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waltaz
03-20-2008, 10:49 AM
Is anybody using the EX factory rack (rails + crossbars) to rack bikes, mountain or road? Meaning you are using a Yakima or Thule bike mount(s) mounted to the factory crossbars?

Or is anybody using just the EX factory rails and mounting Yakima or Thule crossbars and bike mounts to the rails?

I need to know as I am going to pull the trigger on one and absolutely need to rack bikes. I have always racked my bikes up top, and have no interest in a hitch mount.

Thanks!

Walt in AZ

Widman
03-21-2008, 01:58 AM
I too, had to figure out how to carry my mt. bike as it would not fit in the hatch and a trailer hitch was not available. The Infiniti cross bars were useless, as they are non adjustable, 19" spacing, which was too close to haul my white water kayak. So I went with Thule, used the oval Rapid Aero Bars (aluminum to match rails) and Crossroad mounts. I mounted the side arm bike carrier (since I have a lefty fork and it is a hassle to remove the front wheel). I need a small box to stand on to lift the bike but it works like a charm. It holds the bike securely without any movement. There is a slight bit of wind noise, but not too objectionable, and have gotten used to it. Figure about $480 for mounts, cross bars and bike carrier.

I could take a pic and post it you would like.

waltaz
03-21-2008, 06:06 AM
I too, had to figure out how to carry my mt. bike as it would not fit in the hatch and a trailer hitch was not available. The Infiniti cross bars were useless, as they are non adjustable, 19" spacing, which was too close to haul my white water kayak. So I went with Thule, used the oval Rapid Aero Bars (aluminum to match rails) and Crossroad mounts. I mounted the side arm bike carrier (since I have a lefty fork and it is a hassle to remove the front wheel). I need a small box to stand on to lift the bike but it works like a charm. It holds the bike securely without any movement. There is a slight bit of wind noise, but not too objectionable, and have gotten used to it. Figure about $480 for mounts, cross bars and bike carrier.

I could take a pic and post it you would like.
Thanks, and please do, if you could.

I will likely stay with Thule, and get new feet, bars and mounts so I can also use those same oval Rapid Aero Bars, rather than the "uglier" black rectangular load bars that I have. I have no problem whatsoever with the lead crossbar being over the sunroof area.

I agree that the Infiniti factory crossbars are useless.

Widman
03-21-2008, 12:34 PM
Here are pics of my Thule bike rack system.
http://s262.photobucket.com/albums/ii92/widman1/

waltaz
03-21-2008, 04:21 PM
Here are pics of my Thule bike rack system.
http://s262.photobucket.com/albums/ii92/widman1/
Pics aren't showing...

Widman
03-22-2008, 01:26 AM
Sorry about the missing pic. I cannot seem to figure out how to post the pics.

LEXA
03-22-2008, 02:27 PM
Here ya go, these are gorgeous, Widman. Nice rack too. If I had any biceps at all, I'd go this route instead of a hitch for my road bike.

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii92/widman1/IMG_2116.jpg

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii92/widman1/IMG_2113.jpg

waltaz
03-25-2008, 12:28 AM
http://g35driver.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2828979#post2828979

waltaz
04-03-2008, 01:42 AM
Including fairing, bike mounts and a bike up top...
http://g35driver.com/forums/showthread.php?t=210873

LEXA
04-03-2008, 09:56 AM
Those are great, Walt. I'm in love with your neighborhood, too, lol. Scottsdale's just so gorgeous, a perfect setting to tool around in the EX.

waltaz
04-04-2008, 08:15 PM
Nice rack!
http://g35driver.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2868073#post2868073