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Old 08-28-2013, 07:20 PM   #31
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Go to amazon.com and check out the Hollywood Sportrider. It's a hitch mount that I bought to carry my bike from Florida to South Carolina. Well worth the cash.

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I own a Thule T2 hitch mounted rack and I highly recommend it it's really sturdy even Off-roading fireroads with it on!.. It's a sturdy, easy, quick mounting/dismounting, reliable design. And comes in 1 1/4" or 2" receivers size, the 2" model is expandable to a 4 bike rack if you like as well.

I put anywhere from bmx bikes to heavy downhill mountain bikes on mine and it holds up great! BUT it is costly at around $349+ or so!

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I'm going to go with Küat NV, too bad they don't offer a Euro version (lights & plate holder)
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I have used the Kuat NV. It isn't bad. I found the T2 was more solid. I have also used the Saris Cycle On Pro- too clunky but good quality. At the time, it did not fit 29ers so I got rid of it.
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Any suggestions on a hitch mounted one? I have a 37" tire (will go to 40's down the road) on a rear tire carrier and want to carry at some point 4 bikes. 2 adults, 2 kids.
This is what I just picked up. It works great with two or with four bikes. We have squishy bikes so the spare tire type wouldn't work for us. The arms of the rack don't fit thru the frame. Both of my daughters bikes fit fine too. One is a 20" wheel mountain bike and the other is a typical 16" girls bike.

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I'm not going to say it is as fancy as the Kuat NV, but I feel it is the best bang for the buck. It holds 4 bikes and my LBS ordered me one and it was under $450 with tax. The Thule T2 or Kuat's will be close to $800 if you add the extra two trays. I wasn't a fan of how it holds the frame (carbon bikes) but once I used it, I like it better than holding the wheel. When you hold the front wheel, the headset becomes a pivot point for wobbling.

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Go to amazon.com and check out the Hollywood Sportrider. It's a hitch mount that I bought to carry my bike from Florida to South Carolina. Well worth the cash.
I ll check it out, thanks
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I own a Thule T2 hitch mounted rack and I highly recommend it it's really sturdy even Off-roading fireroads with it on!.. It's a sturdy, easy, quick mounting/dismounting, reliable design. And comes in 1 1/4" or 2" receivers size, the 2" model is expandable to a 4 bike rack if you like as well.

I put anywhere from bmx bikes to heavy downhill mountain bikes on mine and it holds up great! BUT it is costly at around $349+ or so!
A lot of people are recommending these Thule bike racks. It may be the way to go. I just got my jeep a few weeks ago and need to find out what size hitch i have. Thanks
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This is what I just picked up. It works great with two or with four bikes. We have squishy bikes so the spare tire type wouldn't work for us. The arms of the rack don't fit thru the frame. Both of my daughters bikes fit fine too. One is a 20" wheel mountain bike and the other is a typical 16" girls bike.

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I'm not going to say it is as fancy as the Kuat NV, but I feel it is the best bang for the buck. It holds 4 bikes and my LBS ordered me one and it was under $450 with tax. The Thule T2 or Kuat's will be close to $800 if you add the extra two trays. I wasn't a fan of how it holds the frame (carbon bikes) but once I used it, I like it better than holding the wheel. When you hold the front wheel, the headset becomes a pivot point for wobbling.

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Regarding the full suspension, I frequently carry my spark 29 pro and my buddy's scalpel 3 at the same time. I just bought the Yakima top tube thingies. They're like $20-$30


What would be really cool is a "tramp stamp" bike rack. I wouldn't mind eliminating my spare but still having the bikes on the gate.
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Nice!!!
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This is what I just picked up. It works great with two or with four bikes. We have squishy bikes so the spare tire type wouldn't work for us. The arms of the rack don't fit thru the frame. Both of my daughters bikes fit fine too. One is a 20" wheel mountain bike and the other is a typical 16" girls bike.

Quad 2+2 64691 Now Available « Swagman

I'm not going to say it is as fancy as the Kuat NV, but I feel it is the best bang for the buck. It holds 4 bikes and my LBS ordered me one and it was under $450 with tax. The Thule T2 or Kuat's will be close to $800 if you add the extra two trays. I wasn't a fan of how it holds the frame (carbon bikes) but once I used it, I like it better than holding the wheel. When you hold the front wheel, the headset becomes a pivot point for wobbling.

