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  • Spare Tire Mount Bike Racks for a 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Unlimited with Backup Camera
  • The Hollywood Racks SR1, # HRSR1, fits around the spare tire on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (JL) and thus would only block the backup camera when loaded. The same goes for the Malone RunWay # MPG2148. There is a high probability that you could use your swing-away rack with hitch # C13392 or # 76104 assuming you are using the stock spare tire size. On your Jeep the hitch receiver opening will be just about flush with the bumper which will be directly above it with maybe a 1 inch...
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  • Recommended Bike Carrier For 2015 Honda CR-V
  • There are a couple different style bike racks that may work for you. You stated you want a bike rack that goes behind your CR-V and not on the roof. We offer trunk mount bike racks and the other style bike rack we offer would be a hitch-mounted bike rack. The trunk mount bike rack I recommend is the Saris Bones 2 Bike Carrier, part # SA805BL. This is an easy bike rack to put on and take off the rear of your CR-V. It uses 6 straps to secure it to the back of the vehicle and has an...
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  • How to Carry a Womens Bike with the Saris Bones 2 Bike Rack
  • All you would need is an adapter bar to carry a women's bike with the Saris Bones 2 Bike Rack part # SA805BL. An adapter bar like the part # 64005 would attach to the seat post of your bike and at the steering stem to provide a horizontal attachment point for the bike rack. Check out the review video I attached for this product as well.
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  • Can you Open the Trunk when the Saris Bones 2 Bike Carrier is Installed on a Mazda CX-5
  • If you need truck access often, I have a solution for you, but bike rack manufacturers do not recommend opening the rear hatch or trunk with a bike rack installed. The door hinges are not designed to hold the extra weight and the rear door could come down on whoever is underneath. There is also a chance that the bike rack could fall off and scratch the paint. If you need to access the trunk often, I suggest a hitch mounted bike rack which can fold down, giving you access to open the...
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  • Recommended Trunk Mount Bike Rack that Won't Scratch or Dent 2015 Mercedes-Benz 300C
  • Let me begin by saying that anytime you have a piece of equipment strapped to the painted finish of a vehicle, the potential for scratches or dents exists, no getting around it. This being said, the risks can be minimized by putting as little weight as possible on the racks and by observing the racks weight capacity, by installing the rack exactly as described in the instructions, and by keeping the surfaces where the rack and vehicle touch absolutely clean. A good coat of quality car...
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for Best Ground Clearance
  • The rack that would give you the best ground clearance and bike wheel protection would be the Saris Freedom part # SA4414B. This rack has an angled shank that angles up soon after the shank exits the hitch opening. The bikes are also loaded higher and higher as you get further away from the back of the vehicle, whereas the other racks don't have that feature. Where you will see ground clearance issue the most will be the portion of the rack that exits the hitch opening. On the # HR1400...
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  • Quality Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation for 4 New Mountain Bikes with Disc Brakes
  • The Saris Glide EX 4 Bike Rack, # SA774, is a very nice rack. It has some unique features like the arms that remain level when the rack is tilted away from the vehicle and the removable arms for ease of storage. This rack will fit in a Class II or larger hitch. Another 4 bike rack I would have you consider is the Yakima HoldUp, item # Y02443, along with the Plus 2 Adapter for HoldUp 2 Bike Carrier, 2 inch Hitches, item # Y02446. This rack is a wheel mount style for ease of loading and...
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  • Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 GLA 250
  • We have a trunk mounted bike rack that has been confirmed to fit your 2015 Mercedes GLA that has a spoiler, but the Saris Bones that you referenced is not the correct one. Instead you would want the Hollywood Racks Over the Top part # HRF2 as it has been confirmed to fit you vehicle. I attached a review video for you to check out 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 Swagman Easy-Out...
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  • Good Bike Rack Needed to Carry 2 Expensive Bikes with a 2015 Audi A3
  • The Saris Bones bike racks, like part # SA805BL, are confirmed to fit your 2015 Audi A3 and are decent bike racks if you are looking for something affordable. If you are wanting a really good bike rack for expensive bikes then I recommend installing a trailer hitch on your newer 2015 Audi A3 and using a hitch mount bike rack to avoid bike rack to vehicle contact, plus most of the hitch mount bike racks have more to offer. If you were to go with the Saris Bones then you would likely need...
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  • How to Install Hatch Huggers on a Hatchback 2017 Kia Soul
  • I reached out to Saris to see how they install Hatch Huggers, part # SA3035 They recommend the following steps: 1.) Put the Hatch Huggers inside the rear door with the straps vertical. 2.) Close the rear hatch. 3.) Shimmy the straps up to the side of the hatch near the install location. 4.) Install the Saris Bones rack per normal instructions, skipping the side straps. 5.) Feed the Hatch Hugger Straps into the side quick release mechanisms.
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  • Comparing the Saris Freedom and Yakima FourTimer 4 Bike Platform Racks
  • Both the Saris Freedom 4, part # SA4414B and the Yakima FourTimer, part # Y02469 are great racks and they do have a few differences. In looking at the racks, the distance can vary by quite a bit based on what vehicle the racks are installed from. When we're measuring distances in our videos, we're measuring from the rear point of the vehicle to the furthest point of the rack. The distance that you'll want to compare them at is the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the...
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  • Will Hitch Mounted Bike Carrier Interfere With Back up Sensors On 2017 Subaru Forester
  • When you use any hitch mounted accessory like a bike or cargo carrier in your trailer hitch, it will likely set the backup sensors off. If the rack does not set the sensors off, the bikes probably will. You may have a setting that allows you to mute the sensors when you are carrying bikes. When choosing any accessory for your Forester you want to make sure you have enough clearance at the back of the vehicle. I have attached a helpful article that explains how you can measure to make...
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  • Recommended Hitch Mount Bike Racks to Deter Theft
  • So sorry your bike was stolen! The Saris Freedom SuperClamp EX # SA4025F would be my choice because of the integrated stainless steel cable lock. It will secure your bike to the rack to deter theft. See the included video at the 3:55 mark. The Yakima HoldUp # Y02443 (see Yakima video at the 2:09 mark) and Thule T2 Classic # TH9044 platform bike racks are quite nice too. In addition to any of these bike racks, I would recommending getting a Deadbolt cable lock # CAB-10. The lock...
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  • Trailer Hitch Mount Platform Bike Rack for a Step-Through Frame Bike and 2014 Subaru Forester
  • First, highway driving should actually be less stressful on the rack than surface road driving because there tends to be less curves, bumps, pot holes, and other similar things you would find on the streets. Any of the racks you are interested in should have no issues on the freeway. Stability: platform bike racks are going to move around. This is because of their design. You have long platforms extending out from the center of the hitch with weight on them. There is going to be some...
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  • Mounting Saris Bones 3 Bike Carrier Trunk Mount to 2016 Mazda CX-5
  • I spoke with my contact at Saris and he confirmed that for your 2016 Mazda CX-5, the proper mounting location of the lower feet on the Saris Bones 3 Bike Carrier # SA801BL is in the rear license plate well. I have attached an image with a different model Bones Bike Carrier on a CX-5, but the fitment is the same.
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  • Trunk-Mount 2-Bike Rack for 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback
  • For the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Saris has not yet completed test fits to confirm compatibility of their Bones 2 trunk-mount carrier # SA805BL. The rack DOES fit the 2017 coupes and sedans so odds are good it will also work on the hatchback; this just has not been confirmed. Thule has not confirmed trunk rack fits on the 2017 Civic hatchback at this time either but Yakima does show their Fullback 2 # Y02634 and Halfback 2 # Y02636 as confirmed fits. Videos for both are included for you.
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  • Recommendation for a Lightweight 4-Bike Carrier
  • Our lightest 4-bike carrier is the Saris Bones, part # SA884, at 22 lbs. This is an entry-level bike rack with basic features. This bike rack will fit Class II and higher trailer hitches and you can add a hitch lock, # SA3022, and a cable lock, # SA981. Another bike rack that you may be interested in is the Hollywood Racks Traveler 4-Bike Rack, # HR8500. This is a more economical option, but it does come with anti-sway cradles to keep the bikes from moving when you are driving. It also...
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  • What is the Lightest 4-Bike Platform Style Bike Rack for a 2014 Tesla Model S with EcoHitch
  • For your 2014 Tesla Model S with EcoHitch # 306-X7201 the lightest 4-Bike rack (that is sort of a hybrid between a platform rack and a hanging rack) is the BikeWing # B01458. It weighs just 41 pounds. It holds the bikes at the wheels only and will accept bikes with wheelbases from 22 inches to 50 inches. I have linked a video review of this rack for you. For a more traditional rack the Saris Freedom SuperClamp # SA4026F you mentioned would be the lightest at 63 pounds. I have linked...
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  • Will Adding a Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Affect Gas Mileage on a 2018 Hyundai Ioniq
  • Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 24963 weighs all of 20 pounds. The Saris Freedom SuperClamp EX # SA4025F weighs 35 pounds. So you could place 55 pounds in your 2018 Hyundai Ioniq's storage area and see if that affects mileage. I believe that it would have a minimal impact if it is even measureable in the short term. The only other option for carrying bikes with this vehicle would be a roof rack and that will definitely affect the mileage. There are lighter bike racks you could use. The...
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  • Fit of Saris Freedom Superclamp EX # SA4026F on 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited w/ Factory Spare Tire
  • You'll need to take a measurement from your hitch pin hole rearward until the rear edge of the spare tire is cleared, as shown in the help article I've linked to. If your measurement is less than 5-1/4 inches, the Saris Freedom Superclamp EX, part # SA4026F will fit when folded into the storage position. If the measurement is greater than 5-1/4 inches, but less than 14 inches, the rack will fit when unfolded, but won't have the clearance to fold into the storage position. I've linked...
