The sleek, stylish Vertex Swing has all the great features of the Vertex hitch bike rack - folding, arced arms; cushioned anti-sway cradles; a tall, arced mast - plus the benefit of a swing-away feature for unimpeded access to your rear cargo area.
Hitch-mounted rack with a swing-away design carries up to 4 bicycles
Hinged arm in base allows rack to swing away from the rear of your vehicle
Permits complete access to your rear cargo area
Works with a full load of bikes on the rack - no need to unload bikes to get to your stowed cargo
Operates with a spring pin and hand knob
Dual arching arm design allows fast and easy bike loading
Provides more space between bikes than standard dual-arm racks
Cradles are attached at varying heights along the arc, allowing handlebars and pedals to hang at different heights
Reduces scratches and dings when you are loading bikes
Hold Fast cradles with advanced grooves and detachable anti-sway arms (No-Sway Cages)
Cushion frames and accommodate cables for proper bike hold
Hold bike frames at 3 points to prevent sway and bike-to-bike contact
Heavy-duty, reinforced straps maximize cradle hold strength
Tall, arching, upright mast improves both ground clearance and clearance from the rear of your vehicle
Ergonomic quick-release lever (HitchSwitch) enables you to fold down the dual arms for convenient storage
Audible click lets you know that the arms are locked in position
Built-in anti-rattle device reduces vibration and noise of the bike carrier in the hitch
Snug-Tite hitch lock (THSTL2; sold separately) secures carrier to hitch
Built-in handle makes it easy to carry, install and remove the carrier
Premium steel construction with black finish and molded covers
Made in USA
Carrying capacity: 4 bikes
Weight capacity: 140 lbs
max 35 lbs per bike
Application: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
Distance between rack arms (outside to outside): 12-3/8"
Length of rack arms: 25"
Distance from center of hitch pin hole to upright bar of the carrier: 14"
Distance from center of hitch pin hole to foot of carrier: 8-1/2"
Limited lifetime warranty
The Thule Vertex Swing is a sleek and stylish hitch-mounted bike rack with one serious upgrade compared with most other racks in its price range - a built-in, swing-away arm that allows easy access to your vehicle's rear cargo area.
The rack has a hinged arm at the base that allows you to completely swing the rack away from the rear of your vehicle with your bikes still loaded - no need to unload the bikes or remove the rack to get to your stowed cargo. To open it, simply pull a spring-loaded pin, loosen the hand knob and swing away.
The Vertex Swing has Hold Fast anti-sway cradles that grip your bike frame at three different points - twice along the top bar and once along a downward bar, such as a seat post. The cushioned cradles include reinforced rubber straps to secure the bikes in place and No-Sway Cages that prevent not only sway, but also front-to-back movement and bike-to-bike contact. The cradles also include advanced grooves that accommodate your bike cables.
The arching dual arms of the rack stagger the Hold Fast cradles so that the bikes hang at varying heights. This is just one of the ways that the Vertex Swing prevents pedals and handlebars from hitting each other when you are loading your bikes and during transport. In addition to allowing different bike heights, the rack arms on the Vertex Swing are longer, adding more space between the cradles than standard dual-arm racks to protect your bikes even better and to make it easier to get four bikes on the rack. The arching arms, just like standard dual-arm racks, give great bike support, and it's less likely that you will need a bike adapter bar. However, adapter bars might be needed for smaller, alternative and women's frame bikes.
The upright bar - or mast - of the rack is taller than standard hitch-mounted racks and is arced slightly to offer your bikes greater clearance from both the ground and the back of your vehicle. A built-in handle in the mast also makes it easy to transport the rack to and from your vehicle and to install it in your hitch receiver.
The Vertex Swing includes an ergonomic quick-release lever (HitchSwitch) that enables you to fold the dual arms down for convenient storage. And the handle audibly clicks to reassure you that the arms are locked in place.
The Vertex Swing comes with an anti-rattle device incorporated into the shank to reduce vibration and noise in the hitch for a smooth, quiet ride - simply tighten the hitch bolt with a wrench.
A Snug-Tite hitch lock (THSTL2; sold separately) is available for locking the rack to your hitch. And you can lock your bikes to the rack using Thule's locking cable with a One Key System core so it can be keyed to match your hitch lock.
9031 Thule Vertex Swing 4 Bike Carrier for 2" Hitches - Tilting
Video of Thule Vertex Swing 4 Bike Carrier for 2" Hitches - Swinging
Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.
