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  • Hitch-Mount 4-Bike Rack Recommendation for 2006 Honda CRV
  • Your 2006 Honda CR-V can be fitted with either of two sizes/classes of trailer hitch, a light-duty 1-1/4-inch Class I hitch or a higher-capacity 2-inch Class III. You can carry 4 bikes on a Class III hitch but only 2 bikes can be carried on a Class I hitch. Linked for you are a page showing all available hitches and two articles concerning these types and sizes of hitch receiver. Of the Class III hitches for your CR-V I suggest the Hidden Hitch # 87578 since it does not require a stabilizing...
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru 1-1/4 inch Hitch
  • Since the pin hole on the factory Subaru hitch on the 2015 Outback is so close to the end of the receiver, the only racks that are really safe to use in that hitch are the Yakima racks. So the HoldUp, # Y02445, is a great option. This rack weighs 55 lbs. Another great option would be the Yakima HighLite part # Y02439. This rack weighs 24 lbs. At this time these would are the only racks confirmed to fit the new style of Subaru hitches and are very similar to the other bike racks...
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for the Rear of a Fifth Wheel Trailer
  • The Swagman XTC2 Bike Rack part # S64670 that you referenced is not rated for use behind a fifth wheel trailer. Trailers have a much rougher ride at the back of them when compared to a passenger vehicle so bike racks need to be reinforced if they are going to be used there. That is why you bent a wheel hoop on your old bike rack most likely. For a similar bike rack that has been rated for use behind a trailer you would want the Pro Series Q-Slot bike rack part # PS63134. I attached a...
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  • Hitch and Bike Recommendation for a 2012 Honda CR-V
  • To install the Saris 2 Bike Rack part # SA832B that you referenced on your 2012 Honda CR-V you will need to have a hitch installed on your vehicle. If you don't have a hitch installed on your vehicle I would recommend the Draw Tite hitch part # 75742. I attached a picture of what the hitch will look like installed on a CRV like yours as well as an install video for you to check out. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may...
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  • Purpose of Snapper Pin on Thule T2 # TH917XTR Bike Rack
  • The safety or snapper pin you're speaking of is what prevents the rack from tilting rearward away from the vehicle. The rack actually has three positions, folded up against the rear of the vehicle which is the storage position, the bike carrying position and the rear of vehicle access position. Actuating the release lever allows the rack to move from the folded to the bike carrying position. Removing the pin allows the rack to tilt further rearward so you can easily access the rear of the...
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  • Could the SportRack Hitch Rack part # SR2901XT be Used to Transport an E-Bike
  • That really depends on the weight of the bikes and the capacity of the hitch you have on your 2005 Toyota Solara. The SportRack Hitch Rack part # SR2901XT that you referenced has a 90 lb capacity. If the weight of your two bikes weighs less than that, and the hitch you have has a capacity that is higher than the total weight of the bikes plus the 40 lbs of this bike rack you would be good. Other racks to consider are # SA4025 and # N102 as they are rated for 60 lbs per bike. If...
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for the Back of a Travel Trailer
  • I have a solution for you, but the Thule Helium Bike Rack part # TH9043 that you referenced is not confirmed to fit the back of a travel trailer where the ride will be much rougher. For a similar bike rack that is confirmed to fit travel trailers I would recommend the Swagman Trailhead part # S63381. This would do well to carry 3 bikes. 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...
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  • Swagman XTC2 Versus XC2 Bike Rack Comparison
  • If I had to choose between the two, I would choose the XTC-2, part # S64670. Not only does the XTC2 have rubber straps to better secure the wheels, but the wheel hoops themselves are much stronger and are slightly raised for better ground clearance. The rack includes a threaded hitch pin, but I would also recommend the locking hitch pin, part # S64029. With the addition of two padlocks like part # 131D, your bikes would be secured to the rack.
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  • Fit of Sun Easy Sport Recumbent Bike on Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 Part # HR1450R
  • As long as the wheelbase of your Sun Easy Sort C doesn't exceed 74 inches and it isn't heavier than 45 lbs, the bike will fit a Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2, part # HR1450R. According to my research, the bike has a 62 inch wheelbase, so it should work great on the Sport Rider SE2 bike rack. The bike rack includes a locking hitch pin to secure the rack to the vehicle and a cable lock to secure the bikes to the rack. The SE2 is designed for 2 inch receivers. In order for the rack...
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  • Recommended 2-Bike Carrier For 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon With Class ll Hitch Receiver
  • The Thule Helium Aero 2 Bike carrier, part # TH9042, will be a good fit for your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon. This bike rack will fit both 1-1/4 and 2 inch receiver openings and has a carrying capacity of 2 bikes weighing up to 35 lbs each. This carrier has a built-in anti-rattle hitch pin and tilts away form the vehicle for access to the rear cargo area. The arms fold down for easy storage when not in use and the One-Key system locks help deter theft of the bikes and your rack. If...
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  • Recommended Hitch Mount Bike Rack for a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Factory Hitch Receiver
  • The Yakima HoldUp bike rack # Y02443 and Yakima HighLite Aluminum bike rack # Y02437 are both good hitch bike racks. I prefer Thule because of the look and design. I recommend the Thule Helium Aero # TH9043 because it's very lightweight (19.5 pounds) and easy loading for your 2015 Haro Calavera mountain bike. It can hold 3 bikes weighing 35 pounds a piece and will fit 1-1/4 and 2-inches trailer hitch receivers. I included a couple FAQ's and video reviews too. Happy trails! Send...
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  • Will the Swagman XTC-2 Bike Rack part # S64670 Carry a Full Suspension Mountain Bike
  • The maximum wheelbase bike that can fit on the Swagman XTC-2 Bike Rack part # S64670 is 66 inches, and the weight capacity for the rack is 35 lbs per bike. As long as your fully suspended mountain bike fits those two criteria it should work very well on this rack. I attached a picture of this rack being used with a fully suspended bike like yours for you to check out as well. I attached a review video for you to check out as well.
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  • 4-Bike Platform Style Bike Rack that Can be Used on the Back of a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • There are only certain bike racks rated for use behind an RV or trailer. The Swagman XTC4, # S64665, is not one of them but we do have a similar rack that will work. It is the Pro Series Q-Slot, # PS63138. I have linked a video review of this rack for you.
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  • Hitch Extension Recommendation for use with the RockyMounts Tandem TailPipe # RKY1031
  • The RockyMounts Tandem TailPipe # RKY1031 that you referenced has a distance of 9-3/4 inches from the center of it's hitch pin hole to the upright bar of the rack. You would need at least an 8 inch extension to get this rack out beyond the spare tire of your Mercedes Sprinter. So that you have plenty of clearance you would want something like the part # MT70024 that will give you up to 12 inches of clearance. You should note that when you use a hitch extender you cut the capacity...
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  • Comparing the Thule Vertex and Apex 5-Bike Carriers
  • There are several differences between the Thule Apex, # TH9026 and the Vertex, # TH9030XT. Apart from appearance, the main difference is the cradles. The Apex has the top of the line cradles with road-dampening technology to better protect the bikes. Basically this cradles have more cushion and sort of act like shocks. The Vertex has traditional rubber cradles. Both racks have anti-sway features. The other major difference is the shank (the part that slides into the receiver). The Apex...
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  • Will Hollywood Racks Traveler 3 Bike Carrier Fit 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser With Rear Mounted Spare
  • There is a quick way to take a measurement on your 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser to see if you have the clearance for a bike carrier. You will need a tape masure and a straight edge like a yardstick or a dowel. Place the straight edge vertically against the back of the spare tire, letting it extend below the trailer hitch receiver opening. Then measure from the center of the hitch pin to the straight edge. This will give you the distance you need to clear the spare tire. I have attached a helpful...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Acura MDX with Factory Hitch
  • I would recommend the Thule Vertex Swing 4 Bike Rack # TH9031. This is a great bike rack with narrow arms that can accommodate several bike styles and can hold up to 4 bikes. What's really great about this bike rack is that it can swing away from the rear of the vehicle it is used on to give complete access to the rear cargo area. So if you have to get in the rear hatch of your vehicle after you have the bikes loaded you wouldn't have to remove all the bikes to get in there and then reload...
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  • Best Way to Carry 2 Bikes with a Nissan Xterra Towing a Trailer
  • Your best option is going to be a roof rack and roof bike racks. The reason I say that is because you said you want to have the ability to access the rear hatch of your Nissan Xterra with bikes loaded and the # S64955 cannot tilt with bikes loaded. These racks aren't always the best choice since they can sometimes cause interference with the trailer and they add to the tongue weight of the setup which can throw off the weight distribution setup. If you have factory crossbars on your...
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  • What Does the Kuat Sherpa Bike Rack part # S101 Weigh
  • The Kuat Sherpa Bike Rack part # S101 that you referenced weighs right at 40 lbs. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well.
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  • Would the Kuat Sherpa have Clearance to Fold Up When Installed on a 2012 Toyota Venza
  • The Kuat Sherpa Bike Rack part # S101 is a great bike rack. All you need to do to determine if this rack would clear the rear bumper of your car is take one simple measurement. You will need to measure from the center of the hitch pin hole out to the furthest point out on the rear bumper of your vehicle. Most likely this measurement will be 3-1/2 inches since the Curt Hitch recommended for your vehicle's (part # 13356) when installed on a similar vehicle as yours here at etrailer had 3-1/2...
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  • How to Carry a Girls Bike with a Swagman 2 Bike Rack # S64095
  • Yes, you can carry a girls bike with the 2 Bike Rack # S64095. All you need is an adapter bar like the Swagman Bike Frame Adapter part # 64005. This adapter attaches at the seat post and the steering stem of the bike to provide a horizontal top tube for the rack to attach to. Check out the review video I attached for more info.
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  • Kuat NV Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Ford Explorer
  • When folded up the Kuat NV part # N101 that you referenced would partially obstruct the view of the backup camera you have on your 2015 Ford Explorer. You would still be able to see a vehicle or person behind you though, and in the worst case scenario you would just have to use look behind you or use your mirrors. This is one of the nicest bike racks on the market so I know you will like it a lot. Check out the review video I attached that shows it being demoed on a similar Ford Explorer...
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  • Availability of Replacement Anti-Sway Cradles for Yakima FullTilt 4 Bike Rack # Y02462
  • Thank you for doing your homework! You have identified the correct replacement anti-sway cradle for your Yakima FullTilt 4 Bike Rack # Y02462. My contact at Yakima confirmed that their replacement anti-sway cradle for the FullTilt is indeed part # Y8890302. The other cradle you referenced, part # Y8890301, is also a valid fit.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a Honda Element for Complete Rear Cargo Access
  • We don't have any picture of a Honda Element with a hitch installed on it like the # 87506 with a Swagman XTC2 Bike Rack part # S64670 with the tailgate down so it would be very hard for me to say if this rack would fit your vehicle and have enough clearance to fold down the tailgate. However, I have a solution for you that should work very well. As long as you have a hitch with a 2 inch opening like the # 87506 that I previously mentioned I would recommend the Thule Vertex Swing part...
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  • Yakima Holdup Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Jeep Patriot
  • Yes, the Yakima Holdup part # Y02443 that you are considering will work great on your 2014 Jeep Patriot that has a Draw Tite hitch part # 75712 installed on it. It would be tight, but you should also be able to fold the carrier up in the storage position when you aren't using the rack. Check out the review video I attached for this rack as well.
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for 2005 Jeep Liberty
  • When choosing a hitch mounted bike rack it is very important to determine the amount of clearance that is needed at the back of the vehicle. After reviewing our hitch installation video for the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 13044, it shows that it is approximately 15 inches from the hitch pin hole to the outer edge of the spare tire on a 2005 Jeep Liberty. I recommend taking this same measurement to determine if you require the same amount of clearance with the hitch that...
