This is what makes me nervous about using a rack on my car... scratching or scraping paint with the hooks. Are the new racks any better with protecting the paint against the hooks?I got a Thule one recently. It works pretty well. Be careful of scraping off the paint though when attaching the hooks to the trunk.
You might even be able to find a vinyl shop that can help to get something exact fit to fit in that area properly and look good too.for anything that has the potential of rubbing through paint, i would pick up a roll of clear vynal. just simply cut and stick on a strip where the pad meets the paint and peel off after.
I ended up getting that saris rack, and did notice some minor scuff marks on top of the trunk after the first use. To be fair, I was driving on a dirt road carrying 3 bikes...so the fine particles probably got underneath the pads. Normally, I would just haul 1 bike on paved roads.
Saris does stress to make sure the trunk is clean before installing it.
=> Hi Dahntahn_pgh,
I am looking for a trunk bike rack for TXL.
How do you like the Saris bone 3 on TLX?
According to Saris web site, it requires Parts #3035 Hatch Hugger to replace side hooks. Did you get the Saris Hatch hugger as well? Thank you in advance.
Used this 2 weeks ago. Worked great (of course)... I still need to call my dealer and ask about the warranty implications of adding a hitch for bike rack (only)... as often I would like my bike and GF's bike, or my bike and the 2 bikes for the kids and the 'fold seats down' method doesn't really work (can't fit all bikes and if you could, couldn't fit all people).If it were me (and only one bike):
Remove front tire
Lay down back seat
Insert bike into trunk and put front tire in back seat
Enjoy the ride