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  • 2-Bike Hitch Rack Recommendation for Use on 2008 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Motor Home
  • Thank you for including a photo of your 2008 Sprinter-based RV which appears to have a 2-inch Class III hitch installed. This hitch is great for using a bike rack, but your rear-mounted spare tire poses some challenges for a bike rack fit. What I suggest you do is measure from the center of the hitch pin hole to the rear-most part of the spare tire cover to determine how much clearance you need from a carrier. The linked article explains this simple process. If the 16-inch measurement...
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  • Will the Yakima KingPin Bike Carrier Fit a 1993 Jeep Wrangler with Trailer Hitch In the Bumper
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled Yakima KingPin bike carrier # Y02441 to measure it for you. From the top of the shank that slides into a 2 inch hitch receiver to the top of the part where the carrier pivots measures 7-1/2 inches. But, it is also 8 inches back from the center of the hitch pin hole in that same location. It may just barely fit but really you'd have to try it to really know for sure. Prorack bike carrier # PR8062404 is comparable. On it the measurement from the...
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  • Does the Hitch Pin Hook of the Thule Apex Swing Bike Rack part # TH9027 Lock Into Place
  • The hook of the Thule Apex Swing Bike Rack part # TH9027 that you referenced will lock in place against the hitch of the vehicle and acts as a locking hitch pin. Also, this rack only fits 2 inch hitches. Maybe the adapter you mentioned losing was for a different bike rack. Check out the review video I attached for this rack as well.
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  • Best Thule Bike Racks for a 1-1/4 inch Hitch Vehicle
  • For a hanging style bike rack I would recommend the Thule Helium Aero part # TH9042. This rack has all of the features of the high end bike racks yet only weighs 25 lbs. Check out the review video I attached as well. For a platform rack I would recommend the Thule T2 part # TH917XTR. This rack only touches the bikes at the tire to secure them to the rack and also comes with locks to secure the bikes to the rack as well as secure the rack to your hitch just like the Helium.
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  • What Bike Rack Dimensions are Used to Determine if a Rack will Clear Vehicle Bumper
  • You are on the right track for sure. On a hanging style bike rack you would want to look at the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the foot of the carrier for clearing the bumper since that will be where the rack would be relative to the bumper. The exception to this would be for like the Thule Apex part # TH9025 which has a locking knob that is closer to the pin hole than the foot. This rack has a distance of 7 inches from the pin hole to the foot of the rack and then...
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  • Swingaway Bike Rack Recommendation for an SUV
  • Currently the only swing away bike racks we offer are the hanging style bike racks like the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT which would be a great option. None of the platform style racks we offer will swing out and away. Platform bike racks tend to be much longer and heavier than hanging style ones so when you combine that with the swing away aspect of a bike rack you end up with a lot of leverage on the rack/hitch/vehicle. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed...
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  • How Many Bikes Can the Thule Hitching Post Part # TH934XTR Carry With a 2013 Honda Fit
  • That's a good question. The reason the demo video of the Thule Hitching Post Part # TH934XTR states that it can only be used to carry 2 bikes is because of the hitch that it is being used on. Class I hitches are low capacity hitches for smaller, light duty vehicles. With these hitches you can only carry up to 2 bikes at a time. The added weight and leverage of additional bike would put too much stress on the hitch/vehicle. This bike rack is very flexible. It can be used on virtually...
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  • Can the Thule Hitching Post Pro Bike Carrier Hold Woman's and Children's Bikes
  • If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical men's bike would) then I recommend using bike adapter bar # 64005. This will allow you to carry those bikes more level and will provide better ground clearance. I have to use these adapters and without them my wife's bike would be at a severe angle and I would not be able to load my son's bike at all. I have linked a video showing how the adapter works. This is going to be the...
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  • Measuring The Clearance At Back Of 2003 Jeep Wrangler TJ With Spare For Hitch Mount Bike Carrier
  • I am attaching a helpful article that explains how to measure to see what clearance you need at the back of your Jeep with the rear mounted spare tire. After you have measured for clearance you can take a look at the attached link I have provided for hitch mounted bike carriers. (An example would be if you measured 6 clearance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer edge of your spare tire a carrier like part # Y02436 may work well for you. It measures 8-5/16 inches from...
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  • Will Swagman XC-Extended Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack fit on 1998 Honda CR-V with Rear Spare Tire
  • There is an easy measurement you will need to make to determine whether the Swagman XC-Extended Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack, # S64650-EXT, will fit on your 1998 Honda CR-V with a rear spare tire. You will need to measure from the center of the hitch pin hole out 10-1/2 inches. If your spare tire comes out less than 10 -1/2 inches, then you can use the Swagman XC-Extended Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack # S64650-EXT. I have included a FAQ article on choosing bike racks that will clear a mounted...
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2012 Kia Sportage
  • As long as you have a hitch installed on your 2012 Kia Sportage like the Curt Hitch part # C13120 the # 59403 would work well for you.
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  • Can Rear Hatch be Opened on 2015 Toyota RAV4 with a Bike Loaded on Thule T2 Bike Carrier
  • It is not likely that you will be able to open the rear hatch on your 2015 Toyota RAV4 if you have a bike loaded on the Thule T2 bike carrier # TH916XTR. The rack sits up pretty high, even when tilted down. Take a look at the video I have linked to see what I mean. The best option is to use a swinging bike rack such as # TH9031XT which will swing off to the side, with or without bikes loaded, allowing you to open the rear hatch. I have linked a video showing how it works. And a third...
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  • Best Value Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • The Swagman XTC2, part # S64670 is one of the most popular racks because it's so easy to use, and because the rack has an angled shank that would raise the bike rack up by three inches providing additional ground clearance. Because of that, this is the rack I'd recommend for you. The rack includes an anti-rattle hitch bolt, but a combination anti-rattle hitch lock/cable lock is available separately as part # S64031.
