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Old 04-28-2012, 11:36 AM   #1
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Bike Rack - Thule 9027 Apex: Cha-ching!

I've been reading up on bike racks - a lot of good info out there.
one of the threads suggested a Thule Revolver 964. While it may still be available, it didn't show up on the Thule web page. Apparently there is a new model , Thule 9027 Apex 4 - with a swing-away design and 2 arced arms to hold the bikes. I read a couple reviews and decided to take a chance on this.

When you place any internet order - do yourself a big favor and google for coupon codes. I was able to get free shipping and a 10% discount on top of the 10% below MSRP. in the end - paying $404 complete to my door.

Now that I've bought it - anyone have any experience with this hitch mounted rack ?

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Old 04-28-2012, 06:24 PM   #2
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This would not be an acceptable rack for carbon fiber frame bikes, thin metal tube frame bikes, bikes with severely sloping top tubes, or any bike you don't want banging around. A Thule T2 or similar type of tray rack (wheels sit in tray and upright support holds bike in place) is what a lot of people use. The whole units tips down, as opposed to swinging away from tailgate. I have an old Yakima rack that worked similar to the Revolver, and it was OK for the bikes I had at the time. I had to install temporary foam spacers and bungee them to keep them from being damaged when being transported though. A pain.

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Old 04-28-2012, 07:08 PM   #3
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The T2 looks like it tips down, or up, but impossible to open the tailgate with the bikes in place. Also it has slows for 2 bikes with add-on components for more.
you are right about the bike shapes and the 9027 - any rack with outright arms might have trouble with sloping top tubes or might be stressfully for carbon fiber frames. I have fairly standard bikes though, so it should work for me. Thanks though - didn't think that some bikes might not fit.
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:16 AM   #4
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I just received and installed the rack I ordered this weekend

Everything seems fine apart from small issues
1. The handle of the bolt that needs to be unscrewed to swing the arm away from the tailgate, does not clear the spare tire, I am asking the vendor to see if a modified handle (smaller lateral extension) is available , so I could turn without it being blocked by the tire. I could alway dremel away part of this handle too

Issue 2 which is somewhat related, the fit of the 2 inch hitch is very tight, since I can't open the arm without removing the rack, I worry that it will lock in place through weathering and rust and be impossible to remove, for the moment I sprayed the inside of the hitch receiver with WD40 as a hopefully preventative measure
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Issue 2 which is somewhat related, the fit of the 2 inch hitch is very tight, since I can't open the arm without removing the rack, I worry that it will lock in place through weathering and rust and be impossible to remove, for the moment I sprayed the inside of the hitch receiver with WD40 as a hopefully preventative measure[/QUOTE]


Use some anti-seize on it, that will last longer than wd-40.
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:00 PM   #6
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Does anyone know if the Thule Apex 4 or 5 bike rack (WITHOUT the swing away feature) will fit on a 2012 Sahara with a 2" hitch (have the Quadratec brand hitch) without the rack hitting the spare?
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:03 AM   #7
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I have the non-swing version of this rack. It did NOT fit past my spare (I have 12.5" tires on MB72 wheels (different BS than stock). I had to get a extender for the rack
I dont plan on leaving it on full time so I dont think I have to worry about rust/corrosion as much, but antiseize should really help
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Old 07-15-2012, 12:05 PM   #8
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I've been reading up on bike racks - a lot of good info out there.
one of the threads suggested a Thule Revolver 964. While it may still be available, it didn't show up on the Thule web page. Apparently there is a new model , Thule 9027 Apex 4 - with a swing-away design and 2 arced arms to hold the bikes. I read a couple reviews and decided to take a chance on this.

When you place any internet order - do yourself a big favor and google for coupon codes. I was able to get free shipping and a 10% discount on top of the 10% below MSRP. in the end - paying $404 complete to my door.

Now that I've bought it - anyone have any experience with this hitch mounted rack ?
Where'd you ge it for $404? Best I've found with coupon code is $439.

Thanks. This looks like the rack for me, too. Does it completely swing out of the way so you can get into the tailgate area with the bikes loaded on the rack?
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Where'd you ge it for $404? Best I've found with coupon code is $439.

Thanks. This looks like the rack for me, too. Does it completely swing out of the way so you can get into the tailgate area with the bikes loaded on the rack?
I got it from "The Rack Warehouse"

it swings completely out of the way (provided you trim the handle on the knob as I indicated). I've since heard that the fit on the JKU is fine - no adjustment needed. on the JK you need to trim the knob - which I haven't gotten around to yet
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:25 PM   #10
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Good post Marc...been looking at bike racks recently.
Thanks for sharing!

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