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Model 3 Roof Rack - best bike attachment

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by plugsnotdrugs, May 28, 2019.

  1. plugsnotdrugs

    plugsnotdrugs Member

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    Hey Model 3 owners with roof racks,

    I've bought and installed the roof rack and love it - it was super simple and looks great. Now, I'm looking for a roof mounted bike rack system that will support 2 bikes (no issue if that means buying qty. 2 for optimal performance). I've seen a couple options from Thule (the Circuit Xt) and Yakima (the Forklift) but wanted to poll the crowd to see if anyone has one that is easy to install/remove and easy to throw the bike on to and/or any models/brands in particular to avoid.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks!
    Yakima Forklift Bike Mount.jpg
     
  2. eokie

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    0CBBFBDB-0624-4A2C-B096-40446C256532.jpeg I got the Yakima High Speed. The Tesla cross bars are made by Yakima, so with the TSlot adapter I didn’t have to use the straps to attach the rack to the bars. It makes taking it off and on a simple 2 minute process, and it looks better.
     
  3. North75

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    What did you do when installing the t-nuts in the slot? Did you cut out sections of the filler that is in the slot, or just compress it down under the nuts?
     
  4. plugsnotdrugs

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    Looks great eokie! I went with the Yakima Forklift - super easy install and works great so far. It'll have a big test with taking 2 bikes from South Carolina to Mass in July
     
  5. heems

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    I purchased the Thule ProRide XT. It came with the T nuts and other adapters. I just used the t nuts. Is that correct ? The cross bar lip doesn’t seem very thick and later when I took the Thule off I noticed small dents in from the pressure it exerted.

    If not Thule any other recommendations for full upright racks that work well?
     
  6. Watts_Up

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    #6 Watts_Up, Jul 31, 2019
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    Look great! I noticed that the front cross bar is lower to the ground than the rear one.

    Would you mind to show a profile view, or to measure the distance to the ground for the front and rear bar.
     

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