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  • Tandem Bike Rack Recommendation for a Trailer Hitch
  • You are correct, all of the tandem roof bike racks we offer are only designed to fit roof racks with either round or square crossbars. Your options then would be to go with a different roof rack on your vehicle or go with a hitch mounted bike rack for tandems like the RockyMounts Tail Pipe part # RKY1031. Since tandem bikes can be pretty heavy the hitch mounted option might be a better solution for you. Check out the review video I attached for the rack as well.
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  • Can Tailgate be Opened with Kuat NV Bike Rack Installed on a 2006 Honda Ridgeline
  • On the Kuat NV, # N101, when no bikes are on it and you have the arms folded down it measures 13-1/8 inches from the center of the hitch opening to the top most part of the rack. But if you have the arms folded down and also tilt the rack down it measures 11-7/8 inches. So it is possible that you will be able to open the tailgate on your 2006 Honda Ridgeline with the bike rack still in the hitch. You would have to lower the tailgate and then measure from the center of the receiver opening...
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  • Wall Mounted Bike Rack Storage Recommendation for a ProRack 2 Bike Rack PR8062403
  • Since the ProRack bike rack part # PR8062403 that you referenced has a threaded hitch pin and is designed to fit both 1-1/4 and 2 inch hitches the correct Boone Wall Hanger is the part # BH90H3FS instead of the # 912H2 that you referenced.
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  • Will the Thule Apex Bike Rack 9025 Prevent Bikes from Swinging Forward and Back
  • The Thule Apex 4 Bike Rack part # TH9025 would do a great job carrying your Trek Verve 2 using an adapter bar like the # 64005. This rack has anti-sway cradles that attach to the downtube of the bike to prevent the forward and back swinging you are concerned about. Normally we don't recommend tilting this rack down with bikes attached to it, but if you check out the picture I attached you will see a picture a customer sent to us that shows just how powerful the anti-sway cages of...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 1996 Ford F-150 to Tow Limos on a Trailer
  • For a 1996 Ford F-150 with a standard or step bumper the most popular hitch option is # C15300. It is considered a Class V hitch but has the more common 2 inch receiver. It is rated for 2,400 pounds of tongue weight and 16,000 pounds gross trailer weight (17,000 when used with weight distribution). This likely exceeds the capacity of the truck but check the owners manual for the trucks capacity and, if lower, go by the lower rating. Since you will be doing some towing I recommend etrailer...
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  • Eliminating Bike Carrier Movement on the Swagman XTC Bike Carrier
  • Any bike rack, especially platform style bike racks like # S64670, is going to have some movement as you drive, no matter if you are using anti-rattle or not. It just happens to be less movement with a threaded hitch bolt like the one included with your bike rack. On a platform rack, as long as the bikes are moving along with the rack and not independently of it you have nothing to worry about. The only way to further eliminate movement would be to utilize some sort of stabilization...
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  • Is the Pro Series Bike Rack part # PS63144 Compatible with RV Hitches
  • The Pro Series Bike Rack part # PS63144 that you referenced has been confirmed to work at the back of a camper, RV, or trailer so it would work well at the back of your RV. I attached a review video for this bike rack for you to check out as well.
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  • 4 Bike Platform Bike Rack Recommendation that is Priced Economically
  • The Saris Freedom SuperClamp 4 Bike Platform Rack # SA4026 does not come preassembled, but if you check out the install instructions link attached to this page you will see that it installs very easily. If you take your time with it I assure you it won't be difficult at all for you. Basically you'll install the shank of the rack in a hitch and then assemble it on a vehicle. I also attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well. For a much less expensive bike...
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  • Can the Hollywood Rack E-Bike Rack part # HR1450E be Used On E-Bike with 20 inch Wheels
  • Your 20 inch diameter wheels should work fine on the Hollywood Rack E-Bike Rack part # HR1450E that you referenced as long as your wheelbase is less than 58 inches and your tires are less than 3 inches in width. The wheel adapter part # HRSW-ADP-2 that you also referenced is designed for 16 and 18 inch wheels so you would be fine with your 20 inch wheels.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Platform Bike Rack for a 2001 Honda Accord
  • The receiver on the trailer hitches for your 2001 Honda Accord, including # 24791, are recessed a little under the rear of the vehicle. The Swagman Semi, # S64685, would not work when folded up because it is only 3 inches back from the center of the hitch pin hole when folded. The Kuat Sherpa, # S101, measures 5-1/8 inches from the center of the pin hole back to the nearest part of the carrier. Still, that is very close. The Sherpa does accept wheel sizes from 20 inches to 29 inches. The...
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  • Will Swagman XC Platform Style Bike Carrier Clear Rear Of 2011 Honda Insight
  • You can take a quick measurement to see if you will have clearance from the back of your 2011 Honda Insight trailer hitch. You will need a straight edge like a yardstick or dowel and a tape measure. Hole the straight edge vertically against the back of the bumper on your Insight, making sure the straight edge extends below the hitch. Then measure the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the straight edge. That is how much clearance you need. The Swagman Platform Style...
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  • Would the Kuat Alpha # A101-ORANGE fit 2 inch Hitch of a 2014 Subaru Forester
  • The Kuat Alpha # A101-ORANGE that you referenced would work great in the 2 inch hitch of your 2014 Subaru Forester. The newer Subaru 1-1/4 inch hitches do have issues fitting hitch bike racks and require the use of Yakima bike racks, but the 2 inch hitches like what you have would work just fine.
