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Old 07-21-2013, 09:52 PM   #1
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Bike racks

been looking for a bike rack for a while now. just cant decide what to get. what are you guys running? i have a 2inch hitch already.

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Old 07-21-2013, 10:11 PM   #2
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I have this one...it works pretty well. With a larger spare you'll need to weld an extension into the plate, but no big deal.

https://www.thule.com/en-us/us/produ...63pro-_-963pro


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Yakima DoubleDown, but I had to buy a dual hitch extender from Harbor Freight to get the tailgate to clear.
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I just got the Thule Vertex Swing 9031. Here's a site that has some pics (not my Jeep):
Jeep Wrangler with Thule Vertex Swing Bike Rack is a Perfect Fit

I have the soft top on right now so I can't confirm whether or not the gate will swing open wide enough to open the window, but the pic on the above site shows that it can. I wanted to think that the gate swings open further, but I may be remembering it wrong.

I didn't go for the Yakima that Greenblur has. I didn't want it to stick out that far. Pros and cons for each, I guess.

Oh, and I have the stock spare.
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It really depends on how often you're toting bikes around, but I would definitely go with a hitch mount regardless. Just look at all the folks on here that have tailgate issues with simply having a bit larger spare tire hanging on it - a loaded bike rack will be similar and just make it worse if you already have oversize tires.

I do triathlons and have a bike with me all the time it seems like, whether it's a tri bike, road bike, mountain bike, or the family's bikes. The most safe and secure way to carry bikes is with a rack that holds the weight of the bike on the wheels, not under the top bar on the frame. The under frame mounts are fine in the garage when you're not bouncing them around on the road and banging them against the vehicle and each other.

I have the Thule 916XTR T2 and the additional 918XTR 2 bike extension that I slap on when carrying more than 2 bikes. It has cables and locks already built into the carrier and is rock solid for carrying multiple bikes. I don't have high-end tri and road bikes, but even mine are $2K+ each - I am definitely not going to risk screwing those up by being cheap on the carrier. This one has an additional quick-release pin that allows you to swing the entire arm down and clear the tailgate opening.

As far as other options, I'd consider anything that carries the bikes in this fashion that are made by Thule, Kuat, or Yakima - probably others, but those are the first that come to mind.
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I have the Thule 916XTR T2 and the additional 918XTR 2 bike extension that I slap on when carrying more than 2 bikes. It has cables and locks already built into the carrier and is rock solid for carrying multiple bikes. I don't have high-end tri and road bikes, but even mine are $2K+ each - I am definitely not going to risk screwing those up by being cheap on the carrier. This one has an additional quick-release pin that allows you to swing the entire arm down and clear the tailgate opening.
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Also, what type of bike is it? If you are into mountain biking, stay away from the racks that go thru the frame. If you ever decide to get a full suspension bike, your rack will be useless. I speak from experience on this on.
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:29 PM   #8
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Yakima sparetime mounts through spare tire to tailgate. Holds two bikes very solid.
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:47 PM   #9
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I have this one and like it:
Hitch racks, Sport Rider, 4 bike capacity bike racks, bicycle carriers - Hollywood Racks

Holds each bike solidly without worrying about them swinging and rubbing each other like some of the hanger style racks. It's two separate pieces, so you can leave off the extension when you only need to carry 1 or 2 bikes. Comes with a locking hitch pin and a cable lock for locking bikes onto the rack (both use the same key).

If you'll never need to carry more than 2 bikes, then there's the 2-bike version:
Hitch racks, sport rider 2 bike capacity hitch rack, bike racks, bicycle carriers, hitch mount racks - Hollywood Racks

Better prices can be found online if you search.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:57 PM   #10
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The Kuat's look nice Products » Bike | Küat
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Based on reviews here and elsewhere I bought the 1UPS rack.

1UPUSA.com :: Home

I bought the 2 bike model for a 2" hitch.

I have the Mopar hitch and the rack will work with it for 1 bike (the tray closer to the wheel would not have enought clearance for the width of a bike with the standard Mopar hitch). I bought their (1UPUSA) hitch extender and that will easily allow the 2 bikes to fit. The bike mount part will drop down (without the bikes on it) and lets the tail gate open.

The rack (and hitch extender if you buy it from them) use a theft proof (resistant?) special allen key to tighten the connections. (They just modify a standard hitch extender with their bolt system).

The rack works extremely well. Very easy to put the bikes on and take off. VERY sturdy. Many trips on freeways with speeds up to 65 mph.

