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Glider Jeep 03-29-2013 10:20 AM

TJ Bike Rack
 
I'm looking for a receiver-mounted 2-bike rack. Preferably with wheel supports, but I am also considering a hanging rack. Concerns are ground clearance and spare tire clearance.

My TJ has standard suspension and wheels.

Any suggested brands/models?

Atthehop 03-29-2013 10:25 AM

Thule Bike Rack
 
I use one of these.

Shark_13 03-29-2013 10:30 AM

I just use a hanging style Yakima, it is ok, I like the wheel holder versions better such as Thule t2, but those stick out pretty far and usually hang low.

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UnlimitedLJ04 03-29-2013 10:37 AM

i've got an old (circa 2004) Reese 2-bike hitch rack. I believe it was a rebranded Swagman at the time.

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...l/DSC01405.jpg

Similar to this current model:
ORIGINAL 2 BALL MOUNT – 64095 « Swagman

Cheap and easy to use.

Wesboy 03-29-2013 11:05 AM

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If you only need to hang one bike off the back - I tie mine direct to the spare with a ratchet strap.

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If I take off the front wheel, same bike fits diagnolly in the rear tub with the rear seat removed.

viperx6x9x 03-29-2013 03:07 PM

It ain't cheap, but I got one of those smittybilt I-racks (to haul other stuff). Still have to install it though. I will look and see if i have some hardware to hang a bike on it, if it works I will take some pics and let you know.

jkp 03-29-2013 08:11 PM

If you don't mind spending the $$, you can't go wrong with the Thule T2. It's built like a tank and holds the bikes by the tires only.

You may need a hitch extender to fold it up depending on your hitch and the size of the spare tire. I had to use an extender on my Rubi.

viperx6x9x 03-29-2013 10:51 PM

After putting the i-rack on I would say don't buy one just for a bike rack. But it looks do-able. With all the mounting holes you could probably position just about anything on it and tie it down with some cargo straps. If you have a sturdy aftermarket tire carrier you can probably even hang heavy stuff on it, it looks pretty solid.

The downside i found out today, is a stock 15" spare wheel will not fit back onto the mounting bracket like smittybilt says it will. The centerhole is too small. The center shaft on the mounting bracket looks about the same width and shape as a square hitch receiver. I didn't measure it but it won't fit through the hole on the wheel. Unless they made the holes bigger in later model years maybe? mine is a 2002.

chirurgus 03-30-2013 11:11 AM

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Here is the Yakima version. Very sturdy. I've been pleased so far after about 8 months of having it.

fattirewilly 03-30-2013 04:10 PM

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Originally Posted by chirurgus (Post 3571581)
Here is the Yakima version. Very sturdy. I've been pleased so far after about 8 months of having it.

I have one of these but decided not to use it until I get my tire carrier.

Supposedly the rear gate hinges can't take the abuse/weight of a larger tire, so I would assume that attaching that rack and then putting two mountain bikes on it really wouldn't be great for hinge longevity.

How long you been using that set up? Are you just putting a road bike on it? How are the hinges doing? Thanks...

Shoe 03-30-2013 05:08 PM

Man y'all got some old bikes! That lugged steel frame Bianchi is a classic. They just don't make them lilke that anymore.

chirurgus 04-01-2013 04:11 PM

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Originally Posted by fattirewilly (Post 3572349)

I have one of these but decided not to use it until I get my tire carrier.

Supposedly the rear gate hinges can't take the abuse/weight of a larger tire, so I would assume that attaching that rack and then putting two mountain bikes on it really wouldn't be great for hinge longevity.

How long you been using that set up? Are you just putting a road bike on it? How are the hinges doing? Thanks...

I've been using it for awhile. I carry 2 mountain bikes on it. I have no reason to have the tailgate open with the bikes on, so the hinges only see the extra weight of the rack itself which isn't much. No problems thus far.

user4574 04-01-2013 05:13 PM

Shopped around. Went with Kuat NV. Found a LBS in Illinois that shipped free, online sales so no tax. :punk:

http://kuatracks.com/workspace/media...v/overview.jpg


Products » The NV | Küat

PedroJr 05-01-2013 11:33 PM

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Originally Posted by chirurgus (Post 3571581)
Here is the Yakima version. Very sturdy. I've been pleased so far after about 8 months of having it.

Hey man I got the same rack as u but now that I change my wheels from 15x8 to 15x10.5 now the bike rack won't fit do to the wheels been more deeper than the 15x8 wheels!

Rommelx3 05-02-2013 04:11 AM

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...ps8f3a0e09.jpg
got an allen 3 bike rack and extension for $100 bucks on amazon.
Great bike rack with great reviews.

chirurgus 05-02-2013 09:55 AM

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Originally Posted by PedroJr (Post 3708689)

Hey man I got the same rack as u but now that I change my wheels from 15x8 to 15x10.5 now the bike rack won't fit do to the wheels been more deeper than the 15x8 wheels!

Mine came with different length extensions. I don't recall if I'm using the longest one.

Wesboy 05-02-2013 10:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Shoe (Post 3572459)
Man y'all got some old bikes! That lugged steel frame Bianchi is a classic. They just don't make them lilke that anymore.

The old Bianchi is a '95 or '96 model :D
When I bought it Bianchi didn't have a single carbon-fibre bike in its catalogue.

DoubleOSahara 05-02-2013 10:37 AM

Yeah if your spare tire is somewhat larger than stock then you would need a receiver extension and may not be able to use a spare tire mount. When we came across cars with a rear mounted spare tire we'd usually dry fit the customers rack (spare or receiver mounted) just to make sure it would fit before we ordered or installed a new rack for them. Maybe your LBS can help you with that.

As for a spare tire mount we sold a lot of the Hollywood Racks spare tire mount. But if you're looking to go for a style that holds the bike by its wheels and goes into your receiver hitch then take a look at Saris. I worked for a Trek dealer so we sold a lot of them. Although its pricy the Cycle On rack is very strong and can hold from a 20" all the way up to 29er wheels. There is also an extension available for it that adds two bikes, but that's a lot of stuff to have sticking off the back of your rig. Personally I prefer to carry my bike by the wheels-less chance of having things beat together etc.

SecretAgentMan 05-02-2013 03:37 PM

I have a Yakima hitch-mount. Even though it folds down, the spare bumps against the fold-down release. You have to remove the rack to get the tailgate door open. Kind of a pain.

jlpete98 05-02-2013 07:01 PM

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Originally Posted by jkp (Post 3569447)
If you don't mind spending the $$, you can't go wrong with the Thule T2. It's built like a tank and holds the bikes by the tires only.

You may need a hitch extender to fold it up depending on your hitch and the size of the spare tire. I had to use an extender on my Rubi.

I have this on my 06 LJ with 31-10.50's. I had to trim a little of the front tire tray to fold it up, but love the rack.

PedroJr 05-02-2013 07:13 PM

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Originally Posted by chirurgus (Post 3709877)

Mine came with different length extensions. I don't recall if I'm using the longest one.

I'm using the longest adapter that it comes with the spare time. Someone else give me a advice on cutting the piece where it has the treats on n just weld me another extension to it then weld the piece with the treat back in it so it can add 1" or 2" more but I'm not sure if its gonna shake even more with that extension


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