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Expert Answers about Hitch Bike Racks


  • RV Rated Swagman Platform Bike Rack Recommendation
  • Actually I have some bad news. the Swagman XTC2 Bike Rack part # S64670 that you have is not rated for use at the rear of an RV so I can not safely recommend you use it in your application. For a similar rack that is rated for the rougher ride at the back of an RV I would recommend the Swagman Platform bike rack part # S64663. To install the lock part # S64029 you basically just line up the pin holes between the bike rack and the hitch and then insert the threaded hitch pin and begin...
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  • 2005 Acura TL Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation
  • Yes, the Pro Series Bike Rack part # 63120 that you referenced has 11-1/2 inches from the center of the pin hole to the upright mast of the rack. That would be more than enough clearance to clear the rear bumper of your 2005 Acura TL with the Draw Tite Hitch part # 24755 installed.
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  • Thule Vertex 4 Bike Rack Comparison to the Yakima SwingDaddy
  • I would go with the Thule Vertex part # TH9031 over the Yakima Swingdaddy part # Y02464. The Vertex has arced arms on the rack to make loading and unloading the rack easier as it puts the bikes at different heights. The Vertex is also about 17 lbs lighter. I also like the frame cradles on the Vertex better as they have more cushioning and have tracks for the cables of your bike to fit in. The only thing I really like about the Swingdaddy is the strap system. You don't have to stretch...
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  • Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Nissan Rogue
  • The Thule Doubletrack Platform Bike Rack part # TH990XT that you referenced would be a great choice for a bike rack for your 2014 Nissan Rogue. I even attached a link to a video that shows this rack being demoed on a 2013 Rogue for you to check out.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendations for 3 Bikes for a 2007 Jeep Liberty
  • To determine which trailer hitch mount bike racks will clear the spare tire on your 2007 Jeep Liberty you will need to take a measurement. On the trailer hitch, measure from the center of the hitch pin hole straight back to the distance needed to clear the spare tire. I have included a link to the right that explains the best way to do this. At the bottom of that page is a chart that lists the clearance measurements of many of the bike racks we carry. For example if you have a 2 inch...
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  • Bike/Ski Rack Recommendation for a Class B Leisure Travel Van
  • This is a tough one to answer, if the distance between your rear axle and the back of your Class B Van is only a couple feet like on normal vans and vehicles I have a solution for you. You could get the Thule Helium Aero 2 Bike Rack # TH9042 that you referenced and a Thule Tram Ski Adapter part # TH9033. If the distance between the rear axle and the rear of your vehicle is longer than most vehicles I can only give you a recommendation for a bike rack. RV's and motorhomes with longer...
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  • Trailer hitch for 2014 Honda CRV to Fit a Yakima Swing Daddy # Y02464
  • For a hitch for your 2014 Honda CR-V you are going to want one with a 2 inch opening so that it will work with your Yakima SwingDaddy Bike Rack part # Y02464. For that you would want the Draw Tite hitch part # 75742. Check out the install video I attached as well.
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Outback with 2 inch Hidden Hitch
  • I have a better solution for you. The Swagman XTC-2 2-Bike Platform Rack # S64670 has a distance of 8 inches from the pin hole to the nearest portion of the rack which would be more than enough to clear on your vehicle. Check out the review video I attached. The # TH990XT wouldn't have enough clearance to fold on your vehicle since it has a distance of 6 inches from the pin hole to the rack when folded.
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  • Swagman G10 Platform Bike Rack with Locks Recommendation
  • I would recommend the Swagman G10 Bike Rack part # S64681. This is a platform rack that attaches to bike frames and includes a hitch lock to secure the rack to your vehicle as well as a cable lock to secure your bikes to the rack. This rack also uses straps to secure the bike wheels to the rack for a very secure installation. Check out the review video I attached for this rack as well. The Yakima Stickup part # Y02420 does not include locks so I would not recommend it for you.
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  • Trailer Hitch and 4-Bike Platform Style Bike Rack for a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The other hitches for the 2015 Subaru Forester will be comparable to the Draw-Tite hitch # 75876 in terms of clearance to the rear bumper. Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87654 will be identical. The only way to be able to fold up the Swagman XTC4 bike rack # S64665 would be to use a hitch extender. However, doing so will reduce the tongue weight capacity of the hitch by 50 percent and will increase the amount of stress on the hitch and vehicle. Based on this I do not recommend using a...
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  • How to Carry 5 Bikes on a 2009 Toyota RAV4
  • The best way to carry 5 bikes on any vehicle is to use a trailer hitch and hitch mount bike rack. You would need a hitch with a 2 inch receiver, such as # 75432, because a 2 inch receiver is going to be more sturdy and have a higher capacity than lesser Class hitches. Then for the most inexpensive 5-Bike rack you can use the Hollywood Racks Traveler, # HR9200. I have linked video reviews of both the hitch and bike rack for you. You will need to check the vehicle owners manual for...
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  • Comparing Thule Doubletrack 2 # TH990XT and Swagman XTC-2 # S64670 Platform-Style Hitch Racks
  • A hitch-mount bike rack is a great option for your 2014 Ford Escape Titanium Edition as this type will avoid the stresses on its sheet metal that can be imparted by the trunk-mount variety of bike rack. Hitch racks place the weight burden of the rack and bikes not on the vehicle's metalwork but instead on its frame, its strongest part. Both the Thule Doubletrack 2 # TH990XT and Swagman XTC-2 # S64670 Platform-Style hitch racks feature 2-bike capacity and a limited lifetime warranty....
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  • Recommended Trunk Mount Bike Rack for 2007 Lexus RX 330
  • I'd be happy to! Without a doubt, the easiest to use trunk mounted bike rack we carry is the Thule Raceway, part # TH9001XT. The rack is incredibly simple to install and remove, using 4 plastic coated steel cables that adjust with the twist of a dial. Typically, hatch mounted bike racks use 6 straps and buckles that need to be constantly adjusted. The attaching cables of the Raceway are lockable, and the rack includes an integrated cable lock to help deter theft. To see the rack in action,...
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for Mountain Bikes, Road Bikes and Beach Cruisers with Fenders
  • Since your beach cruisers have fenders a wheel mount bike rack is out of the question. For a platform bike rack similar to the ones you referenced that would secure the bikes to the rack by the bike frame check out the Swagman Quad 2+2 part # S64691. This rack should work well for you, check out the review video I attached.
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  • Hitch Lock Recommendation for a Pro Series Eclipse 4 Bike Rack
  • The Pro Series bike carrier # 63124 comes with an anti-rattle hitch bolt that does not lock. To lock this bike carrier to your trailer hitch, you can use the padlock end from hitch lock # 5200 with the included hitch bolt. The padlock will secure to the end of the hitch bolt to create an anti-rattle hitch lock that fits 2" trailer hitches.
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  • How Will Frame Hooks of SportRack # SR2901 Hold Two Same-Sized Bikes
  • Because the two frame hooks of the SportRack # SR2901 are specifically designed with different lengths, they can easily accommodate two bikes that have the same frame size and geometry. You'd adjust the bottom most hook tightly on the bike frame, and the shorter arm of the upper hook would allow you to slide it down far enough to securely hold the frame of the other bike.
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  • Does the Yakima SwingDaddy Bike Rack Come with a Way to Lock Bikes to the Rack
  • The Yakima SwingDaddy bike rack # Y02464 does not come with a lock to lock the bikes to the rack. One can be added using the HandCuff Bike Lock, # Y02466. The Yakima FullSwing, # Y02465, does come with an integrated cable lock. I have linked videos for both racks for you.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2012 Volkswagen Passat to Carry a Bike Rack
  • We have numerous trailer hitch options for your 2012 Volkswagen Passat (see link to the right). Since you are using the hitch for a bike rack I recommend Draw-Tite hitch # 24880. This, and all of the hitches for your Passat, are Class I trailer hitches. The Draw-Tite hitch has a tongue weight capacity of 200 pounds. On this or any Class I trailer hitch you will be limited to 2 bikes maximum. The bike rack that you choose will need to be Class I compatible. Yakima bike rack # Y02437...
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  • Availability of Class II Trailer Hitch for 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
  • Our hitch manufacturers, Curt, Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch only make a Class I hitch for your 2014 Jetta SportWagen. Typically this is done because during testing, the engineering folks at the hitch manufacturers determine that the structures that the hitch bolts to on the underside of the vehicle aren't capable of supporting the additional tongue weight and towing capacity of a Class II hitch. If you're wanting to use the hitch for carrying a bike rack, the hitch and the bike rack manufacturers...
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  • Will a Thule Parkway 4 Bike Rack fit a 2007 Honda Odyssey
  • The Thule Parkway 4 bike rack # TH956 will fit your 2007 Honda Odyssey. As long as it has a 2 inch trailer hitch like # 87479. The carrying capacity is up to 4 bikes and each bike being 35 pounds. I have included a video to show you what it looks like with a bike attached. You may consider a Thule Bike Adapter Bar # TH982XT for Women's and Alternative Frame Bikes. If you ever plan on doing any towing the recommended trailer wiring is # 118438. You will need to choose a ball mount...
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  • Can the Thule Apex 4 Bike Rack be Used with a 2008 Audi A6 Avant Wagon
  • There is a way for you to install the Thule Apex Bike Rack part # TH9025 on your 2008 Audi A6, but since the only hitches available for your vehicle are Class I you would be limited to only carrying 2 bikes with the rack. Class I hitches don't have the capacity to handle the added weight and leverage of having more than 2 bikes installed on the hitch. For a hitch you would want the Draw Tite Hitch part # 24836. For more info on hitch classifications see the link I attached.
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  • Is the Upright Mast of the Swagman XP Towing Rack # S64955 Removable
  • Yes, the upright mast of the Swagman XP Towing Rack # S64955 is removable. You just need to remove the two pins from base of the rack and the top piece would come out. You would only want to fold the rack when it is empty. If the bikes were on the rack it would make it really difficult to tilt the mast. Plus the bikes would hit each other and nothing would stop the rack from hitting the ground if it were to be dropped.
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  • Hitch-Mount Bike Rack Recommendation for 2013 Chevrolet Camaro Without Ground Effects
  • You can take a simple measurement of your installed hitch to determine what bike racks will best fit at the back of your Camaro and best suit your bikes. The linked articles will give you good background on rack options and show how to take this simple measurement of the clearance required for proper fit. The hitch you referenced, Draw-Tite Sportframe Class I Trailer Hitch # 24850, will work with the Thule T2 Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier # TH917XTR. When in the down position this rack...
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  • Will Hollywood Racks Trail Rider 2-Bike Rack # HR200 Fit Hitch on 2015 Toyota Highlander
  • Thank you for your recent purchases from etrailer. The trailer hitch you purchased for your 2015 Toyota Highlander, Curt # C13169, is a 2-inch Class III hitch and the Hollywood Racks Trail Rider 2-Bike Rack # HR200 you selected fits this size hitch as well as the 1-1/4-inch size. Women's bikes, or any without a horizontal top frame tube, can be secured by simply swapping the positions of the two ratcheting arms on the carrier. Simply place the shorter arm on first (in the lower position)...
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  • Will Yakima Hold Up 2-Bike Hitch-Mount Rack # Y02443 Fit 1-1/4-Inch Hitch on 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The Yakima Hold Up 2-Bike Hitch-Mount Rack # Y02443 is designed for use in 2-inch hitch receivers. It will not fit the 1-1/4-inch hitch on your 2015 Forester. Although there are adapters available to allow 2-inch accessories to fit into a 1-1/4-inch hitch, these adapters have the unavoidable side-effect of reducing your hitch's capacity by 50-percent. I do not recommend doing this. Your best and safest options are to replace your Class II hitch with a 2-inch Class III type, such as one...
