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  • Bike Rack Recommendation that Doesn't Touch Bike Frame and Can Be Used on an RV
  • Since you plan on using the bike rack in an RV hitch your options will be limited slightly. Only certain bike rack manufacturers will approve their rack for use at the rear of an RV due to the rougher ride quality there. Your best option for a bike rack that doesn't touch the frame of the bike to secure it would be the Rola NV2 bike rack part # 59508. This rack will only touch the wheels of your bike. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well. To see all...
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  • Cargo Carrier Recommendation for a 2014 Toyota Prius
  • There are hitch mounted cargo carriers that would work in a Class I hitch like the # 24847 that would be installed on your 2014 Toyota Prius, but none of them are aluminum or folding. The most popular cargo carrier we carry that would be confirmed to work on the hitch you have would be the 17x46 Curt Cargo Carrier # C18145. Check out the review video I attached.
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  • Bike Carrier Recommendations For 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • If you have a Class lll hitch on your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon, like the Curt Hitch, part # 13390, we have several options that may work well for you. Since you said you have different type bikes to carry, I recommend a platform-style bike rack. These will typically have wheel cradles that are adjustable to accommodate the different bikes. They are also a bit easier to load and unload, which is always a nice feature. I recommend a 4-bike carrier, which will provide more room between...
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  • 4 Bike Rack Recommendation that Can Swing Away and Can Tilt
  • I have two possible solutions for you that would work out better than the Yakima Big Horn bike rack you referenced. For a bike rack that can tilt while bikes are loaded check out the Softride Hydraulic-Assist Dura Tilting 4 Bike Rack # SR26321 this rack can tilt while loaded with bikes and also has the anti-sway cradles like the Big Horn that you said you liked. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well. If the reason you want the rack to tilt is so that...
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  • Thule 971xt Helium Bike Rack Replacement Cradle Strap Recommendation
  • The correct replacement straps for your Thule Helium bike rack part # TH971XT would be the Replacement Cradle Strap Assembly for Thule Helium Bike Carrier # 752-0947-001. Since one end of the strap is around the arm you could use some snips and needle nose pliers, stretch the strap and then snip it free from the cradle. However, to replace the strap with # 752-0947-001 you would need to pull off the cradle from the arm of the rack, stretch it over the cradle and then reinstall the cradle.
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  • Thule Helium Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2011 Honda Accord
  • Yes, as long as you had a hitch installed on your 2011 Honda Accord like the Draw Tite Hitch part # 24899 the Thule Helium Bike Rack part # TH9042 would work well for you. I attached install and review videos for both these products. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out Women's and Alternative Frame Bike Adapter # 64005 to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes to provide...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Mounted Platform 2 Bike Rack for 2013 GMC Sierra
  • We have several different platform-type racks that are compatible with your Sierra. The Swagman XTC-2, part # S64670 is a great value and is very highly regarded by our customers. The rack is compatible with 2 inch receivers, and includes an anti-rattle hitch pin. I'd also recommend a locking hitch pin/cable lock combo # S64031 to help deter theft. If you'd prefer a folding design that can be folded up against the tailgate when the bikes are removed, I'd recommend the Hollywood Racks...
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  • Can Kuat Bike Rack Work With Boone Hang2 Wall Mount Bike Rack Storage
  • The Boone Hang2 Wall Mounted Hitch Rack Storage, part # BH90H3FS will work with the Kuat hitch mounted bike racks with a 2 inch shank, like part # N101. This wall mount has a weight capacity of 90 lbs. If you have the smaller shank on your Kuat Bike Rack, like part # N102, you can use the replacement cross pin, part # BH85858 to be able to use the smaller shank hitch pin hole.
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  • Lightweight 2 Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2012 Volkswagen Eos
  • I believe I have the perfect recommendation for you. Check out the Thule Helium bike rack part # TH9042. This rack is very lightweight at 26 lbs, is compatible with a Class I hitch like what you have on your 2012 Volkswagen Eos, can carry 2 bikes, and has integrated locks to secure the rack to your vehicle and the bikes to the rack. Check out the review video I attached as well. Since you have a Curt hitch you will also need to use a stabilization strap like part # 18050. If you plan...
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  • Kuat Sherpa vs Thule T2 Bike Rack Comparison for a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • Because the T2 Bike Rack part # TH916XTR and the Kuat Sherpa # S101 are so similar and the # S101 is considerably lighter I think it would be the best choice for you. Functionally the racks are basically the exact same and come with the same features, only advantage one has over the other is weight. That's where the # S101 has the advantage. I attached a review video for you to check out as well.
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  • Swinging Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack for 2006 Toyota Highlander So Rear Hatch can Open
  • Most of the swing away bike racks, including the Thule Apex, # TH9027, are designed to fit only in 2 inch hitch receivers. The shank is unique though in that it is very similar to models that use an adapter to fit a 2 inch receiver. So you could say that it is a 1-1/4 shank with an adapter. It is a common issue that racks that use an adapter to fit a 2 inch receiver can be a little more loose than a strictly 2 inch only rack. But on the Apex, you simply use the built-in anti-rattle feature...
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  • RV Bike Rack Recommendations for a LivinLite Trailer with a 2 x 4 Bumper
  • We have tandem bike racks like the RockyMounts Tandem TailPipe # RKY1031 but this rack is not rated for use behind an RV or motorhome so I could not recommend it for you. However, if you have non-tandem bikes you need to carry I do have a solution for you. To give you the best flexibility for bike rack you will want to install a hitch on your 2 x 4 bumper. For that I would recommend the Curt RV Bumper Hitch # C19101. Now to see all of the RV rated bike racks we offer check out...
