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Old 10-09-2011, 04:25 PM   #1
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Bike Rack: What you got?

Tried out the Yakima Holdup that I use with my other vehicle.
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:48 PM   #2
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I have a folding thule 2 rack myself, the rack itself is nice, but i hate actually having it. for one, adding another yard of blind spot behind me is a pain. and even though it folds down so I can open the gate, having to unload the bikes just to let the dogs out sucks. And, since its a class 1/2 bike rack, I had to get a class 3-2 extender. Long story short, since the thule has a threaded bolt and I got a shim type thing to removing wobbling, I need to play with 3 3/4 bolts every time I want to take the rack on or off. I really just want a nice one that attaches to the tire/gate.

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Old 10-09-2011, 06:57 PM   #3
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Have the same rack with similar issues but like it much more than the issues bother me. It is very heavy duty on the 2" hitch.

Remove that welded in nut in the rack and use your original J-pin that you were probably already using to take the rattle out of all your accessories.

Works good without one more socket or wrench in the back of the Jeep.

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I have a folding thule 2 rack myself, the rack itself is nice, but i hate actually having it. for one, adding another yard of blind spot behind me is a pain. and even though it folds down so I can open the gate, having to unload the bikes just to let the dogs out sucks. And, since its a class 1/2 bike rack, I had to get a class 3-2 extender. Long story short, since the thule has a threaded bolt and I got a shim type thing to removing wobbling, I need to play with 3 3/4 bolts every time I want to take the rack on or off. I really just want a nice one that attaches to the tire/gate.
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Old 10-09-2011, 07:27 PM   #4
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i have been researching bike rack options, the rear/hitch rack seems the way to go. The roof rack would be ok but I like the easy on/off of the rear mount. I am considering adding a couple of bike trays to my cargo carrier off the back at this point. If you don’t like the length of a 4 bike carrier, consider a draftmaster. The position is interesting but I have never used one.
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Old 10-09-2011, 07:30 PM   #5
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my thule....2 bike spare me
we have since upgraded and no longer have the tassles!
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Old 10-09-2011, 09:30 PM   #6
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As I had purchased the Yakima Highroller bike racks before I purchased my jeep I wanted to make use of them. Cost too much to replace not to mention I ride everything from Down Hill bikes to 29er cross country. These racks will carry any type or size of bike. Long story short. I purchased one of those folding rear racks that can hold about 500 lbs (easy to handle) and mounted my existing racks to the carrier. Works great! The rack cost me about $85 (not inluding the bike carriers).
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Old 10-09-2011, 09:50 PM   #7
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I also have the Thule Spare Me and love it. Connects to to spare tire so it can be on all the time without blocking any access to rear area or trailer. I leave it on 10 months of the year, plus it also serves as a lock for the spare tire.
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I have the Thule swing out 4 bike rack. It is built like a brick shlt house and supports 4 heavy bikes with out a wince. It swings open to allow the back door to open and does it easily. It can be locked open if on a hill so that it doesn't swing back. I bought it for my caravan and brought it over when I got my jeep in Nov. of 07. It works with my stock tire and wheel on the back on my stock receiver. It clears the tire by a couple of inches. It is a bit pricy but with bike racks, you get what you pay for. I've seen a lot of racks since I have purchased this one but none has impressed me as much as this one.
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Old 10-09-2011, 11:11 PM   #9
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Just bought the "YAKIMA Spare Joe 2 Bike Rack" on Saturday.
Yakima 8002618 - YAKIMA Spare Joe 2 Bike Rack - Quadratec
$118 on Quadratec's site + shipping

$60 at there factory tent sale on Saturday :0

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Old 10-10-2011, 08:41 AM   #10
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i have been researching bike rack options, the rear/hitch rack seems the way to go. The roof rack would be ok but I like the easy on/off of the rear mount. I am considering adding a couple of bike trays to my cargo carrier off the back at this point. If you don’t like the length of a 4 bike carrier, consider a draftmaster. The position is interesting but I have never used one.
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400 bucks for the base modal? I usually go to nashbar for all my bike stuff, or performance bike. i know the nashbar name brand stuff is usually just as good as the top of the line stuff. good stuff
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As I had purchased the Yakima Highroller bike racks before I purchased my jeep I wanted to make use of them. Cost too much to replace not to mention I ride everything from Down Hill bikes to 29er cross country. These racks will carry any type or size of bike. Long story short. I purchased one of those folding rear racks that can hold about 500 lbs (easy to handle) and mounted my existing racks to the carrier. Works great! The rack cost me about $85 (not inluding the bike carriers).
Thats a pretty sweet set up. How wide are the tubes on that cage carrier? You just drilled some u-clamps into it?
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Does anyone know anything about the Surco BT300? I need a 3-bike carrier and this one seems like it might work. The SportRack A30813STL also looked nice, but unfortunately the center hole on the spare is 1/16" too small for the carrier's post (according to a few comments I've seen).