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Nice!!!
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I will post some pics when I get home and load up a couple bikes for tonight's ride. FYI for anyone that grabs the Swagman rack. I did do a slight modification. The rack will not tilt up due to clearance issues with the spare tire (pedals clear fine though) so I swapped the quick release pin with one of the bolts. Now when it is in "2 bike mode", I can pull the pin and pivot the rack down. Even with the 2 bikes mounted, I can still open the rear gate. Which for me is a whole lot more convenient than folding it up. Also, the hitch pin is threaded into the rack which eliminates 99% of the wobbling in the hitch to rack connection.
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I will post some pics when I get home and load up a couple bikes for tonight's ride. FYI for anyone that grabs the Swagman rack. I did do a slight modification. The rack will not tilt up due to clearance issues with the spare tire (pedals clear fine though) so I swapped the quick release pin with one of the bolts. Now when it is in "2 bike mode", I can pull the pin and pivot the rack down. Even with the 2 bikes mounted, I can still open the rear gate. Which for me is a whole lot more convenient than folding it up. Also, the hitch pin is threaded into the rack which eliminates 99% of the wobbling in the hitch to rack connection.
This has been officially added to my wish list on Amazon. Now to save up for it. I have a diesel truck too (lifted of course) and tired of putting the bikes in the back.
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In case anyone was interested, here are some pics of the swagman quad 2+2. I labeled one of the pictures so you can see which bolt was swapped with the quick release pin. The arm is a little too long in "4 bike mode" to allow it to fold down enough to open the gate.
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In case anyone was interested, here are some pics of the swagman quad 2+2. I labeled one of the pictures so you can see which bolt was swapped with the quick release pin. The arm is a little too long in "4 bike mode" to allow it to fold down enough to open the gate.
Awesome pics. This type of bike rack is what I am leaning towards. I really like the swing feature to avoid the opening of the rear
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:53 AM   #44
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I bought a 4-bike rack for my 2" receiver a few weeks ago for under $100. It is by Allen Sports: Amazon.com: Allen Sports Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack (2-Inch Receiver): Automotive

It does work good, but it needs a 12" extension to work with my JK, otherwise the input shaft is too short to clear the spare tire. The cheapest I found was at Harbor Freight for $20. Everywhere else they were $40+.



It does tilt back for rear door access but as you can see with a Wrangler it does not clear the door even with the 12" extension. It really is not a problem for me since I only will use this is warmer months when the top is down so I can load stuff in from the side, but for some it could be.





Bikes stay sturdy. Might be the best solution for carrying 4 bikes - for about $115.
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that rack with the hitch extender and 4 bikes...the bikes are so far back from the Jeep. wow.
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Ya I could not find a shorter extender. No problems though.
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Ya I could not find a shorter extender. No problems though.
Here's an "adjustable" one from a different thread:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/hit...ml#post2744776

I know the OP wants the "Best bike rack available?" for $150, but if you have the coin to buy one that you'll use forever, check out the 1upusa.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/201...ml#post2456950
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Here's an "adjustable" one from a different thread:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/hit...ml#post2744776

