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My daily driver is a Porsche 944 in order to get it into the rear hatch area I have to take BOTH wheels off. This is a real PITA, but I don't know if there is bike rack that I can easily fit on that car. It's not the most practical daily driver in the world, but I like it and in most other respects it meets my needs very well.

Lacking any suitable rack, any suggestions on how to remove and re-install the rear wheel while keeping the greasy/dirty hands to a minimum. I've got a box of latex gloves and that helps. Also are there any long-term maintenance problems I'm going to encounter with the constant removal/installation of the wheels, especially the rear?

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I don't have specific info off-hand, but I don't know of a Porsche that didn't have a factory available rack system. Mostly for getting Skis to the Alps, bike carriers can also be mounted. I know for a fact they exist for the 928, should be there for the 44 as well...

I've seen a guy at a track day that had Thule crossbars on his roof to carry his r-compounds.

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Yes but is it faster in reverse?


The internet says you can put a receiver hitch on it, if that's true then problem solved.
 

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I carried my Gary Fisher in the back of my 86' 944 Turbo, with both wheels off. The only accessory rack made for the 944 was a Ski/Snowboard hatch mount. I sure miss my 951...nobody ever slowed me down climbing any mountain!
 

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Well according to google there was a rack made specific to the 944 and also yakima they make a rack that will fit it. isn't google great? :thumbsup: ;)
 

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Yeah I saw a Datsun 240Z last summer with a Yakima rack and two bike rails on it, so it's possible.

I mean, if THESE are possible... ;)



 

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XJaredX said:
Ahhh here we go:

http://forums.pelicanparts.com/porsche-924-944-968-technical-forum/496853-porsche-944-roof-rack.html

Actually... I just went to Thule's website and they DID make a kit for your car but it is no longer in production. Do a google search for "Thule KIT34", you need that and then some crossbars and feet. But the KIT34 part is going to be your nemesis
Thanks for all the tips. Here's what the THULE website comes up with when I spec my car:

http://www.thuleracks.com/thule_fitguide/fg_vehicle.asp

I'm going to contact them during the next week.
 

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Porschefan said:
Thanks for all the tips. Here's what the THULE website comes up with when I spec my car:

http://www.thuleracks.com/thule_fitguide/fg_vehicle.asp

I'm going to contact them during the next week.
Your link timed out but I did the same thing yesterday and when you spec your car it shows the parts you need but then under Details there is a little exclamation mark that you click on and it says your fit kit is no longer in production.

You should also try the Yakima site and see if they still have something in production.

Failing that, cruise eBay, craigslist, and the Porsche forums.
 

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^^+1. I'm sure somebody from Rennlist.com can find you a rack!
 

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^^+1. I'm sure somebody from Rennlist.com can find you a rack!
Good idea....I should have already posted there and probably Pelican too.
 

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Problem is, a rack will KILL your 944s already great gas mileage, of 30mpg Freeway. I remember the ski rack dropping freeway gas mileage by at least 8mpg. The bike rack will drop it close to Ferarri gas mileage, I reckon.
 

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A roof rack basically means a permanent reduction in all aspects of your car's performance. Permanent in that while you could remove the rack when not in use, you won't.

Just the rack up there will be bad enough, with bikes up there it will feel like you are driving with the parking brake on. Plus you will inevitably smash your bike into some low hanging object, and your friends will inevitably scratch your roof while loading bikes.

If you had an engine in the back it would be one thing, but you don't so why cripple your car? Hitch racks are the answer.
 

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A roof rack basically means a permanent reduction in all aspects of your car's performance. Permanent in that while you could remove the rack when not in use, you won't.

Just the rack up there will be bad enough, with bikes up there it will feel like you are driving with the parking brake on. Plus you will inevitably smash your bike into some low hanging object, and your friends will inevitably scratch your roof while loading bikes.

If you had an engine in the back it would be one thing, but you don't so why cripple your car? Hitch racks are the answer.
Good points. I'll check into what it would take to get a hitch mounted. I guess overall that would be less of a drag (no pun intended) than the roof rack.
 

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singletrack said:
A roof rack basically means a permanent reduction in all aspects of your car's performance. Permanent in that while you could remove the rack when not in use, you won't.

Just the rack up there will be bad enough, with bikes up there it will feel like you are driving with the parking brake on. Plus you will inevitably smash your bike into some low hanging object, and your friends will inevitably scratch your roof while loading bikes.
None of that matches my experience.
 

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i too would say get a hitch installed on your car. much easier to use, and, yes, someone will eventually hit the fork dropouts n your roof, but the height wouldnt be too much of an issue as the car is short, as on my escort wagon, i an go through any drivethrough, but my buddy has an exploorer and cant.

hitch racks are alot easier to take off/put on, just one bolt and bam!

pics when you decide!!
 

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Porschefan said:
Good points. I'll check into what it would take to get a hitch mounted. I guess overall that would be less of a drag (no pun intended) than the roof rack.
Fortunately you don't need a hitch that says Porsche on it :)

Here's a hitch for $110, though U-haul will probably sell you one installed for $200 or so. The installation can be a pain.
 

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Look around on Rennlist and Pelican for 944 hitch advice and get a hitch mounted rack. I have seen a bunch of threads about guys pulling track tires on small trailers behind their 944s.
 

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Interesting. You must be driving in a vacuum on a planet with no gravity.

Really Pete, get a life.
No. I'm driving on Earth.

I have a great life Joel, despite your weaksauce etard comment.

Here's where my experience differs from yours and why your gross generalizations are as silly as much of your usual drivel:

  • My roof rack is not a permanent addition. If I'm riding, it goes on, when I'm finished, it comes off.
  • In other words, when it's not in use, I remove it. It's a quick and simple process. Normal people aren't lazy focks like you.
  • When the bikes are up there, it does not feel like I'm driving with the parking brake on. That might be true for low HP/TQ POS vehicles (that you're used to trying to drive) but that's not something that I've experienced
  • I've never driven into a garage and my friends have never scratched the top of my car

So yeah, I'm not driving in a vacuum and like I previously stated, my experience does not match your Chicken Little experience.
 
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