Video Transcript for Thule Vertex 4 Swing Hitch Bike Rack Review
Today were going to review part number TH9031 from Thule. This is a Thule Vertex Swing 4 bike carrier. Some features about this bicycle rack, it does have a swing-away design to it. It has a built in handle to help you lift it and move around the bicycle rack. It also has an anti-rattle bolt to help secure the bicycle rack to the hitch. The arms and the post have an arch built into them to give you more room to load the bikes as well as some distance from the vehicle.
The hold fast cradles does come with the no-sway cages to keep your bike from moving around. It has a built in hitch switch that allows you to lower the arms on the carrier. Lets go ahead and cover some of this in more detail. Lets go ahead and take our bicycle rack and install it on our two inch hitch. Well line up the hitch pin holes, then install our anti-rattle bolt.
Now the bike rack does come with a provided tool to tighten it down, however sometimes a inch wrench will actually work better, because sometimes you may have a close clearance between the bolt and the hitch. Now Ill go ahead and demonstrate the swing-away design of the bicycle rack. Theres a knob in the back that we have to loosen up, and theres a knob on top that we have pull up on, and then we can swing it out of the way. When we have it out of our way, we will reposition the pin that will keep it in place. Well go ahead and use the hitch switch to unfold our arms.
Lets go ahead and cover the cradles in a little more detail. This is one cradle here. It has a strap thats going to be used on both sides, depending on how easy it is to use on your bike. You can rotate this cradle any way you want and you can also position it from front to rear as well. The other cradle has a no-sway cage on the bottom here.
It has its own strap and it swings down to the C tube on your bike. Then the cradle has two places to run your straps as well. The cradles themselves on the inside, you see it has grooves. That will give you room for your cables that are on your bike. Lets go ahead and put on a bike. Well start off by making sure the straps are out of the way on the cradles were going to use. Then well make sure that the anti-sway part of the cradle is out of our way, basically pushed toward the center, so we can load up our bike. For our demonstration, were going to put our bike on the end of the rack. In actual practice youre going to run your bike up as close to the post and then work your way back. Even with our bikes loaded up we can still have access to the back of the vehicle. We can swing all the bikes out of our way. Before we go on down the road well go ahead and take our bike and move it closer to the post and wrap the security strap around it. With that, that will finish it for our review of part number TH9031 from Thule, the Vertex Swing 4 bike carrier.
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I got TH9031 bike rack for my 2010 Toyota Sienna. I did an internet search for products that suited my needs but I really didn't find anything that offered what this bike rack has which is a bike rake with 4 bike capacity that swings open to allow the back hitch to open. The bike rack is GREAT! It works perfectly. Easy installation, very well made and I got it at a fraction of the price of the other competing products in less than a week! I'd give it 6 out of 5 stars!!46763
I bought the Vertex 9031 swing rack for a 2012 Honda Pilot after reading about some issues and concerns other people have had fitting the Apex swing model to the Pilot's recessed 2" Class III hitch. *NOTE: I have no experience with the Apex so I am not sure if these concerns were warranted, but I can confirm that the Vertex is easy to attach and secure to the Pilot straight out of the box.
The packaging was badly damaged upon arrival with some metal parts sticking out through the box, but luckily there was no damage to the contents. The Vertex is well finished and solidly constructed, and all moving parts lock into place with a solid click. Assembly was easily accomplished with the included tools and the rack serves perfectly for transporting two adult and two youth mountain bikes. The swing mechanism provides plenty of clearance for the rear door of the Pilot to open and the rear window hatch can be opened with bikes attached in the travel position.
I was aware that the Vertex would not come with hitch and cable locks (unlike the Apex which includes a the optional locks) but at the time I ordered I was not convinced that Thule's locks were the best solution for me, mainly because a neighbour's older Thule hitch lock was easily picked and also because they are very expensive. In hindsight, I wish I had done some more research and ordered a hitch lock to keep the Vertex better secured to the hitch. The standard setup seems solid enough during travel but with only a single bolt securing my new rack and four expensive bikes to the vehicle I will not sleep well at night until I have a better solution. The Thule STL2 hitch lock is the obvious choice but I am still looking at other more secure (and less expensive) alternatives.
