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03-24-2014 06:42 PM
flyfishnevada I bought the Thule. It looks great but when I went to tighten the nut that holds it on it sheared. You could tell it wasn't quality hardware, almost looked like a cast threaded rod. I don't want something that sheared that easily being all that's preventing my bikes from spilling all over the highway. I returned it to Amazon and bought this:

www.amazon.com/dp/B000QJDFMK

I'm happy with this one.
03-24-2014 05:30 PM
MLB727 I just looked a Both Thule and Yakima's hitch-mounted racks at REI and noticed two things: they are bot heavy. About 40 lbs empty. This makes it a bit of a hassle to move between vehicles.
Second, they both seems loos and rattled in the store. I asked the sales person to tighten them up, but even after all of her adjustments, they rattled with just a light touch.

I think I am going to buy one of the spare-mounted versions, and am leaning towards the Thule.
06-11-2013 08:43 PM
speedguy
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Originally Posted by JOCJK View Post

Does that Holdup rack with the extension allow you to open the tailgate when folded down without the bikes? I can't seem to find one that I can leave on the jeep and still get access to the back. Its a giant pain in the ass to have to take the thing off all the time to get at gear. Any help would be appreciated!
Yes; it folds down far enough to allow me to open the tailgate
04-11-2013 08:16 PM
jwilson2598 Very happy with my Yakima Sparetime. I have it on a 275/70/18 (33x11.00 roughly) and I have friends that have it on a 33x12.50 and 35 as well. Even on my tire I use the shortest mounting tube, it comes with 3 sizes so you can use a fairly wide tire I would imagine, depending on your back spacing.
04-11-2013 03:35 PM
JOCJK
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Originally Posted by speedguy View Post
I use a Yakima Holdup hitch-mounted bike carrier and I have a 35x12.5 inch spare tire mounted. I use a 6 inch hitch extension to provide enough clearance between the spare tire and the bike rack. I also use the Yakima Plus 2 (2+) adapter which adds capacity for 2 additional bikes. This Yakima is awesome and I have been using it weekly for 3+ years now.
Does that Holdup rack with the extension allow you to open the tailgate when folded down without the bikes? I can't seem to find one that I can leave on the jeep and still get access to the back. Its a giant pain in the ass to have to take the thing off all the time to get at gear. Any help would be appreciated!
04-11-2013 02:24 PM
speedguy I use a Yakima Holdup hitch-mounted bike carrier and I have a 35x12.5 inch spare tire mounted. I use a 6 inch hitch extension to provide enough clearance between the spare tire and the bike rack. I also use the Yakima Plus 2 (2+) adapter which adds capacity for 2 additional bikes. This Yakima is awesome and I have been using it weekly for 3+ years now.
04-11-2013 01:56 PM
sonofmilkman2 A hitch-mounted Kuat rack is the way to go, if money isn't an object. I have the Yakima Spare Time rack on my Jeep, though, and haven't had a problem with it yet.
04-11-2013 09:05 AM
Jekyll I would go with a hitch rack that holds the bike by the wheel. Both Thule and Yakima make one and if you really want to spend money there is kuat. The hitch mount gives you more options for different bikes and you never have to worry about a bike or some one else's bike fitting on. I have a mountain bike that can't fit on a rack that secures via the top tube so that is a factor for me also.
04-11-2013 07:58 AM
TX Sasquatch I use my bike rack very frequently. Several times a week when the weather permits. I also use the tailgate area of my jeep as it is my main secured storage spot since I have a soft top, 2 door, and tuffy security trunk. So, a hitch rack was not an option since my bike rack is on nearly 100% of the time, and I require easy access to the tailgate area.

I went with the Yakima spare time and it is great. It even fits with my wheel/tire combo (15" MB 72 wheels, Goodyear Duratrack 33x12.5R15).

I was concerned about the weight on the tailgate so I did get an aftermarket bumper/tire carrier (Ace) but that was part of my plan from the get go. I feel that the whole setup is very secure, reliable, and meets my needs.
04-11-2013 02:41 AM
mcdull I got the Thule spare tire bike rack because it allows adding an attachment to turn it into ski/snowboard rack. Got them used so about half of retail.
Sadly too busy last season, so haven't tried them yet.
04-10-2013 09:25 PM
Wmpj08 What is the biggest size tire you can have with the thule rack? And with the Yakima?
12-25-2011 08:44 AM
hdrider I opted for the Yakima Spare Time. I don't use it a bunch but am happy with it when I do.
The pictures are from when it was on my 08. I have not installed it on my 12 yet but I'm running the same rear bumper and tires so I see no problem.


