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  • Bike Rack Recommendations for 4 Beach Cruisers on a 2016 Ford Explorer
  • Beach cruiser bikes are generally heavier than other bikes and could have fenders. Because of these features I recommend a platform style bike rack that holds the bikes at the frames. For a 4-bike platform style rack you will need to have a Class III trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver. If you do not already have one I recommend # C13100. I have linked a video showing an example installation for you. For a bike rack a popular option that I recommend is the Sport Rider # HR1400. This...
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  • Comparing the Chinook and G10 Bike Racks for a 2007 Chevy Equinox
  • The Swagman Chinook # S64683 and G10 # S64682 are similar but there are some key differences. The G10 uses 2 rails with 2 wheel cradles each so it theoretically is compatible with more bike styles. The Chinook comes with a cable lock. Other than that they operate the same way. The XTC # S64670 does not tilt down so it would not really be comparable to either of the above bike racks. Also, there is no guarantee that you would be able to open the rear hatch on the vehicle with the bikes...
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  • Will the MaxxHaul Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier # MT70387 Fit a Toyota Tundra Hitch
  • The MaxxHaul Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier # MT70387 comes with a long threaded hitch pin that would easily allow it to connect to the factory hitch of your Toyota Tundra. I attached a review video for you to check out as well.
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  • Trailer Hitch, Bike Rack, and Ski Carrier Recommendations for a 2015 Audi A3
  • For a trailer hitch for your 2015 Audi A3 I recommend Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 24930. This hitch and all of the hitches for your A3 are Class I hitches. This means that the bike rack must be compatible with a Class I trailer hitch and you are limited to 2 bikes maximum because a Class I hitch is not built to handle more than 2 bikes. But I do have an excellent recommendation that also has the ability to add a ski adapter. For that I recommend the Thule Vertex # TH9028XT for the bike...
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  • What is the Weight of the Rhino Rack Dual Trekker part # RRRBC048
  • The Rhino Rack Dual Trekker part # RRRBC048 weighs 60 lbs. The weight capacity per bike for this rack is 45 lbs. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well.
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  • Will the Thule T2 Bike Rack Fit a 2005 to 2007 Honda Odyssey
  • If your 2005 to 2007 Honda Odyssey has a 2 inch trailer hitch receiver opening then yes, the Thule T2 bike rack # TH916XTR-918XTR will fit your van. But it will likely not be able to fold up because hitches on your van tend to be recessed several inches under the vehicle. For another option that has more clearance I recommend the Kuat NV # N101-103. It measures 7 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the nearest part of the rack when folded up. The Yakima HoldUp # Y02443-2...
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  • How to Carry a Tandem Bike with a 2016 Subaru Outback
  • The best way to carry a tandem bike on your 2016 Subaru Outback is going to be with a hitch rack like the # RKY1031. You would need a Class III hitch like the # 87568 installed as well. None of the roof rack tandem bike racks can fit factory roof rack so that that is why there isn't an option for you.
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  • Trailer Hitch Bike Rack that Can Tilt or Swing with Bikes Attached for 2016 Honda Odyssey
  • Yes, there are several bike racks that you can tilt with the bikes still loaded. For racks that tilt outward we have the Softride Dura, # SR26247 or # SR26321, the Element # SR26248, and the Alumina # SR26428. I have linked videos of these bike racks for you. There are also options that swing off to the side with or without bikes loaded including the Vertex # TH9031XT, the Apex, # TH9027, the FullSwing # Y02465, the SwingDaddy, # Y02464, the Ridge Swing # SR2415, and the Surco # 51953....
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  • Best 4 Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • If you are looking for a bike rack solution that will allow you to carry up to 4 bikes on your Jeep Wrangler and can fold up when not in use so that you have clearance behind the vehicle I have a solution for you but it is not a platform bike rack. Platform racks won't have the length needed to fold up against the rear spare. Instead I would recommend the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9029XT. It has 12 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the upright mast of the rack so it would...
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  • 4-Bike Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack to Clear Spare Tire on 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • There is an easy way to determine which trailer hitch mount bike racks will clear the spare tire on your 2008 jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Measure from the center of the hitch pin hole straight back to the distance required to clear the spare tire. With that measurement we can see which bike racks will clear the spare, including if any can clear it while folded up. I have included a link to a help article that explains how to take the measurement. On the Hollywood Racks # HR1400 it measures...
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  • Bike Racks That Allow Cargo Area Access for 2013 Chevy Equinox
  • The Pro Series # 63123 bike rack will indeed fit your 2013 Chevy Equinox. For Girls or Women's bikes, I highly recommend using an adapter bar like the reasonably priced # 64005. Carrying the bike in a tilted position could put stress on the Velcro straps that retain the bike to the rack. I'm not fond of bike racks that use the Velcro Type straps for frequent use or for long trips. I prefer the sturdy rubber straps used by the Swagman Trailhead, part # S63360. The Trailhead provides anti-sway...
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  • Hitch Mounted 2-Bicycle Rack Recommendations for a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to Clear Spare
  • For a platform bike rack that would work well on your 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited for carrying your two bikes the Kuat NV part # N105 would be an excellent option. We tested the 4 bike version of this rack on a very similar Wrangler Unlimited as yours and it fit and worked well. See the attached video. This is one of the nicest bike racks on the market so we would recommend it highly for you. Or, for a hanging style rack the Thule Vertex # TH9028XT would work too as we have tested this...
