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Need ski rack for 2-door car.

post #1 of 15
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I need a ski rack for a 1990 Honda Prelude Si.  I contacted one aftermarket rack seller, and he said they recommend against putting a roof ski rack on the Prelude because, with just two doors, the brackets can't be spaced far enough apart (fore-aft) to give it enough stability to counter the "sail" effect of the skis.  

Is there any work-around? For instance, what if I added a tie that hooked under the front fender or front of the hood, and another that hooked under the rear fender or back of the rear trunk? Or is there a rack designed for cars like the Prelude that would attach to the rear or trunk?

I'm looking to keep the cost under $100.  [BTW when I went on the Thule site -- thinking I might be able to get one on Ebay -- their product finder said they had nothing for a 1990 Prelude.]


Edited by chemist - 4/1/15 at 1:44pm
post #2 of 15

I had a Yakima rack for mt '86 2 door Corolla GTS. It had 4 clamping points on the rain gutter and then a framework that extended backwards with legs with rubber suction cups or pads (I can't remember exactly). It cost a lot more than $100.

 

Your other option is a trunk mounting rack ( might find a cheap one for under $100) or hitch mount which won't be cheap if you need to get a receiver hitch as well.

post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by chemist View Post
 

I need a ski rack for a 1990 Honda Prelude Si.  

 

Nice!   Japan-built?   4WS?

post #4 of 15

Just open the sunroof. 

post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post
 

I had a Yakima rack for mt '86 2 door Corolla GTS. It had 4 clamping points on the rain gutter and then a framework that extended backwards with legs with rubber suction cups or pads (I can't remember exactly). It cost a lot more than $100.

 

Well, there IS a short roof system for Thule - the 487 Short Roof adapter kit - but it has only 2 attachment points and who knows what it needs to tie to - I think Inno make one as well.

post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

 

Nice!   Japan-built?   4WS?


Yes, Japan-built, no 4WS alas, but has with the B21A1 engine with the ceramic liners.  From Wikipedia:

 

"The B21A1 was basically a re-worked B20A5 with an increase in bore to 83 mm (3.3 in). The external block dimensions had to stay identical (although there was increased external strengthening and webbing on the B21) to the B20A5 block so Honda called upon Saffil to create a thin but strong cylinder liner called FRM (fiber reinforced metal) which basically consisted of a carbon fiber matrix, aluminum alloy, and aluminum oxide to make a very strong cylinder sleeve. The sleeve is so strong, in fact, that it wears out the piston rings causing low compression numbers, severe smoking, and high oil usage. It is possible in many situations to merely replace the worn rings in order to revive the motor's former output. Many machine shops will not attempt to re-hone or re-bore the FRM sleeves, as this type of sleeve will de-laminate during machining operations."

post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
 

Just open the sunroof. 


I've got 5 or 6 pairs I need to transport, and can actually easily fit them all inside the car; but that doesn't leave me enough room for everything else I need to take, which is why I need to put something outside, the most obvious choice being the skis.  I suppose if I opened the sunroof and stood them all up vertically that might leave enough room inside for all my other stuff.  But I'm reluctant to drive the 5 hours from Mammoth to LA with an open sunroof.  

post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by chemist View Post
 

  [BTW when I went on the Thule site -- thinking I might be able to get one on Ebay -- their product finder said they had nothing for a 1990 Prelude.]

 

 

Just because Thule doesn't sell a fit kit now, doesn't mean they didn't back then:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Thule-Aero-Foot-Pack-Fit-Kit-081-1988-1991-Honda-Prelude-NEW-Fast-Shipping-/271817019800

 

I'd do some serious googling to confirm that's the right part.  Maybe ask for advice on a Prelude forum.

 

FYI, I had a 1990 2 door Integra, a very similar car.   Thule racks worked great on my Integra with no special extenders.   I fondly remember driving west on I-80 through Wyoming chasing a huge LCC dump.   We were heading into a 40+ mph headwind with a full rack of skis, all 200+ cm!   75 mph was as fast as the car could go into that headwind, and I drove for an hour or so with my food on the floor.   The effective wind speed was way over 100mph and the rack stayed on just fine.   Lots and lots of trucks didn't fare as well.  It looked like a war zone with all the trucks blown off the road.

 

Edit: I also had a 2 door 1979 RX-7, and ski racks worked just fine on that too, but it had gutters to grab onto.   The Integra was gutterless.

post #9 of 15
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Just because Thule doesn't sell a fit kit now, doesn't mean they didn't back then:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Thule-Aero-Foot-Pack-Fit-Kit-081-1988-1991-Honda-Prelude-NEW-Fast-Shipping-/271817019800

 

 

 

You'll need that kit plus the Short Roofline Adapter, 400 foot pack and a set of load bars and locks. I'd hit Ebay or Craigslist since some of these items are no longer available new. Especially for under $100.

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by tball View Post
 

 

Just because Thule doesn't sell a fit kit now, doesn't mean they didn't back then:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Thule-Aero-Foot-Pack-Fit-Kit-081-1988-1991-Honda-Prelude-NEW-Fast-Shipping-/271817019800

Thanks tball, great find! 

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Originally Posted by RatherPlayThanWork View Post
 

You'll need that kit plus the Short Roofline Adapter, 400 foot pack and a set of load bars and locks. I'd hit Ebay or Craigslist since some of these items are no longer available new. Especially for under $100.

Thanks for the add'l info.!   I called the seller in ball's link and asked him what else I'd need, and he said the towers, the bars, and of course a ski rack.   But according to your info., it's not quite that simple.  Looks like I'll need to get in touch with Thule customer service to verify exactly what combination of stuff I need.

post #11 of 15

Rhino Rack in Denver will make whatever you need and they are priced right. Give them a call if your car is not listed. Real nice folks.  http://www.rhinorack.com

post #12 of 15
I carried skis on my 2 door prelude. I might have the rack. PM me
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Snowfan View Post
 

Rhino Rack in Denver will make whatever you need and they are priced right. Give them a call if your car is not listed. Real nice folks.  http://www.rhinorack.com


Thanks Snowfan.  My car's not listed, so sent them an email this am.  Still waiting to hear back

post #14 of 15

If you are interested in going with Yakima, you probably need the stretch kit (I can't confirm that as Yakima's site appears to be down right now).  I have one from when I used to have a rack on my Acura Integra hatchback.  I'd be happy to sell it to you if you want.  PM me if you're interested.  I think you're going to have an awfully hard time keeping the total cost under $100, however.  Brand new, a Yakima setup will run you a few hundred dollars even without the stretch kit (which sells for $175 new).  Trolling craiglist when I was selling some parts a while back, I never saw used full setups going that cheap.

post #15 of 15
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Rhino rack got back to me, they don't have adapters for my car. 

 

PM's sent.

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