I have no problems with racks that require removal of the front wheel (i.e. car top racks) but it is nice not having to do so, especially with mountain bikes and disk brakes. I am not a big fan of racks that hold the bike by the top tube.
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:59 PM   #12
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I have this Thule with the two bike addition for the ability to carry 4 bikes

Thule T2 - Thule

It was pricey but I often haul 4 bikes around to get to the trailheads here

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Based on reviews here and elsewhere I bought the 1UPS rack.

1UPUSA.com :: Home

I bought the 2 bike model for a 2" hitch.

I have the Mopar hitch and the rack will work with it for 1 bike (the tray closer to the wheel would not have enought clearance for the width of a bike with the standard Mopar hitch). I bought their (1UPUSA) hitch extender and that will easily allow the 2 bikes to fit. The bike mount part will drop down (without the bikes on it) and lets the tail gate open.

The rack (and hitch extender if you buy it from them) use a theft proof (resistant?) special allen key to tighten the connections. (They just modify a standard hitch extender with their bolt system).

The rack works extremely well. Very easy to put the bikes on and take off. VERY sturdy. Many trips on freeways with speeds up to 65 mph.

I have no problems with racks that require removal of the front wheel (i.e. car top racks) but it is nice not having to do so, especially with mountain bikes and disk brakes. I am not a big fan of racks that hold the bike by the top tube.
I've been using the 1Up USA rack for years and it's by far the best hitch rack I have ever used. Aluminum /stainless construction so it will not rust out like Thule, Yakima etc. Folds up so you can store it easily. Modular so you can run one tray up to four.
Used it on my old FJ, Ram and the wife's 4Runner.
Hope it will work with the new JK.
I bought a Hidden Hitch receiver that extends out farther then the factory Mopar hitch. I hope it clears.
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Also, what type of bike is it? If you are into mountain biking, stay away from the racks that go thru the frame. If you ever decide to get a full suspension bike, your rack will be useless. I speak from experience on this on.
its going to be carrying bmx bikes 95% of the time. maybe a mountain bike sometime.
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I Tried 3 cheaper ones, didnt work, so I broke down and went to an actual bike shop and picked up a Swagman hitch mount 4 bike rack. We never haul more that 3 but I wanted the extra space just in case. Spare is stock 255x75x17, lots of room. Have hauled comfort style as well as grandsons 2 BMX bikes, no prob. Had to get a U-Bar frame adapter for the wife's due to low entry frame design. Works great. Put the tire cover on to keep bikes from scratching the rim.

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Bought the Thule Vertex Swing because it's the only one I found that let me open the back without taking bikes off. Only gripe is having to open it when rear window is down, but since it's summer that's rare.
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It really depends on how often you're toting bikes around, but I would definitely go with a hitch mount regardless. Just look at all the folks on here that have tailgate issues with simply having a bit larger spare tire hanging on it - a loaded bike rack will be similar and just make it worse if you already have oversize tires.

I do triathlons and have a bike with me all the time it seems like, whether it's a tri bike, road bike, mountain bike, or the family's bikes. The most safe and secure way to carry bikes is with a rack that holds the weight of the bike on the wheels, not under the top bar on the frame. The under frame mounts are fine in the garage when you're not bouncing them around on the road and banging them against the vehicle and each other.

I have the Thule 916XTR T2 and the additional 918XTR 2 bike extension that I slap on when carrying more than 2 bikes. It has cables and locks already built into the carrier and is rock solid for carrying multiple bikes. I don't have high-end tri and road bikes, but even mine are $2K+ each - I am definitely not going to risk screwing those up by being cheap on the carrier. This one has an additional quick-release pin that allows you to swing the entire arm down and clear the tailgate opening.

As far as other options, I'd consider anything that carries the bikes in this fashion that are made by Thule, Kuat, or Yakima - probably others, but those are the first that come to mind.
Good info, I'm looking at getting the T2. Does it fit without needing a hitch extender? Do you have any pics you could post? It would be greatly appreciated.
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Good info, I'm looking at getting the T2. Does it fit without needing a hitch extender? Do you have any pics you could post? It would be greatly appreciated.
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Sorry, been out of town for a while. I don't have a hitch extender and it works fine. I also have a Reese tow power hitch instead of the stock though, and I do believe the Reese does extend just a bit further than the stock hitch. The hitch has two pin settings and the rack clears the spare on both no problem. I'll try to get a picture in the next couple of days. Anything in particular you want to see in the pictures?
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I had a yakima roof rack with additional yakima parts and loved it!

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