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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 # SA805. 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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  • Recommended Bike Rack for 2-Bikes on a 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid with Spoiler
  • The only 2-bike trunk mounted rack that will fit your 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid with spoiler is the Hollywood Racks # HRF2. We typically recommend a fresh wash and wax before installing any trunk rack. It is important that the rack be installed securely to reduce bouncing or movement, which causes scratches. But honestly it is the nature of the location of the rack and the elements it encounters while on the road. Dirt and debris will get caught by the rack and then rub against your paint....
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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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  • Will the Saris Bones Trunk Mount Bike Rack Fit a Honda CR-V
  • I you can tell me the year of your Honda CR-V I can make some specific recommendations. If it is a model that has a spare tire mounted on the back then we do have some spare tire racks that are likely to fit. And for models that do not have a rear mounted spare tire I am sure that we have trunk mount racks that will fit. The Saris Bones bike rack, # SA805, is listed as a fit from Saris for the 2012 to 2014 Honda CR-V. These models did not have the spare tire mounted on the back. I have...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Best Bike Rack for a Womans and Childs Bike on a 2012 Volvo XC60
  • I went out to our test fit garage and tried out a few racks with one of our childs' bikes with fenders and a women's step through mountain bike to see if we had a good fit. In testing the Saris racks like the Freedom Super Clamp, part # SA4025F, the trouble I came across was that the child's bike (A 12-inch wheel bike with 24 inch wheelbase) was a little too short for the Saris' mounting devices to reach. This means that the bike would be riding freely in the cradles and have a chance...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation to Clear Bumper on 2014 Nissan Rogue with Factory Hitch
  • Using a hitch extender in a Class I hitch will not give you an ideal solution. The extenders cut the capacity of the hitch in half and add quite a bit of movement and leverage. A great solution would be the Saris Freedom part # SA4025F. This has 12 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole out to the nearest wheel tray so it would do an excellent job on the hitch of your 2014 Nissan Rogue that is recessed. This is an high-quality, American-made, bike rack that would be a great rack. I...
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  • Will the Saris Freedom SuperClamp 2 Bike Rack # SA4024 Fit on a 2007 Honda CR-V EX-L
  • I have some information that will help, however we have not had the chance to test the Freedom SuperClamp 2 Bike Carrier, # SA4025, on a 2007 Honda CR-V yet. We can determine if this bike rack will fit by taking one important measurement. You will want to measure from the center of the hitch pin hole on your trailer hitch to rear-most point of your rear bumper (see photo). The distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest edge of the bike rack on the Freedom SuperClamp is...
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  • Is the Saris Freedom 4-Bike Platform Bike Rack a Good Bike Rack
  • Saris makes a good rack and the Freedom SuperClamp # SA4026, is no exception. We only recently started carrying Saris racks which is why you do not see a lot of information presently on our site. It is a newer rack in the Saris lineup coming on the heels of the regular Freedom rack # SA4414B. The main difference is that the Freedom SuperClamp holds the bikes at the wheels which is the best way to carry bikes with carbon frames and/or wheels and bikes with step through frames. Bikes with...
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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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  • Recommended Bike Carrier For Carbon Frame Bikes On 2003 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Many customers have concerns about their carbon bike frames so we recommend finding a bike carrier that holds the bikes by the wheel and not the frames. If you do not have a trailer hitch on your Outback I recommend the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver, part # 36284. This is a Class ll trailer hitch and it has a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening. When installed this hitch has a distance of 6-inches form the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the rear bumper. This measurement is important...
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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • Bike Rack With Rise in Shank for 1-1/4 Hitch Receiver
  • With a steep driveway I recommend a bike rack that has a rise in the shank, and for a women's bike a wheel-mounted rack is the best option, so long as the bike does not have fenders. You can get both of those features with the Saris Freedom SuperClamp EX # SA4025F, which fits a 1-1/4 inch hitch and has a capacity of 60 lbs per bike. The SuperClamp EX grasps your bikes by the front and back wheels with ratcheting hooks and has adjustable wheel trays so your bikes can have different size...
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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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  • Best Way To Carry Two Bikes On A 2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe
  • Absolutely, in order to install a trunk mounted bike rack on the back of your 2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe without damaging your vehicle's factory spoiler, you will want to use the Saris Bones 2 Bike Carrier part # SA805BL. The Saris bike rack comes equipped with adjustable arms that will allow you to avoid contact with your vehicle's rear spoiler. In order to install this bike rack on your vehicle you will also need the Hatch Huggers for Saris Trunk Mount Bike Racks part # SA3035. Another...
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  • Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for 2014 Honda CR-V
  • For your 2014 Honda CR-V we have great trunk mounted bike rack options, but the Yakima KingJoe 3 is not confirmed as a fit for this vehicle. I would recommend the Saris Bones part # SA801BL which is a confirmed fit and would be a great option for carrying 3 bikes. It has all of the nicer features the more expensive racks have at a much better price. Check out the review video I attached that shows the rack installed on a similar 2015 CR-V. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack For 2017 Honda Civic Coupe
  • We only have one bike rack that will fit your 2017 Honda Civic Coupe EX-T. It is the Saris Bones and is available in 2 bike like the # SA805BL or 3 bike like # SA801BL. It is a very simple design and yet the beauty is in its simplicity. It is injection-molded plastic so it is durable and rustproof. It has rubber feet and vinyl coated hooks so it won't scratch your car's finish. It also separated the bikes on different levels. It is available in different colors too (black, gray, yellow,...
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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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  • Recommended Budget Bike Rack for 2015 Honda CR-V
  • I have a few different recommendations for your 2015 Honda CR-V that you will want to look at. The Saris Sentinel 3 Bike Carrier # SA1052 will fit on the trunk of your Honda so you can make sure that the space on your roof and cargo area remains free. Keep in mind you will also need to get the Hatch Huggers for Saris Trunk Mount Bike Racks # SA3035 for installation on any of the Saris brand bike racks. Since it looks like you have some varying bike frames that might not sit properly...
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  • Bike Carrier for Womans Beach Cruiser Bike on a 2015 Honda CR-V
  • Beach cruiser bikes can be heavy but as long as it does not weigh more than 35 pounds I recommend a Saris Bones carrier # SA805BL. They are available in different colors. I have included a link to them for you. None of the Yakima trunk mount carriers will fit due to interference with the automated rear wiper. And Saris mentions that the rear wiper would need to be disabled and not used. Basically, you would need to turn off the automatic feature. Thule also does not list any fits. If...
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