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  • Solution for Carrying Two Beach Cruisers and a Tadpole Bike on 2014 Ford Flex
  • We have a solution that would allow you to carry the tadpole and one of the beach cruisers, as long as their combined weight was under 100 lbs. I'd recommend the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2, part # HR1450R-TRKADP2. If placing the remaining bike in the cargo area of the vehicle isn't feasible, you could carry it on the vehicle roof by installing a roof rack and a bike carrier. If your Flex has the roof rails that run fore and aft along the edge of the roof, you can install a roof...
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  • Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock for a Thule Vertex Bike Carrier
  • The only anti-rattle hitch lock that will work with a Thule bike rack such as the Vertex, # TH9031, is the Thule Snug Tite lock, # THSTL2. Manufacturers purposely uniquely thread the hitch bolts and racks so they are only compatible with each other. It is a warranty/liability issue since they cannot guarantee proper performance with a different manufacturer's hitch lock/bolt.
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  • 4 Bike Rack Recommendation that Can Be Used in a 2 inch and 1-1/4 inch Hitch
  • I have a solution for you, but the Swagman Semi 4.0 4-Bike Platform Rack # S64696-97 that you referenced can't detach and allow you to use it in a 1-1/4 inch hitch. The Pro Series Q-Slot part # PS63138 does exactly what you are looking for. When you remove the add-on portion that makes the rack a 4 bike rack it can be used in a 1-1/4 inch hitch.
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  • Trailer Hitch Bike Carrier for 1-1/4 or 2 Inch Trailer Hitch Receivers for a 2006 Ford Explorer
  • You will not need an adapter! The Thule Vertex fits both 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch trailer hitch receivers. It comes with its own adapter sleeve that you can put on and take off as needed. Platform bike racks are more stable but also heavier and more difficult to store compared to hanging bike racks. For a locking rack that will fit 1-1/4 and 2 inch hitches and that fits your budget I recommend either the SportRack Super EZ # SR2901XT or the Thule Doubletrack # TH990XT. I have linked video...
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2012 Toyota Corolla S for a Saris Freedom Bike Rack
  • I do not recommend a Curt hitch for your 2012 Toyota Corolla S. The Curt hitches for your vehicle will require a stabilization strap when using a bike rack, # 18050, and the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitches do not have that requirement. On a bike rack like the Saris Freedom # SA4412B, there isn't an easy way to attach the strap. All of the trailer hitches for your vehicle will have the cross tube visible. The Hidden Hitch brand name is a name only and does not reflect the appearance of the...
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  • Availability of Replacement Anti-Rattle Device for Thule Apex 4 Bike Rack # TH9025
  • We do offer a replacement shank spacer/adapter for the Thule Apex 4 hitch bike rack, part # TH9025. Part # 852-3134-001 attaches to the 1-1/4-inch shank of the Apex 4 rack (and other models as well) to allow it to be used in 2-inch size hitches. This adapter requires two cap screws, part # 852-3136-001, to attach to the rack's shank.
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  • Hitch Mounted Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru WRX with 2 inch EcoHitch
  • The Thule T2 Bike Rack part # TH916XTR that you mentioned would be perfect for you. This rack secures bikes by the wheels only, can be used on a mountain or road bike, and the distance from the pin hole to the back of the shank is right at 2 inches so it will fit the hitch you plan on installing on your 2015 Subaru WRX. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well.
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  • Bike Carrier Recommendations for a 2014 Honda CR-V
  • The Yakima KingPin bike rack # Y02441 is a great option for your 2014 Honda CR-V. You will need to have either a Class II hitch with a 1-1/4 inch receiver or a higher Class hitch with a 2 inch receiver for the bike rack to fit. It will not work with Class I hitches with 1-1/4 inch receivers. There should be a sticker on the hitch that lists the Class it is. Or if you can tell me the capacity of the trailer hitch that would help determine its Class. If it is a factory trailer hitch it...
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  • Recommended Platform Bike Rack That Secures Bikes By The Wheel
  • The function of the Thule Doubletrack Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack, part # TH990XT, requires the arm to hold the bike at the frame. For a bike rack that has a different attachment method I recommend the Swagman Semi 2.0 2-Bike Rack, part # S64685. This holds the bikes in place with arms that secure the wheels and not the bike frame. This is a folding bike rack and has a 45 lbs per bike weight capacity. I have attached a link to a product review video for this rack you can check out.
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  • Will Swagman XC 2-Bike Platform Rack # S64650 Accept 2 Townie Bikes on 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Electra produces many versions of their Townie Series of bikes for both men and women. These vary in their frame sizes and shapes and in their weights. The Swagman XC 2-Bike Platform Rack # S64650 that you referenced will accept bikes up to 35-lbs in weight (each) and with wheelbases up to 51-1/2-inches as measured from the two tires' contact points when resting on the ground. If your particular Townie bikes have weights and dimensions that are compatible with this carrier then it is...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendations for a Carbon Framed Bike
  • For a carbon bike you really want to use a bike rack that doesn't touch the frame at all. That is why Michael recommended the Swagman Semi 2.0 Bike Rack part # S64685. The Swagman XTC2 # S64670 and the XC # S64650 both grab onto the frame of the bike to secure it to the rack so they wouldn't be recommended just like the # TH990XT that you referenced. If you really want to go with a Thule platform rack another option you have is the Thule T2 bike rack part # TH916XTR. This is one...
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  • Can a Small Kids Bike Be Carried with the Thule Vertex Bike Rack part # TH9029
  • There is a way for you to carry a smaller child's bike on the Thule Vertex Bike Rack part # TH9029. The arms of this rack 13 inches apart measured from outside to outside, so if you measure the frame of the bike and that would be small enough to fit the bike then this rack would work fine as-is. The other option would be to use the adapter bar part # 64005. This attaches at the seat post and steering stem of the bike to provide a longer horizontal top tube for the bike to attach to....
