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Old 03-22-2014, 12:20 PM   #1
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Thule bike rack question

I just scored a Thule spare tire mount bike rack on Craigslist for $50. It looks looks I pull the spare off, slide the plate on and put the spare back on. I'm guessing the lug nuts hold the plate on. Is this correct?

It's a 13 sport, still have stock wheels and tires.
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Old 03-22-2014, 01:00 PM   #2
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That's how my Saris mounts and the one piece that goes behind the spare looks identical to mine.

What I am left with with rack removed



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Old 03-22-2014, 04:13 PM   #3
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I would be hesitant to use that rack. The added weight of the rack and the bike(s) - along with the spare - will be challenging the factory spare tire mount weight capacity. I use a hitch and have a Thule T2 bike carrier for mine.
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I would be hesitant to use that rack. The added weight of the rack and the bike(s) - along with the spare - will be challenging the factory spare tire mount weight capacity. I use a hitch and have a Thule T2 bike carrier for mine.
X2 people have issues with the seams on the door pulling apart with a little larger tire due to weight same could be said with bikes over a time.
I got a hitch mount version to be safe and like it better anyway as it is not rubbing my bike frame and brake lines to hold it.
But ref your question yes the tire and lugs hold it in place.
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Old 03-29-2014, 09:04 PM   #5
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The Thule rack fits just fine on an aftermarket tire carrier with a 35" Duratrac. And it's plenty strong to hold the tire and the bicycles together.

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