Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack - Spare Tire Mount - Folding Dual Arms

Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack - Spare Tire Mount - Folding Dual Arms

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  • 2 Bikes
  • Dual Arm
  • Thule
  • Frame Mount - Anti-Sway
  • Hanging Rack
  • Bike and Rack Lock
  • Folding
This rack lets you carry 2 bikes of different sizes and styles on your spare tire. It has dual arms with anti-sway cradles, and it adjusts for various tire sizes and for offset spares. Locks secure your bikes to the rack and the rack to your vehicle. Lowest Prices for the best spare tire bike racks from Thule. Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack - Spare Tire Mount - Folding Dual Arms part number TH963PRO can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Thule Spare Tire Bike Racks - TH963PRO

This rack lets you carry 2 bikes of different sizes and styles on your spare tire. It has dual arms with anti-sway cradles, and it adjusts for various tire sizes and for offset spares. Locks secure your bikes to the rack and the rack to your vehicle.


Features:

  • Spare-tire-mounted rack lets you carry 2 bikes on the back of your vehicle
  • Stay-Put anti-sway cradles with rubber straps securely hold bikes at 3 points
    • Prevent bike-to-bike and bike-to-car contact
  • Narrowly spaced dual arms provide excellent bike support
    • Allow easy bike loading and unloading
    • Fold down when not in use
  • Mounting plate fits most spare tire lug nut patterns
  • 2 Mounting brackets and 2 standoffs adapt the rack for use on a variety of tire widths
  • Versatile rack can be repositioned to center your bikes on vehicles with offset spare tires
  • One-Key System locks deter theft of the rack and your bikes
    • Locking hand knob secures rack to the mounting plate
    • Integrated cable lock secures your bikes to the rack
  • Load strap reduces movement of bike handlebars and wheels during transport
  • Rubber spacers cushion the bike rack against the spare tire
  • Heavy-duty powder coated steel tubing and injection-molded nylon components ensure durability
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Application: all current vehicles with factory rear-mounted spare tires
    • Fits tires up to 12.5" wide x 33" in diameter
    • Will not fit vehicles with spare-tire-mounted backup cameras
  • Carrying capacity: 2 bikes
  • Distance between arms (outside cradle to outside cradle): 17-1/2"
  • Offset adjustment: 4" left or right
  • Weight capacity: 75 lbs total (35 lbs per bike)
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Approved for use on cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs

Note: This dual-arm rack reduces the need for a bike frame adapter bar (sold separately) to mount a children's, women's, or alternative frame bicycle. However, to mount certain bikes or to keep your bike level on the rack, a bike adapter bar may be required. Most step-through bikes, dual-suspension bikes, and small children's bikes will require a bike adapter bar.


Thule 2-Bike Rack for OEM rear-mounted spare tires

The Thule Spare Me is a great way to utilize your vehicle's spare tire to carry up to 2 bikes. The rack easily attaches to most rear-mounted spare tires with a mounting plate and hand knob, and it's built of durable materials - powder coated steel and weather-resistant, injection-molded nylon.


Versatile Rack Fits Most Spare Tires

Thule Spare Me spare-tire-mounted bike rack mounting plate

The Spare Me bike rack installs on your spare tire mount with a plate and bracket. The mounting plate fits over the lug nuts of your spare tire, and the bracket extends from the plate through your spare tire's pilot hole to provide an attachment point for the rack. You can position this plate at 12 o'clock or 6 o'clock, depending on your spare tire's lug nut pattern.


Thule Spare Me spare-tire-mounted bike rack long and short mounting plates

The rack comes with the short mounting bracket installed. For larger tires, you can swap out the short mounting bracket for the long mounting bracket.


Thule Spare Me spare-tire-mounted bike rack standoff extensions

To fine-tune the fit of the bike rack on your spare tire, a long standoff extension and short standoff extension are included. Use the appropriate combination of a mounting bracket and standoff extension to ensure that there is at least a 1/2" overlap between the mounting bracket and the square post of the mounting plate. To help determine the appropriate configuration of mounting brackets and standoff extensions for your tire size, see the table below.


Tire Size

Adapter/Bracket To Use

P195 - P235Short Mounting Bracket
P235 - P275, 31", 32"Long Mounting Bracket and Short Standoff
P285, 12.5, 33"Long Mounting Bracket and Long Standoff

Adjustable for Offset Spare Tires

Thue Spare Me spare-tire-mounted bike rack adjusted for offset spares

The Spare Me can be adjusted to center your bikes on a vehicle with an offset spare tire. If your spare is offset, remove the bolts that hold the rack to the mounting bracket. Reposition the bracket 4" to the left or 4" to the right - depending on your offset - and reattach the bracket to the rack using the existing holes on the rack.


Locking Hand Knob and Cable Lock

Thule Spare Me spare-tire-mounted bike rack locking hand knob

The bike rack secures to the mounting plate with a hand knob and threaded bolt. The hand knob includes a One-Key System lock for securing the rack to your vehicle.


Thule Spare Me spare-tire-mounted bike rack cable lock

A built-in cable lock secures your bikes to the rack. The cable deploys from the arm and locks to a second cable built into the upright arm of the rack on the same side. The cable lock and receptacle store inside the arms when not in use.


Thule One-Key System convenience

The One-Key System cylinders can be swapped out if you own other Thule products and want to use the same key to lock them all.