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2011 Mercedes C300
  • Yes, as long as you have a hitch installed on your 2011 Mercedes Benz C300 like the Curt Hitch part # C11030 the Prorack 2 Bike Rack # PR8062403 would work well for you. Curt recommends that all non-trailer loads - bike racks, cargo carriers and so forth - should be supported with stabilizing straps like part # 18050. Failure to properly support these loads will void your hitch warranty from Curt. I attached a review video for this product for you to check out as well. If you plan...
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  • What is the Diameter of the Vertical Square Tube on Swagman XTC 2-Bike Rack # S64670
  • The replacement part you referenced, Swagman Replacement Ratcheting Hook Set for Swagman XTC and XC Series Bike Carriers, part # P186, works on their XC and XTC bike racks as a replacement hook to secure the bikes on the carrier. This fits over the 1-1/8-inch x 1-1/8-inch vertical post used on these two racks. The vertical post has "teeth" or threads cut into two of the opposing corners; this is what the ratcheting hook holds onto. Like many bike racks parts these are application-specific...
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  • Best Bike Rack for Carrying 5 Bikes
  • The Thule Apex Bike Rack part # TH9026 would be a great option as it will be able to carry all 5 of your bikes if needed. However, some people find the anti-rattle device a bit challenging so I would instead recommend the Thule Vertex part # TH9030. This is a stripped down version of the Apex that can be upgraded with a different style of anti-rattle device that most prefer. For that you would want the # THSTL2. For a cable lock to secure the bikes to the rack you would want the part...
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  • Hollywood HR1000 vs Saris Freedom 2 SA4412B Bike Rack Comparison
  • Both the Hollywood Racks part # HR1000 and the Saris Freedom 2 bike rack part # SA4412B are great bike racks. Either one would work well for you, but there are a couple differences between the racks that are worth noting that you should consider before you decide which would be the best for you. First off the Saris is lighter at 25 lbs when compared to the Hollywood which weighs 35 lbs. The Hollywood has a higher weight capacity of 90 lbs total, whereas the Saris can only carry 70 lbs...
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  • Finding Folding 4 Bike Capacity Platform Style Bike Rack to Clear Spare Tire of Jeep CJ
  • In order to determine if a given folding bike rack would work, you'll need to measure rearward from the hitch pin hole in the receiver to the furthest rearward point of the spare tire. This distance needs to be less than the hitch pin hole to closest part of the bike rack dimension of the shank on the bike rack you choose. I've linked you to an FAQ article that shows how to do this. For instance, when folded up, the Swagman XTC4, part # S64665 has a hitch pin hole to closest part of...
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  • Will the SportRack Super EZ Bike Carrier Fit a 2010 Lexus RX 350 and 27 Inch and 29 Inch MTN Bikes
  • The SportRack Super EZ bike rack # SR2901XT will fit in 1-1/4 inch or 2 inch trailer hitches. As long as your 2010 Lexus RX 350 has a trailer hitch the bike rack will fit. The rack will accommodate bike tires up to 29 inches. The carrier has a capacity of 90 pounds total, 45 pounds per bike. Based on the information you have provided this bike carrier will work well for you. If your RX 350 does not have a trailer hitch already you can add one using # C13143.
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  • Anti-Rattle Hitch Pin Recommendation For SportRack Hitch-Mounted Platform Bike Carrier
  • We do offer an anti-rattle hitch lock for the SportRack 4 Bike Rack, part # SR2902. It is the Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock, part # SR0901. This is designed to work with 1-1/4 and 2 inch hitches. The threaded bolt reduces rattling and movement when the bike carrier is in the hitch. It also includes 2 keys. I have attached a product review video for this hitch pin you can check out. Many of the bike carrier manufacturers use their own specific threaded hitch pins that will not work with other...
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack and Cargo Carrier Recommendation
  • I have a solution for you, check out the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 Platform Bike Rack w/ Cargo Carrier # HR1450-85. This is a bike rack and a cargo carrier that should do exactly what you are looking to do. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well.
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  • How to Convert a Thule T2 TH916XTR So that it Can be Used in a 1-1/4 inch Hitch
  • You can convert your Thule T2 Bike Rack part # TH916XTR to basically be a # TH917XTR by simply replacing the shank and backbone assembly of your current rack with a # 753-3709 . I spoke to my contact at Thule and she said that this is the only way to accomplish this. This will allow your rack to be used in a 1-1/4 inch hitch.
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  • How to Determine if the Yakima KingPin Bike Rack will Clear Spare Tire of a 2007 Toyota 4Runner
  • The distance from the upright mast of the Yakima KinPin Bike Rack part # Y02441 to the hitch pin hole is 8 inches. Since you have a distance of 4-1/2 inches from the pin hole on your 2007 Toyota 4Runner to the outside of your spare tire this rack should work well for you. I attached a review video for this rack 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...
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  • What are the Dimensions of the Saris Freedom SuperClamp Bike Carrier When Folded Up
  • I went out to our demo area to take the overall measurements of the Saris Freedom SuperClamp bike rack # SA4025-FB when folded up. Side to side it measure approximately 48 inches. Front to back it measures approximately 30 inches. And from the bottom of the shank to the top of the folded arms it measures approximately 15 inches. You should be able to get it in the boot (trunk) of your 2007 VW Jetta without much effort.
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  • Fit of Girl's Bikes on Thule Vertex # TH9029 Bike Rack
  • The best way to carry a girl's or women's bike on a hanging style bike rack like the Thule Vertex # TH9029 is to use a frame adapter bar like part # 64005. The bar spans the distance between the handlebar gooseneck and the seat post, providing a level attachment point for the bike rack. This allows the bike to be carried level, which maximizes the ground clearance. As long as the distance between the seatpost and the handlebar gooseneck is greater than 16 inches, the adapter bar will work...
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  • Will a Girls Bike Fit on the Yakima SwingDaddy Bike Carrier
  • Yes, girls bikes will fit on the Yakima SwingDaddy # Y02464, but I would add an adapter bar such as # Y02531. The adapter attaches quickly and easily between your handlebars and seat post to form a sturdy, horizontal bar. I have included a couple video reviews for you too.
