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Parts Needed to Carry 3 Bikes or 3 Longboard Surfboards with a 2018 Honda Civic

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Hello, I have a 2018 Honda Civic Sedan with a moonroof. I need a way to transport 3 longboards surfboards 22-1/2" wide and 3 mountain bikes not necessarily at the same time. Id prefer a solution where I didnt have to drill anything for a roof rack. Also low noise. Is there a hitch and hitch bike rack combo for my car that would support the weight of 3 mountain bikes?

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To transport the 3 longboards on the roof of your 2018 Honda Civic I recommend going with the Yakima JetStream crossbars system but with longer bars to accommodate all of your boards. Since the max amount of boards you can stack on a carrier is 2 we have to make sure there is enough room to place the longboards side by side. For a roof rack use the following:

60" JetStream Crossbars # Y00426
BaseLine Towers - # Y28TR
Fit Kit - # Y06182
Fit Kit - # Y06183

Then for carriers I recommend the Inno Board Locker Surfboard Carrier # INA744 for 2 of the boards and then the Rhino-Rack SUP and Surfboard Pads w/ Tie-Downs for Crossbars # RRRWP03 for the 3rd board. Please keep in mind that you will need to offset the crossbars (probably about 4") to get everything to fit properly.

For your 3 bikes you can then use 3 of the roof mount bike racks like the Yakima ForkLift # Y02098 which is a great bike rack that is easy to install and use. This does require you to remove the front wheel from your bikes though so if you'd like a bike rack that allows you to keep them on then the FrontLoader # Y02103 is what you're looking for.

It would be possible to install a trailer hitch and use a hitch mount bike rack, but since there are only Class I hitches available for your 2018 Honda Civic you'll only be able to transport up to 2 bikes.

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To transport the 3 longboards on the roof of your 2018 Honda Civic I recommend going with the Yakima JetStream crossbars system but with longer bars to accommodate all of your boards. Since the max amount of boards you can stack on a carrier is 2 we have to make sure there is enough room to place the longboards side by side. For a roof rack use the following: 60" JetStream Crossbars - Black # Y00426 BaseLine Towers - # Y00146 Fit Kit - # Y06182 Fit Kit - # Y06183 Then for carriers I recommend the Inno Board Locker Surfboard Carrier # INA744 for 2 of the boards and then the Rhino-Rack SUP and Surfboard Pads w/ Tie-Downs for Crossbars # RRRWP03 for the 3rd board. Please keep in mind that you will need to offset the crossbars (probably about 4") to get everything to fit properly. For your 3 bikes you can then use 3 of the roof mount bike racks like the Yakima ForkLift # Y02098 which is a great bike rack that is easy to install and use. This does require you to remove the front wheel from your bikes though so if you'd like a bike rack that allows you to keep them on then the FrontLoader # Y02103 is what you're looking for. It would be possible to install a trailer hitch and use a hitch mount bike rack, but since there are only Class I hitches available for your 2018 Honda Civic you'll only be able to transport up to 2 bikes.

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Expert Reply:

That does change things a bit!

In this case I still recommend using the Yakima JetStream roof rack (with shorter bars) along with the Inno carrier. This means that you'll need the following for your 2 boards:

50" JetStream Crossbars # Y00425
BaseLine Towers - # Y28TR
Fit Kit - # Y06182
Fit Kit - # Y06183
Inno Board Locker Surfboard Carrier - # INA744

You can use a fairing if you'd like to cut down on wind noise and drag and for that you can use the 44" Long Rhino-Rack # RRRF3.

Then for the trailer hitch and bike rack I recommend the Draw-Tite # 24954 hitch because it has a hidden crosstube which looks more clean, and then the Hollywood Racks Destination Bike Rack # HLY94FR is what I recommend for a bike rack.

I have attached some videos that you can check out too.

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