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Well guys, the wife drove the Outback into the garage...(14 posts)

Well guys, the wife drove the Outback into the garage...g-money
Mar 14, 2002 11:51 AM
And (fortunatly) did not do any damage to the bike... But TOTALLY destroyed the rack and top rack on our Outback. I called Subaru to see if they had a 2" square hitch (for a REAR rack) for the car, they said no. The Q is has anyone done one aftermarket? If so, where, brand etc???

Check with U-Haul. Seriously.Gator
Mar 14, 2002 11:55 AM
They make all kinds of wacky hitches. I'll put it this way -- if they have a hitch for early-90s RX-7, the Suburu doesn't seem out of the question.
My wife and I have a rule...Spoke Wrench
Mar 14, 2002 12:40 PM
When the bikes go onto the roof, the garage door opener goes into the glove box.
better yet...put your bike stand right insideColnagoFE
Mar 14, 2002 3:22 PM
your closed garage door. you'd have to run into the stand to go into the garage. works for me and i've run into the garage twice now before using that method.
Sure...your wife did it ;)mikebikr
Mar 14, 2002 12:54 PM
I did it once myself. Once.CRM
Mar 14, 2002 12:56 PM
Now when I get within a mile of my house, I start chanting to myself, "bike on roof, bike on roof, bike on roof."

Kept the roof rack, though. Still beats a hitch mount for convenience and aesthetics.
You need a 1-1/4" not a 2" Receiver........Voelkel
Mar 14, 2002 1:06 PM
Most trucks have 2" hitch receivers and cars have 1-1/4". They definitely make a 1-1/4" for the Outback but due to towing capabilities there is not one available as a 2". Like some else mentioned that U-haul has them and so does Sears. When you get around to buying a rear rack then check out this place:
I saved $30 on a 4-bike, lockable Thule Expressway and shipping was only $8 from Florida. Here are a few others online rack dealers:
Mar 14, 2002 4:57 PM
So the reciever is still square, just smaller... That would be fine, I just wanted one to go on the back...
That's why I bought one of those nasty SUV'sDave Hickey
Mar 14, 2002 1:41 PM
I keep my bike inside my SUV. I just screwed the fork mount to a 2 x 4. I have 80/20 split rear seats so I just fold down the 20 side and there is still room in the back seat for two people if needed.
Same here.Chen2
Mar 14, 2002 3:17 PM
But I had to use a 2 x 8 wrapped in carpet.
a quick fix......merckx56
Mar 14, 2002 2:18 PM
take an old white hand towel, paint "BIKE?" on it with red paint and affix it to the bottom of your garage door. when the door goes up, the towel will unfurl, reminding whoever is driving take into consideration that there is a bike on the roof.
the second fix works for me... when the merckx is on the roof, the wife doesn't drive! sorry if that's sexist, but it's the rule! nmTroyboy
Mar 14, 2002 2:51 PM
threaten to throw her on the "barbie" with the shrimp ;-) NMSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 14, 2002 3:55 PM
re: Well guys, the wife drove the Outback into the garage...snapdragen
Mar 16, 2002 6:48 PM
I have a Forester, with the 1 1/4 receiver hitch. I use a Bauer rack - it works great. If you have a SportRack near you check them out - I got my Bauer used for $100.