Anti-Sway Cradles

Thule Spare Me spare-tire-mounted bike rack Stay-Put anti-sway cradles

Stay-Put cradles with anti-sway cages hold your bikes firmly in place on the rack. The cradles and straps are made of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), a stretchy, gel-like substance that absorbs road shock and minimizes vibration to reduce the stress of travel on your bike frames. The nylon anti-sway cages provide a third point of contact that prevents sway and bike-to-bike contact.


Folding Dual Arms

Thule Spare Me spare-tire-mounted bike rack folding dual arms

The rack's dual arms provide great bike support and stability. They fold down for garage parking clearance and for storage. Simply loosen the knobs, push down on the arms until they snap into place, then tighten the knobs again. The knobs and the side plates are made from durable, weather-resistant, injection-molded nylon.


Safety Straps

Thule Spare Me spare-tire-mounted bike rack bike stabilizing strap

The bike rack comes with a load strap for securing handlebars and bike wheels during transport.


Thule Spare Me spare-tire-mounted bike rack oversize spare tire anchor strap

There is also a safety strap included for when you're using the rack on an oversize spare tire (P235 or above). This strap wraps around the top and bottom tubes of the rack and is tightened with a metal cam buckle.


Rubber Spacers

Thule Spare Me spare-tire-mounted bike rack rubber spacers

Rubber spacers on the bike rack frame stabilize it against your spare tire, helping to prevent the bike rack from shifting during transport. These spacers also guard your spare against damage caused by the bike rack rubbing against the tire.



963PRO Thule Spare Me Pro 2 Bicycle Carrier - Spare Tire Mount - Folding Dual Arms



TH963PRO Installation InstructionsInstallation Details TH963PRO Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

1999 - 2000 Isuzu Amigo

1996 - 2004 Oldsmobile Bravada

1984 - 1990 Ford Bronco II

1979 - 1986 Jeep CJ-7

1997 - 2006 Honda CR-V

1995 - 1997 Land Rover Defender

1994 - 1998 Land Rover Discovery

1999 - 2004 Land Rover Discovery II

2002 - 2005 Land Rover Freelander

1999 - 2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara

2003 - 2009 Hummer H2

2005 - 2010 Hummer H3

1995 - 2001 GMC Jimmy

2018 - 2018 Jeep JK Wrangler

2018 - 2018 Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited

2002 - 2007 Jeep Liberty

1990 - 2006 Mitsubishi Montero

1997 - 2004 Mitsubishi Montero Sport

1998 - 2002 Honda Passport

1996 - 2012 Toyota RAV4

1991 - 2004 Isuzu Rodeo

2001 - 2003 Isuzu Rodeo Sport

1983 - 1994 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer

1991 - 1998 Suzuki Sidekick

1996 - 1999 Acura SLX

1995 - 2002 Kia Sportage

1997 - 2006 Jeep TJ

1999 - 2004 Chevrolet Tracker

1990 - 2002 Isuzu Trooper

1984 - 1989 Isuzu Trooper II

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Video of Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack - Spare Tire Mount - Folding Dual Arms


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Thule Spare Me Spare Tire Mount Bike Rack Review - 2009 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2009 Toyota RAV4, we're going to do a test of the Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Carrier, part number TH963XTR. Where we can install our carrier, we've already gone ahead and removed the spare tire cover. Now let's go ahead and remove the spare tire so that we can fit our adaptor plate. Now that we have the spare tire off, we'll go ahead and fit on our adaptor plate and then reinstall the spare tire. With this spare tire reinstalled, we can now go ahead and slide on our bike carrier and tying it down with the locking knob. With the tightening knob tying down and in the locked position, our carrier is now secured to the vehicle.

Let's go ahead and load up a bike so we can see what it looks like with a bike installed on our carrier. First, I'll take my straps off the cradles and make it easier to install the bike. In just a few simple steps, you can see how our bike is loaded up and we're ready to hit the road. Now let's go ahead and show you how we can still access the rear cargo area. And there you have it for the Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Carrier, part number TH963XTR on our 2009 Toyota RAV4..


Customer Reviews

Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack - Spare Tire Mount - Folding Dual Arms - TH963PRO

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (115 Customer Reviews)

This rack lets you carry 2 bikes of different sizes and styles on your spare tire. It has dual arms with anti-sway cradles, and it adjusts for various tire sizes and for offset spares. Locks secure your bikes to the rack and the rack to your vehicle.

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2003 Honda CR-V

quick, easy mount and removal. not too thrilled with the fact it rusted near the ends of the rack bars. need to maintain it with rustoleum. did they not think it would be exposed to weather?? 494645



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2002 Land Rover Discovery II

etrailer are a great company to work with, excellent customer service. I've bought a couple things from them, the latest being a Thule bike carrier. It's a Thule so it's robust and does exactly what it's meant to. Unfortunately, when it arrived the box looked a little beat up. Inside I noticed some minor damage to the frame (tiny little dent in frame) Nothing that would compromise use but thought I'd let them know. Got an immediate response apologizing for inconvenience and letting me know brand new one had been shipped. I print off a pre paid label and have UPS pick up the damaged one. Few days later replacement arrives double boxed for protection. 499293



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At this point I can only provide comment on the service, as I have not yet had a chance to remove the product from its shipping container. However, I can say that the service has been great. I phoned in the order to a very knowledgable and helpful person at Etrailer. She subsequently sent me three emails to keep me aware of the status of the order. It must have been shipped within 12-24 hours of the ordering phone call and it arrived today, four days later (one of which was New Year's day). I am off to a great start with the Thule rack and with E trailer! 111866


Comments

The Thule bike rack spare time mount has been to Florida and back. No problems to report. We are about to leave for Florida again. Again two bikes but this time one is a fat tire bike Sun Crusher 7 with wide handle bars. Will have to see how they fit together. Anticipate having to remove handle bars to get both bikes on. Well see how that goes.As a follow-up to Etrailer, from whom I bought the Thule rack, they were to have gotten back to me about a refund on a part, but I never heard back. It was a small issue, so it has not changed my mind about them being a very good supplier.