All in all I am very happy with the rack, but potential buyers should be aware that they will need to buy an additional hitch lock to prevent the rack from being easily removed from the vehicle.51586
Awesome product! Was very impressed with the sturdiness of this rack. We received it within 2 days of order and was so amazed with that! Your employees are all very professional and attentive to the customers needs, very refreshing in this day, when customer service is not practiced. We have used the product several times and it is very easy to use, even for a woman. I will highly recommend your company to all my cycling club for their needs, in fact, I already recommended you to a co-worker. Thank you again!49976
Works great on my Honda CRV 2012. You're going to need the bike frame adapter for kids,women's, or high end mountain bikes. The hitch pin doesn't come with a cotter pin fyi, if your the nervous type this might concern you.
Assembly is quick and easy. Don't forget it only supports a 2" hitch. 45522
I just installed it yesterday. It fits together nicely and seems to be well thought out with good construction. It's kind of heavy and finding a place to store such an awkward thing is challenging. 38639
Havent used the rack yet, however I assembled it and attached it to the hitch on my vehicle. The rack seems pretty solid as I had hoped. Shipment was fast. I chose this rack over the swingdaddy because of its extra distance from the hitch to the vertical arm and the 140 lbs. rating versus the 120 lbs. rating on the yakima. We'll see how it holds up over time.29469
The Thule Vertex Swing 4 Bike Rack, item # TH9031, should work on your 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and allow access to the rear of you vehicle, as long as you do not have an over sized spare tire mounted on the rear of your vehicle. You will need to measure to be absolutely sure the bike rack will fit though.
I like to take a long straight item such as a 2x4 or a yard stick and place it against the farthest out part of the rear of the vehicle. In your case the spare tire. Then you can easily view full answer...
Either the Thule Swingdaddy or the Vertex, # TH9031, will fit a 2003 Lexus GX 470, provided the vehicle has a 2 inch trailer hitch. The side opening rear door may be opened but there is a chance that you will not be able to open it all of the way, only most of the way.
But even if the rack does only partially interfere, you will still have near complete access to the rear of the vehicle when the rack is swung out. I have included a link to a video review of the Vertex for you.
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Either the Thule Vertex # TH9031 or the Yakima SwingDaddy 4 # Y02422 would work on your 2003 Lincoln Navigator. The # TH9031 will be a couple inches farther away from your vehicle and it has arced arms that will allow the bikes to be at different heights when loaded so I believe it has the slight edge for you.
The extra space on the opening of your hitch is just to allow hitch mounted accessories to be installed and removed easily. The # TH9031 has an anti-rattle device built into it that wou view full answer...
There are only certain bike racks that can be used on the back of a trailer. I have included a link to the available options for you to view. The Thule Vertex is not rated for use behind a trailer. You will also want to be careful when using a bumper mount hitch for a bike rack. Be sure to check the capacity of the hitch against the combined weight of the rack and bikes.
Also, you will want to check the camper owners manual to determine if the bumper is rated for this purpose or if it has a d view full answer...
You do not always need to use the bike adapter bar, # TH982XT, in order to carry womens, childrens, or alternative frame bikes on the Thule Vertex, # TH9031. In other cases it is a must. It depends on each individual bike.
I recommend it regardless because it will make those bikes more level which provides a better center of gravity and will also provide better ground clearance. While you could load a bike with a sloped frame on the rack, one end would point up, the other down and it can cau view full answer...
The Thule Vertex, # TH9031, is going to be heavier than is non-swinging counterpart # TH9029 (by 17 pounds) so it will be a little more difficult to install into the trailer hitch.
If you have a vehicle with a rear hatch that opens open or a rear door that swings to the side and you need easy access to the cargo area of the vehicle, the swinging feature is a must have feature. For a car that has a normal trunk, you would be good with a tilting rack, though you do not want to leave the bikes view full answer...
There are racks that you can tilt or swing that will allow you to keep the bikes on while tilting the rack including the Vertex # TH9031.Or for a tilting rack that will allow you to keep the bikes on it while tilting, I recommend the Softride Dura, # SR26247.
Instead of tilting down the Dura tilts out, as you can see in the video I have linked for you. This design allows you to keep the bikes in place while tilting the rack out for greater access to the rear of the vehicle. I have also includ view full answer...
The main differences between the Vertex, # TH9031, and the Apex, # TH9027, are the type of cradles each has, the cable lock on the Apex, and the anti-rattle function on the Apex.
The Apex features Hold Fast cradles which offer road-dampening technology (RDT) and detachable anti-sway arms. The RDT technology provides 2 Layers of cushioning to absorb road shock and minimize vibration. The upper layer is composed of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), a gel-like substance that gently but firmly cups view full answer...
Due to the lack of space between the bottom of the rear door and the top of the receiver hitch, the swinging bike racks are not a good option for your RAV4. Although the rack is capable of swinging, the foot of the rack will prevent the door from being opened for more than a few inches.
