/a8_bikelift_l_resized.jpghttp://kellybmw.oemdealer.com/images/bmw/bmwBicycleLift.jpg
The folding contraption fits (requires adaptors) to your roof bars & lifts the bicycle onto the roof of the vehicle via gas-sprung lifting arm. All you need to do is to fold down the arm, hang the bicycle on it (bikes are attached by the saddle, handlebars and wheels) and nudge it up onto the roof.

video here:

http://accessories.bmwusa.com/ItemView.aspx? (http://accessories.bmwusa.com/ItemView.aspx?modelId=222&centerId=42164&categoryId=79&productCategoryId=&menuId=3&subItemId=0&productId=72)

ianq
02-19-2008, 02:45 PM
Any idea where he is going to get the hitch, last I looked, no one offers a hitch for the EX (or newer G35's for that matter), thus the reason mine is a custom install.

As for the roof mount system, looks a little flimsy to me, but is another alternative.

LEXA
02-19-2008, 04:09 PM
Yes, ianq, I admit my first thought was that the Atera bike-hoist sytem wouldn't last long with a klutz like me operating it. :o

The thing is, every system has it's drawbacks. Hitch setups can be cumbersome to install & remove, and difficult to gain access to the cargo hold when they're attached. The roof mounted ones are hard to get bikes up there, reduced gas mileage & wind noise can be a problem & bikes essentially serve as giant bug-zappers while en route. What to do, what to do....

I think I will go with whatever the dealer can give me in the way of a hitch & get one of those models (like Saris' Thelma model (http://www.saris.com/p-298-thelma.aspx)) which are lightweight & easy on & off, so I can store it in the cargo bay or in the house when it's not in use, yet it won't present a time-consuming hassle for me to slap it on by myself whenever I want a change of scenery for my fitness rides.

Re your question: I just assumed this particular dealer was going to have a local shop custom craft one for me as your dealer did. But I'll check with him to see if he knows of a mass-marketed one that fits. (His $500 upcharge for the hitch & the rack seems kinda lowball if it includes a custom hitch, come to think of it.)

ianq
02-19-2008, 07:59 PM
$500 does sound cheap if it includes the rack...

ianq
02-20-2008, 05:39 PM
Picked up the EX today, have some pics of it with the bike rack installed.

http://www.quickmire.com/EX35/

Excuse the dirtm had it out for a spirited drive, and up here in Ontario it is very dirty on the roads...

LEXA
02-21-2008, 11:17 AM
Wow! Thanks for posting those pictures ianq! Not only are those great pics of the rack, these are also the best pics of the Dark Currant I have seen online yet. They show exactly how the color 'scintillates' from brown to claret to burgundy depending on the angle of the light hitting it. It's just a drop dead handsome car and I like that your hitch doesn't stick out like a sore thumb & muck up the lines in the rear.

BTW, I still haven't had a chance to talk to the salesman who quoted $500 for the hitch & the rack. But I did talk to a salesguy at another dealer closer to me who said he fully expects accessories incl. a hitch rated for lightweight duty to accomodate a bike rack to be out for the EX in a few months, but in the meantime he can also include a hitch & rack setup in his sales price for me. He said that he works with a bike shop to actually take care of doing it, probably the same way they farm out tinting work to local specialists.(Turns out the bike shop they use is my bike shop too!)

I suspect that's what the other salesguy had in mind as well & he was just giving me a ballpark figure based on past experience with other customers buying other vehicles.

Your new car looks like so much FUN! (Careful on that snow aboard your MB, tho'!) I'm really beginning to believe that I truly can have my cake & eat it too with this vehicle - I can squeeze out just enough utility for must-have functions like hauling my beloved road bike & my dog but I can still get the sleek look & zippy handling I'm craving after too many years bouncing around in a trucky SUV.

YES!!!!!!:D :D :D

ianq
02-21-2008, 03:01 PM
Infiniti had 4 EX's at the Toronto auto show, and my dealer said dark currant by far was the most popular color, so I have been warned that mine is not to be unique on the streets for long! (Ex's are selling like crazy up here, they apparently have a winner in this vehicle.)

It was imperative that the hitch didn't stand out and ruin the rear of the EX, and I have to agee that the installer did a fantastic job. The one setback to keeping it unobtrusive is that the hatch won't open unless I lower the bike rack first, not of major concern to me as typically no vertical hatch on any SUV I have seen clears any bike rack anyhow. We were only off by about 1/2", but having the hitch stick out any further was not acceptable to me.