Thom J - 01/03/2015

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Thank you very much for the follow up. I did check into your order notes and saw that a credit was issued on 1/19/14 to your account for the replacement handle that you referenced. We will be in touch with you soon regarding this credit.

-- Rachael H - 1/5/2015


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Toyota RAV4

I wanted to respond to you to let you know that I had a really good experience ordering from etrailer. I was informed every step of the way, from the moment I ordered it online, all the way up until it was delivered to my doorstep. I was very impressed!! The bike rack itself was easy to install on my car - I have a RAV4 so it was important to me to be able to still be able to open my trunk with the rack on. Haven't gotten to actually use it yet (I've been temporarily deployed with the military), but I can't wait to! I've attached a picture as well - it looks so spiffy, and makes me seem more athletic than I actually am. Again, great experience, and I would definitely recommend etrailer to others in a second. Have a great day! 135056



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2011 Toyota RAV4

This bike rack works great. Took my bike on a cross country road trip from Tampa, Florida to Whistler, British Columbia and back with no issues. There was no slipping or excessive shaking with highway speeds up to 80ish mph. Encountered 105 degree heat, rain squalls and snow storms with no issues. No problems with the set up and the fact that the rear spare tire on my 2011 Toyota Rav4 is off center was not an issue as the rack can accommodate for this. It's a well made product from a reputable company. Make sure to read the directions as they advise against opening the rear hatch with the bike on the rack due to weight concerns. Shipping was quick as were replies to questions to customer service. Follow up correspondence from etrailer was also appreciated. Overall great experience, would highly recommend the product as well as etrailer. Thanks! 464529


Comments

Thanks for the follow up! The bike rack continues to work great. It survived another cross-country trip this year. Hope you guys had a successful holiday season.

Andre - 01/04/2019

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2010 Toyota RAV4

Received the rack yesterday and installed on my wife's 2010 RAV4. Fits perfectly without any of the extenders or extra mounting pads. Will be easy for her to quickly use without my help. Only suggestion to THULE... The locking knob is shipped with a plastic plug in the hole where the lock is to be installed. the directions say to remove with a screwdriver. I quickly stripped the grove with a normal sized screwdriver. You would need a huge screwdriver to fit the grove. I had to wrestle it out with a pair of pliers - it is then discarded and you install the lock. Would have been a lot easier with just a hole. Once I got that out, rack mounts easily and looks good. 114551


Comments

I ran into the same problem with the plastic plug on that knob. It is still in there and ran into another problem. I screwed the knob on. It began to get tight and i kept turning it. Now the knob just turns freely and doesnt screw any further. Did I strip the knob somehow? I didnt muscle it too hard, it just popped and now just spins freely. Do I need to buy a new knob now?

-- comment by: DJ - 03/31/2014

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Double check to make sure the lock is not in the locked position. When the lock is locked, the knob spins freely so that a thief cannot get the rack off the vehicle. When the lock core is unlocked, the knob re-engages and will free the rack.

-- Patrick B - 4/2/2014


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2005 Honda CR-V

Much easier to install and use than I e xpected! 519665



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2013 Jeep Wrangler

After a week of comparing, I decided that this Thule Spare Me 2 bike carrier was the perfect choice to haul my bike on my new 2013 Jeep Wrangler. My husband has a Thule Vertex Swing 4 bike carrier on his truck, which we love. I could transfer it to the hitch on my Jeep whenever I need it, but I wanted something that I could leave on my Jeep that also wouldn’t be in the way when I wasn’t using for my bike. When not in use, this Spare Me carrier folds down out of the way and it doesn’t cause me to make any changes when backing up in tight spaces unlike the hitch mounted carrier. It was easy to install. I am only 5 feet tall and not very handy with tools. I was able to take off the spare tire with the lug wrench that is in my Jeep easily, pop out the center Jeep logo from the tire, put on the mounting plate and reinstall my spare without help. I then installed the carrier, my bike, cleaned up the packing materials, and even had my husband come admire my handiwork- all in less than an hour. I can easily fold and unfold the arm and secure it in just a few seconds. It is easy to mount my bike to it and all the straps hold my bike securely and are easy to use. It is also easy to open the straps and take down my bike, so I can be off riding and not fussing over how to get my bike off. I have no problems opening the gate of my Jeep when the bike is not mounted. I don’t know if I would recommend opening the gate with the bikes on. I have already used the Spare Me for my bike and my nephew’s bike. I drove it over 50 miles at interstate speed and the bikes stayed in place securely. You do need to follow the instructions and use the straps provided to keep the bikes from moving too much. I also use some simple inexpensive hardware store hook and loop straps that keep the wheels in place during transport. From previous experience, I don’t care for bungee cords they stretch too much and don’t hold or pull too hard on my wheels and cause problems with alignment. I learned that lesson the hard way. My only complaint about the carrier is that the integrated lock for securing the bikes to the carrier is not long enough to accommodate a women’s bike. It works perfectly to go over the top bar on the frame of a man’s bike, but since a women’s bike needs to use an adapter bar for this style bike carrier, the lock only secures the adapter bar. Some women’s bike adapter bars on the market have locks, but the one I own does not. For me, this isn’t a huge problem. I have a separate cable bike lock that I will use if I need to leave my bike unattended. The lock that secures the carrier to the vehicle works as described, so no worries there. I also want to say that etrailer amazed me with the shipping. I could have order this same product from my Jeep dealer, but they said I would take them 10 business days to get it. I didn’t want to wait 2 weeks. The price was nearly the same from etrailer so I took my chances that I would get it faster. I order this Friday afternoon and UPS delivered it to me Monday afternoon. Wow! I also selected etrailer because they have the clearest videos and instructions. I was truly able to compare the products and feel like I was making informed decisions based on my skill level and needs. If I ever need something like this again I will remember etrailer. 99618



