Trunk Mount Bike Carrier for a 2012 Acura TL

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I need a trunk mounted bike rack for my 2012 Acura TL. I will only be using the rack a few times week and Im not sure if I should get the 9003 platform or the 9001. Any suggestions?

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The Thule platform version of the Raceway, # TH9003PRO, is technically a fit for your 2012 Acura TL. However, I do not recommend this carrier for your TL because it is a heavy rack, made even heavier when loaded, and it has proven to dent softer fascia like what is on your TL.

I would definitely go with the regular Raceway, # TH9001PRO. It is going to be lighter so the chance of damage to the vehicle is much, much lower. I own the 3 bike version of this rack and have never head a problem with any dents or scratches on either vehicle I used it on.

If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical men's bike would) then I recommend using bike adapter bar # 64005. This will allow you to carry those bikes more level and will provide better ground clearance. I have to use these adapters and without them my wife's bike would be at a severe angle and I would not be able to load my son's bike at all. I have linked a video showing how the adapter works.

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