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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Own a Prius and want to carry bikes?

I looked around and tried several racks before settling on a Receiver Hitch mount from Coastal Tech. I used a Saris Bones rear rack. Saris claimed that it fits, but the rear legs are not long enough to raise the straps off the rear spoiler. I recently checked the site and they only list the Guardian Racks.

From their site;
Coastal Electronic Technologies, Inc. has developed a (1 1/4") & a (2") receiver hitch which will simply "bolt on" using already existing holes, without any drilling or modifications necessary. Installation takes less than 25 minutes and once installed, a world full of accessories can be inserted, making your Prius much more versatile. It is sold for $149.00 and can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. Complete instructions with color photos are included for fast, easy installation. All of the hitches and accessories are quality, powder coated units which you will use for many years to come.

You can add a 2" or 1.25" rack from a variety of manufacturers.

It took me about an hour to install. The existing rear tow mounts are removed and replaced with the mounts for the bar. It is a fairly sturdy setup. My only concern/complaint is that it sags a little when putting two bikes. If you put a cruiser or mountain bike on the rack it also sags a little.

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