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Expert Answers about Hitch Bike Racks


  • Can the Yakima RidgeBack 4-Bike Rack # Y02458 Lock to the Hitch It Installs Into
  • Yes, the Yakima RidgeBack 4-Bike Rack # Y02458 that you referenced is lockable to the hitch of a vehicle like your 2014 Ford Escape. Check out the review video I attached, it shows how the lock works. As long as you have a hitch installed on your Escape like the Hidden Hitch part # 87627 the # Y02458 would work well. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Yakima Tube Top Adapter Bar # Y02531 to
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  • Yakima FullSwing 4-Bike Rack # Y02465 Recommendation for 2014 Subaru Outback
  • As long as you have a 2 inch hitch on your 2014 Subaru Outback like the Hidden Hitch part # 87568 then yes, the Yakima FullSwing 4-Bike Rack # Y02465 will work on your vehicle. You should have no interference from this rack with your bumper. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Yakima Tube Top Adapter Bar # Y02531 to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes to provide an attachment point. I at
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  • Yakima DoubleDown Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2006 Ford Explorer with Backup Sensors
  • Since the backup sensors are on the sides of the bumper on your 2006 Ford Explorer I think your better option would be the Yakima DoubleDown 2 bike rack part # Y02422. Without bikes loaded the sensors would not detect the rack and go off. With bikes loaded its hard to say, but most likely they would sense the bikes. The StickUp # Y02420 that you referenced is a great rack, but since the wheel trays extend to the sides the rack will get picked up by the sensors. After looking up pictures of
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for Rear Cargo Access on a 2012 Toyota RAV4
  • I have a way for you to determine if the Saris Freedom Bike Rack part # SA4412B would clear your rear door that opens out to the side. You will need to measure from the top of your hitch opening straight up to the bottom of your door. If this measurement is greater than 13 inches then the # SA4412B would not interfere with your door opening. This rack has a distance of 13 inches from the top of the shank to the the highest point on the rack. One bike rack that I can guarantee will give you
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  • How to Use a Saris Thelma Bike Rack # SA4229B on a 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser
  • When we installed hitches on 2008 Toyota FJ Cruisers we determined that there was usually a distance of 9 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole out to the furthest point out on the spare tire. Check out the video I attached that shows this measurement. The Saris Thelma 2-Bike Rack # SA4229B that you referenced has a distance of 8 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the nearest portion of the rack so no, it would not fit without an extension. You should note that extensions
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  • Will Yakima RidgeBack Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Fit 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon with 2 Inch Hitch
  • With Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87568 installed on your 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon you should have approximately 6 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole back to clear the rear bumper. The Yakima RidgeBack # Y02458 will clear the rear of your Outback with room to spare! I have included a link to a video review of the rack for you. If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical mens bike would) then I recommend using bik
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  • Will Pro Series Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Fit a Curt 2 Inch Trailer Hitch on a 2011 Toyota RAV4
  • I have included a link to all of the trailer hitches that are designed to fit your 2011 Toyota RAV4. If you do not see a video specifically on a 2011 for a given custom fit product it just means that we have not had the chance to install that particular product on that particular vehicle. Most custom fit products fit a range of model years and even other vehicles. The most popular hitch for your 2011 RAV4 is Curt hitch # C13149. We do have a video of it on a 2011 and I have linked it and the
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  • Availability of Hitch-Mount Multi-Bike Rack That Does Not Make Contact with Bike Frame
  • Your 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan with Stow-N-Go seats can be equipped with either a 1-1/4-inch Class II hitch or a 2-inch Class III hitch. All 2-inch hitch-mount bike carriers, including the Pro Series Q-Slot Platform-Style rack # PS63138 that you referenced, fall into one of two general types, either hanging style or platform style, and to some degree both types will make frame contact. Hanging style racks suspend the bike from one or two arms on which the main top frame tube rests. Platform s
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  • Will Thule T2 Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier # TH916XTR Fit a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • The Thule T2 Platform-Style 2 Bike Hitch-Mount Carrier # TH916XTR is designed to fit 2-inch hitch receivers such as the Class III hitch on your 2009 Santa Fe. You can determine its compatibility with your vehicle by taking one simple measurement. Measure the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole on the side of the receiver tube to the rear-most part of the vehicle, which is usually the bumper cover. This is the amount of clearance you need from a carrier. The linked article shows how to
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  • How Does the Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock part # SR0901 Install and Remove From a SportRack Bike Rack
  • Your lock is fine, the locking mechanism of the Anti-Rattle Lock part # SR0901 that you have on your SportRack Bike Rack Part # SR2901 basically releases when the key is turned and then is locked when the key is turned back and can be removed from the core. So to install the lock you would simply need to press it on the hitch pin and it would snap into place. To remove it you would need to have the key turned in the lock so that it can release from the hitch pin and then you will be able to s
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  • What is the Maximum Wheelbase the Saris SuperClamp Bike Rack Will Fit
  • I spoke with my contact at Saris about the Freedom SuperClamp, # SA4025. The longest wheelbase that the rack will accept is 44-1/2 inches. They are currently testing the SuperClamp arms on the long recumbent bars on the regular Freedom rack but it has not yet been approved.
