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  • Will Thule EasyFold Bike Rack Work on Long Wheelbase Bike
  • I spoke with my contact at Thule and she told me that your 46 inch wheelbase bike would be a little on the big side for the Thule EasyFold part # TH9032 but it would still easily fit and work well. The wheel straps would also work just fine too. They would grab the wheels more towards the center of the bike but they would still be effective there.
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  • Comparing Rear-of-Vehicle Clearance Between Yakima Swing Daddy & Thule Vertex Swing Hitch Racks
  • The Yakima Swing Daddy # Y02464 and the Thule Vertex Swing # TH9031XT 4-bike hitch-mount swing away racks both fit into a 2-inch hitch like that on your Tundra. When the Swing Daddy is fully swung over to the passenger side of the vehicle the near edge of the upright post will be 36-inches from the center of your hitch receiver tube. When the Vertex Swing is similarly extended the near edge of its upright post will be 31-inches from the center of the receiver tube. Please note that these...
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  • Recommended Bike Carrier For Hitch On Class C Motorhome
  • The bike carriers that are rated for RVs are built more rugged and able to withstand the additional shaking and jarring that you do not get with a typical passenger vehicle. If a manufacturer does not have a carrier approved for RVs then the warranty would be void. We have a nice platform-style bike carrier that is rated for RV use. I recommend the Swagman Dispatch, part # S64684. This carrier features rubberized hooks to hold the bikes securely and sliding wheel cradles that adjust...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for 2015 Ford Focus that Allows Rear Hatch Access
  • If being able to open the hatch of your 2015 Ford Focus is important then I would not recommend a trunk mounted bike rack since they have to be totally removed to open the hatch of a vehicle. Instead I would recommend a hitch rack like the Kuat Transfer part # TS02G which will fit your Focus and can tilt away to allow rear hatch area access. See review video. For a hitch you would want the Curt hitch part # C11350.
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2003 Toyota Corolla
  • The shank you mentioned is for the Yakima Holdup part # Y02445 which is for Class II hitches only. All of the hitches for your 2003 Toyota Corolla are Class I so there is no way to get that rack to fit your vehicle. It would be time for a new rack for the Corolla that is compatible with the Class I hitch like the Swagman XTC2 part # S64670. The hitch I would recommend is the Draw Tite part # 24913 as it has a better price and does not require a stabilizer strap like the Curt does...
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  • Width of the Saris Freedom Superclamp 2 SA4025 For Fitting In Trunk
  • I spoke with my contact at Saris and he informed me that the Saris Freedom part # SA4025 that you referenced measures 48 inches in width on the main support beam of the rack. The wheel holders are plastic.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a Toyota Tundra for Access to Tailgate Area
  • My favorite bike rack to recommend is the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT because it can carry up to 4 bikes and can swing out and away from the rear of the vehicle to give you complete access to the rear cargo area with bikes loaded. The arms of the rack can also fold down when not in use so that the bike rack doesn't take up much space as well. Check out the review video I attached for more info on this rack as well. A tilting bike rack can sometimes give you access to the tailgate...
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  • Recommended Platform Bike Rack for 2016 Subaru Outback 3.6r with Draw-Tite Class II Trailer Hitch
  • Good news, I can help you select a great bike rack for your and your vehicle's needs. I checked your previous order and found that you purchased the Draw-Tite # 75673 Class III trailer hitch. The Hollywood Racks SportRider2 # HR1450 weighs 54lbs. We have installed the SportRider2 on a 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon, which I've linked for you to check out, and yes the bike will tilt down out of the way enough for your rear hatch to open even with the bikes loaded. It will also store nicely...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Mount 4-Bike Rack and Cargo Carrier Combination on 2007 BMW X3
  • The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE Platform 4 Bike Rack w/ Cargo Carrier # HR1400-85 is exactly what you're looking for on your 2007 BMW X3. This gives you the option of carrying 2 bikes on their own, 2 bikes with a cargo carrier, 4 bikes, or just the cargo carrier. The bike rack has cushioned hooks that slide along upright masts for quick, easy bike loading and unloading. The cargo carrier has raised rails and comes with a cargo net to keep everything on the carrier. It also includes...
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  • Why Can't the Folding Version of the Swagman Trailhead be Used at the Back of an RV
  • Yes, the folding feature is the difference that allows the non-folding version of the Trailhead, # S63381, to work with RVs and the folding version, # S63380, to be excluded. The folding feature creates a point of movement and a point of potential failure. There is one bike rack that folds and that is rated for use at the back of an RV; the Eclipse # 63124. I have included a link to a video review of this rack for you. The Titan # S63410 is not RV approved since it tilts.
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  • Trunk-Mount Bike Racks for 2008 Honda CR-V
  • You can use a trunk-mounted type bike rack with a 2- or 3-bike capacity on your 2008 Honda CR-V if you do not have a hitch on the car. The Thule Roadway hanging style hitch rack # TH912XTR requires either a 1-1/4-inch or 2-inch hitch be installed on the car. All trunk-mount rack fits for the 2008 CR-V are shown on the linked page. If your CR-V has a rear spoiler at the roofline then the trunk-mount racks I suggest are the 2-bike # HRF2 or the 3-bike # HRF2-3 from Hollywood Racks. Both...
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  • Recommended Hitch Mounted Platform Bike Carrier For Beach Cruiser And Mountain Bike
  • The bike carrier I recommend for you to carry a beach cruiser and a mountain bike is the Hollywood Racks Trail Rider, part # HR200. This bike rack will work with 1-1/4 and 2 inch trailer hitches. it has a weight capacity of 100-lbs(50-lbs per bike). This bike carrier has a tilting design which makes loading and unloading easier. The cushioned hooks attach to the frame of the bikes holding it secure on the rack and also has hook and loop straps for the wheels in the cradles.
