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Rhino Rack Road Warrior Roof Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer we are doing a test fit of the Rhino Rack Road Warrior Rooftop Bike Carrier. Part number is RBC036. Now, we already have a bike on our rack, so I am just going to show you a few features on it. This is a fort mounted bike rack, you can see our skewers here. It has a lock for anti-theft. To the back all we have is strap over our back wheel, sitting in our wheel cradle.



Rhino Rack MountainTrail Roof Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer, we're doing a test bit of the Rhino-Rack MountainTrail Bike Carrier. Part number is RBC035. Now, we have the bike on our rack already. Show you a few things here. This is a fork mounted bike. See there, we have our skewer here, and it has a lock on here for you. Anti-theft.



Thule EasyFold Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer police interceptor, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Thule Easy Fold 2. This is going to be your platform style 2-bike rack, specifically designed for your e-bikes, because it's a terrific weight capacity. It has 132 max pound weight capacity. Capable of carrying 66-pounds per bike per side. It is going to be compatible with your 2" and you 1-1/4" receivers and it will be part # TH9032. As you can see we've already got a bike up here. It is not a new bike but it is so you can see what it looks like with a bike on it.



Inno Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Inno Tire Hold. This is going to be your platform style 2 bike rack. It does have the option of making it a 3rd bike rack and that's going to be part number INH306. This rack that you see here is with a 2 bike is going to be INH305 with the 2 bikes on it. That addition that I was talking about is going to be the addition of one of this. As you can see we've already got it up here on our vehicle installed so you can see what it looks like and how it fits. Let's give you a few measurements then we'll go from there on its features.



Heininger Holdings Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer police interceptor we're going to be doing a test fit of the Advance Sports Rack, or the Advantage Sports Rack, which is going to be your tilt-away model, hanging style Ford bike rack, part number HE3010. As you can see, we've already got our bike up here, mounted, so you can see what it will look like once it's all complete. We're going to go through the measurements first, with our shortest distance first. That's going to be the distance from the receiver to this angled bracket here on the front. It going to be about 2 3/4 inches with an overall distance from the back end of the vehicle about 35 inches, and a ground clearance of about 13 1/4 inches. Moving up top, we'll take a look at the straps. These are going to be your frame straps here on top. This bike rack does not offer your anti-sway, so if you're going to be going anywhere on a long trip it would be advisable that you wrap a rope or some sorts or a bungee cord to help it from swinging around. Let's go ahead and undo these straps on top.



SportRack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor, we're going to be doing a test fit of the SportRack Ridge 5. This is going to be your hanging-style 5-bike rack. It's also going to be part number SR2405. It does come with your two-inch shank for your two-inch hitches only. And as you can see we already got it up here installed on our vehicle so you can see what it looks like. First thing we're going to do is go through a few measurements, first one being our closest distance first. In that case it's going to be from our receiver to this bracket on the front side.



SportRack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor, we're going to be doing a test fit of this SportRack 3. This is going to be your hanging style 3-bike rack for 1-1/4-inch and 2-inch receivers. It's going to be part number SR2403. If you look up here, you can see that we already have it installed in our vehicle, so you can see where it looks and how it fits. First things we're going to do is get some measurements. Starting with our closest distance first, which is going be from the receiver to the front side of this bracket. It's going to be about 3-3/4 inches.



Kuat Sherpa Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor we're going to be doing a test fit of the Kuat Sherpa. This is going to be your platform-style 2-bike rack, part number S103. As you can see, we've already got it up here, installed on our vehicle so you can see how it looks and fits. We're going to get a few measurements right off the bat. Our first one's going to start down here at the bend in the shank where it meets up with the receiver. As you can see, there is a line there to where the furthest-most point will make contact. That's going to be about 2-1/4".



Kuat NV Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor we're going to be doing a test fit of the Kuat NV 4. This is going to be your platform-style 4-bike rack. It's going to be part numbers N105-107, and just because of the combination of making a 2-bike into a 4-bike at the connection point here. As you can see, we already have the bike up here on the rack and installed on the vehicle so you can see how it looks and fits. Our first thing we're going to do is get a few measurements, starting with our closest distance first, which in this case is going to be from the front of the bike rack to the bumper of the vehicle. That's going to be about 6-3/4". Overall distance that we've added to the vehicle is going to be about 48-1/2" to the very back back here.



Curt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor we're going to be doing a test fit of the CURT Premium 4. This is going to be your hanging-style 4-bike rack. It's going to be part number C18064. This bike carrier only comes with a 2" shank for your 2" hitches only. As you can see, we've already got it up here on our rack and on our vehicle so you can see how it looks and fits. First thing we're going to do is get a couple measurements, first measurement being our closest distance, which is going to be from the front of the t-handle there to the back of the bumper at about 5". Our overall distance with it fully extended and the bike on is going to be about 34-1/2", with a rear ground clearance of about 13".



