Upsides of roof mount: Gets the bikes out of the way. Downsides of roof mount: Erica can't get the bike up or down without help.
Thule 599XTR Big Mouth Bike Rack $90 here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001HACDM/qid=1150981043/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/002-2991363-5288856?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=automotive&v=glance&n=15684181 Requires Thule's rack adaptor $126 here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006HAPRA/qid=1150983288/sr=8-5/ref=pd_bbs_5/002-2991363-5288856?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance&n=15684181 And Thule's square bars $47 here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007CZTW0/qid=1150983194/sr=8-2/ref=pd_bbs_2/002-2991363-5288856?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance&n=15684181 TOTAL = $470 + S&H
Yakima Raptor Bike Mount $94.95 here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000AMR6Q/qid=1150981043/sr=1-11/ref=sr_1_11/002-2991363-5288856?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=automotive&v=glance&n=15684181 Requires an adaptor to fit on the OEM roof rack: Yakima Horizontal Mighty Mount 24H $31.95 here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000AMR66/qid=1150981358/sr=8-4/ref=sr_1_4/002-2991363-5288856?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance&n=3375251 TOTAL = $221.85 + S&H
BVG Crankster Roof Rack Mount $54.95 here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000G0I4QQ/qid=1150981043/sr=1-15/ref=sr_1_15/002-2991363-5288856?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=automotive&v=glance&n=15684181 Fits any oval or box cross section cross bars less than 70mm X 50mm.
TOTAL = $127.11 including $9.75 S&H and $7.46 tax Estimated ship date for these 2 items: June 23, 2006 - June 26, 2006
Delivery takes 3-7 days, so we'd get it by July 5th if we ordered today (June 22, 2006).
Performance XPORT Roof Rack-Locking Upright Mt $229.99 here:
http://www.performancebike.com/shop/profile_combo.cfm?SKU=1250&estore_ID=&subcategory_ID=4410&CFID=57253335&CFTOKEN=15729841 Holds 2 bikes No info on what's needed to attach it, so I contacted their online chat for help:
Gary Tech: DO you have a factory rack on your vehicle?
Erica Marshall: yes
Gary Tech: Then this rack will not fit
Erica Marshall: ok
(pause to see if he'd recommend an adaptor or rack that'll work)
Erica Marshall: …thanks.
Gary Tech: Thank you for dropping by, Erica, and have a great day!
…So it won't work at all!?!
BIKE RACK ATTACHMENT TOP MOUNTED FOR 1993-2006 IMPREZA WAGONS with hardware and clips for FLAT style (AERO) crossbars. Carries 2 bikes. $189 here:
http://www.subarupartsforyou.com/cp_partdetail.php?partid=88 Do we have flat-AERO style crossbars or round ones? (Link above is for the flat-Aero, but round is the same price.
TOTAL = $210.62 including $21.62 S&H
Roma? (eBay Special):
Subaru Forester Impreza Roma Upright Bike Roof Rack $79.95 here:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Subaru-Forester-Impreza-Roma-Upright-Bike-Roof-Rack_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33651QQihZ019QQitemZ8076105199QQrdZ1 Universal mount $10 S&H
TOTAL: $179.90 including S&H (assuming they have 2)
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Subaru-Forester-Impreza-Legacy-Upright-Bike-Roof-Rack_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33651QQihZ019QQitemZ8076893399QQrdZ1 Universal mount $10 S&H
TOTAL: $109.90 including S&H (assuming they have 2)
Upsides of hitch-mount: Erica can use it. Downsides of hitch-mount: Bikes don't allow tailgate to be opened. Caveats: There only seem to be Class 1 hitches (1 1/4 inch) for the WRX, most bike carriers are for 2in; an adapter is only about $35, but it's one more place to loose stability, so I'd rather find something that fits properly.
