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Yakima Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be taking a look at the Yakima HalfBack 3 Bike Rack, part number Y02635. As you can see we already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How the bike is actually attached to the rack, we're going to have three points of contact with the bikes frame. We're going to have two zip strips up in the top here, then one off the side here, which is going to act as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from going too far back and forth hitting either the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside.



Saris Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer we're going to be test-fitting the Saris Bones Hitch 2 Bike Rack, part#SA882. As you can see, we already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. It's going to have three points of contact with your bike's frame. We're going to have two straps up top, here, and one off to the side, which is going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep it from moving too far back and forth hitting onto the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. All right with that done, I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements now. With the bike rack in this position we've added about 23 inches to the rear of the vehicle.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Yakima LiteRider 2-Bike Rack, part number Y02472. As you can see, we already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How the bike is attached to the rack, we're going to have 3 points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have 2 ZipStrips up top here, 1 off to the side, which is going to act as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from going into the bike rack itself or the bikes in front of it. Also, on the back side of the rack, we have an integrated cable lock, which you can pull up and around the bikes themselves and lock it up underneath here for added security. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. To do that, you go on either side of the zip strip, push in, and they pop right out.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on the 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test-fitting the Kuat Transfer 3-bike platform rack, part number TS03G. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and show off some of the features. The first thing, the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still installed on it. To do that, go ahead and lift these up, holding on to the bike rack, never the bike, pushing down on this lever at the front. Gently let it down. Now we have access to our rear hatch.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Thule T2 Pro 2 bike rack, part #TH9034. As you can see we already have a bike installed on the rack and first I'd like to show you it's most important feature which is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bikes still attached. You go up to the front here which has this pull handle, you pull in holding onto the bike rack, let it come forward and you have complete access to your rear hatch. Now to put it back in its original position, you just grab the handle again, lift up until you hear that click and it's locked back into place. Now what's nice about this is the fact that the handle's on the outside here where a lot of other bike racks will have handles more toward the inside, it'd be a little bit harder to get to. Okay, now how the bike is actually attached to the rack, we're going to have 2 points of contact and absolutely no frame contact at all with your back. We'll have a wheel hook up at the front here and wheel strap at the back.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Vertex 4 bike rack, part #TH9029XT. As you can see, we already have a bike on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now how the bike is attached to the rack, we're going to have 3 points of contact with your bike's frame. We're going to have 2 straps up at the top here and 1 off to the side which is going to act as an anti sway strap to keep the bike from going back and forth, possibly hitting either the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. Also we have this cable lock here which will go up and around the bikes and up to this point here where it can lock and add further security for your bikes while you travel. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Roadway 2 Bike Rack. Part number TH912XTR. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look at it, and show off some of the features. How the bike attaches to the rack, you're going to have 3 points of contact with your bike's frame. We're going to have 2 straps up top, here, and one off to the side, which is going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth, hitting either the bike rack, or the bikes in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off, set it aside.



Softride Element-Parallelogram Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Softride element parallelogram tilting bike rack, part number SR26248. Now, as you can see, we already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and show off some of the features. The most important feature about this is that it actually tilts away from the bike rack with the bikes installed, which is pretty unique since this is a hanging bike rack and not a platform. To do that, there's this handle here on the passenger side, right here. Pull that out and it actually tilts away from the vehicle like so, and you can do this with all 4 bikes on it. We have access to our rear hatch, with more than enough room on either side to get what you need.



Saris Thelma Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer we're going to be test fitting the Saris Thelma 3-Bike Platform Rack, part number SA4239B. As you can see we already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look, and show off some of the features. How it's actually attached to the rack there's going to be two points of contact, and no frame contact at all. There's going to be two wheel straps on either side. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside for now. Go ahead and put our straps back into place, so we don't lose them while driving. I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements now.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Swagman Dispatch 2 Bike Platform Rack, part number S64684. As you can see, we already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look, and show off some of the features. How the bike is attached to the rack, we're going to have three points of contact. We're going to have the frame hook up at the top, which is padded so it will not scratch or damage your bike when being installed. It has two wheel straps on either side.



