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  • Comparing the Yakima HoldUp, Kuat NV 2.0 and Thule T2 Classic Platform-Style Bike Racks
  • I've linked you to product demonstration videos of all three bike racks. The best of the three racks will depend on the features you're interested in and which features you find most important. First some similarities. All three racks are capable of folding up against the rear of the vehicle when the bikes are removed, and all three can tilt rearward with the bikes in place, allowing easier access to the rear trunk or liftgate of the vehicle. All three racks include hitch locks of some...
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  • What is the Difference Between the Kuat NV 2.0 and the Older Version of the Rack
  • There were quite a bit of updates for the new NV which Kuat spent three years working on. One of the biggest differences the new Kuat NV 2.0 part # NV22G has over the previous version is that the wheel cradles can now accommodate tires up to 4.8 inches in width. The hitch pin design allows you to install the rack without any tools instead of needing a wrench for the anti-rattle bolt. The foot release lever can now allow the rack to tilt down for more access to the rear cargo area....
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  • Why a Wheel Mounted Platform Bike Rack is Preferred to a Frame Mount
  • Generally speaking wheel mount only bike racks are preferred. Especially for people with carbon fiber bike frames since frame mounts aren't recommended at all with them otherwise damage could occur. For other frame designs people still prefer them because there is no frame contact. People with suspension also prefer wheel mount as well. Loading is also easier because when the wheel mount is lowered you just set the bike in the tray, raise the wheel mount and then secure it to the wheel....
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  • How To Use Optional # PTSCLK12 Cable Lock Kit for Kuat Transfer 2 Bike Rack
  • The cable lock kit for the Kuat Transfer Bike Rack, part # PTSCLK12 includes locks for two bikes. The cable locks would install in the end of the bars that secure the bikes to the rack, as shown in the diagram I've provided from the instructions.
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  • What's the Difference Between the Kuat NV 2.0 2-Bike Rack and the Kuat NV 2.0 Base Bike Rake
  • The Kuat NV 2.0 2 Bike Platform Rack, # NV22G, and the Kuat NV 2.0 Base 2-Bike Platform rack, # BA22B. are both very similar bike racks. Both racks can be expanded to a 4-bike rack, # NA22G add-on for the NV 2.0 and # BA02B for the NV 2.0 Base, and both racks have very similar specs. The NV 2.0 # NV22G does include,as you stated, the bike repair stand. The # NV22G, when installed in the hitch, will sit closer to your vehicle when folded down then the NV 2.0 Base bike rack. Both racks...
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  • Kuat Transfer or Kuat Sherpa 2.0 Comparison
  • The Kuat Sherpa # SH22G is about 5 lbs lighter than the Kuat Transfer part # TS02G but the biggest thing that I really like about the Sherpa is what you already mentioned. It is rock solid when traveling. There is little to no movement of the rack with bikes loaded when you hit bumps as you noted in the test course videos for both which I attached as well. I've watches quite a few test course videos and nearly every rack has at least a little bit of movement. The Sherpa has almost none....
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  • How to Use a Kuat NV for a 1-1/4 inch Hitch in a 2 inch Hitch
  • Kuat does not offer hitch adapters for the NV bike racks, but there are some alternatives. If you are needing an adapter to use the Kuat NV, # N102, that you referenced in a 2 inch receiver, then I would recommend looking into a hitch reducer like the Brophy 2 Inch to 1-1/4 Inch Reducer, # HT02. This will insert into your 2 inch receiver and provide a 1-1/4 inch receiver for your bike rack. Due to the design of your bike rack shank there really isn't a way to use an anti-rattle device...
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  • Comparison of Kuat NV 2.0 and Kuat NV 2.0 Base 4-Bike Platform Bike Racks
  • The difference between the Kuat NV 2.0 # NV22G-NA22G and the Kuat NV 2.0 Base # BA22B-BA02B is the bike repair stand. The repair stand is included on the NV 2.0 but not the NV 2.0 Base. It can be added to the Base using # TDKB.
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  • Differences Between Kuat Sherpa 2.0 and Older Sherpa, Comparison to Thule T2 Classic
  • Kuat makes some of the nicest bike racks around the new Kuat Sherpa 2.0 part # SH22G is basically an updated version of the Sherpa # S101 which was highly reviewed by our customers. The new Sherpa is lighter (by 8 lbs for a total weight of 32 lbs), has updated wheel cradles and updated wheel hooks as well. This rack would work well for you on your 2015 BMW X5 as long as you have hitch like the part # 75600 installed on it. The hitches for your vehicle sit quite a bit lower than the bottom...
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  • Lightweight Platform Bike Rack for a 2017 BMW 5 Series
  • You're in the right direction for the Class I hitch, as the Thule DoubleTrack Pro, part # TH9054 is a great choice for a lot of different bikes. The DoubleTrack is fairly easy to load and the unique way that the frame clamps are mounted on the bike rack allows for you to mount in a variety of ways to the frame. I also appreciate that the DoubleTrack has an integrated lock system and its anti-rattle and sway is outright impressive. Kuat makes an excellent rack with very similar...