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  • Availability of a Hitch Mounted Bike Rack that Also has a Cargo Carrier
  • The closest thing we offer to what you are looking for is the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE Platform Bike Rack w/ Cargo Carrier # HR1400-85. This is a cargo carrier with a 2 bike rack attached to the back of it that can be removable. To carry an additional 2 bikes you would need to go with a roof rack option like the Thule Sidearm part # TH594XT.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack for 2015 Honda Accord EX-L Sedan
  • I'd be happy to help you with that! For a hitch, I'd recommend the Draw-Tite Class I hitch, part # 24899. If you click the provided link, you can see an install video showing the hitch being installed on a 2015 Accord. The trailer hitch isn't recessed very far under the vehicle, so you'll have no worries regarding clearance between the bike rack and vehicle. The Swagman XTC-2, part # S64670 would be an outstanding choice that's very popular with Accord owners and is highly rated by...
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  • Will Hollywood Racks Sport Rider 2 Platform Bike Rack Work With Step-Through Women's Bike
  • The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider 2 2-Bike Platform Rack, part # HR1000 should work just fine for your wife's new bike. The # HR1000 is designed to be able to carry bikes with a wheelbase up to 60 inches and tire widths up to 3 inches. Since you said your wife's bike is similar to the Giant Sedona DX W bike so I used that in my research. You can use the dimensions I mentioned about the # HR1000 to make sure it works with the bike. You will want to make sure you have enough clearance...
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  • How to Transport a Tandem Bike with Female Style Rear Frame Tube
  • What you would need is the frame adapter bar part # TH982XT to span the gap between your front seat and rear seat post. This would give the RockyMounts Tandem TailPipe # RKY1031 a way to attach to the rear section of your tandem bike. I attached a review video for the # TH982XT for you to check out as well.
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  • Will the Swagman XTC-2 2-Bike Platform Rack Fit a 2005 Toyota RAV4 and Will Rear Door Open Fully
  • The Swagman XTC-2 platform bike rack # S64670 is compatible with 1-1/4 and 2-inch trailer hitch receivers, but to determine if the rear door will clear, you will want to do some measuring. The rise in the shank on the Swagman XTC-2 is 3-inches, and from the top edge of the shank to the top edge of the bike rack where the arms will fold down is 4 inches. As a result, measuring up from the top of your trailer hitch receiver 7 inches will tell you if you have enough clearance or not. I...
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  • Hitch Mount Bike Carrier that Allows Rear Hatch to Open on 2015 Jeep Cherokee
  • Since the factory trailer hitch on the 2015 Jeep Cherokee is higher up on the back of the vehicle than aftermarket hitches it would make it less likely that the rear hatch could open with the bike rack tilted down while loaded. We have still not had the chance to test the Thule T2 # TH916XTR on a 2015 Cherokee. But if you are looking to be able to open the rear hatch with bikes loaded then the best option is going to be a swinging bike rack such as the Vertex, # TH9031. It will swing...
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  • Can the Swagman XTC Bike Carrier Fold Up for Storage
  • The Swagman XTC bike carrier # S64670 can fold up. The legs can fold up to the center making it easier to store the rack. the center mast can also fold down. I have included a picture that shows how the legs fold up to the middle. I have also linked a video review of this rack for you.
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  • How to Carry a Woman's Bike on a Trailer Hitch Mounted Hanging Bike Carrier
  • If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical men's bike would) then I recommend using bike adapter bar # 64005. This will allow you to carry those bikes more level and will provide better ground clearance. I have to use these adapters and without them my wife's bike would be at a severe angle and I would not be able to load my son's bike at all. I have linked a video showing how the adapter works.
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  • Will Kuat Beta Folding 2-Bike Aluminum Rack # B202-114 Fit Class I Draw-Tite Hitch # 24814
  • The Kuat Beta Folding 2-Bike Aluminum Rack # B202-114 fits all 1-1/4-inch trailer hitch receivers, both Class I and Class II types. It is always possible that a reviewer on another site may have had a corrosion problem or accumulated dirt in their receiver tube that led to their fit issue, but this rack will most definitely fit any Class I or Class II hitch, including the Draw-Tite # 24814. The features of the Kuat Beta are illustrated in the linked video. If you need locks for your...
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  • 4 Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2011 Chevy Suburban that Allow Rear Cargo Access w Bikes Loaded
  • I have a solution for you, but tilting the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE 4-Bike Platform Rack # HR1400 with 4 bike loaded would not be recommended as the weight of the bikes plus the rack would be incredibly heavy. Instead I would recommend the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT. This rack can carry 4 bikes and can swing out and away from the rear of your vehicle with bikes loaded easily for complete rear access. Check out the review video I attached for more info. If you plan on...
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  • Will the Yakima Ridgeback 4 Fit a 2 inch Hitch
  • The Yakima Ridgeback 4 Bike Rack part # Y02458 that you referenced would work great in the 2 inch hitch you have installed on your vehicle. I attached a review video for you to check out for this rack as well. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out Women's and Alternative Frame Bike Adapter # 64005 to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes to provide an attachment...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback that Gives Complete Rear Cargo Access
  • We have just what you would need. Since you have Class III hitch # 87568 installed on your 2015 Subaru you would want to go with a swing away rack like the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT. This can swing out and away from the rear of your vehicle with bikes loaded giving you complete rear cargo access, because of that I would recommend it for you. Check out the review video I attached for more info. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for Acura ILX Thule Doubletrack # TH990XT or Thule T2 # TH916XTR
  • From the information that I was able to gather, a Class I 1-1/4 inch hitch is the only one offered for the Acura ILX. In this case we will take a look at the Thule Doubletrack # TH990XT and the Thule T2 # TH917XTR. The Thule T2, # TH916XTR, that was mentioned is designed for a 2 inch hitch so this would not work in a Class I hitch. When shopping for a bike rack, it is important to know your clearance measurement, this will be the distance from the center of your hitch pin hole to...