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  • Recommended Spare-Tire-Mount Bike Rack for 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with 13-1/2-In. Wide Tires
  • Your 13-1/2-inch extra-wide spare tire is too large for many spare-tire-mount bike carriers but there is one, the Saris Freedom 2 Bike Rack # SA999TB, that may work for you. You'll just want to take one simple measurement to determine if it will work with your wide tire. Please refer to the linked diagram which shows how to measure the depth of your spare tire. If you measure between 5-inches and 7-3/4-inches you will also need to order Mounting Plate B, part # SA996B along with the...
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  • 2008 Audi A4 Cabriolet Bike Rack Recommendation
  • For 2008 Audi A4 Cabriolet (convertible), I do have a bike rack option I can recommend, but not a hitch option as none of the hitch manufacturers we carry have a fit for the convertibles. Instead you would want the Saris Sentinel part # SA1051 which is a confirmed fit.
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  • Saris Freedom Bike Rack Compatibility With 4 Inch Wide Fat Bike Tires And Electric Bike
  • The Saris Freedom SuperClamp EX2 # SA4025F will work for bikes with up to a 4-1/2 inch wide tire. If you have tires over 4-1/2 inches then you will also need the Fat Tire Adapter Kit for Saris Freedom Bike Racks # SA4419 compatible with tires up to 5 inches wide. Standard tires will fit fine in either holder. Another option is the Saris Freedom 2 Bike Platform Rack for Fat Bikes # SA4412B-FB which can accept bikes with tires up to 5 inches wide. Either of these options will support...
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  • 4-Bike Rack to use on the Back of Travel Trailer RV
  • At the rear of a trailer or RV the ride quality is very rough when compared to the ride quality at the rear of a passenger vehicle. Reason being the suspension isn't as sophisticated and there is a longer distance between the rear axle and the rear of the trailer which exaggerates the movement of the trailer when hitting bumps. Because of that only a few bike racks were designed to be reinforced enough for that type of use. We do have a somewhat similar 4 bike rack we have the Lets Go...
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  • Saris Freedom Superclamp 4 SA4026 vs SA4026F EX Comparison
  • Biggest difference is the part # SA4026F has redesigned wheel trays and a few different aesthetic changes like noticeably less yellow. The new trays fit tires up to 4-1/2 inches wide whereas the older # SA4026 only fits tire widths up to 3 inch.
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  • Which Hitch Size is Recommended for a 2011 Nissan Rogue to Carry Saris Freedom 2 Bike Platform Rack
  • I typically try to recommend 2 inch hitches when they are available as they have higher towing capacities and since there are more hitch accessories made for that size they offer more flexibility. That being said, the 1-1/4 inch size is smaller and less noticeable than a 2 inch hitch so from an aesthetic point of view I can see the appeal of a 1-1/4 inch hitch. The Saris Freedom part # SA4412B can fit either size hitch and would work just as good in either. For a 1-1/4 inch hitch...
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  • RV Bike Rack Recommendation Similar to Saris Freedom Bike Rack
  • At the rear of a trailer or RV the ride quality is very rough when compared to the ride quality at the rear of a passenger vehicle. Reason being the suspension isn't as sophisticated and there is a longer distance between the rear axle and the rear of the trailer which exaggerates the movement of the trailer when hitting bumps. Because of that only a few bike racks were designed to be reinforced enough for that type of use. For a similar bike rack that would fit and work well you would...
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  • 2009 Audi A4 Convertible Bike Rack Recommendation
  • The only solution I have for your 2009 Audi A4 convertible to carry bikes is to use the Saris Sentinel part # SA1051 which is a confirmed fit. None of the trailer hitches we offer will fit the convertible models. I attached a review video for the trunk rack for you to check out. 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...
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  • Methods to Avoid Trunk-Mount Bike Carrier from Damaging Paint Finish on Vehicle
  • Any trunk-mount bike carrier will rest on part of the vehicle, primarily the bumper cover which supports most of the loaded rack's weight. Most trunk racks install in a similar manner, also using 4 to 6 straps to grip the outside edges of the hatch, which help distribute the total weight across more surface area and stabilize the rack when you are in motion. Since the Saris Bones 3 # SA801BL is among the lightest available racks it is a good choice for your 2014 Juke. The clips that...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for 2015 Audi A3 Convertible
  • I have just the trunk mounted bike rack for your 2015 Audi A3 convertible. Check out the Saris Bones. This rack is available in a 2-bike version, # SA805BL, and a 3-bike version, # SA801BL. There are also several different colors available that can be seen on the fit guide page that I linked for you. At this time these are the only trunk mount bike racks listed as a fit for your vehicle. If you will be carrying any women's, children's or alternative frame bikes that lack the traditional...
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