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Thule Helium Aero Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Jeep Wrangler

Today on our 2013 Jeep Wrangler we will be test fitting the Thule Helium Aero Hitch Minor 2 Bike Rack, part number TH9042. We will begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the bike rack in to the opening of the hitch. We will allow the integrated hinge pin to fall in to place and we will then turn the black hand knob to engage the anti rattle device. With the bike rack secured we will go over a few clearance measurements to see how they fit together. We have about 24 inches of ground clearance at the rear of the bike rack. Closet part of the bike rack to the closet part of the vehicle is about a quarter of an inch away here at the spare tire.

2013 Jeep Wrangler Bike Rack Questions

  • To determine if the Thule Parkway bike rack # TH958 will clear the spare tire on your 2013 Jeep Wrangler 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. If that distance is less than 9-3/4 inches the bike rack will clear the spare tire. I have included a link to a help article that shows how to take this measurement. At the bottom of the article we have listed various...
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  • The video that you referenced for the Thule Apex # TH9025 on the 2012 Jeep Wrangler does not use an adapter or extension. Using an adapter or extension lowers the tongue weight capacity of the hitch by half, which is why we recommend avoiding them if at all possible. If you were to use an adapter and this bike rack, be advised that fully loaded, this will overload your set-up. We also did the Draw-Tite Hitch # 75515 installation on this vehicle so I have attached the installation...
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  • You do not mention which hitch you are installing. With a stock spare tire, we found that the distance from the hitch pin hole of the Draw-Tite Class III receiver # 76104 to the furthest rearward point of the spare tire measured about 5-1/2 inches with a stock spare tire.This means that the bike rack you choose must have a hitch pin hole in the shank to closest upright portion of the rack distance greater than 5-1/2 inches. We have an excellent FAQ article that completely covers...
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  • Based on the measurements we have taken on similar Wranglers as your 2013 Jeep Wrangler the Thule Vertex Swing 4 Bike Rack # TH9031XT that you referenced should work well for you. We have measured 6 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole out to the furthest point of the spare tire on a similar Wrangler as yours, and the # TH9031 has a distance of 14 inches from the center of its hitch pin to the nearest upright bar so you should have plenty of clearance. You may want...
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  • That outer most hole you are measuring from is not a hitch pin hole. It is there for a J-pin anti-rattle device, # 63201. You would need to measure from the center of the other hole. On the stock spare tire on the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sahara that measurement should be around 6 inches. The T2, # TH9044 measures 4-1/2 inches from hitch pin hole center to the bike carrier rails when folded so it would not work. A similar rack, the Yakima HoldUp # Y02443, measures 7 inches from...
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  • It would be close but most likely yes. The Rola TX-103 3-Bike Rack # 59403 that you referenced has a distance of 10-3/4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright mast of the rack. As long as the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole on your 2013 Jeep Wrangler to the furthest point out on the spare tire is less than that this rack would fit. For most Wranglers this dimension is right at 10 inches so this should work well for you. If...
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  • 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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