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Toyota FJ Cruiser Hitch Bike Racks Questions

  • We have installed the Hidden Hitch Class III trailer hitch # 87412 on a 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser, see video link, and found that the distance needed to clear the rear part of the spare tire carrier is 8 inches. Measure from the center of the hitch pin hole straight back to the distance required to clear the spare on your vehicle to confirm. The Thule Vertex swinging rack, # TH9031XT, measures 14 inches from hitch pin hole to the back of the upright arm so it should clear the...
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  • I believe I have a swing away 4 bike rack that will work on your 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser, but the Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Carrier # TH9027 that you referenced will not have enough clearance to clear your spare tire. We have an FJ Cruiser in our parking lot that has a distance of 8-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin out to the furthest part of the spare tire. Since the # TH9027 has a distance of 7-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin to the nearest portion of the...
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  • On similar 2012 Toyota FJ Cruisers we have found that the distance from the center of the hitch-pin to the outer most edge of the spare tire is 8 inches. The Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Carrier # TH9027 has a distance of 10-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of arms of the rack so it should have plenty of clearance and work very well for you. I attached a review video for this product for you to check out also. If you plan on carrying any womens or...
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  • The best solution for your 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser is to use a rack like the Yakima SwingDaddy 4 Bike Hitch Mounted Swing Away Rack, # Y02464. This rack will swing completely out of the way of the rear door, giving you access to the cargo area of the vehicle. I have included a link to the installation details and a video review below. For this or any rack, there is an important measure you can take to determine if the rack will clear the spare tire. Measure from the center of...
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  • The Thule Parkway, part # TH956, needs 9-1/2 inches of clearance, measured back from the center of the hitch pin hole on your receiver. If you find that the 9-1/2 inches is insufficient to clear the spare tire, you have a few options. You could use a Hitch Extender, such as part # HE06, which would add 7 inches of clearance but would lower the tongue weight capacity, or the amount of downward pressure on the hitch, by 50 percent. Assuming that your hitch has a 350 pound tongue...
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  • On your 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser you will need to have a 2 inch trailer hitch to use the Thule T2 Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier, # TH916XTR. You will want to check the maximum tongue weight on your hitch. It needs to be able to handle the weight of the bike carrier, which is 56 lbs., and the maximum weight the bike carrier will carry, which is 120 lbs., so a total of 176 lbs. You will also need to measure on your vehicle to see if the bike carrier will clear the spare tire. On...
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  • When we installed a Hidden Hitch # 87412 or a Draw-Tite # 75461 on a Toyota FJ Cruiser, we discovered that the hitch pin hole to furthest rearward point of spare tire dimension is 9 inches, which means that the bike rack used would need to a have hitch pin hole to closest portion of the rack dimension greater than 9 inches. In this instance, the Kuat Beta would not fit. You will need to measure the clearance needed, as outlined in the FAQ article I have linked you to. The FAQ...
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  • I believe the perfect rack for you would be the Yakima SwingDaddy 4 Bike Carrier # Y02422. This will swing out to give you complete access to the rear of your vehicle, even if you have bikes on the rack. The arms of this rack can also fold down when you are not carrying any bikes to allow you to have better clearance at the rear of your vehicle. Check out the review video and installation instructions I attached for you to check out. If you plan on carrying any womens or...
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  • Yes, indeed! We can help you select a 2-inch hitch-mount bike rack for use on your 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser with rear-mounted spare tire. We offer a range of 4-bike hitch racks that will fit the 2-inch Class III hitch on your FJ. First, you will want to take one simple measurement of the vehicle. Measure from the center of the hitch pin hole to the rear-most part of the vehicle; in your case this will likely be the spare tire cover. The linked article illustrates how to take...
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  • First, you are going to need to measure from the center of the hitch pin hole out to the distance required to clear the spare tire on the back of your 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser. This distance will need to be less than 3 inches for the carrier to fit when folded up. There is no easy way to reduce the Swagman XTC4, # S64665, down to 2 bikes. You could take out the rear most platform and up right but the main body structure will still be there. A better option would be The Thule...
