Dusty wrote:... There is some torsional leverage with a bike rack you don't find while towing. ...
This is very true, to the point where the Curt hitch instructions say to use their 'safety strap' with a hitch mounted bike rack.
On my Volt I added 1.5 x 1.5" aluminum angle material to the top of my bike rack to allow the safety strap to reach the forward edge of the hatch without
the strap dragging and pressing against the paint.
So even with a hitch mounted bike rack, you are still supposed to use those dang rubber coated S-hooks on the edge of the hatch.
I'm not going that route with my Spark EV.
For one thing you expose yourself to a problem with warranty claims when you have a trailer hitch installed on the car, regardless of what you actually did with the hitch.
But then, the hatch mounted strap-on bike rack I have for the Spark when mounted with the bottom legs taking the weight on the bumper, requires the top straps to press down on that plastic spoiler/wing thing at the top of the hatch. I used soft cloth under the strap the few times I carried my CF road bike, but I didn't want to carry my FS mtn bike like that.
My plan is to add an extension on the rack just to route the upper straps high enough to clear the plastic wing. This will be a hose-clamp on affair, maybe made from pvc pipe... still working on ideas.
The CF road bike is gone. I now have a steel CX/gravel, fat/skinny tire, do-everything bike! Plus I want to be able to confidently load two bikes to the strap-on rack.
Is anyone using a strap-on bike rack that they can recommend that does not place the strap weight on the wingy thingy?
Used '14 2LT w/ DCFC. +85k miles.
Mostly free charging! Only one LONG visit to the shop....
GM needs Modern Troubleshooting tools for Modern EV's.
3 step Trouble Tree, 1st try car died again, 2nd try / cost $800. 3rd try fixed the problem.