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Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2017 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Kuat NV 2.0 Base platform-style 2-bike rack. That part number is BA22B. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you one of the key features of this rack. We're going to come here to the middle and pull down on our lever. That's going to allow us to tilt our bike rack with our bikes fully loaded away from our vehicle.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2017 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Rola TX-102 Hanging Style 2 Bike Rack. That part number is 59400. Now we already have our bike secured down, so first we're going to show you how we secure it in place. So we've got 3 straps, 2 on our frame and 1 as our anti-sway strap in the back. We're going to start by pulling down and lifting up to release those. Then we'll be able to pull our bike off and set it off to the side. With our bike out of the way, we'll start by taking a few measurements. First is going to be overall, what we're adding to our vehicle, it's going to be about 22.25 inches.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2017 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Swagman XC platform style 2 bike rack. That part number is S64650. Now, we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we secure it in place. we have a front and rear wheel cradle that's going to hold our bike tires in place. Here in the center we're going to have a frame hook, and this is what holds our bike down into our wheel cradles. We're going to push on the tab on our hook and just lift it straight up.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2017 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Kuat NV 2.0 platform-style 2-bike rack. That part number is NV22G. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you one of the key features of this rack. We're going to come here and pull down on our lever. That's going to allow us to tilt our bike rack away from our vehicle with our bikes fully loaded.



Yakima RidgeBack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2017 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Yakima RidgeBack hanging-style 2-bike rack. That part number is Y02457. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We have three straps, also known as ZipStrips, two on the frame and one as our anti-sway strap in the back. We're going to pinch our two sides together and pull our ZipStrips through.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2017 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Yakima LiteRider Hanging Style Two Bike Rack. That part number is Y02472. We already have our bike secured down. First we're going to show you how we secure it in place. We have three straps, also known as zip strips, two on our frame one as our anti sway in the back. We're going to squeeze together on each side our two levers, pull our strap through, and we can take it off, and set it off to the side. With our bike out of the way, I do suggest you replace your zip strips so they don't get lost or damaged. Now, we'll take a few measurements.



Yakima SwingDaddy Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2017 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Yakima SwingDaddy hanging-style 4-bike rack. That part number is Y02464. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you one of the key features of this rack. We're going to come here to the back and we're going to start by loosening up our handle. We'll loosen that completely until it hangs loose.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2017 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Kuat Transfer platform-style 2-bike rack. That part number is TS02G. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we show you one of the key features of this rack. We're going to slightly move our wheel hook out of the way and we're going to push on our foot pedal there. That will allow us to fold our bike rack out of the way with our bikes fully loaded.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2017 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Thule Doubletrack Pro platform-style 2-bike rack. That part number is TH9054. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we secure it in place. We have our cradles back here with our cam buckle straps. We'll just push on the cams on the outside.



Hollywood Racks Sport-Rider-2 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2017 Ford Explorer we're doing a test-fit of the Hollywood Rack's Sport Rider 2 Platform-Style 2-Bike Rack, that part number is: HR1000. Now we all ready have our bike secured down, we're first going to show you one of the key features of this rack. We're going to come here to the back portion and we're going to remove our pins and clips. We've got two of them here, larger one on top and the smaller one on bottom. Might help if you lift up slightly whenever pulling out that smaller pin. Now we can tilt our bike rack away from our vehicle with our bikes fully loaded. We'll check our hatch door here. We'll see we have plenty of clearance.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Ford Explorer

Today with the 2017 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Thule T2 Classic Platform Style 2 Bike Rack. That part number is TH9044. Now we already have our bike secured down, we're first going to show you one of the key features of this rack. We're going to come here to the back, and we're going to pull out on our pin. Then we'll pull down on our lever . and we can push our bike rack with our bikes fully loaded, away from our vehicle. In this position, we are going to gain that full access into our back hatch to get anything in or out that we may need. What's great about this, is we don't have to worry about removing our bikes or bike rack, and we're able to get larger or smaller items.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2017 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Thule T2 Pro XTB platform-style 2-bike rack. That part number is TH9034XT. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you one of the key features of this rack. We're going to come back here to our handle, which is easily located at the back and easy to use. We're going to squeeze that together and tilt our bike rack away from our vehicle with our bikes fully loaded.



Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2017 Ford Explorer, we're doing a test set of the Yakima Holdup Platform Style Two Bike Rack. That part number is Y02443. We already have our bikes secured down. We're first going to show you one of the key features of this rack. I'm going to come here to the back and pull out on our red pin here, and we can tilt our bike rack away from our vehicle with our bikes fully loaded. What's great about this is that we're going to gain access into our back hatch area. You'll see we have just enough room between our handlebars.



Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Raceway Pro Two Bike Rack, part number TH9001PRO. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first feature I would like to show is the integrated cable lock here. You pull it out, wrap it around the bike in the front, attach it to this point here and lock it for additional security to prevent theft and tampering. It grabs your bike by three points. You have two straps up at the top here and one out to the side.



Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today, on our 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting a Thule Gateway XT2 bike rack, part # TH9006XT. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How the bike is actually attached to the rack, we're going to have three points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have two straps, up at the top here and one off to the side. That's going to serve as an anti squeeze trap to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth and possibly damaging the bikes in front of it. Let's go and take that off and set that aside. With the bike in this position, I'm going to go ahead and give you a quick measurement.



Thule Archway Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test-fitting the Thule Archway XT 2-Bike Rack, part number TH9009XT. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first feature I'd like to show off is it has this integrated cable lock here at the end. You'll pull the cable out, wrap it around the bikes, and put it back into this portion here, and then lock it into place, preventing theft and tampering. It grips the bike by 3 points.



Thule Passage Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer we're going to be test fitting the Thule Passage 2 Bike Rack, part number TH910xt. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now how this actually grips the bike, we're going to have three points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have two rubber straps up at the top here and one off to the side. That's going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth and possibly hitting the bike in front of it. Let's go ahead and take it off and set it aside. With it in this position, I'm going to go ahead and give you a quick measurement.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today in our 2006 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Kuat NV 2.0 2-Bike Rack, part number NV22G. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now the most important feature about this bike rack is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that, we go to this latch here. It's nice and easy to get to as opposed to the latches that are underneath.



Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Male: Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be testing the Yakima Hold Up 2 bike rack. Part number Y02443. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look, and show off some of its features. Now the first impression was an expensive feature about this bike rack because the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that we'll hold on to the bike rack like so, make sure it doesn't slip out.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer, we're doing a test fit of the Kuat Sherpa 2.0 platform style 2 bike rack. That part number is, SH22B. Now, this comes in multiple different colors. Here we have the black. Also comes in a grey and a pearl color. Also, comes with a cable lock and wheel strap, although we are not using those today.



Inno Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Inno Tire Hold platform-style 2-bike rack. That part number is INH305. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're going to go over some features, show you how we secure our bike into place, and then take a few measurements. The first feature I want to show you is our tilting feature because we can do this with our bike rack fully loaded. We'll come down here and pull on our lever, lowering that down.



Yakima Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today, on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test-fitting the Yakima full-back three trunk mount bike rack. Part number Y0263. As you can see, we already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How the bike is attached to the rack, we have three points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have two zip trips up top here, and one off to the side, which is going to act as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike form moving too far back and forth, hitting either the rack, the vehicle, or the bikes in front in it. Also, at the end here, there is an integrated cable-lock. Pop that out.





Ford Explorer Bike Rack Questions

  • The rear spoiler at the top of the hatch on the 2016 Ford Explorer is not meant to support weight. Because of this there is one type of trunk mount bike rack I recommend; the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top rack # HRF2. This rack has an extra arm piece to move the top straps up and over the spoiler so no weight is put on it. I have included a link to a video showing this rack on a 2015 Explorer. You don't have to have a roof rack like the model in the picture for it to work....
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  • 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....
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  • With platform bike racks like the two you mentioned we can't ever really tell if the rack would allow the rear hatch of a vehicle to open unless we have tested the rack on the vehicle and were using bikes with similar heights and handlebar lengths. If rear cargo area access is important and you want a bike that is easy to use and is very secure I have a different solution for you to go with that I know you would be happy with. My favorite bike rack to recommend is the Thule...
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  • The difference between the Thule Parkway # TH958 and the Thule Roadway # TH912XTR is that the Roadway has folding arms, and the anti-sway cradles and the Parkway does not. The anti-sway cradles help to keep your bikes from making contact with each other as you travel. If you are wanting to stick with Thule, then the only bike racks that are available that fit in the 2 inch receivers without an adapter are the 5 bike racks, and the swing-aways. Even though they are similar,...
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  • I looked up the Giant Revive bike and it is an interesting design but it is possible that they will fit on the Swagman XC bike carrier # S64650. The hooks come down pretty far and on your bikes they would have to settle on the part of the frame just above the pedal cranks. If you measure from the ground to the top of the frame just above the pedal crank and it is 15 inches or more then the bikes will fit on the Swagman XC.
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  • All of the trunk mounted bike racks that we list for your 2016 Ford Explorer have been tested on your vehicle to verify that they will fit and work without issue. Since you are concerned about spoiler interference the best solution is going to be the Hollywood Rack Over the Top part # HRF2-3 which is listed as a fit for your vehicle and is specifically designed to fit vehicles that have spoilers without touching them. Adjustable arms means that you can adjust the angle of...
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  • I do have a solution for you but much of what you have heard is true. While the Thule Passage # TH910XT technically fits the 2016 Ford Explorer you do not want to put stress on that spoiler so I do not recommend it. What I recommend is the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top rack # HRF2. This rack is designed specifically for vehicles like your Explorer that have a spoiler. It is constructed with an additional upper arm piece that moves the straps up and off of the spoiler so no weight...
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  • The rack that Yakima recommends is the FullBack 3 part # Y02633 which is a confirmed fit and would be a great option. I attached an install video that shows this rack being installed on a similar 2016 Explorer 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 Kuat Bike Frame Adapter Bar # UB01 to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes to provide an attachment point. I attached...
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  • You should not put stress or weight on the rear spoiler on your 2016 Ford Explorer and there is only one kind of trunk mount rack that can do that. Take a look at the Hollywood Racks Over-The-Top rack # HRF2 for 2 bikes or # HRF2-3 for 3 bikes. These racks have an extra arm piece that moves the straps up and over the spoiler so no weight or stress is put on it. I have included a link to a video showing how it works. The Yakima FullBack, # Y02634, is a great rack but it would...
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  • The roofline spoiler on your 2014 Ford Explorer is new on this series and you are indeed wise to be concerned about bike rack fits with this cosmetic feature. The Thule Raceway PRO # TH9002PRO 3-bike trunk-mount rack uses four nylon-coated cables for attachment; two of these go up over the spoiler to attach to the roof rack. While the spoiler will not really bear the weight of the carrier and bikes, it will surely have pressure put on it. We do offer a specialized carrier from...
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  • We do not recommend putting any weight on the spoiler on your 2015 Ford Explorer. However there is a trunk mount rack you can use that will not be a problem for the spoiler. Take a look at the Hollywood Racks Over-The-Top rack # HRF2-3. This rack has an additional upper arm piece that moves the top straps up and over the spoiler so no weight is put on it. I have linked a video review of this rack for you. If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar...
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  • The Swagman XTC2 part # S64670 that you referenced comes with an anti-rattle hitch pin already. If you were looking for a way to lock the rack you would want the # S64029 as it is the correct fit for the XTC. The other lock you mentioned is for racks that are only designed for 2 inch hitches.
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  • We can help you select 2-bike trunk-mount racks for your police force's fleet vehicles, 2015 Ford Explorers and 2015 Chevrolet Tahoes. Yakima makes their FullBack Bike Rack # Y02633, which happens to fit both the 2015 Explorer and the 2015 Tahoe. This rack offers a compelling mix of virtues: steel construction, moderate cost, light weight, narrowly-spaced arms for good fit on many bike frame styles and a substantial 45-lbs-per-bike carrying capacity. As with all Yakima bike...
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  • The Thule Passage # TH910XT is a fit for the 2014 Ford Explorer with or without the automatic lift gate. However you would want to exercise caution NOT to trigger the automatic lift gate because doing so could cause some problems (hatch could fall unexpectedly, it may not open, changing geometry between vehicle and bike rack hooks could deform metal on the vehicle). It is recommended to remove the bike rack when not in use. If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have...
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  • The 3 bike trunk mounted bike rack I would recommend for your 2014 Ford Explorer would be the Thule Raceway 3 bike rack part # TH9002PRO. What makes this rack far superior to the others is the attachment system. It uses 4 retractable coated steel cables to attach to the vehicle rather than 6 nylon straps like other racks. This makes installation quick and easy and the cables also last longer. The cables store inside the rack so there are no loose straps ends to flap around....
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  • The Thule Doubletrack bike carrier # TH990XT fits both 1-1/4 and 2 inch trailer hitches. Provided your 2014 Ford Explorer has a trailer hitch, the bike carrier will fit that hitch. I have included a link to a video that shows the carrier on a 2013 Ford Explorer which will be similar to your 2014 since they are part of the same generation.
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  • There are numerous trunk mount bike racks that are listed as fitting the 2014 Ford Explorer. I have included a link to them for you to the right. The Thule Archway, # TH9010XT, is one of the racks listed as a fit. I have linked a video review for you. I do not recommend a Yakima rack if you need to carry three bikes because even with a 3-bike Yakima rack you will be limited to 2 bikes because of how the rack needs to install. If your Explorer has a spoiler at the top of...
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  • I checked with Thule and they list the Thule # TH911XT as a fit for your 2014 Ford Explorer and the top straps would run over the spoiler. Thule has determined that the spoiler is strong enough for this but you best option would be the Hollywood Racks Over the Top part # HRF2-3 which is designed to fit over vehicle spoilers and not put any pressure on them. Check out the review video I attached for more info as well. The video is of a 2013 Explorer very similar to yours. If...
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  • The Thule Raceway trunk mount bike rack # TH9002PRO is listed as a fit for your 2014 Ford Explorer. However I cannot advise going against anything in the vehicle owners manual. I recommend installing a trailer hitch, # C13100, and using a hitch mount bike rack such as # 59400. This will actually cost less than the Raceway and you will have the added benefit of a trailer hitch that you could use for other accessories such as a cargo carrier or for towing should the need arise....
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  • You can take a quick measurement to see if the bikes you have will work with the arms of the Thule Passage 2 Bike Carrier, part # TH910XT. The arms measure 14 inches center-to-center. Since you said you have girls bikes, they normally have a step-through frame which means if they are placed in the carrier, they would not be anywhere close to level. If placing the bikes in the carrier cause part of the bike to block your view, I recommend a bar adapter like part # 64005. This...
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