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Recommended Bike Rack For 2017 Lexus RX 350 F Sport


I bought this suv. Lexus brochure says that installing their hitch on the FSPORT requires removing a rear damper and sway bar. It is not clear if you take them off, install the hitch, then reinstall them OR if they are permanently removed to accommodate the hitch. What is the story for the Curt hitch and the FSPORT? This is not an issue for a regular rx350. I only need the hitch to hold a bike rack. Curt says they have not yet checked the 2017 model to see if the 2016 hitch will work.


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I reached out to my contact at Curt and they do not have a confirmed trailer hitch receiver for your 2017 Lexus RX350 F Sport. They haven't had the chance to get one in, so they don't know what the installation process will look like until they get to see that model and do their testing.

The only option I can give you for a bike carrier at this point is a roof rack mounted system. For your vehicle, I recommend the Thule Roof Rack that consists of the Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack - Fixed Mounting Points/Flush, Factory Side Rails - Aluminum - Silver, # TH7602-TH7603. These rails have an aerodynamic design to reduce drag and wind noise and have the T-slots for the T-mounted accessories. Clamp on accessories will also work with these bars. These bars are paired with the Thule Roof Rack Fit Kit for Podium-Style Foot Packs 4072, to complete your rack. This rack is compatible with the Thule One-Key System Lock Cylinders - Qty 4, # TH450400, to secure your rack to your vehicle.

The newer style alternative is the WingBar consisting of # TH711420, # TH710601, and # TH186044. This works with the locks listed above.

For a bike rack to go on this roof rack, I recommend the Thule Sidearm Wheel-Mount Bike Carrier - Roof Mount, # TH594XT. This rack will mount to your roof rack and allow you to carry one bike up to 50 lbs. This rack makes your bike ready for transport in seconds. It has an adjustable arm with padded hook that ratchets to your bike tire. A sliding ratcheting strap holds your rear bike wheel securely in place. It is lockable with the Thule One-Key System Lock Cylinders - Qty 2, # TH450200.

In your case, it will save you money and allow you to have keyed alike access if you get the # TH450600 for 6 locks or the # TH450800 for future expansion.

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