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07-11-2012 09:23 AM
Six
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Originally Posted by MTH View Post
Two mountain bikes are going to weigh upwards of 70 pounds, on top of the 60 pounds or so for your current spare.

I would expect you'll pop your welds or crack the carrier in relatively short order and wouldn't recommend it.

I'd go with a hitch mounted rack.
Those are some heavy mountain bikes. Or cheap.
07-11-2012 08:27 AM
Kssting You can also pick up an extension from a trailer store and even Amazon carries a few. I picked up a 10" extension up and it works great to clear a 33" tire.
07-11-2012 12:11 AM
The General If you need to extend your hitch carrier, take it to a machine shop and have another pin hole drilled. The stress on the hitch changes but with 1 or 2 lighter bikes it shouldn't be a problem. I've done it.
07-10-2012 11:06 PM
BakedInMN I hope this isn't a hijack, but...

Anyone know of one that works with a 35" spare? I have a Yakima (sp?) that I used on my FJ Cruiser, but the spare on the Wrangler is much wider. The vertical bar can't fully close because it hits the tire. A longer shaft from the hitch may work (can't find a hitch extension), or a rack that works with oversized door mounted tires?

I'm getting tired of stuffing the bike it the back of the jeep. But when ya' gotta ride, ya gotta ride :-)
07-10-2012 10:29 PM
The General The best 'spare mount' bike carrier will be the Thule 'spare me'. Hands down, no comparison in my opinion. When using this option it will depend if you have 18lb road bikes/25lb mnt bikes....or heavy cheap bikes from Walmart that weigh 40-50. lbs. The rack itself is quite light, yet strong. Thule does it best.

If u get a hitch mount you will SOON be annoyed with the inconvenience every time you need to open the gate.
07-10-2012 09:49 PM
07XMan2Door
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Originally Posted by Tribefan View Post
Anyone?
These gates fail all of the time. It's not caused while the jeep is parked & the gate is open for a minute here & there. While the latch offers some support, it isn't enough. Adding any weight to the gate will expedite the failure of the gate, rivets, hinges, corner of tub etc.... Some folks with stock spares have had their gates fail. Some rockin 35's have had zero issues. I reckon the more offroading one does on rough terrain at speed would be the most damaging.
07-10-2012 04:53 PM
Tribefan
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Originally Posted by Tribefan

This may be a dumb question, but the added weight on the gate hinge would only be an issue when you swing the gate open, right? With the gate closed, the latch or whatever you call it would help support the weight, no?
Anyone?
06-24-2012 08:18 PM
Geckoid I agree with @MTH. I wouldn't want to risk damaging the welds/hindges on the rear gate. I use 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.
Got mine from eTrailer. Here's the link.
Yakima FlipSide 4 Bike Hitch Mounted Rotating Rack w Frame Mount Cradles, 1-1/4" & 2" Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Y02426
06-24-2012 04:54 PM
Tribefan
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Originally Posted by JKatfish View Post
I agree with 2 mountain bikes, it may put too much stress on the gate hinge. Short trips occassionally should be no problem.
This may be a dumb question, but the added weight on the gate hinge would only be an issue when you swing the gate open, right? With the gate closed, the latch or whatever you call it would help support the weight, no?

We just got our Wrangler Unlimited 24 hours ago and I want todo a spare tire 3 bike rack instead of the hitch mount (partly because it doesn't have a hitch, yet), but not at the expense of damaging the vehicle.
06-21-2012 11:36 AM
SJS ok ok I am ordering a hitch and now I look into a hitch rack for the bikes
06-21-2012 11:29 AM
rhinoxj89 thule spare mount / 2 bike buts can fit three.