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2007 Toyota RAV4

My wife and I received our bike rack just in time to take a 900 mile roundtrip to SC to go camping with our family. I am not mechanically inclined but with a little help from my wife we figured out pretty quickly how to get the rack attached to our 2007 Toyota RAV IV. We had no problem carrying our two bikes there and back. We did need the adapter bar for the lady's bike in order to carry it along with my road bike. Now if it will just stop raining! 79525


Comments

My husband and I are looking for a new or slightly used vehicle to have for fun camping, biking, hiking trips. Is the Toyota rav 4 great for camping? It sounds like we will need a new bike rack. Thule seems to make stellar gear. BTW, where did your family camp? We are always looking for new places. We live in Cary, NC.

-- comment by: cindi b - 06/25/2013

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The RAV 4, among other small SUVs and wagons, makes a great vehicle for outdoor adventures, right now it is in the top 20 among our customers. Small SUVs are great for getting outdoors because they are versatile, without being bulky or cumbersome. I always see a few of them at one of our local mountain biking hot spots. Because they have been so popular with the outdoors crowd, many manufacturers have a lot of offerings that are compatible with the RAV 4. The most common limitation is the size. Depending on the number of people and the activity/ies, small SUVs can be too small, but that is all relative. With the RAV 4, you will have 3 bike carrying options: spare tire mount, hitch mount and roof mount. With spare tire racks, on a 2012 RAV 4 for example, you will be limited to 2 bikes. If you went with a 2 inch hitch, there are carriers that will haul up to 5 bikes available. There are some swingout models that will allow full use of the lateral swing hatch door without removing the rack. Roof racks are a great option because it keeps the rear of the vehicle free for a cargo carrier and roof rack system can be configured to haul cargo, kayaks, bikes, skis and just about anything else. As you are shopping and deciding on your vehicle, you can use our Vehicle Fitguide to see what accessories are available for a given vehicle.

-- Patrick B - 6/26/2013

Comments

Hunting Island State Park near Beaufort , SC.

-- comment by: Steve D - 06/27/2013

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Thanks for coming back and sharing!

-- Patrick B - 6/27/2013


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2012 Toyota RAV4

I haven't used the rack yet on my 2012 RAV4, but assembly and mounting were easy. Customer service was excellent! Photos attached. 57144



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2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Great product. So glad I chose this one instead of one of the other types I'd seen around town. Didn't like the design of the ones that fit into the trailer hitches or on the roof. Found this one online and called to order. Steve (I think it was Steve) was extremely helpful and suggested the Swagman adapter which is worth its weight also. Totally satisfied with it and enjoying it every chance we get. 491144


Comments

Were still enjoying it very much and very glad I chose this particular Thule model. It is definitely one of the things that is helping keep us young !

Don - 04/02/2019

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Jeep Wrangler

Awesome product. Easy installation. Multi function rack. Carry beach chairs and umbrella on the beach and bikes when needed. Freeing up space in our Jeep Wrangler... more room for the dogs. 699595



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2009 Toyota RAV4

The product arrived within a few days. It was easy to install and works as advertised. One of the main reasons I purchased this model was from reading the product reviews and being confident it would fit my 2009 RAV4. Solid product from Thule. Holds 2 bikes easily and without movement or vibration. Can open my back door though not supposed to actually. Really great product. 670314



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The rack is easy to install, folds down nicely. It holds two bikes well- feels a little flimsy, but we have driven thousands of miles with the bikes on the back with no issues. We are quite happy with our purchase. 642053



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1999 Chevrolet Tracker

We ordered this rack to carry our Mountain bikes on our 4 wheel drive. It fit nicely over the spare with little fuss. Instructions were not all that good so we watched the video here at etrailer.com which answered our questions. In the end we couldn't get our bikes to fit the rack and requested a return. They handled the return easily with no problem and issued the refund. Good company. 636402



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Jeep Liberty

Just installed the rack on my Jeep Liberty. It's perfect. And the ordering and service from etrailer was great 558811



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2009 Hummer H3

worked great for our bikes! Drove from VA to New England 551042



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2007 Toyota RAV4

This bike rack was a Godsend. This is an Excellent product I highly recommend. Excellent customer service. Keep up the good work. 544510



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2012 Jeep Wrangler

This bike rack is very high quality. It holds the bike very tight, with no movement after securing the two wheels together. I watched the bike on my first trip and saw very little vibrating. I would recommend this product to others. Excellent quality & customer service! 521126



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2018 Jeep JK Wrangler

Purchased a new vehicle and was in a quandry about installing a hitch receiver mount when I found the Thule 963pro. Mounted to my spare tire in a snap and was perfect for my Trek bicycle. This was a perfect solution for my needs in transporting my bike. etrailer took my order and very promptly shipped. Very easy company to deal with. 519098



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2000 Toyota RAV4

We've had our bike rack a year and couldn't be more happy with it. It worked for the model car we have and has worked perfectly. Great product. 508562