Rola TX 104 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer Limited we're going to be test fitting the Rola TX104 4-bike rack. This is going to be part number 59401. This comes with a 2" shank for 2" hitches only. Now let's go ahead and put it in our 2" receiver. Go ahead and line up your holes. Once you have your pinholes lined up, go ahead and thread in your anti-rattle bolt.



Yakima SwingDaddy Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2014 Ford Explorer we're test fitting the Yakima SwingDaddy. This is a swing-away-style 4-bike rack. They've designed it so we can use it with 2" hitches. Part number on it is Y02464. Now first and foremost the swing-out feature is what everybody wants to see. Got a large black t-handle here on the front side.



Yakima RidgeBack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2014 Ford Explorer, we're test fitting the Yakima Ridgeback. This is a folding, tilting forward bike rack. They designed it for use 1 1/4" or 2" hitches. Part number on it is y02458. The Ridgeback does a great job of holding their bikes in place. It uses three cradles.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2014 Ford Explorer, we're test-fitting the Thule Vertex Swing. It's been designed for use in two inch hitches. Part number is TH9031XT. It does have an incorporated cable lock, that's something that they've recently added, that's designed to go over the frames of your bike and keep them secured to the rack. It uses a Thule One Key Tumbler System, so if you've already got some you can replace it with a matching key. If not you can start your step with whichever number shows up. The swing feature, that's always the big question: how does it work, what does it do Right here we have the large, black t-handle bolt.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2014 Ford Explorer we're test fitting the Thule Vertex. This is a platform-style folding and tilting 4-bike rack. It's been designed so we can use it with the 1-1/4" or with 2" hitches. Part number on it is TH9029XT. Now the Vertex is a really nice solid rack. Is going to offer an integrated cable.



Yakima StickUp 2 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2014 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2014 Ford Explorer, we are going to be test fitting the Yakima Stickup two bike platform style hitch mounted bike rack for inch and a quarter and two inch hitches part number Y02420. We'll slide the shank of the bike rack into the receiver tube of our hitch. Line up our pin hole and thread in our anti rattle bolt tightening it down with the wrench. Then we can go ahead and install the pin on the other side. Now with our bike rack in this position, we have a ground clearance of about fourteen inches. The closest point of the bike rack to the rear of our Explorer is about three and a half inches and we've added about twelve inches to the overall length of our vehicle. We'll pull the pin at the base of the bike rack and allow it to unfold. This is going to allow us to have full access to our rear hatch door.



Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 Bike Rack Review - 2014 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2013 Ford Explorer were going to be test fitting the Hollywood Rack Sport Rider SE2. A platform style tilting 2 bike rack for 2 inch hitches part number HR1450. To begin our test fit, well slide the shank of the bike rack into the receiver tube of our hitch until it meets the stopping plate. Well then slide through our pin being sure that it engages our anti-rattle device and secure it with a provided lock. Well then turn the black lever here at the rear of the rack. This will tighten our anti-rattle device and further secure the rack to our vehicle.



Yakima HighLite 2 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2014 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2014 Ford Explorer, well be test fitting the Yakima Highlite Aluminum Two Bike Rack for 1-1/4 and 2 inch hitches, part number Y02438. To begin our test fit, well slide the shank of our bike rack into the receiver tube of our hitch. Well line up our pin holes and insert the attached pin. At the rear of the shank, we can tighten up the hand knob to engage our anti-rattle device and secure our bike rack to our vehicle. With the bike rack in this position, it gives us a ground clearance of about 13 inches. The closest point of the bike rack to the rear of our Explorer is about 5 inches away.



Thule Vertex 4 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2014 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2000 Ford Explorer, well be test fitting the Thule Vertex Four Bike Rack for 1-1/4 and 2 inch hitches, part number TH9029. Well begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the bike rack into the receiver tube of the hitch. Well line up our pin holes and thread in our anti-rattle bolt and tighten it with a wrench. This will help reduce the amount of rattle or wobble that we may have inside the hitch. With the bike rack in this position, we have a ground clearance of about 13-1/2 inches. The closest point of our Vertex to the rear of our Explorer is about 4 inches.