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  • Measuring Clearance On 2004 Jeep Liberty With Rear-Mount Spare For Hitch Mount Bike Rack
  • There is an easy way to check and see if you will have the clearance you need for the Thule Hitching Post Pro, part # TH934XTR on your 2004 Jeep Liberty. You will need a straight edge like a yardstick or a dowel and a tape measure. Place the straight edge vertically against the back of your spare tire and let it extend below the hitch on your Liberty. Then measure from the center of the hitch pin hole to the straight edge. This will give you the clearance distance you need when considering...
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  • Adapter Recommendation for a Thule T2 Bike Rack for Use in a 2 inch Hitch
  • If you had a front mount hitch on your Mercedes Sprinter you could use the # HT02 adapter to install the Thule T2 part # TH917XTR in it. We don't carry front mount hitch for the Sprinter vans, but if you happened to have one the # HT02 would work
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  • Will the Thule Hitching Post Clear the Spare of a Jeep Liberty
  • If you are asking if the Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR would fit your Jeep Liberty you would just need to take one simple measurement. You will need to measure from the center of the hitch pin hole out to the furthest point out on the spare tire. If that measurement is less than 13-1/2 inches this rack would fit and clear the spare. See FAQ I attached to the right. If it's close a better fit might be the Thule Parkway 4 # TH957 as it has an additional inch of clearance. If you...
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  • RV Rated Bike Rack Recommendation for the Hitch of a R-Pod Camper Trailer
  • To carry bikes at the rear of an RV like your R-Pod you will need a bike rack confirmed to work on trailers or RVs. The Swagman XC that you referenced is not rated for this, but for a similar rack that is you would want the Pro Series Q-Slot Bike Rack part # PS63134. There is no way to mount a spare tire carrier on the end of this rack or any other bike rack. If you need to relocate your spare. I attached a page to the right that has all of the spare tire carriers we offer for trailers....
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  • Recommended RV 5th Wheel Hitch Mounted Bike Rack
  • The RV hitch mounted bike rack I recommend is the Rola NV2 part # 59508. The bike rack can accommodate 2 bikes with a weight capacity of 100 pounds. This bike rack is rated for use on RV's and motorhomes and fits both 1-1/4 inch and 2-inch hitches without an adapter. This is also a wheel mount bike rack and will work with the offset center bar style of mountain bikes. The length from farthest hitch pin hole to first upright bar is 17-1/2 inches long and will clear your ladder rack. Once...
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  • Will the Thule Helium Aero Bike Carrier Fit a 2014 Ford C-Max and Specialized AI Sport Bikes
  • The Thule Helium Aero # TH9042 will be an excellent choice for your 2014 Ford CMAX and the Class I trailer hitch you have. The bike rack weighs only 18-1/4 pounds and if the rack is loaded to its maximum capacity of 35 pounds per bike then the total weight would be less than 89 pounds. That is well within the capabilities of the hitch. I have linked a video review of the bike rack for you. If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across...
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  • Recommended Bike Carrier And Ski Adapter For 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • For your 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, I recommend the Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Rack, part # TH9027. This carrier will allow the rack to swing to the side of the vehicle even when the bikes are loaded, allowing you the room needed for the liftgate to open and allow access to the rear cargo area. We have not had a chance to take a video of this carrier on a 2015 Tahoe yet but when we get a chance will do just that. I have attached a video of this carrier on a 2013 Suburban that will show how...
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  • 2-Bike Rack Recommendations for Toyota Prius
  • Since I do not know the model year or version of your Prius or the nature of your bikes I can give you some general guidance to get you started. Your options are a hitch-mount type rack like the Thule Parkway 2 that you referenced (although note that if your car has a hitch it is a 1-1/4-inch hitch, not a 2-inch size as required by the Parkway 2), or a trunk-mount type rack that attaches to the back of the vehicle. A good starting point is a review of the three linked articles on...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Mounted Bike Rack for a 2013 Nissan Murano
  • Owners of the 2013 Nissan Murano most often purchase the Thule Doubletrack, # TH990XT. This is a platform style bike rack that will fit 1-1/4 inch or 2 inch trailer hitch. It holds 2 bikes using wheel cradles and hooks that hold down the centers of the bike frames. I have included a link to a video of this rack on a 2013 Murano for you. The rack weighs around 45 pounds so it isn't the heaviest rack but it isn't the lightest either. I have found that platform racks in general are not...
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  • Platform Wheel Mount Bike Rack Recommend for 29 inch Wheel 48 inch Wheelbase Bike that Weighs 60 lb
  • I have a rack that I can guarantee will work, the Thule T2 # TH916XTR can work on bikes with tires that are up to 29 inches in diameter, have a wheelbase of up to 48 inches, and has a weight capacity of 60 lbs per bike. Had I known the wheelbase you have and the weight of your bike I would have made this recommendation for you previously. I attached a review video for you to check out as well. I still stand by the previous recommendation I made about the # SA4023. I can't guarantee...
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  • Will Thule Tram Ski and Snowboard Carrier # TH9033 Fit Vertex Bike Rack on 2015 Jeep Wrangler
  • The Thule Tram Ski and Snowboard Carrier # TH9033 is indeed compatible with their Vertex 4 hitch-mount bike rack # TH9029. In your case the concern with fitting this ski carrier on your 2015 Wrangler Unlimited Willys concerns the rear-mounted spare tire interfering with the bike rack. In the case of the Vertex 4 bike rack the amount of clearance from its hitch pin hole to the upright bar is 12-inches. You can determine the amount of clearance you need for your Willy's spare tire by measuring...