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  • Will Thule Apex Swinging Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Clear Spare Tire on 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser
  • To determine if the Thule Apex swinging trailer hitch mount bike rack will fit your 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser you will need to take some measurements. Measure from the center of the hitch pin hole straight back to the distance required to clear the spare tire and bumper. I have linked a how to article that shows how to take the measurement. Once you have the relevant measurements you can compare them to the ones below to determine fit: Distance from center of hitch pin hole to foot of carrier
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  • Thule Hitching Post Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2005 Subaru Forrester
  • Yes, as long as you have a hitch on your 2005 Subaru Forester like the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 36311 then you definitely could use the Thule Hitching Post Bike Rack part # TH934XTR that you referenced on your vehicle. This is a great rack that I recommend a lot because its great value. It can carry 4 bikes, is compatible with 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch hitches, has anti-sway cradles to prevent the bikes from hitting each when loaded, can tilt for rear cargo access and has an anti-rattle hitch pi
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2011 Chevy Camaro
  • I am not sure which SUV you mean since trailer hitch # 24850 will only fit 2010 to 2014 Chevy Camaros without ground effects. The 12 inches for clearance on the hitch to bumper and for the rack means that there will likely be contact between the rack or bikes and the car so it is not the best option. I recommend the Rola NV2, # 59508. On it from the center of the hitch pin hole to the nearest upright arm of the rack is approximately 17-1/2 inches. But the nearest bike will be closer than
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  • Need Replacement Bolt for Yakima FullTilt 4-Bike Hitch-Mount Carrier # Y02462
  • The Yakima FullTilt 4-Bike Hitch-Mount Carrier # Y02462 that you referenced is shown in the linked review video. This carrier does not require a typical anti-rattle bolt or hitch pin to be secured to your 1-1/4-inch or 2-inch hitch receiver. The shank includes a specialized anti-rattle locking knob and pin to hold it in the hitch. Therefore I am not certain what replacement bolt it is that you are looking for. Please review the video and advise specifically what part it is you need and I will
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  • Can a Women's Bike be Mounted to Advantage SportsRack Towing Bike Rack HE1011
  • All you will need to mount a women's bike or bike with a step-through frame on towing bike rack # HE1011 is a bike adapter bar such as # 64005. The bar will clamp around the seat post and handlebar gooseneck and provide an artificial top frame tube allowing you to carry the bike more level. I have included a link to a video showing how the adapter works.
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  • Will Thule T2 Bike Rack Fit a 2009 Nissan Murano LE and Which Trailer Hitch Should be Used
  • For your 2009 Nissan Murano LE I recommend 2 inch trailer hitch # 87486. With this hitch installed you can use bike racks with a 2 inch shank like the Thule T2, # TH916XTR. This rack holds the bikes at the wheels instead of at the frame so it is compatible with many bike styles. It will not work if the bikes have fenders. The T2 bike rack does include some locking features but for the integrated cable lock you would need to order some additional locks, # TH512, or, to keep everything keye
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  • Trailer Hitch and Platform Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2009 Nissan Murano LE
  • For a trailer hitch for your 2009 Nissan Murano LE I recommend Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87486. This is a Class III trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver and it is the most popular option for the Murano. I have linked a video showing installation for you. With the hitch installed you can use any of the bike racks you mentioned: The Thule Doubletrack, # TH990XT, the SportRack # SR2901, or the Pro Series Q-Slot, # PS63134. Out of these 3 bike racks the Doubletrack would be my top choice. T
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  • Will Softride Element Bike Rack Fit 2011 Subaru Outback 2" Trailer Hitch with no Hatch Interference
  • On your Draw-Tite trailer hitch for your 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon, the hole that is closest to the face of the receiver opening is not a hitch pin hole. It is a hole designed for a J-pin anti-rattle device, # 63201. So the important measurement is the actual hitch pin hole which you measured at 6-1/4 inches from the back of the bumper. On the Softride Element, # SR26248, it measure 7 inches back from the center of the hitch pin hole. This is enough to clear the bumper. The way this rack tilt
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  • Recommended 4-Bike Rack For 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 450
  • For your 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class I recommend a 4-bike platform rack like the Kuat NV 4 Bike Platform Rack, part # N105-107. This rack fits hitch receivers with a 2 inch opening and will accommodate up to 4 bikes that weigh up to 55 lbs each. It features an easy-to-use spring-loaded lever that lets you tilt the rack and allows you access to the rear of your vehicle. This rack will accommodate bikes with wheel sizes from 20 to 29 inches and tires up to 3 inches wide. This is a classy looking m
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  • How to Mount Bike Carrier Without Obstructing Rear License Plate from View
  • In many states if your rear license plate is obstructed from view by a bike rack, luggage rack or a similar device, a vehicle owner has the option to obtain a temporary license plate. This third license plate is a paper document that is placed on the interior of the vehicle's rear window in a manner clearly visible from the outside of the vehicle, but doesn't obstruct the driver's view out of the rear window. Another option is to use the bike rack you want to use and move the plate to an area
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  • Recommended Platform-Style Bike Carrier For 2013 Ford Edge
  • The bike carrier I would recommend for your 2013 Ford Edge is the Swagman XTC-2, part # S64670. This carrier can accommodate bikes with wheel diameters up to 2-1/2 inches. This carrier has a 3 inch rise in the shank to provide more ground clearance and can hold 2 bikes that weigh up to 35 lbs each. The push button ratcheting system adjusts easily and works with any bike frames regardless of the frame size. I have attached a link to an installation video of this carrier on a Ford Edge. I also
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  • Towing Bike Rack for 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe or Bike Rack for a Pop Up Camper
  • The problem is not a weight capacity issue. The problem is that the Swagman towing bike rack # S64955 has to fit around a certain size ball mount, specifically longer ones that only fit in Class III trailer hitches with 2 inch receivers. All of the towing bike racks are designed for 2 inch hitches. There are a couple of things you can do. First, you could replace the Class II hitch with a Class III such as # 87637 for GLS and Limited models or # 87634 for Sport models. Or you could get a 4
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  • Center of Hitch Pin Hole to Furthest Part of Pivot Assembly on Yakima RidgeBack Bike Rack
  • On the Yakima RidgeBack bike rack # Y02458 from the center of the hitch pin hole to the front-most part of the pivot assembly is 15-1/2 inches. And to the nearest part of the pivot assembly it is 10 inches. I have included a picture showing the measurements taken. Because of the length this rack is not going to work for you. I looked through all of the 4-bike racks we carry and I do not believe any of then are going to be shorter than the 9-1/2 inches that you have with your Hollywood Racks b
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  • Hitch and 2 Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2012 Honda Civic Coupe
  • A good choice for a hitch on your 2012 Honda Civic Coupe would be the Draw Tite Hitch part # 24763. This rack has a 200 lb tongue weight capacity for a bike rack and bikes, would be mainly out of sight (see pic to see how visible it would be), and would be totally possible for you to install by yourself as long as you have basic mechanical skills and tools. I attached installation instructions and an install video for this hitch for you to check out also. For a bike rack to carry two bikes th
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  • Can Wheel Cradles be Loosened to Steal Bikes from Thule Doubletrack Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack
  • A would-be thief, given enough time and determination, could steel a bike from just about any rack, including the Thule Doubletrack, # TH990XT. I have not had a customer complain to me about this though. I can see how that might be possible though it would be difficult. You could stop that from happening, however unlikely, by using a cable lock, # CAB-10.