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 1999 Toyota RAV4
  • When we installed a hitch on a similar Rav4 as your 1999 Toyota RAV4 we found that the dimension from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the spare tire was 11 inches. You will want to verify this measurement on your vehicle, but I think I have a hitch mounted bike rack that would work for you. Check out the Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR. This is a steel bike rack that can tilt down and has a distance of 13-1/2 inches from the pin hole to the back of the rack....
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  • Bumper Clearance Needed for Kuat # N101 NV Bike Rack
  • I believe you're asking about the clearance between the rack and the vehicle, is that correct? If so, when the rack is folded down so it can carry bikes, the closest portion of the rack is 10-1/2 inches rearward of the hitch pin hole. When the rack is folded up into its storage position, the closest portion of the rack is 7-7/8 inches rearward of the hitch pin hole. I've pieced together a photo for you that shows these dimensions. If you'd like to view a product demonstration video,...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for Carrying Sun EZ-1 SX Recumbent Bike on a 2008 Subaru Impreza
  • Although the Swagman Trailhead you referenced is one of the bike racks I recommend most, it wouldn't work well for a recumbent bike like your Sun EZ-1 SX. I'd recommend the SportRider 2 by Hollywood Racks, part # HR1000R. Hollywood Racks makes a great product that's very strong. The rack can handle two bikes weighing up to 45 lbs apiece. I'd also recommend the optional hitch/cable lock # HRLHPTC to help deter theft. If you don't already have a hitch, I'd recommend the Draw-Tite Class...
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  • Is a Stabilizer Strap Needed to Carry the Saris Axis 3 Bike Rack # SA833B with a 2013 Toyota RAV4
  • Curt recommends the use of a stabilizer strap with some of their hitches when carrying a non-supported load like a bike rack. There are two Curt hitches available for your 2013 Toyota Rav4. If you use the Class III hitch part # C13149 you would not need to use the stabilizer strap. If you went with the Class II hitch like part # C12108 you would need the strap. So no, you don't have to use a stabilizer strap like part # 18050 with the Saris Axis 3 Bike Rack # SA833B as long as you don't...
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  • Fit of Thule Doubletrack # TH990XT Bike Rack on 2001 Honda CR-V
  • You'll need to take a measurement to see if the Thule Doubletrack, # TH990XT will clear the spare tire of your CR-V. Measure from the hitch pin hole rearward until you clear the spare tire, as shown in the article I've linked you to. In order to fold up in its storage position against the rear of the vehicle, you measurement needs to be less than 6 inches. If you don't have enough clearance for the Thule Doubletrack, take a look at the SportRack Super EZ platform rack, part # SR2901XT....
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  • 4-Bike Rack Recommendation for a Travel Trailer that Doesnt Touch Bike Frame
  • Actually neither of the racks you referenced are confirmed to work at the back of a travel trailer. I do have a solution for you though. Travel trailers have a much rougher ride present at the back of them when compared to a passenger vehicle so it takes a stronger rack rated for that type of ride quality. For a 4-bike rack that wouldn't touch your bike frames the only option would be the Highland SportWing 4 Bike Rack # 1370400. Check out the review video I attached.
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  • Will the Hollywood Racks Bike Rack part # HR1450 fit a 24 inch Wheel
  • Yes, the Hollywood Racks Bike Rack part # HR1450 that you referenced would work with 24 inch wheels so it should work well for you. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Nissan Rogue Select
  • We have several excellent bike racks for you to choose from, but before we select the best bike rack for you we will want to check for rear bumper clearance. We have not had a chance to test fit hitch mount bike racks on a 2014 Nissan Rogue Select yet, but I know trailer hitches on Nissan Rogues tend to sit further under the rear bumper than on most vehicles. Once you have the trailer hitch installed, you want to measure from the center of the hitch pin hole on the trailer hitch to...
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  • Will Yakima Ridgeback 4 Bike Rack Fit 2014 Subaru Forester
  • The Yakima RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack, part # Y02458, is designed to fit hitches with either a 1-1/4 or 2 inch receiver opening. You will want to check your owner's manual or with your dealership to see what the tongue weight capacity is for your Forester. from the information I was able to find, the Forester is limited to about 150 lbs tongue weight. This is the weight of the bike carrier added to the weight of the bikes on the carrier. To make sure this carrier will work on your 2014 Subaru...
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  • What Are The Locking Features On Thule Helium Aero Bike Rack For 2012 Chevrolet Camaro
  • The Thule Helium Aero 2 Bike Rack, part # TH9042 actually has 2 locking features. One is the locking knob on the hitch pin that secures the bike rack to the hitch. The other is a steel reinforced cable in the mast that secures the bike to the carrier. There is no fail-safe lock system available, but most thieves will not use the effort to try and get through the locking system like the # TH9042 has. I have attached a link to an installation video for this carrier on a Camaro you can...
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  • Hitch Extender Recommendation to Use a Swagman XTC-2 on a 2014 Jeep Wrangler
  • Although using a hitch extender isn't an ideal solution for most people I think one would work well for you. Especially if you use an anti-rattle device like the part # 63232 to minimize movement. You shouldn't need a very long extender. The Hitch Extender # HE06 will give you an additional 7 inches and would work well. I attached a review video for you to check out.
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  • Availability of Draw-Tite Hitch Lock and Keyed Alike Barrel Locks for Thule T2 Bike Rack
  • You will not be able to use Draw Tite hitch locks with a Thule bike rack if you want all of your locks keyed alike. However, you can get a Thule hitch lock and a set of Thule locks that will be keyed alike. For a hitch lock I recommend the Thule Snug Tite Hitch Lock and Anti-Rattle Device # THSTL2. The T2 has 5 locations for Thule One-Key System lock cores - the hitch lock, the ratcheting bike hooks which grab the bike wheels, and the integrated cable locks that extend out of the bike...
