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Saris Bones Trunk Mount 3 Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Saris Bones Trunk Mount 3 Bike Rack


Today, we're going to be taking a look at the Saris Bones Trunk Mounted 3 bike rack in gray, part number Sa801. This bike rack is also available in a wide variety of colors. The Saris Bones is made of 100% recyclable material that is strong, durable, and completely rust resistant. The top set of arms on this bike rack is arched, as you can see, to fit around a lot of the newer vehicles with the spoilers. The top set of feet as well as the bottom set of feet are a soft rubber that's going to protect the vehicle's finish along with the hooks as well that are coated in a nice rubber paint to also help protect your vehicle's finish. This bike rack is completely adjustable. With these grooves here, you can loosen up these black knobs and adjust the arms to accommodate almost any make and model of vehicle. It's also equipped with these nice ratcheting straps.

It provides a nice strong hold for your bike in the cradles while you are traveling down the road. Also equipped, are the anti-sway cradles. This is going to wrap around the vertical bar on your bike and help prevent it from swaying back and forth, coming into contact with your other bikes or the bike rack itself. The Saris Bones has a carrying capacity of three bicycles with a weight capacity of 35 pounds per bike. It is made in the USA and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Now, we'll go ahead and show you how to install it. Directly out of the box, the bike rack comes ready to install on the vehicle. First, you need to begin by setting the bottom set of feet on the upper tier of the rear bumper.

We'll then need to loosen up the black knobs here at the top to adjust the arms to fit the trunk. Do this on both sides. Now, we're not going to tighten them down just because we haven't really established a set position yet. Now, we're going to raise up our cradle arms just a little bit so that the bottom feet will fit a little bit better on the top of the bumper. Now, we'll go ahead and raise up the cradle arms, which is going to allow us to position the feet a little bit better. Now they adjust the same way just by loosening up these black knobs.

We'll bring them towards the center and then kind of bring them up a little bit just to get them out of the way and then just tighten them down loosely. Now with the bottom set of feet free, we'll go ahead and place the feet onto the bumper making sure the majority of the pad is touching the vehicle. We'll go ahead and rotate these feet down, then bring it forward just to see how our placement looks on the trunk. They seem to be a little bit too far up so what we're going to do is just slide the arms out again and then readjust them. Now that we have the arms kind of in position then we'll just tighten down the black knobs to secure them in place. Now that we have the bike rack fitted to the trunk, we're ready to secure it by the clips. Now, there are three clips here on each side of the bike rack.

You'll know which clip is which because they are labeled and actually the top clip is going to be the fattest one. We'll go ahead and do that one first just to help us hold the bike rack up, then hook it in place, tighten down the strap just a little bit just to help us keep the bike rack in place. We'll then repeat the same process with the other side top strap. Now, with the top set of straps in place, we'll go ahead and secure the bottom set. Now, the bottom set of straps is going to have the skinniest of the three clips. Then simply place it into the bottom of the trunk. Now, depending on your application, you made need to open up your trunk to get the clips in place. We'll then tighten it down just a little bit. We'll then go ahead and repeat the same process for the other side. With the bottom set of straps in place, we'll then go ahead and secure the side clips. Now, when you are hooking in your side clip, you want to make sure that this clip is in contact with only metal so you don't damage your tail lights. With that strap in position, then we'll just tighten it down just a little bit and then move to the other side. Now that we have all three sets of straps in place, we'll go ahead and further tighten them down to secure the bike rack to the trunk. We're just going to do a little bit of each set at a time so that way we don't off set the bike rack from the center. Now with all of our straps tightened down and the bike rack is secured, we'll go ahead and just tie off our excess strap. Now with the cradle arms in the stored position, we'll go ahead and swing them out just like all the other arms of the bike rack. We'll loosen up the black knob and slide the arm off of these grooves. The grooves here will help keep the arm in place and the smooth spot will allow you to rotate the arms. You just need to make sure that your cradle arms are level or slightly angled up. Basically, you just don't want any of the pressure on the bikes to be downward so we'll just make sure that the arm is level. When we have the arm in the correct position, then we'll just tighten down that black knob again, which will secure it in place. Now we'll just go ahead and repeat the same process with the other arm just making sure that it matches. Now that we've gone over some of the features and shown you how to install it, we'll go ahead and show you how to load up a bike. First, we'll go ahead and undo the cradle straps. We'll push in this button here at the buckle with the Saris logo, which will free up the strap. Then just repeat the same process for the other two straps. Now that we have our cradle straps open, we'll simply place the frame of the bike into the cradles. Now, I'm going to start with the anti-sway strap here and secure it around the vertical bar of the bike. We'll just repeat the same process with the other two straps. Now with our bike all loaded up, we'll go ahead and take it out for a test drive and show you how it looks in action. That will complete today's review of the Saris Bones Trunk Mounted 3 bike rack in gray, part number Sa801. .


Jeff J.

11/1/2020

how much do they costs?

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Jon G.

11/2/2020

This model was discontinued so I don't have a price on it but if you could let me know the year/make/model of your vehicle I can use our fitguide (or you could do it on your own) to see what does fit and is currently available.

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