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Pontiac Trans Sport Van

etrailer service was attentive and blindingly rapid. The Thule spare me 2 installed relatively easily - the hardest part being the lock core installations, I'm not sure why that task isn't completed at the factory. The bike carrier is designed to stay installed when not in use, it is compact and folds neatly. It allows me to open my tailgate fully with a bike on the rack. The rack provides locking facilities. These are the main reasons I selected the bike rack. Another reason is more personal - I am able to load the rack in my garage with ample room to walk easily all the way around my jeep without opening the garage door. That's huge. The unit appears to be sturdy enough. I haven't had a chance to transport with it yet but I will this weekend. 504096



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2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Works great with my 35 inch tire 494793



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Jeep Wrangler

Super fast (2 day) shipment and delivery of the Thule Spare Me (Spare Tire) bike rack for my grandson's Jeep Wrangler from etrailer.com. The instructions were very straightforward and helpful in getting the bike rack put together and placed on the Jeep. The Thule materials which comprise the rack were also first rate (light but very sturdy). I am very pleased with my experience with etrailer.com and intend to do more business with this fine seller. Because of your quick delivery of the bike rack (along with its ease of assembly on the spare tire), I will now be able to drive my grandson's jeep this week out to him in Los Angeles where he is stationed with the U.S. Coast Guard. Thank you very much for making this all possible. 486374



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Love it 474577



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Jeep

This bike rack is great for both my mountain bike and road bike. I use it on my 2017 Jeep Wrangler-fits nicely on the rear spare tire, very low profile when stored, so adds no length to the rig. Super easy and quick to deploy and mount my bike, takes less than a minute to toss my bike on it and head to the trails. Slim and light but very sturdy and stable. Holds 2 bikes when needed- sometimes a buddy needs a lift home with a flat and we throw his bike on and get him home too. Great product. 473416



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1999 Honda CR-V

Great ride. On time and friendly, pleasant man 462579



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Jeep Wrangler

We purchased this bike rack for our Jeep Wrangler. The product is well built and easy to install. We chose this style rather than the hitch style so that we could open the Jeep tailgate without removing the bike. The service from e-trailer was exactly what we needed. There's great descriptions on the website and a large library of very useful videos. Once we received the rack, we also received a personalized follow up email to make sure that we were satisfied. Big thumbs up from etrailer all the way around, I highly recommend them! 439717



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2006 Honda CR-V

Rack seems good and sturdy. Went on to my CR-V fairly easily. My only real complaint is with the printed documentation. It makes numerous references to the "fit guide" but not where or how to find it. After much hunting here's what it seems: The online version of the user manual has the "fit guide" at the end - the printed version sent with the rack does not. But even the material at the end of the online manual is hard to interpret / understand as the notes apply to various types of racks and it's not clear which ones, if any, apply to this one. 430667


Comments

The rack is still working well. Maybe too well. It facilitated taking our bikes to a trail that was a little rougher than we were prepared for. My wife fell over & broke her wrist on a sand patch so we havent been using the rack as much lately lol.

Jason A - 09/10/2018

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2011 Toyota RAV4

Has performed well and has held up remarkably. rubber clamps from age are cracking 419675



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Toyota RAV4

Just what I was looking for, held two bikes with no sway or movement at all. The plug for the lock is ridiculous as others have reviewed, it broke off so I had to use needle nose pliers to remove it. This was minor the rack is well put together and easy to install. 412861


Comments

All good! Best bike rack I have ever owned! Pura Vida,

Ray C - 07/31/2018

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Feel the bikes are solid on the rack while pulling the bikes with us. 408186



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Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Compact and easy to install 390826



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2017 Jeep Wrangler

Product did not fit an oversized tire (P265) on my jeep wrangler. The Safety Strap was not long enough to secure the bracket to the tire. The long and short mounting brackets did not properly fit on the back tire. When I called tech support, the answer was to take the long mounting bracket to a machine shop and get it cut down to the correct size. 389752


Comments

Since the mounting bracket was cut to the correct size, I do not have any issues or concerns transporting my road or mtn bikes. The bracket configuration provides flexibility to utilize bungee cords to secure the new mtn bike frame securely.

Doug S - 06/26/2018

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Jeep Wrangler

Excellent customer service. Made recommendations on the right bike rack for my vehicle (Jeep Wrangler - Sport). Delivered in time!! 382421



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Great product. Easy on/off and carries the bike very well. Does notify all frames from what I've seen though. Some of the more "funky" frames might not work. Mine is a pretty straight bar across the top and it works great. 377522



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2015 Jeep Wrangler

PRODUCT IS PERFECT FOR MY JEEP SAHARA 4 DOOR, 2015. I HAD MY MECHANIC INSTALL IT IN 1/2 HOUR. PERFECT FOR TWO BIKES. FULL ACCESS TO THE TRUNK. NO CLEARANCE ISSUES. LOVED THE INSTALL VIDEO ON ETRAILER.COM , TOO. LOVED THE REVIEWS. REALLY SOLD ME ON BUYING IT. CAN'T WAIT TO USE. VERY WELL BUILT. TYPICAL THOULE. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. 366977


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LOVE IT!