WHAT WE DECIDED ON:
Swagman 64125 3 Bike Standard Bike Rack (1-1/4” Receiver):
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00009YUK1/qid=1151081058/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/102-2980881-8260154?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&v=glance&n=3375251 Carries 3 bikes
Fits 1-1/4” receiver
Uses: Screw-down clamps
Tilts down: No (it'll come off the hitch easy enough and the tilting mechanism is a failure point)
$99.94 Free shipping
Thule 93XT Htchng Pst Pro 4Bke 1.25”“
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009X8DAC/qid=1150997758/sr=1-49/ref=sr_1_49/002-2991363-5288856?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=automotive&v=glance&n=15684181 Uses: straps
Tilts down: Yes
Bike arms fold down when not in use
“Can be upgraded to 'No sway'“
Thule 936 Hitching Post Pro, 2 Bike Rack Hitch Mounted Bicycle Carrier for 2”
Receivers - t936
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000AME5P4/qid=1150992191/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/002-2991363-5288856?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=automotive&v=glance&n=15684181 Tilts down: Yes
Thule 995XT Expressway 4Bke 1.25''
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009XAMS8/qid=1150992191/sr=1-9/ref=sr_1_9/002-2991363-5288856?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=automotive&v=glance&n=15684181 Tilts down: Yes
Integrated locking cable w/ storage in carrier
Master Lock 2868AT Bike Rack
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009V1WUC/qid=1150992191/sr=1-6/ref=sr_1_6/002-2991363-5288856?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=automotive&v=glance&n=15684181 Holds 4 bikes on a Class III receiver
Uses: screw-down clamps
Tilts down: Unsure, it at least slides out/off easily
Premier Motoring Accessories, Inc.:
Hitch Mount 4 Bike Rack Non-Folding for 2” Receiver Hitch
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00061UH92/qid=1150992191/sr=1-8/ref=sr_1_8/002-2991363-5288856?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=automotive&v=glance&n=15684181 Uses: screw-down clamps
Tilts down: No.
3 bike model, folding or non, for 2” or 1 14” hitches:
Premier Motoring Accessories, Inc.:
Glide Away Deluxe 4 Bike Carrier
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00061UGKM/qid=1150992191/sr=1-22/ref=sr_1_22/002-2991363-5288856?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=automotive&v=glance&n=15684181 Uses: straps? -can't see from picture
Glides out from car and side to side
Lockable cable included
Anti-wobble device included
Highland 5940000 Rola TX-102, 2 Bike Hitch Mount Carrier
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000E7SY02/qid=1150994113/sr=1-27/ref=sr_1_27/002-2991363-5288856?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=automotive&v=glance&n=15684181 Uses: straps
Arms fold down -looks like they're positionable, ratcheting, but they look kinda plastic-y
Tilts down: Yes
Curt Receiver Hitch Bike Rack Carrier 2” x 2” Receiver Hitch Bike Carrier (150lb. Capacity)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GELE0U/qid=1150994113/sr=1-36/ref=sr_1_36/002-2991363-5288856?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=automotive&v=glance&n=15684181 Tilt: Looks like it, but doesn't say
Uses: screw-down clamp
Says it carries 4 bikes, I only see 3 cradles, though
Steel Horse Evolution Fold Down Bike Carrier
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000AM8BC2/qid=1150995209/sr=1-79/ref=sr_1_79/002-2991363-5288856?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=automotive&v=glance&n=15684181 Carries 2 bikes, 4 with an adapter
Finger-trigger fold down mechanism for trunk access, pictures shows it folded down w/ the bikes still on it.
Hitch lock included
Kitty Hawk Double Bike Carrier for 2” Receivers
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000BWGSL/qid=1150995502/sr=1-117/ref=sr_1_117/002-2991363-5288856?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=automotive&v=glance&n=15684181 Different design: Holds bikes like the roof rack kind it looks like?
OEM hitches can be had for $169:
http://www.subarupartsforyou.com/cp_partdetail.php?partid=134 Aftermarket ones from:
http://www.etrailer.com/productdetail.asp?partno=24710&vehicleid=2401&yearfrom=2005&h=e for $94.95
U-Haul: for $99.95, they'll install it too
As far as installation, apparently aftermarket exhaust fitment is a concern, but it can be worked around:
The added value for the Yakima and Thule racks is the fact that they have other carriers for things like snowboards, etc that all use the same racks.
Hitch-mount: Upside is Erica can use it too. Downside is lack of availability to the trunk incase we bring them on vacation or camping…
Find the Yakima adaptor for your OEM rook rack here: