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Old 02-10-2011, 10:18 AM   #1
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Hitch mounted bike racks

What are some good hitch mounted bike racks that will fit around a 35 in tire. I am trying to get 3-4 bikes on. Thx guys.

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Old 02-10-2011, 10:36 AM   #2
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dont go hitch dude!! you'll never be able to open the cargo door get a rack that mounts on your spare tire and you'll still be able to open your cargo door if you want. i have a THULE 2 bike wheel mount rack on mine. if i can learn how to upload pics on this thing i would show you the pics

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What tire carrier are you using? If you're using the stock carrier, I wouldn't use a tire mounted rack with a 35' tire. I think that would be just too much weight.

If you are using a carrier that doesn't put any weight on the tailgate, that's another thing altogether.
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^^ agree, if you're using the stock tire carrier, avoid the wheel-mount racks. Hell, I wouldn't even trust the stock carrier with a stock 32" wheel and a 3-4 bike rack! Might be fine for a while, but I've heard too many stories of down-the-road problems to trust it.

Check out Thule, they have several hitch-mount racks that fold down away from the tailgate. They even have one that swings entirely away from the tailgate even when fully loaded. It's a bit pricey though, and you may or may not need a hitch extension to clear the tire.
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Old 02-10-2011, 01:20 PM   #5
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This is the one I use to haul 4 bikes behind my motorhome. It mounts in the receiver hitch. I plan on using it on the Jeep when I pull it behind the RV. I have tried 4 variations of this and returned them all, this by far was the best. You can get it with an extension that way the first bike shouldn't rub on the spare tire, the same way I needed the extension on the RV to get the first bike away from the ladder.

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Swagman XC4 hitch mounted bike racks- Swagman 64665 wheel tray trailer receiver bicycle carriers.
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^^ agree, if you're using the stock tire carrier, avoid the wheel-mount racks. Hell, I wouldn't even trust the stock carrier with a stock 32" wheel and a 3-4 bike rack! Might be fine for a while, but I've heard too many stories of down-the-road problems to trust it.

Check out Thule, they have several hitch-mount racks that fold down away from the tailgate. They even have one that swings entirely away from the tailgate even when fully loaded. It's a bit pricey though, and you may or may not need a hitch extension to clear the tire.
Thule Revolver seems to be a popular choice for wranglers. They are pricey (around $400).
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i have the thule brand bike rack. it comes with a bracket that mounts behind the spare so not weight what so ever is on the actual tire. the only thing is that you need to remove the center cap of the rim if your rims has one. like i said before i'll get pics up tomm hopefully so you all can see my set up
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the thing about hitch mount is one: you have to buy an extender just to make it past the spare and second: with a hitch mount you cant open the cargo door
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:00 PM   #9
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Hitchmate Glideaway Bicycle Carrier 4 Bike Hitch Mount Super Sized Cycles
!!!! I bought this today.. Fits past the spare tire WITHOUT an extender!! AND it was was only 120.00 on sale!!!
I will post pics tomorrow with it on my jeep
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Hitchmate Glideaway Bicycle Carrier 4 Bike Hitch Mount Super Sized Cycles
!!!! I bought this today.. Fits past the spare tire WITHOUT an extender!! AND it was was only 120.00 on sale!!!
I will post pics tomorrow with it on my jeep
That looks Nice, did you have a discount code or was it a one day sale?
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:55 PM   #12
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That is a clever design. I like that.
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:59 PM   #13
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It was local at Costco.
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It was local at Costco.
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ALLEN 5 bike hitch rack cost $99 and free site to store shipping. It folds down and the hitch connector will clear a 32 in rear mounted spare tire.
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At Walmart

ALLEN 5 bike hitch rack cost $99 and free site to store shipping. It folds down and the hitch connector will clear a 32 in rear mounted spare tire.
The thing is, unless the pics deceive me...the "glide away" design allows you to open the gate with the hitch on. The allen tilt away isn't going to allow that. Even with the rack tilted, you can only open the gate about 4-6 inches before the tire hits the rack. Also- you aren't supposed to tilt the allen rack when loaded with bikes.

