Which bike racks are people running on their TI Sportwagons?
My SW has a factory fitted removable tow bar, the intention was always to get a tow bar mounted bike rack, so I just wanted to see if anyone is using one.
At present we have 3 Thule pro ride 591's on the roof with 3 mountain bikes between 11 and 12 KG each. We put one of the kids bikes in the boot with wheels off. I never really thought about drag when we had the 156 SW, I didn't have a Trip to check MPG. Driving the 159 yesterday, I noticed we were getting about 10mpg less cruising at 75-80 than without anything on the roof.
I see the SW tow ball capacity is 75kg, so 4 bikes = 46kg + bike rack. I'm looking at 2 racks at the minute, Atera DL @ 15kg and Buzzrack buzz quatro @ 19.5kg. So either one would keep me well within the limit.
I'm wondering which would be more frugal, pulling 65kg on the back or taking the drag from the roof mounted bikes. I'm sure the 4 bike bike racks are absolutely fine, but it just doesn't seem right having all that weight on one detachable tow bar neck. I'm also concerned if the TI's lower suspension can handle it.
Also toying with the idea of just having a 2 bike rack on the tow bar and buying 2 of the Thule racks that you have to take the front wheel off so the bikes sit a bit lower.
So anyone using a particularly good solution?
GT 3.2 V6 - Q2, KONI FSD & EIBACH PROKIT, GTA REMAP, MICHELLIN PS3's, BMC CDA
159 SW 2.4JTDM TI - ALFATUNED, WIZARD BACK BOXES, KW V3 COILOVERS, NOKIAN WR A3/MICHELLIN PS3, PCA DYNAMICS ALIGNMENT.