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  • Recommendations for Carrying 4 Bikes with a 2010 Acura TL
  • The thing about using a hitch adapter or extender is that they cut the capacity of the hitch that they are used on in half. So based on that you would not have the capacity to use the Highland Sportwing part # 1370400. A couple other things you should consider is that in the title for the hitch adapter you are interested in it says Class II hitches only. There are only Class I hitches available for your 2010 Acura TL. Also, Class I hitches can only carry a maximum of 2 bikes due to the...
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  • How To Use a Hitch Exnteder on a 2010 Honda CRV So a Kuat Sherpa Bike Rack Could Fold Up
  • The problem with hitch extenders is that they cut the capacity of the hitch they are used on in half. And it looks like the only 1-1/4 inch hitches available for your 2010 Honda CR-V are Class I which are not compatible with extenders. The only reasonable solution I could recommend for you would require you to remove your current hitch and install a Class III hitch with a 2 inch opening like the Hidden Hitch part # 87440 and then use a hitch extender like part # HE06. Using an anti...
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  • Recommendation of a Class-I Hitch Mount Bike Rack for a 2010 Volvo C30
  • The Highland SportWing 2 bike rack # 5801200 has removable arms for storage but isn't a fold up option. In regards to having additional ground clearance the extended shank with rise # 1370800 adds 4-inches of rise which improves ground clearance. It will replace the existing shank on the carrier. Another option you might like and I would recommend is the Rola NV2 hitch mounted bike rack # 59508. The shank rotates for use on 1-1/4 inch or 2 inch hitches. You would like the 1-1/4 inch...
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  • Would the Pro Series Eclipse 4 Bike Rack # 63124 fit a 2014 Hyundai Tucson
  • The Pro Series Eclipse 4 Bike Rack # 63124 that you referenced is designed to fit 2 inch hitches. So as long as you have a 2 inch hitch like the Curt Hitch part # C13120 installed on your vehicle it would work well. I attached review videos for both products 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 Swagman Easy-Out Women's and Alternative Frame Bike Adapter # 64005 to provide...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation to Clear the Front Bumper of a Dodge Ram 2500
  • As long as you measured correctly you would have about a half inch between the upright mast of the Swagman Trailhead 2 Bike Rack # S63360 and your front bumper. Which is pretty close, because of that I would recommend a similar rack with more clearance, the Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR. This rack has 13-1/2 inches from the pin hole to the upright mast of the rack. I also attached a review video for you to check out. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes...
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  • Will Trek Pure Womens Step-Through Frame Bikes Fit the Saris Freedom 2 Bike Platform Rack # SA4412B
  • The Saris Freedom 2 Bike Platform Rack # SA4412B will accept bikes with a wheelbase up to 44-1/2-inches (as measured from the two tire-to-ground contact points). The adjustable cradles on the upright mast will secure your bikes by their down tubes. This rack fits both 1-1/4-inch and 2-inch trailer hitch receivers. Your 2009 Honda CR-V could be fitted with either hitch size. You will want to check your hitch's safety sticker to verify its tongue weight capacity. If you have a light-duty...
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  • How Much Does the Yakima HoldUp 4 Bike Rack # Y02443-2 Weigh
  • The Yakima HoldUp 4 Bike Rack # Y02443-2 that you referenced weighs right at 104 lbs. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well.
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  • How Much Does the Swagman Semi 4.0 4-Bike Platform Rack # S64696-97 Weigh
  • The Swagman Semi 4.0 4-Bike Platform Rack # S64696-97 that you referenced has a shipping weight of 120 lbs. So it's actual weight will be just a few lbs lighter minus the shipping materials. Check out the review video I attached for this rack.
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for Carrying Touring Bikes with Fenders
  • I have a solution for you, but the Saris Thelma part # SA4229B would not be an ideal bike rack for bikes with fenders because the fenders would most likely interfere with the wheel mounts. Instead I would recommend the Swagman XTC2 bike rack part # S64670. This is a very popular rack with our customers that has been highly reviewed. Check out the review video I attached.
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  • Hollywood Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for a Tandem Bike with 69-1/2 in Wheelbase
  • I believe we have exactly what you need. Check out the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 2-Bike Carrier for Recumbents # HR1450R. This is a platform bike rack that uses frame mounts like the part # Y02420 Stick Up like you referenced that can work on bikes with wheelbases up to 74 inches.
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  • 3 Bike Rack Recommendation for an RV, Subaru Outback and 2004 Dodge Ram 2500
  • You will need a bike rack that is compatible RV hitches. Not all bike racks are rated for the rougher ride that is at the rear of an RV so that will narrow your search down quite a bit. The thing about RV bike racks is that they cannot fold. In order for the racks to be strong enough for the rough ride of an RV they don't install folding mechanisms on them. I believe your best option would be the Swagman XP 3 Bike Rack part # S64910-2. The frame cradles of this rack can be angled...
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Carrier For 2010 Toyota RAV4 With Rear Mounted Spare Tire
  • In order to be able to use a hitch-mounted bike rack on the back of your 2010 Toyota RAV4, you will have to take an easy measurement to make sure it will fit. I have attached a helpful article that explains how to measure to make sure you clear your spare tire. You will need a tape measure and a straight edge like a yardstick or a dowel. Hole the straight edge vertically against the back of your spare tire with it extended below the hitch receiver. Then measure from the center of the...
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  • Replacement Hook Retention Bolts and Knobs for Pro Series Q-Slot # PS63134 Bike Rack
  • I spoke with my contact at Pro Series, who told me that there aren't any replacement parts available for the Q-Slot # PS63134 bike rack. However, I'm told that the bolts are M8 bolts which means that the # P198 which is meant for a Swagman bike rack should make an acceptable substitute.