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  • Will the Kuat Transfer 2 Bike Rack Fit a 2012 Toyota Corolla S
  • The Kuat Transfer 2 part # TS02G would fit and work well on your 2012 Toyota Corolla S as long as you have a hitch installed on it like the Draw Tite hitch part # 24814. When we installed this hitch on a similar 2012 Corolla we found that it had 3-3/4 inches from the pin hole to the outside of the bumper which would be more than enough for the Transfer to fit. The Transfer has 7-1/2 inches from the pin hole to the edge of the carrier when folded down and 5 inches when folded up so...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2016 Mazda CX-5 for Use with Thule Bike Rack
  • Yes, the Hidden Hitch part # 87686 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit for your 2016 Mazda CX-5 and would be a great hitch to use your 4 bike Thule rack with. Lowering the exhaust means that the rubber exhaust hangers are temporarily removed so that the exhaust can pivot down slightly to allow the hitch to fit past the exhaust and install. If you check out the install video link I provided you will see how this is done and how the hitch is installed.
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  • Will the MaxxHaul Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier # MT70387 Carry a 29er Bike
  • A 29 inch wheel bike would have no problem being carried with the MaxxHaul Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier # MT70387. Since this bike grabs the frame of the bike and not the tire the wheel size wouldn't be an issue. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well.
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  • 2 Bike Rack Recommendation for Class I 1-1/4 inch Hitch Similar to Yakima Ridgeback
  • I have a similar solution I can provide for you, but the Yakima Ridgeback 2 part # Y02457 that you referenced can only fit Class II 1-1/4 inch hitches and not Class I. For a very similar Thule Rack that will fit a Class I hitch check out the Thule Vertex part # TH9028XT. This rack has all the same great features as the Ridgeback like tilting mast, anti-sway cradles, locks, and anti rattle bolt. I attached a review video for you to check out as well. If you plan on carrying any womens...
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  • Availability of Adapter for Converting a Thule Hitching Post from 1-1/4 inch to 2 inch
  • The early versions of the Thule Hitch Post had shanks that only fit 2 inch hitches, but for the Thule Hitching Post # TH934XTR bike rack you would need the adapter part # 853-7489 to convert the 1-1/4 inch shank of the rack to a 2 inch rack. I looked up the 944 and 945 and they were only for 2 inch hitches so you may have a newer version.
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  • Bike Rack Solution for Rear of Vehicle that is Towing Trailer
  • The shank of the Swagman Traveler XCS # S64664 has a rise of 17-3/8 inches built into it. But if that is not high enough to get the bike rack above the frame rails of your trailer you may instead be interested in the bike rack bunk part # CC-275 that will hold the bike rack above the frame rails of the trailer you are towing instead. This is a great solution that works for most people. Check out the review video I attached for more info. A common bike rack used with this is the Swagman...
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  • How To Determine If Yakima FullSwing Bike Rack Will Fit 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • Since the Yakima FullSwing 4 # Y02465 offers 15 inches of clearance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright mast, it is certainly possible that it will fit on your 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the foot of the carrier measures 9 inches. There is a simple measurement you will want to take to ensure that the bike rack will fit and clear the spare tire on the back of your vehicle. You will want to use a dowel rod or yard...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for 2 and 1-1/4 Inch Receivers Compatible on 2014 Nissan Frontier and RV
  • I can help you figure out how to carry bikes with both your 1-1/4 vehicle hitch and your 2 inch RV hitch. Currently we have no 4-bike platform racks approved for RV use that will also be compatible with your 1-1/4 vehicles hitch receiver. I would recommend getting two different racks, one for your vehicle and one for your RV. Our most popular hanging 4-bike rack for RV's is the # 63124, if you have any kids or alternative framed bikes, you may need the use of an bike adapter bar...
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  • Compatibility of Swagman XCS Bike Rack with Hitch Extender
  • The Swagman Traveler XCS Platform-Style 2 Bike Towing Rack # S64664 is intended for use on the shank of a 2-inch ball mount. It is not recommended for use on a hitch extension like # C45791. The reason is that any type of hitch extender will have the unavoidable side-effect of reducing your hitch's capacity by 50-percent. This loss of capacity results from the change in geometry caused by the extender. If you need to tow and use a hitch-mount rack at the same time you can use the Curt...
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  • Using a Reducer Sleeve to Carry a 1-1/4 Inch Bike Rack in a 2 Inch Trailer Hitch
  • What you will need to use your Helium bike rack in a 2 inch trailer hitch is a reducer sleeve, # HT02. You would insert the sleeve into the hitch and pin it in place. Then you would mount the bike rack in the 1-1/4 inch end as if it were the hitch receiver. I have linked a video review of this reducer sleeve for you.
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for 2009 Scion xD
  • If you are at all concerned about any damage to the rear of your vehicle a hitch option is going to be the way to go. Hitch racks do not touch any painted body surfaces and provide a better attachment method that is much more secure. They are the way to go. The most popular hitch bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit this vehicle is the Swagman XTC2 Bike Rack part # S64670. This rack has a ton of positive reviews from our customers who have tried it. Check out the review...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Electric Bikes with Fenders
  • For what you need the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 2-Bike Carrier for Electric Bicycles # HR1450E will be the correct solution. This rack is designed for electric bikes like what you have and would work well with your bikes that have fenders since the arms of this rack attach to the frame of the bikes and not the wheels. There isn't an add-on available for this rack though because where it would install there is bracing on this rack for the additional weight of the E-bikes. To...
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  • Replacement Wheel Tray Assembly for Thule Double Track
  • I checked with Thule and the only way to get the part you are looking for (at least I think you are looking for), is to order the part # 753-3928 that comes with the cross beam and the wheel holders. If that is not the part you need check out the picture I attached that has all of the parts we offer for this rack individually. If you see the part in the list email me back with the letter it corresponds with and I will set you up with what you need.
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  • Tandem Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • For a 60 lb tandem bike the only option is going to be a hitch mounted rack since none of the trunk racks have a high enough capacity. For a tandem bike rack the RockyMounts Tandem TailPipe # RKY1031 would be a great option once you install a hitch on your 2015 Subaru Forester like the part # 87654.
