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Old 02-16-2007, 05:20 PM   #1
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bike rack option

hey guys. i'm looking for a bike rack option for my Jeep. I've got 31" x 10.5" mud tires on it and i'm looking at a spare tire mount option. Do any of you have experience with this one availabe from quadratec. Think I will have any issues throwing amountain bike on there? How exactly does it mount, just using the bolts that hold the spare tire on? Sorry for the questions and TIA.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/92034_01_07.htm

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Old 02-16-2007, 07:36 PM   #2
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The wife uses one of these on the Rubi.. it works perfect for her Mtn Bike.. got it off ebay for 38 bucks...

http://www.epinions.com/auto-Rack_Sy...ke_Rack_SU5004

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Old 02-16-2007, 08:45 PM   #3
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I have one like it that I've been using for years. It separates into two pieces. You have to remove the spare and slip on the flat support part then bolt you spare back on. The bike carrier can then bolt onto an extension that is sticking out of the center of your wheel. Mine has lock to keep the bikes from being ripped off.
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Old 02-17-2007, 09:21 AM   #4
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I was using an Allen Spare Tire Rack. I would regularly haul 3 mtn bikes on it.
I was begining to have concerns about the amount of stress on the striker pin and door latch. And what to do if I was ever to have a blowout or flat, since that type rack only works with fully inflated tires.
So over the holidays I got a hitch reciever as a gift and then ordered a Swagman 4 bike rack.
http://www.1aauto.com/1A/bike-rack/J...RA00010/334415
And there was times I needed to haul 4 bikes, so now I can.


Maybe we ought to start a thread in the "general discussion" about Wrangler owners and Mtn bikers?
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I was using an Allen Spare Tire Rack. I would regularly haul 3 mtn bikes on it.
I was begining to have concerns about the amount of stress on the striker pin and door latch. And what to do if I was ever to have a blowout or flat, since that type rack only works with fully inflated tires.
So over the holidays I got a hitch reciever as a gift and then ordered a Swagman 4 bike rack.
http://www.1aauto.com/1A/bike-rack/J...RA00010/334415
And there was times I needed to haul 4 bikes, so now I can.


Maybe we ought to start a thread in the "general discussion" about Wrangler owners and Mtn bikers?


Thats the way to go...
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Old 02-17-2007, 12:57 PM   #6
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WHOA!!
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Old 02-19-2007, 09:18 AM   #7
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I have a bike rack that mounts into my hitch receiver. It folds down (with or without the bikes on it) so you can still access the rear door without removing it. Picked it up at Sam's Club or Costco a couple of years ago, don't know the brand.

It's great if you have a hitch receiver, works very well and holds 4 bikes. Doesn't add any stress to your spare tire carrier this way. Of course you have to have a receiver to start with. Similar to some of the racks on this page.

http://www.ontheball.com/bike_racks.htm
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Old 02-19-2007, 09:34 AM   #8
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i have this Allen bike rack:




used it on my blazer. never bothered to get anything different with the TJ. i have a hard top so it works just like it would on any other vehicle. the top bar can slip over the top of the spare tire or you can mount it lower just pressed up against the tire.
i think it was only like $30-40 at academy. it's always suited my needs considering my fat butt doesn't get out on the bike much anymore.



this is the bike rack i use the most hahaha



and oh yeah, the garage is not the messy anymore. that was right after construction was done.
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Old 02-25-2007, 12:04 PM   #9
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I picked this one up a few weeks ago. Works great so far.

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/....cfm?SKU=22745
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I work at a bikeshop, and half of the rack i've seen posted are sooo sketchy....

Look into yakima, saris or thule racks.... the only ones I'll ever trust.... considering each one of my bikes are worth over two G's at a minimum...
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I work at a bikeshop, and half of the rack i've seen posted are sooo sketchy....

Look into yakima, saris or thule racks.... the only ones I'll ever trust.... considering each one of my bikes are worth over two G's at a minimum...
what the hell kind of bikes do you ride?
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what the hell kind of bikes do you ride?
Trek "session 77".....$3,850


currently the only bike i own, and i have it up for sale.
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Old 02-26-2007, 09:46 AM   #13
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Treks are very nice, I have a pair of Walmart specials. They get me from point A to point B and if I break them in half I won't be out much.
My dad has 2 Klein Road bikes and a Trek that looks similar to yours Odd. He uses a carrier like the one I just picked up and swears by it. Thats one reason why I got that carrier. I am definitely not a bicycle or bike carrier expert , I feel more at home in my jeep, on the trails. So i hope my carrier stays attached when hauling the bikes.
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Old 02-28-2007, 04:32 PM   #14
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Nothin sketchy about my Swagman rack.
With no welds holding the upright tube to the receiver mount and then the lower section of the V-style frame is welded to the top tube in 5 locations.
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.... considering each one of my bikes are worth over two G's at a minimum...
my friggin jeep isnt worth that much
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Dex,
The only thing that i do find sketchy about it is the clamp design to hold the frame....... but thats just me, never liked the style of clamping...
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The only thing that i do find sketchy about it is the clamp design to hold the frame...
Yea, I can understand that!
This weekend will be our 1st XC race for the season and the 1st major road trip with the new rack and reciever.
So I should have a better idea of how good that type of clamping system is.
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I was using an Allen Spare Tire Rack. I would regularly haul 3 mtn bikes on it.
I was begining to have concerns about the amount of stress on the striker pin and door latch. And what to do if I was ever to have a blowout or flat, since that type rack only works with fully inflated tires.
So over the holidays I got a hitch reciever as a gift and then ordered a Swagman 4 bike rack.
http://www.1aauto.com/1A/bike-rack/J...RA00010/334415
And there was times I needed to haul 4 bikes, so now I can.


Maybe we ought to start a thread in the "general discussion" about Wrangler owners and Mtn bikers?
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Dex,
The only thing that i do find sketchy about it is the clamp design to hold the frame....... but thats just me, never liked the style of clamping...
what is wrong with that style of clamping?
would you recommend this type instead?: http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4411
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I have a rack like the one that ODHINN posted. I've used it on both a TJ and a Honda Element. It worked much better with the Honda because you could still open the top of the tailgate with bikes attached and upright.

On the TJ (with Hardtop), if you are carrying bikes and want something out of the trunk, you have to take the bikes off the rack, lower the rack, then open the tailgate, too much hassle in my opinion. However, I bought it because of the ease in mounting the bikes and the secure fit of the rack to the jeep and to the bike.

I have a $1500 Gary Fisher X-Caliber w/29" wheels and I trust the rack without second thoughts.

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