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Factory Rack Question(11 posts)

Factory Rack Questionoutofthesaddle
Feb 4, 2003 4:36 PM
I recently purchased a used minivan (life's sure changed). It has a factory rack with the cross bars already attached. To do a fork mount, it seems like all I need is a wheel skewer block for the front and a mini tray to support the rear wheel. Has anyone seen something like this? Of course the cross bars do not appear to be a standard shape to accept Thule or Yakima kits directly. Honda sells a factory bike mount kit for something like $150 - this seems like overkill.

Any info would be appreciated.

Yep, I swore I'd never own a mini-van....SS_MB-7
Feb 4, 2003 4:58 PM
Yep, I swore I'd never own a mini-van, but after 2 kids, lots of bike stuff to haul, it just makes sense.....and it is sooo convenient.

Anyway, I have a Chevy Venture with OE rack. I also have a Yakima rack on my Audi A4 with 2 bike trays and a ski rack. For the Venture, I needed to buy some "Low Rider" feet (4) which clamps to the factory rack that run front-to-back -- nothing attaches to the cross members of the OE rack. Then, I needed a set of round cross bars (2). Now, I can interchange my 2 bike trays and ski rack between the car and van.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
re: Factory Rack Questionseyboro
Feb 4, 2003 5:17 PM
The skewer/block you are looking for, is made by Delta Bike Gear for around $15.-. As a fork mount, you will have to drill two holes into the crossbar of your rack and attach the part with two bolts. For the rear, things are a little more tricky, as you stated that non-standard mounts will not fit.
My personal 5 bike rack setup has the rear wheels secured to the bar with Thule kayaking straps (about $5.- a piece) held down by industrial strength zip ties, reinforced with duct tape and covered with black finishing tape, for looks. The straps hold the wheels securely on the bar and make for a very clean looking setup.
Photo?Andy M-S
Feb 5, 2003 6:12 AM
How about a photo of this? It sounds good.

FWIW, I was given a Thule rack when a friend gave up his car with gutters. To my delight, I discovered that the gutter feet happily and securely clamp onto the side rails of the factory rack on my Voyager...
Feb 5, 2003 3:33 PM
Sorry, Bro, but I'm not that digital yet. The website is
Another option.look271
Feb 5, 2003 6:20 AM
I purchased an X-port rack from Performance that is designed to fit OEM racks. It only holds 2 bikes, but works well and was easy to install. It will fit a variety of cross bars (round, oblong, etc). Doesn't have a front wheel holder (it is a fork-mount), but I prefer to take my front wheel inside the car. (Bad experience-Ksyrium jettisonned off roof at 60+ mph.) It cost about $130 on sale.
You can do itMel Erickson
Feb 5, 2003 7:01 AM
but factory rack cross bars are much less strong than Thule, Yakima, etc. crossbars. You can buy fork mounts from any of the online/catalog companies and devise a way to attach them that fits the particular style of crossbar you have. I would be reluctant to drill holes in a factory crossbar since they're weaker to start with and were probably not designed for this type of application (they're really designed to keep things like luggage from sliding back and forth, not to support something like a bike). That said I've devised a rear wheel support to allow me to carry a tandem on my regular roof mounted bike rack. I took two pieces of angle iron each about six inches long, the type with slots and holes already drilled in them and attached them to the rear factory rack crossbar with a U clamp. You'll probably have to splay the angle iron out a little if you intend to mount a MTB wheel. I then use a small strap to lash the wheel to your new tray. Works well. Personally, I'd spend some money on this instead. When my kids are out of college and I can replace our '93 van I'm gettin' one!
Whoops, forgot the linkMel Erickson
Feb 5, 2003 7:04 AM
Here it is:
Go to the carrier manufacturer's web-sitesUprwstsdr
Feb 5, 2003 8:39 AM
My vehicle has factory cross bars as weel. Thule has an adapter called a big mouth clamp that can be adjusted to fit most OEM crossbars. I used this for a ski rack. I am sure they have similar sytems for Bikes. The manufacture's site have tools that allow you match your needs to your specific vehicle.
Thanks everyone for info.outofthesaddle
Feb 5, 2003 10:25 AM
I'm inclined to try some piece together parts and make my own. Thanks for all the good ideas.
In L.A. no one has a "factory rack" any more.DougSloan
Feb 5, 2003 3:35 PM
Blame the plastic surgeons. :-)