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  • Recommended Hitch Mount Bike Rack for 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara
  • For a 2 bike carrier to fit the rear of your 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara I recommend the Swagman Titan 2 Bike Rack for 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch Hitches, Tilting # S63400. This bike rack offers 11-1/4 inches of clearance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the foot of the carrier, and has 14-1/2 inches of clearance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright bar. This rack features anti-sway cradles to help prevent bike-to-bike contact during travel. Also included...
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  • Carrying 4 Bikes on 2016 Subaru Outback w/ Factory Hitch
  • The factory Subaru is a Class I hitch. The bike rack manufacturers all agree that no more than two bikes should be carried on a rack installed in a Class I hitch. Even though the weight of the rack and the 4 bikes might come in under the 200 lb tongue weight maximum, adding the third and fourth bike will move the load further away from the receiver. The greater this distance, the more leverage is applied to the hitch. This leverage can compromise the hitch's attachment point to the vehicle,...
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  • Bike Rack, Ski Adapter and Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Mercedes Benz G-Class
  • Let's start with a bike rack. For that I would highly recommend the Thule Swing Vertex part # TH9031XT which can swing out and away while loaded. Check out the review video I attached for more info. For a skit rack adapter you would want the Thule Tram part # TH9033 which has been confirmed as a fit for the Vertex. For a hitch the recommended fit is the Curt # C13010 for your 2015 Mercedes Benz G-Class.
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  • Replacement Parts for a Thule 4-Bike Parkway
  • Good news! I can help you revive your Thule Bike Rack. It looks like you have a Thule Parkway # TH956. The replacement original cradles for this rack look quite a bit different than the ones in you image, so they must have been replaced previously, with something other than the Thule cradle. The replacement cradle for the Parkway is the # 853-7887 and the rubber strap for that cradle is the # 852-3006-001. If you wanted to you could upgrade these Thule cradles with an anti-sway cradle...
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  • 4 Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2010 Toyota Rav4
  • The only way you will be able to transport 4 bikes is to install a hitch and go with a hitch mounted bike rack. The spare tire bike racks for the most part can only carry up to 2 bikes. The Thule Apex part # TH9025 that you referenced would be a great option. But for the same price point I would recommend the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT as it can carry up to 4 bikes and can swing out and away from the rear of the vehicle with bikes loaded. I attached a review video that shows...
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  • Does Advantage SportsRack FlatRack 2 Bike Platform Rack Tilt To Allow Rear Access On SUV
  • The Advantage SportsRack FlatRack 2 Bike Platform Rack, part # HE2035 will fold up toward the back of your SUV but it does not feature a tilting feature hat allows you to be able to open the rear hatch on your vehicle. But, I do have other options for you. I recommend The Thule Doubletrack, part # TH990XT. This will fit 1-1/4 or 2 inch receiver openings. This carrier folds down when empty to allow access to the rear cargo area of your SUV. It also features locks that secure the bikes...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2002 Nissan Altima
  • The Thule Parkway bike rack # TH958 is a trailer hitch mounted bike rack that fits trailer hitches that have a 2 inch receiver opening. However, all of the trailer hitches for your 2001 Nissan Altima are Class I hitches which have a 1-1/4 inch receiver. Not to worry though because there are plenty of excellent bike racks that will fit. First, for a trailer hitch, I recommend Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 24788 in order to add a hitch mount bike rack to the vehicle. I have linked a video...
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  • 4 Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2012 Chevy Suburban for Rear Cargo Area Access
  • For a 4 bike rack I have a couple options for you to consider that would be around the same price. For a platform bike rack the Hollywood Rack Sport Rider part # HR1400 is a very popular option that would work well. The pros to this rack would be you wouldn't need an adapter bar for any of the bikes. But you won't get the ability to access the rear cargo of your vehicle when bikes are loaded. The other option I would recommend is the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT. This rack is awesome...
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  • Recommended 4-Bike Carrier for Use on Camper
  • I linked for you our main page for 4-bike RV-rated bike racks. These include both platform style racks like the bumper-mount Swagman # S80600 and also hanging style hitch-mount racks like the tilt-away Pro Series Eclipse # 63124. Standard style platform racks like the Q-Slot rated for RV use are not available in a 4-bike capacity. The Pro Series Q-Slot Platform-Style racks # PS63138 and # PS63134 are great racks but they are not suitable for use on a camper. We do have 4-bike carriers...
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  • Is the Thule Tram Ski Carrier Adapter Compatible with the Thule Parkway Bike Rack
  • Yes, the Thule Tram ski carrier adapter # TH9033 is compatible with the Thule Parkway trailer hitch mount bike rack # TH956. I have included a link to a video of the Tram for you.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2016 BMW 328i Sedan for Thule Platform Bike Rack
  • The # TH990XT is actually the Double Track that is still being made. An easy way to tell if what you have is a Doubletrack is by how the rack attaches to bikes. Does the rack grab the wheels or the frame for attachment? If wheels then it's a T2 like part # TH917XTR. If frame, it's a DoubleTrack. Either rack would fit your 2016 BMW 328i as long as you install the Curt hitch part # C11367 that has been confirmed as a fit. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. Curt...
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  • Could Rear Door of 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Open W Hollywood Racks HR1450-85 Installed and Folded
  • I looked up pictures of what the rear of a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee would look like with a hitch installed (I attached the picture), and due to the decent distance between the hitch and bottom seam of the door, the fact that the door opens up and not the side, plus the distance between the pin hole of the # HR1450-85 and the wheel hoops of the rack (12 inches), the rear door would have no problem opening if the rack was folded down.