JAG - 04/13/2018

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2014 Jeep Wrangler

Installed this on a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 2dr. Install was a snap and the bike rack has worked out very well. Good paint finish and after a year it is holding up like brand new. Rubber ties are also like brand new. Very pleased overall. 364117



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The bike rack arrived 1 day before scheduled delivery date. The video and instruction booklet were very helpful during installation(was not difficult to install). It's a nice looking rack and it seems as though it will serve it's purpose. 339260



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Great product extremely quick delivery. Best thing is videos demonstrating different products very helpful. 337481



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I love my bike rack i go evrerywhere whit it and my bike best product i ever bought thank you. 334491



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2006 Honda CR-V

Relatively easy installation. Two bikes fit very well, with little motion once secured with the rubber straps and the tie down. Would like to see the tie down be a few inches longer in order to be able to capture the front tires on both bicycles; could only get the frames and the front tire closest to the car. We have used the rack a couple of times, and my wife is also able to load the bikes with relative ease. 312193


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We used the bike rack significantly last year and pressed the eTrailer into service on short notice to move our daughter back from school. Both had worked out great and are still in use. Thanks for asking.

Marshall M - 11/01/2017

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2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

It's a Thule so you know it's well made. Fit fine on my wife's jeep with oversized spare tire. 306191



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2002 Isuzu Trooper

Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack - Spare Tire Mount - Folding Dual Arms. Great alternative if you don't have a hitch. Easy installation and nice to have the offset mounting choice. Took test drive and bicycle stayed firm on mounts. 303322



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2009 Toyota RAV4

Works great. I love it. 290047


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Still love it!

Lisa S - 09/01/2017

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2011 Toyota RAV4

Purchased the TH963 Pro for use on a 2011 RAV 4. Excellent product, very easy to install and extremely sturdy. Love the built in locks to secure bikes and the carrier to the car. etrailer website has excellent info about the appropriate product for my car and delivery was quick. Highly recommend the product and etrailer. 283257



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2010 Toyota Rav4

Easy to install and working great. 276621



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2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Thule tire rack, it does just what it should, stable, easy to use. Rattles a bit, but nothing I can't live with. Cheers, 276406



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2005 Toyota RAV4

I was initially a bit confused by some of the language on the installation instructions. Once I determined that the installation on my 2005 Rav4 was the most basic one, everything went smoothly. I used the rack for the first time this past weekend and was amazed at the sturdiness of the relatively light frame, and was very pleased with the ease of getting my bike on and off the rack. The bike was so securely attached, that it seemed part of the car. The outstanding customer support I received was icing on the cake. I highly recommend this rack as a solid buy. 273411


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The rack is still performing very well. I am vey satisfied with the purchase and the buying experience.

Jose V - 01/06/2018

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2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Fits perfectly on my 2014 Jeep Sahara. Holds both of our bikes securely. Shipping was fast 245632


