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Old 12-23-2011, 09:00 PM   #1
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What bike carrier is recommended? I have stock tires and wheels but unplanned on going to 35s. I also have mo tow hitch. Thanks for the help. I only plan on carrying my bike. I have a 2010 2-door hard top

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Old 12-23-2011, 09:30 PM   #2
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Bike racks and carriers all come down to preference. Since you have a hitch, there are plenty of options going that route, and you can choose from a carrier that can fit up to 4 bikes depending on your needs. You could also choose a bike carrier that mounts to the spare tire, this is probably your cheapest option. Finally you could get a top mounted bike rack since you have a hard top, the only problem would be if you wanted to take the front panels off or not. Each option has drawbacks. For instance you can't pull into a garage with a bike on top of your jeep, but you could if you have the hitch mount. Hitch mounts scare me sometimes because if you're rear-ended not only is your jeep damaged, but also your bike. The kind of bike you have also may play into your decision. If you have an expensive bike that costs more than your hardtop like I do, then you're gonna want an option that is locked. In my opinion, Thule and Yakima make great products. I tend to lean towards the Thule side because I can get great deals on them through my local bike shop. Here are two sites that might help you out.

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Stupid smart phone. I do not have a tow hitch
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:44 PM   #4
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Alright then you're left with the spare tire mount or the roof rack...At least that shortens the list of options for you!
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:09 PM   #5
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Both Thule and Yakima have spare tire racks that will work. The Yakima is an overall better design im my opinion.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:18 PM   #6
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Yakima is top on the list for mine. My old Yakima spare tire rack simply used different length adapters to accommodate different tire widths, so you only needed a different adapter when you changed vehicles or tire widths.
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Old 12-24-2011, 12:53 AM   #7
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I had to return a rack to Quadratec because it wouldn't fit anything larger than 32" tires; I now have 35" tires. The advertising copy said nothing about fitment, so I presumed (wrongly) that the rack could be adjusted for different sizes. It was a rack that attaches on the tire mount.
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:26 PM   #8
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Yakima! It will work on oversize tires. Here it is on 33s.
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:28 PM   #9
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I have researched this as well and decided on the Yakima as shown. I have the hitch but dont care for that look when Im not using the rack. The Yakima spare rack is about as clean of a look as you will find, and functions great toting the rides
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Old 12-24-2011, 10:14 PM   #11
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I also use the Yakima. You can't open the tail gate even w/the tilt feature but it's a solid rack for the $$.

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