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  • Length of the Arms of the Lets Go Aero VeeMe V2 2-Bike Rack # VME-V2 When Removed from Rack
  • I spoke to my contact at Lets Go Aero and he informed me that the arms of the Lets Go Aero VeeMe V2 2-Bike Rack # VME-V2 are 31-1/2 inches when they are removed from the bike rack. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well.
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  • Hitch Lock Recommendation for a Pro Series Q-Slot Platform Bike Rack
  • For the Pro Series Q-Slot Platform-Style 2 Bike and 4 Bike Rack # PS63138 that you referenced we have found that the Softride hitch lock part # SR25056 works great as a hitch lock. We have had a few customers come back and try this hitch lock with the rack and they stated that it worked great. The threaded portion of the lock is a little over an inch long. It's hard to say if this would fit through a 2-1/2 inch to 2 inch thick adapter as it hasn't been tested.
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  • Trike Bike Carrier Recommendations to fit a 2 inch Trailer Hitch
  • Yes the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider Trike Carrier # HR1000R-TRKADP is a trike carrier confirmed as a fit for 2 inch hitches. I attached a review video for you to check out as well. If you needed to carry a trike plus a standard bike you would instead want the part # HR1450R-TRKADP2.
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  • Recommended 4-Bike Carrier For 2014 Honda Odyssey
  • When selecting a hitch-mounted bike rack for your 2014 Odyssey, clearance is an important factor. For the hitches we offer that fit the 2014 Odyssey we found that the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the rear bumper is about 6-1/4 inches so you will want a bike carrier with at least 7 inches so it avoids contact with the vehicle. The Thule Apex, part # TH9025 has a distance of 4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the locking knob on the carrier....
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  • 2-Bike Rack for 1-1/4 Inch Trailer Hitch at Rear of Forrest River R-Pod Trailer
  • A bike rack must go through additional testing to be approved for use at the back of a motor home or trailer. The only bike rack we offer that is designed to fit a 1-1/4 inch hitch at the back of a trailer is the Let's Go Aero VeeMe V2 2-Bike Rack # VME-V2. This bike rack is designed to fit both 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch trailer hitches. The shank rise this bike rack offers is 2-1/2 inches to help maintain ground clearance. The weight capacity of this bike rack is 100 pounds, it will secure...
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  • Replacement Hook Assemblies for MaxxHaul Bike Rack MT70387
  • We do offer replacement Hook Assemblies for MaxxHaul bike racks like your # MT70387. For the longer assembly use part # MT9 and for the shorter assembly use part # MT22. Both parts use a friction-style knob attachment; they do not work on racks with a ratchet on the upright mast.
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  • Kuat Beta 2 Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon with Curt Hitch
  • Yes, the Kuat Beta part # B202-2 that you referenced would be an excellent choice for a bike rack for your 2015 Subaru Outback with a Curt 2 inch hitch part # C13206. 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 for the strap as well.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2016 Ford Focus
  • For your 2016 Ford Focus you would want the Draw Tite hitch part # 24872 for a trailer hitch for use with a bike rack. Since this is a Class I hitch (that means a lower capacity hitch), the only bike racks we offer are ones that can fold away with bikes unloaded like the Kuat Beta part # B202-114. This is a great rack though loaded with features like anti-rattle and anti-sway cradles. f you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may...
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  • Swagman G10 Bike Rack Availability
  • The Swagman G10 bike rack part # S64682 is available for purchase. There were some recent part number changes but the G10 is available. This bike rack can fit trailer hitches that are 2 inch and 1-1/4 inch in size so it is a very versatile platform bike rack.
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  • Comparing the Yakima LiteRider vs Thule Helium Aero
  • The Yakima LiteRider 2-bike rack # Y02472 is a 2016 released brand new bike rack. While there are no current images for the product I can tell you that it has similar features to its other racks and will include the Tool-free SpeedKnob, as the hitch receiver lock. It will also feature ZipStrips to secure the bike to the cradle like on the # Y02457, an integrated bike lock and anti sway cradles and of course the bottle cap openers. You are correct, as soon as we can get this item there...
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  • Fork Mounted Bike Adapter for Swagman XTC Bike Rack
  • I have a solution for adapting your Swagman XTC-2 # S64670 wheel loop for a fork mount. Hollywood Racks offers a fork mount adapter # HR915, that mounts on their wheel adapter # HRFWM-ADP-2. I was able to go out and confirm that the wheel mount adapter fits onto the Swagman XTC. This will allow you to mount the fork of your bike to the bike rack instead of by the wheel. If you are looking to mount your removed wheel the Hollywood Rack # HR916 will also mount to the wheel adapter...
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  • Recommended Bike Carrier To Use Between RV And Towed Vehicle
  • In order to be able to carry bikes between your towed vehicle and the RV you will first need a dual receiver for your trailer hitch. I recommend the Curt Dual 2 inch Receiver Tube Adapter, part # D-192. the bottom receiver is used for the tow bar and the upper receiver has a 2 inch receiver for the bike carrier. Bike carriers need to be RV rated because they are built to take on the added stress at the rear of the RV or motorhome. The carrier I recommend is the Swagman Original,...
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  • Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack that Allows the Rear Hatch to Open on a 2016 Chevy Traverse
  • Most bike racks that tilt down are not rated to do so with the bikes loaded. You would have to unload the bikes from the Thule Helium # TH9043 to be able to tilt it down and even then some times it isn't enough to open the hatch on some vehicles. What I recommend is the Softride Alumina, # SR26428, which is similar to the Helium but it tilts out instead of down and you can keep the bikes loaded. Because of the way it tilts you can open the hatch. I have linked a video showing how it...
