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Old 06-09-2010, 05:38 PM   #1
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Bike Rack Suggestion?

Anyone have a good suggestion for a bike rack that will hold two bikes for a 2009 JK Unlimited? I don't want to have to take off the spare tire. I can't seem to find a decent one on quadratech.com

What I'm really looking for is one that will go into the hitch receiver but will extend out far enough to allow me to keep the spare tire on.

Any thoughts?

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Anyone have a good suggestion for a bike rack that will hold two bikes for a 2009 JK Unlimited? I don't want to have to take off the spare tire. I can't seem to find a decent one on quadratech.com

What I'm really looking for is one that will go into the hitch receiver but will extend out far enough to allow me to keep the spare tire on.

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I have a deluxe Thule swing arm bike rack made for 4 bikes. I don't have to mess with the spare and the bikes swing out and to the side of the jeep and then I can open the back swing gate to have access to the gear in the back. I saw the same model on a Prius so it fits a range of vehicles. I don't know if they make a 2 bike model but I have had mine now for about 4 years and really enjoy having it. You will have extra room for friend's bikes if you get the larger model. I have had 4 bikes on it and it handles them well without any whimper whatsoever. It requires a two inch receiver. The jeep comes stock with a two inch receiver if you ordered a jeep with tow package.

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Got this free when I got my Wrangler. I haven't used it yet but I think it is what your looking for.
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Thanks JK'n

I like that one alot. It's to bad the price is a bit high, but I need one before next month. Nothing like waiting until the last minute to buy one.
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Thanks JK'n

I like that one alot. It's to bad the price is a bit high, but I need one before next month. Nothing like waiting until the last minute to buy one.
I bit the bullet on the price because I had a bike rack for my Dodge Caravan that bent under the pressure of the load on it. The Thule will support any bicycle that you can pedal and not droop under the weight. And I expect to own mine when they pry my jeep from my cold dead fingers (hopefully in another 50 or so years) provided I can still see the road. Price is relative to the intended use.
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:26 AM   #6
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Just picked up a hitch mountd one. Its a schwin(made in the USA!) it holds 4 bikes(not 2, sorry) and it was only $100 at target. Can't beat the price or the made in the USA; best of both worlds.
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I would like to see the condition of it after carrying four metal bikes (prox 50 lbs each) over potholed roads and rough riding getting in and out of camp sites, etc. You usually get what you pay for...so to speak. Could be it is just a really good bargain but then Thule would not be able to sell many of their overpriced racks. I would look closely at the construction of both before making a decision.
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I have a Hollywood one that I have used since my first Wrangler. It was $$75 when I got it. Straps right onto the spare tire. So I guess if you take the spare off... you wouldn't want it. :P
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I have a Hollywood one that I have used since my first Wrangler. It was $$75 when I got it. Straps right onto the spare tire. So I guess if you take the spare off... you wouldn't want it. :P
I had this rack for my caravan which is the one I had to replace with the Thule. It wouldn't hold any weight. Maybe good for kids bikes, not adult ones.
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I would like to see the condition of it after carrying four metal bikes (prox 50 lbs each) over potholed roads and rough riding getting in and out of camp sites, etc. You usually get what you pay for...so to speak. Could be it is just a really good bargain but then Thule would not be able to sell many of their overpriced racks. I would look closely at the construction of both before making a decision.
50lbs each? what are you guys riding?
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50lbs each? what are you guys riding?
Prob one of these, jet engine and all.

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50lbs each? what are you guys riding?
Steel frame adult bike, not sure how much they weigh. But bent the hollywood they did. Had to replace it.

And very funny supposing!
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That's not just a jet engine either it's a ramjet. I'd hate to be straddling that thing when it goes off.
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I had this rack for my caravan which is the one I had to replace with the Thule. It wouldn't hold any weight. Maybe good for kids bikes, not adult ones.
It's able to hold my Specalized Enduro Pro and my Stinky Delux mountain bikes. That's all I need. Stinky is rather heavy too! :P
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It's able to hold my Specalized Enduro Pro and my Stinky Delux mountain bikes. That's all I need. Stinky is rather heavy too! :P
Maybe they improved the construction since I purchased mine about 5 years ago? I had problems with the bolts bending that held the two arms that support the bikes weight. Instead of slightly inclined upwards it was slightly inclined downward after about 6 months of use. On my return trip from Maine to Mass. I had to tie the ends of the bars supporting the bikes up to my roof rack. This temporarily solved the problem but made the bikes inaccessible. That is why when I got back I got a rack that was build like a brick s**t house and allowed easy access not only to the bikes but also to the cargo in the rear via the rear door. It has worked well for my caravan and when I traded it in it now works well on the JK. If you like the no hassle feature of rear gate access and easy on and off bike access and easy on and off of the rack itself, then the Thule is a great rack.
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thule also has a nice one that goes on to the spare tire. it folds down when not in use. with this one, you can keep the hitch open if you need a trailer or a hitch platform thingy. this is the one i plan on getting. also, if you ski/snowboard you can also get an attachment for this bike rack that holds like 6 skis or 4 snowboards. pretty sweet.

it's called the 963XT Spare Me
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and the ski carrier is called the 987XT Hitch Ski Carrier
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I have a Hollywood pro rider 2 bike rack. Think its 1 1/4". When I had it on the back of my old car, I would see it all the time go up and down. Up and down.

I was just waiting for it to break and my Canondale go flying off, and get run over.

Just last night I fit the bike inside the Jeep, with the rear seats removed, front seat all the way forward. Front tire and seat off. This will work for me. And its a big bike. XL Frame.

I have been trying to sell my Hollywood pro rider for 3 years. I just think its going to break!
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As easy as it sounds Wal-Mart has them that is where I got mine,it was less then a 100 dollars!
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there's always the option of buying something like this too:
ht tp://www.harborfreight.com/12-inch-hitch-extender-98677.html

opens up a lot more options.
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While we are at it, instead of mounting a bike rack on your spare tire, try http://www.amazon.com/Bicycle-Receiv.../dp/B000P6CJ9O this gizmo and still be able to hitch up your trailer.

OK, I tried to put a link in but my magic fingers have failed fantastically flamingly making me fall flat on my face.
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If you have a hardtop you could always go with a roof mounted bike rack.
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OK I'll try one more time. Here is the link: Amazon.com: Dual 2" Hitch Bicycle Receiver Adapter Extender Extension 4000lb: Automotive

uh oh, maybe I'm banned from linking? Or maybe amazon is banned?
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I'm going to try the same product on a different site to see if I can get it linked:

Opentip.com: Dual 2 Inch Hitch Receiver Adapter Extender
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I recently got the thule spare me rack, I'm happy with it, it doesn't sway, and folds down. The only down side is that if you need it for a womens bike you need an extra part.

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