Trunk Mount Bike Rack for a 2005 Ford Focus ZX4 with Rear Spoiler

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Will this rack fit a 2005 Ford Focus ZX4 with rear spoiler?

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The Thule Gateway trunk mount bike rack # TH9006XT is listed as a fit for the 3-door, 5-door, wagon, and sedan models of the 2006 Ford Focus. However if your is a wagon or hatchback then the spoiler is likely to cause fit problems and could interfere even on the sedan models.

Because of the fit issues I recommend a different rack, the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top rack, # HRF2. This rack is built with an additional arm piece at the top that moves the straps over the spoiler so no weight is on the spoiler. I have linked a video review of this rack for you.

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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