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  • Will the Rear Swinging Door Still Open on 2010 Toyota RAV4 When Using Sport Rider 4-Bike Carrier
  • I went out to our warehouse to take a few measurements of the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider 4 Bike Carrier, # HR1400. Once mounted in the hitch, the bracket for the tilt feature is approximately 7-1/2 inches from the edge of the hitch receiver and stands 6-1/4 inches above the shank. The housing for the adjustable frame hooks is 17 inches away from the receiver and 11-1/4 inches above the shank. These measurements were taken with the carrier in the ready to load position. When measuring your v
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  • Hitch-Mount 2-Bike Carrier Recommendation for 2008 Jeep Patriot
  • Your 2008 Jeep Patriot can be equipped with either a 1-1/4-inch Class II hitch or a 2-inch Class III type. For reference the link provided will let you see all hitches we offer for your vehicle. The rack from Thule that you reviewed, their Doubletrack Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier # TH990XT, fits both sizes of hitch and includes locks for both the rack itself and your bikes. I have linked a video showing use of this excellent carrier on a Jeep Liberty. There is one simple measurement you
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  • Hitch Mounted 4 Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2011 Audi Q5
  • As long as you have a hitch on your vehicle like the Hidden Hitch part # 87603 the most popular bike rack we carry with other owners of 2011 Audi Q5s is the Thule Apex 4 Bike Carrier # TH9025. This is a very nice rack loaded with features including anti-sway cradles, tilting mast, locking anti-rattle hitch pin and locking cable. I think this would be an excellent choice for you to carry 4 bikes on your vehicle. Check out the demo video I attached for this rack as well. If you plan on carrying
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Carrying a Sun Atlas Cargo Bike plus a Fuji Road Bike
  • Your best option for carrying your Sun Atlas cargo bike and your Fuji road bike would be the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider 2 2-Bike Carrier for electric bikes # HR1450E. This rack will accommodate the long wheelbase of your cargo bike yet would also let you adjust the wheel cradles so that you could install your road bike as well. Since your husband's Sun Atlas weighs more than 45 lbs you would need to go with the # HR1450E instead of the Hollywood Rack Sport Rider for Recumbent bikes part # HR
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  • Trailer Hitch Mount Platform Bike Rack that Allows Rear Hatch to Open w/Bikes Loaded on 2006 Prius
  • The Swagman XTC bike rack # S64670 is not going to be the best option based on what you are looking for. With the bikes loaded you will not be able to open the rear hatch on your 2006 Toyota Prius. And the Swagman XTC cannot tilt down. As you can see in the video I have linked there is just not enough room with a bike loaded for the hatch to open. But if you were to use the Hollywood Rack bike rack # HR1000 that you referenced it could work. I have included a link to a video showing that open
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  • Hanging Bike Rack With Shortest Distance From Hitch Pin Hole To Back Of Upright Bar
  • The hanging bike rack I found that had the shortest distance between the hitch pin hole and the upright arm of the rack is the Yakima HighLite, part # Y02438. The rack measures 8-5/16 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the upright bar on the carrier. I went to the warehouse and measured the upright bar and it is approximately 2-1/2 inches deep, so when that is added to the distance from the hitch pin hole the back of the upright bar with the arms folded would be about 10-3/4 inches.
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  • Is Thule Doubletrack 2-Bike Carrier a Fit for Sportframe hitch # 24880 on 2014 Passat
  • I spoke with my contact at Draw-Tite and he confirmed the Draw-Tite Sportframe hitch # 24880 is a fit for your 2014 VW Passat with a 1.8L engine. Part # 24880 is a Class I hitch with a receiver opening of 1-1/4" x 1-1/4". The Thule Doubletrack Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier Hitch Mount # TH990XT is compatible with 1-1/4 inch x 1-1/4 inch Class I trailer hitch receivers like the Draw-Tite Sportframe. If you plan on carrying any women's or children's bikes you will need an adapter like #
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  • Will Kuat Sherpa Bike Rack Clear the Back of 2014 Subaru Outback with Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch
  • When we installed the Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87568 on a 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon, same generation as your 2014, it measured 5-3/4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to that back of the vehicle. The Kuat Sherpa, # S101, measures 10-1/2 inches from pin hole to the carrier when folded down, 7-3/4 inches when folded up. Based on these numbers it will clear the back of your Outback with no problem. I have linked a video review of the bike rack and a video showing installation of t
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  • Hitch-Mount 2-Bike Platform Carrier for Gold Rush Replica Easy Racer Recumbent Bike
  • The long version of the Gold Rush Replica Easy Racer is indeed a substantial 69-inch wheelbase bike, with a weight (not shown on their website for this version) of somewhere in the 30-40-lb weight range. (The medium length version weighs 27-lbs assembled.) We do offer a number of specialized 2-inch hitch-mount platform-style bike racks designed expressly for recumbent bikes like your Easy Racer. The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 2-Bike Tilting Carrier for Recumbents # HR1450R includes lo
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  • Is 40 ft lbs Torque Exactly Required to Install the Threaded Pin of the Swagman Rack part # S64663
  • Yes, 40 ft lbs is pretty snug but not overly tight for installing the threaded pin on the Swagman Platform Rack part # S64663. While having exactly 40 ft lbs of torque on the pin every time you install this rack would be nice we don't expect you to use a torque wrench everytime you install this rack. I would recommend you use a torque wrench the first time you install the threaded pin to give you an idea how tight it needs to be and then use a regular wrench after that to get it about that ti
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  • Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2013 Honda CRV for Full Rear Cargo Access
  • For a bike rack that I can guarantee will give you complete rear cargo access on your 2013 Honda CRV you would want the Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Carrier # TH9027. This rack swings out and away from the rear of your vehicle and gives you complete rear cargo access. Check out the review video I attached for this rack being demoed on a very similar CRV as yours. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a T
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  • Pro Series Eclipse 4 Bike Rack and Hitch Lock Recommendation for a 2013 Honda Ridgeline
  • The correct locking hitch pin to use with the Pro Series Eclipse 4 Bike Rack # 63124 would be the Trailer Hitch Lock part # 5201 that is designed to be used on 2 inch hitches. I attached a review video for this lock as well as a video of the # 63124 being demoed on a 2013 Ridgeline just like yours for you to check out.