Hey, I had a G35c with a hitch for my bike rack, and if I had a Porsche, I would do the same, I am truly of the belief of having it my way or no way.

You have it right, the EX offers just enough utility for me without losing the feel of driving a fun Infiniti G. I had it out yesterday throwing it around curves on country roads, and today driving to downtown Toronto and back, and it manages both extremely well. Add to it by far one of the nicest cockpits available, and I know I made the right purchase.

My only plan is to dump the Dunlop SP Sport 7000 all-seasons for real summer tires and performance winter tires, I have a thing about having good rubber touching the asphalt at all times. The reviews of the 7000's state they are okay-good in the summer, but not very good in any snow or winter conditions, and especially so going into the second winter.

LEXA
04-02-2008, 08:07 PM
IanQ, will you go over to this forum (http://blank) & tell the poster on the thread I linked you to how you managed to get such a great looking install on your hitch?

I already linked him to your pics (hope you don't mind), but it sounds like he could benefit from your experience on how far it should stick out.

LEXA
04-03-2008, 09:58 AM
Never mind, Ian. He asked for a link so he should be along here shortly to ask for your input.

ianq
04-03-2008, 11:37 AM
No probs, I did see the posts on the other site.

For all interested, it is a custom hitch built specifically for my request, there is no model number, it is a bunch of steel the welding company puts together and fits custom on a vehicle.

I had heard about this company doing some local Porsches, so when I had my G35 coupe, I had them install a hitch on it, and it was perfect, so it was a no-brainer to have them do it for my EX.

Here are pics of the hitch on the G35C:

http://www.quickmire.com/G35c/hitch/

LEXA
04-04-2008, 10:09 AM
FYI: here is a pic of the Curt Class I Hitch (Part Number:CT11500) installed on another vehicle that the mfr. sent to Nick. He asked me to post it for him for the benefit of the rest of us planning to go the hitch route for racking our bikes (thanks Nick!). He's buying his from drawtite.com:

http://i25.tinypic.com/1zodit1.jpg

Cucinelli
04-13-2008, 11:07 PM
I just bought an EX-35 yesterday and am able to fit my bike in the back without having to take off the front tire. I am 6'2" so my bike is big. It is a road bike so I don't have to worry too much about dirt. I have thrown a couple of blankets down, however. I am relieved because I traded in my FX for the EX and carting my bike around was one of the things I really liked about the FX - now it is one of the things I am going to really like about the EX:)

LEXA
04-20-2008, 07:53 AM
Hey, cucinelli, that's great to know, even if the cargo bay is only ever pressed into service as a 'rack' of last resort. I'm only 5'9" but still have to ride a gigantic bike because I have a ridiculously long inseam/standover height.

One thing too is that the EX offers the added advantage over the FX (& my current SUV) having a lower load height. It would be way easier to slide the bike in if necessary.

LEXA
04-20-2008, 07:57 AM
OK, cyclists, here is a pic forum member Nick asked me to post of the Curt Hitch he just had installed on his EX.

He says it's a CLASS 1 (PART#11500) 2000 LBS TRAILER WT, 300 LBS Tongue WT. It was $153 for the hitch, $125.00 for install.

He also had to get an adaptor from 1 ¼ to 2”, and lock pins for security.

It looks great! You might have to fiddle with the angle of your monitor to see it really well).

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc189/lmdtexasusa/CURTHITCHEX35.jpg

LEXA
05-01-2008, 09:59 PM
Back again! New EX owner Nick who installed the curt hitch above has just asked me to post some great pics also of his new Saris Thema 3 (http://www.saris.com/c-16-trailer-hitch.aspx) rack. The Thelma also comes n the 2- bike & 2+juvenile configurations for people thinking about this one. (I'm getting the Thelma 2 - 26 lbs, easy on & off!)

He says "I had to buy a new bike rack and sold the “ Yakima ” one I had as it was too wobbly with the adaptor on it. This rack is specific to 1 ¼ hitch receiver and the grey color looks ok with the ex. The mrsp for the bike rack is $330.00. I should get a discount from the bike shop and I got $100.00 for the old rack. The new rack is very fast to get bike on/off. It folds nicely but blocks the lic. Plate it that the position and the bumper sensor beeps when you put the car in reverse. This only occurs with the rack in its folded “not in use” position."





http://i25.tinypic.com/eiwozm.jpg

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http://i29.tinypic.com/b5003c.jpg

jeramifrost
05-21-2008, 10:37 PM
i'm jealous. I am picking up an 05 Q45 and can not find any market hitch available and havent found any place local that will do it.