|07-11-2012 10:23 AM|
|07-11-2012 09:27 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 01:11 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.|
|07-11-2012 12:06 AM|
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 11:29 PM|
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 10:49 PM|
|07-10-2012 05:53 PM|
|06-24-2012 09:18 PM|
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 05:54 PM|
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 12:36 PM|
|SJS||ok ok I am ordering a hitch and now I look into a hitch rack for the bikes|
|06-21-2012 12:29 PM|
thule spare mount / 2 bike buts can fit three.
|06-21-2012 12:00 PM|
|06-21-2012 09:52 AM|
|OL Sarge||Try the Hollywood SR1 (Does not lock) or the SR2 (which locks to the spare)|
|06-21-2012 08:18 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 06:00 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 02:53 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 01:13 PM|
|06-18-2012 01:09 PM|
|SJS||thanks but is two bikes going to weight to much|
|06-18-2012 12:41 PM|
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 12:32 PM|
|SJS||JKatfish have you try to bikes on it?|
|06-18-2012 11:45 AM|
|06-18-2012 11:38 AM|
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 11:17 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 11:16 AM|
|Rida29r||Thule is the way to go...and I never take it off|
|06-18-2012 11:07 AM|
|Nev730||Allen deluxe 3bike seems not bad for the price|
|06-18-2012 10:57 AM|
|SJS||but we are talking about using this maybe one or two days a year....|
|06-18-2012 10:54 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 10:49 AM|
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 10:33 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 10:28 AM|
Perhaps take your spare off, place inside tub, rest bikes on rear bumper secure to tire carrier.
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