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  • Saris Bike Rack Recommendation for a 29 inch Wheel Bike with Long Wheel Base
  • I spoke to my contact at Saris and he told me that they have a better solution for your bike, but the Saris Cycle-On Pro # SA4023 that you referenced can be challenging to fit 29 inch wheel bikes onto. He said it's possible, but usually requires deflating the tires to get the wheel clamps to catch. Also, he couldn't give me a max wheelbase that the rack will work with. What he recommended was the Saris Freedom SuperClamp 2 Bike Platform Rack # SA4025. This rack will work well with a...
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  • Replacement Rubber Straps for a Highland SportWing 2 Bike Rack Part # 5801200
  • If you need the strap that attaches to the cradle, you will need # 58400 or you can go with the entire replacement cradle assembly # 58401 for your Highland SportWing 2 bike rack # 5801200. Or if you happen to need the straps that will provide additional support by securing the bike frame and the rack's upright bar, I recommend the Softride hook and loop tie down # SR18679. Their 12-inch length provides ample wrapping power to secure any unstable frames or tires to the rack arms or cradles....
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  • Best 5-Bike Rack Recommendation
  • The only style of bike rack we offer that would carry up to 5 bikes is a hanging style rack. The platform racks available can only carry up to 4 bikes. The 5 bike rack that I would recommend is the Thule Vertex 5 Bike Rack part # TH9030. This rack holds the bikes by attaching to the top tube of the bikes. The arced arms makes loading bikes easier since they will all be at differing heights. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well. If you plan on carrying...
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  • What is the Angle of the Ramp for Loading Bikes on the Thule EasyFold Bike Rack
  • The angle of the ramp is going to be different on every vehicle due to differences in the hitch height. The Thule EasyFold 2 Bike Rack # TH9032 is approximately 8-3/4 inches from the top of the shank that fits in the receiver tube. Measure from the top of the receiver opening on your hitch up 8-3/4 inches to determine about where the platform will be. The ramp is about 4 feet long so given the length of the ramp and the eight of the platform based on the height of your hitch, you should...
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation to Clear Rear Spare of a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • The Thule Apex Bike Rack part # TH9026 has a distance of 13 inches from the center of the hitch pin to the upright mast of the rack. The Thule Vertex Bike Rack part # TH9029 has a distance of 12 inches from the pin hole to the upright mast of the rack. The Yakima FullTilt 5-Bike Rack # Y02463 has a distance of 12 from the pin hole to the upright portion of the rack. The Yakima Ridgeback part # Y02459 has a distance of 9 inches from the hitch pin to the upright mast of the rack. Since...
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  • Availability of Swinging Thule 5-Bike Rack for 2011 Honda Odyssey
  • Thule does offer two 5-bike capacity racks, the Apex # TH9026 or the Vertex, part # TH9030. These racks will tilt rearward away from the vehicle once the bikes are removed, allowing access to the rear of the vehicle. There's a few differences between the two racks, the Apex offers higher quality cradles that are more heavily padded. The Apex also offers an upgraded shank that has a built-in locking anti-rattle device as well as an integrated cable lock. The Vertex and Apex are also available...
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  • Will Swagman XC-2 Platform-Style Hitch Bike Rack # S64650 Fit a Honda Odyssey
  • A Honda Odyssey can be equipped with either a 1-1/4-inch or 2-inch hitch size. Fortunately the Swagman XC-2 Platform-Style Hitch Bike Rack # S64650 that you referenced will fit both the 1-1/4-inch and 2-inch size hitches so it will definitely fit your hitch. There is one simple measurement you can take to confirm the amount of clearance at the back of the vehicle you will have with this rack installed. This will help ensure your rack does not interfere with the rear of the vehicle. Simply...
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  • 4 Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2008 Honda Odyssey with 1-1/4 inch Hitch
  • Since you have a Class II hitch you can carry the 4 bikes you need to. The hitches that are limited to only 2 bikes are the Class I 1-1/4 inch hitches. For more info check out the FAQ article on hitch classifications that I attached. For a 4 bike rack I like the Thule Vertex part # TH9029. This is a tilting bike rack with a ton of features at a great price. The arced arms are also really nice as it allows bikes to be loaded easier since they will be at different heights. Check out the...
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  • Recommended 4 Bike Trailer Hitch Bike Carrier for a 2012 Nissan Armada
  • The 4 bike platform-style hitch carrier # Y02443-2 will fit your 2012 Nissan Armada. It will fold-up and tilt just like you are wanting. Gaining access to your hatch cargo area with 4 bikes on the platform rack may be challenging because when you tilt the platform rack it will get quite heavy. Another option to consider, and one I recommend, is the Thule Apex swing bike rack # TH9027. It's designed to carry up to 4 bikes and has a total weight capacity of 140 pounds. The swing away has...
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  • Recommendation for Carrying 4 Bikes in Class III Hitch on 1995 VW Eurovan
  • The Thule Parkway 4-Bike rack you mentioned, part # TH956 is a nice rack, but the arms will not fold down for storage and the rack lacks anti-sway cradles, which could allow the bikes to sway back and forth and possibly strike each other. I would personally prefer the Thule Hitching Post Pro, part # TH934XTR. The Hitching Post Pro features anti-sway cradles and arms that will fold down. The rack will tilt down and away from the vehicle to provide cargo area access once the bikes are removed...
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  • SportRack 2 Bike Rack # SR2901 Replacement Wheel Straps Option
  • I spoke to my contact at Sportrack and she informed me that the hook-and-loop straps of the SportRack Bike Rack # SR2901 that you referenced are not available as a replacement part. She said that what they typically recommend is to go down to a local craft or hobby store and get replacement strips from there that can be trimmed and stitched to fit.
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for a 29 inch Mountain Bike Wheel
  • Recently we spoke with our contact at Sportrack about the Super EZ bike rack # SR2901XT. It will accept up to and including a 29 inch bike wheel with up to 3 inches wide. The maximum wheelbase the bike rack will accept is 48 inches. I have included a link to a video review of the bike rack for you.
