SeaSucker Bike Rack Installation
As SeaSucker Bike Racks use industrial vacuum mounts they can be installed on various locations on your car. This guide details some of the locations that can be used, how to install and remove your SeaSucker Bike Rack and general care and maintenance.
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SeaSucker Mini Bomber & Porsche 911 with glass roof
The Car's Roof
In the photo the SeaSucker Mini Bomber is mounted on the glass roof of a 2014 Porsche 911. A fixed glass roof typically does not have a tilt or slide mechanism. We typically don't recommend using the sunroof as this will prevent using your sunroof when transporting your bike. Also the sunroof may have a tilt and slide mechanism which wasn't designed to deal with the extra forces generated from the bike rack. It is important to remember that the vacuum mounts must be located either on glass or on the roof panel. Vacuum mounts won't work if they are partially located on both surfaces.
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SeaSucker Talon & Jaguar F-Type with glass roof
The Back Window
You can mount the SeaSucker Main Board entirely on the back window. As the SeaSucker Talon has a "T" shaped main board it can be mounted so that the front two vacuum mounts are mounted the roof with the rear vacuum mount on the back window. The bike's rear wheels will end up on the boot and secured using the SeaSucker Rear Wheel Strap. This gives you good visibility of your bike when driving whilst maintaining good visibility through the back window.
CLEAN, WET, & PUMP!
Before installing your SeaSucker Bike Rack it is important to clean the cars surface and the bottom of the vacuum mounts prior to installation. We recommend using a water spray bottle with clean water only and a micro fibre cloth. Once both surfaces are clean give the bottom of the vacuum mounts a quick spray with the water spray bottle. This will help the vacuum mounts generate maximum vacuum and maintain this for the longest time. Apply pressure to ensure the entire surface of the vacuum mount makes contact with the cars surface. Commence depressing the vacuum pump many times until the pump retracts fully into its housing. The pump should reach a point where it will not retract any further. At this point it is at full vacuum.
All SeaSucker Bike Rack Vacuum Mounts have a red indicator band letting you know if it has lost some of its vacuum. This should not occur during a normal days use. If it does it is often an indicator of dirt being trapped under the surface. If the indicator band is displayed all you need to do is give it a few pumps to return it back to maximum vacuum.
PACK IT AWAY WHEN YOU ARE DONE
Once you have finished using your SeaSucker Bike Rack it's time to remove it. Removal takes seconds by breaking the seal between the vacuum mount and the surface. Once the bike rack is removed it is important to install the protective covers. Insert the protective covers over the vacuum mounts and press them firmly all the way around the vacuum mount until the vacuum cup is completely inserted into the protective covers.
WE ARE HERE TO HELP!
The team at Gear Campus has 5 years’ experience with SeaSucker products including their Bike Racks. If you are unsure please do not hesitate to call us on 1300 722 580. We have thousands of satisfied customers using SeaSucker Bike Racks; if you are located in Melbourne we also offer free demonstrations and installation services at our office in Cheltenham, Victoria