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Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Raceway Pro Two Bike Rack, part number TH9001PRO. 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. The first feature I would like to show is the integrated cable lock here. You pull it out, wrap it around the bike in the front, attach it to this point here and lock it for additional security to prevent theft and tampering. It grabs your bike by three points. You have two straps up at the top here and one out to the side.



Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today, on our 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting a Thule Gateway XT2 bike rack, part # TH9006XT. 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 the bike is actually attached to the rack, we're going to have three points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have two straps, up at the top here and one off to the side. That's going to serve as an anti squeeze trap to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth and possibly damaging the bikes in front of it. Let's go and take that off and set that aside. With the bike in this position, I'm going to go ahead and give you a quick measurement.



Thule Archway Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test-fitting the Thule Archway XT 2-Bike Rack, part number TH9009XT. 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. The first feature I'd like to show off is it has this integrated cable lock here at the end. You'll pull the cable out, wrap it around the bikes, and put it back into this portion here, and then lock it into place, preventing theft and tampering. It grips the bike by 3 points.



Thule Passage Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer we're going to be test fitting the Thule Passage 2 Bike Rack, part number TH910xt. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now how this actually grips the bike, we're going to have three points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have two rubber straps up at the top here and one off to the side. That's going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth and possibly hitting the bike in front of it. Let's go ahead and take it off and set it aside. With it in this position, I'm going to go ahead and give you a quick measurement.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today in our 2006 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Kuat NV 2.0 2-Bike Rack, part number NV22G. 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 the most important feature about this bike rack is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that, we go to this latch here. It's nice and easy to get to as opposed to the latches that are underneath.



Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Male: Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be testing the Yakima Hold Up 2 bike rack. Part number Y02443. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look, and show off some of its features. Now the first impression was an expensive feature about this bike rack because the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that we'll hold on to the bike rack like so, make sure it doesn't slip out.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer, we're doing a test fit of the Kuat Sherpa 2.0 platform style 2 bike rack. That part number is, SH22B. Now, this comes in multiple different colors. Here we have the black. Also comes in a grey and a pearl color. Also, comes with a cable lock and wheel strap, although we are not using those today.



Inno Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Inno Tire Hold platform-style 2-bike rack. That part number is INH305. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're going to go over some features, show you how we secure our bike into place, and then take a few measurements. The first feature I want to show you is our tilting feature because we can do this with our bike rack fully loaded. We'll come down here and pull on our lever, lowering that down.



Yakima Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today, on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test-fitting the Yakima full-back three trunk mount bike rack. Part number Y0263. 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 have three points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have two zip trips up top here, and one off to the side, which is going to act as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike form moving too far back and forth, hitting either the rack, the vehicle, or the bikes in front in it. Also, at the end here, there is an integrated cable-lock. Pop that out.



Kuat NV Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Kuat NV 4 Bike Platform Rack, part number N105-107. 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 the first feature I'd like to show off is the fact that this bike rack can actually tilt with the bike still on it. To do that, there's a silver switch here on the passenger side. I want to hold onto the bike rack for this. You pull out, like so, and let the bike rack tilt forward, and we have full access to our rear hatch, without having to remove the bikes. To put it back into the originally position, you simply just lift up inaudible 00:00:56 rack, until you hear that click, and it's locked into place.



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.



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.





Ford Explorer Bike Rack Questions

  • With platform bike racks like the two you mentioned we can't ever really tell if the rack would allow the rear hatch of a vehicle to open unless we have tested the rack on the vehicle and were using bikes with similar heights and handlebar lengths. If rear cargo area access is important and you want a bike that is easy to use and is very secure I have a different solution for you to go with that I know you would be happy with. My favorite bike rack to recommend is the Thule...
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  • I do have a solution for you but much of what you have heard is true. While the Thule Passage # TH910XT technically fits the 2016 Ford Explorer you do not want to put stress on that spoiler so I do not recommend it. What I recommend is the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top rack # HRF2. This rack is designed specifically for vehicles like your Explorer that have a spoiler. It is constructed with an additional upper arm piece that moves the straps up and off of the spoiler so no weight...
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  • The rear spoiler at the top of the hatch on the 2016 Ford Explorer is not meant to support weight. Because of this there is one type of trunk mount bike rack I recommend; the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top rack # HRF2. This rack has an extra arm piece to move the top straps up and over the spoiler so no weight is put on it. I have included a link to a video showing this rack on a 2015 Explorer. You don't have to have a roof rack like the model in the picture for it to work....
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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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  • 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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  • The Yakima KingJoe Pro part # Y02625 is going to fit your 2016 Ford Explorer. Some of the fit info for this rack isn't easily found right now because it is being phased out. The rack that Yakima recommends is the FullBack 3 part # Y02633 which is a confirmed fit and would be a great option. I attached an install video that shows this rack being installed on a similar 2016 Explorer as yours. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal...
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  • You should not put stress or weight on the rear spoiler on your 2016 Ford Explorer and there is only one kind of trunk mount rack that can do that. Take a look at the Hollywood Racks Over-The-Top rack # HRF2 for 2 bikes or # HRF2-3 for 3 bikes. These racks have an extra arm piece that moves the straps up and over the spoiler so no weight or stress is put on it. I have included a link to a video showing how it works. The Yakima FullBack, # Y02634, is a great rack but it would...
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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 FullBack Bike Rack # Y02633, 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 bike...
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  • The Swagman XTC2 part # S64670 that you referenced comes with an anti-rattle hitch pin already. If you were looking for a way to lock the rack you would want the # S64029 as it is the correct fit for the XTC. The other lock you mentioned is for racks that are only designed for 2 inch hitches.
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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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  • 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 checked with Thule and they list the Thule # TH911XT as a fit for your 2014 Ford Explorer and the top straps would run over the spoiler. Thule has determined that the spoiler is strong enough for this but you best option would be the Hollywood Racks Over the Top part # HRF2-3 which is designed to fit over vehicle spoilers and not put any pressure on them. Check out the review video I attached for more info as well. The video is of a 2013 Explorer very similar to yours. If...
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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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