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  • Ball Mount with 6-Inches of Rise That Is Compatible with Swagman XCS Towing Bike Rack S64664
  • We can help you with an extra-long 2-inch ball mount that has the 5 to 6-inches of rise you need for your trailer and that will allow installation of the Swagman Traveler XCS towing bike rack # S64664. Curt 2-inch ball mount # C45100 offers 6-1/4-inches of rise and has 4-inches of available shank between the edge of the hitch pin hole and the reinforcing gusset so it should work great with the Swagman XCS. I went to our warehouse and confirmed this dimension, which is shown on the linked...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2012 Volvo S60 T5
  • The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit this vehicle is the Thule Roadway 2 part # TH912XTR. We asked our demo and install guys to name their favorite, most easy-to-use bike racks and this one showed up in nearly everyone's top three. Check out the review video I attached for more info. For a hitch you would want the Draw Tite part # 87674 which attaches to the rear impact bar of the vehicle. I attached a diagram that shows this as well. If you plan on carrying...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack for 2 Electric Bikes on a 2004 Toyota Prius
  • For a trailer hitch to use with a bike rack I recommend Draw-Tite hitch # 24808 for your 2004 Toyota Prius. This is a Class I trailer hitch so the bike rack will also have to be compatible with a Class I hitch. For a compatible bike rack that has a high enough capacity to hold 2 E-bikes weighing up to 60 pounds each you can use the Saris Freedom SuperClamp # SA4025, Kuat NV 2.0, # NV12G, Rockymounts Splitrail, # RKY1130, or the Thule EasyFold # TH9032. All of these racks are rated for...
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  • Will Yakima Swing Daddy Bike Rack Fit Toyota Sienna Well
  • We had a customer with a 2011 Toyota Sienna come back and let us know that the Yakima SwingDaddy part # Y02464 that you referenced was a great fit for their vehicle. For a hitch the Draw Tite part # 36513 would be the hitch to use if you are in need of one as well. I attached a review video 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 Kuat Bike Frame Adapter Bar # UB01...
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  • Bike Rack Cover Recommendation for Bikes on Thule T2 Bike Rack
  • The Classic Accessories bike cover part # CA80111 would work well as a bike cover for your Thule T2 # TH9034. Normally we only recommend using bike covers with larger vehicles since a smaller vehicle will have it's taillights more likely to be blocked by the cover and because there tends to be more wind at the rear of a smaller vehicle that could potentially whip the cover around on the highway.
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  • How to Lock Thule Hitching Post Pro Bike Rack to Vehicle and Lock Bikes to It
  • The Thule Hitching Post Pro part # TH934XTR would be a great fit for a Class III hitch installed on your 2014 Nissan Murano and would easily carry 3 bikes. All you would need to lock the rack to your vehicle would be the locking hitch pin part # THSTL2. The cable lock # TH538XT would then allow you to lock the bikes to the rack.
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  • Class I Bike Rack Recommendation for Carrying E-Bikes
  • I have a great solution for carrying your Luna Cycles that weigh 45 and 55 lbs. The Thule T2 PRO part # TH9035 is compatible with Class I hitches like what you are installing on your 2013 Nissan Cube and has a 100 lb capacity which would be right at the weight of your two bikes. This is one of the nicest racks on the market so I know you will be happy with it.
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  • 4 Bike Rack Recommendation to Replace Thule Parkway
  • There isn't a way to convert your bike rack to a 4 bike rack. You would need to go with a new rack. My favorite bike rack to recommend is the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT because it can carry up to 4 bikes and can swing out and away from the rear of the vehicle to give you complete access to the rear cargo area with bikes loaded. The arms of the rack can also fold down when not in use so that the bike rack doesn't take up much space as well. Check out the review video I attached...
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  • Installation and Use of Swagman Traveler XCS Towing Style Hitch Platform Bike Rack S64664
  • The Swagman Traveler XCS Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack # S64664 is a towing style bike rack that installs on your 2-inch ball mount to allow you to tow your trailer while also transporting 2 bikes. You can certainly use the rack as you describe; when you reach your campsite simply unhitch and stabilize the trailer and drive off to your favorite biking trails. Please refer to the linked video. Depending on the design of the trailer and the nature of the bikes sometimes an extra-long ball...
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  • Comparing Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE 4-Bike Rack & Sport Rider SE 2-Bike Rack + 2-Bike Extension
  • There is not a fit different between the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE-Bike Platform Rack # HR1400 and the HR Sport Rider SE 2-Bike Platform Rack # HR1450 + the 2 Bike Expansion # HR1475. You are correct that the difference in the part numbers is the complete 4-bike rack # HR1400 or the 2-bike rack # HR1450 that can accept the expansion # HR1475. The Sport Rider rack, in either combination, offers 7 inches of shank rise from the trailer hitch receiver to the rack platform to help provide...
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  • Options for a Black 4-Bike Trailer Hitch Mount Hanging Bike Rack
  • The answer you are referring to was before the bike rack, # SR2404, was updated. The picture in question has 30404XT in the corner. That was the old part number and back then the bike rack was black. It is now gray and there isn't an option for a black one. For a 4 bike rack that is black we have the following: Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR Eclipse # 63124 Vertex # TH9029XT Parkway # TH956 (2 inch hitches only) Curt Premium # C18064 (2 inch hitches only) Swagman XP # S64940 (2...
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  • Thule or Yakima Swinging Bike Rack Recommendation
  • The Yakima Fullswing part # Y02465 and the Thule Apex Swing part # TH9027 do feature a lot of the same things as they both are swing bike racks that can carry 4 bikes but the Thule uses rubber straps for the frame cradles instead of zip strips like the Yakima and also has arced arms for the bikes to load at different heights which makes fitting the bikes a bit easier. That being said I have a third option that I think you would be best served with. I really like to recommend the Thule...