06-21-2012 11:00 AM
JKatfish
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Originally Posted by SJS View Post
JKatfish have you try to bikes on it?
I use it for short trips, less than 100 miles and just for my Litespeed. My carbon will fit in the back with wheels off. Generally, I dont like the way some bike racks stick waaaayyy out. I agree with 2 mountain bikes, it may put too much stress on the gate hinge. Short trips occassionally should be no problem.
06-21-2012 08:52 AM
OL Sarge Try the Hollywood SR1 (Does not lock) or the SR2 (which locks to the spare)
06-21-2012 07:18 AM
abaccari33 I had the allen spare tire rack and it collapsed but I had a lock that saved the bikes. Returned that and got the Thule Spare me. I love the thule but I dont think it will fit if I upgrade to bigger tires.
06-21-2012 05:00 AM
warbird24 I used to sell high end Bicycles for a living and I always told my customers this," Are you really going to trust a $40 bike rack to hold your $2000+ mountain bike or road bike?". I am a firm believe in a hitch mount for Jeeps or any vehicle with a rear tire mount. Just my .02 cents
06-21-2012 01:53 AM
Nev730 Well I'm liking the look without the spare in back so this kind of works out perfect but I'm not too sure about keeping it this way I'm planning on doing a hitch mount in the near future, but I'm going to share this anyways cus it works great and it's a low budget 30-60 rack..
06-18-2012 12:13 PM
jwink41
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Originally Posted by SJS
thanks but is two bikes going to weight to much
Shouldn't. Combined they shouldn't weigh too much depending on what the frame is made of. If you have a stock tire on back it should be okay.
06-18-2012 12:09 PM
SJS thanks but is two bikes going to weight to much
06-18-2012 11:41 AM
Former Shasta I have this one. Connects to the spare lugs and comes through the cap (I wouldn't worry about the cap that much, it'll go right back on if you take the rack off). Long term, I would worry about weight on the tailgate, but works great for a short trip. I now have a dedicated tire carrier, so I don't worry about the weight anymore.


Amazon.com: Surco BT300 Spare Tire Mount Bike Rack, Up To 3 Bike Capacity: Automotive
06-18-2012 11:32 AM
SJS JKatfish have you try to bikes on it?
06-18-2012 10:45 AM
JKatfish
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Originally Posted by Pattynole View Post
got the Yakima Spare Time this weekend. and a new bike. rack works great and i see no ill effects from the slight weight increase.
I use the Yakima too. Very clean install and looks good, too, only use it occassionally so not concerned about weight. I like it because I can still open the gate easily and it doesnt extend out much when not in use. No problem with removing the spare center cap.
06-18-2012 10:38 AM
MTH
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Originally Posted by SJS View Post
but we are talking about using this maybe one or two days a year....
And truthfully, it'll probably be fine for that.

All I know is that I've never personally tried it (I have a hitch bike carrier), but I have seen photos of people's tire carriers and/or welds that have been damaged by large tire/wheel combos that weigh dozens of pounds less than the bikes plus tire/wheel combo you're talking about carrying.

Now, were those folks riding on some offroad trails (bumping and slamming weight on the carrier) or perhaps riding on smooth pavement but for months and months? Probably. Are you taking about adding these bikes for just a few hours every couple of months and keeping on pavement while you're doing it? Probably.

So is it going to work out for you? Probably.

I'm just saying, the risk is there. And you probably won't know damage is starting until it's already happened, and the repair cost is likely going to be a good bit more than what you'd save by adding a hitch mounted carrier instead.

But, once or twice a year, it'll probably be fine. Probably. Up to you.

If you're going with the tire mount carrier, I'd advise picking one that pulls the bikes as close as possible to the jeep and maybe see if you can get something that uses some other anchor point as well to support some of the weight.
06-18-2012 10:17 AM
Kssting We have the Allen 4 bike hitch model and it is a good rack. We paid 89 from Amazon and another 49 for a hitch extension to clear the 33. As heavy as the spare is I didnt feel comfortable hanging the bikes from it.
06-18-2012 10:16 AM
Rida29r Thule is the way to go...and I never take it off
06-18-2012 10:07 AM
Nev730 Allen deluxe 3bike seems not bad for the price
06-18-2012 09:57 AM
SJS but we are talking about using this maybe one or two days a year....
06-18-2012 09:54 AM
HuskerNation I use a Thule Spare Me for my road bike and I would be hesitant to put more weight on. My brother and I went for a ride yesterday (he has a mountain bike) and I was worried the entire drive.
06-18-2012 09:49 AM
MTH Two mountain bikes are going to weigh upwards of 70 pounds, on top of the 60 pounds or so for your current spare.

I would expect you'll pop your welds or crack the carrier in relatively short order and wouldn't recommend it.

I'd go with a hitch mounted rack.
06-18-2012 09:33 AM
SJS I was thinking about the Yakima Spare Joe 2 so I dont have to remove the cap from my spare
06-18-2012 09:28 AM
07XMan2Door
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I was thinking that the weight of two bikes is not going to be good on the gate but I need something fast and cheap
If your top is off you could secure a couple 2x4's to your roll bar & tie them down that way, stashing the wheels inside.

Perhaps take your spare off, place inside tub, rest bikes on rear bumper secure to tire carrier.
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