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  • Need 2-Bike Hitch-Mount Rack that Can Accept an Accessory Ski Carrier
  • We do offer bike racks that can accept an add-on ski carrier (when bikes are not loaded) but these are hanging style carriers, not platform types. Thule offers their Tram Ski and Snowboard Carrier Adapter # TH9033 (shown in the linked video) that can be used with their Vertex 2-Bike Rack # TH9028. This is a tilting rack and its features are shown in the linked video.
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  • Replacement Reducer/Adapter Sleeve for RhodeGear Highway 4 Bike Rack
  • Rhode Gear bike racks have been discontinued by the manufacturer, and there isn't much in the way of replacement parts available for them, I'm sorry to say. Using a metal adapter sleeve like part # HT02 would be a more durable alternative.
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  • Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation for a Mom with a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
  • Although the Thule Apex 4 Bike Rack, # TH9025, and Softride Dura Parallelogram 4 Bike Rack, # SR26247, are great bike racks, I still find them to be a bit heavy to use and I consider myself a pretty tough girl. I personally recommend going with the Softride Element Parallelogram Tilting 4 Bike Rack, # SR26248. This rack is a bit lighter at 35 pounds and much easier for me to handle and maneuver when putting the rack in the hitch. For added security you can add the Anti-Rattle Hitch...
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  • Will the Sportrack Bike Rack part # SR2902 Fit a 2012 Honda Pilot
  • Yes, the Sportrack bike rack part # SR2902 that you referenced would work great on the factory hitch of your 2012 Honda Pilot. I attached a review video for this bike rack for you to check out as well.
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  • Tip for Loading Bike on the Thule EasyFold on a Vehicle with a Tall Hitch Height
  • There isn't a longer ramp available for the Thule EasyFold 2 Bike Rack # TH9032, Thule does not offer one. The only thing I could recommend that could help on occasion would be to find an incline to park the front wheels of your 4Runner on so that the rack would be angled closer to the ground.
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  • Are Bike Racks Available For 1/2 Inch Hitch Receiver
  • You are correct that the bike racks we offer are designed to work with hitch receivers that have either 1-1/4 or 2 inch openings. I spoke with one of our other Experts who said a hitch that had a 1/2 dimension was used several years ago on some vehicles, but are no longer used. I have attached a photo of one of those hitches. The photo was provided by a customer so I do not have the dimensions for the receiver opening. We do not offer any bike racks that would fit a receiver shaped...
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  • Yakima Full Swing Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The distance from the center of the pin hole to the nearest portion of the Yakima Full Swing Bike rack part # Y02465 is 6 inches. The nearest portion of the bike rack is the tightening knob used to secure the swing away portion of the rack. The distance from the outside of the arms of the rack is 12 inches. I spoke with my contact at Yakima and he told me that you should have no problem using this rack on your 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon I attached a review video for this rack for you...
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  • Platform-Style Bike Rack For 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen That Is Easy To Lock
  • If you are looking for a hitch mounted platform bike rack that has locks that are easy to lock and unlock, I recommend the SportRack Super EZ Platform-Style Bike Rack, part # SR2901XT. This rack weighs a few lbs more than the Swagman XTC-2, part # S64670, but the locking features on this rack are really easy to use. The # SR2901XT also features an anti-rattle hitch with lock to secure the bike rack to the hitch. I have attached a product review video about this carrier you can check out.
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  • Do the Arms of Thule Passenger 4 Bike Rack Fold Down
  • The arms of the Thule Parkway 4 Bike Hitch Bike Rack # TH956 do not fold down. The rack does have a pin at the base that lets you tilt the rack forward for easy access to your rear cargo area. If you would like a hitch mounted bike rack with arms that fold down I recommend the Thule Hitching Post Pro Bike Rack # TH934XTR. The Thule Hitching Post Pro features anti-sway cradles to keep the bikes from knocking into each other. It can also tilt down for greater access to the rear of the...
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  • Hitch And Bike Rack Recommendation For 2013 Acura RDX
  • The hitch I recommend for your 2013 Acura RDX is the Hidden Hitch, part # 87642. This is a Class lll hitch and has a 2 inch receiver opening. This is a bolt-on installation and comes with the complete hardware kit. I have attached an installation video you can take a look at for this hitch. The Kuat NV Aluminum Platform Bike Rack, part # N101, is a really nice bike rack that will work well on your 2013 Acura RDX. I have attached a link to an installation video for this bike rack on...
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  • Stabilizer Strap Recommendation for a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Using a Hitch Bike Rack and Extender
  • You could run a stabilizer strap like the part number 18050 from the spare to the bike rack for more support. There's no way to know how much that would reduce the tongue weight by, so you would still have to consider the full weight of your bikes and rack as tongue weight and cut that figure in half. To see how the # 18050 is used check out the install video I attached to the right.
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  • Is Single Arm Detail K2 4-Bike Rack a Good Choice for 4 Different Bikes on a 2011 Nissan Rogue
  • Bike racks with single arms and rotating cradles are less likely to require an adapter bar for bikes with alternative frames or slanted top frame tubes. But, it is still possible that you would need to use an adapter bar in some cases, specifically if the bike frame is not long enough to fit in the cradle on the Detail K2 bike rack # K2BCR490. The rack can tilt down but you would have to remove the bikes to do so. The K2 rack has a 1 year warranty. It is an entry-level bike rack so it...
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  • Availability of Replacement Frame Hooks for Swagman XTC2 Platform Type Bike Rack
  • Swagman does indeed offer replacement hooks for their XTC2 bike rack, but they don't sell them individually. You'd need to purchase the set of two, as part # P186.