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  • Weight Capacity of Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 Bike Rack # HR1450E
  • The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 Bike Rack you mentioned, part # HR1450E can carry two bikes weighing up to 80 lbs apiece. It'll handle your two 50 lb bikes with no problem at all. The rack is compatible with 2 inch receiver hitches, and can carry bikes with wheelbases up to 58 inches, with tires up to 3 inches wide.
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  • Comparison of Thule Vertex Swing Bike Racks # TH9031 and # TH9031XT
  • The two versions of the Thule Vertex Swing hitch-mount bike rack, parts # TH9031 and # TH9031XT, share most features in common but one important distinction between the two is that the XT version includes a built-in cable lock to secure your bikes to the carrier. This saves you the cost of a separate accessory cable lock such as # CAB-10 and means you don't have to worry about forgetting it or it getting lost. Both of these swing-out bike racks allow better vehicle access than other...
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  • Compatibility of Kuat Sherpa # S101 and NV # N101 Bike Racks on 2012 Lexus RX350
  • Both the Kuat Sherpa # S101 and Kuat NV # N101 platform-style hitch-mount bike racks will fit the 2-inch hitch on your 2012 Lexus RX350. The differences between these two racks are that the Sherpa will also fit a 1-1/4-inch hitch, and that the NV includes a built-in bike repair stand and offers a higher 60-lb-per-bike weight capacity compared to the Sherpa's 40-lb bike weight rating. The NV also accommodates wider tires - 3-inches maximum versus 2-3/4-inches for the Sherpa - and also accepts...
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  • Can 2003 Saturn Vue With Curt Class lll Trailer Hitch Work With Thule Hitching Post 4 Bike Rack
  • You mentioned you have a Curt Class lll hitch like part # 13591 on your 2003 Saturn Vue. Even though the trailer hitch can handle up to 350 lbs, and the bike rack is rated to be able to hold up to 140 lbs, you will want to check your owner's manual or with your dealership to find out what the tongue weight capacity is for your Vue. You will have to consider the weight of the bike rack at The Thule Hitching Post Pro, part # TH934XTR is designed to be able to hold 4 bikes up to 35 lbs...
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  • Swing Away Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Recommendation for 2014 Jeep Wrangler
  • The swing away bike racks basically only come in a 4 bike configuration, but they would still work well to only carry 2 bikes. The rack I would recommend is the Thule Vertex # TH9031XT as long as you have less than 14 inches from the center of your hitch pin hole to the furthest point out on your spare tire. This rack has the most clearance for the spare tire and is the favorite of the demo guys here for the swing away racks. Check out the review video I attached for more info. If...
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  • Will the Thule Apex Swing Away Bike Rack Fit a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • Jeep must rate hitches differently than everyone else because Class I and II hitches have 1-1/4 inch receivers, Class III and IV (and some Class V hitches from Curt) have 2 inch receivers. Class V hitches usually have a 2-1/2 inch receiver. The receiver measurement is taken in the opening, not the overall dimensions. If your hitch does have a 1-1/4 inch receiver then you will not be able to use a swing away bike rack. All of the bike racks that swing off to the side require a 2-inch...
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  • Will the Swagman Titan Bike Carrier Fit a 2008 Toyota Highlander
  • Yes, you can use the Swagman Titan, # S63410, on your 2008 Toyota Highlander. The Titan is comparable to some of the lower end Thule racks such as the Hitching Post Pro, # TH934XTR. But I give Swagman the edge between these 2 racks because the Titan includes an integrated cable lock. I have linked a video review for you. Both racks also include the ability to tilt down, arms that can fold down, and anti-sway cradles. If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar...
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  • Can Pro Series Q Slot 4 Bike Rack Carry 4 Adult-Sized Mountain Bikes
  • As long as you alternate the direction each bike is facing, and index the pedals of each bike so they don't butt up against each other, you should have absolutely no problem fitting all four of your bikes on the Pro Series Q-Slot Platform bike carrier, part # PS63138. If you click the provided link, you can see a copy of our returns policy.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2011 Toyota RAV4 for Complete Rear Cargo Area Access
  • I have a solution for you but it's not exactly what you described that you are interested in. You would want the Thule Vertex Swing 4 Bike Rack # TH9031XT bike. This rack can swing out and away from the rear of the vehicle even with bikes loaded to give you complete access to the rear of your vehicle. Check out the review video I attached for more info. For a hitch you would want the Curt Class III hitch part # C13149. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. If you...
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  • Comparison of the SportRack Crest Deluxe with the SportRack Super EZ
  • The SportRack Crest Deluxe 2 Bike Platform Rack # SR2910 is very similar to the older Sportrack bike rack part SR2901LR that you referenced except this rack only weighs 20 lbs and features upgraded wheel hoops and larger upright and horizontal tubes. Aside from that they are similar, but this rack is nicer than the older one. This rack is also made in the USA.
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  • Best Economically Priced 4 Bike Platform Rack Recommendation
  • 4 bike platform racks are easy to install bikes on and are great overall bike racks, but their draw backs are that they are pretty heavy and generally are the most expensive style of bike rack available. One option you have is the Pro Series Q-Slot part # PS63138. This is a 4 bike platform rack that would work great but weighs 66 lbs. The price is fantastic though so it would be your best option most likely. I attached a review video for you to check out as well.
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  • Is the Shank of the Highland Sportwing 2-Bike Rack Hollow or Solid
  • The shank of the Highland SportWing 2 Bike Rack # 5801200 is solid. It comes with an adapter that allows it to be used in a 2 inch hitch as well. I attached a review video for you to check out as well.