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  • Fit of Saris Freedom Superclamp # SA4026 on 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited w/ Factory Spare Tire
  • You'll need to take a measurement from your hitch pin hole rearward until the rear edge of the spare tire is cleared, as shown in the help article I've linked to. If your measurement is less than 5 inches, the Saris Freedom Superclamp 4, part # SA4026 will fit when folded into the storage position. If the measurement is greater than 5 inches, but less than 12, the rack will fit when unfolded, but won't have the clearance to fold into the storage position. I've linked you to a product...
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  • Replacement Rubber Pad/Protrusion for the Sportrack Bike Rack part # SR2604
  • We are in the process of having the part added that you need to our site so that you can order it. It will be part # SR05001100000. When the text of the part number is blue (meaning you can click on it and it will take you to the product page), it will be ready for you to order it. The price will be listed on the product page when the part is available.
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  • Softtide Dura Parallelogram 4 bike Rack # SR26247 Recommendation for a 2014 Chevy Traverse
  • The first thing you will need is a hitch, for that I would recommend the Draw Tite hitch part # 75528. See install video. After you have a hitch installed the Softride Dura Parallelogram 4 Bike Rack # SR26247 would install easily on your 2014 Chevy Traverse and would work well for you. Check out the review video I attached that shows this rack being demoed on a similar Traverse as yours. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you...
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  • Will Swagman Original Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Clear Spare Tire on Toyota RAV4
  • To determine if the Swagman bike rack # S64351 will clear the spare tire on your Toyota RAV4 you will need to take one measurement. 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 9-3/4 inches the rack will clear the spare tire. I have included a link to the right that shows how to take the measurement.
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  • Recommended Hitch Mount Bike Carrier For 2006 Mini Cooper S Convertible
  • Since your 2006 Mini Cooper S Convertible is limited to a Class l hitch, you would not be able to use the Rola TX-103 bike rack, part # 59403. Class l hitches are limited to carriers that can hold 2 bikes only. Although some accessories will fit a hitch on a vehicle, it is never recommended to use an item that is not rated for the hitch, and modifying any hitch accessory could be a safety concern and certainly void any warranty on the item. The bike rack I recommend for your Mini...
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  • Recommended Replacement Rubber Cradle with a 1 Inch Diameter for a Pro Series Translite Bike Rack
  • Your Pro Series Translite 4 Bike Rack # PS63144 arms have a diameter of 1-inch. The exact replacement parts aren't available for this bike. The best option to replace your rubber cradle is a Stay-Put Cradle # 853-7887 because it will also have a 1-inch diameter. The strap I would recommend for the Stay-Put cradle is # 853-5834.
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  • Hitch-Mount Bike Rack for Use on 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser with Rear-Mounted Spare Tire
  • Yes, indeed! We can help you select a 2-inch hitch-mount bike rack for use on your 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser with rear-mounted spare tire. We offer a range of 4-bike hitch racks that will fit the 2-inch Class III hitch on your FJ. First, you will want to take one simple measurement of the vehicle. Measure from the center of the hitch pin hole to the rear-most part of the vehicle; in your case this will likely be the spare tire cover. The linked article illustrates how to take this measurement,...
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  • Will SportRack Super EZ Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack Fit 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The SportRack Bike Rack, part # SR2901XT, you mentioned measures 9 inches from the hitch pin hole to the closest edge of the carrier. This sliding wheel trays on this carrier will accept tires up to 3 inches wide and wheelbase up to 48 inches. It can fit both 1-1/4 inch receivers, and 2 inch receivers with the included shank adapter. This carrier can be folded up against the vehicle when not in use. We have installed hitches on Subaru Outback Wagons, and have taken the measurements....
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  • Length Of Replacement Ratcheting Hook For Swagman XTC Bike Carriers
  • I have attached a photo of the Replacement Ratcheting Hook for Swagman XTC and XC Series Bike Carriers, part # P165 for you. I have noted the dimension you were asking for. The difference of 1/2 inch is due to the angle of the ratcheting assembly on the are of the hook.
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  • Availability of Replacement Shank Portion of Thule T2 Platform Rack # TH916XTR-918XTR
  • Thank you for providing a photo of the stripped shank and anti-rattle bolt on your Thule T2 4-Bike Platform hitch rack, part # TH916XTR-918XTR. Thule offers a Replacement Hitch and Backbone Assembly for your T2 rack, part # 7533581. This item is now being added to our system and should be available for order within 24-48 hours.
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  • RV Rated Swagman Platform Bike Rack Recommendation
  • Actually I have some bad news. The Swagman XTC2 Bike Rack part # S64670 that you have is not rated for use at the rear of an RV so I can not safely recommend you use it in your application. For a similar rack that is rated for the rougher ride at the back of an RV I would recommend the Swagman Platform bike rack part # S64663. To install the lock part # S64029 you basically just line up the pin holes between the bike rack and the hitch and then insert the threaded hitch pin and begin...
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  • 2005 Acura TL Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation
  • Yes, the Pro Series Bike Rack part # 63120 that you referenced has 11-1/2 inches from the center of the pin hole to the upright mast of the rack. That would be more than enough clearance to clear the rear bumper of your 2005 Acura TL with the Draw Tite Hitch part # 24755 installed.
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  • Thule Vertex 4 Bike Rack Comparison to the Yakima SwingDaddy
  • I would go with the Thule Vertex part # TH9031 over the Yakima Swingdaddy part # Y02464. The Vertex has arced arms on the rack to make loading and unloading the rack easier as it puts the bikes at different heights. The Vertex is also about 17 lbs lighter. I also like the frame cradles on the Vertex better as they have more cushioning and have tracks for the cables of your bike to fit in. The only thing I really like about the Swingdaddy is the strap system. You don't have to stretch...
