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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-05-2018, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Suction Cup Luggage Rack

Ran across this luggage rack, and thought some of you might be interested. BTW, I think suction rubber cups will leave micro scratches in the cars paint, especially if it's left on for several days or weeks. Edited to add that this type of luggage rack is a good idea for people who do not want a permanent luggage rack mounted on the decklid.

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I guess you could apply clear bra at the attachment points to avoid scratches
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I am seriously considering one of those so my wife and I can do some traveling. My deck lid has a minor dent that broke the paint right about where the right side suction cup sits. the deck will have to re re-painted eventually so if there are minor scratches or worse for that matter, no real damage done in the long run. I haven't ordered it yet but will soon. I'll keep you posted'

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I don't have any confidence that it wouldn't fall off.
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I don't have any confidence that it wouldn't fall off.
It's a suction cup....just lick it and you are good to go!
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Look back at luggage rack threads...

Since we have classified the factory racks (finish differences only) as unobtainable and the Kappasphere rack is no longer offered by DDM, complete or mounting kit, we do still have two choices. This suction cup model is one and has been available on eBay for as long as I have been researching a rack for Elsie the GXP. I always considered the mounting questionable and not up to pay the price to find out if it does work or not. I posted about the Cabriolet Supply (Netherlands) rack as an alternative to the Kappasphere rack.

https://www.solsticeforum.com/forum/f...2017-a-147585/

The trunk attachment is identical but the way the rack, which is also identical physically, attaches to the trunk is different. My correspondence with them indicated about $300 USD shipped to the US. Here's the Carbio Supply link again, so decide for yourself.

https://www.cabriosupply.com/opel-gt...e-gepacktrager

There was a rack offered on eBay in 2017 where the seller said it was a Kappasphere rack but it was the Cabrio Supply mounting system and NOT the Kappasphere rack attaching bolts/tabs method. As far as I can determine, the Kappasphere rack only came one way. DDM lists the hardware kit as "Not for Sale" and the instructions PDF has been taken down. I reference a copy in my thread on the Cabrio Supply luggage rack. The Kappasphere rack was made in Taiwan. I have documentation on all of this.

The suction cup system may very well work fine. I still have a roof suction cup mounting system I used 25 years ago on a 1991 Sedan DeVille to carry a 10' fiberglass A ladder from SC to FL. I was paranoid as hell and made frequent stops to check it, but there was no problem with movement or marks on the paint. It was nowhere as sophisticated as the suction cups in the luggage rack design. That said, I'll still take the Kappasphere attachment until I hear from someone who has given this one a test.

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Ran across this luggage rack, and thought some of you might be interested. BTW, I think suction rubber cups will leave micro scratches in the cars paint, especially if it's left on for several days or weeks. Edited to add that this type of luggage rack is a good idea for people who do not want a permanent luggage rack mounted on the decklid.

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Has anyone tried one of these racks? They get a lot of good reviews on Trust Pilot. Expensive though.

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Anyone have a copy of the Kappashere mounting instructions?

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Has any one tried one of these racks? They get a lot of good reviews on Trust Pilot. Expensive though.
I bought one a year ago and am happy with it. It took a long time to arrive but the company contacted me to let me know. We used it on our trip to Colorado last June. I did use a filler under the front mount to raise it enough so it could mount forward enough to not interfere with the on-star antenna.
The biggest draw-back is rear visability especially with the top up. I mounted a back-up camera that I can turn on all the time so I can see in the huge blind spot.
The cups do leak down slowly but it is not a problem, just remember to check them everytime you stop (you can see them from the drivers seat as well).
Haven't noticed any scratching or marring of the paint, but I always clean the area with detailer before mounting.

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I guess you could apply clear bra at the attachment points to avoid scratches
Great idea and it WORKS!

I did this for the footpads of my Thule bike rack on my daily driver. I ran this setup for several years before removing both the rack and small clear bra sections from the roof. I needed to do a quick buff job to make the areas blend afterwards, but this is no real issue.
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I guess you could apply clear bra at the attachment points to avoid scratches
I guess this would work? https://smile.amazon.com/VViViD-Clea...g-goods&sr=8-5

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I installed clear bra on my car when it was new. Worked great well past its lifetime. It finally started to develop some black spots underneath the tape. I recently removed it from the hood and mirror backs. The paint underneath was fine - black spots were on the tape. Used a hair dryer to heat it up to get it off. Took awhile. Gonna remove it from the front of the car when the weather warms up.

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Yes, that's basically what I bought for my Thule roof rack.
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