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  • Recommended Hitch Mount Bike Rack For 2 Fat Bikes Weighing 50 Pounds Each
  • Thanks for sending a picture! The Thule Doubletrack platform bike rack # TH990XT you referenced wouldn't be the best fit because the wheel tray capacity is only rated for tires up to 3-inches. Because you have 2 fat bikes weighing 50 pounds each, I recommend the Hollywood Sport Rider SE2 part # HR1450E. It can handle 2 bikes up to 80 pounds each and works perfect with your 2-inch receiver hitch. The maximum tire width is 3-inches but you can get the adapter for fat tires # HRSPRWH-F....
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  • Bike Rack and Hitch Recommendation for a 2012 Land Rover Evoque
  • The bike rack you are looking for is the Yakima HighLite Bike Rack part # Y02438. I attached a link the video you referenced to the right as well. If you are in need of a trailer hitch you would also want the part # C13128. This is the hitch used in the video you referenced as well. I also attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing...
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  • Will the Hollywood Racks SE 4 Bike Rack # HR1400 Fold Up and Clear Spare of a 2014 Jeep Wrangler
  • In the folded position, the closest part of this bike rack will be 6 inches away from the face of the trailer hitch receiver on the Hollywood Racks SE 4 Bike Rack, # HR1400. If you measure from the opening of the hitch on your 2014 Jeep Wrangler out to the furthest point out on the spare tire of your 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and the distance is less than 6 inches this rack would have enough clearance to fold up.
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  • Knob on Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Rack # TH9027 Just Spins and Wont Tighten or Untighten
  • If the knob on your Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Rack, # TH9027, is free spinning it most likely means that the knob is in the locked position. The knob is designed to function in this way to prevent theft. In order to tighten or untighten just unlock the knob and you should have no problems.
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  • Lightweight Platform 4 Bike Rack Recommendation
  • I have a great solution for you. The Saris Freedom 4 BIke Rack part # SA4414B will carry 4 bikes and only weighs 53 lbs. This is actually the lightest weight 4-bike platform rack we offer and is very similarly priced as the Swagman Quad # S64691. Check out the review video I attached for more info on it.
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  • Fit of Yakima RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack # Y02458 on a 2012 Honda Odyssey
  • The Odyssey can be equipped with either a Class II hitch with a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening or a Class III with a 2 inch receiver. The Yakima RidgeBack is compatible with both. The shank on the RidgeBack is long enough to allow plenty of space between the back of the rack and the rear of the vehicle. In other words, the RidgeBack will work great on your vehicle. If you click the provided link, you can see a product demonstration video of the RidgeBack being test-fit on a 2012 Odyssey. If...
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  • 5 Bike Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • What you will first need to do is measure from the center of the hitch pin on your 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited out to the furthest point on the spare tire. On a very similar 2014 Wrangler as yours we found that this measurement turned out to be 10-1/4 inches. What that means is that any bike rack with at least much distance from the pin hole to the upright portion of the rack will fit and clear. If the measurement you took is the same as what I referenced the Thule Vertex # TH9030...
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation that Allows Complete Rear Cargo Access with Bikes Loaded
  • I have a better solution for you. For a rack that will give you complete cargo area access with bikes loaded the best solution would be a swing away bike rack. For that I would recommend the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031. This rack can swing away when loaded with bikes for complete rear cargo access. Check out the review video for more info. The # S64670 is a great rack but it can not tilt with bikes loaded. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without...
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for the Back of a Fifth Wheel Trailer
  • We have exactly what you need. Since you are looking for a bike rack for the back of a fifth wheel you will need to get an RV rated rack like the Pro Series Q-Slot Bike Rack # PS63134. This is platform rack designed to fit a 2 inch hitch that has been tested to work at the back of a trailer like yours so it would work well for you. Check out the review video I attached for more info. I also attached a link to the right that will take you to a page that has all of the RV rated bike...
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  • Hitch and Kuat NV Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2012 Mazda CX9
  • Yes, the Kuat NV Bike Rack part # N101 that you referenced would work well on the Curt Hitch part # 13575 that you bought for your 2012 Mazda CX-9. This is one of the nicest bike racks on the market so it would be a great choice for you. I attached a couple review videos for you to check out as well.
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  • Would the Softride Alumina¬≥ Parallelogram 3 Bike Rack # SR26428 fit a 2013 Toyota Highlander
  • The Softride Alumina¬≥ Parallelogram 3 Bike Rack # SR26428 that you referenced should work well on your 2013 Toyota Highlander and have enough clearance, but you might want to check to be completely certain. You will want to measure from the center of your hitch pin out to the furthest point out on the rear bumper. If that measurement is less than 7-1/4 inches this rack would work well for you. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes...
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  • Saris Platform Bike Rack that Uses Wheel Mounts for a 2 inch Hitch
  • There is a very similar Saris platform rack as the # SA4023 that you referenced, but there isn't a version of this rack that will fit 2 inch hitches nor is there an adapter available that would allow it to be used on a 2 inch hitch.. Instead I would recommend the Saris Freedom SuperClamp # SA4025. This is a wheel mount platform bike rack that can fit 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch hitches that would work well for you. Check out the review video I attached for more info.
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  • Hitch-Mount Bike Rack Recommendation for 2008 Honda Fit Sport
  • Both of the hitch-mount 2-bike platform style bike carriers you referenced, the Thule Doubletrack # TH990XT and the Swagman XTC-2 # S64670, fit the 1-1/4-inch Class I type trailer hitches that are offered for your 2008 Honda Fit Sport. For reference, those available hitches are shown on the link at right. All carry the same 200-lb tongue weight rating and all install without drilling. One of the key considerations in selecting a hitch-mount bike rack is the amount of clearance at the...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for the Rear of a Fifth Wheel Trailer
  • There are bike racks that are rated for the rougher ride quality that is at the rear of a trailer, but the Saris Thelma is not one of them so I would not recommend it for you. For a similar bike rack that is confirmed to work at the rear of a trailer I would recommend the Pro Series Q-Slot bike rack part # PS63134. This is a platform rack that should work well for you. Check out the review video I attached. I also attached a link to a page that has all of the RV rated bike rack options...