I know the OP wants the "Best bike rack available?" for $150, but if you have the coin to buy one that you'll use forever, check out the 1upusa.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/201...ml#post2456950
I originally said $150 because I had no idea there were so many different styles and prices. I have learned a lot over the last few days Thanks to the great info shared by everyone. I am now looking into racks similar to the one you mentioned and the Thule T2. They are more expensive but a better buy in the long run.
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Interesting. Not work 2x the price tho. For me, anyway.
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I originally said $150 because I had no idea there were so many different styles and prices. I have learned a lot over the last few days Thanks to the great info shared by everyone. I am now looking into racks similar to the one you mentioned and the Thule T2. They are more expensive but a better buy in the long run.
I am typically a die hard Thule customer. There warranty is top notch. After MUCH research and playing with many types in the stores, I felt the swagman was just as good, just not as fancy. And for half the cost. I'm regularly putting $7k+ worth of bikes on it so going "cheap" isn't really an option. For me, it was truly the best bang for the buck. Now I can put that extra $400 towards some new 27.5 Enve's.
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I guess I'm in the minority here. I love the Yakima Sparetime. There is a mount that bolts on between the spare tire and the spare tire carrier. A square tube (interchangeable with different lengths) that goes through the center hub in the spare's wheel, and the rack mounts to it. The mount locks in place so it can be kept on the Jeep and not (as easily) stolen, also helping to protect the wheel/tire from theft. The body of it is small enough to be non-obtrusive. The arms fold down when not holding bikes and the arms have bottle openers on them. The rack is solid and doesn't rattle or shake. My bike (Specialized Allez) fits on it nicely and feels secure. There is also a loop on the body of the rack to run a cable lock through to secure the bike. It's also perfect for a short bungee cord to keep the front wheel from moving while driving. I also like that the bikes are placed far out enough to allow the tailgate to be opened with the bike still mounted and not hit the body of the Jeep, but close in enough that it's not sticking way out in no man's land.

To me and for my purpose, it's a great rack. It's $200 but I've seen it on Amazon for $155 with free shipping.
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Chiming in late...but I have had bike racks on jeeps for three decades...and hands down I prefer hitch-mount to spare tire mounts. I ruined tailgate hinges on one jeep with the added load (over years) since it is somewhat of a "live" load - i.e., the bikes can bounce around on rougher terrain. These racks also put a heck of a lot of strain on the hinges when you swing open the tailgate. The hitch mounts are amazingly easy to connect and remove. So much so, that you probably want to get a lock for it.

I am also a big fan of Thule. They make a quality product...in the USA. Yakima (made in Mexico) is okay, but IMO, Thule is better. My 2 bike Thule carrier is about 15 years-old, has been used a ton, and still looks brand new...and is still solid as a rock. Money well spent in my opinion.
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The best bike rack we found that gives us enough room to clear our spare tire is the Allen 645RR extended length tire carrier. Quadratec sells it for about $140. I drilled out the hole in the tube so that my hitch pin from my receiver gives it a snug fit & reduces the amount of movement once it is inserted in the receiver.
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I have the Yakima I have had it for about two years, if folds down out of the way so I leave it on the Jeep all the time. I use it almost everyday and have taken it on long trips out west with two MTBs on it with no issues. You can open the tailgate with bikes on it and you can still use the trailer hitch to tow a trailer when you go camping with the bikes. It is a little over 150 I think I paid 180 two years ago.
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Swagman, 4 bike rack. Works great.

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In case anyone was interested, here are some pics of the swagman quad 2+2. I labeled one of the pictures so you can see which bolt was swapped with the quick release pin. The arm is a little too long in "4 bike mode" to allow it to fold down enough to open the gate.
Thanks for posting, I may order one.

A question for you: is that a standard receiver or something that extends longer like the hidden hitch brand? I want to clear the spare without use of an extension, and I haven't ordered a receiver yet.
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It is a Rugged Ridge hitch that I got from Amazon.com. You will only need a longer hitch (or extender) if you want to be able to fold it up when not in use. Folding it up doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. If there are no bikes on it, I just pull it off so I can still use the rear gate.
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I originally had the yakima tire mount, but was concerned over the added Weight on the tailgate after several long trips. I upgraded and got the yakima swing daddy. Worth the extra money. American company, unlike Thule. Allows full use of tailgate without removing bikes. Love it!

http://www.amazon.com/Yakima-SwingDa...g+daddy+yakima
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I originally had the yakima tire mount, but was concerned over the added Weight on the tailgate after several long trips. I upgraded and got the yakima swing daddy. Worth the extra money. American company, unlike Thule. Allows full use of tailgate without removing bikes. Love it!

Amazon.com: Yakima SwingDaddy 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack (2-Inch Receiver): Sports & Outdoors

Yakima = made in Mexico
Thule = made in USA

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BTW, if the parent company's HQ location is an issue, then Jeep is an Italian brand.
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Anyone who has a 1up will tell you they're the best on the market. Don't forget to secure your bikes. Cables are false security. Get a Pragmasis chain. Made in the UK, but Lockitt.com sells them here. Worth the money imo.

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