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Dave Cooper Bike Rack with Bak-Rak adapter


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Having gone back to the original post, it's very clear from photo 4 that the bakrak is not performing as it should. The flange should be vertical in side-view and it's not. The bakrak has rotated backwards on the ball, either because it hasn't been fitted right or because it is simply not capable of clamping tight enough to resist the moment of the bike  rack. Whether the Dave Cooper bike rack is a suitable device is a separate issue. Personally, I think not, but it certainly is not deserving of the rant that has been directed at it.

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Did you tighten the grub screws? Especially the one we cant see opposing the one closest to your bumper? You might need to loosen the one closest to your bumper and then tighten the opposing one. That should correct the backward lean. If these are tight, it shouldnt rock back and forth

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I’ve seen a few speedway bikes transported by what must be pretty much the same type of rear tow ball mounted arrangement. Now if the speedway rider is going to race abroad then that makes entire sense as they will possibly be charged for just one vehicle. Ditto for a foreign rider coming to UK ( they might decide not though if they read some of the comments on this topic). 

Nebulous, your last post has deeply saddened me. Like many of us we have friends    or relatives that are going through the hell that any of your ailments will cause. I appreciate that these will play on anyone’s mind and be a constant reminder that we are all mortal. I am undergoing tests, my partner has just come out of breast cancer hell, my brother in law has stage 4 stomach and colon cancer and receives palliative care and my mother is CKD stage 4. So if I have offended you by quoting anything you felt was too much then I apologise, it’s easy to do but it is meant in the spirit of the word. 

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Just joining this thread. I had a DC bike rack, and when connected to my LandRover (with tow bar bolted straight to the chassis) it was a great - an agricultural strength set up.

However I would say a swan neck tow bar (with or without additional contraptions) is totally unsuited to a DC bike rack - to the point of being highly dangerous.

A swan neck might be able to cope with a bicycle rack, but certainly not a trials bike, where the huge leverage on the swan neck/car mounting (forces way beyond what it was designed for) means something will break in no time, meaning the trials bike will soon be bouncing down the road. :-(

 

 

 

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Sorry for dragging up such an old thread, but what was the outcome? I am curious as I am about to go down this exact route (with a Freelander2 + detachable swan neck)

Was the Bak Rak converter fitted correctly?

Was it tightened to the correct torque?

What was the outcome? did you manage to solve the issue of the rack rotating about the ball?

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9 hours ago, sdean10 said:

Sorry for dragging up such an old thread, but what was the outcome? I am curious as I am about to go down this exact route (with a Freelander2 + detachable swan neck)

Was the Bak Rak converter fitted correctly?

Was it tightened to the correct torque?

What was the outcome? did you manage to solve the issue of the rack rotating about the ball?

What make of towbar do you have?

If it’s a Witter you may be able to buy a detachable flange type (which would let you bolt the DC rack to it) to replace the swan neck

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On 3/29/2022 at 2:27 PM, retromlc said:

I have the same set up in same car, detachable tiw bar, it took a while to settle and I kept tightening the bolt I have no issues with it at all

Hi, looking at possibly using this setup and just want to confirm that you mean you have the same bak rak/DC bike rack setup as the original poster and it works fine with a trials bike, cheers 

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