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  • Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Nissan Rogue
  • The Thule Doubletrack Platform Bike Rack part # TH990XT that you referenced would be a great choice for a bike rack for your 2014 Nissan Rogue. I even attached a link to a video that shows this rack being demoed on a 2013 Rogue for you to check out.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendations for 3 Bikes for a 2007 Jeep Liberty
  • To determine which trailer hitch mount bike racks will clear the spare tire on your 2007 Jeep Liberty you will need to take a measurement. On the trailer hitch, measure from the center of the hitch pin hole straight back to the distance needed to clear the spare tire. I have included a link to the right that explains the best way to do this. At the bottom of that page is a chart that lists the clearance measurements of many of the bike racks we carry. For example if you have a 2 inch...
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  • Bike/Ski Rack Recommendation for a Class B Leisure Travel Van
  • This is a tough one to answer, if the distance between your rear axle and the back of your Class B Van is only a couple feet like on normal vans and vehicles I have a solution for you. You could get the Thule Helium Aero 2 Bike Rack # TH9042 that you referenced and a Thule Tram Ski Adapter part # TH9033. If the distance between the rear axle and the rear of your vehicle is longer than most vehicles I can only give you a recommendation for a bike rack. RV's and motorhomes with longer...
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  • Trailer hitch for 2014 Honda CRV to Fit a Yakima Swing Daddy # Y02464
  • For a hitch for your 2014 Honda CR-V you are going to want one with a 2 inch opening so that it will work with your Yakima SwingDaddy Bike Rack part # Y02464. For that you would want the Draw Tite hitch part # 75742. Check out the install video I attached as well.
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Outback with 2 inch Hidden Hitch
  • I have a better solution for you. The Swagman XTC-2 2-Bike Platform Rack # S64670 has a distance of 8 inches from the pin hole to the nearest portion of the rack which would be more than enough to clear on your vehicle. Check out the review video I attached. The # TH990XT wouldn't have enough clearance to fold on your vehicle since it has a distance of 6 inches from the pin hole to the rack when folded.
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  • Swagman G10 Platform Bike Rack with Locks Recommendation
  • I would recommend the Swagman G10 Bike Rack part # S64681. This is a platform rack that attaches to bike frames and includes a hitch lock to secure the rack to your vehicle as well as a cable lock to secure your bikes to the rack. This rack also uses straps to secure the bike wheels to the rack for a very secure installation. Check out the review video I attached for this rack as well. The Yakima Stickup part # Y02420 does not include locks so I would not recommend it for you.
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  • Trailer Hitch and 4-Bike Platform Style Bike Rack for a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The other hitches for the 2015 Subaru Forester will be comparable to the Draw-Tite hitch # 75876 in terms of clearance to the rear bumper. Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87654 will be identical. The only way to be able to fold up the Swagman XTC4 bike rack # S64665 would be to use a hitch extender. However, doing so will reduce the tongue weight capacity of the hitch by 50 percent and will increase the amount of stress on the hitch and vehicle. Based on this I do not recommend using a...
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  • How to Carry 5 Bikes on a 2009 Toyota RAV4
  • The best way to carry 5 bikes on any vehicle is to use a trailer hitch and hitch mount bike rack. You would need a hitch with a 2 inch receiver, such as # 75432, because a 2 inch receiver is going to be more sturdy and have a higher capacity than lesser Class hitches. Then for the most inexpensive 5-Bike rack you can use the Hollywood Racks Traveler, # HR9200. I have linked video reviews of both the hitch and bike rack for you. You will need to check the vehicle owners manual for...
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  • Comparing Thule Doubletrack 2 # TH990XT and Swagman XTC-2 # S64670 Platform-Style Hitch Racks
  • A hitch-mount bike rack is a great option for your 2014 Ford Escape Titanium Edition as this type will avoid the stresses on its sheet metal that can be imparted by the trunk-mount variety of bike rack. Hitch racks place the weight burden of the rack and bikes not on the vehicle's metalwork but instead on its frame, its strongest part. Both the Thule Doubletrack 2 # TH990XT and Swagman XTC-2 # S64670 Platform-Style hitch racks feature 2-bike capacity and a limited lifetime warranty....
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  • Need to Replace Damaged Anti-Rattle Bolt on Newer SwingDaddy Bike Rack
  • I spoke with my contact at Yakima and if you have the Yakima SwingDaddy 4-Bike Rack, # Y02464, you will need the Replacement Swing Arm Assembly, # Y8890312. The bolt is not sold separately.
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  • Recommended Trunk Mount Bike Rack for 2007 Lexus RX 330
  • I'd be happy to! Without a doubt, the easiest to use trunk mounted bike rack we carry is the Thule Raceway, part # TH9001XT. The rack is incredibly simple to install and remove, using 4 plastic coated steel cables that adjust with the twist of a dial. Typically, hatch mounted bike racks use 6 straps and buckles that need to be constantly adjusted. The attaching cables of the Raceway are lockable, and the rack includes an integrated cable lock to help deter theft. To see the rack in action,...
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for Mountain Bikes, Road Bikes and Beach Cruisers with Fenders
  • Since your beach cruisers have fenders a wheel mount bike rack is out of the question. For a platform bike rack similar to the ones you referenced that would secure the bikes to the rack by the bike frame check out the Swagman Quad 2+2 part # S64691. This rack should work well for you, check out the review video I attached.
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  • Hitch Lock Recommendation for a Pro Series Eclipse 4 Bike Rack
  • The Pro Series bike carrier # 63124 comes with an anti-rattle hitch bolt that does not lock. To lock this bike carrier to your trailer hitch, you can use the padlock end from hitch lock # 5200 with the included hitch bolt. The padlock will secure to the end of the hitch bolt to create an anti-rattle hitch lock that fits 2" trailer hitches.
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  • How Will Frame Hooks of SportRack # SR2901 Hold Two Same-Sized Bikes
  • Because the two frame hooks of the SportRack # SR2901 are specifically designed with different lengths, they can easily accommodate two bikes that have the same frame size and geometry. You'd adjust the bottom most hook tightly on the bike frame, and the shorter arm of the upper hook would allow you to slide it down far enough to securely hold the frame of the other bike.