Swagman XTC4 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today, with this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to test-fitting the Swagman XTC4 Bike Rack, part number S64665. As you can see, we already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How this bike is attached to the rack, you're going to have three points of contact with your bike, we're going to have a frame hook up at the top here, which is padded, so it won't scratch or damage the bike when you install it, and it's going to have wheel straps on both sides. Let's go ahead and take the bike off, and set it aside. Now, when loosening up the frame hook, you want to keep hold of your bike so it doesn't fall forward into the vehicle.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today, on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Swagman XT 2 Bike Rack, Part Number S64650. As you can see, we already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look. How it attaches to the bike rack, there's only one point of contact with your bike's frame. That's going to be the frame hook up at the top here. It's actually nice and padded, so it's not going to scratch, or dent your bike when you're putting it on. Let's go ahead and take the bike off.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today, on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to test fitting the Swagman Trail Head 4 Bike Rack, Part Number S63380. As you can see, we already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How the bike is attached to the rack, you're going to have 4 points of contact with your bike's frame. We're going to have 3 straps up at the top here, and 1 off to the side, and that's going to act as a anti sway strap to keep the bike from going back and forth too far, to hit either the bike rack, or the bikes in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. With that done, I'm going to go ahead and put the straps back into place just so we don't lose them while driving. Now I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements.



Kuat Sherpa Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Kuat Sherpa 2 bike rack, part #S103. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and show off some of the features. The first I'd like to show you is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bikes still attached. To do that, there's a silver handle on the passenger side here, pull that out, holding onto the bike rack, let it tilt forward and then we have access to our rear hatch to get whatever it is we need. Now to put it back in its original position again, gripping the bike rack, you just lift up, you hear that click and it's locked back in place. Now how the bike is actually attached to the rack, there's 2 points of contact with no frame contact at all. There's a wheel hook up at the front here and a wheel strap towards the rear.



Pro Series Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Pro Series Q Slot Platform Style 4 Bike Rack part number PS63138. As you can see, we already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How this bike is actually attached to the rack, you're going to have 3 points of contact. We're going to have a frame hook up at the top here, which is padded so it's not going scratch or dent your bike at all when you put it on. It also has hook and loop straps on either wheel to hold them in place. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. Take the wheel straps off first. Now with the frame hooks, you have a knob on the side here.



Inno Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Inno Tire Hold Hitch Bike Rack, part number INH305-306. As you can see, we already have a bike installed on the rack. The first thing I like to show off is pretty much the most important feature, which is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. You come up to the front here to the switch, pull out on it, holding onto the bike rack. Let it tilt down. Now we have access to our hatch without having to remove the bikes.



Hollywood Racks Sport-Rider-SE2 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Narrator: Today in this 2016 Ford Explorer we're going to be test fitting the Hollywood Rack Sport Ride SE22 bike rack part number HR1450. As you can see we already have a bike already installed on the rack. So lets go ahead and show off some of the features. The first one being that this rack can actually tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that we come to the front here. There are two pins and clips.



Hollywood Racks Sport-Rider-2 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer we're going to be test fitting the Hollywood Rack Sport Rider 2-Bike Rack, part number HR1000. As you can see we already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and show off some of the features. First I'd like to show off is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bikes still attached. To do that, go to the bottom of the mast here and there's going to be two pins and clips that we'll need to remove. We'll remove the larger one first, holding on to the bike rack. Then the smaller one.



Hollywood Racks Trail-Rider Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Hollywood Racks Trail Rider 2-Bike Rack, part number HR200. As you can see, we already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. There's going to be three points of contact to hold this bike down, one of them is going to be a frame hookup at the top, which is padded so your bike won't get scratched when you install it. And there's two hook and loop straps on either wheel. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. Start by removing the straps at the bottom, then move on to the frame hook. Now how to use this, there's this lever at the bottom here, you just push that up and lift up the frame hook. Now, you want to keep hold of your bike when you do this because you don't want it falling forward into the vehicle. It's always a good habit to put your straps back into place once you remove just so you don't lose them while driving. All right! We'll move this down a little bit.



Curt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Narrator: Today in this 2016 Ford Explorer. We're going to be testing fitting the Curt Premium 4 bike rack. Part number 18064. As you can see we already have a bike on the rack. Lets take a closer look and show off some of the features. First how the bike is actually attached to the rack you're going to have three points of contact with your bikes frame. We're going to have two straps up top here and one off to the side here, which is going to act as an anti sway strap.



Rola TX-104 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Rola TX 104 4-Bike Rack, part number 59401. As you can see, we already have our bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How this bike is attached to the rack, it's going to have three points of contact with your bike's frame. We're going to have two straps up at the top here and then one off to the side here, which is going to act as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from going too far back and forth, hitting either the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. Also, it has an integrate cable lock, which will wrap around your bikes and come up to this point here for added security. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside for now.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer we are going to be testing the Rola TX 102 two bike rack. Part number 59400. As you can see already have a bike installed on the rack. I'll just ago ahead and show up some of the features. Now, when this attached to your bike rack, you are going to have three points of contact with your bike's frame. We are going to have two straps up on top here and one up to the side which is going to serve as an anti-sway strap, to keep it from going too far back and forth hitting both the bike rack and the bikes in front of it. Also there is an integrated cable lock here in the front, you pull this around your bikes and you lock it up to this tab at the end of this arm here to add for, for added security while you travel.



Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2015 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Hollywood Racks Over the Top Two Bike Rack, part number HRF2. As you can see we already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now how the bike is attached to the rack, you're going to have three points of contact with the bike's frame. You're going to have two straps up top here, plus one strap off to the side, which is going to serve as anti-sway strap, which will keep the bike rack from moving back and forth, possibly hitting the bike rack, or the bike in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside for the time being. Now once you remove the straps it's a good habit to actually put them back in place. You don't want them flapping around while you're driving, more importantly you don't want to lose them while you're driving.



Yakima Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer we're doing a test of the Yakima HalfBack Trunk Mount 2 Bike Rack, that part number is Y02636. Now we already have our bike secured down but first I'm going to show you how we do that and then we'll go over some features. We have 2 cradles in place with these straps also known as the ZipStrip, we have 2 on our frame here and we've got other anti-sway. We're going to start by removing our bike and setting it off to the side and then I suggest that you replace your ZipStrip so you don't lose or damage them. With those out of the way we'll take some measurements here. First looking the overall what we're adding to our vehicle with our arms hanging out. It's going to be 24 and a quarter inches.





Ford Explorer Bike Rack Questions

  • All of the trunk mounted bike racks that we list for your 2016 Ford Explorer have been tested on your vehicle to verify that they will fit and work without issue. Since you are concerned about spoiler interference the best solution is going to be the Hollywood Rack Over the Top part # HRF2-3 which is listed as a fit for your vehicle and is specifically designed to fit vehicles that have spoilers without touching them. Adjustable arms means that you can adjust the angle of...
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  • I looked up the Giant Revive bike and it is an interesting design but it is possible that they will fit on the Swagman XC bike carrier # S64650. The hooks come down pretty far and on your bikes they would have to settle on the part of the frame just above the pedal cranks. If you measure from the ground to the top of the frame just above the pedal crank and it is 15 inches or more then the bikes will fit on the Swagman XC.
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  • Beach cruiser bikes are generally heavier than other bikes and could have fenders. Because of these features I recommend a platform style bike rack that holds the bikes at the frames. For a 4-bike platform style rack you will need to have a Class III trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver. If you do not already have one I recommend # C13100. I have linked a video showing an example installation for you. For a bike rack a popular option that I recommend is the Sport Rider # HR1400....
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  • The roofline spoiler on your 2014 Ford Explorer is new on this series and you are indeed wise to be concerned about bike rack fits with this cosmetic feature. The Thule Raceway PRO # TH9002PRO 3-bike trunk-mount rack uses four nylon-coated cables for attachment; two of these go up over the spoiler to attach to the roof rack. While the spoiler will not really bear the weight of the carrier and bikes, it will surely have pressure put on it. We do offer a specialized carrier from...
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  • We do not recommend putting any weight on the spoiler on your 2015 Ford Explorer. However there is a trunk mount rack you can use that will not be a problem for the spoiler. Take a look at the Hollywood Racks Over-The-Top rack # HRF2-3. This rack has an additional upper arm piece that moves the top straps up and over the spoiler so no weight is put on it. I have linked a video review of this rack for you. If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar...
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  • We can help you select 2-bike trunk-mount racks for your police force's fleet vehicles, 2015 Ford Explorers and 2015 Chevrolet Tahoes. Yakima makes their KingJoe Pro 2 Bike Rack # Y02624, which happens to fit both the 2015 Explorer and the 2015 Tahoe. This rack offers a compelling mix of virtues: steel construction, moderate cost, light weight, narrowly-spaced arms for good fit on many bike frame styles and a substantial 45-lbs-per-bike carrying capacity. As with all Yakima...
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  • You 2014 Ford Explorer can be fitted with a 2-inch Class III hitch like Curt # C13100 or either of the others shown on the linked page. I suggest the Curt, even though its a few dollars more, since its installation is a bit simpler. The linked installation video shows the process on a 2014 Explorer. Curt hitch # C13100 offers a 400-lb tongue weight (TW) rating which is plenty for a hitch-mounted bike rack like the Yakima FullTilt 4 Bike Tilting Rack # Y02462. This rack will...
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  • There are numerous trunk mount bike racks that are listed as fitting the 2014 Ford Explorer. I have included a link to them for you to the right. The Thule Archway, # TH9010XT, is one of the racks listed as a fit. I have linked a video review for you. I do not recommend a Yakima rack if you need to carry three bikes because even with a 3-bike Yakima rack you will be limited to 2 bikes because of how the rack needs to install. If your Explorer has a spoiler at the top of...