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Old 01-09-2012, 07:50 PM   #13
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1up USA - pricey, but it is a great rack that is well engineered and well crafted.

Buddy has it mounted on his JKUR; it clears the spare without a problem.

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Old 01-09-2012, 08:26 PM   #14
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Heininger 2200 swingaway. Love it. Bought it off of amazon.

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Old 01-09-2012, 08:32 PM   #15
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I also have the Thule Spare Me and love it. Connects to to spare tire so it can be on all the time without blocking any access to rear area or trailer. I leave it on 10 months of the year, plus it also serves as a lock for the spare tire.
that is what i have, using it since 2008. no problems.
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:06 PM   #16
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i also have the yakima spare joe. works great and sturdy to boot. also easy storage when not on the back of the jeep.
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:09 PM   #17
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I got the Allen deluxe 3 bike spare tire rack, had it for almost two years. I love it.
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+1 on the Thule spare me. I love it. I even have a ski rack attachment for it so I get to use it all year long
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:53 PM   #19
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Thule T-2 that I've used on other vehicles. Can carry my high end road bikes and my mtn bikes.
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:08 PM   #20
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I have the Yakima Double Down 4 bike hitch mount carrier. It is well built and can carry the family's arsenal of bikes.
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Old 01-09-2012, 11:04 PM   #21
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I have a Hollywood 3 bike hitch rack.
It works OK, but I have to tighten the threaded pin to keep it from wobbling.
It sucks. Plus, I have no access to the back once it is on. If I had one wish, it would be one that articulates down for access.

Other than that, it is well built and does it's job.
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I have the Thule T2 rack and the same complaints with the bolts required to mount it and remove it. Had to buy a hitch drop extender so I can open the tailgate with the rack in the declined position. Even with the hitch locks, there was a bit of a wobble, so I had to buy and install an anti-wobble device. So, that's two more nuts to install and remove.

All that said, I love the rack. It's super sturdy, and the platform style doesn't touch the bike frames. Plus, the bike mounting points are adjustable, so you can create more room between the bikes if needed.

Sadly, I recently purchased a Surly Mukluk fatbike, and the tire cups are too narrow for the 4" wide tires to fit. I have to deflate the tires to use that bike on the Thule T2...
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Does anyone know anything about the Surco BT300? I need a 3-bike carrier and this one seems like it might work. The SportRack A30813STL also looked nice, but unfortunately the center hole on the spare is 1/16" too small for the carrier's post (according to a few comments I've seen).
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I was thinking of this one also: Surco BT300 Spare Tire Mount Bike Rack I like the fact that you can remove it quickly when not needed.

Anyone have this?
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Still looking myself. May have to build one since I have two racing trikes. Trail Catrikes.
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:50 AM   #26
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I had the thule 2bk spare me (see pic above) but have since been rear ended and now I get to buy a new carrier....I loved my thule but I've been looking into buying the yakima sparetime this time around because I'm hoping to upgrade my tires. Any thoughts? And am I correct that the thule can't fit on anything bigger than stock?
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I have the thule on my 35's, I extended the rack plate through my wheel using 5/8 threaded rod - works great , makes it a little more involved if you have to use spare tire!
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I have 2" reciever built into both my front and rear bumpers-so I have a 2 bike holder (not sure of the brand) that goes on the FRONT and adjusted to keep the tires at least 12" off the ground. The seats come about level with my bug guard on the hood so my vision isn't blocked. I have the aluminum 'cargo deck' to plug into the back reciever to carry barbecue, cooler, etc., or we can tow our camper. Having the bikes on the front means you will never accidental back into a tree and crush them!
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We use the Thule roof mounted fork system on our new 2012 Unlimmited.
No need to drill holes in the roof like Yakima.
We like the roof mounted system since we have very expensive road bikes. Heard too many stories about being rear ended with bikes back there.
Two downsides of the roof mounted bike rack. You must not forget that the bikes are up when entering your garage.
You also need to be about 6-1 or taller to get the bikes up there unless you can balance on the running board.
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We use the Thule roof mounted fork system on our new 2012 Unlimmited.
No need to drill holes in the roof like Yakima.
We like the roof mounted system since we have very expensive road bikes. Heard too many stories about being rear ended with bikes back there.
Two downsides of the roof mounted bike rack. You must not forget that the bikes are up when entering your garage.
You also need to be about 6-1 or taller to get the bikes up there unless you can balance on the running board.
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If that rack is supported by the rain gutters, it is well overloaded with two bikes and slightly overloaded with one bike. In an accident it will separate from the top and you will lose the bikes so it won't matter that they are up top or on the back.

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