I think this looks like a great solution and you can't beat the price. Too bad I already had an allen rack ...and I just paid $40 for an extender.
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It was local at Costco.
Wish I could find this at my local Costco. Gonna have to check online. Seems like a great price!
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Costco.com has it for $189.99
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I have this one:
Hidden Hitch 59401 - ROLA® 4 Bike Folding Carrier for 2" Receiver Hitches - Quadratec

when you tilt it down there is only about 4-6 inches before the tire hits it but I figure that I have so little room for storage as it is in my 2dr that it doesn't really matter. So far I am very happy with the rack. Also when you do not have any bikes on there you can fold the arm down so they are not sticking out.
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:50 AM   #19
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Mine was likely cheaper.. appears it was possibly last year's model.
New changes:
- now available for the smaller hitch receiver option (though most of us need the 2" anyway)
- now comes with a bonus hitch lock (can be bought separately for like 10.00)

No other changes to it.
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The thing is, unless the pics deceive me...the "glide away" design allows you to open the gate with the hitch on. The allen tilt away isn't going to allow that. Even with the rack tilted, you can only open the gate about 4-6 inches before the tire hits the rack. Also- you aren't supposed to tilt the allen rack when loaded with bikes.

I think this looks like a great solution and you can't beat the price. Too bad I already had an allen rack ...and I just paid $40 for an extender.
You can open the gate with the rack attached to the hitch BUT not with it loaded with bikes.
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:06 PM   #21
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I have 325/60R20's (35.6") on my AEV rear bumper/tire carrier. I just got the Yakima Swing Daddy 4. It holds up to four bikes and is beefy. It is designed to swing away w/o having to remove the bikes from the rack, and also has two built in bottle openers, lol. It also comes with locks (bike & anti-rattle cotter pin). I did have to go to U-Haul and get a 2" hitch extender (8" length) to make it clear the fifth wheel. It's not recommended by Yakima but it was the only way it'd work. It's plenty stable and I'm happy with it.

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Yakima › Shop › Bike › Hitch › SwingDaddy (2" receivers only)
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itchmate Glideaway Bicycle Carrier 4 Bike Hitch Mount Super Sized Cycles
!!!! I bought this today.. Fits past the spare tire WITHOUT an extender!! AND it was was only 120.00 on sale!!!
I will post pics tomorrow with it on my jeep

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That's a great deal on a very practical design. I just checked the price and it's $219.95 now. Congrats on the deal.
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I really like the design. Sam's club has it now for $185, HitchMate® glideAWAY - 4 Bike Carrier - Sam's Club
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Hitchmate Glideaway Bicycle Carrier 4 Bike Hitch Mount Super Sized Cycles
!!!! I bought this today.. Fits past the spare tire WITHOUT an extender!! AND it was was only 120.00 on sale!!!
I will post pics tomorrow with it on my jeep

This one is on sale again at costco.com for $149 + tax, but includes delivery. Just got myself one!
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I decided on a tray style rack and bought the 1up. It's a nice piece of engineering. It's about 3-4" short for the pedals to clear the tire but by securing the bike off center, I can slip a pedal inside a wheel slot and lock it down. Very stable and I like how the bike hugs the tire close. Nice and compact.











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Hitchmate Glideaway Bicycle Carrier 4 Bike Hitch Mount Super Sized Cycles
!!!! I bought this today.. Fits past the spare tire WITHOUT an extender!! AND it was was only 120.00 on sale!!!
I will post pics tomorrow with it on my jeep
That may be the bike rack I've been looking for! Thanks for posting!
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I have the thule 964 Revolver 4 bike rack. It goes into my factory 2" receiver without any extender and clears the spare tire. I got the rack for my caravan about 6 or 7 years ago. It is beefy. It easily handles 4 bicycles. It swings clear of the rear gate with 4 bikes loaded on it and allows access to the rear cargo area. With regards to racks that cost 1/4 the price, I say, you get what you pay for. Not just the swing away feature but also the strength of the rack itself. I trust 4 standard bicycles to this rack without worry about the rack giving way under the stress of even off road rugged rides. No matter what rack you get, if the bikes are staked one upon the next side by each, you will get rubbing and paint worn away. If you don't want that for your bikes, I suggest you get a roof rack and purchase the type of rack that stands the bike by itself far away from other bikes.
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I have a 32" spare tire on my wrangler. Will the hitchmate glideaway rack clear a tire of that size?
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I decided on a tray style rack and bought the 1up. It's a nice piece of engineering. It's about 3-4" short for the pedals to clear the tire but by securing the bike off center, I can slip a pedal inside a wheel slot and lock it down. Very stable and I like how the bike hugs the tire close. Nice and compact.











Is the a stock hitch? And it looks like stock rubicon tires/rims. Just trying to see if it would work on mine.
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I went for the Thule swing-away 4 bike. Spare tire clears without an extension or drop and the gate opens just short of all the way. Not cheap but we ride a lot and the carrier is always attached. Bikes don't stick out very far behind the spare.

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