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  • Troubleshooting Thule Spare Me Bike Rack that Won't Fit RAV4 Due to Spare Tire Flange
  • Sounds like you have the original version of the Thule Spare Me, part # TH963, which won't fit on your RAV4 because of the protruding flange on your spare tire mounting plate. The later versions of the Spare Me, TH963XT, TH963XTR and the current version, # TH963PRO provide a redesigned mounting plate that allow the rack to fit.. Thule redesigned that # 753-3532 mounting plate so it will fit your RAV4, so if you get the new mounting plate, it will allow you to use your rack on your 2012 RAV4.
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  • Will Spare Tire Mounted Bike Rack on 2017 Jeep Rubicon Ruin Tire or Back Up Camera
  • The answer to your question is going to depend on exactly where your camera sits. The Saris # SA999TB bike rack is meant to have the upright snugged up against the sidewalls of the tire for stability. If the camera protrudes out any further than the tire sidewalls, the upright will contact and possibly damage the camera if the camera is centered on the rear of the vehicle. If the camera is centered, a rack that doesn't have a central upright like the Thule Spare Me, part # TH963PRO...
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  • How to fit the Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack on a 12.5 x 33 Spare Tire
  • If you had a smaller tire originally on your 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, and you haven't changed anything on your Thule Spare Me # TH963PRO, then you just need to install some adapters. What you are looking for is the Replacement Long Mounting Bracket # 752-1425-002 and the Replacement Long Standoff Extension Adapter # 852-3305-001. These 2 adapters will work with the Carriage Bolt # 915-0655-11 so that you can carry the bike rack on a 12.5 x 33 spare tire.
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  • Length of Long Standoff Adapter for the Thule Spare Me Spare Tire Mount Bike Rack
  • Replacement Long Standoff Extension Adapter for Thule Spare Me 2 Item # 852-3305-001 is 2 inches long which sounds like what you have now. There have been several versions of the Spare Me bike rack and not all of the replacement parts available for it fit all of the versions. If you know the approximate age of the rack or if there is a number on it or in its literature then we can determine if specific parts will fit. If you have the Spare Me Pro # TH963PRO then we have the replacement...
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  • Why Cant a Spare Tire Bike Rack Be Used on 5th Wheel
  • Because the suspension of a fifth wheel is stiffer than a passenger vehicle, and because the rear overhang (distance between rear axle and rear bumper) is longer than what's found on a passenger vehicle. Because of this, anything mounted on the rear of a fifth wheel will be exposed to much more bouncing and jarring than something installed on rear of a passenger vehicle. Remember how bouncy it was sitting in the back seat of the school bus? Same principle. The spare tire bike racks we...
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  • Spare Tire Bike Rack Recommendation that Has Offset to Allow for Off-Center Spare Wheel
  • The Yakima Spare Tire Bike Rack part # Y02599 does not have the ability to be offset so the better option then is the Thule Spare Me part # TH963PRO which does have that ability. This is also a fit for a 2011 Toyota RAV4 like what you have as well. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Kuat Bike Frame Adapter Bar # UB01 to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes to provide an attachment...
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  • Locking Handle Will Not Engage on the Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack Part # TH963PRO
  • You need to use the Replacement Short Standoff Extension part # TH852-3482-001 with the Replacement Long Mounting Bracket part # 752-1425-002 on your Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack part # TH963PRO. The Replacement Long Standoff Extension part # 852-3305-001 that you are using now will not allow for the locking handle to engage while using the Replacement Long Mounting Bracket part # 752-1425-002. I have attached a photo of this for you as well.
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  • What is the Difference Between the Thule Spare Me XTR and PRO Spare Tire Mount Bike Carriers
  • What you have here are different generations of the same bike carrier, in this case the Thule Spare Me. The newest version is going to be the Pro, # TH963PRO. The previous generation was the XTR and it is no longer being made. So by all accounts the PRO is the better one since it is the newest and most up to date. For Thule part numbers start out usually just a number. Then the next generation will get an XT added on, followed by an XTR, and then a PRO as they make minor changes and...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for Spare Tire on 2018 Jayco Jay Feather 7 19xud
  • We have spare tire mounted bike racks like the Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack # TH963PRO. However, the spare tire mount is not recommended for towable campers like your Jay Feather. The best solution we have for you without adding a trailer hitch receiver to your trailer is the Swagman Around the Spare Deluxe 2 Bike Rack for RV Bumpers # S80501. I've attached a photo to assist. With any hanging style bike rack I recommend the # 64005 to give you a top frame rail for any step-thru style...
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  • Best Spare Tire Bike Rack Comparison
  • There are two main competitors for the best spare tire mounted bike rack that would fit your 2008 Toyota Rav4. The # TH963Pro and the # Y02599. I would be happy to compare the Thule Spare Me, # TH963PRO, and the Yakima SpareRide # Y02599. First, in terms of the configuration and durability of the mounting plates and bars: these two racks are on par with one another and I cannot give an edge to either one. I have dealt with the Spare Me more than the SpareRide and I can say from...
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  • Will the Surco Spare Tire Bike Rack Fit on a 2000 Honda CRV
  • The Surco Spare Tire 3-Bike Carrier # BT300 is confirmed by Surco to fit on your 2000 Honda CRV. The heavy duty mounting plate can attach to any spare tire and locks bikes to the rack. This rack is made from heavy duty steel which allows it to hold up well during road trips. The padded channels allow your bikes to be held without getting scratched up. You do not need additional components for this bike rack. The rack comes with every part needed for it to work properly. However, if...
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  • Recommended Lightweight Bike Racks for a 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser
  • I have a few recommendations for you and your 2013 FJ Cruiser. The first is going with the full on hitch mounted rack. This is less than economical, but adds a valuable element of flexibility and additional features to your vehicle that you may find useful later on for other applications, such as cargo carriers or light trailer hauling. For the FJ Cruiser, I recommend adding the Draw-Tite Class III, part # 75461. This gives you a wide range of bike racks for the future if you need...
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  • Spare Tire Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2003 Honda CR-V
  • Since you have an offset spare on your 2003 Honda CR-V you would want to go with a Thule Spare Me part # TH963PRO that comes with an offset adapter to accommodate this. Otherwise the # BT300 would carry your bikes off-center. The RAV4 in the video I attached for the Spare Me uses an offset spare as well so it would be a similar install.
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  • Will The Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Carrier, # TH963PRO, Fit On A Spare Tire On A Trailer
  • The Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Carrier, # TH963PRO, is not designed for use on the back of trailers. The reason is that the bike rack is subjected to more jarring and rattling on the back of a trailer spare, which would put more stress on the bike rack then what it was designed for. If you have a 4 inch to 4-1/2 inch square, continuous weld bumper on your RV you could use the Swagman RV Bumper 2 Bike Rack, # S80501. It will not work on aluminum or spot welded bumpers. This bike rack is designed...