To carry 2 or 3 bikes, a spare tire mounted rack would be your best option, although opening the rear door while the bikes are attached to the rack is not recommended due to the fact that the additional weight view full answer...
We have installed the Hidden Hitch Class III trailer hitch # 87412 on a 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser, see video link, and found that the distance needed to clear the rear part of the spare tire carrier is 8 inches. Measure from the center of the hitch pin hole straight back to the distance required to clear the spare on your vehicle to confirm.
The Thule Vertex swinging rack, # TH9031, measures 14 inches from hitch pin hole to the back of the upright arm so it should clear the spare tire on your FJ view full answer...
With Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87603 installed on your 2012 Audi Q5 you should be able to install the Thule Vertex swinging rack, # TH9031. On the rack, it measures 8-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the foot of the rack. Since you are measuring 6 inches there should be plenty of clearance. The distance to the back of the upright bar is even further, 14 inches, so I know that part of the rack will fit. I have included some links on the rack for you.
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It would be a tight fit because the current generation of Thule swinging racks, the Vertex # TH9031, measures 14 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright bar on the rack. That 1/2 inch of difference leaves very little room for error. At the same time, this rack is going to offer the most clearance of any of the swinging racks.
But I do have another solution for you. Take a look at the Softride Dura, # SR26247. If you use the longer shank, # SR26033, you should h view full answer...
You will need to measure the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole out to the distance required to clear the rear of the vehicle. If that distance is less than 8-1/2 inches then the Vertex swinging rack # TH9031 will fit. The spare tire under the vehicle should not be a problem provided it is a factory sized spare mounted in the factory location. I have included instructions and video links on the bike rack for you.
If you will be carrying womens, childrens, or alternative frame bik view full answer...
For your 2007 Jeep Liberty, I recommend the Thule Vertex Swing Hitch Bike Rack # TH9031. While it is a 4-bike rack, it allows you to swing the carrier to the side with a full complement of bikes. For your cargo door to open with this rack installed, you will need to have a 2 inch hitch and the measurement from the center of the hitch pin hole straight back to clear the Jeeps spare must be less than 14 inches.
I have included links to the instructions for the proper installation of this produc view full answer...
In order to fit your Subaru Outback Wagon, the distance between the hitch pin hole in your hitch receiver and the furthest rearward point of your back bumper needs to be less than 8-1/2 inches. The shank on the Thule Vertex Swing is pretty long, so it should fit just fine but I would recommend measuring just to be sure.
If you look at the photo I have edited for you, you can see how to take the measurement. If the measurement you get is less than 8-1/2 inches, the rack will work just great on view full answer...
The Thule Vertex Swing Rack, # TH9031, Apex Swing Rack, # TH9027, and the Yakima SwingDaddy Rack, # Y02422, will all fit on your 1997 Chevrolet Astro van as long as it has a 2 inch trailer hitch, however, these bike racks are not recommended for use on trailers.
Only certain hitch mounted bike racks are recommended for use on trailers and motor homes because the trailer hitch on a trailer sits further away from the axle than it would on a vehicle. This will cause additional jarring and bounc view full answer...
Yes! The Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch part # 75432 that you are looking at will fit your 2006 Toyota RAV4. I have attached a video of the installation of this hitch on your vehicle.
The Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031 bike carrier would be perfect for your vehicle as well with its swing ability so that you can open your rear door fully. I have attached a video showing the swing motion so you can see it in action. Thule also makes another similar one that we have a video showing it on the back of view full answer...
We do indeed sell trailer hitches! I would recommend the Draw-Tite Class III receiver, part # 75614. The hitch is compatible with your MDX, but ONLY if your MDX has the compact-sized spare tire. There is not a hitch available for models equipped with the full-sized spare. If your MDX has the full sized spare, you might want to check with the dealer about the availability of a compact spare.
Either the Thule Vertex, part # TH9031 or the Yakima SwingDaddy # Y02422 would work very well for you. view full answer...
The two racks are very similar, but they have a few differences. Although they weigh about the same, the Thule Vertex, part # TH9031, has a higher weight capacity than the Yakima SwingDaddy, part # Y02422. The Vertex can carry 140 pounds, while the SwingDaddy can handle 120lbs. The Vertex has a longer shank, which would place the rear of the upright portion of the rack approximately 14 inches away from the hitch pin hole in the receiver, versus 11 inches for the SwingDaddy.
Both racks are ver view full answer...