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  • Will a Trek Verve Step Through Frame Bike Fit the Thule Doubletrack Bike Rack
  • If you have the shorter hook at the bottom of the Thule Doubletrack # TH990XT, then from the bottom of the wheel tray to the top most point on the underside of the hook measures 16 inches. If you park the bike on level ground and measure up to the top of the frame above the pedal and it is 16 inches or more then your Trek Verve will fit. If it is less than 16 inches I recommend going with a different rack such as the T2, # TH917XTR for a 1-1/4 inch hitch or # TH916XTR for a 2 inch hitch. The
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack to Carry Electric Bikes on a 2003 Toyota Highlander
  • I have the perfect bike rack for your E-bikes. But first, for your 2003 Toyota Highlander, Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 70777 will fit and it does offer a 2 inch receiver which is what will be needed for the bike rack. I have linked a video showing installation of the hitch for you. For the bike rack, take a look at Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 for electric bikes, # HR1450E. This platform style rack is overbuilt with additional supports which allow it to carry up to 80 pounds per bike. Thi
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  • Would the Yakima DoubleDown Ace 5 Bike Carrier # Y02452 fit a 2010 Toyota Rav4
  • As long as you had a hitch on your 2010 Toyota Rav4 like the Draw Tite Hitch part # 75432 then yes, the Yakima DoubleDown Ace 5 Bike Carrier # Y02452 that you referenced would work well for you. Check out the install videos I attached for both products I just mentioned. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Yakima Tube Top Adapter Bar # Y02531 to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes to p
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  • Will Thule Speedway 2 Bike Trunk Mounted Bike Rack # TH961XT Fit 2009 Toyota RAV4 Without Spare
  • According to my contact at Thule the now-discontinued Speedway 2 Bike Trunk Mounted Bike Rack # TH961XT is not a fit for your 2009 RAV4 even without the spare tire mount. A better option for your RAV4 is a hitch-mount carrier that will use the vehicle's frame (its strongest part) to support the weight of the bike rack and loaded bikes, rather than the thin sheet metal of the rear hatch. A hitch also offers you the flexibility to use other hitch-mount items such as cargo baskets, and also to t
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  • What is the Difference Between Swagman Bike Rack # S64663 and # 64663
  • The S in front of Swagman bike rack # S64663 is just our part number. The S indicates Swagman in this case. It is not any different from the manufacturer part number 64663. I have included a link to the installation details for you to view.
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  • Will the Pro Series Q-Slot Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Clear the Spare Tire on a 2008 Toyota RAV4
  • The Pro Series Q-Slot just might be a fit for your 2008 Toyota RAV4. You will need to take an important measurement first. You will also need to have a 2 inch trailer hitch for the rack to fit. Measure from the center of the 2 inch trailer hitch pin hole straight back to the distance required to clear the rear of the vehicle. If that measurement is less than 12 inches then the rack will fit. I have included a link to our help article that shows how to take the measurement. I have also incl
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  • Recommendation for a 4-Bike Kuat Bike Rack for a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
  • For 4 bikes, Kuat has 2 options. First, there is the black and chrome NV, # N105-107, that you have referenced. And then there is the original, # N101-103. To determine if either rack will fit your 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, you will need to take one important measurement. Measure from the center of the 2 inch trailer hitch pin hole straight back to the distance required to clear the rear most part of the vehicle (usually a spare tire on Jeeps). If that distance is less than 9-
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  • Can a Thule Vertex Trailer Hitch Mount Swinging Bike Rack be Used on a 2000 Volkswagen Passat
  • I do have a way that you can carry 4 bikes on your 2000 Volkswagen Passat but you will not be able to carry the bikes using the Vertex rack. I strongly advise not using a 1-1/4 inch to 2 inch adapter to use the Thule Vertex swinging bike rack # TH9031 with your Volkswagen Passat. The issue is that using an adapter will reduce the tongue weight capacity of the hitch by 50 percent. The hitches for your 2000 Passat have maximum tongue weight capacity of 200 pounds. By using the adapter that
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  • Using Frame Adapter Bar to Carry Norco Rideau Bikes On Thule Doubletrack # TH990XT Bike Rack
  • The Thule # TH990XT Doubletrack is an excellent choice for most vehicles using a 1-1/4 or a 2 inch receiver. In order to fold up into its storage position, the hitch pin hole of your receiver needs to be recessed under the vehicle by less than 6 inches. I've linked you to a help article showing how to measure this. For the most part, step through bikes don't work well with bike racks that grab the bike by the top tube. The top tube is so close to the bottom of the rack that the hooks might no
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  • Thule Bike Rack Recommendations for a BMW X5 SUV
  • Thule and other bike rack manufacturers offer 2- and 3-bike trunk-mount racks that are a fit for the BMW X5, for both the M-version and not. For example, if your X5 is a 2013 model year you can use any of the carriers shown on the link provided, and these include options from Thule, Yakima and Hollywood Racks. At the top of the page you can select your version, M or not, to see all racks and then use the filters at the left hand side of the page to narrow the results to those carriers with t
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  • Installing Yakima SwingDaddy Bike Rack # Y02464 on 2011 Acura TSX
  • If you click the provided link, you can see the available hitches for your 2011 Acura TSX. As you can see, they are all Class I hitches with the 1-1/4 inch receiver opening. The Swing Daddy is only compatible with the 2 inch receiver, and Yakima states that an adapter should not be used. Because of the low tongue weight capacity of the Class I hitch, the hitch and the bike rack manufacturers all agree that no more than two bikes should be carried on a Class I hitch. Adding additional bikes wi
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  • Shank Measurements for Yakima RidgeBack Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack
  • I went out to our demo studios and took some key measurements of the Yakima RidgeBack # Y02458. First, from the center of the pin hole to the end of the shank it measures 1-1/2 inches. The overall length of the shank is 8 inches, see picture. And from the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the upright mast is 12 inches, see picture.
