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Old 09-04-2012, 10:05 AM   #1
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Bike Carrier Advice? Mopar/Thule/?

Recently purchased a 2012 unlimited sport and need to add a bike carrier. My specifics are:
-currently have stock wheels and tires (obviously plan to go larger one day)
-plan to carry 1-2 expensive road bikes
-would like to be able to open back gate etc to retrieve gear without having to remove a bike carrier
-jeep website stears me towards Mopar, which looks nice but I cant find any reviews what so ever
-everyone comments that a Thule spare tire rack will work (or not work) but there are weight issues on the spare.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated

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I would stay away from the spare tire racks. Many of them aren't that secure and the bikes can actually shift when you are driving. I just made a 6 hour drive back to college with the Spare Joe bike rack with my road bike and mountain bike. Needless to say my brand new mtb has a nice scratch in it now from the bikes shifting while driving. I'd get a hitch, and then a decent hitch mount bike rack.

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Old 09-04-2012, 10:49 AM   #3
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Some things to consider:
-How important is it that you be able to open the tailgate with the rack in place?
-Do you care about hanging your bikes by the frame?
-Are you willing to get an aftermarket tire carrier to handle the additional weight?
-What size spare do you have? If it is larger than stock you may have trouble getting a spare mount rack to fit without modification.

I'm still in the planning stage also, but I think I'm set. For me, being able to open the tailgate with the rack on is a requirement, something I must have, period. There are swing away hitch mount racks but they are pretty expensive. I don't care about hanging my bikes by the frame and I don't care about cosmetic damage to them (my mountain bikes take serious damage on the trails anyway). I will have 33x12.5 tires, and I can't find a spare tire rack that is advertised to fit that size. I've read some claims of the Yakima SpareTime fitting with a 33x10 though. I may have to get a welder to extend the rack mount to fit the tire. Due to the weight of the spare and bikes, I'm planning on an Ace rear bumper w/ tire carrier.

Swing away hitch mount racks are my only other options and I think I'll be more happy with the spare mount rack in the end.
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:58 AM   #4
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I've ran with a spare mounted carrier for a while with no issues. Obviously if you load too much weight it will cause problems but a couple expensive road bikes will be light, so no worries there. The mopar carrier is basically the Thule 'spare me' which is a good option. It's what I use. I have a hitch carrier also but never use it as it gets in the way.
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:27 PM   #5
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Get the zthule Spare Me....it fits the stock spare fine and if you ski, you can buy the optional ski carrier. If you are planning to get larger tires, I believe the Yakima is the way to go. I have the Thule set up myself.
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:30 PM   #6
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There's another thread going on with some good suggestions. http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/hit...cks-79660.html
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This is a pic I took earlier this summer of my bike set up. It's a Thule and it does fold down but because the tailgate on the Jeep swings out there is no way it can fold down far enough to open it fully. I think if you want to leave the bike attached and open the tailgate you'd have to go with a swing away.

Mine also folds up but on this vehicle it won't fold because of the tire. It will fold about 1/2 way up but it won't latch and you wouldn't want to drive around with it that way.

I've thought about a different carrier but to me it isn't that big of a deal to take the bike off if I need to get into the back.

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Mine also folds up but on this vehicle it won't fold because of the tire. It will fold about 1/2 way up but it won't latch and you wouldn't want to drive around with it that way.
For the T2, if you flip the linkage upside down (take apart the 4-bar linkage) it will be able to be flipped to the upright position and clear the sapre. Aan you can open the tailgate if you drop the rack to the down position.

I did that with mine. It just barely touches the tire in the upright position. Or you can get a drop down attachment between the rack and the hitch.
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Nice bike RRTRI! Nice Jeep too......
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For the T2, if you flip the linkage upside down (take apart the 4-bar linkage) it will be able to be flipped to the upright position and clear the sapre. Aan you can open the tailgate if you drop the rack to the down position.

I did that with mine. It just barely touches the tire in the upright position. Or you can get a drop down attachment between the rack and the hitch.
Thanks for the tip. I will check that out. Are you running stock tires? I'm wondering if it will still work with the 35" I'm running on the rear.