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  • Does the Yakima SwingDaddy Bike Rack Come with a Way to Lock Bikes to the Rack
  • The Yakima SwingDaddy bike rack # Y02464 does not come with a lock to lock the bikes to the rack. One can be added using the HandCuff Bike Lock, # Y02466. The Yakima FullSwing, # Y02465, does come with an integrated cable lock. I have linked videos for both racks for you.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2012 Volkswagen Passat to Carry a Bike Rack
  • We have numerous trailer hitch options for your 2012 Volkswagen Passat (see link to the right). Since you are using the hitch for a bike rack I recommend Draw-Tite hitch # 24880. This, and all of the hitches for your Passat, are Class I trailer hitches. The Draw-Tite hitch has a tongue weight capacity of 200 pounds. On this or any Class I trailer hitch you will be limited to 2 bikes maximum. The bike rack that you choose will need to be Class I compatible. Yakima bike rack # Y02437...
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  • Availability of Class II Trailer Hitch for 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
  • Our hitch manufacturers, Curt, Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch only make a Class I hitch for your 2014 Jetta SportWagen. Typically this is done because during testing, the engineering folks at the hitch manufacturers determine that the structures that the hitch bolts to on the underside of the vehicle aren't capable of supporting the additional tongue weight and towing capacity of a Class II hitch. If you're wanting to use the hitch for carrying a bike rack, the hitch and the bike rack manufacturers...
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  • Will a Thule Parkway 4 Bike Rack fit a 2007 Honda Odyssey
  • The Thule Parkway 4 bike rack # TH956 will fit your 2007 Honda Odyssey. As long as it has a 2 inch trailer hitch like # 87479. The carrying capacity is up to 4 bikes and each bike being 35 pounds. I have included a video to show you what it looks like with a bike attached. You may consider a Thule Bike Adapter Bar # TH982XT for Women's and Alternative Frame Bikes. If you ever plan on doing any towing the recommended trailer wiring is # 118438. You will need to choose a ball mount...
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  • Can the Thule Apex 4 Bike Rack be Used with a 2008 Audi A6 Avant Wagon
  • There is a way for you to install the Thule Apex Bike Rack part # TH9025 on your 2008 Audi A6, but since the only hitches available for your vehicle are Class I you would be limited to only carrying 2 bikes with the rack. Class I hitches don't have the capacity to handle the added weight and leverage of having more than 2 bikes installed on the hitch. For a hitch you would want the Draw Tite Hitch part # 24836. For more info on hitch classifications see the link I attached.
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  • Is the Upright Mast of the Swagman XP Towing Rack # S64955 Removable
  • Yes, the upright mast of the Swagman XP Towing Rack # S64955 is removable. You just need to remove the two pins from base of the rack and the top piece would come out. You would only want to fold the rack when it is empty. If the bikes were on the rack it would make it really difficult to tilt the mast. Plus the bikes would hit each other and nothing would stop the rack from hitting the ground if it were to be dropped.
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  • Hitch-Mount Bike Rack Recommendation for 2013 Chevrolet Camaro Without Ground Effects
  • You can take a simple measurement of your installed hitch to determine what bike racks will best fit at the back of your Camaro and best suit your bikes. The linked articles will give you good background on rack options and show how to take this simple measurement of the clearance required for proper fit. The hitch you referenced, Draw-Tite Sportframe Class I Trailer Hitch # 24850, will work with the Thule T2 Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier # TH917XTR. When in the down position this rack...
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  • Will Hollywood Racks Trail Rider 2-Bike Rack # HR200 Fit Hitch on 2015 Toyota Highlander
  • Thank you for your recent purchases from etrailer. The trailer hitch you purchased for your 2015 Toyota Highlander, Curt # C13169, is a 2-inch Class III hitch and the Hollywood Racks Trail Rider 2-Bike Rack # HR200 you selected fits this size hitch as well as the 1-1/4-inch size. Women's bikes, or any without a horizontal top frame tube, can be secured by simply swapping the positions of the two ratcheting arms on the carrier. Simply place the shorter arm on first (in the lower position)...
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  • Will Yakima Hold Up 2-Bike Hitch-Mount Rack # Y02443 Fit 1-1/4-Inch Hitch on 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The Yakima Hold Up 2-Bike Hitch-Mount Rack # Y02443 is designed for use in 2-inch hitch receivers. It will not fit the 1-1/4-inch hitch on your 2015 Forester. Although there are adapters available to allow 2-inch accessories to fit into a 1-1/4-inch hitch, these adapters have the unavoidable side-effect of reducing your hitch's capacity by 50-percent. I do not recommend doing this. Your best and safest options are to replace your Class II hitch with a 2-inch Class III type, such as one...
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 1999 Toyota RAV4
  • When we installed a hitch on a similar Rav4 as your 1999 Toyota RAV4 we found that the dimension from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the spare tire was 11 inches. You will want to verify this measurement on your vehicle, but I think I have a hitch mounted bike rack that would work for you. Check out the Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR. This is a steel bike rack that can tilt down and has a distance of 13-1/2 inches from the pin hole to the back of the rack....