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  • Hitch-Mount Bike Rack for Use on the Back of a Trailer
  • The Rola TX-102 hitch-mount bike rack # 59400 cannot be used in a hitch on the back of a trailer or other RV. It is not strong enough to handle the extra stresses found at the back of trailers and RVs. For a cost-effective 2-bike hitch carrier for use on a trailer I like the Let's Go Aero VeeMe V2 2-Bike Rack # VME-V2. This rack offers light weight, plenty of clearance for your bikes and also 2-2/12-inches of rise in the shank for better ground clearance.
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  • Are There Fit Issues Getting Advantage SportsRack V-Rack # HE1011 to Fit a 2 inch Hitch
  • We have not had any issues getting the Advantage SportsRack V-Rack # HE1011 to fit on 2 inch hitches. I went through all of our reviews for this rack and they were all positive. I couldn't find anyone who had a fit problem. The product picture I attached shows it install on a 2 inch hitch and the install video shows the install process as well.
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for 59 lb Fat Bikes with 5 inch Wide Tires
  • The Thule # TH9032 EasyFold bike rack is primarily designed for electric or downhill mountain bikes, if the tires on your fat bike are 3 inches wide or less, the Thule EasyFold would work great for you. However since you have 5 inch tires you will need to go a different route. The Thule T2 with Fat Tire adapters part # TH916XTR-FB would be a great option as this rack can accommodate tires up to 5 inches in width and up to 60 lbs.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a Invacare XLT Pro for a 2008 Toyota Sienna
  • For a recumbent trike the only type of bike rack that is going to work is one designed for trikes like your Invacare XLT Pro. Now they only make this type of bike rack for trailer hitches since they need a secure, strong connection and it would be quite the chore lifting a trike onto the roof of a vehicle. For a bike rack the best option would be the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 Trike Carrier # HR1450R-TRKADP2. For a hitch for your 2008 Toyota Sienna you would need the part # 87415....
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  • Can Thule T2 2-Bike Rack Be Upgraded from 1-1/4 Inch Shank to 2 Inch Shank
  • I have a solution for you to upgrade your Thule T2 with 1-1/4 inch shank # TH917XTR, but Thule does not offer an adapter for the 1-1/4 inch shank on your bike rack. To allow your T2 bike rack to fit a 2 inch hitch receiver, you will want to upgrade the shank and backbone with the Replacement Shank for Thule T2 2-Bike Racks # 753-3581. This shank will replace the existing 1-1/4 inch shank on your T2. I confirmed with my contact at Thule that the # 753-3581 shank will work with your T2...
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  • Hitch Bike Racks for 60-Lb Electric Bikes with Fat Tires
  • The heavier weight of a 60-pound e-bike coupled with it having 4-inch-wide tires means that you'll need a specialized hitch-mount carrier. Thule's T2 # TH916XTR-FB fits a 2-inch hitch, has a 60-lb weight rating per bike and it works with tires up to 5-inches width. Note that the T2 works with wheelbases up to 48-inches and wheel sizes from 20- to 29-inches. Locks for the rack itself and for your loaded bike are built-in to the T2. Thule's T2 is USA-made and protected by their limited lifetime...
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  • Fitment of Swagman Semi 2.0 on a 2007 Toyota RAV 4
  • I can help you find out if the Swagman bike rack # S64686 will clear your spare on your 2007 Toyota Rav4. What I would recommend doing to ensure this rack will clear your spare tire is measure from the hitch pin hole on your vehicle's hitch to the end of your spare tire. As long as this measurement is less then 14 inches the spare tire will not come in contact with your bike. This is because the measurement from the center of the hitch pin hole to the center of the first bike's wheel...
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  • Bike Rack that Allows Full Cargo Area Access of 2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport
  • If the rear door of your RAV4 swung upwards, finding a platform bike rack that tilted away enough for the rear door to open fully would be easy. However, since it swings to the side going with a swinging bike rack like the Yakima # Y02465 FullSwing will be your only alternative if you're wanting unencumbered access to the cargo area of your vehicle. By going with the less expensive # Y02464 Yakima SwingDaddy, along with the less expensive Swagman adapter bar # 64005 (which is actually...
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  • Would Wheel Trays from a Swagman Quad Bike Rack Fit a Swagman XTC Bike Rack
  • Yes, the Swagman Quad bike rack wheel trays like part # P400 will fit the Swagman XTC Bike Rack part # S64670 that you also referenced.
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  • Recommended Bike Rack Options for Rear of Camper Trailer
  • You are correct that any accessory item to be installed on the rear of a trailer (or a motor home) must be built specifically to handle the vertical and lateral forces that are found there. Standard bike racks that are made for use on a passenger car with a hitch receiver cannot withstand these forces. The greater the distance from the rear axle to the rear of the camper (where the rack will be) the greater the stresses placed on the rack. We do offer RV-rated bike carriers in various...
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  • 4 Bike Rack Recommendation that Allows Complete Rear Cargo Door Access When Loaded
  • If you tried to tilt the T2 part # TH916XTR with the add on for 2 additional bikes while loaded it would require a great deal of strength for raising and lowering the rack. If you are looking for a bike rack that will give you access to the rear cargo door of your vehicle with 4 bikes loaded the best solution will be the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT. For what you are looking for there really isn't a better option available. I attached a review video for you to check out as well. If...
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  • Hitch Recommendation and Fit of Thule Apex Bike Rack Swing for a 2014 Acura MDX
  • I have a better solution for you, but yes, the Curt Hitch part # C13146 would fit a Thule Apex Bike Rack part # TH9025 that you referenced. This hitch will require the use of a stabilizer strap like part # 18050 though so a better option would be the # 87691 as Hidden Hitch does not have this same requirement.