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for Carrying 4 Bikes with Fenders
  • For a bike with fenders I would not recommend using a bike rack that uses wheel mounts to secure the bikes. I would recommend you go with a frame mount bike rack. Check out the Swagman Quad Platform-Style 4 Bike Carrier # S64692. This rack is similar to the Kuat NV4 Bike Rack # N101-103 that you referenced except it secures the bikes by the frames instead of the wheels.
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  • Dimension/Clearance Dimensions Between Kuat NV and NV Base Bike Racks
  • The big difference is the bike stand that the NV 2.0 part # NV22G comes with and the lack of it on the # BA22B which is the base model of this rack. For the NV 2.0 here are the dimensions: Closest part of rack when folded down: 10-1/2" Closest part of rack when folded up: 7" Farthest part of rack when folded down: 33" Farthest part of rack when folded up: 18-1/2" For the base model here are the dimensions: Closest part of rack when folded down: 11-3/4" Closest part of rack...
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  • Will Add-on for Kuat NV Fit the Kuat NV 2.0
  • The add-on from the original Kuat NV will not fit on the new NV 2.0 # NV22G. The add-on for the NV 2.0 is # NA22G. Or they can be purchased together with # NV22G-NA22G. Another model is the Kuat NV 2.0 Base # BA22B. It's very similar to the NV 2.0 except it extends slightly further from the vehicle when installed and does not include the bike repair stand. It also has an available add-on to 4 bikes using # BA02B or to purchase both together use # BA22B-BA02B.
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  • Bumper Clearance Needed for Kuat # N101 NV Bike Rack
  • I believe you're asking about the clearance between the rack and the vehicle, is that correct? If so, when the rack is folded down so it can carry bikes, the closest portion of the rack is 10-1/2 inches rearward of the hitch pin hole. When the rack is folded up into its storage position, the closest portion of the rack is 7-7/8 inches rearward of the hitch pin hole. I've pieced together a photo for you that shows these dimensions. If you'd like to view a product demonstration video,...
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  • Will the Front Wheel Hook on the Kuat Sherpa Interfere With the Front Brake Caliper
  • If your bike has the front brake caliper in front of the bike frame, then the arm of the Kuat Sherpa 2.0, # SH12G, and other platform style racks will be placed directly in front of the caliper. The arm should not be touching the caliper. If the arm is touching the brake caliper, then it needs to be moved forward, away from the caliper until it is no longer touching. I have attached an installation video of our installer explaining where to place the front arm. I have also attached...
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  • Best Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2010 Honda Element
  • The Curt hitch part # 13574 would give you the best clearance from the pin hole to the bumper at 3 inches opposed to the Draw-Tite part # 75659 that would give you 3-1/2 inches from the pin hole to the bumper. This hitch would work great with the Kuat NV part # N105-107 that you referenced.
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  • Recommended Kuat Sherpa Hitch Bike Rack for Class II Hitch on 2013 Ford C-Max
  • The Draw-Tite 1-1/4-inch Class I Trailer Hitch # 24896 is a confirmed fit on your 2013 Ford C-Max, as is the higher-capacity 1-1/4-inch Class II hitch from Curt, part # C12092. Since both hitches are priced very similarly and since both install in the same manner I do suggest the Curt hitch instead, so long as you do not mind the warranty requirement of using a support strap # 18050 when using a bike rack. If you don't care to bother with this, then the Draw-Tite hitch is a fine choice...
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  • Availability of Cable and Hitch Lock for Kuat Transfer 2-Bike Rack
  • There is indeed an add-on cable/hitch lock for the Kuat Transfer 2 bike rack, part # TS02G. You'll want part # PTSCLK12, which includes the cable lock and the locking piece that goes on the existing threaded hitch pin.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2015 Subaru Forester for Installing Kuat Sherpa Bike Rack
  • If you wanted to use the Kuat Sherpa 2.0 part # SH22G that you referenced on your 2015 Subaru Forester you would need to have a 2 inch hitch installed on the vehicle. For that you'd need the part # 75876 which is a 2 inch hitch confirmed to fit the vehicle.
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  • Comparing The Kuat NV 2.0 Base To the Kuat NV 2.0
  • For your 2014 Prius V, the Kuat NV 2.0 2-Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" Hitches - Tilting - Aluminum - Metallic Black # NV12B or the Kuat NV 2.0 Base 2-Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" Hitches - Tilting - Aluminum - Matte Black # BA12B will allow you to open the rear gate of your Prius. The tilting functions will give you a little additional space to let you load and unload cargo. The difference between these two bike racks is that the Base model comes with the wider tire ability for tires...