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  • Kuat, Saris and Thule Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2013 Mazda 3 Sport Hatchback
  • The Saris Axis 3 Bike Rack, # SA843B, weighs 14-1/2 lbs and has a maximum weight capacity of 35 lbs per bike. We have not received any complaints on this bike rack and Saris is a well known bike rack manufacturer. We recently started carrying Saris products, so our reviews on all of their products are limited at this time. All of the reviews on our site come from our customers that actually purchased the product, so we have not had a customer come back to comment on the bike rack. If you wou
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  • Will the Thule Apex Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Fit a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • To determine if the Thule Apex bike rack # TH9025, or any bike rack, will fit your 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and clear the spare tire, there is one important measurement you will need to take. Measure from the center of the hitch pin hole straight back to the distance required to clear the spare tire. If that distance is less than 9-1/4 inches then the rack will fit. I have included a link to our help article showing how to take the measurement. I have also linked a video review of this
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  • How to Carry 4 Bikes on a 2012 Chevy Cruze
  • Yakima bike racks that fit 1-1/4 inch receivers do not fit most Class I trailer hitches. Since all of the hitches for the 2012 Chevy Cruze are Class I hitches, you will want to look at some other racks that are Class I compatible. However, on a Class I trailer hitch, both bike rack manufacturers and hitch manufacturers agree that the most bikes you can carry safely on a Class I trailer hitch is 2. To carry 2 additional bikes you would need to add a roof rack to the vehicle. With the Curt t
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  • Will Rola NV2 Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Fit 5th Wheel Trailer or Clear Spare Tire on Honda CR-V
  • There are only certain bike racks that are rated for use behind a 5th wheel trailer. The Rola NV2, # 59508, is one of the ones that you can use. And you can also use it on a regular passenger vehicle. To determine if it has enough clearance to clear the spare tire on your CR-V, you will need to take one important measurement. Measure from the center of the hitch pin hole on the CR-V straight back to the distance required to clear the spare tire. If that distance is less than 17-1/2 inches
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  • Will the SportRack Super EZ Platform Rack part # SR2901XT fit a 2013 Fiat 500
  • As long as you have a hitch installed on your Fiat 500 like the Curt Hitch part # C11347 if you have an Abarth model or a Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 24873 if you do not have an Abarth model the SportRack Super EZ Platform Rack part # SR2901XT would work well for you. 2-bike racks are the lowest amount of bikes we sell racks for. I attached a review video for the rack for you to check out also.
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  • Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack for 2006 Honda Element that Allows Rear Doors to Open
  • The Thule Hitch Post Pro bike rack, # TH934XTR, is designed to fit 1-1/4 and 2 inch trailer hitches, both of which are available for the 2006 Honda Element. However, if the vehicle has a 1-1/4 inch hitch then it is likely a Class I and you would be limited to carrying 2 bikes maximum on the Class I hitch. If you have a 1-1/4 inch hitch and you need to carry more than 2 bikes then I recommend installing a Class III hitch, # 87506. With this hitch installed the receiver face will be about flush
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2011 Toyota Venza
  • The safest and most stable way to carry bikes on a vehicle is to install a trailer hitch and use a hitch mount rack. The most popular trailer hitch for your 2011 Toyota Venza is Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87521. This is a Class III trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver. The 2 inch receiver will afford you many options for bike racks. I have included a link to a video showing the hitch being installed for you. For a bike rack, I am actually going to recommend a 3-bike rack because we have
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  • Fit of Thule Vertex # T9029 on 2012 Volvo XC60
  • When we installed the Curt Class III, part # 13268 on a 2011 Volvo XC60, we found that the distance from the hitch pin hole to the furthest rearward portion of the rear bumper cover was 7 inches. This distance can vary by the manufacturer of your hitch. The length of the shank of the Thule Vertex # TH9029 Bike rack you mentioned is about 6-1/4 inches measured from the hitch pin hole to the closest portion of the rack. If the hitch pin hole to rear of bumper dimension on your XC60 is LESS than
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  • Bike Carrier Recommendations For 2005 Toyota Solara Convertible
  • For your 2005 Toyota Solara, the hitches we offer are Class ll hitches with 1-1/4 inch receiver openings. This does limit you when you choose carriers that would work for you. Using an adapter to reduce the 2 inch bike carrier shank to fit in a 1-1/4 inch receiver reduces the tongue weight and towing capacity of the hitch by 50 percent. The carrier I recommend that will fit your hitch is the Swagman XTC-2 Platform Bike Carrier, part # S64670. This is a 2 bike carrier and has a weight capacity of
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  • Availability of 4-Bike Rack for 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour
  • As a first step, you'd need to install a hitch if you don't already have one. I'd recommend the Draw-Tite class I receiver, part # 24852. Now for the bikes. All the bike rack and hitch manufacturers agree that any bike rack installed in a class I hitch should carry no more than two bikes. Adding additional bikes will place additional weight too far away from the hitch itself, which increases the leverage applied to the receiver tube and the hitch attachment points to the vehicle. This increa
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  • Swingaway Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon That Clears the Bumper
  • I recommend returning your Thule Apex to and get a the Vertex, # TH9031 instead. The biggest reason is that by using any type of extender or adapter you will reduce the tongue weight capacity of the hitch by 50 percent and that could create too much stress on the hitch and can damage it and the vehicle. The Vertex does not have the same hitch pin design and should clear your bumper without issue. The similarities between the two racks also means that you are not losing too many features an
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  • Softride Alumina Parallelogram Bike Rack part # SR26428 Recommendation for a 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan
  • As long as you have a hitch installed on your 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan like the Hidden Hitch part # 87600 the Softride Alumina Parallelogram 3 Bike Carrier # SR26428 that you referenced would be an excellent bike rack for you. This is an extremely lightweight rack with a tong of great features. It has a tilting feature that lets you tilt the rack with bikes loaded to allow for easier loading and unloading and for rear cargo access. The rack also has anti-sway cradles to keep the loaded bikes f
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  • 1-1/4-Inch Hitch-Mount 2-Bike Rack Recommendation for Use on Lincoln MKX
  • The Lincoln MKX, introduced for the 2007 model year, is still in its first generation and can be fitted with either the 1-1/4-inch size Class II hitch that you have, or with a larger capacity 2-inch Class III hitch. The 1-1/4-inch Class II hitches we offer for the MKX all have a tongue weight capacity of at least 300-lbs which makes them fully suitable for use with a 2-bike carrier and two 45-lb bikes. An important consideration when selecting a hitch rack is the amount of room you will need