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  • Bumper Clearance Needed for Kuat # N101 NV Bike Rack
  • I believe you're asking about the clearance between the rack and the vehicle, is that correct? If so, when the rack is folded down so it can carry bikes, the closest portion of the rack is 10-1/2 inches rearward of the hitch pin hole. When the rack is folded up into its storage position, the closest portion of the rack is 7-7/8 inches rearward of the hitch pin hole. I've pieced together a photo for you that shows these dimensions. If you'd like to view a product demonstration video,...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for Carrying Sun EZ-1 SX Recumbent Bike on a 2008 Subaru Impreza
  • Although the Swagman Trailhead you referenced is one of the bike racks I recommend most, it wouldn't work well for a recumbent bike like your Sun EZ-1 SX. I'd recommend the SportRider 2 by Hollywood Racks, part # HR1000R. Hollywood Racks makes a great product that's very strong. The rack can handle two bikes weighing up to 45 lbs apiece. I'd also recommend the optional hitch/cable lock # HRLHPTC to help deter theft. If you don't already have a hitch, I'd recommend the Draw-Tite Class...
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  • Is a Stabilizer Strap Needed to Carry the Saris Axis 3 Bike Rack # SA833B with a 2013 Toyota RAV4
  • Curt recommends the use of a stabilizer strap with some of their hitches when carrying a non-supported load like a bike rack. There are two Curt hitches available for your 2013 Toyota Rav4. If you use the Class III hitch part # C13149 you would not need to use the stabilizer strap. If you went with the Class II hitch like part # C12108 you would need the strap. So no, you don't have to use a stabilizer strap like part # 18050 with the Saris Axis 3 Bike Rack # SA833B as long as you don't...
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  • Fit of Thule Doubletrack # TH990XT Bike Rack on 2001 Honda CR-V
  • You'll need to take a measurement to see if the Thule Doubletrack, # TH990XT will clear the spare tire of your CR-V. Measure from the hitch pin hole rearward until you clear the spare tire, as shown in the article I've linked you to. In order to fold up in its storage position against the rear of the vehicle, you measurement needs to be less than 6 inches. If you don't have enough clearance for the Thule Doubletrack, take a look at the SportRack Super EZ platform rack, part # SR2901XT....
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  • 4-Bike Rack Recommendation for a Travel Trailer that Doesnt Touch Bike Frame
  • Actually neither of the racks you referenced are confirmed to work at the back of a travel trailer. I do have a solution for you though. Travel trailers have a much rougher ride present at the back of them when compared to a passenger vehicle so it takes a stronger rack rated for that type of ride quality. For a 4-bike rack that wouldn't touch your bike frames the only option would be the Highland SportWing 4 Bike Rack # 1370400. Check out the review video I attached.
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  • Will the Hollywood Racks Bike Rack part # HR1450 fit a 24 inch Wheel
  • Yes, the Hollywood Racks Bike Rack part # HR1450 that you referenced would work with 24 inch wheels so it should work well for you. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Nissan Rogue Select
  • We have several excellent bike racks for you to choose from, but before we select the best bike rack for you we will want to check for rear bumper clearance. We have not had a chance to test fit hitch mount bike racks on a 2014 Nissan Rogue Select yet, but I know trailer hitches on Nissan Rogues tend to sit further under the rear bumper than on most vehicles. Once you have the trailer hitch installed, you want to measure from the center of the hitch pin hole on the trailer hitch to...
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  • Will Yakima Ridgeback 4 Bike Rack Fit 2014 Subaru Forester
  • The Yakima RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack, part # Y02458, is designed to fit hitches with either a 1-1/4 or 2 inch receiver opening. You will want to check your owner's manual or with your dealership to see what the tongue weight capacity is for your Forester. from the information I was able to find, the Forester is limited to about 150 lbs tongue weight. This is the weight of the bike carrier added to the weight of the bikes on the carrier. To make sure this carrier will work on your 2014 Subaru...
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  • What Are The Locking Features On Thule Helium Aero Bike Rack For 2012 Chevrolet Camaro
  • The Thule Helium Aero 2 Bike Rack, part # TH9042 actually has 2 locking features. One is the locking knob on the hitch pin that secures the bike rack to the hitch. The other is a steel reinforced cable in the mast that secures the bike to the carrier. There is no fail-safe lock system available, but most thieves will not use the effort to try and get through the locking system like the # TH9042 has. I have attached a link to an installation video for this carrier on a Camaro you can...
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  • Hitch Extender Recommendation to Use a Swagman XTC-2 on a 2014 Jeep Wrangler
  • Although using a hitch extender isn't an ideal solution for most people I think one would work well for you. Especially if you use an anti-rattle device like the part # 63232 to minimize movement. You shouldn't need a very long extender. The Hitch Extender # HE06 will give you an additional 7 inches and would work well. I attached a review video for you to check out.
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  • Availability of Draw-Tite Hitch Lock and Keyed Alike Barrel Locks for Thule T2 Bike Rack
  • You will not be able to use Draw Tite hitch locks with a Thule bike rack if you want all of your locks keyed alike. However, you can get a Thule hitch lock and a set of Thule locks that will be keyed alike. For a hitch lock I recommend the Thule Snug Tite Hitch Lock and Anti-Rattle Device # THSTL2. The T2 has 5 locations for Thule One-Key System lock cores - the hitch lock, the ratcheting bike hooks which grab the bike wheels, and the integrated cable locks that extend out of the bike...
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  • Need 2-Bike Hitch-Mount Rack that Can Accept an Accessory Ski Carrier
  • We do offer bike racks that can accept an add-on ski carrier (when bikes are not loaded) but these are hanging style carriers, not platform types. Thule offers their Tram Ski and Snowboard Carrier Adapter # TH9033 (shown in the linked video) that can be used with their Vertex 2-Bike Rack # TH9028. This is a tilting rack and its features are shown in the linked video.
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  • Replacement Reducer/Adapter Sleeve for RhodeGear Highway 4 Bike Rack
  • Rhode Gear bike racks have been discontinued by the manufacturer, and there isn't much in the way of replacement parts available for them, I'm sorry to say. Using a metal adapter sleeve like part # HT02 would be a more durable alternative.