12-24-2011 10:51 PM
oncewas We had a Thule 963XTR when we had a FJ and it worked very well. We are planning to get another very soon for our Wrangler. You may need to purchase a longer carriage bolt if I remember correctly but that's no big thing.
12-24-2011 10:27 PM
theotis I have the Thule, I like it alot, but I don't think it will go bigger than stock 32 tires.
12-24-2011 10:21 PM
bobafetske i dont plan on doing any off-roading with the bikes. if i off road i will take the bike off. I just am curious if eitehr will fit an oversized tire. I've read that the Yakima one coumes with different length mounts to fit larger tires (12.5 is the largest i saw) i've heard the Thule one only fits stock size. Is this true? My jeep has stock wheels and tires now but not for long and i'd ratgehr be able to use the rack for a long time. Help!!!
12-24-2011 10:06 PM
carrotzilla Thule is better quality IMO than Yakima but I've had both for kayak, bikes and paddleboard racks. Currently using a hitch mounted Yakima and would not suggest tire mounted if you're doing any off-roading w/mountain bikes hanging out the back.
12-24-2011 09:41 PM
greenjeepgurl87
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Originally Posted by Robd225
Neither , Walmart sells a 5 bike rack made by Allen for $99 with free site to store shipping, it's well built and sturdy.
This rack does't wobble or does it need a hitch extender.
This is what I have to. I love it.
12-24-2011 09:35 PM
bobafetske so the Thule one? Will they both fit Jeeps with 35's? I have a 2010 2-door Rubicon hard top with stock wheels and tires. The plan is to move up to 35's eventually (within the next 6 months) and i'd like to be able to use the rack still once i upgrade. The Thule looks much more stable. But the Yakima looks clean. I just ned to know which will be best with an oversized tire. Thank you so much
04-12-2011 02:52 PM
jk'n
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Originally Posted by Seajuice View Post
Yakima works great for me. Plus you have the added bottle openers for beers after the ride!
Now the bottle openers could close the deal for a lot of jeepers!

You can't go wrong with either Yakima or Thule. They both make great products with very little differences....like round vs square bars on roof racks. When considering the application, round could be better...or square. Round was better for me.
04-11-2011 06:01 PM
Seajuice Yakima works great for me. Plus you have the added bottle openers for beers after the ride!
04-11-2011 02:54 PM
jk'n With the bike rack experience I've had, four adult bikes, not light weight ones...I wouldn't trust my bikes on that rack. The Thule is built like a brick you know what house and priced like one too. I trust 4 adult heavy bikes on it that they will not collapse it. Five on that one? I wouldn't trust it.
04-11-2011 02:48 PM
Robd225 Neither , Walmart sells a 5 bike rack made by Allen for $99 with free site to store shipping, it's well built and sturdy.
This rack does't wobble or does it need a hitch extender.
04-11-2011 02:21 PM
jk'n If you want to get a bike rack that doesn't damage the paint on the bike, try the roof mount channel type rack that has the bike standing up and not touching anything else, especially another bike. That is if you are anal about scratches to the paint job on the bike.
04-11-2011 02:17 PM
jk'n I have the Thule 2" hitch mount swing type rack that holds 4 bikes and it performs very well. I would consider it the Cadillac of bike racks. If I had to go with a spare mount, I would stay with the Thule. For roof rack, I have a congo cage with Yakima attachment clamps and use that for skis and kayaks. The choice there has to do with the Yakima bars being round and Thule being square. For kayaks, being able to tilt the mounts in on the round bars to match the hull of the boat makes all the difference for not stressing the hull at one point. I would still stay with this choice. So, Yakima bars up top, Thule rack on the back.

Also, I don't care which rack system you get to put bicycles on, putting more than one bike on it will cause rubbing between the bikes and paint damage. If you are going to transport your bikes on a rack that brings them close together, get used to paint damage. I don't ride the paint on the bike, I ride the bike so the damage to the paint I don't care about. Also, I put the bikes in a covered trailer but tying them down results in the same type of damage to the paint. I've gotten used to it. When the bikes were new, I used to fret over it. The added benefit to the paint damage is that it makes their theft appeal a little less. <my glass is always half full>
04-11-2011 01:29 PM
nickandsusan
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Originally Posted by mountainluv View Post
I have the Yakima rack as well...it works well with one or two bikes on there...just be aware that the cradles where the bikes sit scratch the shizz out of your frames, i added some extra rubber and that eliviated the problem! Also the " security wire" that comes with it is useless as we discovered when someone cut right through it and stole our brand new kona hardtails!! maybe we shoulda went with the Thule......

Dang, Kona hardtails gone..sux!!

Which tire are you mounting the rack to? Any wobble with the rack at all?
04-11-2011 01:03 PM
Dianeakamommy
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Originally Posted by [LEFT
Probo[/LEFT];1169401]Get a hidden hitch... And bike rack for hitch.... Only way to go....

Which one would you recommend? I need one and this makes the most sense.
04-11-2011 12:46 PM
mountainluv I have the Yakima rack as well...it works well with one or two bikes on there...just be aware that the cradles where the bikes sit scratch the shizz out of your frames, i added some extra rubber and that eliviated the problem! Also the " security wire" that comes with it is useless as we discovered when someone cut right through it and stole our brand new kona hardtails!! maybe we shoulda went with the Thule......
04-10-2011 04:35 PM
RB-10rubicon Thule works great IMO the sweeds make some nice stuff .depending on your bike you might need the bar that allows girl bikes to sit straite .it attaches under the seat and handle bar easy to remove i think they are like thirty bucks.my bikes frame is thick and narrow so i use the bar to make it fit
04-10-2011 10:59 AM
Probo Get a hidden hitch... And bike rack for hitch.... Only way to go....
04-10-2011 10:47 AM
nickandsusan I have the Yakima on my Rubicon with 32" stock tires and I can't keep the rack from moving. Can't crank the rack down any harder on to the tire and I have used all the adapters. It is constantly moving and when not hauling bikes it still moves around back there and makes an annoying noise I can hear while driving.
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