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  • Recommendation for Hitch-Mounted Bike Rack for 2015 Acura RDX to Carry Mountain Bikes
  • Due to the size of the tires on your mountain bikes, you would be best served using a hanging bike rack. The Thule Vertex 4 Bike Rack, # TH9029, which you reference, is a confirmed fit for your 2015 Acura RDX with a 2 inch receiver. With a weight capacity of 140 pounds the Vertex will easily carry two mountain bikes. The Vertex offers many great features such as a tilting feature, anti-sway cradles and an anti-rattle hitch bolt at an affordable price. An even more economical option would...
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  • Using a Hitch Adapter to Allow 2-Inch Thule T2 Platform Bike Rack to be Used in 1-1/4-Inch Hitch
  • We do offer hitch adapters to allow a hitch-mount accessory of one size to be used in a hitch of another size. For example, a 2-inch bike rack like Thule's T2 # TH916XTR can be made to fit in a 1-1/4-inch hitch by using an adapter like Brophy # HTAD, but there is an unavoidable drawback to using ANY adapter/expander. All such adapters will have the effect of reducing your hitch's capacity by 50-percent. This is a result of the additional leverage applied on the hitch by the length of...
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  • Tilting Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Kia Soul and a 50 lb Bike
  • There is a Kuat bike rack that would work perfectly for you, but the part # S103 doesn't have the capacity for your 50 lb bike. Instead you would want the Kuat NV # N102. This rack will fit the Class I 1-1/4 inch hitch on your 2014 Kia Soul, can carry up to 60 lb bikes and can tilt away from the vehicle while loaded for trunk access. Check out the review video I attached for this rack as well.
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  • Recommended Hitch and 2-Bike Rack for 2006 Lexus LS 430
  • In order to use a hitch mounted rack, you'd first need to install the Curt Class II receiver hitch, part # C122313. The hitch would easily install using weld nuts that are already installed in the underside of the vehicle. We have many different bike racks that would be compatible with the Class II hitch on your LS 430, but my favorite is the Swagman Trailhead, part # S63360. The rack is at an excellent price point, but it includes essential features like sturdy rubber straps for securing...
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  • 2-Bike Trunk-Mount Rack Recommendation for a 2006 Honda Odyssey
  • Vehicles like your 2006 Honda Odyssey that have a roofline spoiler above the rear hatch can pose a challenge to the fit of some trunk-mount racks. However, the folks at Hollywood Racks have developed a 2-bike carrier designed expressly to work with such vehicles. The Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top 2 Bike Carrier # HRF2, which is shown in the linked video in use on a roughly similar vehicle, features a design that will not place any weight burden on your Odyssey's spoiler. Its design feature...
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  • Fit of Thule EasyFold 2 Bike Rack # TH9032 on 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited
  • The Thule EasyFold 2 Bike Rack # TH9032 that you referenced provides the extra capacity needed for transporting E-bikes with their significant weight and it includes both a removable loading ramp and built-in locks to secure your bikes to the carrier and the carrier to your hitch receiver. This rack fits both 1-1/4-inch and 2-inch hitches and is illustrated in the linked video. You can determine the fit of this rack at the rear on your Wrangler Sahara by taking one simple measurement,...
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  • Fit of Swagman XTC-2 2-Bike Platform Rack # S64670 on 2006 Honda CR-V
  • You can confirm compatibility of the Swagman XTC-2 Bike Rack # S64670 with the rear-mounted spare tire on your 2006 Honda CR-V by taking one easy measurement from the hitch pin hole on your hitch to the rear-most edge of the spare tire. The linked article illustrates how to take this measurement. The XTC-2 provides 8-inches of clearance from the hitch pin hole to the closest edge of the first wheel hoop and 15-inches to the upright bar. When unloaded it can fold down to provide rear-of-vehicle...
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2005 Acura TL
  • Yes, the Thule Vertex 2 Bike Rack # TH9028 that you referenced would work well on your 2005 Acura TL that has a Draw Tite hitch part # 24755 installed. Check out the review video I attached for this rack. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out Women's and Alternative Frame Bike Adapter # 64005 to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes to provide an attachment point....
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  • Recommendation to Get Better Front Wheel Ground Clearance When Using a Bike Adapter
  • The easiest solution I could make for you to help level your bike would be to raise your seat so that the front wheel will move up. The rear wheel will lower slightly when doing this, but the front wheel will move up and you will gain ground clearance. I would not recommend loading your bike upside down. Our bike rack manufacturers do not recommend carrying bikes in that manner.
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2013 BMW 550i
  • The Thule Apex 4 Bike Rack part # TH9025 will work well for you. The Curt Hitch part # C11381 that you referenced is confirmed to fit your 2013 BMW 550i and would work great with the # TH9025. Only thing is Class I hitches are restricted to only carrying two bikes. Any more that will put undue stress on the hitch and could potentially damage it. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman...
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  • What Is The Difference Between The Swagman XC and Swagman XTC-2 Bike Racks
  • The main difference between the Swagman XC, part # S64650, and the Swagman XTC-2, part # S64670, is that the XTC-2 is capable of handling bikes with longer wheelbases, up to 66 inches, while the XC can handle bikes with a wheelbase up to 51-1/2 inches. The XC has a shank rise of 4 inches, where the XTC-2 has a shank rise of 3 inches, which helps a bit when unloading and loading bikes. The XC can accommodate wheels up to 3-1/2 inches wide, while the XTC-2 can accommodate wheels up to...