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  • Would the Thule Parkway # TH958 Fit on a 2012 Toyota RAV4
  • It should, we tested the Thule Parkway # TH958 on a 2012 Toyota RAV4 and it cleared the rear spare easily. Check out the video I attached to see the test fit. To be absolutely certain you can measure from the center of the hitch pin hole out to the furthest point out on the spare tire cover of your vehicle. If that distance is less than 9-3/4 inches this rack would clear easily.
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2012 Lexus RX 350
  • As long as you have a hitch installed on your 2012 Lexus RX 350 like the Curt Hitch part # C13143 the Thule DoubleTrack part # TH990XT that you referenced would work well for you. This carrier weighs a total of 46 lbs. For a similar rack that is much lighter check out the Saris Freedom part # SA4412B. This rack only weighs 22-1/2 lbs. Check out the review video I attached for more info.
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  • Will the Yakima DoubleDown Bike Carrier Fit a 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon and 4 MTN Bikes
  • First for a trailer hitch the most popular option is Hidden hitch trailer hitch # 87568. When we installed this hitch on a 2010 Subaru Outback wagon it measured 6 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole back to clear the rear bumper. The Yakima DoubleDown, # Y02424 measures 11-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright mast so it will clear the bumper and fit your Outback. In order to lock the bikes to the rack and the rack to the trailer hitch...
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  • What is the Adapter Sleeve Made of for the Swagman XC Bike Carrier
  • The 1-1/4 to 2 inch adapter sleeve for the Swagman XC bike rack, # S64650, is made of metal. It is a lower grade steel than the bike rack. You might want to consider the Rola NV2, # 59508. It also fits 2 inch or 1-1/4 inch hitches but instead of using an adapter the shank can rotate. On one end there is a 2 inch shank and the other end has a 1-1/4 inch shank. I have linked a video review of this rack for you.
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  • Recommended Hitch Pin Lock for Thule Helium Aero 2 Bike Carrier and Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch
  • The good news is the Thule Helium Aero 2 Bike Rack, part # TH9042, comes with a built-in, anti-rattle locking hitch pin so you will not need to purchase a separate locking hitch pin. Check out the video review of the Helium Aero 2 (see link) which shows the built-in, anti-rattle hitch pin with lock in action.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and 2-Bike Platform Bike Rack for 2015 Kia Soul
  • I will be happy to help get your 2015 Kia Soul set up with a trailer hitch and bike rack. First for a trailer hitch the most popular option is Draw-Tite hitch # 24915. This hitch, and all hitches for your Soul, is a Class I trailer hitch with a 1-1/4 inch receiver. There are 2 things to remember when looking at accessories for a Class I hitch. First, make sure the accessory, in this case a bike rack, is rated for use with a Class I hitch. And second, with bikes you are limited to 2 bikes...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Jeep Rubicon Carrying Beach Cruisers
  • The wheel straps of the Highland SportWing 4 Bike Rack # 1370400 would have no problem fitting around the straps of your beach cruisers with 3.50 inch tires.
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  • Stabilizer Strap for Curt 1-1/4 Hitch Requirement Explanation
  • The stabilizer strap part # 18050 that is recommended for use with some Curt hitches with a non-supported accessory like a bike rack is required but is largely used for precautionary reasons. We have to recommend people use it because it is Curt's requirement although we have never heard of someone damaging the hitch or their vehicle from failure to use it. The Draw Tite and Hidden Hitch brands are often VERY similar to the Curt hitches and they don't have the stabilizer strap requirement. The...
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  • Will the Thule Vertex Swing 4 Bike Rack # TH9031 Clear Spare of a 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser
  • The Thule Vertex Swing 4 Bike Rack # TH9031XT that you referenced has a distance of 14 inches from the center of it's hitch pin hole to the back of the upright mast on the bike rack so it should easily clear the spare of your 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser.
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  • Comparison Between Hollywood Racks # HR1400 And Yakima # Y02443-2 Bike Racks
  • There are several similar features between the Hollywood Rack, part # HR1400, and the Yakima HoldUp 4 Bike Rack, part # Y02443-2. These are both nice bike carriers. Both bike racks can be configured to carry either 2 or 4 bikes. Both will tilt for access to the rear cargo area of the vehicle. They both come with locks that secure the bikes to the rack and also locks that secure the rack to the vehicle. They both measure the same distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the...
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  • Maximum Tire Width Compatible with Wheel Hoops on MaxxHaul Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier # MT70387
  • I took a trip to our warehouse so that I could measure for you the inside dimensions of the wheel hoops in the MaxxHaul Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier # MT70387. The hoop interior measures 2-5/8-inches wide, so this would be the maximum tire width compatible with this carrier. A good platform rack option for your tire width is the Swagman XC 2-Bike Rack # S64650 which will accept tires up to 3-1/2-inches wide. Like the MaxxHaul, this carrier fits both 1-1/4- and 2-inch hitches. Its wheel...
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  • Replacement Fat Tire Wheel Holders for a Swagman XC2 Wheel Mount Bike Rack
  • You can use the fat tire adapter kit # HRSPRWH-F to replace the wheel hoops on your Swagman XC2 # S64650. These wheel hoops can accommodate tires sizes up to 5 inches wide.
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  • Shipping Dimensions Of Yakima RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack
  • The Yakima RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack, part # Y02458 has a shipping weight of 47.6 lbs. The box measures 15 inches tall x 13 inches wide and is 48 inches long.
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  • Lightweight Platform Bike Rack Recommendation to Clear Spare of a 1999 Honda CRV
  • I believe your best option would be the Saris Freedom 2, # SA4412B as it only weighs 22-1/2 lbs and has 12 inches from the center of the pin hole to the first wheel hoop. The XTC2 # S64670 only has 8 inches so it wouldn't clear and the ProRack # PR8062400 only has 9-1/2 inches.
