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I bought this trunk bicycle rack on Amazon and I'm trying to effectively solve one issue I'm having with it before I use it...

The hooks that fasten it to your trunk are metal. There is no padding whatsoever. If I was driving a junker I wouldn't be so concerned, but that isn't the case as my car is barely a year old.

For reasons that should be obvious at this point, I'd rather not fasten even the empty rack to my trunk by the bare metal hooks as I really don't want to scratch or damage anything.

The pictures in the Amazon link above don't really show the hooks that well, but they are L/J-ish in shape, and maybe 3/4"-1" wide.

Does anyone have any (preferably) permanent solutions for how I could pad these hooks and prevent damage to my car? By "permanent" I mean something that won't/shouldn't deteriorate from reasonably long drives, while not impacting the integrity or intentions of the rack itself.

  • These ones? – Just Do It May 5 '16 at 18:37
  • @JustDoIt - Correct. Those are the hooks. Or at the very least, extremely similar. – Broots Waymb May 5 '16 at 18:38
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If you have an old bike tube laying around (or even a new one, if you're willing to spend a few bucks), you can cut it up and stick it between the hook and the trunk/hatch. If you don't plan on taking the rack off all the time you can just place them in there and they should stay. If you plan to remove the rack on a regular basis, you might consider two-sided taping them in, and/or keeping a little baggie full of spares in case you lose one.

  • After trying some of the other suggestions, many ended up too thick to "safely" close my trunk. I am not using the tube, but something similar (thin rubber tubing stuck to the hooks with gorilla tape) and it seems to be working fine. – Broots Waymb May 9 '16 at 17:51
  • Thats odd, considering grip pads arent that thick but as long as you got it working now is good @DangerZone – Just Do It May 9 '16 at 20:23
  • @JustDoIt - Yeah, I can definitely see them working on some car. The gap between by trunk and rest of the car is just a tad too narrow. I could maaaaybe close it if I slammed it down, but I'd rather not take that risk in damaging something. – Broots Waymb May 9 '16 at 20:26
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You could easily do a custom size padding made out of lifting grip pads (pads weight lifters use to have a better grip of weights/bars) they're fairly cheap, durable and easy to custom size it to your needs. These will keep your car's integrity at ease while providing some extra grip for your bike rack.

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  • The grip aspect is pretty nice! I went ahead and ordered some along with a bottle of super glue for good measure. – Broots Waymb May 5 '16 at 19:23
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May be shrink wrap may help you. Adjust the size (initial and final diameter), reel the rubber or foam-rubber into inside (or just skip this step), then combine and heat it via lighter, then cut the result to needed size.

  • I assume you mean heatshrink tubing as used for cables. On that assumption, +1. – Chris H May 10 '16 at 14:08
  • Chris H, yes, exactly heatshrink. Sorry for my english. – Maksym Shysha May 10 '16 at 15:17
  • I think "shrink wrap" is more commonly used for this material in American English than it is in British English (the sort I know). "Shrink wrap" is certainly used and understood in the context of cables. Ther's nothing wrong with your English! – Chris H May 10 '16 at 15:49
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Simple/cheap would be pipe lagging, available from any DIY store

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It's slit right down one side [not easy to spot in the photo] & easy to lap over any flat edge. Comes in as many sizes & thicknesses as there are types of water pipe.
Costs mere pence per foot.
Also available in coated versions which are more resistant to wear.

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