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Thanks! Been riding/racing bikes for 20 years. As much as I love my Jeep I'm way more into bikes
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I have a Thule hitch mount that swings down. It holds 4 bikes and I love it.
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:25 PM   #12
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I use a Swagman XTC-2 XTC 2 – 64670 | Swagman
and the pole moves down to allow the spare tire to open past it.


Heres the other models
Platform Hitch Racks | Swagman
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Yeah stock tires. May not work with 35".
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:42 PM   #14
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I bought a Thule 990XT from Amazon.com. Holds two bikes. Only used it once, but so far, it's AWESOME. Did have to buy a hitch extender (8", but I wish I could have found one that was closer to 4-6"). The gate still doesn't open, but that's not too much of an issue for me.
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got a thule vertex four. works great on both the jeep and 4runner. only downside is the rubber holders can slide fore / aft, mostly when NOT loaded if you push pretty hard. I guess with a HEAVY bike and a fast stop they COULD slide forward, but it'd be hard. driving 10mi off road on the OBX in the 4runner last month, one bike did slide maybe an inch on one bar.

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Yakima spare time works great.. Can swing the gate open with a bike on.. Plus it comes with a built in bottle opener
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Yakima spare time works great.. Can swing the gate open with a bike on.. Plus it comes with a built in bottle opener
I'm leaning towards this rack. What size is your spare? Thanks.
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I'm leaning towards this rack. What size is your spare? Thanks.
I have stock tires and wheels.... 225/75R16

I would call Yakima to see if it would fit if you have a crazy big setup
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I have stock tires and wheels.... 225/75R16

I would call Yakima to see if it would fit if you have a crazy big setup
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Welcome! It's great though. I've always had Yakima products and wouldn't go any other way.
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I'm going to purchase this one... seems to cover all bases regarding security, stability and adaptability (larger wheels).
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:44 PM   #23
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I have the Yakima Sparetime, and it works great. It's very solidly built, and comes with a locking cable so you can lock the carrier and your bikes to your Jeep.

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I also have the Thule vertex and I put it on a hitch drop to clear the tailgate. doesnt stick out much further but allows it to clear the gate to open it fully with no bikes on it. Works real well. Also a plus, the brackets that attach to the bikes prevent swaying. We have carried our nice road bikes on it and not a scratch to be found. I can also manage to get my daughter's bike trailer on it too. Love it
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This is a pic I took earlier this summer of my bike set up. It's a Thule and it does fold down but because the tailgate on the Jeep swings out there is no way it can fold down far enough to open it fully. I think if you want to leave the bike attached and open the tailgate you'd have to go with a swing away.

Mine also folds up but on this vehicle it won't fold because of the tire. It will fold about 1/2 way up but it won't latch and you wouldn't want to drive around with it that way.

I've thought about a different carrier but to me it isn't that big of a deal to take the bike off if I need to get into the back.

A Cervelo is too nice to hung off the back like that. Makes me cringe
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Just an update. I got the Yakima Sparetime and it fits perfectly on my 33x12.5R15 Duratracs on wheels with something like 3.5" backspacing. I had to use the longest tongue adapter but it works great. I think it would work fine on taller tires as long as the width of the tires and wheel backspacing don't push it outwards any further.

I love being able to get in and out of the tailgate with the rack on since the rack is always on! I don't care about hanging the bikes from the top tube since my mountain bikes are all beat up (in a good way). The weight is a bit of a concern but no problems yet, and I should have a heavy duty rear bumper with tire carrier to address that sometime around Christmas/New Years.
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For the T2, if you flip the linkage upside down (take apart the 4-bar linkage) it will be able to be flipped to the upright position and clear the sapre. Aan you can open the tailgate if you drop the rack to the down position.

I did that with mine. It just barely touches the tire in the upright position. Or you can get a drop down attachment between the rack and the hitch.

Can you explain again how to flip the linkage upside down? I have the same set up and would love to be able to fold the rack up/open the tailgate!
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For the T2, if you flip the linkage upside down (take apart the 4-bar linkage) it will be able to be flipped to the upright position and clear the sapre. Aan you can open the tailgate if you drop the rack to the down position.

I did that with mine. It just barely touches the tire in the upright position. Or you can get a drop down attachment between the rack and the hitch.
Sorry I know this is an older thread, would you be able to post some pictures of your setup? I'd really appreciate it.
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