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  • Do the Swagman XC and XTC Bike Racks Fold Up Enough to be Easily Stored
  • The 2 arms that hold the wheel hoops on the Swagman XC # S64650 and XTC # S64670 fold up so either rack is more compact and easier to store than racks that do not have this feature. This will make it easier to keep the rack out of the way; perhaps leaning it up against the side of the garage for example or placing it in the cargo area of your 2016 Subaru Outback. I have included a picture of what the XTC looks like with the arms folded up.
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  • Does a Lock Come with SportRack Bike Rack # SR2404 and if Not is a Lock Available
  • A lock can be added to SportRack bike rack # SR2404 but it is not included. The recommended lock is # A32022. This is a combination hitch lock and cable lock so that you can deter theft of the bike rack and the bikes (when loaded). If you just want a hitch lock without the cable lock it is # SR0901.
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  • Will a Hitch Mount Bike Rack Completely Block the Backup Camera View on a 2016 Subaru Outback
  • I wouldn't say that having the Swagman XTC bike rack # S64670 mounted in the trailer hitch, with or without bikes loaded, would render the backup camera useless on your 2016 Subaru Outback. The bikes and rack will certainly block the view but you would be able to see a little bit. But if you use the camera for parking in tight spaces then I would say that the blocked view would not be much help at all. This is going to be the same situation with any rear mounted bike rack.
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  • Will Swagman Fat Bike Tire Wheel Adapters Work With Swagman XC Bike Carrier
  • The Swagman Fat Bike Tire Wheel Adapters, part # S64674 have been verified as a fit for the following bike carriers: Swagman XTC 2, XTC 4, XC 2, XCS, and Swagman XC-Extended platform. If your carrier is any of these models then the Fat Tire Adapter, part # S64674 will work for you.
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  • Fat Tire Adapter Recommendation for a Swagman XC Bike Rack
  • For fat tire adapters for use with the Swagman XC bike rack part # S64650 all you need is the part # S64674 which gives you two wheel hoops for one bike for the rack.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for 2015 Toyota Prius V for Carrying Bike With Step Through Frame
  • The Swagman XTC2 part # S64670 that you referenced would be a great option for you. This is one of our best selling racks and it works great on the Toyota Prius like yours. The wheel straps really don't do much as the hook of the rack is what really secures the bikes to it. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well on a Prius like yours. Curt requires the use of their stabilizer strap part # 18050 when using their hitch to carry a non-supported load like...
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  • Material of the Adapter Sleeve of the Pro Series Bike Rack part # PR8062404
  • The 2 inch hitch adapter sleeve of the part # PR8062404 that you referenced is made of a hard plastic and not metal which would rust eventually.
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for Electra Townie Bike Rack
  • Your Electra Townie does have a very low top tube on the frame. If you wanted to use the Chinook part # S64683 you would have to use an adapter bar like part # UB01 to give the rack something to grab onto. Otherwise you would need to go with a bike rack that grabs the bikes by the tires instead. The closest rack to what you referenced that we offer for this would be the Kuat Transfer part # TS02G. I attached a review video for this rack. This would be the route I would recommend over...
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  • Recommended Hitch Mounted Bike Carrier With 2-Bike Or 4-Bike Carrier
  • We do have a platform style bike carrier that is able to carry 2 bikes or 4 bikes. The Saris # SA4026 does not allow you to remove any part of the rack to accommodate only 2 bikes. I recommend the Thule T2 Classic, part # ETTHT2C-4. This bike rack has the 2-bike carrier and a 2-bike extension. some great features of this bike carrier is that it tilts away form the rear of the vehicle for access to the cargo area. This bike carrier holds the bikes secure with wheel hooks so you don't...
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  • Can Pro Series Q-Slot Platform-Style Bike Rack Handle 140-Lb Weight Capacity With Just 2 Bikes
  • The Pro Series Q-Slot Platform-Style 2 Bike and 4 Bike Rack, part # PS63138 is designed for 45-lbs per bike. The bike carrier is designed to have the 140-lb weight capacity distributed evenly when four bikes are loaded and is not designed to handle the total weight of 140 lbs when just two bikes are loaded. It sounds like you have electric or recumbent bikes to carry. If you have electric bikes we do have a rack that may work better for you. It is the Thule EasyFold 2 Bike Platform...
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  • Lock Options for Let's Go Aero VeeMe V2 2-Bike Hitch Bike Rack VME-V2
  • Most bike rack makers use proprietary threaded hitch bolts/locks and this limits compatibility with some aftermarket products. The Let's Go Aero VeeMe V2 2-Bike Rack # VME-V2 can be used with their SilentACT Anti-Rattle Trailer Hitch Receiver Lock # SHP2082 or you can install on the standard threaded bolt that comes with the rack a small padlock with a shackle of 1/4-inch or less in diameter. The lock's shackle would pass through the hole in the end of the bolt to prevent the pin from being...
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  • Hitch Pin to Fit 2-1/2 inch Receiver for the Swagman XTC-2 Bike Rack
  • I verified with Swagman that the XTC-2 # S64670 will work with a 2-1/2 to 2 inch hitch reducer except for the hitch pin. In order to accommodate the 2-1/2 inch hitch receiver you will need the Locking, Anti-Rattle, Threaded Hitch Pin # S64029 or the Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock and Cable # S64031. For a hitch reducer you can use # 58102.
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  • Comparing the Swagman XC2 and Hollywood Racks Trail Rider for a 2009 Honda Civic
  • The Swagman XC bike rack # S64650 and Hollywood Racks Trail Rider # HR200 are comparable in both style and function. I give the edge to the Trail Rider though because several people here own and love their Hollywood Racks bike racks so I can say first hand that they do make a quality rack. If I may throw in a third option take a look at the VeeMe, # VME-V2. This carrier holds the bikes at the wheels which is the biggest difference between it and the other 2 above. This means that the...