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  • Recommendation for a Bike Rack for Front Mount Hitch on 2013 Toyota Tundra
  • For a hitch mount bike rack to carry at the front of your vehicle, I recommend using a platform-style bike rack since a platform rack can accommodate a wider variety of bikes than a hanging rack. Our most popular platform-style bike rack is the Swagman XTC-2 # S64670. This bike rack has a shank rise of 3 inches to help maintain ground clearance without setting too high from the hitch. I recommend this bike rack often because of how secure the rack will hold the bikes. There is essentially...
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  • Let's Go Aero # VME-V2 Bike Rack Not Recommended for Bikes w/ Carbon Fiber Rims
  • We don't recommend the Let's Go Aero # VME2-V2 bike rack for bikes with carbon wheels because carbon fiber doesn't care to have pressure applied directly to it. The weight of the bike bearing down on the carbon fiber rims that are in direct contact with the hooks that hold the wheels could damage the wheels. If your frame isn't carbon fiber, you can use any one of a number of bike racks. The Swagman XTC2, part # S64670 would be a pretty good choice. If the bike does have a carbon fiber...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for Using Kuat NV N105 2-Inch Hitch Bike Rack on 2015 Nissan Rogue
  • The Kuat NV 2-bike hitch-mount platform racks # N105 and # N101 provide 7-inches of clearance from their hitch pin holes to the nearest part of the rack when they are folded up in their storage position. This means that ideally you'll use a 2-inch hitch that provides that much clearance plus an inch for safety. So in other words a hitch that sits with it's hitch pin hole 6-inches forward of the back edge of the bumper would be appropriate, giving you 1-inch of clearance safety margin. The...
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  • Will the Yakima SwingDaddy Fit a 2016 Honda Odyssey with a 2 inch Hitch
  • If the hitch opening size is 2 inches on your new 2016 Honda Odyssey the Yakima SwingDaddy 4 Bike Rack # Y02464 will fit it. It is very bizarre of Honda to call a 2 inch hitch a Class II, but either way the SwingDaddy was designed to fit 2 inch hitches. 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...
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  • RV Bike Rack Recommendation that Uses Wheel Mounts Instead of Frame Mount
  • I have a solution for you, but the Thule T2 part # TH917XTR that you referenced is not rated for use behind an RV so I cannot recommend it for you. Instead for a RV rated rack that uses wheel mounts you would want the Let's Go Aero VeeMe part # VME-V2. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well.
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  • Can Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE Platform 4 Bike Rack w/ Cargo Carrier Carry 4 Bikes and Cargo
  • The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE Platform 4 Bike Rack w/ Cargo Carrier # HR1400-85 that you referenced can either carry 4 bikes or 2 bikes with the cargo carrier. You can't carry 4 bikes and the cargo carrier. Having the 4 bike expansion plus the cargo carrier would make the rack incredibly long and would put quite a bit of stress on the hitch of your vehicle.
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  • How to Reinstall Spring in a Heininger Advantage V-Rack
  • I spoke with my contact at Heininger and he informed me that the spring will slip right back into place on the part # HE1011. There is an elevated grove that it rests in. He said to line up the bottom grove and then line up the top portion of the spring. It should settle back into place on its own. For replacement straps you would want the # HE1012.
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  • Saris Freedom SuperClamp 2-Bike Recommendation for a 2016 Subaru Forester for Recumbent Bike
  • The Cruzbike FreeRider is a very interesting recumbent bike. But it could be carried by a wheel mounted bike rack like the Saris Freedom SuperClamp bike rack part # SA4025. I looked up pictures of it and this is basically the only style rack that could work with it. Normally it is pretty hard to get bike racks to fit the OEM hitches of the 2016 Subaru Forester, but since this bike rack has two hitch pin holes it will accommodate the shallow depth that your hitch has.
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  • Hitch Lock Recommendation for a Kuat Beta for 2 Inch Hitches
  • Kuat recommends the part # H101 for the Kuat Beta for 2 inch hitches part # B202-2 that you referenced. The usable span of the hitch lock is 3-1/2 inches which would be more than enough. Usually 2 inch hitch accessories use 5/8 inch hitch pins, but Kuat designed this rack for a 1/2 inch hitch pin like the # H101.
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  • Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack to Carry 4 Fat Bikes
  • For your 4 Fat Bikes I recommend the Saris Freedom SuperClamp # SA4026-FB. This model of the SuperClamp was designed specifically for Fat Bikes. It is also one of the lighter compatible carriers weighing 63 pounds. The carrier can handle bike tires up to 5 inches wide. I have linked a video of the regular SuperClamp to give you an idea of the features.
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  • Replacement Wheel Straps for MaxxHaul Platform-Style 2 Bike Hitch Carrier MT70387
  • MaxxHaul does not offer replacement wheel straps for their bike carrier # MT70387 but you can certainly use an alternate replacement strap like the Thule # 853-5834. This strap measures 8-3/4-inches overall length and the hole diameter is 1/2-inch. I measured the MaxxHaul rack and it uses a similar 1/2-inch-hole strap so this Thule part will be a fine low-cost alternative.
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  • Will the Thule Easy Fold Fit a 2016 Subaru Forester with 1-1/4 inch Hitch
  • The Thule Easy Fold part # TH9032 can fit Class I hitches like what you would have on your 2016 Subaru Forester. If you need a hitch for your 2016 Subaru Forester the Draw Tite part # 36523 has been confirmed as a fit and would work well. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Bike Rack to Clear Rear Spare of 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • If you measure from the center of the hitch pin hole on the hitch of your 2014 Jeep Wrangler to the furthest point out on the rear spare and it measures less than 10 inches the bike rack part # 59400 will fit and clear. When we get Wranglers in here typically that dimension is right at 10 inches or slightly over. So if you need a hanging bike rack that will clear we know the Thule Hitching Post part # TH934XTR will fit and clear. See install video I attached. If you plan on carrying...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 1999 Volvo V70 to Carry Beach Cruisers
  • For your beach cruisers that have fenders I would recommend a platform bike rack that uses a frame mount since the fenders would interfere with wheel mounts. The Swagman XTC2, part # S64670 is one of the most popular racks because it's so easy to use, and because the rack has an angled shank that would raise the bike rack up by three inches providing additional ground clearance. Because of that, this is the rack I'd recommend for you. The rack includes an anti-rattle hitch bolt, but...
