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Old 05-14-2012, 04:06 PM   #1
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swing away hitch mounted bicycle carriers?

Do any of you have any experience with swing away bike racks for hitch?

I currently have an older bike rack that I used with my old truck, didn't have much need to drop tail gate with bike rack installed.

Now I have a wrangler, thinking about upgrading. I was considering one of the tilt ones, but thought what if I needed to get into the cargo area while bikes were attached to the rack.

I have found thule ($318), yaikma ($431) and surco ($299) make them. Anyone used or seen any of them used before? All prices are from e-trailer

Swing-Away Rack Hitch Bike Racks | etrailer.com

thanks in advance

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Old 05-20-2012, 09:06 PM   #2
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stay away from thule apex swing!

I waited until REI had their thule and yakima stuff on sale. I picked up the Thule apex swing yesterday, went to put it together and it was not good. It didn't come shipped from the factory with the correct end cap on the left side arm to lock the bikes to the rack. It had a solid end cap that was rivited on just like the right hand side. This means no way to insert the lock core nor insert the strap to lock the bikes to the rack.

So, i went to another REI location which had a unit in stock, the only one they had was their display. They couldn't get the handle to loosen which releases tension and allows the carrier to be inserted and removed from the hitch. They just removed a bolt and swapped out that middle piece with the arms which has the insert hole for the lock core.

Got the unit home, attempted to install, directions have you unscrewing a plastic spacer then prying it out, well the screw top on mine broke and chipped the handle which looks like someone can pry the lock core out now.

If the above wasn't enough reason, this unit will not work with my 08 JKU with factory spare. I can't open the swing gate but a few inches! defeats the purpose of a swing carrier to allow you to access the rear cargo area with the unit in place.

Tomorrow, I'm going to see if they have the yakima unit in stock.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:13 PM   #3
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Here is the original unit i swapped out, as you can see the end caps on both sides are solid, the one of the left should have an opening to insert the lock core and on top should be an opening to insert the cable which you can see sticking up in the unit.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:43 AM   #4
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I just found a review from 08/26/2011 on REI's website about the yakima swing daddy stating it would not fit on a 2011 sport (17" rim) and my 08 Sahara has 18" rims.I'm pretty sure it won't fit. The review stated that yakima sales rep was there and took pictures of the test fit.

The guy I spoke to at REI has one in stock and will assemble it and I will stop by to do a test fit.

UPDATE - I just called yakima customer support number, they haven't redesigned the swing daddy since it came out in 2008. The rep said they don't test fit on vehicles, she offered to send me a document that described how to measure to see if it would fit (I declined as the doc is on their website). I will try the test fit anyway, if it doesn't fit, then REI can pass along the info to their sales rep.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:46 AM   #5
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I looked at adding an extension, but all reviews on those (and guy at REI said he's seen them) and they all add a lot of wobble.

I might just have to pick up a cheap rack for $100 and buy a cable to lock bikes to rack.
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:00 PM   #6
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Called surco, they say their swing away rack will not work on a sahara. The rep mentioned something about needing to change out some bolts to enable it work on a rubicon.

strike 3, I'm out?
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:10 PM   #7
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test fitted the yakima swing daddy, it does not fit, the spare tire keeps the unit from sliding into the hitch.

I did end up picking it up anyway, i liked the quality better than the thule.

I ordered a curt raised adapter (class III - 3500 lbs which is what my JKU is rated for from the factory) from amazon (much cheaper than local places or other sites had it).

With the adapter, the swing daddy works perfectly.
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:40 AM   #8
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Have two-bike Yakima rack that folds down. With 2" drop adaptor for hitch receiver, rear gate swings clear (just) and misses spare tire. Receiver is a little loose so have hooked straps to bike and under bumper to frame for support.
2008 Sahara
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:24 PM   #9
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Have two-bike Yakima rack that folds down. With 2" drop adaptor for hitch receiver, rear gate swings clear (just) and misses spare tire. Receiver is a little loose so have hooked straps to bike and under bumper to frame for support.
2008 Sahara
I opted for the swing away design so I can still open the gate even if the bikes are attached. I also have a subaru tribeca and can open her lift gate on it with the bikes attached.

The swing daddy attaches to the drop adapter securely (screws in). I'm looking for a nice way to secure the adapter to my hitch. My locking pin allows for some play and i'd like to eliminate that.

I have the locking pin, I keep a ball mount in there for people who decide to park too close behind me.

Also, the curt adapter will work with thule rack too if anyone wants to go that route.

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