Comparing the Archway XT # TH9009XT and Raceway PRO # TH9001PRO for Use on a 2018 BMW 3 Series

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Looking for a trunk mounted bike rack for my 2018 BMW3 series and I am debating between the Thule Archway and Raceway on your site. What are the differences and what do you recommend?

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Both the Archway XT # TH9009XT and the Raceway PRO # TH9001PRO are excellent bike racks for you to use with your 2018 BMW 3 Series. They share a lot of the same features like bike and rack locks, upgraded RDT (Road Dampening Technology) cradles, anti-sway cradles, and the FitDial system for easy adjustments. I do recommend going with the Raceway PRO though as the retractable cables, adjustable arms, and extra padding gives it an advantage over the Archway XT and also makes it easier to use.

The biggest differences are that the Archway XT uses 6 straps to secure the bike rack and has long-arcing tubes to better accommodate spoilers, while the Raceway PRO has 4 Sure-Tight retractable cables to secure the bike rack and Nylon cable covers, TPE sleeves, and molded, rubberized base pads for trunk protection.

Both bike racks have arms that are 10-1/2" apart on center which makes using the adapter bar # TH982XT for alternative bike frames less likely, but the Raceway PRO arms can be adjusted in to 6-1/2" to accommodate a wider variety of bike frames.

I have attached some review videos of each bike rack that you can reference as well.

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