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Old 05-14-2013, 07:17 AM   #1
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Hitch bike rack: Yakima BigHorn anyone?

Looking to buy a hitch bike rack for my stock 2013 JKU. Would like to that it would fit 4 bikes on it.

I tried a few hitch bike rack in local shops and all the models were touching the rear spare tire when installed.

The Yakima BigHorn seems to to clear (according to the web site):

Yakima BigHorn (2" receivers only) hitch Bike Rack

https://yakima.com/download/Yakima-Hitch-Fit-Tips.pdf

Anyone owns one? Comments, tips or feedback welcomed.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-14-2013, 08:13 AM   #2
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I just got a hitch extender....they come in different lengths

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Old 05-14-2013, 08:21 AM   #3
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This fit over my tire when it was Stock:https://www.google.com/shopping/prod...d=0CJYBEPMCMAo

After the 35" tires I had to get an extension.
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:25 AM   #4
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I use Yakima Swingdaddy. Works and fits well with my stock tire carrier and 275/70 on stock Sahara wheels.

Also allows use of tailgate!


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Thanks!

@Z-TJ, that's the one I'm looking at. So according to you, it would fit.

@Fooddude, the Swingdaddy looks great! Must be a bit more $$$??? I'll check it out. Got any pics of it with the gate opened?
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Thanks!

@Z-TJ, that's the one I'm looking at. So according to you, it would fit.

@Fooddude, the Swingdaddy looks great! Must be a bit more $$$??? I'll check it out. Got any pics of it with the gate opened?
It will fit, it's close to fitting over my 35x12.5" tire.
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:21 PM   #7
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The Thule vertex swing works without a hitch extender on a JKUR with stock tires. I just picked one up last week.
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:04 AM   #8
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I just got a hitch extender....they come in different lengths
Do not run a hitch extender with a 4 bike rack. If you place bikes on the furthest racks it can cause problems as the weight has too much leverage on the hitch. Usually this is spelled out in the manufacturer's recommendations.

My recommendation for a hitch rack would be a Thule or Kuat rack. Anything that holds the bike by the wheels. It is not good to leave them dangling behind your car. Also if you are rear ended, your bikes are hosed! The rubber straps on the top tube will also scratch you bike's paint job.

With most wheel mount racks, you can not use the folding feature due to clearance with the spare. Fortunately hitch racks are very easy to take off and on.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:36 AM   #9
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Here is a pic of mine with the Thule X2 on it. They make a 2 rack add-on to give you 4 bike carrying capacity.
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Old 05-15-2013, 04:42 PM   #10
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I have the Yakima Big Horn 4 bike rack. It works pretty well.. the rack is nice but it could be better for my Jeep.. I bought a 12" hitch extender.. sticks out too far for my liking but it clears my tire.. 12.50. However, even with the rack folded down I still can't open my gate all the way because my tire hits the nub that sticks up that the vertical portion of the rack hinges up to.. with the 12" extension i can open the gate enough to get my arm inside.. if i was to shorten the extension to make it look better i wouldn't be able to open my gate at all.. With the 12" extension and rack I am hauling my bike no problem.. its a good rack.. someone just needs to make one for Jeepers.


I'd post a pic but imageshack is blocked here at work
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:37 PM   #11
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Just ordered the Yakima Bighorn 4. Will keep you all posted. Thanks everyone.
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My Thule Revolver fits without an extender:

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I use a THule Rack & Lock it fits past a spare 35" and holds 4 bikes. There is a removeable 2 bike bracket if you want to carry 4.
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:38 AM   #14
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I went with yakima swing daddy and kurt extension (raise/lower).

swing away hitch mounted bicycle carriers?
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:33 PM   #15
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Got the Yakima BigHorn today. It's raining but took 10 minutes to assembled it and try it on my Wrangler.

It fits... Tight... But it does fit with a stock tire. They could have made it to clear it at least a half inch but it does fit. If ever I get bigger tires and wheels for the Jeep, I'll need an extension.



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Old 05-22-2013, 07:34 AM   #16
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Do not run a hitch extender with a 4 bike rack. If you place bikes on the furthest racks it can cause problems as the weight has too much leverage on the hitch. Usually this is spelled out in the manufacturer's recommendations.
The tongue capacity on the stock hitch is somewhere in the 300+ lb range. Im not going to do the math, but you wont exceed that on most bikes, unless you are running a 50lb downhill monster on the furthest latch point. The extra 6" or whatever you are going to use for an extension isnt going to make any difference.
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:25 AM   #17
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Can you open your back door with this bike rack?
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:45 AM   #18
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I went with the Saris Freedom spare tire mount. I have to have one that mounts the bike by the wheels and also liked I can open the back even with a bike on the rack.

I can remove the rack with one bolt. It will also hold any kind of bike including my Fat Bike.



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Old 03-04-2014, 11:52 AM   #19
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Can you open your back door with this bike rack?
Not with the Yakima Big Horn.

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