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  • Lock Kit Recommendation for a Kuat Transfer Bike Rack
  • Yes, the lock kit part # PTSCLK12 will replace the end caps of your Kuat Transfer part # TS02G and will give it a cable lock that will slide into the tube of the rack when not in use. I attached a picture of the lock kit for you to check out as well.
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  • Will the Kuat Sherpa 2.0 Fit a 2011 Kia Soul with 1-1/4 Inch Trailer Hitch
  • The Kuat Sherpa 2.0 2-Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" Hitches - Tilting - Aluminum - Black Item # SH12B is an excellent choice and it will work with the 1-1/4 inch hitch and your 2011 Kia Soul. It is also available in pearl, # SH12P, and gray, # SH12G. I have linked a video review of the Sherpa 2.0 for you.
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  • The Kuat Sherpa 2.0 2-Bike Platform Rack Fits 2 inch Receiver Hitch
  • The Kuat Sherpa 2.0 2-Bike Platform Rack, # SH22G, will fit a 2 inch receiver hitch, so this is a fit for your 2014 Subaru Forester. The Kuat Sherpa 2.0 does come in various color options. You can choose from Gray, # SH22G, Pearl, # SH22P, or Black, # SH22B, in the 2 inch hitch compatibility. This rack is a great safety choice with it's integrated bike lock and also includes a hitch lock pin. Some key features are it's ability to tilt in for space saving or away (even with bikes installed)...
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  • Can the Kuat NV # N105 Be Used on Bikes With Front Fenders
  • As long as the fender is tightly installed on the bike and the hook is attached to the fender as close as possible to the top tube of the bike, the N105 should carry the town bike you mentioned with no problem whatsoever. I spoke with one of my contacts at Kuat, who uses the very same rack to carry his wifes bike that has fenders, and he says it works very well. The inside of the hooks are padded, buy you can place a towel or other piece of cloth between the hook and the fender if you...
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  • Comparing Thule Helium and Kuat Beta Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Racks for a 2007 Mazda Miata
  • According to what I found on the Hard Dog site, their hitches are Class I, so you will need to find a rack that will fit a Class I hitch. The Kuat Beta, part # B202-114, and Thule Helium Aero, part # TH9042, will both fit Class I hitches. Any high quality hitch bike rack should not have a problem with speed bumps, provided you take the bump at an appropriate speed. Quality manufacturers test their bike racks on the roads and on testing machines in their engineering departments to...
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  • Comparison between Kuat Transfer and Swagman Chinook Bike Racks
  • Between the Kuat Transfer part TS02G and the Swagman Chinook part # S64683 I would go with the Transfer mainly because it only touches the bikes at the tires whereas the Chinook grabs the frame of the bikes when securing. Also the Transfer is 10 lbs lighter at 37 lbs when compared to the Chinook. Swagman and Kuat are both excellent brands. Typically Kuat is referred to as a higher end rack company whereas Swagman does a great job offering bike racks that perform well but maybe don't...
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  • Using Hitch Extender with Kuat NV Bike Rack to Clear Spare Tire on 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • When an extender is used, we typically advise that the tongue weight capacity of the receiver is decreased by 50 percent. In many cases, 50 percent of the original tongue weight capacity will be sufficient to carry the rack and the bikes placed on it. Due the the relatively heavy weight and long length of the Kuat # N101-103, Kuat does not recommend using an extender. When you use an extender, not only are you increasing the distance between the load and the receiver which increases...
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  • Lightweight Platform Bike Rack Recommendation Kuat Sherpa 2.0 vs. Saris Freedom SuperClamp
  • The Kuat Sherpa 2.0 part # SH22B is a great lightweight bike rack. Due to it's lightweight construction, wheel clamps that allow for securing bikes without touching the frame, and integrated cable lock it's pretty hard to beat this rack. Typically the only down side to a platform bike rack is the weight. Since this rack is actually pretty light you get the best of both world's. I would highly recommend this rack for you. And I wouldn't let the 40 lb per bike capacity scare you in any way....
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2016 Ford Focus
  • For your 2016 Ford Focus you would want the Draw Tite hitch part # 24872 for a trailer hitch for use with a bike rack. Since this is a Class I hitch (that means a lower capacity hitch), the only bike racks we offer are ones that can fold away with bikes unloaded like the Kuat Beta part # B202-114. This is a great rack though loaded with features like anti-rattle and anti-sway cradles. f you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may...
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  • Availability Of Hitch Bike Rack To Fit On the Rear Of a Travel Trailer
  • When using a 2-inch hitch adapter that clamps to your 4-inch square RV bumper on a travel trailer you will not want to exceed the limits of your bumper. The bumper towing and tongue capacities may be indicated on the bumper itself, but if not you could check your trailers owner manual or contact the manufacturer of your travel trailer. Also remember when using a bolt-on adapter your bumper needs to be a 4x4 inch continuous-weld steel bumper. It cannot be used on spot welded or aluminum...
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