Thule Sprint Fork Mount Bike Rack Review - 2014 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2014 Ford Explorer we're going to be test fitting the Thule Sprint, a fork mount roof bike rack with part number TH528. With our Thule Rapid Crossroads Roof Rack System already installed on the Explorer, we'll begin our test fit by placing our bike rack directly onto our load bars. As we do this we'll want to bring our black rubber coated metal straps around the underside of our load bars. This will position our foot packs directly on top of them. Here at the front we're going to fit the strap into the foot of the carrier and tighten it using the black lever. With the front secure we'll move to the rear and we can repeat that same tightening process. With our rack secure we're ready to load up our bike.



Thule Helium Aero Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2014 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2014 Ford Explorer, were going to be test fitting the Thule Helium Aero, a tilting two bike rack for 1-1/4 and 2 inch hitches, part number TH9042. To begin our test fit, well slide the shank of the bike rack into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do this, well hold out on the attached pin. Well line up our pin holes, allow the attached pin to fall into the pin hole, and then well tighten the black knob. This engages our anti-rattle device and further secures our rack to our vehicle. In this position, we have about 14-1/2 inches worth of ground clearance.



Thule Apex 4 Swing Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2014 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2014 Ford Explorer we'll be test fitting the Thule Apex Swing 4-bike rack for 2" hitches, part number TH9027. We'll begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the bike rack into the receiver tube of the hitch. We'll go ahead allow the included pin to fall into place, and then use the hand knob to engage our anti-rattle device and secure our bike rack to our vehicle. With the bike rack in this position we have a ground clearance of about 14-1/2". The closest point of the bike to the rear of our Explorer is about 2" away. We've added about 13-1/2" to the overall length of our vehicle. We'll go ahead and pull the lever at the top of the mast to swing out our dual arms.



Thule Apex 4 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2014 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2014 Ford Explorer, we'll be test fitting the Thule Apex four bike rack for 1 1/4" and 2" hitches, part number Th9025. We'll begin the test fit by sliding the shank of our bike rack into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll allow the pin to fall into place and use the hand knob to engage the anti rattle device and secure our bike rack to the vehicle. With the bike rack in this position, we have a ground clearance of about 14 1/2". The closest point of the Apex to the rear of our vehicle is about 2". We've added about 13" to the overall length of our Ford Explorer. We'll pull the lever at the base of our bike rack and allow it to tilt away from our vehicle. This give us full access to our rear hatch door. With the bike rack back in it's upright position, we'll pull the lever at the top of the mast to swing our our dual arms. With these out, we've added about 37 1/2" to the overall length of our Ford Explorer. We'll go ahead and undo our cradle straps to expose our frame cradles.



Saris Axis Tilting 2 Bike Rack Review - 2014 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2014 Ford Explorer we'll be test fitting the Saris Axis, a folding and tilting 2-bike rack designed for use in 1-1/4" and 2" hitches, part number SA832B. To begin our test fit we'll slide the shank of the bike rack into the receiver tube of our hitch, line up our pin holes, thread in our anti-rattle bolt from the left to the right, and tighten it down with a wrench. We'll then secure it with the provided lock. In this position we'll have about 13-3/4" worth of ground clearance. The closest point of the rack to the back of our vehicle is about 5-3/4" away. Overall we've added about 13" to the length of our Explorer. Pulling the yellow t-handle at the base of the center mast will allow us to tilt it away from our vehicle.



Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2014 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2014 Ford Explorer we're going to be test fitting the Thule Hitching Post Pro 4-Bike Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" hitches, part number TH934XTR. To begin our test we'll slide the shank of the bike rack into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll line up our pin hole and thread in our anti-rattle bolt, tightening it down with a wrench. With the bike rack in this position we have a ground clearance of about 13". The closest point of the back rack to the rear of our Explorer is about 7-3/4" away. We've added about 18" to the overall length of our vehicle. We'll pull the pin at the base of the back rack and allow it to tilt away from our vehicle.





Ford Explorer Bike Rack Questions

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The best trunk mounted bike rack that has been confirmed to fit your 2013 Ford Explorer that I would recommend would be the Thule Raceway 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...
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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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  • The issue with certain racks not being able to tilt with bikes attached is an issue with the racks themselves and not the vehicles. Ground clearance is typically not the problem but it is rack design and what racks are rated for that limits its abilities. You may end up damaging a rack and/or the bikes if you tried to tilt the rack down with the bikes attached. Some racks will allow you to tilt them with bikes loaded. For example the Thule T2, # TH916XTR, which is a platform...
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  • As long as you have a hitch with a 2 inch opening on both your 2011 Ford Explorer and your 2002 Chevy Trailblazer the Thule Vertex 5 Bike Carrier # TH9030XT that you referenced should work very well for you. To be sure you could measure the distance from the center of the hitch pin on the hitches of both vehicles out to the furthest point out on the rear of your vehicle. This rack measures 6-1/4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole out to the nearest portion of the rack....
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