Update! This application only works with Mini Cooper Convertibles from 2002-2010 except the S models. In 2011 the rear taillights and back end of the Mini were altered, the reverse lights were moved from the taillight assembly to a separate light in the center of the bumper although this is a minor change it affected the car in a major way. This light assembly needs to be removed in order to install a trailer hitch. Removing this light will leave the vehicle without reverse lights; which is illegal, preventing a hitch from legally being installed on the vehicle even though all the attachment points are the same.
Hitches are always an excellent way of carrying bicycles on your car. Whether you are intimidated by the idea of lifting your bicycle on to the top of your vehicle or you simply lack a solid roof, a hitch-mounted bicycle rack provides a great alternative to carrying your bikes. This was the case for the owner of this 2008 Mini Cooper Convertible; its soft top did not allow a roof rack, so we installed a Class 1 hitch from Curt Manufacturing. This in turn allowed us to mount a Thule Helium 2-Bike rack.
The finished product looks amazing! The hitch has been designed to use the light fixture at the rear of the vehicle as an access port. This means that the hitch is well hidden and the car still looks great after the install is finished. There is a hitch that works with the standard roof models as well, so if this is your preferred option, we can make it happen.
However, the key element of this install is the bike rack, and the selection of the Thule Helium was perhaps the smartest choice. This carrier is made with aluminum, which keeps the rack both sturdy and light. It is loaded with locking features to give you all of the security you require. And the most significant feature on the Helium pertaining to this particular install was its “no tools required” install. The knob featured in the above picture must be turned to expand the rack’s “foot” inside the hitch, this secures the load to the vehicle. This worked well in the case of the Mini since there was relatively little room to work with a tradional style bolt and wrench combo.
The owner of this Mini is now ready to take up to two bikes out on the road, with a finished result that looks great. If you would like a hitch installed on your vehicle, give us a call at 416-424-1201.