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  • Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2002 Volkswagen New Beetle
  • The Swagman bike rack # s64095 is meant to mount on a ball platform on either a truck bumper or the right kind of ball mount installed in a trailer hitch. It is probably not the best option for your 2002 Volkswagen New Beetle for this reason. You would need a hitch, # 24679, which will fit as long as you do not have the Turbo S model. Regular turbo and all other models are fine. Then you would need ball mount # 3593 and a ball with a 3/4 inch diameter shank, # 19256. Then you can use bike rac
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  • Is it Easier to Load 4 Bikes on a 5-Bike Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack
  • Given the slight price difference between the Yakima DoubleDown Ace 4, # Y02451, and the DoubleDown Ace 5, # Y02452 I recommend going with the 5. What you are thinking is true. It is easier to load 4 bikes on a 5 bike rack then it is on a 4 bike rack. Plus you still get all of the same features on the 5 as you do with the 4. One tip I can offer that will make loading even easier on the 5; remove the last set of cradles, then you can move the rest of the cradles for even more space. The c
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  • Kuat Bike Rack for 1995 Honda Accord with 1-1/4 Inch Trailer Hitch and Vehicles with 2 Inch Hitches
  • I strongly advise against using a 1-1/4 inch to 2 inch adapter. Based on the weights you have provided you would be overloading the hitch and could actually end up damaging your 1995 Honda Accord, bikes, and rack. Since you have other vehicles and a mix of 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch hitches, I recommend using the Sherpa, # S101 for gray, # S102 for white, or # S103 for black and chrome. Or you could use the NV Core, # N104. All 4 of these racks will fit both 1-1/4 and 2 inch hitches. If you go wit
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  • Swinging Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack that is Corrosion Resistant
  • The Apex Swinging bike rack, # TH9027, did not exist until recently. You must have had the Thule Revolver which is more closely related to the Vertex swinging bike rack, # TH9031. All of the swinging bike racks have steel swinging mechanisms that are powder coated. This offers minimal protection from corrosion. Salt spray is going to wreck steel, no doubt about it. You would ideally remove the rack when not in use or you will want to rinse of salt and grime using fresh water. I know this i
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  • Why a Wheel Mounted Platform Bike Rack is Preferred to a Frame Mount
  • Generally speaking wheel mount only bike racks are preferred. Especially for people with carbon fiber bike frames since frame mounts aren't recommended at all with them otherwise damage could occur. For other frame designs people still prefer them because there is no frame contact. People with suspension also prefer wheel mount as well. Loading is also easier because when the wheel mount is lowered you just set the bike in the tray, raise the wheel mount and then secure it to the wheel. Frame mo
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2010 Audi Q5 that Would Allow a Kuat Sherpa to Fold Up
  • All of the hitches that we carry that are confirmed to fit your 2010 Audi Q5 will have nearly exactly the same location and would have the same distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the furthest point out on the rear bumper. We had a chance to install the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 75708 (which is the same as the Hidden Hitch part # 87603 except it includes a ball mount) on a 2011 Audi Q5 and found that it had a distance of 7 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the near
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  • Is it Possible to Carry 4 Bikes with a Hitch Mounted Bike Rack on a 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid
  • Yes, it is possible to carry a 4 bike carrier on your 2007 Toyota Camry. First you will need a Class II hitch like our Draw Tite hitch part # 36416. It's important that the hitch be a Class II hitch because Class I hitches can only carry 2 bikes max. I attached a hitch classification FAQ for you to check out if you are interested in the differences. I also attached an install video for the # 36416 for you to check out. One of the most popular 4 bike racks with other owners of 2007 Toyota C
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  • What Bike Sizes Are Compatible with Swagman Semi 4.0 4 Bike Carrier # S64695 for 2-Inch Hitches
  • I checked the Diamondback website for specs on the Cobra 20, but none are provided. However, you can easily determine compatibility of this kid's bike with the Swagman Hitch-Mount Platform Carrier # S64695 by taking a simple wheelbase measurement. Measure the distance between the two tires' contact points as it rests on the ground. If this wheelbase distance is between 15- and 51-inches then the Cobra 20 will work on the Swagman carrier. The carrier accommodates wheel diameters from 20- to 29
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  • Will Rhino-Rack 4-Bike Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Fit a 2005 Toyota 4Runner
  • The Rhino-Rack bike rack, # RBC038 is designed to fit 2 inch trailer hitch receivers. For it to fit your 2004 Toyota 4Runner you will need a 2 inch hitch and you will want to take one important measurement. Measure from the center of the hitch pin hole straight back to the distance required to clear the rear most part of the vehicle. If that distance is less than 11-1/2 inches the rack will fit. I have included a link to a help article that shows how to take the above mentioned measurement.
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  • Will the Thule Vertex Bike Rack fit a 2010 Toyota 4Runner
  • Yes, the Thule Vertex 2 Bike Carrier # TH9028 that you referenced will work on your 2010 Toyota 4Runner. I wish we had a video that showed this rack being demoed on your vehicle but we have not made one yet. I did attach a video of this rack being demoed on a similar vehicle 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 a Thule Bike Adapter Bar # TH982XT to provide a horizontal top
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations For Carrying 2 Bikes on the Bumper of an RV
  • We sell RV bumper hitches that would work well for you to carry an RV rated bike rack at the rear of your Montana 5th wheel trailer. If you have a 2 inch square bumper I would recommend the Curt Hitch part # C19101. If you have a 4 inch square bumper I would recommend the Curt Hitch part # E-100. Now for a bike rack you will need to get a rack that is rated for use behind an RV. The ride is much rougher at the rear of an RV when compared to a passenger vehicle, so a rack not rated for RV use
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  • Low Ground Clearance Bike Rack Recommendation for Ease of Bike Loading for a 2013 Kia Soul
  • The lowest is definitely going to be a hitch mounted bike rack. So the first thing you will need is a hitch like the Draw Tite Hitch part # 24839. I attached an install video for you to check out. Of all the racks we test fit on the Kia Souls it looks like the Pro Series Q-Slot Platform Style Rack part # PS63134 would sit the lowest to the ground which would make loading and unloading the easiest. Check out the install video I attached that shows this rack being installed on a similar Soul
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  • Comparing the Thule Doubletrack and Swagman G10 Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Racks
  • The Thule Doubletrack # TH990XT has been around for a long time. It is a staple of the Thule lineup, a quality rack, and it has a lot of nice features such as locks for the hooks and hitch pin. It is heavy though with a shipping weight of 47 pounds. One thing that could occur if the rack is not maintained is the mechanism that allows the mast to fold up and down can get grime in it and the arm will not open or close too easily. Other than that I have not come across problems with the rack.