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  • Can Hitch Mounted Bike Racks be Tilted with Bikes Loaded on Them
  • We offer a few bike racks that can tilt with the bikes loaded, but the # TH934XTR and ones similar to it can not be tilted with bike loaded. For a similar bike rack that can tilt with bikes loaded check out the Softride Dura Parallelogram 4 Bike Rack # SR26247. I attached a review video for you to check out as well. For the ultimate in rear cargo access a swing away bike rack would be your best option. These racks swing away from the rear of the vehicle with bikes loaded for complete...
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  • Thule Bike Rack that Locks Bikes to Rack and Rack to Hitch
  • With enough motivation and opportunity a thief will usually get what they want. If a thief was willing to disassemble your bike rack to steal the top half of it he would probably be willing to do just about anything to steal your bikes as well. But for a similar bike rack to the # TH934XTR that doesn't have the exposed bolts that would allow the rack to be disassembled check out the Thule Vertex 4 Bike Rack part # TH9029. You will need the # THSTL2 as well with this rack. For a cable...
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  • Recommendation for Rack to Carry 4 Bikes on GMC Acadia
  • Assuming that your GMC Acadia is equipped with a 2 inch hitch receiver, my top pick for a 4 bike rack would be the Softride Dura Parallelogram, # SR26247. This by far is my favorite due to the fact that the rack will tilt down for cargo access even while the bikes are still loaded. Having kids myself, it was inevitable that the minute I had everything loaded up, someone needed something that was buried in the rear cargo area and here I was unloading the bikes that I had just finished loading....
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  • Availability of Replacement Parts for Thule T2 2-Bike Rack
  • We have several replacement parts available for the Thule T2 2-Bike Rack # TH916XTR. Below is a list of those parts: Replacement Front Wheel Cradle # 853-5958 Replacement Rear Retention # 753-3582 Replacement Locking Ratchet Arm Assembly # 752-1272-001 Replacement Wheel Strap # 853-7002 Thule Snug Tite Hitch Lock and Anti-Rattle Device # THSTL2 Replacement Shank Assembly # 753-3581 Replacement Spar and Pivot Tube # TH753-3580 Replacement End Cap for Spar and Pivot Tube # 853-5961 Replacement...
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  • Tilting Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2013 Ford F-150 that Allows Tailgate to Open
  • Most likely yes, but since we haven't had the chance to test the Swagman Bike Rack part # S64960 on a 2013 Ford F-150 like yours it's hard to say for certain. For a similar bike rack that I can confirm will allow you to open your tailgate when tilted check out the Thule Vertex bike rack part # TH9029. We had a chance to test fit this rack on a 2013 F150 just like yours and found that the tailgate could open when tilted. Check out the video link I attached to right to see for yourself. If...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2012 Ford Focus to Carry Recumbent Trike
  • I have a solution for you, check out the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider 2 2-Bike Carrier for Recumbents # HR1000R. This rack is designed for carrying recumbents. Since yours is a trike you will also need the adapter # HRTRK-ADP. The Yakima King Pin # Y02441 that you referenced will not fit on Class I hitches like what you have on your Focus so I would not recommend it for you. The # HR1000R is Class I hitch compatible.
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  • Fat Bike Tire Hoops Availability for the Hollywood Racks Bike Racks
  • Yes, we do carry the fat tire adapters that are used on the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 2-Bike Rack for Fat Bikes # HR1450-FB separately. For that you would want the part # HRSPRWH-F.
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  • Platform Bike Rack Solutions for a 2003 Toyota 4Runner to Clear Spare
  • An ideal solution for you would be to use a hitch mounted bike rack on your 2003 Toyota 4Runner that has a longer shank, so that your Yakima Holdup Bike Rack part # Y02443 will clear the spare. Another solution you have would be to use a hitch extender like part # HE06. This will provide you with 7 additional inches of clearance so that your bike rack would clear. The Thule T2 part # TH916XTR has 4 more inches of clearance from the pin hole to the first bike rail so it would fit. The...
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  • Dimensions On Thule T2 Bike Rack For Jeep Wrangler With Rear-Mounted Spare Tire
  • I have attached a drawing with some of the dimensions you asked about for the Thule T2 Bike Rack, part # TH916XTR. Since the rack when fully deployed has a slight angle, the dimensions may vary a bit from those noted on the drawing, but you can use those dimensions to see if you have enough clearance with your spare tire and the bikes unloaded. The # TH916XTR measures 19 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest bike-carrier rail. It also measures 4-1/2 inches from...
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  • Hitch-Mounted Bike Carrier For 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited With Rear-Mounted Spare Tire
  • I have attached a helpful link you can check out that explains how to measure when considering a hitch-mounted carrier on your 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. You can use a tape measure and a straight edge like a yardstick or a dowel. Place the straight edge vertically against the back of the spare tire and let it extend down below the hitch on your Jeep. Then measure the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the straight edge. This is the minimum distance you need for a hitch-mounted...
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  • Will Softride Parallelogram Bike Racks Lower Bikes to Ground When Tilted Rearward
  • The purpose of the Softride Parallelogram bike racks is to tilt back away from the rear of the vehicle so that in the case of most vehicles the rear hatch or liftgate can be opened and easily accessed without having to remove the bike rack and the bikes. When tilted fully rearward, the bikes will be a few inches lower than when the rack was upright, but the distance your bike will be from the ground will depend on the vehicle and how high off the ground the hitch is, as you can see from...
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  • Recommended Hitch to Carry Bike Rack with 2011 Honda Accord
  • You've been given a pretty darn nice bike rack...good for you! I'd recommend the Draw-Tite Class I hitch, part # 24899, if you'll only be using the hitch as an attachment point for your bike rack. If you might do some light towing (subject to the modest towing capacity of the Accord), you'd be better off with the Hidden Hitch Class I hitch, part # 60325. The hitches are identical, but the Hidden Hitch model includes the ball mount and the pin and clip. You'll also need the appropriately...
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