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#1 OFFLINE   David

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 02:10 PM

I have a 2014 C Max Hybrid with the automatic hydraulic foot release hatchback.  I am wondering if it would be okay to put a 2-bike bike rack on the hatch.  I do not wish to damage the hatch but it also appears to be the only way we could take the bikes as they will not fit inside even with the seats down.  Is there a weight limit possibly to what can be put on the hatch?  I have the extra large moon roof on top so a roof mount is not possible.  I am hoping it is possible as we would like to take the bikes to some of the trails in the area.  We used to take them all the time on the previous car a Taurus station wagon.  That was hydraulic but not automatic open or close.  Any thoughts?









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#2 OFFLINE   Noah Harbinger

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 02:55 PM

That's a good question. The manual says "Do not hang anything (bike rack, etc.) from the spoiler, glass or liftgate. This could damage the liftgate and its components". Maybe someone else has thrown caution in the wind and can report a good or bad result. 

 

I fold down my rear seat and put my bike in the back. Take off the front wheel and use the rear wheel to roll the bike as far as it'll go. You'd probably want to put a moving blanket (or something) between two bikes, but I bet you could get them in! The back folds flat so it's great. 

 

Someone posted recently about attaching a hitch rack - you might be well advised to read http://fordcmaxhybri...-central-hitch/ if you want to add a rack in a way that doesn't make you worry about damaging the liftgate. 



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 07:23 PM

I have a saris three bike rack on my CMAX. I think I have only had two bikes on it. No problems after 1 1/2 years. :)

 

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 07:46 PM

Paul do you have a photo with your bike rack?  Thanks.



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 08:04 PM

I have to figure out how to get more memory to post more pics. :)

 

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 01:19 PM

I'll look forward to seeing them down the road Paul.



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Posted 26 May 2014 - 11:20 PM

Why wasn't that one of your questions to the dealer before you signed the check and took the keys??!

 

Always research all factors on how you will use a car/product to be sure it will meet ALL your typical needs/ requirements.

 

example: buying a tablet to them expect to be able to do CADD design work that needs major processing power, memory and an insane graphics card is not going to work obviously.

I have a 2014 C Max Hybrid with the automatic hydraulic foot release hatchback.  I am wondering if it would be okay to put a 2-bike bike rack on the hatch.  I do not wish to damage the hatch but it also appears to be the only way we could take the bikes as they will not fit inside even with the seats down.  Is there a weight limit possibly to what can be put on the hatch?  I have the extra large moon roof on top so a roof mount is not possible.  I am hoping it is possible as we would like to take the bikes to some of the trails in the area.  We used to take them all the time on the previous car a Taurus station wagon.  That was hydraulic but not automatic open or close.  Any thoughts?



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 08:06 PM

I'll look forward to seeing them down the road Paul

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 10:24 PM

Thanks Paul!  Looks like something we could use.


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Posted 25 June 2014 - 09:32 AM

Thanks Paul!  Looks like something we could use.

I put the arms down when not in use or it only takes 5min. to put on or off. :)

 

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 11:33 AM

I have to figure out how to get more memory to post more pics. :)

 

Paul

Look again... limits have changed, and you can reuse any image you've already attached in other posts. It's not the same at it once was.

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 02:37 PM

Look again... limits have changed, and you can reuse any image you've already attached in other posts. It's not the same at it once was.

Frank

I will have to get some help with that from my IT person. I was going to upload all my pics and resize them and then down them back to create more space. :)

 

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 03:34 PM

Next time you reply hit My Media... Just for grins if nothing else. I get a choice of Gallery or Attachments.
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Posted 24 July 2014 - 04:21 PM

Here is what I put on mine. It's called a glide away rack. As you can see you don't have to take the bikes off or lay them down to access the hatch.

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 05:29 AM

I usually put my bike in the car.
There are several hitches for the cmcx.
We put on the ecohitch as no drilling and kick open is preserved, albeit trickier. You have to kick from an angle.
The company accidentally sent the 1.25 inch receiver but we decided it would look nicer with the smaller receiver so are keeping it. The company was great. They offered to ship the 2 inch receiver version and pay for the labor to swap it out and return shipping spontaneously. Because of the error, Byron told me they changed some procedures to prevent this I the future.
We plan to purchase the 1UP USA rack for it. Most of the time, we will keep it as a single mount but plan to purchase the add on for a second mount. The rack has stellar reviews. If you see a review with rust on the screw head, this is resolved. The screws are SS- a few years ago, some screws came through in steel but the company replaced any that were identified (one of my questions)
The 1 UP is all metal and reminds me of an erector set.
We wanted a trough rack or else might have considered the swing away rack.
This will replace our current Yakima tank.
We just purchased 2 cars, so rack is not first priority as season is winding down.

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 09:15 AM

  I have two years on my Saris Triple Bike Rack. It solved the problem with the hatch not closing good enough. :)
 
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Posted 12 September 2014 - 09:42 AM

I usually put my bike in the car.

The company accidentally sent the 1.25 inch receiver but we decided it would look nicer with the smaller receiver so are keeping it. 

 

I, too, have a 1.25 hitch and really like the unobtrusive looks when not in use.

 

I have been fitting two adult 700c road bikes in my smaller NRG hatch just need to remove the front wheels.  I really like the security and weather protection that affords but I also want to get a carrier for the rare occasion that I need to take rear passengers along.   I'm currently looking to get a hitch mount type carrier that swings down for liftgate access. 



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Posted 12 September 2014 - 09:57 AM

The hitch is the proper way to haul other cargo outside the vehicle without causing damage to the paint

or mechanical components. IMO, those hang on mounts aren't worth the hassle. Using a hitch setup

will allow you to add a carry-all if you wanted to load an extra trunk on the back of the car for long trips.



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Posted 12 September 2014 - 11:00 AM

I can remove and reattach my Saris bike rack in just a few minutes. I use magnetic adhesive strips from Michaels to cover any places where feet or straps touch the car. It is also a cheaper solution and can be easily installed. :)

 

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Posted 14 September 2014 - 09:02 PM

 I'm currently looking to get a hitch mount type carrier that swings down for liftgate access. 

 

Well I'm going to put those plans on hold for a while as see how my cargo carrier will work.  Besides no additional costs, this setup holds the bike rock solid still without having to resort to "cranking" on the ratchet tiedowns.  Even so, I'm considering laying a heavy blanket down on the carrier floor and inverting the bike before tying it down with the ratchet straps so as not to stress the wheels/spokes.

 

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