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  • Hidden Hitch and Kuat Beta Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2007 Toyota Matrix
  • Yes, the Kuat Beta Bike Rack part # B202-114 will install in the Class I Hidden Hitch part # 60898 that you have on your 2007 Toyota Matrix. This rack is Class I compatible and will slide all the way into the opening of your hitch so that the pin hole would line up so that you could pin it in the hitch. I attached a review video for the rack for you to check out also.
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  • Will a Standard Straight Hitch Pin Fit the Thule Vertex Bike Rack In Place of the Threaded Bolt
  • The Thule Vertex has a weld nut welded inside its shank so using a regular pin is not an option. Using a ratchet with the proper socket makes installing and removing the threaded bolt much easier. Without the threaded bolt in place you will lose the anti-rattle feature.
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  • Swing Away Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack for a 2008 Lexus GX 470
  • This battle really comes down to the Yakima FullSwing, # Y02465, and the Thule Apex, # TH9027. Yakima was recently here to visit us and they brought along with them the FullSwing. It is a good looking rack but other than that some of the features I did not care for. The mechanisms to fold the arms or whole rack can be difficult to use. The cradles are fixed so if you need more space between bikes you cannot adjust them. But it does have the new Zip Strip straps instead of rubber straps. These
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  • Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack for a 2014 Subaru Forester with Factory 1-1/4 Inch Trailer Hitch
  • If your 2014 Subaru Forester has the factory installed 1-1/4 inch trailer hitch then you will have problems with nearly all bike racks designed to fit in a Class I trailer hitch. The issue is that the hitch pin hole is very close to the end of the receiver. This means that there will not be much of the bike rack shank in the receiver to support the rack. The good news is that Yakima bike racks, that normally do not fit Class I trailer hitches, will still work just fine. For a Yakima rack that
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  • What is the Maximum Wheelbase and Tire Width of Sportrack #SR2901LR and #SR2901
  • Both models, # SR2901LR and # SR2901, have the same dimensions, so the wheel hoops are 2-5/8 inches wide and the maximum wheelbase is 58 inches. I have linked to installation details and video reviews for both racks.
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  • What is the Maximum Bike Wheelbase and Tire Width that Will Fit Pro Series Q-Slot 2 and 4 Bike Rack
  • The maximum wheelbase for the Q-Slot bike rack, # PS63138, is 58 inches. The maximum allowable tire width for the rack is 2-3/4 inches. I have included a link to a video review of this bike rack for you.
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  • Comparing Yakima Double-Down Ace Bike Rack and Hollywood Road Runner Bike Rack for 2014 Honda CRV
  • The 2014 Honda CR-V utilizes three classes of hitch, so in order to know how many bikes your hitch can support it is important to know the class and the size of the hitch opening, which can be either 2 inch or 1-1/4 inch. I am adding a link to a helpful article about trailer hitch classes. The 2-inch hitch opening on a class II hitch will allow you to carry more bikes due to its increased weight capacity. If you have a 2-inch hitch opening you will be able to use either the Hollywood R
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  • Recommendation for Carrying 3 Bikes on a 2014 Honda Accord with Class I Hitch
  • I have an option for you, but Class I hitches can only carry up to two bikes on a hitch mounted bike rack due to the weight and leverage that would be on the hitch. The Pro Series Bike Rack part # PS63144 that you referenced is compatible with Class I hitches, but it can only carry 2 of your bikes. What may seem odd is that there are 3 bike trunk mounted options that are available for your vehicle. For the nicest trunk mounted rack that could carry all three of your bikes I would go with the
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  • Will Saris Freedom SuperClamp Bike Rack fit on 2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport with 1-1/4 Hitch
  • I spoke with my contact at Saris and he said that the Freedom SuperClamp 2-Bike Rack, # SA4025, was a fit for your 2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport. I asked if you would still have full function of your hatch while the rack was in place and he said that you should not have any clearance problems once the bikes have been removed and the rack has been folded down.
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  • Recommendation for a Quality Hitch Rack to Transport 2 to 4 Bikes with a 2007 Honda CR-V
  • The Yakima DoubleDown Ace 4 Bike Carrier, # Y02451, is a great option and will work with the 2 inch hitch on your 2007 Honda CR-V. This bike carrier offers a ton of features including anti-sway cradles which hold bike frames at three points to prevent bike to bike contact. The maximum weight capacity of the carrier is 120 pounds. From the information that I have gathered about the CR-Vs, the maximum tongue weight is 150 pounds. Tongue weight is the maximum amount of weight that can be safely sus
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  • Is the Pro Series Q-Slot Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack Compatible with a 2005 Toyota Prius
  • Yes, the Pro Series Q-Slot Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier # PS63134 that you referenced is compatible with the Class I hitch that would be on a 2005 Toyota Prius. I attached a video of this rack being demoed on a very similar Prius as yours for you to check out. This rack weighs 34 lbs. If you need a hitch for your Prius the most popular one we carry is the Hidden Hitch part # 24808. I attached an install video for this hitch as well. This hitch would work very well with the # PS63134.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Use with a Dual Hitch Receiver on an RV Flat Towing a Vehicle
  • Dual hitch receivers like the Roadmaster Dual Hitch part # RM-077-2 are great to allow you to flat tow your vehicle and then also carry a bike rack. However, since you said you will be towing with an RV you will need an RV rated bike rack as the ride at the back of an RV is much rougher than the back of a passenger vehicle due to the increased distance between the back of the vehicle and the rear axle, similar to how the backseats of a school bus have a rougher ride than the front seats. For
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  • Comparing Thule Helium Aero 3 and Kuat Alpha Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Racks for a 2014 Mazda CX-5
  • Hands down my favorite bike racks are the Thule Helium Aero series such as # TH9043. Basically, the rack has a great set of features. It has the integrated cable lock, cradles with road-dampening technology, built-in anti rattle and locks, and it weighs only 19-1/2 pounds. The Kuat Alpha, # A102-Black for 2 inch hitches or # A102-BLACK-114 for 1-1/4 inch hitches is still an excellent rack and weighs just over 14 pounds. If you wanted a rack that would fit both 1-1/4 inch or 2 inch hitches the
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  • Hitch-Mount 2-Bike Rack for Use With StowAway Swinging Hitch-Mount Cargo Carrier on 2004 Ford Van
  • Your StowAway Cargo bin with Swingaway frame is intended to be used only in its locked storage position (right up next to the vehicle) when it is loaded and you are on the road. It cannot be used without being locked in this position. According to my contact at Stowaway the swinging arm mechanism and your trailer hitch receiver could easily be damaged by such use. Given this there is no way you could fit a bike rack and two bikes between it and the rear of your Ford van. A safer option is to
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  • Is There a Locking Quick-Connect Option for Securing Thule Parkway 2 Carrier # TH958
  • My contact at Thule confirmed that there is no lockable quick-connect option for securing their Parkway 2 hitch-mount bike carrier to a hitch receiver. We do offer the Thule Snug Tite Hitch Lock and Anti-Rattle Device # THSTL2 but this does require (and include) a wrench to tighten the bolt for the anti-rattle function. The part you referenced, # 853-5210-02, operates the rack tilt feature.