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  • Recommendation and Description of Hollywood Rack HR200 From Person Who Has Used the Rack
  • Actually my boss here at etrailer has used the Hollywood Rack part # HR200 and he really likes it. For the money you really can't beat it. It is built like a tank and is easy to use. The only downside to it's sturdiness is that it is a bit on the heavier side at 39 lbs. He described this rack basically as a workhorse that just gets the job done. It may not be the flashiest rack on the market but it does it's job very well. I attached a review video and a test drive video for this rack...
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  • Hitch Mount Bike Rack to Carry 2 Bikes on 2 Different Vehicles With Different Sized Hitch Receivers
  • For your 2016 Toyota Highlander the best hitch option is the Draw-Tite Max-E-Loader # 75896. This is a class III, 2 inch hitch receiver. There is not a 2 inch hitch receiver that is compatible with your 2010 Honda Civic. You will need a 1-1/4 inch hitch like the Draw-Tite Sport Frame # 24763. This is a class I hitch rated up to 200 lbs. of tongue weight. I have attached installation videos for both hitches on both vehicles. Since there isn't a 2 inch hitch that will work on...
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  • Can 2013 Subaru Forester Rear Hatch Be Opened with Thule Hitching Post Pro Tilted Down and Loaded
  • I have a solution for you but the Thule Hitching Post Pro bike rack # TH934XTR is not designed to be tilted with the bikes loaded. But if you were to do it anyway it is unlikely that you would be able to open the rear hatch on your 2013 Subaru Forester because it could not tilt down far enough with bikes loaded. What I recommend is to use a bike rack like the Softride Element # SR26248 which fits Class II and III trailer hitches. It is designed to tilt out, not down, which keeps the...
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  • Is Lock Available For Masts On Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE 4-Bike Platform Rack
  • The masts on the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE 4-Bike Platform Rack, part # HR1400 are not designed with a locking feature. The included 8-ft long cable lock is designed to secure the bikes to the carrier. It is keyed-alike so the same key can be used on both the cable lock and the hitch pin lock.
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  • Trailer Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2007 Mazda MX-5
  • The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit this vehicle is the Thule Roadway 2 part # TH912XTR. We asked our demo and install guys to name their favorite, most easy-to-use bike racks and this one showed up in nearly everyone's top three. Check out the review video I attached for more info. Curt requires the use of their stabilizer strap part # 18050 when using their hitch to carry a non-supported load like a bike rack. I attached a review video for you to check...
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  • Differences Between Hollywood Racks Sport Rider 2 and Sport Rider SE2
  • The main advantage that the Hollywood Racks SE2 Bike Rack, # HR1450, has over the Sport Rider 2 Bike Rack, # HR1000, is its folding capabilities. The SE2 rack can fold up toward the vehicle when you are not carrying any bikes so you do not have the entire extension of a bike rack sticking out from your vehicle. It also has the ability to tilt away from your vehicle giving you additional room to access the rear cargo area. The Sport Rider 2 bike rack also folds up, but the extension...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Carrying Beach Cruiser without Top Tube and Fenders
  • Your bike having the frame design it has without a horizontal top tube and fenders does make picking out a bike rack for it a bit interesting but we have just the solution for that. If you wanted to use a platform bike rack like the Sportrack part # SR2901 you would need the adapter bar part # UB01. This will attach to the seatpost and the steering stem to provide a horizontal bar for the rack to attach to.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Carrying 2 Electric Bikes on a Class II Hitch on a 2012 Volvo S60
  • The Thule EasyFold part # TH9032 is a fit for Class II hitches like what you have on your 2012 Volvo S60 and is designed for carrying 2 E-bikes so it would be a great choice for you.
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  • Availability of Trailer Hitch for 2015 Honda Pilot
  • The 2015 Honda Pilot should have been equipped with a factory trailer hitch, which is why you're unable to find an aftermarket model. Check the rear bumper fascia for a removable panel or door that is hiding the hitch receiver. Once removed, the receiver tube should be visible. If you crawl under the vehicle and look up at the underside right behind the rear bumper, you should be able to see the hitch. If you are looking for a bike rack for your 2 inch hitch one of our most popular...
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  • Can the Wheel Mounts of Thule T2 Bike Rack be Locked
  • The arm of your Thule T2 part # TH917XTR (now part # TH9044) does have a lock core built into it. Yours should have came with locks pre-loaded but if they were removed you could install new ones with the # TH512.
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  • Ability to Have a 4-Bike Rack Double as Two 2-Bike Racks on Different Vehicles
  • There is a bike rack that will work for you but the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE 4-Bike Platform Rack # HR1400 will not fit a 1-1/4 inch hitch. It is made for a 2 inch hitch and then has the extension. The extension cannot be used on it's own. However, the Pro Series Q-Slot Platform-Style Bike Rack # PS63138 can do exactly that. It's extension can be used alone using a 1-1/4 inch hitch while using the base rack on a 2 inch hitch. I've included a review video of the Pro Serious...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack for a 2016 Nissan Leaf
  • The Curt Class I Trailer Hitch # C11396 is a confirmed fit for your 2016 Nissan Leaf. Due to the warranty of the hitch you will need to use a stabilization strap like # 18050 with any non-trailer load which includes a bike rack. Also with a Class I hitch you will be limited to 1-1/4" Class I rated bike racks like # TH9042, because this hitch can only support 150lbs of tongue weight. The Helium is a great bike rack for your Leaf, because it is very light weight. You will also only...
