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Old 05-26-2012, 02:02 PM   #1
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Looking for a hitch mount bike rack for 2012 JK Unlimited?

I am looking to get a hitch mount for my 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4 Door. I have two bike currently, a mountain bike and a road bike. Though I could be carrying up to 3 bikes. Would like one that has a locking mechanism for the bikes for when going on long trips. I was looking at the Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Hitch Rack. Thanks in advance for any help.

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Old 05-26-2012, 04:20 PM   #2
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I have an old Tule and it does not work well on the jeep. Even with it swung down I can not open the rear gate because the wheel gets in the way. I have stock rubbi wheels and tires. Just look out for this.

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Old 05-26-2012, 10:51 PM   #3
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I have this one: http://www.amazon.com/Allen-Deluxe-V...8090427&sr=8-3
Works good, well made. Same problem with tipping down, though and being able to open the rear door. This has never been a factor for me, but something to consider.
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:18 AM   #4
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IM going shopping for one today. Im looking at the Thule Vertex or maybe a Yak Doubledown Ace. Im not sure if either will clear the tailgate with the swing down, but the Yak looks like it removes easier. If so, i could just take it totally off if it doesnt clear the gate. If all else fails, I could just get a hitch extender or drop
EMS and REI have 20% off racks this weekend, just FYI
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Hey I have the yak two bike holder works great from quadratec
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:15 AM   #6
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Old 05-27-2012, 12:56 PM   #7
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Ok guys, I too have a bike carrier that attaches to the tow receiver. My problem is that I bought it for my Subaru Forester with the small receiver. I really don't want to buy another one that fits the larger receiver. Anyone know of an adapter to make the small rack fit the larger receiver?
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Old 05-27-2012, 04:25 PM   #8
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go to harborfreight.com and search for hitch adapter. don't forget to find a 20% off coupon if you decide to buy.
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Old 05-27-2012, 04:41 PM   #9
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Hollywood 4 bike rack is top notch and you can split it and just use as two bike rack if required...
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Hollywood is what I went with as well. It was the only rack that would clear my 33x12.5
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Old 05-27-2012, 05:16 PM   #11
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After much research and some $aving, I just ordered a 1upusa with add-on's to carry 4 bikes.

There are some pics of one on a Wrangler on their website.

1upusa.com :: Products

And here are some from mtbr:

Mtbr Forums - View Single Post - 1up Quick Rack Quick Review.

I'll post some pictures when I get it!
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I just got the Thule vertex today. Its a nice piece of equipment but it doenst fit past my spare. Ill have to get an extender, but I like it. The price is right price too. EMS has a Memorial Day sale with 20% off Thule stuff. The MSRP was like $280 or so and I got it for $220ish
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saris makes one... an adapter to fit the larger receiver.
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After much research and some $aving, I just ordered a 1upusa with add-on's to carry 4 bikes.

There are some pics of one on a Wrangler on their website.

1upusa.com :: Products

And here are some from mtbr:

Mtbr Forums - View Single Post - 1up Quick Rack Quick Review.

I'll post some pictures when I get it!
You mean this
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go to harborfreight.com and search for hitch adapter. don't forget to find a 20% off coupon if you decide to buy.
Thanks for the information. Will check it out the next time I get off the hill. Thanks to you too Bob.
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Yes! Thanks for posting your direct link.

Mine came in the mail last night... I'll hopefully have her mounted up over the weekend with pictures.

Man this thing is aluminum sculpture.
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That's the ticket! My thule won't fold up, but I must have wheel mounts because the top tube is carbon fiber. Yours is perfect
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Old 06-01-2012, 03:44 PM   #18
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Currently using a Thule T2. I flipped the 4-bar linkage upside down and it clears when folding it up. In order for the tire to clear when swinging open the gate, just flip down the T2 to the down-angle position. Works perfect.

However if I didn't already have the T2 from previous vehicles, I would go with the 1upusa rack.
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Old 06-01-2012, 03:55 PM   #19
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North Shore Rack. It only works with mountain bikes (larger crown fork). But if all you do is mountain, this is the best I've found (and I've had some nice racks from Küat and Yakima).
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Yes! Thanks for posting your direct link.

Mine came in the mail last night... I'll hopefully have her mounted up over the weekend with pictures.

Man this thing is aluminum sculpture.

Here we go... took me a little longer than expected because I wanted to modify my dual-hitch adapter for an anti-rattle pin.

Woodyaks, what do you do about taillights? At least with 4 bikes, they are pretty obscured?

More pics here: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/201...ml#post2456950

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You can also check out REI either online or at the REI in Conshohocken, PA.

Bike Racks at REI - Free shipping on orders of $50 or more
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Here we go... took me a little longer than expected because I wanted to modify my dual-hitch adapter for an anti-rattle pin.

Woodyaks, what do you do about taillights? At least with 4 bikes, they are pretty obscured?

More pics here: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/201...ml#post2456950

What do you plan on hooking up to your hitch while the bikes are on their?

The taillights are fine with all the bikes.
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Here we go... took me a little longer than expected because I wanted to modify my dual-hitch adapter for an anti-rattle pin.

Woodyaks, what do you do about taillights? At least with 4 bikes, they are pretty obscured?

More pics here: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/201...ml#post2456950

Hey J westy, was this your creativity? or did you see this out there somewhere? Very cool....
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The taillights are fine with all the bikes.
I wonder if it's 'cause mine is mounted higher than yours, but my taillights are very obscured.
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I have a Thule 4 bike rack that I bought a couple years ago to use on my truck. It fits very well and tilts down.
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go to harborfreight.com and search for hitch adapter. don't forget to find a 20% off coupon if you decide to buy.
Thanks, picked it up yesterday.
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:32 AM   #27
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Okay since I started this thread, I will update with what I got. I went and purchased the Apex 4 Swing Bike rack. I like it. I will make one warning if you have a bigger spare then stock it will not work without a hitch extension. Because I have the 17" tires included in the Power package and the one bolt just barley rubs the tire cover so anything bigger you will not be able to tighten it. I can also open the rear pretty much 80% open with the bike rack on. I'll try an update this more later on when I've gotten to put it to more use. Thanks all for the replies and setups you use.
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Old 06-24-2012, 07:42 PM   #28
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I have the Yakima Flipside Bike Rack. It measures 12 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright bar - which provides plenty of clearance for the spare tire on the rear of the vehicle.
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Yakima FlipSide 4 Bike Hitch Mounted Rotating Rack w Frame Mount Cradles, 1-1/4" & 2" Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Y02426
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:32 PM   #29
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Smile Yakima foldem with oversize spare

I did the measurement suggested in another post but the yak foldem still doesn't fit with my oversize spare. My question: are the hitch extenders secure? Don't want my Ibis flying off the back of my jeep.
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Yes, they are plenty secure. They use the same hitch pins that the hitch uses; can be threaded or not. Nothing to worry about

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