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  • The Thule Raceway trunk mount bike rack # TH9002PRO is listed as a fit for your 2014 Ford Explorer. However I cannot advise going against anything in the vehicle owners manual. I recommend installing a trailer hitch, # C13100, and using a hitch mount bike rack such as # 59400. This will actually cost less than the Raceway and you will have the added benefit of a trailer hitch that you could use for other accessories such as a cargo carrier or for towing should the need arise....
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  • The Thule Doubletrack bike carrier # TH990XT fits both 1-1/4 and 2 inch trailer hitches. Provided your 2014 Ford Explorer has a trailer hitch, the bike carrier will fit that hitch. I have included a link to a video that shows the carrier on a 2013 Ford Explorer which will be similar to your 2014 since they are part of the same generation.
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  • You can quickly and easily determine if the Softride Alumina Parallelogram rack will work with your Explorer by taking one measurement. Measure the distance from the hitch pin hole in the receiver to the furthest rearward point of the back bumper. If this distance is less than 7-1/4 inches, the rack will work just find on your Explorer. If you're unsure how to take the measurement, take a look at the help article I've linked you to. If you'll be transporting women's bikes...
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  • An adapter bar might be required to hold your children's size bikes in the Thule Passage 2 Bike Rack # TH910XT. This rack will accommodate some children's bikes, but I cannot guarantee a fit for your bikes because bike frames come in many shapes and sizes. One reason you might need an adapter is if there is not enough room in the bike's frame for the carrier's arms to fit through. The arms of the bike rack measure 14 inches from center of arm to center of arm. If the arms...
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  • Yes you can. For a trunk mounted bike rack confirmed to fit your 2016 GMC Savana you would want the Hollywood Rack trunk rack part # HRF2 which has been confirmed as a fit. I attached a review video for you to check out as well. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out Women's and Alternative Frame Bike Adapter # 64005 to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes...
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  • You can take a quick measurement to see if the bikes you have will work with the arms of the Thule Passage 2 Bike Carrier, part # TH910XT. The arms measure 14 inches center-to-center. Since you said you have girls bikes, they normally have a step-through frame which means if they are placed in the carrier, they would not be anywhere close to level. If placing the bikes in the carrier cause part of the bike to block your view, I recommend a bar adapter like part # 64005. This...
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  • The 3 bike trunk mounted bike rack I would recommend for your 2014 Ford Explorer would be the Thule Raceway 3 bike rack part # TH9002PRO. What makes this rack far superior to the others is the attachment system. It uses 4 retractable coated steel cables to attach to the vehicle rather than 6 nylon straps like other racks. This makes installation quick and easy and the cables also last longer. The cables store inside the rack so there are no loose straps ends to flap around....
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  • I would go with the Thule Apex # TH9027 for several reasons. First, it is a newer design than the SwingDaddy so it is more advanced overall. The arms are arced for the most ground clearance and clearance between bikes. The cradles are new Hold Fast cradles and feature road-dampening technology which reduce shock and vibration. The arms can tilt down on both racks which is nice for storage. Both racks feature integrated cable locks and anti-sway cradles. The arms are about 2...
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  • As long as you have a 2 inch hitch installed on your 2013 Ford Explorer like the Hidden Hitch part # 87720 the Swagman XTC4 4-Bike Carrier # S64665 would install and work well for you. Since you are looking for rear cargo area access on your vehicle with the rack installed I believe I have a better recommendation for you. Check out the Thule Vertex Swing 4 Bike Carrier # TH9031XT. This rack can swing out and away from your vehicle when loaded with bikes to give you complete...
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  • Like you said, the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider and cargo carrier combo, # HR1450-85 as an example, has a 15-1/2 inch by 55 inch cargo carrier. This is because a wider carrier would put too much way too far away from the hitch receiver and put a lot of stress and leverage on the hitch and vehicle. A dual hitch receiver would not work because doing so would reduce the tongue weight capacity of the trailer hitch by 50 percent and the bikes would block the cargo carrier so you...
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  • Towing bike racks such as the Hollywood Racks Traveler Tow 'n Go # HR135 are intended for use on standard ball mounts but not on the shank of a weight distribution system. Also, we cannot recommend modifying or altering any item to use it in a manner that differs from the manufactuer's intent. Capacity and safety margin for a product could change if it is modified. A better option for you might be the Stromberg Carlson Bike Bunk Trailer-Mounted Bike Carrier for A-Frame Trailers,...
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  • With trunk mounted bike racks you will not be able to open the back hatch with bikes attached, this would bind the top hooks of the rack against the painted surface of the vehicle and could cause damage. If you need to rear cargo access with your 2013 Ford Explorer with bike loaded your best option would be going to a swing away hitch mounted bike rack. If you do not have a hitch you would want the Draw Tite Hitch part # 75710. I attached an install video for this hitch. For...
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