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  • Recommended 2-Bike Tilting Platform Style Bike Rack for 49-Inch Wheelbase Bikes
  • For a 2-bike hitch-mount platform style rack that will work with your mountain bike's 49-inch wheelbase I suggest the Rhino-Rack Dual Trekker 2 Bike Platform Rack # RRRBC048. This rack handles wheelbases up to 52-inches according to my contact at Rhino-Rack, and it shares the key features of the Transfer: it fits both 1-1/4-inch and 2-inch hitches, it tilts away for easier vehicle access and it uses a wheel-mount type attachment system. The Dual Trekker offers a higher 45-lbs-per-bike weight...
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  • Will Thule Roadway Bike Rack Clear the Rear Bumper on a 2008 Lexus RX 400h with Curt Trailer Hitch
  • The Thule Roadway bike rack # TH912XTR measures 7-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the foot of the carrier and 11 inches to the back of the upright mast. This is plenty of room to clear the rear bumper on your 2008 Lexus RX 400h. I have included a link to a video review of this bike rack for you. If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical men's bike would) then I recommend using bike adapter bar # 64005....
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  • Will a 24 Inch Mountain Bike Fit the Saris Thelma Bike Rack
  • If the mountain bike tires are 3 inches wide or less and the wheels are 26 to 29 inch then it will fit the Thelma, # SA4239B. I am not sure if the 24 inch measurement you provided is the frame or tire measurement. If it is the tire/wheel measurement then the Thelma # SA4239B is not a good option. Instead, I recommend the Kuat Transfer # TS03G which is also a 3-bike platform style rack. It also accepts tires up to 3 inches wide and wheel diameters for 20 to 29 inches. I have linked a...
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  • Will the SportRack 2 Bike Platform Bike Rack Fit on a 2007 Jeep Compass
  • The SportRack 2 Bike Platform Rack # SR2901 measures 5-1/4 inches from the hitch pin hole to the bend in the shank coming from the receiver and it is 19 inches from the hitch pin hole to vertical upright bar. I've attached a couple of pictures that should help you determine if you have clearance on your 2007 Jeep Compass.
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2017 Subaru Outback and Draw-Tite 2 Inch Trailer Hitch
  • When we installed Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75673 on a 2016 Outback it measured 5-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole back to clear the rear bumper and it will be nearly identical on your 2017 Subaru Outback. The Kuat Transfer # TS02G measures 7-1/2 inches from the pin hole to the closest part of the rack when folded down and 5 inches when folded up. The bike rack will clear the rear of the vehicle when down but not when folded up and it is still possible for the closest...
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  • Is Front To Back Movement to be Expected on the Thule Roadway # TH912XTR?
  • There will be some play front to back in the Thule Roadway rack # TH912XTR. It sounds like you are getting the normal amount especially if it's only about 1/4 an inch. I've linked a video demonstration of this rack going through our test course for you to see the slight play to compare it to yours. The reason for the movement is the hinge system. There is a small amount of play there and that translates into a movement of the rack.
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2007 Acura RDX for Carbon Frame Bike
  • I have a great solution for you but I would not recommend the XTC2 for a carbon frame bike as it would grab the frame of your bike to secure it and that is not recommended for the carbon bikes. Instead I would recommend a wheel mount bike rack like the T2 bike rack part # TH9034 that will only touch your bikes at the tires. This is one of the nicest racks on the market so it would be the one I would highly recommend for you. For a hitch for your 2007 Acura RDX you would want the Draw...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for 2016 Toyota Highlander for Install of Thule Hitching Post Pro
  • You would need to have a hitch installed on your 2016 Toyota Highlander to be able to install and use the Thule Hitching Post part # TH934XTR that you referenced. If you don't have a hitch you would want the Curt hitch part # C13200 which is a confirmed fit and would work well for carrying a 4 bike rack.
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  • Hitch Bike Rack to Clear Tailgate on 2015 Toyota Tundra
  • For the 2-inch hitch on your 2015 Toyota Tundra there is a type of hitch-mount bike carrier that can provide the amount of clearance you need for your tailgate to open fully without interference. A swing-away rack like the 4-bike Thule Vertex Swing # TH9031XT, shown in the linked video on a 2015 Tacoma, swings over to the passenger side, even when fully loaded with bikes. My contact at Thule advised that when extended out the rack's central mast will be 39-inches from the center of the...
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  • Can the Curt Platform Bike Rack C18084 Work With Women's Bikes
  • The Curt hitch you have part # C13119 would work great with the Curt Bike Rack part # C18084 that you are interested in. The arms of this bike rack would work great with a womens bike as it would be able to slide down far enough to allow it to reach the lower down tube that a womens bike frame would have. If you check out the picture I attached you can see a woman's bike on the rack. The pink bike on the rack is a woman's bike with a lower down tube.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for 2015 Jeep Wrangler that Allows Rear Cargo Area Access Bikes Loaded
  • My favorite bike rack to recommend is the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT because it can carry up to 4 bikes and can swing out and away from the rear of the vehicle to give you complete access to the rear cargo area with bikes loaded. The arms of the rack can also fold down when not in use so that the bike rack doesn't take up much space as well. Check out the review video I attached for more info on this rack as well. The video shows it being demoed on a 2015 Wrangler just like yours. If...
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  • Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Recommendation for an Elliptigo Arc and Toyota Prius V
  • A traditional hanging bike rack such as the Thule Helium Aero # TH9042 will not hold your Elliptigo Arc but I do have a solution for you. I recommend a platform style bike rack such as the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider # HR1000R. It can handle the wide wheelbase of the bike, the hooks have a long reach to account for the unique elliptical-style pedals, and it is rated for use on a Class I trailer hitch on your 2013 Toyota Prius V.
