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PostSubject: Bike rack for super custom hiace   Mon May 19, 2014 8:12 pm

Hi All

I have a 1995 super custom hiace with a 2" lift, giving a little extra useful clearance for dirt roads, and am looking into fitting a bike rack to my van.  I see two options:

1/ 'Hang off the back van door type' rack.  
2/ Fit a hitch and add a 'hitch mounted' bike rack

Has anyone done this?  I would appreciate any comments/learning points/tips...

This is my assessment so far:

1/ 'Hang off the back van door type' rack.

My preference a Fiamma bike rack because it is
-door mounted so no loss of clearance due to hitch custom fit
-cost of fiamma rack less than hitch + hitch mounted rack

My questions
-fiamma door mounted racks are produced for VW vans - is a fiamma door mounted rack fully adjustable and easily fitted to a super custom back door?
-fiamma racks come in 2,3 and 4 bike capacity options.  Can a 2 bike option be purchased and an extension be put on to add +1 or +2 bikes?
-what is the best method of getting a fiamma rack to Vancouver, Canada!?!?

My concerns
-robustness of the fiamma rack vs. a hitch mounted rack.  Taking 2-4 bikes on a hitch mounted rack appears a more solid option at 100-110kmph on the highway.  Any comment as to the quality and reliability of long distance travel with the fiamma rack?

2/ Fit a hitch and add a 'hitch mounted' bike rack

My concerns are:
-loss of clearance because to fit a hitch the attachment points are restricted by vehicle components, meaning a low mount position... therefore loss of clearance
-expense.  hitch mount likely a custom job + hitch mounted rack too

any thoughts, comments would be appreciated.  Particularly with respect to fitting and experience of fiamma rack on a toyota hiace

many thanks in advance

Andy
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PostSubject: Re: Bike rack for super custom hiace   Tue May 20, 2014 12:30 am

Hi Andy,

by hitch, I am assuming you mean towbar? I have had a towbar fitted to my SC van and I bolt my bike carrier to it. From memory, the towbar was that for a standard Toyota Hiace. I remember that the cost was less than what was originally quoted to me as a standard towbar could be used instead of something custom made. I'm not sure of the part number though for the towbar.

I also use the towbar for towing a trailer  Very Happy 

Hope this helps,

Werner
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PostSubject: Re: Bike rack for super custom hiace   Tue May 20, 2014 8:13 am

Hi,
       I'm no expert but my thoughts are-

 If I was going to be driving on roads rough enough to warrant a suspension lift, I would worry about mounting a bike rack to the door of my van.  All the weight of the bikes will be on the sheet metal,  and four bikes weigh a fair bit,  especially since the outside ones will be exerting a bit of leverage on the frame of the rack. 
 I have a Maxxraxx bike rack- it bolts to a towbar flange, which makes it pretty secure and also means the towball is free for a trailer (boats!).
 You might even consider putting a rack on top of a trailer and towing them. That would be very expensive to set up,  though, unless you already have one! 
Maxxraxx: http://www.maxxraxx.co.uk

 I dare say they would ship to Canada, if they or an equivalent is not available locally. 

 Have a look at the website to understand their selling points.  Even if you don't want one of these it may help you to cIarify what you do want! 
They have a couple of handy features that are hard to find: you can fit extra brackets to other cars,  to make it easy to swap the rack over and, of course, you can still use the hitch! 

Cheers,
               W.
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