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  • Is it Easier to Load 4 Bikes onto a 5-Bike Carrier of a 2010 Honda Odyssey
  • You are right about going with a rack designed to hold 1 more bike than what you need. It will give you additional space between each bike. If it were me I would go with the 5-bike version, # Y02463. The only thing to consider is that with a 5-bike rack the last bike will stick out a little further than on a 4-bike rack. It would not cause the bikes to sway any more than on a 4-bike rack. The rack does have anti-sway cradles to eliminate most of the movement in the bikes. I have...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation to Carry 3 to 4 Bikes on 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser
  • When it comes to transporting a higher end bike, like your Trek Domane, I would say that using a platform style carrier is extremely popular, preferred, and recommended. The advantage of a platform carrier is that most secure the bike at the tires so there is limited or no contact at all with the frame. My top pick for a hitch mounted hanging rack within your price range would be the Thule Vertex Swing 4 Bike Rack, # TH9031XT. This rack offers dual arced arms with cushioned anti-sway...
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  • Inexpensive 3-Bike Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack for 2010 Honda Accord Sedan
  • Your 2010 Honda Accord will use a Class I hitch, therefore you will be limited to carrying no more than two bikes on a hitch mounted bike rack. Four bikes would create excessive leverage that can damage the hitch or cause the hitch attachment points to the vehicle to fail. If you decide to go with a two-bike rack I think you will like the Prorack 2-bike bike rack, # PR8062403, which is a popular rack with our customers, is cost effective and will make it easier to load 3 bikes. This...
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  • Will Swagman Semi 4.0 Bike Carrier Fit when Folded Up or Down on a 2014 Subaru Outback
  • With Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87568 installed on your 2014 Subaru Outback you should have approximately 4-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole back to clear the rear bumper. The Swagman Semi, # S64696, measures 12 inches from the center of the pin hole to the nearest part of the rack when in the down position. So definitely no clearance issue there. When folded up it measures 5-1/4 inches to the nearest part of the rack. This will provide enough clearance a well so the...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for 2015 Nissan Rogue S with Yakima FullTilt 4 Bike Rack # Y02462
  • The Yakima FullTilt 4 Bike Rack, # Y02462, is very versatile and works with 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch hitch receivers so you have a few options when it comes to a hitch. I have attached a link to all of the hitch receivers available for your 2015 Nissan Rogue S. My personal recommendation is for a Class III 2 inch hitch like the Draw-Tite, # 75902, because a 2 inch hitch offers more options when it comes to hitch mounted accessories and typically offers a higher weight capacity. Once...
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  • Availability of 2-Inch Trailer Hitch for 2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI Sedan
  • The size and class of trailer hitch offered for your 2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI Sedan is a 1-1/4-inch Class I type, which is a light-duty hitch that can carry up to 2 bikes, but not more than 2. The current models available are shown on the link provided. No 2-inch hitches are made for your Passat because the vehicle frame does not have the capacity to handle more of a load than what is presented by a Class I hitch. However, you can still enjoy the quality and features of a Kuat Beta...
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  • Thule Apex Swing on Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, Will it Clear Rear Spare
  • You will need to take one measurement on your 2014 Jeep Wrangler to determine if the Thule Apex part # TH9027 will clear the spare. You will need to measure from the center of the hitch pin hole to the furthest point out on the rear spare. If that distance is less than 10-1/2 inches this rack would clear. I attached a help article with more info on how to take this measurement as well.
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  • 2015 Subaru Forester with OEM Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation
  • You can certainly use the Yakima Highlite Bike Rack part # Y02439 in the factory hitch of your 2015 Subaru Forester, but since you have a Class I hitch (or so you think), I can only safely recommend you carry up to 2 bikes with this rack at a time. Not only does the added tongue weight of having the third bike affect the rack, but it is also the added leverage you have to consider since the third bike will be that much further from the hitch. If you plan on carrying any womens or...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for 2 E-Bikes that Can Fit 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch Hitches
  • We have just the bike rack for you. The Thule EasyFold Bike Rack part # TH9032 is designed to carry E-bikes that are up to 66 lbs and can be used in either a 2 inch or 1-1/4 inch hitch so it should work well for you as long as the hitch on both of your vehicles is rated to carry the weight of this rack plus the weight of your bikes. This rack weighs 41 lbs. I attached a road course video for this rack for you to check out as well.
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  • Zip Strip on Yakima SwingDaddy # Y02464 Not Long Enough to Secure Electra Tiger Shark Cruiser
  • I spoke with my contact at Yakima and they do not make a longer zip strip for the SwingDaddy, # Y02464, but I do have a solution for you. I recommend using the Swagman Easy-Out Bike Adapter Bar, # 64005. Not only will this allow you to secure your Electra Tiger Shark Cruiser to the rack but it will allow you to do so without touching the frame. Check out the video that I have attached.
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  • Trailer hitch Mount Bike Carrier Recommendations for a 2015 Santa Fe Sport with Factory Hitch
  • It looks like the factory trailer hitch for a 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has a 2 inch receiver opening so there are numerous bike rack options. But the Thule Helium Aero, # TH9043, is one of my all-time favorite racks. Not only does it look as awesome as it does, but it has the features to back up its stunning good looks. It has the latest and greatest in cradle technology that will protect the bike frame better than any other hanging rack. It features an integrated cable lock and anti-rattle...