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  • Platform Bike Rack to Fit 1-1/4 inch Hitch and Carry Two 35 lb Bikes
  • The Hollywood Racks Trail Rider 2-Bike Rack # HR200 that you referenced would be a great option for you as it will fit the Class I 1-1/4 inch hitch you have installed on your vehicle and has a 50 lb per bike capacity so it would have more than enough capacity. This rack can also fit 2 inch hitches like what you would have on your Honda Pilot. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2016 Subaru Outback with OEM Hitch
  • That we are aware of the Kuat bike racks like the NV2 part # N102 would not work on the OEM hitch of a 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon. If Kuat says it will fit then they would know more than we would since they test the racks more than we do. The issues is that the pin hole of the hitch is too far back in the hitch so most racks can't get pinned properly. For a similar bike rack that is designed to work with the Subaru hitches you would want the Yakima Holdup part # Y02445. Yakima racks...
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  • Would the Exhaust of a 2016 Mazda 3 Melt Bike Tires when Using Swagman XC S64650
  • The distance from the hitch pin hole of the Swagman bike rack part # S64650 to the nearest wheel hoop is 10-1/2 inches. The shank of this rack also has a rise of 4 inches built into it. The tires of your bikes would be far enough away from the exhaust that you wouldn't have any problems. With this bike rack we have not had any issues with exhaust so I can confidently say you will be fine. If you do not have a hitch already you would want the Hidden Hitch part # 60346 which has been...
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  • Clearance of Swagman XTC-2 Bike Rack on 2016 Subaru Outback
  • When we installed the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 87568 on a 2016 Subaru Outback, we found that the hitch pin hole to rear bumper clearance measurement was 5-1/2 inches. This can vary on different vehicles due to different size bumpers and mounting hole locations. I recommend measuring your vehicle to confirm the clearance you will need to clear the bumper. I have attached a help article on how to find this measurement. The Swagman XTC-2 # S64670 measures 8 inches from the center of...
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  • Compatibility of Hollywood Racks # HR1450 Sport Rider Bike Rack with 2014 Subaru Forester
  • When we installed a Draw-Tite Class III hitch on a 2014 Forester, we found that the hitch pin hole was recessed under the rear bumper by 7 inches. As you can see in the photo I've edited for you, the closest portion of the bike rack is 8-1/2 inches rearward from the hitch pin hole and the closest wheel hoop is 12 inches rearward. I can't tell you how much clearance there'll be between the inside bike and the rear hatch because that'll vary from bike to bike, but the bike will be widest...
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  • Recommendation for a 2-Bike Electric Bike Rack With Ramp
  • Good news, I can help you find a bike rack that can accommodate your electric bike needs. My recommendation for your 60lbs electric bikes is the Thule EasyFold # TH9032. This bike rack can transport 2 electric bikes up to 65lbs each. It also comes with a ramp for you to load your bikes which is one of the special features you had mentioned wanting. It has padded clamps on the adjustable arms to hold the bikes on the rack and a foot pedal tilts rack with bikes loaded for cargo area...
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  • 4 Bike Recommendation For Class II Hitch With 2 Fat Bike Ebikes and 2 Beach Cruisers
  • Good news, I can help you pick out a 1-1/4 bike rack for your 4 bikes. I would recommend a hitch mounted hanging bike rack like Yakima RidgeBack # Y02458 instead of the platform style racks you were looking at. I chose this Yakima rack because of the weight capacity and arm length to accommodate your 4 bikes. Because you have fat bike tires, we know they will take up more wheel space than regular bikes. On this rack you can adjust the cradles distances along the bar to accommodate...
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  • Recommended Locking Ratchet Arm Assembly For T2 Bike Carrier
  • I called my contact at Thule and explained the problem you said you were having with your fat bike. They told me that you may have an older model T2 bike carrier. If you do not have the cable at the top of the wheel arm you have the older model and it will not fit over the wheel. I do have good news though. We offer a replacement arm that is longer and is designed to fit bikes with a wheelbase up to 29 inches. You would just need to order part # 752-1272-001. This will install on your...
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  • Recommended Hitch Lock for Kuat Beta 2 Bike Rack
  • Kuat offers two different hitch locks, the # KUATLOCK for the # B202-114 Beta that's designed for the 1-1/4 inch receiver and the # H101 lock that's designed for the # B202-2 Beta rack that's designed for the 2 inch receiver. If the correct lock is used for the correct rack, no alterations of any kind will be necessary (we don't recommend altering the rack in any way, as it will compromise your warranty protection.)
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  • Recommendation for Securing Women's Style Bike to Bike Rack
  • The best way to secure your women's-style bike, or an alternative frame bike, to a bike rack is to use an adapter bar. It may be possible for the bike to mount without a bar, but the bike will not be carried level and can be difficult to put on and take off the bike rack due to limited space between the frame bars. Using an adapter bar, like the Swagman Easy-Out Women's and Alternative Frame Bike Adapater # 64005, can help the bike be carried level and ease the installation. For...
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  • Will MaxxHaul Platform-Style Bike Rack Fit 2006 Honda CR-V
  • The MaxxHaul Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier # MT70387 may work on your 2006 Honda CR-V, but the fit would likely be tight. When installing trailer hitches on similar CR-V's to your 2006, we found that the clearance needed from the hitch pin hole to the back of the spare tire in order to clear the spare tire ranged from 8-1/2 inches to 9 inches. The MaxxHaul # MT70387 measures 9 inches from the hitch pin hole to the closest wheel loop. Once bikes are installed on the rack, it is likely...