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  • Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation for a Mom with a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
  • Although the Thule Apex 4 Bike Rack, # TH9025, and Softride Dura Parallelogram 4 Bike Rack, # SR26247, are great bike racks, I still find them to be a bit heavy to use and I consider myself a pretty tough girl. I personally recommend going with the Softride Element Parallelogram Tilting 4 Bike Rack, # SR26248. This rack is a bit lighter at 35 pounds and much easier for me to handle and maneuver when putting the rack in the hitch. For added security you can add the Anti-Rattle Hitch...
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  • Will the Sportrack Bike Rack part # SR2902 Fit a 2012 Honda Pilot
  • Yes, the Sportrack bike rack part # SR2902 that you referenced would work great on the factory hitch of your 2012 Honda Pilot. I attached a review video for this bike rack for you to check out as well.
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  • Tip for Loading Bike on the Thule EasyFold on a Vehicle with a Tall Hitch Height
  • There isn't a longer ramp available for the Thule EasyFold 2 Bike Rack # TH9032, Thule does not offer one. The only thing I could recommend that could help on occasion would be to find an incline to park the front wheels of your 4Runner on so that the rack would be angled closer to the ground.
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  • Are Bike Racks Available For 1/2 Inch Hitch Receiver
  • You are correct that the bike racks we offer are designed to work with hitch receivers that have either 1-1/4 or 2 inch openings. I spoke with one of our other Experts who said a hitch that had a 1/2 dimension was used several years ago on some vehicles, but are no longer used. I have attached a photo of one of those hitches. The photo was provided by a customer so I do not have the dimensions for the receiver opening. We do not offer any bike racks that would fit a receiver shaped...
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  • Yakima Full Swing Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The distance from the center of the pin hole to the nearest portion of the Yakima Full Swing Bike rack part # Y02465 is 6 inches. The nearest portion of the bike rack is the tightening knob used to secure the swing away portion of the rack. The distance from the outside of the arms of the rack is 12 inches. I spoke with my contact at Yakima and he told me that you should have no problem using this rack on your 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon I attached a review video for this rack for you...
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  • Platform-Style Bike Rack For 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen That Is Easy To Lock
  • If you are looking for a hitch mounted platform bike rack that has locks that are easy to lock and unlock, I recommend the SportRack Super EZ Platform-Style Bike Rack, part # SR2901XT. This rack weighs a few lbs more than the Swagman XTC-2, part # S64670, but the locking features on this rack are really easy to use. The # SR2901XT also features an anti-rattle hitch with lock to secure the bike rack to the hitch. I have attached a product review video about this carrier you can check out.
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  • Do the Arms of Thule Passenger 4 Bike Rack Fold Down
  • The arms of the Thule Parkway 4 Bike Hitch Bike Rack # TH956 do not fold down. The rack does have a pin at the base that lets you tilt the rack forward for easy access to your rear cargo area. If you would like a hitch mounted bike rack with arms that fold down I recommend the Thule Hitching Post Pro Bike Rack # TH934XTR. The Thule Hitching Post Pro features anti-sway cradles to keep the bikes from knocking into each other. It can also tilt down for greater access to the rear of the...
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  • Hitch And Bike Rack Recommendation For 2013 Acura RDX
  • The hitch I recommend for your 2013 Acura RDX is the Hidden Hitch, part # 87642. This is a Class lll hitch and has a 2 inch receiver opening. This is a bolt-on installation and comes with the complete hardware kit. I have attached an installation video you can take a look at for this hitch. The Kuat NV Aluminum Platform Bike Rack, part # N101, is a really nice bike rack that will work well on your 2013 Acura RDX. I have attached a link to an installation video for this bike rack on...
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  • Stabilizer Strap Recommendation for a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Using a Hitch Bike Rack and Extender
  • You could run a stabilizer strap like the part number 18050 from the spare to the bike rack for more support. There's no way to know how much that would reduce the tongue weight by, so you would still have to consider the full weight of your bikes and rack as tongue weight and cut that figure in half. To see how the # 18050 is used check out the install video I attached to the right.
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  • Is Single Arm Detail K2 4-Bike Rack a Good Choice for 4 Different Bikes on a 2011 Nissan Rogue
  • Bike racks with single arms and rotating cradles are less likely to require an adapter bar for bikes with alternative frames or slanted top frame tubes. But, it is still possible that you would need to use an adapter bar in some cases, specifically if the bike frame is not long enough to fit in the cradle on the Detail K2 bike rack # K2BCR490. The rack can tilt down but you would have to remove the bikes to do so. The K2 rack has a 1 year warranty. It is an entry-level bike rack so it...
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  • Availability of Replacement Frame Hooks for Swagman XTC2 Platform Type Bike Rack
  • Swagman does indeed offer replacement hooks for their XTC2 bike rack, but they don't sell them individually. You'd need to purchase the set of two, as part # P186.
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  • Recommendation for Hitch-Mounted Bike Rack for 2015 Acura RDX to Carry Mountain Bikes
  • Due to the size of the tires on your mountain bikes, you would be best served using a hanging bike rack. The Thule Vertex 4 Bike Rack, # TH9029, which you reference, is a confirmed fit for your 2015 Acura RDX with a 2 inch receiver. With a weight capacity of 140 pounds the Vertex will easily carry two mountain bikes. The Vertex offers many great features such as a tilting feature, anti-sway cradles and an anti-rattle hitch bolt at an affordable price. An even more economical option would...
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  • Using a Hitch Adapter to Allow 2-Inch Thule T2 Platform Bike Rack to be Used in 1-1/4-Inch Hitch
  • We do offer hitch adapters to allow a hitch-mount accessory of one size to be used in a hitch of another size. For example, a 2-inch bike rack like Thule's T2 # TH916XTR can be made to fit in a 1-1/4-inch hitch by using an adapter like Brophy # HTAD, but there is an unavoidable drawback to using ANY adapter/expander. All such adapters will have the effect of reducing your hitch's capacity by 50-percent. This is a result of the additional leverage applied on the hitch by the length of...