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  • Will Yakima KingPin Hitch Mount 4-Bike Rack # Y02441 Fit 2010 Toyota Corolla
  • The size and class of hitch offered for your 2010 Toyota Corolla is a 1-1/4-inch Class I type. This type of light-duty hitch has a carrying capacity of 2 bikes, but only 2, even if the bike rack itself can carry more. The Yakima KingPin 4 Bike Rack # Y02441 will not fit into a Class I hitch. The linked article on hitch sizes and classes will help explain further. If you don't have a hitch yet I suggest Draw-Tite # 24814 for its moderate price and bolt-on no-drill installation. You will...
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  • Compatibility of Rola TX-103 # 59403 Bike Rack with 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • The Rola TX-103 is compatible with either a Class II 1-1/4 inch or a Class III 2 inch receiver, so it should be compatible with your 2012 Santa Fe. With either receiver size, the bike rack will offer 10 plus inches between the hitch pin hole and the closest upright portion of the rack, so it will work perfectly for you. The rack is capable of tilting rearward more than 45 degrees once the bikes are removed, so it'll clear your hatch with no problem. If you don't already have a hitch,...
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  • Comparing Kuat NV or Thule T2 Bike Racks
  • I've linked you to product demonstration videos of both bike racks. The better of the two racks will depend on the features you're interested in and which features you find most important. First some similarities. Both racks are capable of folding up against the rear of the vehicle when the bikes are removed, and both can tilt rearward with the bikes in place, allowing easier access to the rear trunk or liftgate of the vehicle. Both racks include hitch and bike locks of some kind, but...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for e-Bikes on Tow Vehicle or Motorhome
  • Your best option would be to carry the bikes on the towed vehicle, in this case the Honda CRV. Then you could use an e-bike bike carrier like the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 2-Bike Carrier for Electric Bicycles, # HR1450E. This bike rack has a weight capacity of 80 lbs per bike. Please note that the hitch and vehicle are going to have different capacities for tongue weight and gross trailer weight. Always go by the lowest rating. I have linked a video review of this rack for you.
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  • Recommended Locking Hitch Pin for Swagman XTC-2-2 Bike Platform Carrier
  • I recommend the locking anti-rattle, threaded hitch pin for Swagman hitch mounted bike racks, part # S64029. This locking hitch pin will secure your bike rack to a 1-1/4 inch or 2 inch receiver. For some product demonstration videos, click the provided links.
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  • Replacement Frame Cradle Recommendation for a Pro Series Translite 4 Bike Rack # PS63144
  • 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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  • What Company Manufactured 2-Bike Carrier RG152208
  • The part number you referenced, RG152208, would have referred to a Rhode Gear brand rack. That company was bought out by Yakima some years back and the Rhode Gear brand was dissolved, replaced by their Prorack brand. Many of the same products may still be in production only with some cosmetic and branding changes. The Prorack 2-bike hitch carrier # PR8062400 should be the current equivalent of yours. The linked video will let you see its features and construction and allow you to verify...
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  • Trailer Hitch Mount Platform Style Bike rack for a 2007 Honda Fit
  • You would not be able to use the Yakima HoldUp, # Y02445, with your 2007 Honda Fit because the rack will only work with Class II trailer hitches. The trailer hitches for your Fit are all Class I trailer hitches. The rack physically will not fit far enough into the receiver to secure it to the hitch. That leaves the Thule T2, # TH917XTR, which is compatible with a Class I trailer hitch. Keep in mind though that this is a 60 pound bike rack. When loaded to its 100 pound capacity that is...
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  • 4 Bike Platform Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Swagman XTC4 Bike Rack part # S64665 that you referenced has a distance of 12-3/4 inches from the center of the hitch pin to the nearest wheel hoop. I checked your order notes and it looks like you have the Curt Hitch part # 13390 installed on your 2014 Subaru Outback which would have more than enough clearance and weight capacity for this bike rack so it should work very well for you.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Chevy Captiva Sport
  • For your 2014 Chevy Captiva Sport there is really only option for you since you don't want to install a hitch. You would want a trunk mounted bike rack. The only rack confirmed to fit is the Hollywood Racks Over-The-Top Rack part # HRF2. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out Women's and Alternative Frame...
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  • Will the Yakima DoubleDown Bike Rack Fit a 2011 Honda Pilot
  • Well, I didn't want to say anything, but the Yakima DoubleDown bike rack, # Y02424, loves you too! It is basically ready to go right out of the box. You would just need some regular hand tools (crescent wrench) to put it together and even that only involves attach the part that fits into the hitch receiver to the up right mast part that holds the bikes. The rack will fit your 2011 Honda Pilot. The trailer hitch on the Pilot is close to being flush with the rear bumper so there will be...
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  • Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack that Allows the Rear Door on a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • The way the Yakima KingPin bike rack functions would not allow you to open the rear door on your 2008 Jeep Wrangler. This is because there is a part of the assembly that will not tilt with the rack. It will just stay in place. That piece is approximately 6 inches back from the center of the hitch pin hole and approximately 5 inches to the top of it (measured from the top of the receiver opening on a 2 inch receiver). Also, the use of the extender reduces the tongue weight capacity of...
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  • Why Does the Thule T2 Bike rack Only Include 3 Locks if it can Take 5 Locks
  • The Thule T2, # TH916XTR, does come with some locks, including the ones for the integrated cable locks. Only the ones at the ratcheting padded arms are not included. If using the cables then you wouldn't have to also lock the hooks on the arms in place. Technically you could insert the locks into any of the spots available on the Thule T2 since they are not pre-installed (likely for that exact reason). If you want to add additional locks at a later date what you would do is key...
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  • Bike Racks that Can Be Used at the Back of an RV or Trailer
  • No, none of the Thule bike racks are rated for use at the back of an RV or trailer but we do have numerous bike carriers that you can use. For a 4-bike platform style rack that is rated for use at the back of an RV or trailer you can use the Pro Series Q-Slot, # PS63138. I have linked a video review of this bike rack and I have also included a link to all of the bike racks that are rated for use at the back of an RV or trailer.