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  • Difficulty Releasing Hooks from Bikes on Swagman XTC-2 Bike Rack
  • It sounds like you are pushing the hooks down too tight. They do not have to be super tight, just snug. Also sometimes on the Swagman XTC-2 bike rack # S64670 the upper hook can get wedged with the lower hook at the upright and that makes if very difficult to release either hook. The solution is to not lower the upper hooks as much.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
  • We currently offer 1 trailer hitch for your 2014 Land Rover Evoque. It is Curt hitch # C13128. This is a Class III trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver. Hitches with 2 inch receivers have more options for accessories like bike racks. Curt does require the use of stabilization strap # 18050 when using this hitch with non-trailer loads such as a bike rack. For a 4-bike rack that you can add a ski adapter to I recommend going with either the Thule Vertex swinging rack, # TH9031, or the...
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  • Hitch for 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe to Allow Use of Swagman XTC-2 Bike Rack
  • The Swagman XTC-2 2-Bike Platform Rack # S64670 that you referenced offers the versatility to work with either a 1-1/4-inch or 2-inch size hitch receiver. As it happens, all of the hitches we offer for your car are the sturdier 2-inch Class III variety and this is a good thing as it means the rack will not overload the hitch's capacity. As all three available hitches have the same capacity, I suggest the lowest-price unit from Curt, part # 13538. I have linked you to the written instructions...
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  • Availability of Replacement Bolt for Swagman XC2
  • I spoke with my contact at Swagman and he confirmed that the Swagman Replacement Threaded Hitch Pin and Clip # P5902 replaces a lost or damaged threaded hitch pin and clip for Swagman bike carrier # S64650. This part works on 1-1/4" shanks with the 2" adapter installed. I have included a video review of the Swagman XC 2-Bike Rack Platform Style bike rack for you to check out.
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  • Will Thule Threaded Hitch Lock Pin Work With Swagman Bike Rack
  • Each of the manufacturers develop their products so that only their locks and pins work with their product. The threads are unique to that manufacturer, and the bolts will also be different. If you have the Thule Hitch Pin Lock, part # THSTL2, it is designed to only work with their products.
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  • Threaded Hitch Pin Bolt Recommendation for an Older Thule Rack
  • It should be the Replacement Thule Hitch pin bolt part # 853-5917. If that doesn't work the rack must be old enough that there is no longer a replacement bolt available for it.
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  • Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack that is Easy to Load a Woman's Townie Bike
  • Platform style bike racks are easier to load. The Saris Freedom # SA4412B does have a significant rise in the shank that makes the platform higher up than other platform style racks (8 inches from the top of the receiver opening to the bottom of the tray portion of the rack). But the rack is light weight, only 22-1/2 pounds, and would work well for you. I have included a link to a video review of this rack for you.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Between the two you referenced I would go with the Swagman XTC2 part # S64670 over the Thule Doubletrack part # TH990XT for the simple fact that the Swagman weighs 33 lbs and the Thule weighs 47. The XTC2 is one of our best selling and highly rated hitch racks we offer. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a Chevrolet Equinox
  • The best bike rack for a Chevrolet Equinox is a hitch mount bike rack because it has zero contact with the vehicle and most hitch mount bike racks allow access to the rear cargo area. The most popular hitch mount bike rack among our Equinox customers is the Swagman XTC-2 Bike Rack, # S64670. This is a platform-style bike rack that fits 1-1/4 and 2 inch trailer hitches. Check out the demonstration video I attached of this bike rack on a 2012 Equinox. There are other types of bike racks...
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  • Comparing SportRack, Hollywood Racks, and Prorack Bike Racks for a 2012 Chevy Cruze
  • Since your 2012 Chevy Cruze has a Class I trailer hitch and the bikes are on the heavier side, you will want to go with a light weight bike rack to reduce the stress on the hitch and vehicle. The SportRack bike racks # SR2901 and # SR2901LR each have a shipping weight of about 30 pounds. The difference is that the LR locks. They do offer a good amount of rise, 3 inches from top of receiver opening to the bottom of the wheel hoops. The LR is the better value if you are wanting to be able...
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  • Comparing Thule T2 and Saris Freedom SuperClamp Hitch Bike Racks for 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • The biggest difference between the Thule T2, # TH917XTR and the Saris Freedom SuperClamp, # SA4025 is how much each weighs. The T2 has a shipping weight of 56 pounds. But the SuperClamp has a shipping weight of 36 pounds. That 20 pound difference may not seem like much but when you are moving around a large bike rack it does make a huge difference. Both racks cost about the same and both will fit Class I and II trailer hitches. The T2 can tilt and fold but the SuperClamp cannot. The...
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  • Replacement Rubber Straps For Swagman Bike Carrier
  • We have several replacement straps that are designed to fit Swagman Bike Carriers. It sounds like you have a hanging bike carrier like a Trailhead bike carrier, part # S63360. The replacement strap for a trailhead bike carrier is part # P482. This strap measures 9-1/2 inches long x 1 inch wide x 1/4 inch thick. These straps are ordered individually, so if more than 1 is needed, you can change the quantity when ordering.
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  • Replacement End Cap for a SportRack 4 Bike Rack # SR2902
  • You are going to need the part # 05003900000 which is in the process of being added to our site. When the part number above is blue and a hyperlink it will be ready for purchase.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2014 Honda Odyssey
  • If your new Honda Odyssey is a 2014 model year then we have some great options for you. The safest way to carry bikes on a vehicle is to use a trailer hitch and hitch mounted bike rack. The most popular trailer hitch for the 2014 Odyssey is # 87479. I have linked a video to the right showing installation for you. For a 4-bike rack there are many options. If you want to be able to open the rear hatch without removing the bikes and the rack then I recommend the Softride Dura, # SR26247....
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack that Allows Cargo Area Access for 2014 Toyota Sienna
  • Beginning with a hitch, I'd recommend the Curt Class III, part # C13105. I'll link you to installation instructions and an install video showing the hitch being installed on a 2013 Sienna. The procedure for your 2014 model would be almost identical. For a bike rack, I've got an alternative suggestion for you. Take a look at the Softride Dura Parallelogram, part # SR26247. The Dura tilts away from the vehicle, allowing your rear hatch to fully open, as you can see in the product demonstration...
