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Toyota Prius Bike Rack  with Golf Bag Carrier, Ski Rack, Snowboard Rack  and Luggage Rack Options.  Generation II   2004-2009.      The Solution Beyond a Trailer Hitch.

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The Toyota Gen II Prius Bike Rack is shown in the picture on the right.  (If yours is a 2010 or newer, click here to go to that Page.  If Prius V, click here)  Two small (1 1/4") Pipes are installed under the spare tire well and serve as receivers for all versions of the Rack in a manner similar to trailer hitch racks seen on SUV's.  They are painted black and are intentionally inconspicuous.  Unlike trailer hitches, the receiver Pipes are recessed a couple of inches forward of  the face of the bumper and do not present a shin hazard. They also do not compromise the factory warranty. Bike Racks carry up to 3 bikes.  Golf Bag Carrier, Luggage Rack, Ski Rack, and Snow board Rack Options are available.  When not in use, the Rack is easily removed in a couple of minutes and can be stored in the  cargo area. 


The Rack stores easily in the cargo area. 


Bike Rack inserted into

Receiver Pipes of Toyota Prius


Receiver Pipes shown at left installed cleanly under bumper, recessed about 2" forward of Bumper Face.


Installation requires about an hour, no lift, no cutting of facia.  Federally mandated towing eye not removed, remains usable.


The Rack carries 1-3 bikes, is height adjustable to level bikes.  Arms fold in flat and are easily removable.  Carries up to 75# ( 35 kilos).


The Hatch opens  without touching the Rack.


Two Straps from inside the cargo area attach to the Rack. 


Paint is protected.

           Not for Towing.  No Warranty Compromise
The Toyota Prius Owner's Manual states clearly that the car is "not to be used for towing".  The Bird Automotive Receiver Pipes cannot be used for towing, can't be mistaken for a trailer hitch, and do not compromise the factory warranty. Rack does not touch the hatch or glass, so the rear wiper remains usable with no risk of damage.
            Locking Accessory.

As one customers told us, "my bike's worth more than my car so this lock better work!"  An exaggeration perhaps, but we understand.  The Security Kit consists of two long-shanked padlocks (same keys) and a heavy duty vinyl coated straight steel cable.  The first lock goes through a hole in the  Pea Shooter (receiver) Pipe and the Leg of the Rack, locking the Rack to the car.  The cable goes through the bikes' frames and one or both wheels of each bike.  The cable padlocks to both ends of the cable and a hole through the Leg, locking the bikes to the Rack. Click to see the Security Kit.

           Golf Bag Carrier and Luggage Rack
The Golf Bag Carrier - Luggage Rack attaches to the same Legs as the Bike Rack shown above and uses the Receiver Pipes for support.  A 12" x 24" Platform carries  two pieces of luggage, two golf bags, or one of each  The Carrier has been tested at speed to safely support 100 pounds. The trunk will continue to open without touching the Carrier/Rack and it can be stored in the trunk. Click for further Carrier details.
         Ski Racks and Snowboard Racks - the SnowRack
The SnowRack for carrying skis and snowboards is a stainless steel carrier attached to one or both of the Legs of the Rack to hold the tails of the skis or boards. A SnowRack Arm, which telescopes into a Leg, holds the upper part of the skis or boards with secure clamps. One SnowRack will carry 2-3 pairs of skis, 2 snowboards, or 2 skis and one snowboard. Two SnowRacks can be carried.  The trunk will continue to open without touching the Rack. Click for SnowRack details.
          Prius Rack Pricing-click here
          A Customer Writes to Say Thanks
"Dear Bird Automotive, I just had to drop you a note to thank you for my Bicycle Rack. I really appreciated the rush order. As promised it was easy to install, and really easy to use. We went on a week long trip and took our 2 mountain bikes, it worked great, didn't use any trunk space and the bikes were safe & secure ( we didn't even have to remove the front tires). On top of all that it looks really cool!!! I couldn't be happier with it. I get envious stares and questions from fellow ..import..owners.. when it's on the car, of course I tell them who to call. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions , my spouse was so impressed with my choice. This way we don't have to hoist our bikes onto the roof after a long ride, and with the bikes attached you don't even know it's there. It's really great! Thank You!! Sincerely," a San Francisco Bay area customer.  Thank you dear customer!  
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