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  • Recommended Hitch Mount Bike Carrier For 2012 Toyota Prius
  • The Yakima HoldUp 2 Bike Rack, part # Y02445 is designed to work with Class ll hitches that have a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening. You mentioned your Prius has a Class l hitch installed. I cannot recommend this bike carrier for your Prius, but I do have an option. I recommend the Kuat Sherpa Bike Carrier, part # S101 for your Prius. This aluminum bike rack weighs only 27 lbs and includes a hitch lock, cable, and 2 keys. The rack tilts away from the rear of the vehicle allowing access...
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  • Do Bike Rack Straps Need to be As Tight as Possible when Securing Bikes to Them
  • If I am understanding your question correctly it sounds like you are stretching the cradle straps of your Thule Vertex 2 # TH9028XT to the point that the attachment points for the cradles are beginning to deform. The thing about that straps is that they don't need to be that tight. I understand you want to make sure that your bike is as secure as possible to the rack when you are travelling, but you really don't have to put that much strain on the straps to get them secure. Try adding a...
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  • Will Kuat Beta Bike Rack # B202-114 Fit Class I Hitch on 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
  • Yes, the Kuat Beta Folding 2 Bike Aluminum Rack, # B202-114, will work on your 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen. This rack is equipped with an anti-wobble device inside the shank so the slightly larger pin hole on the hitch will not be an issue. Take a quick look at the video that I have attached. At the 1 min 12 second mark you will see the installer tightening the knob at the back of the shank to secure the bike rack to the vehicles. Once the shank is tight you will notice very little...
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  • Will the Yakima SwingDaddy 4-Bike Rack fit a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The Yakima SwingDaddy # Y02464 will fit your 2015 Subaru Forester as long as you have a 2-inch trailer hitch but you don't want to exceed your maximum tongue weight capacity of your trailer hitch. Check your owners manual to be sure, but based on my research, it looks like your tongue weight should be around 150lbs which is 10 percent of the gross towing weight of 1,500 pounds. Note that if your Forester has the factory hitch (1-1/4 inch) the bike rack will not work. With that said,...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for 2013 / 2014 Land Cruiser Carrying Trek Domane Road Bike
  • When it comes to a bike rack to carry your Trek Domane Road Bike, my personal pick would be the Kuat NV 4 Bike Platform Rack. Constructed of rustproof aluminum for a durable lightweight design, this rack is top of the line and loaded with options including the tilt feature that you are looking for. The platform design supports bikes at the wheels so there is no contact with the bike frame and the included hitch lock and integrated, retractable cable lock provide ultimate security. This...
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  • Difference Between Highland SportWing Hitch Bike Racks # 1370400 & 1375500
  • The Highland hitch-mount bike rack you referenced, # 1370400, is an aluminum 4-bike carrier. The other part number you gave, 1375500, is a steel rack that is no longer made according to my contact at Highland. The SportWing provides a lot of clearance at the back of the vehicle - 15-1/2-inches from the center of the hitch pin hole - which makes it ideal for bikes with wide handlebars, such as beach cruisers and mountain bikes. It is also adjustable to accommodate bikes of different sizes....
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  • Can Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE 4-Bike Platform Rack # HR1400 Tilt Away to Allow Hatch Access
  • Yes, the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE 4-Bike Platform Rack, # HR1400, does offer the option of tilting the rack away from the vehicle to allow access to the hatch access but this is a 2 person job. One person is needed to pull the pin and the other to guide the rack. I have attached a video to demonstrate. The Swagman XTC4 4-Bike Rack, # S64665, does not offer the tilting option. Please keep in mind that when carrying smaller children's bikes you aren't just limited to a platform...
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  • Two-Bike Tilting Platform Style Hitch Carrier for 2015 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ with 1-1/4-Inch Hitch
  • To enable the best possible rack fit you'll want to measure from your hitch pin hole to the rear-most part of the Equinox to see how much clearance you need from the bike rack. This varies from one carrier to the next. For the Class II hitch # 36408 for your car that we show installed in the linked video we found 4-3/4-inches of distance from the hitch pin hole to the back edge of the car. You will want a rack that provides more than this amount of clearance to avoid any rack-to-vehicle...
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  • How to Determine if SportRack Super EZ Bike Carrier Will Clear Rear Bumper on Mitsubishi Outlander
  • To determine if the Super EZ bike rack # SR2901XT will clear the rear of your Mitsubishi Outlander you will need to take one measurement. Measure from the center of the hitch pin hole straight back to the distance needed to clear the rear bumper. If that distance is less than 9 inches the carrier will clear the bumper. I have included a link to a help article that shows the best way to take that measurement. I have also included a link to a video review of the bike carrier for you.
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  • Platform-Style Hitch-Mount Bike Rack for 2 Electra Townie Step-Through Frame Bikes
  • Your Electra Townie step-through-frame bikes pose a challenge to finding a suitable hitch-mount carrier since the bikes lack both a top frame tube and since they have fenders. These features make most carriers unsuitable since most use either the top frame tube or the front tire as the contact point for the arm that holds the bikes in place. One carrier from Thule, their EasyFold 2 Bike Rack # TH9032, includes some great features that may make it a good choice for you. It has a ramp...
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  • How Much Does Rhino-Rack Dual Trekker Bike Carrier Weigh and Will it Clear Rear Bumper on Prius
  • The Rhino-Rack Dual Trekker bike carrier # RRRBC048 weighs approximately 55 pounds. When it is folded down, ready to transport bikes, it measures 12 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the nearest part of the carrier. When folded up it is only 3 inches to the nearest part of the carrier. I have linked a video review of this carrier for you.
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