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Volvo 240 DL and car rack question(7 posts)

Volvo 240 DL and car rack questionZenJones
Sep 11, 2003 5:25 AM
Anyone here have either a Volvo 240 DL sedan(4-door)and/or a Saris Bones?

I am considering purchasing a Bones but when I went to their website and entered all the relevent info into their auto-fit guide it came back saying I needed 1 additional item... a Hugger that allows for the C-bracket(or arm... don't remember what exactly it was called)to be internally mounted.

Does anyone have any experience with the Bones and a Volvo or more specifically a 1990 Volvo 240 DL sedan?

Thanks
yes and noSteve_0
Sep 11, 2003 6:57 AM
Own a 91 240, though no experience with Bones.

I did go onto their site and performed the vehicle fit. The way I read it was that you need the hugger to replace the C hooks, OR mount the C hooks internally.

In looking at the Bones rack, their are two straps which extend down and clamp under the trunk/hatch. As you know, the volvo trunk only extends about 4 inches down, compared to upwards of a foot on many newer cars. I suspect that short travel is inadequate to tie off the straps.

How many miles to you have? I'm at 240k, still running like new.
Thanks Steve-ZenJones
Sep 11, 2003 7:27 AM
For the reply. I think we'll get the Bones... looks to be a solid, well designed rack.

My wife and me bought our Volvo used from an older Professor and his wife that owned it from new.

We got it with 95k on it so shes still a baby. We've had it now for 4 months and absolutely love it!! Best car I've owned(and I've owned cars from new)... runs like a beast, looks great... totally impressed and happy with it. We have 99k on it now and spent around 500 dollars in replacing a few original parts(Volvo parts may be expensive but they sure do last-as is evidenced by the fact that everything we replaced were originals). Not too bad... 500 dollars into a car that cost us 3,700.00, is 14 years young and will-as our Volvo mechanic tells us-last longer than we'll want to own it!

Our next purchase for it is some nice Toyo tires and a set of original Volvo Turbo wheels(ours isn't a Turbo but we LOVE the look of the classic Turbo wheels).

Only blemish on the car is from 2 weeks ago when I was entering the Holland Tunnel outbound from NYC to New Jersey and hit a pothole that seemed to end somewhere in Bejjing and it shot the right rear hubcap off like a canon! :D
Thanks Steve-gtx
Sep 11, 2003 7:57 AM
Don't know anything about that rack. I have an 88 Wagon with 130K--I just toss the bikes in back. Before that I had a 85 sedan and a 78 242 and I could always easily get one bike in the trunk if I removed both wheels. But someone at brickboard.com might know the answer to your question (a great site for all Volvo stuff).
re: Volvo 240 DL and car rack questionJimP
Sep 11, 2003 8:27 AM
According to my wife: The good news is that the Volvo 240s last forever - The bad news is that the Volvo 240s last forever. She thinks my 1990 245 wagon with 96k miles drives like a truck and rides like a truck and she uses it as a truck. We have even taken out the back seat bottom for more room.

I have a Thule rack that I bought for an '82 245 that I don't use since I now just throw the bike in the back.

If you are new to Volvos, IPD (www.ipdusa.com) has good products.

Jim
thule and truckSteve_0
Sep 11, 2003 8:59 AM
I've had yakimas on my volvo since I bought the car new in 91 (actually moved the racks over from my old car).

Those racks have carried bikes, surfboards, and skis across many states and into several countries.

They've also carried lumber, plywood, drywall, small furniture, fishing rods, luggage, and i'm sure many other items I dont even remember.

Roof racks are by far the most versatile system available.
the sweet setupChazWicked
Sep 11, 2003 10:11 AM
I'd kit it out with yak bars/feet and throw on trays from www.rockymounts.com

I (embarrassingly) drove my car into the garage with the yak and it simply slid along the gutters and was undamaged! The tray and bike weren't so lucky. The tray bent and put a tiny dent in the roof.