Bike Rack Options For 2006 Toyota Sienna

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How can I safely mount a bike carrier at the rear of my Toyota Sienna Ltd. It seems to me that there is a gas tank under the car at the rear? I just want a simple 2 bike rack rear mount, not the top- can you help me pick the right one out - thank you

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Using a quality trunk-mounted bike rack like the Thule Raceway part # TH9001PRO would be a cost-effective way of transporting two bikes without the expense of installing a hitch on your Sienna. Rather than the buckles and strap other racks use to attach to the vehicle, the Raceway uses 4 ratcheting cables that allow the rack to be installed or removed in seconds.

If you would prefer a hitch mounted bike rack, hitches are available for your Sienna. The Curt Class III receiver, part # C13105 is our best selling receiver for a 2006 Sienna. The Swagman Trailhead, part # S63360 is a good, low-priced bike rack that still has what I consider essential features like anti-sway cradles and an anti-rattle hitch pin. This would be a more expensive option, but having the receiver would provide some future flexibility for towing or other hitch mounted accessories like a cargo carrier.

For womens bikes or bikes with sharply angled top tubes or step-through frames, using a frame adapter like part # 64005 is recommended. The adapter spans the distance between the seat post and the handle bar gooseneck, and provides a level attachment point to the bike rack so the bike has greater ground clearance and is not carried at an angle.

For installation details and product demonstration videos, click the provided links.

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