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dented car, tough fit for some bikes

Used the KingJoe Pro 3 on the back of a 2011 Subaru Outback with three bikes - 1 adult mountain bike, 1 adult small women's hybrid and 1 kids 24". The lower support area which meets the vehicle just below the license plate left a sizeable dent in the gate. The mountain bike fit fine but bikes with angled top tubes are tough. It's difficult to not have the handle bars from one bike sticking through the spokes of the other.

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Unfortunately, I can relate, GS. Last month, we hauled 2 adult bikes and one kid's on a 700 mile round trip and found three softball-size dents in the bottom of the liftgate on our 2012 Outback. Between car door dings and two damaging hailstorms, I can attest that the body on the Outback is not nearly as rugged as the rest of the car. But I'd still expect the King Joe Pro to spread the load a bit better to reduce the potential car damage.