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  • What Bike Rack Fits the Draw-Tite Hitch 24763 for a 2007 Honda Civic
  • Unfortunately what you described is intentional. Your Yakima Ridgeback part # Y02457 is designed for Class II and up trailer hitches and the Draw Tite Hitch part # 24763 that you have on your 2007 Honda Civic is a Class I hitch. The weld-stop in the hitch is designed to prevent a Class II accessory from being installed. The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit this vehicle is the Thule Roadway 2 part # TH912XTR. We asked our demo and install guys to name their...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for Trek 7.3FX Bike on 2016 Toyota Prius 4 Touring
  • My favorite bike rack, and the rack I recommend for your Trek 7.3FX bike is the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider 2 2-Bike Platform Rack # HR1000. I really like this rack because it offers adjustable wheel cradles to fit different length bikes, ratcheting padded hooks that secure your bike by the upper frame bar, and will allow you to tilt the rack away from the back of the vehicle while the bikes are loaded. The bike rack's shank offers a 5 inch rise to help provide better ground clearance for...
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  • What are the Yellow Knobs and Gray Handles Made Of on the Saris Freedom Bike Rack
  • The yellow knobs and gray handles on the Saris Freedom bike rack # SA4414B are automotive grade plastic which is impact resistant. I have yet to have anyone complain about one of them breaking.
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  • Replacement Hitch Bolt for Thule Doubletrack Hitch Mounted Bike Rack TH990XT
  • We do offer replacement parts for the many bike rack brands we offer. These parts are usually brand-specific, meaning that if, for example, you have a Thule brand rack then you'll need the specific Thule hitch bolt made for your rack. For a Thule Doubletrack bike rack # TH990XT you can use replacement Snug-Tite Lock # THSTL2.
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  • Recommended 2-Bike Hitch Rack for Use on 2014 Prius and Motorhome
  • Hitch-mount bike racks that will be used on a motorhome must be specially built and must be rated specifically for that application. The reason is that at the rear of a MH there will be greater vertical and lateral stresses applied to the rack than when it is mounted on a car's hitch. The Swagman G10 # S64682 and their Chinook # S64683 are both excellent racks but neither is rated for RV use so in order to use one rack on both your Prius' 1-1/4-inch Class I hitch and on the 2-inch MH hitch...
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  • Bike Rack and Hitch Recommendation for 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • For your 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan the parts you mentioned would be perfect for carrying 4 bikes. The Curt Hitch part # 13364 is a confirmed fit for the vehicle, the Thule Vertex part # TH9031XT is my favorite hitch bike rack as it will allow you to be able to access the rear cargo area of the vehicle with bikes loaded and then to lock it the part # THSTL2 is what you would need. I attached a review video for the Vertex Swing on a 2012 Grand Caravan just like yours as well. If you...
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  • Does Arm for Hitch Pin of Thule Helium Lock with Anti-Rattle Knob
  • The arm of the Thule Helium part # TH9042 is not linked to the locking knob. It's function is to hold the rack to the pin hole but it does not provide a locking feature. With the knob locked the rack would not be able to be removed from the hitch as the knob would just spin and not disengage the anti-rattle device.
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  • E-Bike Rack Recommendation for 2004 Nissan Sentra
  • I have a great solution for you, but like you said there are only Class I hitches available for your 2004 Nissan Sentra like the Draw Tite hitch part # 24750 so the # HR1450E would not be the rack to use. Instead I would recommend the Thule T2 part # TH9035 which is Class I hitch compatible and has up to a 60 lb capacity when used with a single bike. Check out the review video I attached for more info as well.
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  • 2 Bike Hitch Rack Recommendation for a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport to Clear Rear Spare Tire
  • For a 2 bike rack that we have tested and found is a fit on a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited very similar to your 2015 we have the Hollywood Racks part # HR200. Check out the review video I attached that shows the rack being demoed on the Wrangler as well.
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  • Option for Carrying Cargo Box on Roof of Class C Motorhome 2016 Itasca Navion
  • Roof racks that are compatible with a Class C motor home are few and far between, but a track-mounted, adjustable roof rack system like the Rhino-Rack System with Heavy-Duty Crossbars # Y01-140 or Aero Crossbars # Y02-490 would work for carrying a roof box. We have previously installed a roof rack on a Freightliner Sprinter, Class C motor home using the Thule Artificial Rain Gutters # TH542, Thule Gutter Feet, 11 Inches High # TH953, and 2 of the Thule Square Load Bar, 96 Inches...
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  • Using a Hitch Mounted Bike Rack and Cargo Carrier at the Same Time
  • If you are using Rola cargo carrier # 59502 or # 59507 then clamp-on bike rack # S64600 will not work because of the bend in the shanks on those bike racks. It could potentially work with the Dart, # 59550 as long as there is at least 3-1/8 inches of free space on the shank to mount it. Curt bike rack # C18013 requires just 1-1/2 inches of free space so it is more likely to fit. I do not recommend using a hitch adapter because doing so will reduce the tongue weight capacity of the...
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  • Carrying 2 Electra Townie 7i Bikes on a 2008 Mini Cooper S Hardtop with Factory Roof Rack
  • The trailer hitch on your 2008 Mini Cooper S is indeed a Class I hitch. As such it cannot be fitted with a swinging bike rack because none of them are rated for Class I trailer hitches. If you need to have access to the rear hatch on the Mini then the best option is to load the bikes on the roof. But it is still possible that the hatch could hit the bikes since the Mini Cooper roof is short so use caution. For a bike rack that will fit the factory roof rack crossbars you can use the...
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  • Can Bikes be Locked to the Swagman XTC2 Bike Rack
  • The Swagman XTC-2 Bike Carrier, # S64670, is an excellent carrier that will provide years of use. To lock the bike carrier and bikes, I recommend picking up the Swagman Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock and Cable, # S64031. This kit provides and anti-rattle hitch lock to lock the carrier to the trailer hitch. It also has a cable to secure the bikes to the rack. I attached a review video for this for you to check out as well.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Honda Accord Coupe
  • The main advantages to a platform bike rack would be that the bikes are very easy to load and unload, the bikes are very secure (at the wheels and frame), the bikes will not be touching, you will be less likely to have the cables of your bike rub on the frame of your bike. The main advantage that hanging racks have over platform racks is weight. If you plan on removing the bike rack frequently a hanging bike rack might be a good choice. Or, we do have a lightweight platform bike rack...
