Well I got the rack today and immediately had to open it. The box was pretty banged up via UPS. The rack was fine except their was a nick in the plastic of a jaw clamp (no biggie, a little gorilla glue fixed it and it was cosmetic only). Comparing this kit to a thule or yakima system kit it looked... well, cheap. The rails come in two sections and need to be bolted together instead of being one piece like the thule or yakima. Once the kit was assembled I became impressed it actually looks nice and feels very sturdy. It is not as refined as a yakima or thule equivalent but just a functional and for the price point I am okay with that. I'm not sure how weather resistant the finish will be so I will most likely spray some WD-40 on the surfaces of the mount kit to prevent corrosion. Assembly Tip: The directions don't show this for the jaw bracket but on all the oversized thumb screws use a washer. This will allow you to tighten the thumb screws of the jaw mount plate with out them rubbing against the sides of the raised potion of the jaw mount plate. Also the fourth round hole from the front of the rail is where the jaw mount plate first screw should be inserted for most racks and bikes. Took it for a spin: No complaints! I was able to view it via my sunroof and the bikes looked very stable and secure. I went up to highway speeds and after about an 1 hour of wasting gas I checked the mount and bikes (I also drove down some rough rural roads). The result: no problems - everything was secure and tight.
I purchased the rack for what I believe to be a great price. I was expecting a cheap version of a rack system I really wanted to buy, but was very please when I recieved the product. The assembly was quick and painless. I started at 8:30pm and was done by 8:45pm, the same night. My wife and I were out riding the trails in our area the next day.
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