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  • Recommendation for Securing Womens Cruiser Bike on Pro Series Q-Slot Platform Bike Rack
  • A platform-style bike rack is a great choice to carry your bikes. The padded hooks are adjustable on the upright mast to accommodate bikes of different sizes. However, due to the severe dip in the frame bar of cruiser bikes, like you referenced, using a bike adapter bar to secure the hook of the bike rack is a good idea. I recommend using the Swagman Easy-out Women's and Alternative Frame Bike Adapter # 64005. The bike adapter bar secures at the handle bar post and the seat post to...
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  • Recommendation for Bike Rack That Wont Wobble on 2013 Lexus RX350
  • Actually, the Kuat Beta 2 Bike rack you mentioned, part # B202-2 would be an excellent choice for you. The rack is very reasonably priced, and is made of strong but lightweight aluminum which makes it easy for just about anybody to handle. The rack is very highly rated by our customers, and features padded anti sway cradles and sturdy rubber straps to keep your bikes secure. Most importantly for you, the rack provides a very effective anti-rattle feature that will lock the rack tightly...
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  • Would the Yakima Fulltilt 4 Bike Rack fit 2 inch Hitch on a 2016 Toyota Tacoma
  • Yes, the Yakima FullTilt 4 part # Y02462 would fit and work well in the 2 inch hitch you have on your 2016 Toyota Tacoma. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out that shows it being used on a similar truck as yours. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out Women's and Alternative Frame Bike Adapter # 64005 to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Clearing Rear Spare at Back of RV
  • Not all bike racks are rated for the rougher ride quality that is at the back of an RV. For a similar bike rack to the Swagman XC part # S64650 that you referenced that is rated for RVs you would want the Pro Series Q-Slot # PS63134. However, since you have a spare tire mounted at the rear a better option would be the RV Bumper 2 Bike Rack part # S80500 as it is designed to attach to a 4 inch square bumper and fit around a rear spare tire. We don't generally recommend the use of hitch...
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  • Is Built-In Hitch Lock Available On Bike Racks Other Than Thule Helium And Apex
  • We do not offer any platform racks with a locking function like the Thule Helium # TH9042 or Apex, part # TH9025 have. Most bike carriers use a threaded hitch pin and lock like the Swagman XTC-2, part # S64670 uses. Since no hitch pin lock is included with the S64670, you can use the Locking Anti-Rattle Threaded Hitch Pin, part # S64029. You will find that most of the bike carrier manufacturers use a proprietary thread on their shanks and their own brand of hitch pin lock is required.
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  • Recommended Hitch Mount Bike Rack to Carry 1 Trike
  • I have a bike rack solution for you, but the CycleSimplex bike rack you referenced is not longer available. I recommend the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider Trike Carrier for 1 Delta or 1 Tadpole # HR1000R-TRKADP. This bike rack will work great to carry 1 trike with either a 1-1/4 inch (Class II) or 2 inch trailer hitch. The wheel mounts are adjustable to accept a variety of wheel sizes and wheelbases and the cushioned hooks slide along the upright mast to accommodate bikes of different...
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  • Can Girls Bikes be Mounted on the Kuat Beta Bike Rack
  • If you will be carrying any bikes on the Kuat Beta, # B202-114 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. Using this bar will allow you to carry those bikes more level and will provide better ground clearance. I have to use these adapters and without them my wife's bike would be at a severe angle and I would not be able to load my son's bike at all. I have linked a video showing how the...
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  • What Size Allen Wrench is Needed for Hitch Adapter on Swagman Trailhead Bike Rack
  • I spoke with my contact at Swagman and she informed that the size Allen wrench needed to remove the 2 inch adapter is 6 millimeter. We have heard that the pin for the arms can be a bit difficult to install at first. What other customers had success doing was use a hammer to help get it to install the first few times and then it should clearance itself and work easier.
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  • Best Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2016 Lexus NX 200t
  • For the Curt Hitch part # C13214 that you ordered for your 2016 Lexus NX 200t the Thule T2 part # TH916XTR would be an excellent choice for a bike rack. This is one of the nicest bike racks on the market so I would highly recommend it. This rack comes with hitch and bike locks, anti-sway device to stabilize the rack, and uses wheel mounts that only touch the bike tires to load them so nothing would touch the frame of the bike.
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for the Rear of a Fifth Wheel Trailer
  • There are some bike racks that are rated for the rougher ride quality that is at the back of a fifth wheel trailer. I attached a link to a page that has all of them for you to check out. The Pro Series Q-Slot part # PS63134 is a very popular option that is similar to the Swagman racks you mentioned that is confirmed to work at the back of a fifth wheel trailer. If you have a 4 inch square bumper at the rear of your trailer you could install the Curt hitch part # E-100 and be able...
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  • Fat Tire Adapter Kit for Let's Go Aero # VME-V2 Bike Rack
  • The standard cradles on the Let's Go Aero # VME-V2 will accommodate your 2-1/2 inch wide tires just fine, you won't need the # BMP038 Fat Tire Adapter. Fat Bikes have tires that are about 3-3/4 inches wide, quite a bit wider than the ones on your bike.
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  • Platform Bike Rack for the Back of a Class C Motor Home with a 2 Inch Trailer Hitch
  • There are only certain bike racks that are rated for use at the back of an RV. I have included a link to them for you. The Swagman XTC, # S64670, is not one of them but for a similar rack that you can use I recommend the Swagman Dispatch # S64684. I have included a link to a video review of this bike rack for you.
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