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  • 2014 Jeep Wrangler Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation
  • Most likely not, when we installed a Curt Hitch part # 9883544 on a 2014 Jeep Wrangler like yours we found that it measured 10-1/2 inches from the center of the pin hole on the hitch to the spare tire cover. So you would need a rack with at least that distance from the center of the pin hole to the closest portion of the rack and the # Y02465 only has 6-1/2 inches. Instead check out the Thule Vertex Swing 4 Bike Rack # TH9031, this is a very similar swing away bike rack that has 14 inches...
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  • What Size Hitch is Required to Use a Thule Vertex 4 # TH9031 and Apex 4 Bike Rack # TH9027
  • Both of the Thule hitch-mount bike racks you referenced, their Vertex Swing 4 Bike Rack # TH9031 and their Apex Swing 4 Bike Rack # TH9027, require a 2-inch hitch receiver be installed. Since these are substantial high-quality carriers that can handle the weight of four bikes the hitch they fit must also have the required weight capacity and a 2-inch hitch provides this. For your new 2015 Highlander we do not yet show any confirmed aftermarket hitch fits but the hitch manufacturers are...
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  • Can Womens Bike Be Used On Thule Vertex Bike Rack Without Adapter Bar
  • Although I do recommend using an adapter bar like part # 64005, when carrying bikes with alternative frames like kids bikes or women's bikes, it certainly is not mandatory. You can load a bike with an alternative frame and see how much ground clearance you have. You may find you have plenty of clearance. I have attached a link to a product review video for the adapter bar you can check out. The Thule Vertex 2 Bike Rack, part # TH9028, should be a good fit for your 2011 Acura RDX. This...
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  • RV Rated Bike Rack Recommendation to Clear Rear Spare on an RV
  • Since you are planning on installing a bike rack at the back of your RV, you are going to need to pick a bike rack that is rated for RV and motorhome use. (see link to see them all) There is only one rack that would come close to fitting past your spare tire that is 14 inches from the pin hole to the furthest point on the hitch. That would be the Swagman Original part # S64152-2. This rack has exactly 14 inches from the center of it's pin hole to the upright bar. What this means is this...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2010 Subaru Forester
  • I do recommend going with a 2 inch trailer hitch for your 2010 Subaru Forester. A 2 inch trailer hitch is not only stronger with a higher capacity but it also will afford you more options for accessories such as bike racks and cargo carriers. For a 2 inch hitch I recommend Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87493. With it you will not have to use a stabilization strap for your bike rack like you would with the comparable Curt hitch. I have included a link to the right to a video showing installation...
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  • Platform Bike Racks that are Rated for Rear of Trailer, RV or Camper
  • I spoke with my contact at Swagman and she said the Swagman XTC-2 2-Bike Platform Rack # S64670 that you reference is not rated for use at the rear of an RV, trailer or camper because of the additional forces present at the back of trailers. The Swagman 2 bike platform racks rated for use at the rear of an RV, trailer or camper are parts # S64663 and # S64664. Both of these bike racks will only be able to carry 2 bikes. I am including links to the installation instructions for both of...
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  • Are Kuat Platform Bike Racks Front and Back Wheel Holders Reversible
  • I spoke with my contact at Kuat and he confirmed that the front wheel adjustable hooks and back wheel racheting straps on the Kuat NV 4 Bike Platform Rack for 2 inch Trailer Hitches # N101-103 are not reversible, they are designed so that the bikes' orientation are alternated. I have included a video review of the Kuat NV 4 Bike Platform Rack for you to check out.
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  • Platform Style Bike Rack For Fat Bikes Recommendation
  • The Swagman XTC-2, part # S64670, can accommodate bike wheels up to 2-1/2 inches wide. Since the wheels on a fat bike are typically much wider that that, your bike would not work with the XTC-2. We do have a bike rack that will work for you. I recommend the Hollywood Racks Trail Rider 2-Bike Rack for Fat Bikes, part # HR200-FB. This is a platform-style rack that will work in either 1-1/4 or 2 inch receivers. This carrier has a shank rise of 5 inches and will handle bike wheels up to...
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  • Availability of Replacement Frame Retention Hooks for Swagman XTC-2 # S64670 Bike Rack
  • I have good news and bad news...Swagman doesn't offer the replacement frame hooks for the XTC 2 individually, but they do sell them as the pair, part # P186.
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  • Locking the Pro Series # 63124 Bike Rack to 2013 Porsche Cayenne.
  • The Pro Series # 63124 should fit your Cayenne, as long as it's equipped with a 2 inch hitch. To be absolutely sure, measure the distance between the hitch pin hole and the furthest rearward portion of the back bumper, as outlined in the article I've linked to. If your measurement is less than 8 inches, the rack will work just fine. The rack includes an anti rattle hitch bolt, but the # 5200 lock and the # CAB-10 cable lock are sold separately. The Pro Series # 63124 is a decent rack,...
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  • Can Bike Be Loaded On Saris Freedom 2 Platform Bike Rack With Upright Mast Lowered
  • I went to the shop and spoke with the installers about the Saris Freedom 2 Bike Platform Rack, part # SA4412B. As you stated, the installer in the video just places the bike on the carrier from the side. He also said that when he is placing a bike on lower vehicles, he lifts the bike over the upright mast and slips it into the cradle. He told me that is the easiest way for him to put a bike on the carrier. I asked about loading a bike with the mast in the down position, and he said...
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  • Mounting Instructions for Thule Vertex Swing 4 Bike Rack # TH9031 on 2006 Lexus GX 470
  • Your husband will want to line up the hitch pin holes on the Thule Vertex Swing 4 Bike Rack, # TH9031, with those on the hitch of your 2006 Lexus GX 470 and then install the anti-rattle bolt that came with the bike rack. You can tighten the bolt with the tool provided or use a 3/4 inch wrench which may actually work better. I have included a video for you to check out.