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  • 4 Bike Rack Recommendation for 2016 Honda Pilot that Allows Rear Cargo Area Access
  • My favorite bike rack to recommend is the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT because it can carry up to 4 bikes and can swing out and away from the rear of the vehicle to give you complete access to the rear cargo area with bikes loaded. The arms of the rack can also fold down when not in use so that the bike rack doesn't take up much space as well. Check out the review video I attached for more info on this rack as well. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes...
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  • 2 Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2008 Honda CR-V
  • The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit your 2008 Honda CR-V is the Thule Roadway 2 part # TH912XTR. We asked our demo and install guys to name their favorite, most easy-to-use bike racks and this one showed up in nearly everyone's top three. Check out the review video I attached for more info. This rack and fit 2 inch or 1-1/4 inch hitches like what your 2008 Honda CR-V could have. If you need a hitch too you would want the Draw Tite Hitch part # 75547 which...
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  • Bike Rack that Can Hold a Trike and Beach Cruiser for the Back of a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • There are only certain bike racks that are rated for use at the back of a 5th wheel trailer. The only one that could potentially work for you is the Swagman rack, # S80600. It mounts to a continuous welded steel square bumpers at least 4" and no more than 4-1/2" wide. Bike racks that can hold a regular bike and a trike are uncommon and we have just 1, # HR1450R-TRKADP2, but it is not rated for use at the back of a trailer.
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  • Will the Curt Platform Bike Rack Clear the Spare Tire on a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport
  • I spoke with my contact at Curt about platform bike rack # C18084. It measures 12-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the vertical part of the shank. If the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the spare tire is less than 12-1/2 inches then it will clear the spare tire but it is possible that some part of the nearest bike will still make contact with the spare. You also might want to consider a spare tire mounted bike rack such as # SA999TB which is a platform...
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  • Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation for 2015 Toyota Highlander with Shallow Hitch Pin Hole Depth
  • The bike rack we recommend the most for vehicles with trailer hitches with very shallow pin hole depths is the Let's Go Aero part # VME-V2 as we have found that it fits well in shallow hitches. I attached an install video for this for you to check out as well.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2016 Ford Explorer that Allows Rear Hatch top Open While Loaded
  • With platform bike racks like the two you mentioned we can't ever really tell if the rack would allow the rear hatch of a vehicle to open unless we have tested the rack on the vehicle and were using bikes with similar heights and handlebar lengths. If rear cargo area access is important and you want a bike that is easy to use and is very secure I have a different solution for you to go with that I know you would be happy with. My favorite bike rack to recommend is the Thule Vertex Swing...
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  • Height Above Hitch Opening for Kuat Transfer Bike Rack TS02G
  • For the Kuat Transfer hitch-mount platform-style bike rack # TS02G I measured the height from the top of the shank to the top of the folding mechanism and found that dimension to be 10-1/2-inches.
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  • 4 Bike Rack Recommendation for Tailgate Access on Chevy Truck
  • I have a great solution for you, but for all of your vehicles it's hard to say for certain if the Yakima HoldUp 4 Bike Rack # Y02443-2 is going to clear the tailgate when folded down. Plus you have to consider the weight of the rack when it's loaded with 4 bikes and you are trying to raise and lower it in a controller manner. My favorite bike rack to recommend is the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT because it can carry up to 4 bikes and can swing out and away from the rear of the...
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  • Thule Apex or Vertex Bike Rack Comparison
  • I would recommend the Vertex over the Apex Thule bike rack. Reason being that for some people the anti-rattle device of the Apex is just hard to get tight enough to be effective. The older style of threaded hitch bolt that the Vertex has just seems to work better overall. My favorite bike rack to recommend is the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT because it can carry up to 4 bikes and can swing out and away from the rear of the vehicle to give you complete access to the rear cargo area...
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  • How to Carry Womens Bikes on a Thule Vertex Hanging Bike Rack
  • There is an adapter made specifically for your situation. The part # UB01 is designed to attach to the steering stem and seat post of your bike to provide a horizontal attachment point for a hanging bike rack like the Thule Vertex part # TH9028XT that you referenced. If you check out the review video I attached you can see exactly how it works on a similar bike rack.
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  • 4 & 5 Bike Hitch Racks
  • In order to use a 5-bike hitch-mounted carrier you will need to have a 2-inch Class III hitch installed on your vehicle. Also, in the 5-bike capacity category there are no platform racks available, only a 4-bike capacity, and this is due to the weight of the rack. A 5-bike platform style rack would weigh quite a bit. The Kuat NV 2.0 aluminum 4-bike platform rack # NV22G-NA22G, among the lightest such racks available, weighs 75-lbs without bikes loaded. For a 5-bike rack you will need to...
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  • Platform Bike Rack that Holds the Bikes at the Wheels for a 2015 Chevy Colorado
  • For your 2015 Chevy Colorado and Specialized woman's bike frame I recommend the Kuat Transfer # TS02G. This bike rack holds the bikes at the wheels so the frame design won't be a factor. I have included a link to a video review of this bike rack for you.
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  • Lightweight Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for Carrying a 2016 Jamis Citizens Bike
  • You have quite an interesting frame design on your 2016 Jamis Citizens bike. The down tube is so close to the lower tube that it's hard to say if the frame clamp of the Inno Aero Light QM 2 Bike Platform Rack # INH330 would fit between the two tubes. I have a much better solution for you though. For a lightweight bike rack that would work well for you I would recommend the Saris SuperClamp # SA4025. This rack only weighs 30 lbs, can fit a 1-1/4 inch hitch and grabs the bikes by the tires...