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  • Tilting Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Kia Soul and a 50 lb Bike
  • There is a Kuat bike rack that would work perfectly for you, but the part # S103 doesn't have the capacity for your 50 lb bike. Instead you would want the Kuat NV # N102. This rack will fit the Class I 1-1/4 inch hitch on your 2014 Kia Soul, can carry up to 60 lb bikes and can tilt away from the vehicle while loaded for trunk access. Check out the review video I attached for this rack as well.
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  • Recommended Hitch and 2-Bike Rack for 2006 Lexus LS 430
  • In order to use a hitch mounted rack, you'd first need to install the Curt Class II receiver hitch, part # C122313. The hitch would easily install using weld nuts that are already installed in the underside of the vehicle. We have many different bike racks that would be compatible with the Class II hitch on your LS 430, but my favorite is the Swagman Trailhead, part # S63360. The rack is at an excellent price point, but it includes essential features like sturdy rubber straps for securing...
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  • 2-Bike Trunk-Mount Rack Recommendation for a 2006 Honda Odyssey
  • Vehicles like your 2006 Honda Odyssey that have a roofline spoiler above the rear hatch can pose a challenge to the fit of some trunk-mount racks. However, the folks at Hollywood Racks have developed a 2-bike carrier designed expressly to work with such vehicles. The Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top 2 Bike Carrier # HRF2, which is shown in the linked video in use on a roughly similar vehicle, features a design that will not place any weight burden on your Odyssey's spoiler. Its design feature...
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  • Fit of Thule EasyFold 2 Bike Rack # TH9032 on 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited
  • The Thule EasyFold 2 Bike Rack # TH9032 that you referenced provides the extra capacity needed for transporting E-bikes with their significant weight and it includes both a removable loading ramp and built-in locks to secure your bikes to the carrier and the carrier to your hitch receiver. This rack fits both 1-1/4-inch and 2-inch hitches and is illustrated in the linked video. You can determine the fit of this rack at the rear on your Wrangler Sahara by taking one simple measurement,...
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  • Fit of Swagman XTC-2 2-Bike Platform Rack # S64670 on 2006 Honda CR-V
  • You can confirm compatibility of the Swagman XTC-2 Bike Rack # S64670 with the rear-mounted spare tire on your 2006 Honda CR-V by taking one easy measurement from the hitch pin hole on your hitch to the rear-most edge of the spare tire. The linked article illustrates how to take this measurement. The XTC-2 provides 8-inches of clearance from the hitch pin hole to the closest edge of the first wheel hoop and 15-inches to the upright bar. When unloaded it can fold down to provide rear-of-vehicle...
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2005 Acura TL
  • Yes, the Thule Vertex 2 Bike Rack # TH9028 that you referenced would work well on your 2005 Acura TL that has a Draw Tite hitch part # 24755 installed. Check out the review video I attached for this rack. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out Women's and Alternative Frame Bike Adapter # 64005 to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes to provide an attachment point....
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  • Recommendation to Get Better Front Wheel Ground Clearance When Using a Bike Adapter
  • The easiest solution I could make for you to help level your bike would be to raise your seat so that the front wheel will move up. The rear wheel will lower slightly when doing this, but the front wheel will move up and you will gain ground clearance. I would not recommend loading your bike upside down. Our bike rack manufacturers do not recommend carrying bikes in that manner.
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2013 BMW 550i
  • The Thule Apex 4 Bike Rack part # TH9025 will work well for you. The Curt Hitch part # C11381 that you referenced is confirmed to fit your 2013 BMW 550i and would work great with the # TH9025. Only thing is Class I hitches are restricted to only carrying two bikes. Any more that will put undue stress on the hitch and could potentially damage it. 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 Is The Difference Between The Swagman XC and Swagman XTC-2 Bike Racks
  • The main difference between the Swagman XC, part # S64650, and the Swagman XTC-2, part # S64670, is that the XTC-2 is capable of handling bikes with longer wheelbases, up to 66 inches, while the XC can handle bikes with a wheelbase up to 51-1/2 inches. The XC has a shank rise of 4 inches, where the XTC-2 has a shank rise of 3 inches, which helps a bit when unloading and loading bikes. The XC can accommodate wheels up to 3-1/2 inches wide, while the XTC-2 can accommodate wheels up to...
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  • Difficulty Releasing Hooks from Bikes on Swagman XTC-2 Bike Rack
  • It sounds like you are pushing the hooks down too tight. They do not have to be super tight, just snug. Also sometimes on the Swagman XTC-2 bike rack # S64670 the upper hook can get wedged with the lower hook at the upright and that makes if very difficult to release either hook. The solution is to not lower the upper hooks as much.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
  • We currently offer 1 trailer hitch for your 2014 Land Rover Evoque. It is Curt hitch # C13128. This is a Class III trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver. Hitches with 2 inch receivers have more options for accessories like bike racks. Curt does require the use of stabilization strap # 18050 when using this hitch with non-trailer loads such as a bike rack. For a 4-bike rack that you can add a ski adapter to I recommend going with either the Thule Vertex swinging rack, # TH9031, or the...
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  • Hitch for 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe to Allow Use of Swagman XTC-2 Bike Rack
  • The Swagman XTC-2 2-Bike Platform Rack # S64670 that you referenced offers the versatility to work with either a 1-1/4-inch or 2-inch size hitch receiver. As it happens, all of the hitches we offer for your car are the sturdier 2-inch Class III variety and this is a good thing as it means the rack will not overload the hitch's capacity. As all three available hitches have the same capacity, I suggest the lowest-price unit from Curt, part # 13538. I have linked you to the written instructions...
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