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  • Clearance with Thule Apex Swing Bike Rack # TH9027 Used on 2011 Nissan Rogue SV
  • Your 2011 Nissan Rogue SV can be equipped with one of several sizes/classes of trailer hitch receiver, as can be seen on the link provided, so long as it is not the Krom edition. The bike rack you referenced, the Thule Apex Swing bike carrier # TH9027, requires a 2-inch hitch receiver so this means that your hitch selection needs to be one of the 2-inch Class III types offered. Our most popular hitch for your vehicle is the Draw-Tite # 75902 which installs without drilling using included...
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  • Choosing a Thule Hitch-Mount Bike Rack for Use on 2007 Toyota Corolla
  • To transport 3 bikes on your 2007 Corolla S you will need to use a trunk-mount type rack. Your 2007 Toyota Corolla S can be equipped only with a light-duty 1-1/4-inch Class I hitch. This type of hitch has a 2-bike capacity only, even if the bike rack itself can hold 3 bikes. A Class I hitch just doesn't have the strength to handle the load of 3 bikes; hitch and/or vehicle damage could result. The linked article will give you additional background on hitch classes and capacities. The...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendations for a Fat Bike
  • The Hollywood Racks Fat Tire adapter part # HRSPRWH-F that you referenced would not fit on a Swagman XC bike rack. I pulled the two products and determined that the Swagman cross tubes are thinner than the Hollywood Racks cross tubes. The XC can accommodate a tire up to 3-1/2 inches in width. If your tires are wider than that you would need a Saris Freedom 2 Bike Platform Rack for Fat Bikes # SA4412B-FB or a Thule T2 2-Bike Rack for Fat Bikes # TH916XTR-FB.
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  • Compatibility of Softride Alumina Paralellogram 3 Bike Rack # SR26428
  • You can quickly and easily determine if the Softride Alumina Parallelogram rack will work with your Explorer by taking one measurement. Measure the distance from the hitch pin hole in the receiver to the furthest rearward point of the back bumper. If this distance is less than 7-1/4 inches, the rack will work just find on your Explorer. If you're unsure how to take the measurement, take a look at the help article I've linked you to. If you'll be transporting women's bikes or bikes...
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  • Hitch and 2 Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2008 Acura RDX
  • As long as you have a hitch installed on your 2008 Acura RDX like the part # 75563 yes, the Thule Vertex bike rack part # TH9028 that you referenced would work well to carry your two mountain bikes. 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 Bike Adapter # 64005 to provide a horizontal...
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  • Is Saris SuperClamp Platform-Style Bike Rack # SA4025-FB Compatible with 1-1/4 Inch Receivers
  • The Saris Freedom SuperClamp for Fat Bikes, part # SA4025-FB is compatible with both 1-1/4 and 2 inch receiver sizes. The rack includes an adapter that allows it to work in either hitch, as shown in the photo I've edited for you. In other words, you don't need to specify. If you'd care to see the instructions for the rack or a product demonstration video, please click the provided links.
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  • Recommended 2-3 Bike Rack for 2012 Toyota Prius with Class I Trailer Hitch
  • I can recommend a bike rack that would work with the Hidden Hitch Class I trailer hitch, # 60263, but you will only be able to carry 2 bikes on your 2012 Toyota Prius. A Class I hitch is not able to handle the stress that carrying more than 2 bikes would create. I am including a link to all the class I compatible bike racks we offer if you want to compare them, but the Thule Doubletrack Platform-Style bike rack, # TH990XT, is my recommendation. This rack has a high-strength steel construction...
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  • Anti-Rattle Functions Included with Hitch-Mount Bike Racks
  • Many brands and models of hitch-mount bike racks include an anti-rattle device to help control the random motion of the loaded rack while you're underway. Some of these mechanisms include a lock in addition to the anti-rattle function, such as the Thule Apex 4 Bike Rack # TH9025 that you referenced. No matter what brand or design of rack you choose there will always be SOME degree of random rack motion while you drive. No bike rack will be absolutely motionless in the hitch. Generally,...
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  • Does a 2010 Toyota Prius Come With an OEM Hitch
  • Although OEM hitches can be found on certain trucks and SUV's, they wouldn't be found on a Prius. You would need to install an aftermarket hitch, like the Draw-Tite Class I hitch, part # 24847. The hitch would provide a great attachment point for a hitch mounted accessory like a bike rack or a cargo carrier. If you're considering towing with your Prius, I'd recommend you reconsider as Toyota doesn't recommend towing with that vehicle.
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  • How to Transport an Electric Bike Plus 3 Regular Bikes with a Vehicle
  • The best option I can give you would be the Hollywood Racks bike rack part # HR1450E. This is the only rack we offer that can carry a bike as heavy as your 65 lb electric bike as it is rated for up to an 80 lb bike. This rack can carry 2 bikes, so for your other two bikes the only option you would have would be a roof rack mounted bike rack like the SportRack Roof 2 Bike Rack # SR4882RP that can carry up to 2 bikes. To install this rack you will need a roof rack that has crossbars...
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  • Replacement Long Hook for Swagman XC and XTC Series Bike Racks
  • It is available to order now. I have included a link to the product page for Replacement Ratcheting Long Hook # P165. This hook fits Swagman XC and XTC series bike racks.
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  • Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack for Specialized Dolce Road Bikes on a 2003 Subaru Forester
  • Since the arm that holds the wheels on the Kuat NV, # N101 fits on the front wheel, the bike that has the rack on the back will still fit just fine. I researched the bikes and they would fit beautifully on the NV. Platform style racks are easy when loading bikes and the bikes will not come into contact with each other since they are secure at the wheels rather than the frame. I have included a link to a video review of this rack to the right for you. There should be plenty of clearance...
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