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  • Can Fat Tire Bikes be Used on Swagman XC Bike Rack
  • For a fat tire adapter to use on the Swagman XC Bike Rack part # S64650 you would want the part # S64674 which fits the rack and allows you to use it with tires up to 5 inches wide.
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  • Would the Hollywood Rack Sport Rider 4 Bike Rack HR1400 be a Good Fit for 2008 Toyota Highlander
  • The great thing about the Hollywood Racks Bike Rack part # HR1400 is that it has a 7 inch rise built into the shank of the rack to help with ground clearance. When we installed the Draw Tite hitch part # 75726 on a 2008 Highlander like yours we found that it had 14-1/2 inches from the top of the hitch opening to the ground. With the rise in the shank of the bike rack you should be just fine in terms of ground clearance.
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  • Fit and Clearance of Thule T2 Pro with 2 Bikes Loaded
  • I haven't heard of any issues with clearance between bikes but we did some measuring and found that there is 11 inches of clearance between the center to center mountings for each bicycle. One really neat thing that might make a world of a difference for your bike is that with the Thule T2 Pro # TH9034 is if you run into clearance issues between the handlebars and saddles of your bikes, the bike trays can be adjusted 3 inches left to right by loosening the 5mm bolts and readjusting....
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  • Yakima Ridgeback 4 Bike Rack Comes Loose from Hitch
  • I contacted my tech contact at Yakima and he said there could be a couple things going on with your Yakima RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack # Y02458. If your wedge tightens and engages, make sure you are locking the red knob after tightening. While this may be obvious, locking the red knob prevents the wedge from working itself loose while on the road. Beyond this, there could be an issue with the wedge assembly, however, I will need some photos of this part and bike rack to evaluate what the...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for a 2010 Toyota RAV4
  • There are a few bike racks that can fit on your 2010 Toyota RAV4 without hitting the spare tire. However, I recommend the Thule Vertex 2 Bike Carrier # TH9028XT. We have test fitted this bike rack on your vehicle and it does not come into contact with your spare tire. This bike rack measures 12" from the center of the hitch pin hole to the nearest portion of the upright bar. This will give you plenty of clearance. This bike rack can hold 2 Bikes and up to 70 lbs. If you are looking...
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  • Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack that Will Clear the Spare Tire on a 2003 Jeep Liberty
  • On the trailer hitches that we installed on 2003 Jeep Liberty models the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole back to clear the spare tire measured from 10 inches up to 15 inches. You will need a bike rack that can clear that distance to fit with the spare tire in place. Pro Series Eclipse bike rack # 63124 measures 8 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright mast so it would not work. The Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR measures 13-1/2 inches...
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  • Will the MaxxHaul Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier Fit a Factory Toyota Trailer Hitch
  • We have an economically priced platform bike rack that will work with Toyota's factory 2 inch trailer hitches, but the MaxxHaul Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack, # MT70387, will not fit. The problem is that Toyota's factory trailer hitch is wider than most 2 inch hitches and the threaded hitch pin that comes with the MaxxHaul bike rack is not long enough to go through the trailer hitch receiver. MaxxTow does not make a longer pin. If you are looking for a low cost bike rack, I recommend the...
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  • Where is the Key Number Located to Order a Yakima Roof Rack Replacement Key
  • The lock and key number for Yakima locks is printed on the side of the lock cylinder and not on the key. Once you have determined the number that is on the lock you can get a replacement key. So for example if the number was A152 then the replacement key would be # Y8772-A152.
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  • Can Thule T2 Pro Platform Bike Rack #TH9034 Be Used for Single Bike Transport on a 2017 Volvo XC60?
  • You can absolutely use the Thule T2 Pro Platform Bike Rack # TH9034 for occasional single bike use. It is capable of holding up to two bikes but can be used for just one, with no problem. As far as fitment of the T2 Pro on your 2017 Volvo XC60 you will want to install the Draw-Tite 2 Inch Class III Trailer Hitch # 75671 instead of the Curt # 13268, because of the better bumper clearance it provides your vehicle. The Draw-Tite hitch will require a bike rack to have a 6-1/2 inch bumper...
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  • Replacement Bracket Recommendation for Moving RV License Plate for Increased Visibility
  • It really just depends on the mood of the police officer. At least in our area they don't really mess with RVers who happened to have a plate that's not visible. But that can really depend on where you are at and how bored the cop would be. Moving the plate should be too hard either. A bracket like the part # CE26053A would be the easiest way to do it but then if you wanted to run a bracket with a light you would need the # LPL55CB. You would need to tap into the running light circuit...
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  • Will the Thule T2 Wheel Hooks Be Compatible with Bikes that have Fenders?
  • For bikes with fenders, I would instead suggest the Thule Doubletrack # TH990XT. This will hold the bike to the carrier using the wheel cradles and the bike frame. The wheel hooks on the T2 you were looking at aren't intended to secure bikes with fenders over the tires. The adjustable frame cradles will allow you to mount regular or alternative framed bikes with fenders nicely. This bike rack includes a hitch lock and locks on the ratcheting cradles to secure your bike to the rack...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2016 GMC Yukon XL for Beach Cruisers
  • We have quite a few bike racks that would fit your 2 inch hitch on your 2016 GMC Yukon XL. I like to recommend platform bike racks for beach cruisers as they are typically heavier and use alternate frame designs that make attaching a bike rack more difficult. I would recommend the Thule T2 Pro part # TH9034. This is one of the nicest platform bike racks on the market. It has a 60 lb per bike capacity and only touches the bikes at the tires so it protects the finish of the bikes. Check...
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