Bike Rack For Accent HB & Powertrain Warranty

Discussion in 'Hyundai Accent' started by Raoul, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. Raoul

    Raoul Guest

    I was rather stunned to discover that the only bicycle racks that fit
    my 09 Accent HB are roof racks where the bicycle stands vertical and
    ones that fit into a trailer hitch. So far it's about even at $200
    either way. Unless I find a roof rack that is significantly cheaper,
    I'll go with the trailer hitch since it is much easier to load/unload.
    What racks do people here use, if they have one?

    My concern is that if I ever have a powertrain problem, the dealer
    will void the warranty since it will look like I'm towing a trailer.
    How do I prove a negative?
     
    Raoul, Dec 6, 2009
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  2. Raoul

    Zeppo Guest

    If you have an issue, put your bike rack onto the hitch before you head for
    the dealer.

    Jon
     
    Zeppo, Dec 7, 2009
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  3. Raoul

    iws Guest

    |I was rather stunned to discover that the only bicycle racks that fit
    | my 09 Accent HB are roof racks where the bicycle stands vertical and
    | ones that fit into a trailer hitch. So far it's about even at $200
    | either way. Unless I find a roof rack that is significantly cheaper,
    | I'll go with the trailer hitch since it is much easier to load/unload.
    | What racks do people here use, if they have one?
    |
    | My concern is that if I ever have a powertrain problem, the dealer
    | will void the warranty since it will look like I'm towing a trailer.
    | How do I prove a negative?

    I have had one of these for over ten years and really like it for my bike -
    easy to get on and off the car in only 30 seconds. Bike goes on and off in
    less than a minute. No marring of your cars sheet metal either.
    http://www.bdiracks.com/bdiplate.html
     
    iws, Dec 10, 2009
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  4. Raoul

    hyundaitech Guest

    You don't need to prove negative. Your explanation should suffice.

    Actually, you'll find that the attachment won't be sturdy enough to
    tow anything of significant weight. Anyone with half a brain will
    figure out you haven't been towing any significant weight.
     
    hyundaitech, Dec 14, 2009
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  5. Raoul

    Raoul Guest

    Thanks.
     
    Raoul, Dec 15, 2009
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  6. Raoul

    nothermark Guest

    Find a bike shop that stocks Rhode Racks. Now owned by Yakima. The
    trunk/rear door type rack will fit about anything.
     
    nothermark, Dec 20, 2009
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  7. Raoul

    Raoul Guest

    According to their web site, they only have a roof rack for the Accent
    HB. This is the case with Thule also. The problem is the rear spoiler
    (wind deflector) at the top of the hatchback. It's plastic and more
    decorative than structural. I'm thinking of ways to reinforce the
    spoiler against the downward pull of the straps. The Thule 910 I'm
    thinking of has a set of lateral straps, so the upper ones that will
    pass over the spoiler will not need to be very tight. I've got 4
    months of winter to come up with a plan.

    It is something that Hyundai needs to address.
     
    Raoul, Dec 20, 2009
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  8. Raoul

    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    What do they have to address? The fact that a third party does not make a
    roof rack? Probably not enough interest for them to care.
     
    Ed Pawlowski, Dec 21, 2009
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  9. Raoul

    nothermark Guest

    I take it you cannot get to the top of the door under the spoiler?

    It might be a good time to think about filing some notches if the
    spoiler comes off. That would save you a bundle.

    I have not really looked at one so this is a WAG but I would look at
    maybe removing the spoiler and filing two notches where the upper
    straps go. If I could do that and hook over the hatch top that would
    let me put the spoiler back and either leave the rack on the car for
    the summer or thread the upper straps through the slots and then back
    intp the rack. There are several back racks that use the same general
    straps to a bracket idea.

    Let us know how it works out.
     
    nothermark, Dec 22, 2009
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  10. Raoul

    nothermark Guest

    Probably you are wrong. A significant audience is for young folks who
    will also be coping with outdoor equipment.

    As an old fart I check Yakima before I get serious about a vehicle. No
    racks no interest.
     
    nothermark, Dec 22, 2009
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