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  • Will Swagman Platform 2 Bike Rack Extend Out Enough to Clear Lowered Tailgate on 2001 Ford F-250
  • The Swagman Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier # S64663 measures only 4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the nearest wheel hoop whether it is bumper mounted or hitch mounted. You could use an extension such as # HE06 to get some extra length. However doing so will reduce the tongue weight capacity of the hitch by 50 percent. You are more likely to have clearance using the Rola NV2, # 59508. It measures 17-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the nearest upright arm of
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  • Will the Swagman Quad 2+2 Bike Rack Fit a 2003 Toyota 4Runner and Can the Hooks Be Locked
  • Provided your 2003 Toyota 4Runner has a 2 inch trailer hitch the Swagman Quad bike rack # S64691 will fit just fine. You will want to measure from the center of the hitch pin hole straight back to the distance required to clear the rear of the vehicle. If this measurement is less than 9 inches then the rack will clear the rear of the vehicle when folded up or down. The hooks themselves do not lock. To lock the bikes and rack to the vehicle you would need to use a cable lock, # CAB-10. Run it
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  • Recommended Two Bike Rack for Long Distance Highway Travel
  • The Hollywood Racks Commuter you mentioned, part # HR2500 is a high quality rack. This being said, because the Commuter does not have anti-sway cradles it is not a rack I would recommend for long distance travel at highway speeds. An anti-sway cradle has an additional strap that would attach around the seat post frame tube, and would prevent the bikes from swaying back and forth during travel. The swaying could cause the bikes to bang into each other or into the rear of the vehicle. If the 1-
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  • Will the SportRack Platform Style Bike Rack Fit on my 2006 Honda CR-V With Spare Tire on Back Door
  • In order to ensure that a hitch mounted bike rack will fit your 2006 Honda CR-V with the spare tire mounted on the back door, you will need to measure to determine the amount of clearance that you vehicle requires. I have attached a help article which will assist you in doing this. The SportRack Super EZ Platform Bike Carrier, # SR2901XT, has a distance of 9 inches from the hitch pin hole to the closest edge of the carrier. In order for the rack to clear the spare tire, the distance from the
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2010 Mazda CX7 that Will Give Complete Rear Access with Bikes Loaded
  • Your best option for a 4 bike rack that will give you complete rear cargo access on your 2010 Mazda CX7 with bikes loaded on the rack would be the Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Carrier # TH9027. This rack can swing out and give you complete access to the rear of your vehicle with bikes loaded. Unlike most racks that can't even tilt with bikes loaded like the Thule Vertex # TH9029 that you referenced. Check out the review video I attached for this rack also. If you plan on carrying any womens or
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  • Recommendations for Carrying 4 Bikes on a 2013 Subaru Impreza Hatch with a Class I Hitch
  • You have options to carry 4 bikes on your vehicle, but since you have a Class I hitch you will be limited to only carrying 2 bikes on the hitch of your 2013 Subaru Impreza Outback. Class I hitches cannot handle the increased weight and leverage that comes with carrying more than 2 bikes. Also if you were to use a hitch adapter to go from a 1-1/4 inch hitch to a 2 inch hitch then you reduce the capacity of the hitch by 50%. I attached an FAQ article on hitch classifications for you to check ou
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  • Will the Softride Alumina Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Fit a 2012 Toyota RAV4
  • To determine if the Softride Alumina bike rack, # SR26428, will fit your 2012 Toyota RAV4 you will need to take one important measurement. Measure from the center of the hitch pin hole straight back to the distance required to clear the rear of the vehicle (spare tire or bumper, whichever sticks out furthest). If that distance is less than 7-1/4 inches, the rack will fit. I have linked an article that shows how to take the measurement. If you need a rack that comes out further to clear the re
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  • How Easy is it to Load 3 Bikes on the Thule Helium Aero Trailer hitch Mount Bike Rack
  • What you have heard is true. The more bikes, the harder it is to load them. But it is not so hard that it would be frustrating at all. Plus you can adjust the cradles on most racks to change the amount of space between bikes. Since you want to load one adult bike and 2 kids bikes it should not be much of a problem at all. I have a rack very similar to the Thule Helium, # TH9043, the Raceway, # TH9002XT, and I load 2 adult bikes and one kid bike on it all the time with little to no problems. I
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  • Trailer Hitch Mount Platform Bike Rack for a Step-Through Frame Bike and 2014 Subaru Forester
  • First, highway driving should actually be less stressful on the rack than surface road driving because there tends to be less curves, bumps, pot holes, and other similar things you would find on the streets. Any of the racks you are interested in should have no issues on the freeway. Stability: platform bike racks are going to move around. This is because of their design. You have long platforms extending out from the center of the hitch with weight on them. There is going to be some movement
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