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Default what is a good rear-hatch bike carrier for 3 door NG900?

Do they make any that allow hatch to be opened with bike still attached?
(I'd have no prob using an extra stick since struts not going to be strong enough).

Any that provide a degree of locking?

I'd be OK with drilling a few holes into the bodywork if needed.

A two bike carrier should be plenty.

Ability to carry other random bulky, dirty or smelly items a bonus.
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I would get a light-duty hitch receiver and carrier.
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I mounted a 1 1/4" hitch receiver on my A3 and got a Yakima carrier. It locks to the car, bikes lock to it, and folds away from the car for access. I tried a carrier hanging off the hatch and it was just too heavy.

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I had a Hollywood two-bike rack in a 1.25" receiver on a Prius (I think it is a Trailer Rider 2). I liked that one a lot because my bikes sat on their wheels, rather than crossbars. It makes it a little easier when you have a male and female bike. I used a Kryptonite cable with their small lock to secure the bikes to the rack. The entire rack can fold up against the car when not is use, and it will even fold down (with the bikes attached) so you can get in your truck.

The only downside to the Hollywood rack is that it will get rusty, very quickly. But a few sprays of some rust-oleum cleaned it up.

Seriously, I took this rack with our bikes across the country twice through some terrible weather and road conditions. Never had a problem with it. The bikes seems much more secure on my car than with my Saris Bones and Bones Hitch.

I don't know how well it would fit on a NG900 because I'm not putting a hitch on mine...yet. Just food for thought.
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Do they make any that allow hatch to be opened with bike still attached?
I'm not sure how that would possibly work.

My short answer is that I used a quite adjustable Thule trunklid carrier on my 900 and it kind of worked and didn't break the glass. I would not care to try that again, though.

It's going to have to be either a hitch-mount carrier, or find the Saab roof bars and attach bike carrier hardware to those.

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mounting a hitch on a NG900 sounds like royal PIA, requiring both removal of bumper and drilling.

plus they are $200 and good luck finding on at a junkyard, and if you do you'll be needing to pull a bumper.


My Saab came with just a front roof bar, seems to be "Saab" brand as it says "Saab" and the bar fits between the towers with no overhang (them overhangs is what I use loop straps around.....but I guess it does LOOK kinda "clean").

Anyone wanna trade a set of 4 Thule towers and NG900 fit kit for a RARE single Saab "factory" bar and two towers? I'm thinking the lack of overhang could make it look like a "roof wing" in mounted in rear.

I've already got Thule rectangle bars and 4 towers from my departed 900 classic, so I just need rectangle towers.

Any recommendations for off brand roof rack bar kits they sell on Ebay for $50?

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I have not put a hitch on a NG900, but are they really that different from a 9-3? I've installed two (one on a '99, one on an '02) and neither required drilling. The '02 was an SE and I did have to notch the very bottom of the rear bumper plastic with a Dremel - about a 1" square IIRC.

OH SNAP - they are different! The NG900 Curt is a royal PITA, the OG9-3 Drawtite is bolt-on. Crazy!
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mounting a hitch on a NG900 sounds like royal PIA, requiring both removal of bumper and drilling.
Not with a DrawTite. The biggest challenge is getting the carriage bolts lined up through the frame holes.

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plus they are $200 and good luck finding on at a junkyard, and if you do you'll be needing to pull a bumper.
Shrug, I got the hitch for my NG900 at the junkyard. Cost $20. It was a lot of work to get the rusty bolts off. Eventually had to saw a couple.

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My Saab came with just a front roof bar, seems to be "Saab" brand as it says "Saab" and the bar fits between the towers with no overhang (them overhangs is what I use loop straps around.....but I guess it does LOOK kinda "clean").
Does the bar fit pins into holes under the door weatherseal? In which case, that's a factory Saab rack. If you have a sedan, the rear bar is identical. If coupé, it's a different rear bar and a bit harder to find.

I have two sets of coupé roof racks in the basement. One came with the car and the tightening screw snapped, so I got another set. They're out there.

In my opinion, given the weight of a hitch and hitchmount carrier, you are best off scanning sale ads for another roof rack set. You will be in better luck if it's a sedan, that's for sure.

Like I said, I tried a good-quality, highly-adjustable Thule trunk,mount rack, and it wasn't a good proposition.

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I have not put a hitch on a NG900, but are they really that different from a 9-3? I've installed two (one on a '99, one on an '02) and neither required drilling. The '02 was an SE and I did have to notch the very bottom of the rear bumper plastic with a Dremel - about a 1" square IIRC.

OH SNAP - they are different! The NG900 Curt is a royal PITA, the OG9-3 Drawtite is bolt-on. Crazy!
NG900 DrawTite is a bolt-on. Two bolts through the frame rail on either side. Note, my NG900 doesn't have any skirts or dee-luxe body kits (not sure any NG900 did, actually).

Jack Handy Thoughts: "Why do they call it Hidden Hitch when I can plainly see it, following ten metres back?"

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Do you have a part number? The current Draw-Tite receiver shows it's for '99-'02. Is it possible you have a different model that is no longer available?
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Do you have a part number? The current Draw-Tite receiver shows it's for '99-'02. Is it possible you have a different model that is no longer available?
There were two different designs, one for NG900 and one for OG9-3. From what I recall of discussions, it's possible that the 900 hitch won't fit the 9-3 but not vice-versa, not sure.

The best bet is to look in junkyards, sooner or later a hitch will show up. That's how I found them for both my 900 and 9-5.

In the case of just wanting to cart around a couple of bicycles, a hitch is overkill. Finding a pair of Saab roof racks would be my recommendation if there aren't practical or philosophical issues with putting the bikes up there.

In my case, I have a trailer, so the hitch has a definite use. I was given a receiver bike rack by a friend who wasn't using it any more, and boy is it ever heavy!

If I ever want to take my bike in the 900, I'll take the wheels off and stuff the lot in the hatch.
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I have a hitch off a 9-3, it bolts directly to the frame rails on both side. Have no real use for it. Not sure if it would fit a 900. I can get more information on it if you'd like.
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I saw this a few years ago near our house in FL.

Can't read the manufacturer name on it. It may be universal, though matches your hatch-mount criteria described in the OP.

Not much in the way of security though. A decent razor blade would render the straps useless.
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I saw this a few years ago near our house in FL.

Can't read the manufacturer name on it. It may be universal, though matches your hatch-mount criteria described in the OP.

Not much in the way of security though. A decent razor blade would render the straps useless.
Can't really make out detail in the picture. If the second pair of straps, going down to the bumper, is blue, I would guess it's a Thule adjustable rack just like mine. I used it once. It wasn't great. Just because it sits on the car doesn't mean it will be stable on the highway, taking corners, etc.

None of the trunk-mount carriers are 'secure'. A cable lock can secure the bike and carrier to the bumper or frame. Back in 1995 I drove from Toronto to the Yukon with the rack and bike on my old Firebird, and came back via Alaska and Vancouver, and had no issues. But yeah I used a couple of cable locks. Also the trunk on a '79 Firebird is pretty useless, so it didn't matter that I couldn't open it. Getting at the fuel filler was a chore, since it's in the middle of the taillight, and the bike had to be positioned not to block it.
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