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  • Inexpensive 3-Bike Trailer hitch Mount Bike Rack for a 2015 Toyota RAV4
  • Since your 2015 Toyota RAV4 has a 2 inch trailer hitch that will afford you many bike rack options. For a 3-bike rack that fits 2 inch trailer hitches I recommend # 63123. I have included a link to a video review of this rack for you. If you will be carrying any bikes 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. This will allow you to carry those bikes more level and will provide better ground...
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  • Best Way to Carry Bikes with a 2011 Toyota Rav4
  • The best option I could recommend for you to carry bikes with your 2011 Toyota RAV4 would be to first install a hitch and then use a hitch mounted bike rack. First you will need to start with a hitch, for that I would recommend the Draw Tite Hitch part # 36588. Hitches are great because not only will you be able to carry your bikes, but now you could do some light towing if needed. For a bike rack the most popular rack we carry is the Swagman XTC2 part # S64670. This is a great rack...
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  • Thule SpareMe Knob Doesn't Tighten Down All the Way on a 2012 Toyota RAV4 Spare Tire
  • The problem that you are having with the Thule spare tire mount bike rack # TH963PRO is a result of the standoff extensions. If you were not using them the bolt would be able to thread all the way in the mount that attaches to your 2012 Toyota RAV4. But if you are using one of those standoffs the bolt can only thread so far into the standoff since it isn't hollow. You likely do not have to use either standoff. But if you find that you do you can use the best combination of standoffs...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2012 Toyota Rav4 with Covered Spare Tire
  • Since your spare tire is covered the best option you would have for a bike rack for your 2012 Toyota RAV4 would be a hitch mounted rack. As long as you have a hitch like the Curt Hitch part # C13149 this would be a great option. A very popular bike rack with other Rav4 owners with covered spares is the Swagman XTC-2 Bike Rack part # S64670. Check out the review video for this rack that shows it being demoed on a very similar RAV4 as yours.
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  • 2016 Jeep Wrangler Spare Tire Mount Bike Rack Recommendation Thule SpareMe or Yakima Spareride
  • There are two main competitors for the best spare tire mounted bike rack. They are the Thule Spare Me part # TH963PRO and the Yakima SpareRide # Y02599. Either one is an excellent choice that your daughter would love. I would prefer the Thule over the Yakima as it has the ability to offset slightly for vehicles that have spares that aren't centered at the rear of the vehicle and because the straps for the frame cradles would be much easier to keep track of since the Yakimas have to come...
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  • Recommended 3-Bike Rack Options for 2010 Toyota RAV4
  • You have several options for bike carriers on your 2010 Toyota RAV4, spare-tire-mount racks like the Thule Spare Me # TH963PRO which limit you to 2-bikes (due to weight restrictions for the tire mount) or hitch mount racks which require a hitch receiver like # C13149, shown in the linked installation video. For three or more bikes you'll need to go the hitch route. Your RAV4 could have either a 1-1/4-inch or 2-inch hitch on it (please see the linked article) so you'll want to confirm...
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  • Recommended Extension Adapters For Thule Spare Me Pro Bike Carrier For Larger Tire
  • For the female side of the carrier you would need the Replacement Long Mounting Bracket, part # 752-1425-002. This slides over the shank of the mounting plate and has an overall length of 5-1/2 inches from plate end to the end of the tube. The Replacement Long Standoff Extension Adapter, part # 852-3305-001 is designed for the male side of the Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Carrier, part # TH963PRO.
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  • Will the Thule Spare Me Spare Tire Mount Bike Rack Fit a 2008 Toyota RAV4
  • The Thule Spare Me, # TH963PRO, is a fit for your 2008 Toyota RAV4. It is very easy to install. I have included a link to a video review on a 2009 RAV4 showing how it installs. You will not want to open the rear door with bikes loaded on the rack because that can put too much stress on the hinges of the door. Having just the rack on and no bikes would not be an issue. You can fold the arms down on the rack when it is not in use so it will not stick out as far or cause clearance problems...
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  • Thule Spare me too over 35 inch tire?
  • According to Thule the Spare Me part # TH963PRO can only fit tires that are up to 33 inches in diameter and 12.5 inches in width. I wish we had a solution that would allow the rack to fit but it doesn't look good. Do you have a hitch on your Wrangler?
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  • Spare Tire Bike Rack Recommendation for Jeep with Oversize Spare
  • For an oversize rear spare you will need the Yakima Spare Ride part # Y02599 as the Thule Spare Me # TH963PRO can only work with tires up to 10 inches wide and 32 in diameter. The Yakima can fit on tires that are up to 12.5 inches in width. The adapter you referenced for the Thule is just a replacement for what the rack comes with since it comes with a shorter and longer standoff. The Bestop Tire Carrier part # B6196101 would not work with either spare tire rack though since it...
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  • Spare Tire Mount Bike Rack for a 2005 Toyota RAV4
  • I checked with Hollywood Racks and the spare tire mount bike rack # HRSR2 is not listed as a fit. But never fear, there are other spare tire mount racks that will fit. You can use the Thule Spare Me # TH963PRO. This rack actually costs a little less and with it you also get an integrated cable lock. I have linked a video showing installation on a 2003 RAV4. f you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical men's bike would) then...
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  • Comparing Saris Freedom 2 and Thule Spare Me Spare Tire Mounted Bike Racks for 2014 Jeep Wrangler
  • If I personally had to choose between the two racks, I'd choose the Thule Spare Me, part # TH963PRO. The rack is dramatically less expensive, it weighs a bit less, it includes locks that bolt secure the rack to the vehicle and the bike to the rack, and the bike will sit higher at the rear of the vehicle for better ground clearance. The rack is also better centered on the rear of the vehicle, so the weight of the bike won't apply as much torque to the tube that connects the bike rack to...
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  • Can Thule Spare Me Bike Carrier Be Mounted On Spare Tire At Rear Of Popup Camper
  • The spare-mount bike racks we offer are not designed to be used on any towed trailer but I do have a solution for you. If you have a 2 inch trailer hitch I recommend a towing bike carrier like the Swagman Original Towing Bike Rack, part # S64675. This attaches to the ball mount in your trailer hitch and allows you to be able to carry up to 4 bikes between the rear of your vehicle and the camper. A longer ball mount is needed for this bike rack. You can check out part # 2736 or part...
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  • How to Make a Thule Spare Me Bike Rack Work on an Oversize Tire on a 2012 Jeep Wrangler
  • The Thule Spare Me Bike rack part # TH963PRO comes with two mounting brackets and two stand off extension pieces so that it can adapt to wheels that are regular and oversize. It sounds like you originally used a regular size wheel and tire and have upgraded to a larger one. You may have lost the additional hardware that came with your # TH963PRO that allows it to install onto an oversize wheel and tire. You would want the Replacement Long Mounting Bracket # 752-1425-002 and the Replacement...
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  • Can I Use the Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Spare Tire Carrier to Haul 2 Ladies Beach Cruisers
  • The maximum weight capacity of this rack is 75 pounds. If the two bikes total more than 75 pounds, this rack will not be able to support them. Depending on the shape of the frame, you may also need bike frame adapters like part # TH982XT to carry the bikes level. If they bikes are too heavy, write back and we can explore some other options.
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