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Old 05-28-2012, 09:31 AM
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Thule 916 hitch bike carrier

IS anyone using this bicycle carrier, or anything like it?

I prefer this type ("ride on") of carrier - easier to use and does not mark/damage the bike(s) like "arm" style carriers can.

If you use one my question is if it clears the tire mounted on the rear.

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Old 06-06-2012, 06:32 PM   #2
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It does not clear the tire on my JK but the rack is easily modified though. I have the Thule 916 and all I did was go to my local steel supplier and had them cut 27" of 2x2x1/8 square tube and then using the original bottom piece (18") of the bike rack as a template I drilled the holes and now a perfect fit. Total cost for the mod was under $9 for the steel and $20 for the tap and drill to make the hitch lock work. Other than that you could buy a hitch extender for about $20 from Harbor Freight but I felt this allowed too much play in the setup. I hope this helps.

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Old 06-06-2012, 09:09 PM   #3
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I use a 2" Yakima Holdup with a 12" Harbor Freight extender. There is some play, but the bikes are secure.
2004 Black X 4.0, auto, 3.73's, soft top 31-10.5-15 Toyo A/T's on 8" Ultra 175's, 2" Teraflex BB.
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:51 PM   #4
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Yea man. Picked up a Thule rack for spare tire rack off craigslists from lady used it twice for $100 ($226 retail i found). Used while on door w stock rubicon wheel. Now with Besrk handmade carrier it is STOUT and only a 33x15 wheel it's actually 4lbs lighter than stock 16's and tires. Did however when I used w new tires had to cut the center square rod mount, put in like 2-3" extension of 1" square stock I had and welded. So not I have a good bite on it and long thread so if anything way more more stabile than it was before. Figure was ment for like 225 tires haha.
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:22 PM   #5
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nope. I use a yakima bighorn hitch rack. I never noticed my bikes get any scratches except when I reversed into a random yellow pole . Those ride on type of carriers seem like a big hazzle plus I live in an apartment.
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Old 06-07-2012, 06:16 AM   #6
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I have the Thule T2 and love it. My TT bike didn't fit on the standard style rack. I had issues with folding it up and the spare tire. I took my Drexel tool and just took a little off one of the plastic wheel trays to make it fit. No issues what so ever. Driven 12 hours to race and bike doesn't move
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:25 AM   #7
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Thule 958 Parkway 2-bike, with hitch extension to clear my 33" spare.

I just ordered a Thule Raceway 9001 for the Volvo S60.
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:30 AM   #8
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I ust the Thule spare tire bike rack and they are well constructed and I cannot see how the rack can scratch the bikes unless the seats the frame sits on are damaged.

Retired my 94 YJ 4cyl 5spd @ 200K
Now in a 04 TJ 4cyl 5spd CV @120K+
Both as a commuter vehicle in NW, NJ
April 2012.downsized and now a 99er.
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