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  • To determine if you will have clearance from the spare tire to the bike rack on your Toyota FJ Cruiser you will need to take a measurement. You will need to measure from the center of the hitch pin hole straight out to the farthest edge of the spare tire. If this measurement is less than 12 inches, you will be able to mount to the SportRack 3 Bike Carrier # SR2403. The Evader measures 12 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the upright bar. The SportRack Evader 3...
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  • The Rola TX-102 Folding Bike Rack, part # 59400 offers 7-1/2 inches of clearance between the hitch pin hole and the upright portion of the rack. The best method of determining if this rack will work with your FJ Cruiser would be to measure rearward from the hitch pin hole in the receiver to find out how much clearance is required to clear the spare tire. The easiest way to do this is to take a straight piece of lumber (such as a 2x4) and stand it up straight against the face of...
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  • First, the Thule Helium Aero, # TH9042, is an awesome bike rack. But, for vehicles with a door that swings open to the side, it will not tilt down enough for you to be able to open the swinging door all the way. And you would also have to remove the bikes before tilting it anyway. What I recommend is a swinging bike rack like the Thule Vertex swinging version # TH9031XT. This rack will swing off to the side and will allow you nearly complete (if not 100 percent) access to the...
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  • From my research I found that the rear door on an FJ Cruiser opens with the hinge on the driver side of the vehicle. I recommend The SportRack Ridge Swing Bike Rack, part # SR2415. This bike carrier swings away from the rear of the vehicle allowing you room for full access to the back of your Cruiser. It has a weight capacity of 140 lbs. To help deter theft of the bike carrier or the bikes I recommend part # A32022. This includes both a hitch lock and a cable lock and is keyed-alike....
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  • To determine if the Yakima SwingDaddy, # Y02464, or any hitch mount rack will clear the spare tire on your 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser, you will need to take one important measurement. Measure from the center of the hitch pin hole straight back to the distance required to clear the spare tire on the vehicle. If the measurement is less than 11 inches then the rack will fit but you will also need a measurement less than 6 inches from the hitch pin hole to the back of the bumper for...
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  • With Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87412 installed on your 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser you will be able to use the Thule Apex bike rack # TH9025. However, with the rack tilted down you will not be able to fully open the rear door on the vehicle. What I recommend that will allow you to fully open the rear door is a a swing away bike rack. A swinging rack like # TH9027 or # TH9031XT will allow you to keep the bikes loaded, swing the rack off to the side of the vehicle, and allow you...
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  • Yes! The Kuat Sherpa Bike Carrier # S101 will work with your 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser. It has aluminum construction which in turn provides great durability. The Kuat Sherpa Bike Carrier # S101 will fit 1-1/4 and/or 2-inch (Class I-II) trailer hitch receivers. It will carry 2 bikes weighing 40 pounds each. Also, a hitch lock, cable and 2 keys are included.
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  • On the Prorack bike rack # PR8062404 it measures 10-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright mast of the rack. That should provide you with 2-1/2 inches of clearance. There is a little support gusset on the shank to the bottom of the mast that is 6-1/2 inches back from the pin hole but that should only be an issue if the bumper is further back than that. I have linked a video review of the rack for you. If you will be carrying any bikes that...
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  • If you are looking for a bike rack that will give you complete access to the rear cargo area of your vehicle I have a great solution for you. But the Rola # 59401 would not tilt far enough forward to allow you to access the cargo area of your vehicle. Instead I would recommend the Thule Vertex Swing bike rack part # TH9031XT as it can swing out and away from the back of your vehicle to give you complete access to the rear door with bikes loaded. Check out the review video I...
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  • There is a quick way to take a measurement on your 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser to see if you have the clearance for a bike carrier. You will need a tape masure and a straight edge like a yardstick or a dowel. Place the straight edge vertically against the back of the spare tire, letting it extend below the trailer hitch receiver opening. Then measure from the center of the hitch pin to the straight edge. This will give you the distance you need to clear the spare tire. I have attached...
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Toyota FJ Cruiser Trunk Bike Racks Questions

  • That is a tough one, I can usually come up with some sort of recommendation but this one has me stumped. Any spare tire bike rack, see link, is going to use the same mounting location as your backup camera is using and any hitch mounted bike rack is going to block the view of the camera. The only way I can see that bikes could be carried with your 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser would be to use a Front Mount Trailer Hitch, item # 31367, and a bike rack like the Swagman XC2 Wheel Mount...
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