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strange it doesn't come apart easier... I'm a Rock Shox guy, not that familiar w/ Fox.

There are a few companies that build axles - check out MRP (may have to call them) or I9 (https://industrynine.com/matchstix/)

The axle is held by being pinched at each end, rather than by only being threaded in. Like The Dude's rug tied his room together, this ties the axle more solidly to the fork lowers and gives it a stiffy, so to speak. This fork's axle attachment is to provide better stability for downhill and enduro racers than the QR does. It really isn't needed for an all mountain or cross country ride, but along with the hassle comes a more solid tracking fork with less flex. I don't really need that next level of rock-solid stability, but can't complain too much about the hassle that comes with it as the price it was was offered for was at a wonderful discount.

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@Travlin , this is a great headline: https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/07/ameri...cli/index.html
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finally got my bike rack system all set up. I use the Rak Attach swing arm and the Woof Rax that fits 6 bikes. Love it's performance. Here is a video tour of the system: https://youtu.be/xDvdyppJVNA
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there might be more threads to post that video on.

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I plan to hang a Dirtbag on the driver's side rear -- looks like my best bet to keep my Diverge inside during multi-month road trips. The "door swing-ability" of this setup, to access things stored under the bunk, is very appealing.

QUESTION 1: where to hang the Dirtbag. Looking at the photos it is not clear if there is consensus on which holes to use / where to locate the Dirtbag. It appears that Chatski used holes on the door and used a single bolt rather than two, so that the Dirtbag istelf pivots.

Travlin' mounted the Dirtbag fore of the D-pillar, on a piece of 1x4 which was ... bolted to plusnuts in the wall, behind the paneling? This placement allows room for the pedals, as well as fine tuning the height so the rear wheel can rest on the deck. But is the "door-ability" impeded by the D-Pillar? Or is the neck of the Dirtbag tall enough to clear the D-Pillar?

I can't tell whether Jaross mounted his Dirtbag on the D-Pillar, or on the wall fore of the D-Pillar, snuggled up tight against the D-Pillar.

QUESTION 2: metal backer plate? A couple of people (jaross, Chatski?) mentioned using a metal backer plate of some sort to stabilize the Dirtbag, which is otherwise bolted through the very thin sheet metal. Any followup on this or other suggestions for the mechanics of mounting (assuming I do not follow travlin's lead?)

QUESTION 3: how many bolts? CHarski used a single bolt, which let the Dirtbag swivel. While probably necessary if you are using the factory holes, it does seem like it puts a lot of stress on a single point (think washboard roads).

Advice on mounting the Dirtbag would be greatly appreciated!
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Carrying front wheel on the rear door?

I would like to carry the front wheel on the driver's rear door of my T250 MR cargo. Chatski has wheels in front of the windows, with a single cross-bungee. Right idea, but lower....

I would like to have the wheel on the bottom half of the door, not obstructing the window). I guess I could drill a few more holes and make a system of bungees and eyebolts, but surely there is something more elegant? Perhaps a shelf or a couple of L-brackets to rest the wheel in, and the a bungee across to snug it in place?

Ideas? Examples?
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I really like the idea of the Recon rack, but it wasn't around when I started my search, so I ended up with a 1up. I love that the rack doesn't sway and I don't have to worry about it marrying my carbon frames.
I also like how it easily swaps from my van to my wife's car. I also got a Wilco swing out hitch, which I'm a big fan of. I also load my wife's dirt bike on that and can swing it out with that on back. Big plus IMO. One gripe of the Wilco arm, is I have to swing it out to open the door even if the bike rack isn't on. If it were an 1/8" lower, it wouldn't be a problem. Anyway, here's some pics
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I was thinking about drilling the rear doors and adding L-track and upright roof racks to attach directly to the doors. But now my idea is to use the Prime Design no drill ladder and attach these hooks from Lolo Racks:


The ladder is kinda expensive, but the racks are only $32!

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I wonder how this seasucker rack would do on a back door. Would it peel the outer skin from the internal supports?

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